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Preparing for the season

Preparing for the season

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Newton hospital’s clinic to close in Hillsboro

Newton hospital’s clinic to close in Hillsboro

The Medical Plaza of Hillsboro, a satellite clinic of Newton Medical Center, will be closing soon, according to Steve Kelly, NMC chief executive officer. Kelly said the climate for medical services has changed for the better since the clinic opened about one year ago. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press About one year after opening the Medical Plaza of Hillsboro, Newton […]

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Hillsboro selected for EPA climate-change project

• Only 20 communities nationwide chosen. The Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that the city of Hillsboro is among a handful of cities that will receive training and technical assistance to help water utilities bolster their climate-change resilience and readiness. Hillsboro was the only community in Kansas to be selected, and one of only two cities in EPA’s four-state […]

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Alco store in Hillsboro to close along with others nationally

• The discount chain has 22 stores in Kansas. Alco stores will be closing nationwide, including the one in Hills­boro and 21 other communities across Kansas. The stores began conducting liquidation sales Friday morning, a day after a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas authorized three holding companies—Tiger Capital Group LLC, SB Capital Group LLC and Great American Group LLC—to begin […]

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Seven arrested for drug-related activities

Seven people were arrested in separate incidents Saturday and Sunday by law enforcement officials and charged with methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia and other illegal activities. The first arrests involved a 28-year-old driver and his passenger at 11:15 p.m. Saturday in the 600 block of East Main Street in Marion. According to Police Chief Tyler Mermis, the driver, Bradford A. Cody Jr. […]

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2-year-old Marion boy injured in gun accident

No charges will be filed against the parents of a 2-year-old Marion boy, who accidentally shot himself with a 22 caliber gun. According to Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft, the parents of the boy alerted authorities about the incident around 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. “We were advised they were transporting their 2-year-old son to St. Luke Hospital in Marion,” […]

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Parental instincts

Parental instincts

Volunteer playground committee is seeing the fruit of their efforts on a substantial challenge. Every school welcomes the contributions of parent volunteers, but one group of Hillsboro Elemen­tary School parents has taken volunteerism to a whole new level. What started as a willingness to join a committee to plan fundraisers to pay for some play­ground improvements has turned into a […]

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Recount confirms 1st Dist. winner

Recount confirms 1st Dist. winner

Lalouette-Crawford defeats Dodd by three votes. A five-hour hand count of ballots Friday afternoon at the courthouse in Marion confirmed that Lori Lalouette-Crawford will be the new Marion County commissioner for District 1. The final count revealed that Republican Lalouette-Crawford received 678 votes compared to 675 votes cast for independent Craig Dodd, who had asked for the recount at his […]

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Candidate ready to move ahead

Candidate ready to move ahead

Candidates Winning the county commission race in Marion County’s 1st District by one vote was unusual in itself. But a recount Friday requested by independent candidate Craig Dodd that resulted in raising Republican Lori Lalouette-Crawford’s margin of victory from one vote to three prompted mixed emotions for the victor. “Having such a close race was unexpected and did illicit mixed […]

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County responders developing Ebola protocols

Marion County Emer­gency Management has been working with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the local public health system to effectively respond in the event of a local case of Ebola. Kansas has not had any confirmed cases of Ebola at this time. MCEM is working closely with first-responders and all medical providers to help guard residents and […]

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