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Historic building repurposed as events center

Historic building repurposed as events center

The 1887 Olde Towne Building is now available to rent for public private functions. The building’s owner, Gary Reimann of McPherson, is working in cooperation with local business woman Marie Kessler, who is overseeing scheduling and other arrangements. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Olde Towne, one of the more historic buildings in Hillsboro downtown business district, is getting a new […]

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Upset property owner gets little solace from council

The owner of one of the four properties that prompted a Jan. 6 public hearing to address dilapidated or out-of-code structures appeared before the Hills­boro City Council during its Nov. 18 meeting. Kevin Tidwell, owner and resident at 206 W. B St., repeated a claim he made at the Aug. 5 meeting that he keeps “getting harassment from the city” […]

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Now’s the time for Medicare Part D comparisons

Now’s the time for Medicare Part D comparisons

Choosing or enrolling in the best Medicare prescription drug plan can seem daunting for many seniors, but free professional assistance is available. Gayla Ratzlaff, coordinator for the Marion County Department on Aging, has been providing the service for several years now. “This is open enrollment for people who were in a plan last year or needing to enroll in a […]

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Responding to children in grief

Responding to children in grief

A Prairie View grief and trauma specialist explains how to help children after a death Kopper by Sara Kopper Prairie View Death and dying can be scary experiences for children. Because of death’s many uncertainties and unknowns, children find it both fascinating and frightening when it happens to a loved one. My father was diagnosed with cancer when I was […]

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Music therapy grows for premature

Music therapy grows for premature

Deanna Hanson-Abromeit, assistant professor of music education and music therapy at the University of Kansas, is studying how music helps premature infants survive and thrive. Here, she strums the guitar for children at Operation Breakthrough, an early education child care and social services facility in Kansas City, Mo. KHI News Service by Alex Smith KCUR-FM If the idea of music […]

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Flood levees lead to costly project to redraw maps

Flood levees lead to costly project to redraw maps

The levee at Marion was built in the mid-1960s as a response in part to the flood of 1951. It begins on the north side of Marion and ends up in the natural geographics of what Marion residents call “the hill.” Without proper levee certification and accreditation by two federal agencies, the cities of Marion and Florence would have federal maps […]

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Couple finding that a ‘tiny house’ is a good fit

Couple finding that a ‘tiny house’ is a good fit

Kyle and Danae Schmidt pose in front of the tiny house dream home they have been building in Hillsboro. Once complete, the couple plan to live comfortable in the 200-square-foot structure that includes two lofts. (Zac Remboldt photo) Kyle and Danae Schmidt are building their dream home: a tiny house. Once it’s built, the Schmidts plan to live comfortably in […]

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Safety tips for consumers with their mowers, chain saws, high-ethanol gas

With warm weather on the way, many Americans will be heading outdoors. Whether you’re beautifying your landscape with a lawn mower and hedge trimmer or using a chain saw to clear space for that deck you’ve always dreamed of, it’s important to take proper care when using outdoor power equipment. Safety measures help protect both the equipment and the people […]

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Turn your ‘victory garden’ into a ‘vitamin garden’ with no-fail, high-nutrition veggies and herbs

It’s a well-known fact that few Americans actually get the recommended daily dose of vitamins. Many turn to over-the-counter supplements to fill in nutritional gaps. But wouldn’t it be better—not to mention tastier—to get needed nutrients from what you eat? This season, why not turn your vegetable and herb garden into a “vitamin garden?” Fortunately, many vitamin-packed vegetables and herbs […]

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Bringing life back into your yard and garden

Return of the green: Get your grass and garden growing again Spring season is a time of regeneration and renewal as you prepare to bring life back to your lawn and garden. Taking the proper steps after seasonal changes or severe weather conditions can prove to be the difference between creating a breathtaking landscape or an outdoor space with unsightly […]

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