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New hospital poised for ‘go’

New hospital poised for ‘go’

• Hillsboro City Council to consider $1.5 million development agreement at Aug. 4 meeting The sign announcing the future arrival of the new Hillsboro Community Hospital has endured a lengthy vigil at the corner of U.S. Highway 56 and Industrial Road, the location of the proposed $11.4 million facility. If all goes according to plan, construction could begin as early […]

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Hot times at Goessel festival

Hot times at Goessel festival

An exhibitor steers his classic McCormick Deering tractor while sitting on the seat attached to the binder it is pulling. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press The Saturday morning parade drew the usual variety of antique tractors and automobiles of all makes and models down the town’s Main Street. A highlight of the afternoon were the threshing demonstrations using various technologies. […]

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Agreement aims to aid project while shielding taxpayers

Hillsboro City Admini­strator Larry Paine said the proposed $1.5 million development agreement with HMC/CAH Con­solidated Inc. is unusual, but the document has been developed with the help of the city’s bond counsel. “The hospital has asked us to help them in the construction of the new building,” Paine said. “We are going to put the site improvements in play—basically the […]

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Commissioners favor 2-mill tax hike for roads

• They also favor hiring three experienced road and bridge workers to address current need. All three members of the Marion County Board of Commissioners said at the Friday, July 31, payday meeting that they will favor at least a two-mill budget increase for 2016 to improve county roads. With this, they are still looking at hiring three experienced road […]

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Fun at the Marion County Fair

Fun at the Marion County Fair

Zack Lewman, Marion, competes in the saddle bronc competition at the Marion County Fair on Thursday. Phyllis Richert Photo Fair board member Kelli Olson, aka the “Pah-Teat Queen,” advertises the celebrity goat-milking contest during the Marion County Fair parade Saturday morning. Janae Rempel / Free Press Blaine Malik (left) and Blaine Nickel (right) show off the 2nd place turtle at […]

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Commission responds to concerns on rural roads

Commission responds to concerns on rural roads

This week may mark a turning point in Marion County’s road and bridge program.<p>The Marion County Commission was expected to meet all morning Monday to discuss road and bridge options with department personnel (See story on page X).<p>Commission Chairman Dan Holub said this would be likely followed at the Friday payday meeting with major announcements for expansion of road and […]

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City of Marion receives grant to benefit East Park

City of Marion receives grant to benefit East Park

The tennis courts at East Park have seen considerable wear and tear since a rubberized surface was added in the 1980s. The current project will involve resurfacing the courts. Janae Rempel / Free Press The City of Marion is one of 49 Kansas communities to receive a community improvement grant through the Kansas Small Cities Community Development Block Grant program. […]

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Marion Council passes budget, no tax increase

After a seven-hour budget workshop last weekend, the Marion City Council at its July 20 meeting approved publication of its 2016 budget with no mill levy increase. Roger Holter, city administrator, said the challenge was in keeping the overall mill levy flat, which equated to a $27,000 reduction in what was presented by the department heads. “We will get the […]

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Council discusses dangerous properties

The Hillsboro City Coun­cil agreed at its July 21 meeting to send certified letters of notice to the owners of four “unsafe and dangerous” properties who have yet to comply with previous directives from the city to repair or remove those properties. City Attorney Josh Boehm reported that Ben Steketee, the city’s code-enforcement officer, reported he had not issued any […]

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Getting fit in the pool

Getting fit in the pool

Aerobic swimming is a popular summer activity for a group of ladies at the Florence Municipal Pool. Edna Robinson, far right, leading the class, has about six women who attend. Trayce Warner of Florence said she has been attending the class for six years, but Williams and Robinson have been attending longer. Morgan is in her second year. If anyone […]

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