• Passerby warns of house on fire

    This photo was taken from behind the house of Eric and Clarissa Dutton looking east. Fire departments from Hillsboro, Peabody and Goessel responded to the emergency. Fire destroyed a rural Marion County home about 10 miles south of Hillsboro Tuesday, Jan. 10. No one was hurt in the blaze. The 4-year-old home is owned by Eric and Clarissa Dutton, but […]

    Passerby warns of house on fire
  • A sight and a sign?

    Rainbow Marion County residents who looked to the west during the early morning hours of Jan. 10 had the opportunity to witness an impressive double full rainbow on the horizon. This was the scene from the Main Street of Hillsboro, using a panoramic approach to capture the rare event. According to the Book of Genesis, the rainbow was God’s promise […]

    A sight and a sign?
  • Lalouette feels the heat for absences from county role

    First District Commissioner Lalouette told her critics Monday that she is not in a position to make decisions at this time. About 12 citizens attended the Marion County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday with some specifically asking Lori Lalouette, First District commissioner, to resign immediately or face a recall petition. Jim Hefley and Kevin Suderman, both of Hillsboro, said they […]

    Lalouette feels the heat for absences from county role
  • Newly elected county officials sworn in Monday for service

    Dianne Novak, the newly elected Marion County commissioner for the 2nd District, is sworn-in Monday by Michael Powers, 8th Judicial District judge. Also taking the oath for county service were Jeannine Bateman, treasurer; Robert Craft, sheriff; Courtney Boehm, attorney; Randy Dallke, commissioner; Tina Spen­cer, clerk and Rebecca Wingfield, register of deeds. Prior to the Marion Coun­ty Board of Commissioners meeting […]

    Newly elected county officials sworn in Monday for service
  • New director steps in at Hillsboro Public Libary

    A clerk at the Hillsboro library 10 years ago, Jeanie Bartel is now in charge of processing the library’s book collection and other resources and programs. The Hillsboro Public Library is beginning the new year under new leadership. After nearly 20 years serving as the library director, Cathy Fish retired in December. Following a search process, Jeanie Bartel was hired […]

    New director steps in at Hillsboro Public Libary
  • County travels a bumpy road during a year of challenges

    South Cottonwood River erosion threatened the stability of the road and bridge along 190th Street west of Marion during 2016. County commissioners closed the comprised area indefinitely starting Sept. 1. Marion County leaders traveled a difficult road during 2016 mostly because of… difficult roads. County commissioners were frequently dealing with maintenance complaints on unpaved rural roads, then were forced to […]

    County travels a bumpy road during a year of challenges
  • Hospital launch highlights year of private construction

    After seven years of delays, construction began in mid-April on the $11.4 million home for Hillsboro Community Hospital. By year’s end the building was fully enclosed. After a year when city government initiated several significant infrastructure projects, Hills­boro residents may remember 2016 as the year the private sector got noticeably involved. Several significant construction projects, representing about $32 million in […]

    Hospital launch highlights year of private construction
  • Hometown puzzle master

    Hometown Word Search puzzle master Gary Ewert works from his home in Marion. He has faithfully submitted a puzzle every week for the past 12 years or so. “I’m history buff,” he says. “I thought it would be cool to have a Hometown Word Search.” His final puzzle for the Free Press can be found in Page 6 of the […]

    Hometown puzzle master
  • New company presents plan for fiber Internet

    Homes and businesses in Hillsboro could have access to high-speed fiber Internet beginning as early as April. That was the assurance representatives from Super­ior Fiber Com­munications gave the Hillsboro City Coun­cil during its Dec. 20 meeting. Kemper Morris, founder and CEO of the Peabody-based company, and Gavin Church, IT specialist, said the goal of their start-up business is to bring […]

    New company presents plan for fiber Internet
  • Marion council announces lighting contest winners

    Marion Mayor Todd Heitschmidt presents checks to the top three winners in the city’s Christmas Lighting Contest during the Dec. 19 city council meeting. From left: The first-place prize of $500 went to Wallace and Kim Ross. The Marion City Council announced winners of the Christmas Lighting Contest during its Dec. 19 meeting. First place went to Wallace and Kim […]

    Marion council announces lighting contest winners

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Passerby warns of house on fire

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January 17, 2017 at 10:05 pm

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Hillsboro defeats Haven, 53-48

Hillsboro defeats Haven, 53-48

January 17, 2017 at 9:29 pm

Darien Ratzlaff manages to score despite being sandwiched by three Haven Wildcat defenders...

  • Bluejay men crack Top 25 poll

    The Tabor College men’s basketball team cracked the NAIA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 poll last week prior...

    January 17, 2017 at 9:28 pm
  • Tabor earns 57-53 win at OKWU

    The Tabor College women’s basketball team was tested on the road in Bartlesville Thursday but came away with...

    January 17, 2017 at 9:27 pm
  • Marion wrestlers second at Halstead

    Four first-place medals led the Marion wrestling team to a second-place finish among a field of 16 at the Halstead...

    January 17, 2017 at 9:27 pm

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Holub encountered his share of difficult issues as commissioner

Holub encountered his share of difficult issues as commissioner

January 17, 2017 at 9:44 pm

“An elected official should pay attention to what people are saying. Someone doesn’t...

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Approaches changing for safer livestock handling

Approaches changing for safer livestock handling

January 17, 2017 at 8:57 pm

Many facilities today include chutes with a ramp for high-loading semi-trucks as well as...

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Hillsboro schools find their spelling c-h-a-m-p-i-o-n-s

Hillsboro schools find their spelling c-h-a-m-p-i-o-n-s

January 17, 2017 at 9:04 pm

Youth prevails in middle school A pair of sixth-graders earned the right to...