• Ready to serve

    Kent Becker enjoys some remaining free time on the family farm west of Durham before he officially begins his new job as the District 1 commissioner for Marion County March 27. He is the third generation to live at the family location. Becker said his grandfather built the barn in the background around 1917. Kent Becker of rural Durham says […]

    Ready to serve
  • HPD asking residents to lock car doors at night

    The Hillsboro Police Department is asking residents to take precautions when leaving vehicles unlocked around the city. Police Chief Dan Kinning said that during the late night and early morning hours of March 17-19, someone entered about 33 vehicles in the city of Hillsboro. “In 16 of these incidents, loose change, cash and one ring were taken, and nothing else […]

    HPD asking residents to lock car doors at night
  • Marion school counselor receives statewide honor

    Kris Burkholder holds the plaque she received March 3 for being the Kansas Counseling Association’s “Kansas Counselor of the Year” for 2017. “I can’t imagine myself doing anything else,” said Burkholder, who serves Marion elementary and middle schools. “I love what I do.” As the counselor for Marion elementary and middle schools, Kris Burkholder has been influencing young lives in […]

    Marion school counselor receives statewide honor
  • Mayor: Ambulance service in Hillsboro ‘a great big mess’

    Mayor Delores Dalke Mayor Delores Dalke updated the Hillsboro City Council about her efforts to strengthen local ambulance service, which she described as “a great big mess.” “We do not have enough volunteers because the people who were volunteering were hired as full-time people to work out of Marion,” Dalke said near the end of the council’s March 7 meeting. […]

    Mayor: Ambulance service in Hillsboro ‘a great big mess’
  • Fire gear ‘washer’ cuts risk for firefighters

    Kansas Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen (foreground) demonstrates the new exterior extractor machine that can “wash away” dangerous chemical and biohazards during a visit to Florence in February. Observing the process are Kevin Doel, public information manager for Jorgensen’s office, and Mark Slater, Florence fire chief. Kansas Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen of Topeka was in Florence recently to witness the unveiling […]

    Fire gear ‘washer’ cuts risk for firefighters
  • Grill brush business wins the day at youth contest

    Jonathan Hinerman (left) and Nathan Simhiser make their case for Arrow Grilling in the final round of the second annual Marion County Youth Entrepreneurial Challenge March 7 in the Marion Community Center. The judges, Chris Costello, Ciara Thyfault and Phil Weisenbach (from left), asked questions and evaluated the presentations from each of the three finalist business before declaring Arrow Grilling […]

    Grill brush business wins the day at youth contest
  • ‘Beast Feast’ raises $3,000 to support Marion County Food Bank

    Kevin Fruechting, Administrative Council chairman for the Aulne United Methodist Church, presents a check Sunday morning for $3,000 to Gerry Henderson in support of the Marion County Food Bank. The money was raised through a “Beast Feast” Feb. 18 that served up wild-game delicacies such as squirrel, elk, alligator, barbecued raccoon, venison, fried fish, mountain oysters, smoked trout, goose and […]

    ‘Beast Feast’ raises $3,000 to support Marion County Food Bank
  • Fire chiefs ask for clearer burn-ban resolution

    County fire chiefs present their concern for a clearer burn-ban resolution to commissioners Dianne Novak and Randy Dallke (right side of the table) at the Feb. 21 meeting. Marion County commissioners heard a request at its Feb. 21 meeting from the Fire Chiefs Association asking for a clearer burn-ban resolution. Six of the 13 fire departments in the county were […]

    Fire chiefs ask for clearer burn-ban resolution
  • Student hopes love for acting becomes tool for service

    Hillsboro native Molly Wiebe Faber says the upcoming Tabor College production of “A Doll’s House” is a favorite among a long resume of productions that began for her in the second grade. Her career goal is to combine her love for theater and her love for helping others. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Molly Wiebe Faber has had her eye […]

    Student hopes love for acting becomes tool for service
  • Hillsboro pharmacy cuts the ribbon on new facility and new name

    Assisted by his coworkers and backed up by a significant contingent of community supporters, owner Eric Driggers cuts the ceremonial ribbon marking the opening of the newly named and located Hillsboro Hometown Phar­macy Monday morning, Feb. 27. The 3,500-square foot building at the corner of Ash Street and Orchard Drive will mark a new beginning and new home for the […]

    Hillsboro pharmacy cuts the ribbon on new facility and new name

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March 22, 2017 at 3:17 pm

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Tabor secures two walk-off wins

Tabor secures two walk-off wins

March 22, 2017 at 2:52 pm

The Bluejays celebrate after Devon Fisk-Aguilar (left) hit a walk-off RBI single to give...

  • 3 Bluejays earn NAIA accolades

    Lance Carter, Julian Winton and Tena Loewen have received recognition on their respective men’s and women’s...

    March 22, 2017 at 2:51 pm
  • Bluejays lose two games to Friends

    The Tabor College baseball team lost a three-game series to Friends, two games to one Friday and Saturday. Tabor...

    March 22, 2017 at 2:50 pm
  • Four Trojans feted by CKL coaches

    Central Kansas League coaches recognized four members of the state-qualifying boys’ team and three players from...

    March 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm

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County reverses decision on Limestone Road

March 22, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Marion City Council adopted the revised power purchase agreement with Kansas Power Pool during its March 13 meeting. “(The contract) will allow us to take advantage of some...

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For new CG&S CEO, it’s a county homecoming

For new CG&S CEO, it’s a county homecoming

March 15, 2017 at 11:47 am

Jerry Fenske, a Marion County native and Centre High School grad, is returning to his roots...

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Chess Guild wins 2-1A state title

Chess Guild wins 2-1A state title

March 22, 2017 at 2:53 pm

>The Class 2-1A state champions from Hillsboro High School Chess Guild: (from left) Jacob...