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‘Pardon the dust’ / Hillsboro residents will see numerous major projects addressed this summer

‘Pardon the dust’ / Hillsboro residents will see numerous major projects addressed this summer

• Projects represent a $14 million investment. Among the projects in Hillsboro on tap for summer transformation will be the addition of turning lanes at the intersection of North Adams and U.S. Highway 56 Hillsboro City Admini­strator Larry Paine is thinking about putting this wel­come sign at the city limits as summer arrives. “Pardon our dust. We’re under construction.” Between […]

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Tabor grads challenged to keep learning

Tabor grads challenged to keep learning

• Weather prompts indoor ceremonies. Commencement speaker Norman Ewert tells the 107 graduates on the Hillsboro campus graduates that a liberal arts education is about developing character as well as earning a degree. Tabor College photo by Vance Frick Tabor College hosted its 105th commencement Saturday in the Student Center Gymnasium because of forecasts for inclement weather. An estimated 1,500 […]

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3 postal staff reach 30 years

3 postal staff reach 30 years

Hillsboro Post Office workers (from left) Leonard Frantz, Kathy Woelk and Eddie Weber interrupt their appointed rounds long enough to pose for a photo. The trio started their careers within eight months of each other and say they still enjoy their jobs and each other. Patty Decker / Free Press Hillsboro Post Office employees Leonard Frantz, Kathy Woelk and Ed […]

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HHS reunion gets off to good start

HHS reunion gets off to good start

The 20 runners/walkers participating in the HHS All-School Reunion 5-kilometer event get off to a good start Saturday morning—prior to the arrival of rain, which washed out the golf tournament. Proceeds from the run went toward the district’s Early Childhood Education Fund. Attendance at the evening banquet was around 100 people. Retired faculty members Don and Carolyn Penner and Bob […]

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Hillsboro man convicted on arms charges

A federal jury in Wichita convicted a Hillsboro man May 14 on three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. David G. Nicholas Jr., 44, a parole escapee was arrested by U.S. Marshals Oct. 3, 2013, in Marion County, according to press release Thursday from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom. “At […]

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Graduation traditions continue

Graduation traditions continue

The newly proclaimed graduates of the Hillsboro High School Class of 2015 celebrate with the traditional cap toss near the conclusion of commencement ceremonies Saturday afternoon. The original plan was to have an outdoor event, but by Thursday school officials decided to heed forecasts of thunderstorms and moved the event inside Robert C. Brown Gymnasium. Marion and Goessel high schools […]

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Rain prompts minor flooding

Rain prompts minor flooding

Two to three inches of rain fell in Marion County Saturday on the heels of additional rains earlier in the week. By Sunday morning, some flooding occurred in predictable places, such the South Cottonwood River that runs through the Ebenfeld community southeast of Hillsboro. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Two to three inches of rain fell in Marion County Saturday […]

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Goessel patrons authorize LOB increase by 4-1

Goessel patrons authorize LOB increase by 4-1

• USD 411 is third school district in the county to raise local taxes to cover loss of state funding. By a margin of nearly 4-1, Goessel Unified School District 411 became the third district in Marion County to authorize a property-tax increase to generate more money for its schools in lieu of state funding reductions. Mail-in ballots were counted […]

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Towns plan Memorial Day events

• Events begin Friday and climax Monday. Veterans groups in Marion County will pause Monday to remember active-duty service men and women who died while serving their country, and the public is welcome to attend. Ceremonies are planned in Hillsboro, Marion, Florence, Peabody, Pilsen, Lincolnville and other nearly locations. Hillsboro This year’s keynote speaker at the Memorial Day ceremony in […]

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KDHE funds playground project at $48,674

KDHE funds playground project at $48,674

• Work could begin this week, principal says. The days are numbered: HES north playground on an average dry day. Free Press file photo Hillsboro Elementary School received word Thurs­day that the Kansas Depart­ment of Health and Environ­ment will be funding a grant of $48,674 for the school’s playground project. It was the second largest grant issued from a total […]

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