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Dedicated for play

Dedicated for play

• Community and kids celebrate completion of a dream Swarming on and around their new playground equipment, students at Hillsboro Elementary School showed off their new “My Community Cares” T-shirts during Friday’s dedication event. After the ceremony, a back-to-school carnival followed in the gymnasium with games, door prizes and food. The event raised about $3,300 before expenses; the money will […]

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Florence prepares for big weekend

• 78th Labor Day event offers old and new fun. “Restoring the Past to Preserve the Future,” is the theme for this year’s Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 5-7, in Florence. Now in its 78th year, the celebration will include traditional events and some new ones, said Trayce Warner, a member of the planning committee. “Back again this year is the […]

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4-H Endowment Committee announces drawing winners

4-H Endowment Committee announces drawing winners

Pictured on the left is Mike Berger, owner of Peabody Sausage House, with co-workers Jacob Bruntz and Marilyn Unruh. Courtesy Photo The Marion County 4-H Endowment Committee has announced the winners of their 2015 fundraising drawing. The first-prize winners were Sharolyn Tibbetts and Tom Koslowsky, both from Hillsboro; each won one-half of a processed hog. The winners of two Kansas […]

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Playground pleasure

Playground pleasure

On the apparatus are (from left) Claire Morey, Delaney Acton and Emily Gilkey. Free Press photos by Don Ratzlaff Talia Jost conquers a different climbing challenge. Photo Don Ratzlaff Second-graders at Hillsboro Elementary School enjoy the new playground equipment Monday that was part of a $215,000 project to replace the north playground and upgrade the west playground this summer. The […]

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County road plan to address multiple issues

County road plan to address multiple issues

• ‘Mudders,’ overloaded farm trucks, farmers cultivating into road ditches motivate response. This dirt road north of Hillsboro shows the residual damage caused by “mudders” following rain that fell almost two weeks ago. Randy Crawford, the county’s road and bridge director, is asking the public to call the sheriff’s office when they observe ongoing abuse to see if more violators […]

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HHS alum completes 2nd D.C. internship

HHS alum completes 2nd D.C. internship

Sen. Pat Roberts and Daniel Kunantaev pose for a photo on Capitol Hill during Kunantaev’s second summer internship in two years. Courtesy Photo Daniel Kunantaev had such an enjoyable time last summer serving as an intern in Sen. Pat Roberts’ office in Washington, D.C., that he accepted a second term this summer. “I was excited to do it again,” said […]

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Hillsboro opts to repair old water tower

Hillsboro opts to repair old water tower

The top two rings of Hillsboro’s small water tower will be replaced. Free Press file photo The Hillsboro City Coun­cil agreed at its Aug. 18 meeting that the best option among several costly ones is to replace the top two 6-foot-tall steel rings of the small water tower for an additional cost of $91,800. The council first heard about this […]

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Search for missing Peabody man remains open

The search for a 57-year-old Peabody man missing from Peabody Health and Rehabilitation continues, but local authorities said a broader search in the county ended last week. Posters identifying Gale (Ralph) Keilman were posted in many storefronts throughout the county after he went missing Aug. 17. Peabody Police Chief Bruce Burke said Monday the case remains open and ongoing. “(The […]

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Surprise pep rally for USD 410 staff

Surprise pep rally for USD 410 staff

Hillsboro Elementary School principal Evan Yoder accepts the adulation of students and parents during a surprise “pep rally” for all USD 410 staff members Monday morning. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Hillsboro Elementary School principal Evan Yoder accepts the adulation of students and parents during a surprise “pep rally” for all USD 410 staff members Monday morning. Parents organized the […]

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Snapper trappers

Snapper trappers

• Family project removes 29 snapping turtles from city ponds in 3 weeks. In the past three weeks, the Ratzlaff family crew have removed 29 snapping turtles from the Memorial Park and Adobe House ponds. Pictured (from left) are: Brekyn Ratzlaff, Kingzley Ratzlaff, Dayton Foster, Zavior Ratzlaff, Micah Ratzlaff, Glenn Ratzlaff, Jetta Ratzlaff. Not pictured: Andrew Thomas. Janae Rempel / […]

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