Articles By: Laura Fowler Paulus

State track meet faces delays

The 2019 Kansas State Track and Field Championship has been delayed until 10 a.m. For updates on times and schedules, the link to watch live and more information go here. We will also try to keep you updated throughout the day. Good luck to all our Marion County athletes competing today and tomorrow!

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Wind farm lawsuit filed, halts meeting

A special meeting of the Marion County Commission came to an abrupt halt on Friday after Brad Jantz, county counselor, made an announcement to a full room. “There has been a lawsuit filed against the county, and as much as I know about it, the subject matter are the wind turbines and farms,” Jantz said. “As such, I’m going to […]

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Flooding continues to be an issue in Marion County

As the rains continue, the flooding is increasing in areas of Marion County. Remember to be safe and don’t take chances with driving.   The Marion County Clerk’s office released the following information this afternoon: The US Army Corp of Engineers is currently releasing water from the Marion Reservoir. Residents near the Cottonwood River should be aware that water will […]

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DEATH: Irene Finley

Irene Finley, 88, of Herington, died Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at the Legacy of Herington, KS. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Lyona Methodist Church-near Junction City, with Rev. Kris Brinlee, officiating. Interment will follow at the Lyona Methodist Cemetery. Family visitation 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the […]

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Big news in wind farm battle

A special meeting of the Marion County Commission came to an abrupt halt this afternoon after Brad Jantz, county counselor, made an announcement to a full room. “There has been a lawsuit filed against the county, and as much as I know about it, the subject matter are the wind turbines and farms,” Jantz said. “As such, I’m going to […]

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Watching Goessel grow up

Watching Goessel grow up

A Goessel Elementary student visits with retiring secretary Denise Nickel. Nickel has worked there for 25 years. Both were dressed up for a Hawaiian theme spirit day. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press It is not often in today’s society to have an employee stay in one position at one place for over 25 years. And to have two people in a […]

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Students witness local government at Hillsboro Council

Students witness local government at Hillsboro Council

Seniors at Hillsboro High School came to the city council meeting on Tuesday to see local government firsthand. Their teacher, Darrel Knoll, came with them. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press There were more members of the public than normal in attendance at the Hillsboro City Council meeting on Tuesday. Students of a Hillsboro High School history class attended with their teacher […]

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Concerns continue at Hillsboro Hospital

There have been rumors swirling for weeks about high-level staff leaving Hillsboro Community Hospital, but nothing has been officially confirmed by the hospital or the staff who have left and will be leaving. While some employees have spoken to members of the Free Press, they are scared about coming forward and sharing information due to the threat of lawsuits and […]

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Heavy rains affect Marion County agriculture

Heavy rains affect Marion County agriculture

The water rose so high in Florence that it came up over the bridge. Drew Looper/Special to the Free Press Marion County received so much rain last week, that Governor Kelly issued a state of disaster emergency declaration for it and several other counties. Many residents had to find alternate routes as parts of Highway 50 and other areas became […]

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DEATH: Larry L. Heim

Larry L. Heim, 74, Canton, died May 5, 2019, at his home in Canton. A funeral service was at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 9 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Canton. Interment was in the church cemetery. Friends called from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8 at Olson’s Mortuary, Canton. Memorials have been established with the church or the Good Shepherd Hospice, […]

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