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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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State warns of CO dangers

The arrival of colder weather means more homes will be turning up the heat with fuel-burning appliances such as such as furnaces, ovens, space heaters, generators and indoor grills. These appliances can unknowingly cause dangerous levels of carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in the home. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that children younger than 5 years […]

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HIRAM’S HURRAH / Local author releases second Civil War novel based on his great-uncle

HIRAM’S HURRAH / Local author releases second Civil War novel based on his great-uncle

College biologist turned historian and author, Max Terman impersonates his great-grandfather, Hiram Terman, to describe his ancestor’s experiences in the Civil War as part of a Lifelong Learning presentation Friday. Terman’s new book, “Hiram’s Hope,” is a sequel to his well-received first novel, “Hiram’s Honor.” Free Press photo by Don Ratzlaff Four years after completing his first historical novel, “Hiram’s […]

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Lehigh family helps out those who helped them

Lehigh family helps out those who helped them

Nick, Rebecca and son Dereck McLaughlin say they were happy to give back to Main Street Ministries for the help they received during their personal struggles. Courtesy photo Main Street Ministries recently received a helping hand from Nick and Rebecca McLaughlin, owners of Prospect Construction LLC, with the addition of stairs and a railing at the facility. In addition to […]

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Large turnout contributed to long lines at the polls

Some of the longest voter lines during the Nov. 4 election formed early and stretched throughout the day at polling locations in Hillsboro and Marion. But “it was a busy day” at all voting sites in the county, according to workers. Tina Spencer, Marion County clerk and election officer, said the county has been combining polling locations for the past […]

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County follows GOP ‘avalanche’

by Don Ratzlaff & Patty Decker The Free Press The “Republican avalanche” declared by national pundits after the Nov. 4 midterm election was little more than a normal day at the voting booth in Marion County. Aside from the new GOP majority in the U.S. Senate, a greater GOP majority in the U.S. House and a party change in several […]

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KDHE confirms first case of influenza in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported the first confirmed influenza case of the 2014-15 season last week. The case, reported in northeast Kansas, was identified through the ILINet, a system of clinics that KDHE uses to monitor outpatients who exhibit influenza-like illness. “The arrival of our first confirmed influenza case of the season serves as an important reminder […]

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