Articles By: Laura Fowler Paulus

DEVASTATED– Durham experiences worst flood since 1951

DEVASTATED– Durham experiences worst flood since 1951

Much of downtowvn Durham was flooded on July 4. Some places reported water as high as four feet in businesses and homes. Photo submitted by Jared Dyck While many were enjoying holiday festivities and preparing for a fourth of July filled with fun and relaxations, Durham residents faced a very different reality. Rainfall over several hours during the night Wednesday […]

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4-H offers fundraising meal in Marion

4-H offers fundraising meal in Marion

Noah Schmidt and Tripp Peterson, both 10, at their 4-H meal fundraiser in Marion on Wednesday.

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Former Marion Co. resident honored

Former Marion Co. resident honored

Former Lehigh resident, Pete Goering, was one of three 2019 inductees into the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Hall of Fame. The induction ceremonies were held on June 26 at the Ramada Downtown Hotel and Convention Center in Topeka. Goering, who died in 2009 at the age of 60 after a battle with cancer, had a long, storied career with The […]

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Peabody watershed helped county

Peabody watershed helped county

Water empties out of the dam on a local farmer’s land. The water collects in the dam, or watershed, and then is funneled out in moderation through a pipe that goes through the ground. This prevents from all of the water hitting Doyle Creek in one mad rush. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press Lewis Unruh has spent his whole […]

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Peabody coming together after community flooded out

Peabody coming together after community flooded out

Peabody business owner David LaFoy works with a volunteer from the United Methodist Early Response Team to empty out his flooded building. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press David and Leslie LaFoy live and own a business, Adventure Sales and Engineering, in Downtown Peabody. They had to be evacuated on Sunday after rainstorms over a 32 hour period left much […]

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Man missing at Marion Reservoir

On Sunday, June 30 at 1:20 a.m. the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing boater at the Marion Reservoir. The man’s truck and boat trailer were found at the Marion Cove boat ramp. The following agencies responded: Marion County Sheriff’s Office, boats from the US Army Corps of Engineers and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and […]

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Marion Tri swim meet on June 22

 Marion Tri 2019 – 6/22/2019 Event 1 Girls 9-10 100 Yard Freestyle 1 Ensey, Abree 10 Marion Swim Team-ZZ NT 1:42.92 6 2 Miles, Sydney 9 Peabody Super Swimmers-US 2:21.61 2:23.20 5 3 Whiteside, Brooklynn 9 Peabody Super Swimmers-US 2:47.43 2:47.38   Events 2 Boys 9-10 100 Yard Freestyle 1 Newman, Kaiden 10 Peabody Super Swimmers-US 1:30.42 1:21.67 2 Rogers, Hudson […]

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Successful blood drive

Successful blood drive

Michael, Regan and Fred James, three generation of blood donors all gave blood at the Hillsboro High School Cheer Team blood drive on Monday, June 17. The Hillsboro High School Cheer Team, along with Coach Kathy Klein, hosted an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Methodist Church on Monday, June 17. According to the blood drive organizer Staci Silhan, […]

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Marion County swimmers compete locally

Marion County swimmers compete locally

From left to right: Kolten Kenske, 8, Malik Nickel, 8, Blaine Nickel, Wesley Fenske, Koehn Janzen, 8, and Hudson Sibayan, 8. Some of the Hillsboro 8 and under boys show off the ribbons they won in their 100 yard medley relay. Little brothers also pose since swim meets are usually a family event. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press Three Marion County […]

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Students enjoy ‘Tabor Camp’

Students enjoy ‘Tabor Camp’

Dani Klein plays a game with some of her students that she worked with as a camp counselor during SDYC Kids Camp at Tabor last week. Provided Photo. Every year in June, the town of Hillsboro, that had recently lost a large number of its population due to Tabor College being out for the summer, increases in size again as […]

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