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Walking the ancient way

Walking the ancient way

• Hillsboro couple completes the 300-mile trek in Spain known as the ‘Way of St. James.’ Judy and Keith Harder pause for a photo by a pair of yellow arrows marking the trail along the Camino de Santiago. The couple hiked more than 300 miles across Spain along the ancient pilgrimage route in April and May. Courtesy Photo For many […]

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More room at the table

More room at the table

• Lunch 4 Kids programs in Hillsboro and Marion renew the invitation. Pedro Nieto, 10, a fifth-grader this fall, and sister Roxana Nieto, 12, an eighth-grader to be, enjoy a meal last week provided by the Lunch 4 Kids program in Hillsboro. Their mother, Maria, said her kids look forward to coming. Aleen Ratzlaff / Free Press Nearly 100 children […]

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Bug battle

Bug battle

• Several communities in Marion County are engaged in the fight against mosquitoes. mosquito Summer’s here and so are the mosquitoes. Unlike most years, officials are wary about the increased numbers state­wide given the above-average rainfall in recent weeks. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment documented this growing number of mosquitoes earlier in June. “Although the increase in mosquitoes […]

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Powers elected president of state judges association

Judge Michael F. Powers, Marion, was elected president of the Kansas District Judges’ Asso­ciation, effective July 1. Powers is chief judge in the 8th judicial district composed of Dickinson, Geary, Marion and Morris counties. Powers has been a district court judge since 1991 and he has served as chief judge since 1994. Before his appointment to the bench, he served […]

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Chingawassa results please event organizers

Attendance at this year’s Chingawassa Days was estimated at 2,500, prompting organizers to call it a huge success. Jenna Brunner, a planning committee member for two years, said she heard a lot of positive feedback. “It was awesome this year,” she said. “I’ve heard nothing but wonderful comments about Pete Gile and how he was a one-man band.” “We couldn’t […]

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Seniors can use market vouchers

The Marion County Department on Aging has farmers market vouchers available for senior citizens. Individuals eligible to receive the vouchers must be who age 60 or older, live in Marion County and meet the flooring gross monthly income guidelines: $1,815 for a household of one; $2,456 for a household of two; $3,098 for a household of three and $3,739 for […]

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BAK home, Goessel style

BAK home, Goessel style

900 riders on the Bicycling Across Kansas tour make a one-night stand in Goessel The line of BAK riders stretched over miles and hours, but this group appeared pleased by their early arrival. Nine hundred bicyclists with Biking Across Kansas rolled into Goessel Wednes­day, June 10. BAK is an annual event occurring the first full week of June. This year […]

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Sunday night deluge brings flooding

Sunday night deluge brings flooding

The overflowing South Cottonwood River made a lake out of farm ground two miles south of Hillsboro along Indigo Road. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Reports of 4 to 6 inches of rain Sunday night resulted in flooding around Marion County.  By morning, five homes in Peabody had to be evacuated as Doyle Creek overflowed its banks, according to Randy […]

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Youth Adventure draws 13 students

Youth Adventure draws 13 students

Landon Roberts prepares to scoop some compost dirt with the city’s back hoe during the third Hillsboro Youth Adventure. Free Press Photos by Don Ratzlaff The third annual  Hills­boro Youth Adventure drew the largest number of participants yet with 13 seventh- and eighth-graders on board. The purpose of the event is for students to have fun and gain a better […]

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CHINGAWASSA MUSIC & FUN

CHINGAWASSA MUSIC & FUN

‘Everyone had a great weekend’ Lead singer Casey Donahew and his band drew an estimated 2,000-plus people to their featured concert Saturday night in Central Park. Another popular draw was Hells Bells, an AC/DC tribute band that performed Friday night. Patty Decker / Free Press Organizers were pleased with the overall attendance and events at this year’s 19th annual Chingawassa […]

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