Articles By: Don Ratzlaff

DEATH: Pauline Balzer, 95

PAULINE BALZER, 95, died May 22 at Asbury Park in Newton. The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at Grace Hill Menno­nite Church with pastor Weldon Martens presiding. Private family interment will be in the Grace Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Grace Hill Mennonite Church or Good Shepherd Hospice in care of Petersen Funeral […]

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DEATH: Rhonda M. Hannon, 43

Rhonda M. Hannon, 43, died May 22, 2018. She was born July 1, 1974. She is survived by her parents, James and Virginia Hannon; two sisters, Jen­nifer (Timothy) Hagwood and their five children, and sister Denise (Bo Thomp­son) Hannon and one son. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 29. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, […]

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Hillsboro passes dog ordinance

by Don Ratzlaff The Free Press The Hillsboro City Coun­cil approved its new dog ordinance and renewed its employee health insurance plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield during its 20-minute regular meeting May 15. “What we’ve got here is the culmination of many meetings where we talked about this,” City Admini­stra­tor Larry Paine said about the final draft. “At our […]

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Editorial: Stay Alert

Now that our schools are out and our children are into their summer-fun mode, it’s important that we adults crank up our safety vigilance as we drive the streets of our home communities. Kids will be kids. They live in the moment, their awareness of their surroundings is easily distracted, and the anticipation of potentially dangerous situations often is not […]

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Hillsboro softball rallies to upend top-seeded Warriors

Hillsboro softball rallies to upend top-seeded Warriors

Hillsboro senior Sarah Jost scores in the game-changing six-run sixth inning as the throw comes late to the plate. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press The Hillsboro softball team achieved a come-from-behind upset win over No. 1 seed Marion in the semi­finals, but couldn’t avoid a 3-0 shutout by No. 2 seed Chase County in the championship game of the Class […]

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Nine Trojans qualify for state track

Nine Trojans qualify for state track

Nine Trojans will represent Hillsboro High at the KSHSAA Track & Field State Championships this weekend in Wichita. Pictured in the back row are (from left) Jessica Saunders, Wes Shaw, Josiah Driggers and Sienna Kaufman; front row, Addie Berens, Kinsey Kleiner, Iris Klein and Roxana Nieto. Not pictured: Abby Sechrist. Hillsboro track and field athletes qualified for eight individual events […]

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Hillsboro baseball opens regional play with 12-0 shutout

Hillsboro, seeded No. 4 (11-9), opened the Class 3A regional tournament with a 12-0 win over No. 5 seed Min­nea­polis (9-11) May 14 at Memorial Field. Caleb Potucek was the pitching hero for the Tro­jans. The sophomore threw a one-hit shutout over five innings in the run-rule victory. “Caleb was awesome on the mound,” head coach Luke Moore said. “He […]

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Groves aiming for affordable family homes

Groves aiming for affordable family homes

Subdivision developer Russell Groves of Hillsboro goes over the plans for the stages of his 30-acre development for affordable homes to attract buyers wanting to start a family or retirees looking for an accessible house to call home. About three years ago, Russell and Jane Groves began envisioning a project that could benefit their adopted hometown of Hills­boro. The project—a […]

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DEATH: Doris Joan Kuchar, 80

Doris Joan Kuchar, 80, a retired hospital dietary manager, died May 13 at her home in Marion. Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 24, at Hebron Lutheran Church of Burdick with pastors Colleen Teeuwe and Norma Duerksen officiating. Burial will follow at Hebron Lutheran Cemetery of Burdick. Memorials have been designated to Hebron Lutheran Church of Bur­dick or […]

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DEATH: Merle Bruner, 84

Merle Bruner, 84, a retired diesel mechanic and former city superintendent of Marion, died May 16 at Marion Assisted Living. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. May 19 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Marion. Visita­tion will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm St., Marion. Burial with military honors will be at […]

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