• Hillsboro seniors get together for belated prom

    Some of the Hillsboro High School Class of 2020 attended a special prom just for them and their dates where they were very careful to follow social distancing protocol. Due to COVID-19, the cancellation of Hillsboro High School’s junior-senior prom was a disappointment to many students who were looking forward to a night of memories. When the notification of the […]

    Hillsboro seniors get together for belated prom
  • Hillsboro keeps cruising Main Street throughout summer

      Kaden Kleiner and his mom Lena Kleiner, picked up some adorable fans while cruising so they could enjoy the fun, too. Jetta Ratzlaff flashes a peace sign while her brother Xavier and cousin Creed Werth flash their goofy grins. The evening was fun for all ages. Mishelle Dush, Hillsboro, driving Main with her young friends along enjoying shaved ice […]

    Hillsboro keeps cruising Main Street throughout summer
  • Visitor feels bridged together in oneness by faith

    Editor’s note: This is a story from last summer that was just shared with the Free Press from a local church. It is a first-person look at how a visitor to Hillsboro experienced the community both as an outsider and as a person of color. I vowed that Summer 2019 would be the summer my 11-year-old daughter, who has spent […]

    Visitor feels bridged together in oneness by faith
  • Centre sends off graduates in mostly masked ceremony

    Braxton Smith accepts his diploma after he delivered his speech as class president at the Class of 2020 Centre Graduation on July 4. The Free Press did a story on Smith back in May when he was working on the #capandgownchallenge which involved him completing 12 acts of service to the community before graduation. Smith completed the challenge when he […]

    Centre sends off graduates in mostly masked ceremony
  • Young person dies in tragic truck accident in Hillsboro

    For many in Hillsboro, Thursday, June 25, 2020, has become one of those moments that will always stand out in their minds. The day that they will always remember what they were doing when they heard—the news that a child had been killed at the four-way stop at Ash and D. For many, it was because they worried that it […]

    Young person dies in tragic truck accident in Hillsboro
  • Thinking of others

    Hunter Ogle turned 9 recently. All he wanted for his birthday was for his family to donate food to Main Street Ministries so that families in need could have plenty of food. So his family did just that. They had a birthday party for him and all of the family members brought food items to donate and then they went […]

    Thinking of others
  • Paine saying goodbye to administration role

    A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. – Jackie Robinson This quote sums up Hillsboro City Administrator Larry Paine, not just because it was said by a baseball player, but because it so accurately describes all of Paine’s professional life. Paine has spent all of his career serving others. Even in the very […]

    Paine saying goodbye to administration role
  • Cheerleaders host blood drive

    (from left) Tanner Plett, D’myia Cox, Adrian Unruh and Sarah Paulus. The HHS cheer squad was on hand on Monday to help out the American Red Cross with volunteers at the Hillsboro blood drive. The American Red Cross is taking extra precautions to keep everyone safe in light of COVID-19. All volunteers working and donating blood have to wear masks, […]

    Cheerleaders host blood drive
  • Hillsboro family loses everything in house fire

    It is unusual to hear a siren in town in Hillsboro in the middle of the afternoon and it is almost unheard of to hear multiple sirens for an extended amount of time. So residents knew that something serious was happening on Thursday afternoon when multiple sirens could be heard and fire trucks were seen heading down Ash street where […]

    Hillsboro family loses everything in house fire
  • Black Lives Matter in Hillsboro

    The heat and possibility of controversy did not stop droves of people from showing up on Sunday for Hillsboro’s first-ever Black Lives Matter March. The event was started in the brain of Hillsboro resident Shelby Johnson. Right after the death of George Floyd, she was thinking about it all while at work. She initially thought about doing a cookout with […]

    Black Lives Matter in Hillsboro

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August 11, 2020 at 4:54 pm

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Blue-green algae warning moved to watch at lake

August 5, 2020 at 5:56 pm

The Marion County Lake has been dropped from Blue-green Algae warning down to a watch. This means the swimming area has re-opened. “We ask you to please be cautious, as...

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Goessel, Marion host Zoom 4-H meetings

Goessel, Marion host Zoom 4-H meetings

April 15, 2020 at 11:14 am

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USD 410 gears up for heading back to school

August 5, 2020 at 1:13 am

The USD 410 School Board and Superintendent Max Heinrichs met last week and decided on an official start date. They took Governor Kelly’s recommendation and postponed...

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Marion Cheer prepares for upcoming Fall season

Marion Cheer prepares for upcoming Fall season

August 5, 2020 at 12:48 am

Front Row (from left): Captain Preston Schneider, Captain Tristan Williams,...