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Prof issues social media challenge

Tabor College students attending the opening academic convocation Aug. 25 were encouraged to consider the pros and cons of social media as they begin a new school year. Carisa Funk, winner of the Clarence R. Hiebert Excellence in Teaching Award this spring, challenged students to enjoy life in the moment. “Are you actually present in your life, or do you […]

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Tooth Fairy can teach your kids about money

When those first baby teeth start wobbling, you and the Tooth Fairy can combine forces to teach your kids about money. Visa’s latest annual Tooth Fairy survey indicates that the average price of a lost tooth is $3.19 in 2015. This is the fourth consecutive year that young Americans are finding more than $3 under their pillows from the fabled […]

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Marion council changes ‘nuisance’ procedures

The Marion City Council approved modifying the adopted city code regarding enforcement of nuisances during its Aug. 17 meeting. City Attorney Susan Robson said many letters recently were sent out regarding the nuisance code, but in doing so there are things the council might want to consider changing. “The city code approved last year stated that violations would start with […]

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Abandoned pets not so common in county

Abandoned pets not so common in county

It is a lot harder to find owners for homeless cats, like the one pictured, than kittens—but black cats are even harder to be placed, according to some experts. Patty Decker / Free Press Most communities in Marion County report they haven’t seen a lot of abandoned animals, but that doesn’t mean all animals have good homes or owners. One […]

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Local boys pedaling for fitness, fun and family

Local boys pedaling for fitness, fun and family

The Goekler males wit their bikes and gear: (from left) Caden, Isaac, Ryan and Canyon. The boys seem to have found their competitive niche with cross-country mountain bike racing on trails in state parks around Kansas. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Bonding by biking. That’s the strategy one Hillsboro family has chosen as way to combine “together time” with physical […]

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Federal disaster relief coming to Marion County

Three agencies in Marion County have submitted a project in response to President Barack Obama’s federal disaster declaration for public assistance as a result of storms between May 4 and June 21 in Kansas. The federal assistance, said Jane Welch with the Adjutant General’s department in Topeka, will help repair damage to public infrastructure and critical services from a series […]

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Victory Plaza a win-win for Marion residents

Victory Plaza a win-win for Marion residents

One of the 10 duplexes in the Victory Plaza housing project along Eisenhower Drive. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Two long-awaited housing projects in Marion crossed the finish line in 2014: the Victory Plaza duplexes (along Eisenhower Road), and the rehabilitation of the September I Atrium building at 1500 E. Main St. Tom Bishop, director of Homestead Affordable Housing Inc. […]

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Men, women experience their retirement differently

Men, women experience their retirement differently

What’s retirement like? The answer may depend upon whether you’re a man or a woman. Women report more positive experiences in retirement than men, yet also say they are more likely to experience negative emotions, especially stress, according to a study conducted by MassMutual. The study’s findings have implications for retirement planning, both financially and emotionally. “Women often experience high […]

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State sales tax increase effective today, July 1

State sales tax increase effective today, July 1

Starting today, consumers will be paying for more retail goods and taxable services when they purchase them in the state of Kansas. As part of the budget package approved by the Legislature in June, the portion of sales tax going to the state of Kansas has increased from 6.15 percent to 6.50—or 35 cents more for every $100 purchase. The […]

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Five money traps you should avoid each month

Are you always on the prowl for a better deal? Looking for ways to save money—but without having to cut back on quality? People often overspend in ways they don’t even realize. From service plans that aren’t being used to buying too many bulk items, it is easy to throw away money without even knowing it. If you want to […]

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