Articles By: Joey Young

Game night creates great bonding time

It’s the simple things in life that are sometimes the most gratifying. Lindsey and I had the joy of spending a recent Saturday evening with Lindsey?s sister and my brother-in-law. Often when we get together for a night out, we spend time eating something delicious, chatting, and the evening usually ends with a good old-fashioned board game. We have played […]

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Emergency was a wake-up call

Life is precious. It is delicate and tough all at the same time, but it can be taken from you in a moments notice without warning. I was working in Hills?boro office a few weeks ago when I received a call from my wife, Lindsey, saying that her mother was going into surgery and that she didn?t know much more […]

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Big-box event a step forward

When the announcement officially came that big box was coming to Marion County I was loud, proud and to some, a little obnoxious. I am sure many were thinking, ?Who is this guy, he just got here. Why does he care?? Those questions were probably justified. I hadn?t had a chance to meet many of you, and, in the eyes […]

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Expecting a great year in 2015

This year certainly has been a blur, and I?m sure 2015 is going to bring many new amazing experiences and intrigue into my life. Without question, 2014 has been one of the most memorable years of my 30 years on Earth. The biggest reason was, back in April, Joel Klaassen entrusted this media company he and Don Ratzlaff built from […]

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Opportunities are a blessing

I am astounded by the opportunities that have been afforded to me, especially recently. You would be hard pressed to find a person more thankful than this guy. This year, I?ve had the chance to write about a lot of neat things, our media company has expanded, and I?ve had a chance to forge relationships because of this media group. […]

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It’s time to get back to walking

I am back on the wagon, and Lindsey and I are being more active starting last week. The last six months have been a whirlwind, and the amount of walks the dog gets and general activity I have been getting have gone down the tube. It’s really bummed me out. Lindsey got me out of my funk last week when […]

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A chance to relive past fun

It?s not too often that you get to go back in time. Everyone is always moving forward, and the past moves into the rearview mirror quicker than anyone ever expects, so going back isn’t in the cards. While we didn’t hop into a Delorean, and I am pretty sure we didn’t get up to 88 miles-per-hour, two of my best […]

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Be wary of those political ads

With the glut of political advertising out there, I have one message for the people of Marion County: Do your research and don?t believe everything you hear or see. It doesn?t matter which side you vote with typically, the truth is, both sides play dirty this time of the year and neither is showing all their cards. They want to […]

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A letter from the Free Press publisher

Dear readers, Wal-Mart isn’t our friend. They aren’t our buddies. They don’t care about Marion County. They see us as a way to suck up more market share and that is all. I wrote an editorial about this a few weeks ago. I have been more than vocal about it when people ask my opinion. Joel Klaassen, former owner of […]

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Mystery Business

When an organism exhausts a food supply, it must find something new to feed on. A virus or parasite finds a new host, a predator finds new prey, and Wal-Mart searches for another market and more small businesses to devour. With all the talk of a new ?mystery business? coming to Hillsboro, the speculation has many turning to the signs […]

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