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Dressing for impact

Dressing for impact

• Hillsboro women wearing dresses to raise awareness of women in slavery Today, nearly 30 million people worldwide are trapped in various forms of slavery. So a group of women in Hillsboro are fighting for the dignity and freedom of women worldwide by making one simple fashion choice: wearing a dress each day in December. Standing together in solidarity: (from […]

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Commissioned for officer training

Commissioned for officer training

Louis Holt, a 2010 graduate of Marion High School and an Eagle Scout, is pictured wearing his white uniform hat and gloves and holding the sword given to him by his parents, Terry and Ann Holt, during his commissioning ceremony for officer training Saturday even­ing at the Marion Community Center. About 100 people were in attendance. Holt will be heading […]

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Residents resist permit for HES farm project

• Planning Commission tables issue for a month The initiative to develop a school farm behind Hills­boro High School met with strong resistance from several residents and landowners from the neighborhood during a meeting of the Hills­boro Planning Commis­sion Thursday night. Around 20 people, plus commission members, crowded into the city council meeting room either to present the project, object […]

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Dollar General looking to open a store in Marion

The Marion City Council learned at its Dec. 8 meeting that a national retailer is interested in building at the Batt Industrial Park. According to Terry Jones, the city’s economic development director, the retail store is Dollar General, which would locate off U.S. Highway 56 on a corner lot. “The agreement is straightforward and the timeline is 120 days (more, […]

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Funding nearing goal for Marion park improvements

Funding nearing goal for Marion park improvements

Todd Heitschmidt, president of Marion Advancement Campaign, shows a model that closely represents what the stage, entertainment pavilion and restrooms would look like when completed. The cost for this first phase is $105,000, and thus far $90,000 has been either pledged or donated. Patty Decker / Free Press After almost two years of fundraising, the Central Park Improvement Campaign has […]

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Foundation ranks Tabor 31st among online Christian colleges

Affordable Colleges Foundation has ranked Tabor College 31st overall on its list of the Best Online Christian Colleges 2014-15. ACF is a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information. The organization showcases schools that have clear and active Christian affiliations, plus proven excellence in online education. “We are honored to be recognized as a college that provides a […]

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Kansans with disabilities question KanCare changes

by Dave Ranney KHI News Service TOPEKA — Groups that advocate for Kansans with disabilities and for frail seniors say they will file objections to proposed changes in the waivers defining the state’s approach to Medicaid-funded services that help them live in community-based settings rather than in nursing homes. “There are service reductions built into the waivers, plain and simple,” […]

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Musical memory comes home

Musical memory comes home

•Antique ‘music box’ returned to original family Because of the generosity of a former Hills­boro resident, a current resident is reliving a pleasant memory from a family Christ­mas gathering 77 years ago. Now on display in the home Ray Franz shares with wife Aldina on South Lincoln Street is the same rotating Christmas-tree stand that played “Silent Night” during a […]

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Tabor to receive $1 million grant for fine arts center

Tabor to receive $1 million grant for fine arts center

• With Mabee Foundation gift, groundbreaking targeted for next May, completion in 2016. Tabor College’s Signa­ture Campaign received a major boost to its fundraising efforts with confirmation that the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation in Tulsa, Okla., will donate a $1 million gift to the school for the Center for the Arts. Nearly 1,000 donors have contributed to the $8 […]

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Hillsboro reviewing need for utility cash reserves

How much money should the city of Hillsboro have in reserve to ensure it can continue to provide utility services in the event of an emergency or disaster? City Admini­strator Larry Paine raised the question for discussion purposes during the Dec. 2 city council meeting in the context of reviewing utility rates for the coming year. A year ago, the […]

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