Articles By: Laura Fowler Paulus

Masks continue to be a part of discussions

The Marion County Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday, July 6 got off to a bit of a rocky and unproductive start. While most of the commissioners and Clerk Tina Spencer attempted to weigh the pros and cons of requiring masks in the commission room on Mondays, if allowing more people in than allows for socially distancing, Commissioner Dianne Novak […]

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County not requiring masks, does recommend

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met as the Board of Public Health for a special meeting on Thursday, July 2 to determine if they would follow Governor Kelly’s recommendations to mandate mask-wearing when out in public. The board heard from Marion County Health Department Administrator Diedre Serene. Serene has stated the importance of wearing masks on multiple occasions which […]

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Young person dies in tragic truck accident in Hillsboro

Young person dies in tragic truck accident in Hillsboro

For many in Hillsboro, Thursday, June 25, 2020, has become one of those moments that will always stand out in their minds. The day that they will always remember what they were doing when they heard—the news that a child had been killed at the four-way stop at Ash and D. For many, it was because they worried that it […]

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Commission hears budget proposals

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met for their weekly meeting on Monday, June 22. All of the commissioners were in attendance as well as County Clerk Tina Spencer and County Attorney Brad Jantz. The meeting was open to the public on location as well as virtually. The meeting opened with administrative business including approval of last week’s meeting and […]

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Paine saying goodbye to administration role

Paine saying goodbye to administration role

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. – Jackie Robinson This quote sums up Hillsboro City Administrator Larry Paine, not just because it was said by a baseball player, but because it so accurately describes all of Paine’s professional life. Paine has spent all of his career serving others. Even in the very […]

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County collaborates with cities on recycling, EMS

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met for their regular meeting on Monday morning and then had a work session virtually with some of the Hillsboro leadership in the afternoon. The morning session started out with administrative business and then moved on to the rest of the agenda. EMS Director, Travis Parmley reported that call volume was down for May […]

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Hillsboro family loses everything in house fire

Hillsboro family loses everything in house fire

It is unusual to hear a siren in town in Hillsboro in the middle of the afternoon and it is almost unheard of to hear multiple sirens for an extended amount of time. So residents knew that something serious was happening on Thursday afternoon when multiple sirens could be heard and fire trucks were seen heading down Ash street where […]

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Two new COVID-19 cases in Marion County

Two lab confirmed positive COVID-19 cases identified in Marion County. The cases have been placed in isolation. Contact tracing is underway and contacts are/will be placed in quarantine. A close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for 10 minutes or longer. The Marion County Health Department is working with KDHE and will be monitoring the individuals placed in […]

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Black Lives Matter in Hillsboro

Black Lives Matter in Hillsboro

The heat and possibility of controversy did not stop droves of people from showing up on Sunday for Hillsboro’s first-ever Black Lives Matter March. The event was started in the brain of Hillsboro resident Shelby Johnson. Right after the death of George Floyd, she was thinking about it all while at work. She initially thought about doing a cookout with […]

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County receives large grant to help local businesses

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met on Monday, June 8. All were in attendance at the courthouse. The meeting opened with the usual updates on COVID-19. Health Department Administrator Diedre Serene stated that there are no new cases which has been the situation for several weeks now. She suggested that for now, the weekly COVID-19 updates be suspended as […]

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