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Somewhere, under the rainbow…

Somewhere, under the rainbow…

Hillsboro native Amy Cameli and her family pulled their car off on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 56 between Canton and Lehigh Saturday evening so she could photograph a full rainbow perched on the southeast Kansas horizon. The Cameli family, who reside in Georgia, were on the way to visit Joel Klaassen, founding publisher of the Free Press, and wife […]

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85th Marion County Fair plans family fun events for Saturday too

85th Marion County Fair plans family fun events for Saturday too

• Planners blend new events with tradition. An assistant to the judge takes the leash from Morgan Gaines of Peabody during the obedience portion of the 4-H Dog Show Saturday morning at the fairgrounds in Hillsboro. The show was the first 4-H event prior to the official start of the Marion County Fair today. A second 4-H event, the annual […]

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New principal aims to enable goals of others

New principal aims to enable goals of others

• Clint Corby to boost staff, students, parents. Clint Corby, new HM/HS principal Clint Corby says a singular goal has fueled his wide-ranging career in K-12 education the past 12 years. “It didn’t matter whether the kid was 18 or 3, I enjoyed working with them and helping them get to where they want to go,” said the new principal […]

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Hett Construction heads up KDOT project to add turning lanes along U.S. 56 at Adams

Hett Construction heads up KDOT project to add turning lanes along U.S. 56 at Adams

Workers with Hett Construction of Marion were back on the job Monday adding entrance and exit lanes along U.S. Highway 56 at Adams Street on the north edge of Hillsboro. The $335,265 project, funded entirely by KDOT, is expected to enhance the safety of drivers exiting and entering the highway at Adams. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Workers with Hett […]

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County roads meeting draws an estimated 400 participants Monday

County roads meeting draws an estimated 400 participants Monday

An estimated 400 people were in attendance at a special public meeting about the condition of county roads. The meeting was initiated by Marion County commissioners for Monday evening at the Lake Hall at Marion County Lake. Initial response was energetic as many patrons were interested in sharing their observations with county officials. Patty Decker / Free Press An estimated […]

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Sealing the deal

Sealing the deal

Workers with Circle C Paving of Goddard began seal coating the east half of Hillsboro’s Main Street on Monday, plus the entire 100 block of East Grand Avenue. The Axys mastic surface treatment was sprayed onto the streets primarily by truck. Free Press Photo by Don Ratzlaff Workers with Circle C Paving of Goddard began seal coating the east half […]

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A servant at her Centre

A servant at her Centre

• Susan Beeson is new super at USD 397. Susan Beeson comes to USD 397 with three years of superintendent experience at USD 505 Chetopa-St. Paul in southeast Kansas. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Whether ordained by birth order or as an outgrowth of her upbringing, Susan Beeson sees her journey to the superintendent’s role at USD 397-Centre as a […]

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Traffic up at county food bank

It isn’t quite a well-oiled machine yet, but for volunteers at the Marion County Food Bank and Resource Center, it’s getting closer. Gerry Henderson, chairman of the organization, recently reported to Marion County commissioners about their progress. After two months, he said, and a change of name, location, vouchering system and board of directors, everyone at the bank was surprised […]

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‘I feel I’m a full survivor’

‘I feel I’m a full survivor’

• Victim advocate sees many women who face ‘victim blaming,’ the idea that victims have control over what they experience. Teresa Loffer, victim advocate for sexual abuse and domestic violence in Marion County, meets as needed with “Joanne” (foreground), who said she’s found the support she’s needed to work through the abuse she’s experienced since a child. Aleen Ratzlaff / […]

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Water tower repair project expands

As is the case for many home-repair projects, the Hillsboro City Council was informed during its July 6 meeting that a previously undetected problem with the city’s “little water tower” will require additional work and expense. The council accepted a change order from Maguire Iron Inc. of Sioux Falls, Iowa, to weld in place a 117-square-foot panel of quarter-inch steel […]

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