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Making a move

Making a move

Tabor teams soar into first-place ties in KCAC races Andrew Thomas, Tabor College’s 6-foot-7 post player, makes a strong move to the basket during the Bluejays’ showdown with Bethany College Thursday night in Hillsboro. Thomas contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds to his team’s 87-84 victory, which tied Tabor for first place in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. After Saturday’s […]

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Schools gain some savings from low fuel prices

Schools gain some savings from low fuel prices

• Fuel contracts from fall lessen savings. USD 410 Superintendent Steven Noble says the district should see about $10,000 in savings, but it’s a far cry from offsetting revenue reductions due to declining enrollment. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Falling fuel prices have benefitted many families and businesses to the tune of $1.50 less per gallon of gasoline from the […]

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Filing deadline nears for local spring elections

• Citizens have until Tuesday to file or withdraw from races. The deadline to file or withdraw from this spring’s local election is noon Tuesday, Jan. 27, according to Tina Spencer, election officer. “We have had several filings,” she said. In addition to the regular city and school election, Spencer said a couple of other interesting things are going on. […]

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Marion family still seeking family dogs lost near lake

A Marion County family continues searching for two family pets that disappeared New Year’s Day from the vicinity of French Creek Cove at Marion Reservoir. Shaun Craft said he and his wife, Melissa, along with their children, Gannon, 2, and Iliana, 6, recently moved back to the area with their dogs, Daisy, 11, and Cocoa, 10. “Our dogs were at […]

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New Marion County commissioner sworn in Monday morning

New Marion County commissioner sworn in Monday morning

Before a gathering of well-wishers, Lori Lalouette takes the oath of office Monday morning from Judge Michael Powers prior to this week’s Marion County Board of Commissioners meeting. Lalouette won a close election in November to earn the right to succeed retiring commissioner Roger Fleming. Lalouette and Fleming are both from Hillsboro. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Before a gathering […]

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HHS team named ‘Best in State’ for first-aid app

HHS team named ‘Best in State’ for first-aid app

Members of the “Best in State” app development team from Hillsboro High School pose with the certificates they received from Verizon. Seated from left are Jared Dyck, Travis King, Jonathan Hinerman, Reece Berens, Carson Herbel and Nathan Simhiser. Standing behind them is Creigh Bell, HHS technology instructor and TSA adviser. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press • Team in the running […]

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Hillsboro targets 90-day reserve for city utilities

The Hillsboro City Coun­cil agreed at its Jan. 6 meeting to work toward the goal of having a 90-day cash reserve for each of its key utilities. The decision came as the next step following two previous discussions in Decem­ber. City Administrator Larry Paine said the city has nine funds “that we ought to have some reserve policy on.” The […]

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Paine appointed to regional planning team for water

Paine appointed to regional planning team for water

This map shows the 14 watershed regions in Kansas. Marion County is in the Neosho region. Hillsboro City Admini­strator Larry Paine has been appointed to a nine-member regional goal-setting team for the Neosho watershed planning region by the Kansas Water Authority. Similar teams have been appointed to the 13 other watersheds in Kansas. The Neosho region includes almost all of […]

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Plans set for ‘reduced’ Trojan Classic

The 21st edition of the Trojan Classic midseason basketball tournament will debut its most significant format change since adding a girls’ tournament 11 years ago when games begin next week. With the intent to reduce time and miles on the road, the tournament format will include only three days instead of five, and some games will be assigned to the […]

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Council takes action on ‘dangerous properties’

Following public hearings Jan. 6 regarding four resolutions that address “dangerous structures” in town, the Hillsboro City Council took a variety actions in an effort to resolve each situation. The four structures were residential structures at 108 S. Cedar St., 206 W. B St. and 310 N. Washing­ton St., and one business structure at 200 E. D St. At the […]

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