Articles By: Kevin Hower

County executive session raises questions

Questions surround an executive session during a Marion County Commission meeting last week. The Marion County Commission entered executive session during a special meeting on Friday to discuss bids for the county’s information technology services. Dianne Novak, chair of the county commission, has expressed concerns that the commission violated provisions of the Kansas Open Meetings Act “I was quite frankly […]

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It is a big deal

One doesn’t realize just how big the Kansas Track & Field State Cham­pionships has become until he or she arrives around mid-day Saturday and looks for a parking spot relatively close to Cessna Stadium at Wichita State University. Trust us, you won’t find one. With more than 3,300 athletes from all six classifications competing, you only can imagine how many […]

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Centre’s Espinoza medals at state

Centre’s Espinoza medals at state

Centre’s Espinoza medals at state Centre High School’s Xavier Espinoza shows the running form that enabled him to achieve a time of 11.61 in the 100-meter preliminaries at the Kansas Track and Field Championships in Wichita May 25-26. He advanced to the finals with the sixth-fastest qualifying time. In the finals, Espinoza posted a time of 11.53 seconds to earn […]

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Humanity is small compared to cosmos

I used to spend a great deal more time outdoors—particularly when I was much younger—until I graduated community college and left my home in the country. Lately, I tend to spend far more time in front of a computer, whether it be creating art, writing or programming. However, I remember a couple of events that I suspect were once-in-a-lifetime experiences. […]

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Area Hoops Roundup (January 17, 2018)

GIRLS CANTON-GALVA—The Eagles went 1-1 last week after a 52-22 loss at Goessel on Tuesday followed by a blow-out 57-18 win against Solo­mon on Friday. The Eagles jumped to an 11-2 lead against Solomon after one quarter. By halftime, Canton-Galva pushed the lead to 25-10. The Eagles had their best effort in the third quarter, outscoring their opponent 22-8 for […]

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Curmudgeonly Christmas carol comment

The women with whom I work started playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving had even arrived. While I prefer to wait until at least after the turkey has been eaten, I know them all too well to believe that this would be a winnable battle. Apparently there is a mysterious something that drives them to the early expression of holiday spirit. […]

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Home-based businesses join Christmas promotion

Home-based businesses join Christmas promotion

Annette Klamm of Hillsboro, operator of Plunder Me Beautiful, discusses her products with Shawna Vogt (left) and Shana Stepanek (right). Klamm said she has been developing the business, which specializes in customized Jewelry, for three years now. Photo by Don Ratzlaff / Free Press.

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Births (Week of November 8, 2017)

Levi Groening Ross and Hannah Groening of Hillsboro announce the birth of their son, Levi Matthew Groen­ing, born Nov. 2 at Yoder. He weighed 9 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 225⁄8 inches long. Welcoming him home were siblings Samuel, 6, and Marianne, 2. Maternal grandparents are Harlan and Karla Bartel of Cimarron. Paternal grandparents are Jerry and Sherri Groening of […]

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Auction Date correction

Auction Date correction

Correction Due to an error, the Griffin Auction ad that ran in the August 9 issue of the Hillsboro Free Press had an incorrect date. The updated ad with the correct sale date is below.

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Fire chiefs ask for clearer burn-ban resolution

Fire chiefs ask for clearer burn-ban resolution

County fire chiefs present their concern for a clearer burn-ban resolution to commissioners Dianne Novak and Randy Dallke (right side of the table) at the Feb. 21 meeting. Marion County commissioners heard a request at its Feb. 21 meeting from the Fire Chiefs Association asking for a clearer burn-ban resolution. Six of the 13 fire departments in the county were […]

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