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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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More room at the table

More room at the table

• Lunch 4 Kids programs in Hillsboro and Marion renew the invitation. Pedro Nieto, 10, a fifth-grader this fall, and sister Roxana Nieto, 12, an eighth-grader to be, enjoy a meal last week provided by the Lunch 4 Kids program in Hillsboro. Their mother, Maria, said her kids look forward to coming. Aleen Ratzlaff / Free Press Nearly 100 children […]

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Bug battle

Bug battle

• Several communities in Marion County are engaged in the fight against mosquitoes. mosquito Summer’s here and so are the mosquitoes. Unlike most years, officials are wary about the increased numbers state­wide given the above-average rainfall in recent weeks. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment documented this growing number of mosquitoes earlier in June. “Although the increase in mosquitoes […]

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Powers elected president of state judges association

Judge Michael F. Powers, Marion, was elected president of the Kansas District Judges’ Asso­ciation, effective July 1. Powers is chief judge in the 8th judicial district composed of Dickinson, Geary, Marion and Morris counties. Powers has been a district court judge since 1991 and he has served as chief judge since 1994. Before his appointment to the bench, he served […]

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Chingawassa results please event organizers

Attendance at this year’s Chingawassa Days was estimated at 2,500, prompting organizers to call it a huge success. Jenna Brunner, a planning committee member for two years, said she heard a lot of positive feedback. “It was awesome this year,” she said. “I’ve heard nothing but wonderful comments about Pete Gile and how he was a one-man band.” “We couldn’t […]

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