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Apart from the herd

Apart from the herd

• Peabody’s Derek Klingenberg is putting his unique brand on agriculture. Derek Klingenberg hangs out with his trombone in the family’s cattle corral on their farm near Peabody. Wendy Nugent / Free Press It almost seems like an odd similarity how the color of the green screen at the large shop where Derek Klingenberg works in rural Peabody matches the […]

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Block grant bill will reduce local school funding

Click Here to view the chart. • All six local districts will feel the pinch. Numbers provided by the Kansas State Depart­ment of Education last week indicate the so-called “block grant bill” will have a negative impact on the educational process at each of the six school districts in the Free Press coverage area over the next two years. Gov. […]

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FAIR TURNOUT

FAIR TURNOUT

In the top photo, Claudia Soo Hoo adds to her collection of giveaways at the booth sponsored by LifeTeam, a critical transport service. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press It may be that the Marion County Health Fair had no antidote for an outbreak of spring fever, considering the near-perfect weather on a weekend when most area schools were on spring […]

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Hillsboro council delays decision on electric rate increase

• Cost of power is rising for cities across Kansas. The Hillsboro City Coun­cil tabled a recommendation at its March 17 meeting that would raise electric rates to offset the rising cost of purchasing power. City Administrator Larry Paine had recommended that the kilowatt-hour rate be increased from 10.9 cents to 12 cents. For a residence consuming an average of […]

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Truck hauling concrete overturns near Marion at K-256 and 190th

Truck hauling concrete overturns near Marion at K-256 and 190th

Workers with Auto House Towing fasten cables in to a concrete truck that overturned about 9:45 a.m. March 18 on Kansas Highway 256 one mile west of Marion. Driver Josh Ward, 34, of Hillsboro, was westbound in a 1992 Kenworth truck, following the highway as it turned north. He attempted to turn and the vehicle tipped over. According to the […]

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‘Hillsboro has a heartbeat’

‘Hillsboro has a heartbeat’

• City administrator points to public and private investments of $57 million over past 10 years. City Administrator Larry Paine makes his point during the chamber luncheon last week: “People are willing to invest in this community, and will be in the near future because they know we are people who can take care of ourselves. That doesn’t happen in […]

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Shelters available in most towns in case of tornadoes

• Citizens need a plan in case severe weather. If severe weather should strike, most cities and towns in Marion County offer publically accessible storm shelters for residents and visitors. Randy Frank, Marion County Emergency Management director, said five towns and the Marion County Park and Lake have designated storm shelters. “Other towns in Marion County have churches with basements, […]

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Marion man pleads guilty to 2 counts of child molestation

•Sentencing date is 11:30 a.m. April 20 Kenneth Newell, 47, of Marion, pled guilty March 10 to two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child in the Marion County District Court, 8th Judicial District. According to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, the crimes occurred in March 2014, and involved a child under the age of 14. Chief Judge Michael […]

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‘Deflate-gate’ applies to tires as well as footballs

If 2015 has shown us anything so far, it’s that deflation can cause a frenzy, especially when it comes to footballs. Who would have thought that slightly flat footballs would become a national debate? One thing’s for sure, it’s now clear how important proper inflation is and how deflation can affect things, including your tires. “The whole ‘deflate-gate’ situation helped […]

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History lesson

History lesson

HES students go ‘old school’ for an hour Jesse Todd (foreground), a student teacher at Hills­boro Elementary School, takes on the role of schoolmaster as third-grade students of Lenna Knoll go “old school” for an hour Monday morning to gain insights about what education was like in the early years of the 20th century. The students spent an hour in […]

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