Articles By: Laura Fowler Paulus

DEATH: Lawrence “LB” Page Brenneman

Lawrence “LB” Page Brenneman, 56, a resident of Ft. Myers since 2015, formerly of Bowling Green, KY, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019.  He was born February 1, 1963, in Altoona, PA. Lawrence was of the Mennonite faith. He was an excellent high school and college basketball player winning significant awards.  His professional life included teaching and coaching in Wichita, […]

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Hillsboro will present ‘Up the Down Staircase’

Hillsboro will present ‘Up the Down Staircase’

From left: Callie Arnold, Avery Unruh and Bryce Rader. Arnold plays a teacher who has to struggle with an overworked principal (Unruh) to stand up for her troubled student (Rader). Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press Anyone involved in the education system, from students to teachers to administration, faces challenges both in their own lives and at school. Up the Down Staircase, […]

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New coffee spot opens in Marion

New coffee spot opens in Marion

Alli Hett works the cash register during Saturday's opening while Manager Jerry Mendoza offers any assistance needed. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press There is a new hot spot in Marion that people of all ages are talking about after their grand opening on Saturday. Dorothy’s Coffee House and Tea Room is located in a former house across the street from the […]

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Residents concerned about potential cell tower near Marion

Progress can be a great thing. But sometimes progress, especially when it comes to technology, can raise more concerns than help. Several Marion County residents became upset when they learned that Verizon is planning to put a 129-foot cell phone tower up in a residential area. They grew even more concerned when the process for notifying residents of the proposal […]

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Hillsboro Hospital declares bankruptcy

The Hillsboro Community Hospital declared bankruptcy on Wednesday, March 13. The EmpowerHMS owned hospital was placed fully into the hands of the Receiver, Cohesive Healthcare Management and Consulting, on March 5. Olivia Robinson, who works in Human Resources at the hospital, responded to questions regarding the bankruptcy with a prepared statement. She said, “On behalf of the Hillsboro Community Hospital, […]

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DEATH:Elva Plett

Elva Plett, 93, formerly of Lehigh died on March 18, 2019, at Bethesda Home in Goessel. A Celebration of Life Service will be at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2019, at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Rural Goessel. Interment at 2:45 p.m. at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Cemetery rural Goessel. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at Bethesda […]

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DEATH: Malvin Schmidt

Malvin Schmidt, 89, died March 18, 2019, at Hillsboro Community Hospital in Hillsboro. A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church officiated by Pastor Brian Allen. Memorials to Hillsboro M.B. Church in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. He was born June 2, […]

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DEATH: Richard Herbel

Richard Herbel, 75, of Solomon died on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019, at the Community Bible Church in Abilene with Pastor Lindsey Brummer officiating. Burial followed at Prairie Mound Cemetery in Solomon. The family received friends from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral […]

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DEATH: Myrna Jost

Myrna Jost, 86, Hillsboro, died March 12, 2019, at Hillsboro Community Hospital in Hillsboro. A Celebration of Life Service will be at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church rural Hillsboro. The family will receive friends Monday from 5-7 p.m. at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Memorials to Ebenfeld Church in care of Jost Funeral […]

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DEATH: Helen Schafer

Helen Schafer, 93, died on March 16, 2019, at Kansas Christian Home in Newton. The Funeral Service is at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the service time at the Funeral Home. Memorials to Kansas Christian Home or Good Shepherd Hospice in care of […]

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