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UNDER HER SPELL

UNDER HER SPELL

The top three spellers at the Marion County Spelling Bee Wednesday at Goessel gather for a photo. Joining the champion, MaryElena Heyen of Hillsboro are runner-up Jaedan McMillin, a fifth-grader from Marion, and third-place winner Brooke Nafziger, an eighth-grader from Goessel. by Don Ratzlaff The Free Press Apparently, studying a word list isn’t the only way to do well at […]

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Wishes granted

Wishes granted

Mike Moran (left), Hillsboro Elementary School counselor, shakes hands with HCF board member Randy Whisenhunt during the grant presentation Jan. 26. The $1,000 grant will be used for the after-school program at HES. Hillsboro Community Found­a­tion board members presented grant checks totaling a record $18,300 Jan. 26 to 10 area organ­izations and programs serving Marion County children and families. The […]

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Debris removal a volunteer effort in Florence

Debris removal a volunteer effort in Florence

Tree debris collecting at the Fifth Street Bridge is a common occurrence in Florence. The challenge of clearing the branches and limbs has fallen on the shoulders of local volunteers led by Joel Hayes, 76, a longtime resident. It’s a familiar phenomenon each spring to see trapped debris under the Fifth Street Bridge in Florence, but some years are worse […]

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READ ALL ABOUT IT /Newspaper becomes a learning tool for elementary students in Hillsboro and Marion.

READ ALL ABOUT IT /Newspaper becomes a learning tool for elementary students in Hillsboro and Marion.

Derek Suderman, a third-grader at Hillsboro Elementary School, studies the Opinion pages in a recent issue of the Free Press. by Jared Janzen The Free Press Readers of the Free Press have probably noticed the full-color page of kids’ activities called Kid Scoop appearing in the newspaper since August. What they may not have realized is that this page has […]

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State animal finds a home on the range near Goessel

State animal finds a home on the range near Goessel

Vernon Base and his family have had bison at Coon Creek Buffalo since 1980 or 1981. by Wendy Nugent The Free Press “Oh give me a home Where the buffalo roam Where the deer and the antelope play. Where seldom is heard a discouraging word, And the skies are not cloudy all day.” Kansas will celebrate its 155th birthday Jan. […]

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Funding cuts affect facility maintenance

Funding cuts affect facility maintenance

“More state aid for capital outlay would go miles to help us do some of those projects if we could just get it back.”<p>—Steve Noble, USD 410 superintendent When residential homeowners experience a reduction in family income, routine home repairs are among the first expenses to put on hold until finances improve. School districts aren’t much different. Superintendent Steve Noble […]

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Wal-Mart pulls the plug

Wal-Mart pulls the plug

Local officials and Wal-Mart were all smiles when the ribbon was cut for the opening of the Neighborhood Market in Hillsboro Heights April 8. Nine months later, the corporate office announced it would be closing the Hillsboro store and numerous other Neighborhood Market facilities, regardless of profitability, on Jan. 28. Whether it’s called a Wal-Mart Express or a Wal-Mart Neigh­­borhood […]

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HHS alum sets world mile record, backward style

HHS alum sets world mile record, backward style

Aaron Yoder, the new Guinness world record holder for the backward mile, carved out a legacy of success while running forward at Hillsboro High School and Fort Hays State University. You could say Aaron Yoder was somewhat backward during his youth, but now his most recent accomplishments in that direction has achieved him notoriety. The 2004 Hillsboro High School alum […]

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FACT welcomesnew director for family resources

FACT welcomes

new director for family resources

“My impression has been that the past directors—Linda Ogden, who started the organization, and Ashley Gann, who just left—have done an amazing amount of work and selfless giving to create a great foundation for someone else coming in to serve.”<p>—Joy Mark, FACT Inc. <p>executive director Joy Mark is the new executive director of FACT Inc., a non-profit organization that oversees […]

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Elevator fire prompts evacuation

Elevator fire prompts evacuation

Patty Decker / Free Press<p>Emergency personnel patrol the blockade keeping spectators away from Thursday’s elevator fire at Cooperative Grain & Supply in Marion. The Marion Senior Center, Marion County Courthouse and other locations in that vicinity were evacuated for several hours as a precaution. Emergency personnel from around the county rushed to a fire at the grain elevator on Third […]

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