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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

One litter bit at a time, or by planting trees for the future Maggie Schroeder and children Emma, Brody and Mallory (from left) comb the banks of the spillway in search of litter. Free Press For Goessel resident Maggie Schroeder and her three children, Cleanup Day at Marion Reservoir is a family affair. Schroeder was participating for the 11th time […]

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Tabor to break ground Saturday for fine arts center

Tabor to break ground Saturday for fine arts center

This is an artist’s rendition of the proposed Shari Flaming Center for the Performing Arts that Tabor College will begin building this summer. The public is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Tabor Park. The expected cost of the building will be between $12 million to $13 million. Tabor College graphic • Site prep begins […]

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Sticking point

Sticking point

Teens remind adults about the legal penalty for providing alcohol to minors. Centre SADD member Nellie Kassebaum (orange shirt) takes a sticker from Cole Srajer while Allison Basore (purple jacket) applies one to a six-pack in Carlson’s Grocery at Marion. They were participating in the annual “Sticker Shock” project, which aims to remind adults that supplying alcohol to minors could […]

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Riedy aims to make life better as county FCS agent

Riedy aims to make life better as county FCS agent

• Being a partner with residents is her goal. Renae Riedy began working in October as the Marion County Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. “I chose this field because I like to help people and share what I have learned to hopefully make their lives a little better, easier or safer,” she said. Patty Decker / Free Press Helping […]

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Three districts aim to increase LOB authority

• Patrons will decide issue by mail-in ballot. Three school districts in Marion County have requested special mail-ballot elections to raise their local option budget. A local option budget is funding that is raised by local property taxes for school districts. The idea behind local option budgets is to give districts and voters some local control over school funding. Unified […]

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Hillsboro libraries to start book club for boys

In an attempt to attract boys to the fun and enjoyment of reading, Hillsboro Public Library and Hillsboro Elementary and Middle schools are launching a new library program called “Guys Read.” “Guys Read” is a monthly book discussion group open to boys in upper elementary through eighth grade. The program is developed to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers by […]

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Email a daily godsend for local nonagenarian

Email a daily godsend for local nonagenarian

• Conversation possible after loss of hearing. Amanda Ewert types another email from her room at Parkside Homes. A few days away from her 95th birthday, Ewert continues daily conversations with family and friends via the Internet after losing her hearing some 20 years ago. Courtesy photo by Rachel Behrends Amanda Ewert hasn’t let the loss of hearing keep her […]

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Mennonite Relief Sale keeps on truckin’

Mennonite Relief Sale keeps on truckin’

• Two donated trucks have Hillsboro origins. This 1952 Ford pickup will be on the auction block at the 47th annual Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale this weekend. The vehicle was donated by Clark and Anna Marie Wiebe to help raise money for the worldwide relief work of Mennonite Central Committee. Courtesy photos by Jerry Toews Good intentions don’t always pave […]

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Local elections produce a few surprises

• Overall turnout was low across the county. Last week’s spring general city and school election saw some surprises with voters casting their ballots for change. According to Tina Spen­cer, Marion County election officer, some of the write-in candidates even prevailed over filed candidates. “It will be interesting to see what direction these cities go with their new leadership,” she […]

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Electric rate to increase by 5%

• Cost increase fuels Hillsboro council vote. Hillsboro residential customers can expect to see the impact of a 5.2 percent rate increase for electricity when their city bill arrives June 1. The city council passed Ordinance 1260 by a 3-2 vote at its April 7 meeting, authorizing the increase to offset the rising cost of power across Kansas. City Administrator […]

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