Category: Special Focus Sections

County issues open letter to Rep. John Barker

Open letter to: Rep. John Barker State Capitol, Topeka Marion County stands in strong opposition to the tax lid enacted during the 2015 session. This legislation was never presented as a bill during the regular session, and never received a public hearing. The concept was added as a floor amendment to the tax bill in the final days of the […]

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January income tax revenue higher than one year ago

Kansas collected $8.2 million more than expected in individual income tax receipts for January—$18.7 million more than what was collected during the same month in 2014. Corporate income and sales tax receipts fell below expectations by $8.2 million and $3.9 million, respectively, pulling the monthly total in Kansas Department of Revenue Tax Collections to $6.8 million less than estimates. “We […]

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City projects far exceed Wal-Mart stay

City projects far exceed Wal-Mart stay

A worker with Hett Construction of Marion prepares for pouring concrete for the turn-lane project at U.S. Highway 56 and Adams Street Mayor Delores Dalke realizes most residents likely will remember 2015 for the arrival and departure of a Wal-Mart grocery store—all in the span of nine months. “I think what we have to do is to look at what […]

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USD 410 leads the way for project-based learning

USD 410 leads the way for project-based learning

Jonathan Hinerman, a Hillsboro High School sophomore at the time, prepares his robot for competition at the VEX Robotics event hosted by HHS in March 2015. Robotics is one example of the hands-on learning that has taken center stage in USD 410. Unified School District 410 achieved a lot during the 2015 calendar year, according to Superin­tendent Steve Noble, despite […]

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Achievements, challenges grow at TC

Achievements, challenges grow at TC

Tabor College President Jules Glanzer takes his turn guiding the antique plow during the ceremonial groundbreaking May 2 for the $13 million Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. The event drew around 300 people. Tabor College President Jules Glanzer characterized 2015 as a year with numerous significant internal achievements, but also a growing number of external threats. One of the […]

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Affordable housing project begins in Hillsboro

Affordable housing project begins in Hillsboro

Vintage Construction LLC is the general contractor on the housing project in Hillsboro. Four buildings, which have twin homes in each structure are located on Third and Lincoln, Ash and Cedar streets. The photo shows early excavation for the four buildings at Third and Lincoln streets. Six new twin homes to accommodate 12 families will open by late summer in […]

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Six simple suggestions for living happier in 2016

Saving money and staying fit are traditional New Year’s resolutions, but overly packed schedules and the materialistic focus of modern life are inspiring a new goal for many people: to live happier in 2016 and beyond. “To make 2016 the happiest year ever, think about how you rest, eat and move,” said Matt Johnson, health and performance expert and president […]

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Marion roundabout projected to open Dec. 23

Marion roundabout projected to open Dec. 23

This aerial view of the enhanced roundabout outside Marion shows the shoofly design that will make it easier for “super loads” to maneuver on the outside as smaller vehicles use the interior part of the roundabout. It’s the only roundabout of its kind in the United States, and Department of Transportation officials will be watching to see how well the […]

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Tabor’s training facility should aid recruiting

Tabor’s training facility should aid recruiting

Don Ratzlaff / Free Press<p>The dotted box indicates the approximate position of the indoor baseball training facility Tabor College is planning to build this fall and winter. The $250,000 project, when fully completed, will include a locker room attached to the back of the home dugout for a clubhouse effect. The two-story structure also will include a new pressbox and […]

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Daughter succeeds mother as bank president

Daughter succeeds mother as bank president

For new Hillsboro State Bank president Jessie Wiebe and recently retired president Cynthia Fleming, bank leadership is all in the family. It’s not unusual to see family members taking over family businesses. But it’s not every day a daughter succeeds her mother as president of a family-owned bank that isn’t theirs. That’s what happened in August when daughter Jessie (Nikkel) […]

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