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In a roundabout way

In a roundabout way

• KDOT detour bringing heavy traffic through Marion. Traffic on Marion’s Main Street has grown significantly since the detour has begun for the construction of a KDOT roundabout at the intersection of U.S. highways 56 and 77 and K-150 east of town. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Construction started June 24 to build a new roundabout at the intersection of […]

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One for the team

One for the team

• Clint Seibel retires after eight years as point man for Hillsboro economic development. Clint Seibel After eight years as economic development director for the city of Hillsboro and executive director of the Hillsboro Development Corp., Clint Seibel says the secret to community success isn’t so secret after all. “Some think if we could just hire the right person our […]

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Seal-coat project will disrupt traffic

Seal-coat project will disrupt traffic

• Hillsboro Main Street and Grand affected. Main Street in Hillsboro, from D Street north to Third Street, is scheduled to be seal-coated Thursday and Friday of this week, resulting in some inconvenience for local motorists on those two days. City Administrator Larry Paine said the east half of Main Street, plus all of the 100 block of East Grand […]

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Rabies cases still increasing

• Reported cases in 2015 surpass 2014 total. The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health has identified an increased number of rabies cases reported in Kansas this year. As of June 30, 69 cases of rabies have been confirmed in Kansas for 2015. Rabies testing is performed by the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, which confirmed only […]

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Enduring liberty

Enduring liberty

The Statue of Liberty replica in Hillsboro marks 65 years of service. Hillsboro’s Statue of Liberty has served as a continuing reminder of the need to be vigilant about American freedom since 1950. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press She stands in silent vigil at the head of American Legion Memorial Drive, not only as a familiar landmark in Hillsboro, but […]

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Intent on coming back home

Intent on coming back home

• New physician Alisa Schmidt is fulfilling her goal of serving her hometown. “I like Hillsboro,” says the 2003 Hillsboro High School grad. “I felt like my education here was really great, and I want that for my children.” Don Ratzlaff / Free Press While many small-town youth can hardly wait to make their personal and career mark in the […]

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VFW to dedicate Kapaun plaque

VFW to dedicate Kapaun plaque

• Group will discuss county-wide monument. The bronze plaque honoring Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Emil Kapaun of Pilsen will be formally dedicated at 10 a.m. July 11. It already has been added to the VFW’s monument honoring 66 county residents killed in action during foreign wars. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press VFW Post 6958, Marion, is inviting the public—especially […]

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2015 wheat harvest rated ‘above average’

• Yield reports ranging from 45 to 70 bushels. The 2015 wheat crop, which was lacking moisture early in the year, then received an abundance of moisture right before harvest, has come through “a little above average,” according to at least one local expert. “Most people are pretty pleased with what they got,” said Dick Tippin, grain coordinator for Cooperative […]

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Two men arrested for rape and aggravated endangerment of child

Two men were arrested in a rural area of Marion County around 7:30 a.m. Friday, June 19, on a charge of rape and aggravated endangerment of a child, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s office on Monday. Trevor Fugitt, 21, of Hillsboro, and Dylan Cochran, 19, of Marion, allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl between Hillsboro and Peabody, said Sheriff Rob […]

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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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