Category: News

New ‘lease’ on life for Bown-Corby

New ‘lease’ on life for Bown-Corby

The historic 1928 building at 412 N. Second in Marion started as an elementary, but now has become a 12-unit apartment complex. The Marion community was invited to an open house Saturday by owner Tom George of Wichita. A new chapter begins for Marion’s Bown-Corby building, which has served as an elementary school, an outreach program, and now as a […]

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Olympian cheers on Tabor athletes

Olympian cheers on Tabor athletes

Leah Amico, U.S. softball Olympian and ESPN commentator, was the featured speaker at a gathering of student-athletes at the Tabor Athletic Spring Celebration. Leah Amico, U.S. Olympian and ESPN commentator, spoke to Tabor College athletes Tuesday evening as part of the Tabor Athletic Spring Celebration. Amico attributed her successes on and off the field to her relationship with Jesus Christ. […]

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Council approves sewer system project

The Hillsboro City Council approved a sewer system modification along the 300 block of North Ash Street project during its Feb. 2 meeting. City Administrator Larry Paine said the intent of the project is to eliminate the use of a diagonal sewer line that crosses the lot along North Ash Street where Mark Cox, of Vintage Construction, is building a […]

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Chamber speaker describes pre-Columbus Native societies

Chamber speaker describes pre-Columbus Native societies

Donald Blakeslee described Native American societies around the time Christopher Columbus arrived in the “New World.” Donald Blakeslee, an archaeological anthropologist at Wichita State University, spoke to more than 125 people at the annual Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce dinner and meeting Jan. 25. A specialist in archaeology of the Great Plains, Blakeslee said his most recent research involved Kansas sometime […]

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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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