• Glow run enjoys second year at Marion County Fair

    The glow run lit up Hillsboro last week. This was the second year for the event hosted by the Hillsboro Young Professionals. Phyllis Richert/ Free Press The second annual HYP Glow Run kicked off at 9 p.m. Friday, July 27. Runners wore orange shirts with the motto “Here we glow again” that they received as part of their registration as […]

    Glow run enjoys second year at Marion County Fair
  • Exotic visit for Marion County

    Sully, a 6-year-old camel owned by Robert and Ashley Olmstead of Goddard, paid a visit to Salem Home residents and visitors on Friday. Robert, lead zookeeper at Tanganyika Wildlife Park at Goddard, said camels can run about 40 mph. Aleen Ratzlaff / Free Press It’s rare for an exotic animal to make an appearance in Hillsboro, but on Friday, July […]

    Exotic visit for Marion County

    Lillian Bookless of Hillsboro is now a proud citizen of both the United States and Canada. Today the United States is celebrating its 242nd birthday, and it’s also the day the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776. In addition to the U.S. having a milestone event, 20 people from nine countries also celebrated a milestone by becoming […]


    Melanie and Dale Franz and son Darren pull weeds Sunday along sidewalks in Marion’s downtown business district as their contribution to HMBC’s service day. Sometimes it’s hard to show love toward your neighbors without getting your hands a little dirty. Rather than inhabit their clean and comfortable worship center this past Sunday, more than 200 people from the Hillsboro Menno­nite […]

  • Keep your attention on water-safety rules this summer

    Marion Reservoir provides a “Loaner Life Jacket Station” at its swimming area at Cottonwood Cove. A PFD (personal flotation device) is the primary piece of safety equipment when in, on, or around the water—especially at a lake or pond because you cannot see the bottom. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press It always saddens me to learn of any drowning. The […]

    Keep your attention on water-safety rules this summer
  • Hillsboro, Marion teams compete at Council Grove meet

    LEFT: Hudson Rogers dives in for his leg of the 8 & Under boys’ freestyle relay. RIGHT: Hillsboro’s Violet Klein finds her stroke during the freestyle relay for 11-12 year-old girls at the Council Grove swim meet on Saturday. Photos by Karrie Rathbone The Hillsboro swim team claimed first place at the three-team meet at Council Grove Saturday with Marion […]

    Hillsboro, Marion teams compete at Council Grove meet

    Patty Decker photoThis year’s car show drew 105 cars and three motorcycles to Memorial Park’s circle drive in Hillsboro. The 20th annual Route 56 Classic Cruisers Car Show on Saturday in Hillsboro’s Memorial Park was considered by organizers as one of the best yet. Kim Abrahams of Hillsboro, who’s been organizing the show since the beginning, said 105 cars and […]

  • Committed to kids for 47 years

    Courtesy photo“Title 1 are kids that need some help in reading and/or math,” Gloria Winter says. “They’re just not quite up to speed. They haven’t been diagnosed with a disability.” Gloria Winter completed her 47th year of teaching public schools this May, and for all those years, she said her personal schedule has been wrapped around the school calendar. But […]

    Committed to kids for 47 years
  • Water break damages Florence gymnasium

    This photo shows the extent of the buckling of the gymnasium floor following an extended waterline burst that occurred between May 4 and the evening of May 16 The Florence City Council dropped a bombshell at its meeting May 21 with news that the high school gymnasium sustained serious water damage sometime between May 4, and prior to the evening […]

    Water break damages Florence gymnasium
  • Track Athletes lay it on the line

    Warriors claim four medals Rivals become record-setters at state After competing against each other in shot put and discus during high school, Hillsboro’s Wes Shaw (top photo) and Marion’s Tyler Palic (lower photo) could claim their place in the state record books. Shaw threw the shot put 60 feet, 11.5 inches, bettering his school records and setting a new state […]

    Track Athletes lay it on the line

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Loewen comes home to teach at Hillsboro Elementary School

Loewen comes home to teach at Hillsboro Elementary School

August 15, 2018 at 4:53 pm

New teacher Tena Loewen prepares her classroom for her incoming second grade class. While...

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Golf champions announced

August 15, 2018 at 4:18 pm

The Annual Hillsboro Golf Course Club championship was held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4-5 at the Hillsboro Municipal Golf Course. There were 36 participants this year. “There...

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Man who jumped out of moving train found in Marion County

August 15, 2018 at 4:40 pm

At 3:37 a.m. on August 12, Harvey County contacted Marion County Dispatch and advised that a subject jad jumped from a moving train somewhere around the Marion-Harvey County...

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New cardiovascular doctor joins ranks in Hillsboro

New cardiovascular doctor joins ranks in Hillsboro

August 8, 2018 at 9:12 am

Hillsboro area residents now can receive comprehensive cardiovascular care...

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Local High School Student Selected to Perform at Sydney Opera House

August 15, 2018 at 4:22 pm

Grace Neal, a student at Berean Academy, grand-daughter of Randy and Judy Mills of Florence, was selected for the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series at Sydney Opera...