Articles By: Laura Fowler Paulus

Marion County schools continue to adapt learning

All of the schools districts in Marion County are making changes due to the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic. The Free Press updated readers on Goessel and Hillsboro last week (although Hillsboro has a meeting set for Tuesday, Nov. 24, which will be after press deadline), and now here are the other schools. Marion-Florence USD 408 The Free Press was unable to […]

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Hillsboro discusses mask mandate

After the Marion County Board of Commissioners failed to issue a mask mandate on Monday, Nov. 16, the Hillsboro City Council decided to take matters into their own hands and pass their own ordinance. Mayor Lou Thurston summed it up. “I think this is a public health issue and not some government control issue,” he said. “I’m quite uninterested in […]

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Commission meeting ends abruptly

While the Marion County Board of Commissioners meeting got off to a slow start on Monday, Nov. 23, it definitely ended quickly when Commissioner Dianne Novak let loose a long tirade, speaking out against the Marion Record in general and particularly an opinion piece written by Publisher Eric Meyers, all while glaring at their local reporter who was sitting in […]

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When sports and politics intersect and other musings

Let’s cut to the chase. The average person is tired of politics, but it’s fascinating how some of the terms used in sports apply in politics, too. For example, in the closing days of the presidential campaign, Donald Trump used a full-court press to try and close the gap against challenger Joe Biden by holding multiple rallies in two or […]

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Hillsboro School Board makes changes

The USD 410 Board of Education was very busy this past week, as they met twice to discuss district business. The first meeting, which happened to be the regular monthly meeting, occurred on Monday. An optimistic Max Heinrichs, superintendent, shared with the board that in spite of a daily increasing number of COVID positive and quarantined cases, things should soon […]

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Commission gets heated over masks

Most of the Marion County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday was filled with letters, petitions and conversations attempting to persuade the commissioners to take the rapidly increasing cases of COVID-19 in Marion County seriously and issue a mask mandate. Despite requests from both citizens and public health officials, the commission continued its refusal to issue one. Public Comments The meeting […]

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Peabody gives back for November

Peabody gives back for November

USD 398 and Peabody Community Foundation (PCF) have partnered for the four Tuesdays in November for the past three years, but this year the pandemic has impacted plans when the District announced remote learning for junior and senior high students. “We’ve still got our themes in place and are hoping the community will step up and participate,” said Becky Nickel, […]

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County election results final as of Friday

County election results final as of Friday

While results will not be final until after official canvassing on Friday, Marion County voters showed up in large numbers to choose both national and local leaders. There were a total of 7,944 registered voters who showed up and voted either in person or by mail. There was only one race that was close, and that was for the County […]

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County health website hosts bad COVID information

The Marion County Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 9. A concern regarding the Marion County Health Department website (http://www.marioncoks.net/Departments/HealthDepartment/Coronavirus/tabid/14070/Default.aspx) came up when Commissioner Randy Dallke said that he had someone connected to Peabody but living in Texas reach out to him multiple times over the weekend, upset that the website had incorrect information on it. The […]

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Mexican food returns to Hillsboro

Mexican food returns to Hillsboro

Ever since the news of the sudden closure of El Lorito, the Mexican restaurant in Hillsboro, many have been wondering who would be taking over. While there were many speculations, the consensus among most seemed to be the hope that it would continue serving Mexican food. Last week, questions were answered when familiar faces Erik and Trini Torres reopened the […]

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