Articles By: Laura Fowler Paulus

Serving the masses

Serving the masses

Part of downtown was blocked off to accommodate the large amount of people who came to show the Bartel family. There were all kinds of vehicles available to check out. Volunteers helped serve cake at the fundraiser and birthday celebration for Eric Bartel. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press Volunteers helped serve cake at the fundraiser and birthday celebration for […]

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The Elgin hires new chef for expansion

The Elgin hires new chef for expansion

Chef Michael Trimboli moved to Marion County from the East Coast about a week and a half ago. He is working with Elgin owner, Tammy Ensey, to create and open up a new restaurant for the Elgin. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press While Chef Michael Trimboli has had much experience in all types of kitchens and working with various […]

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County comes out for annual Relay for Life event in Marion

County comes out for annual Relay for Life event in Marion

Sam and Lena Hall pose at their team booth on Saturday during the Relay for Life of Marion County event. Not only is Lena one of the event's main organizers, she was a caregiver for her husband Sam who is a survivor of cancer. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press Some very strong people and their loved ones showed up […]

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Hillsboro City Council votes to approve refinancing USDA bonds

The Hillsboro City Council met on Tuesday, Aug 20. City Administrator, Larry Paine, explained that they had been looking at refinancing the two USDA bonds the city has to finance water and sewer plant improvements in order to help normalize payments on the bond and interest fund. Paine said that changes in interest rates from the initial issue dates for […]

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School is back in action for all of Marion County

It’s that time of year again. Tabor students have returned. Marion County college students have left to start at or go back to their colleges. And all of the county kids 12th grade and under are gearing up to head back to school or have already started. While there are a lot of great things that come with that (Anyone […]

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Bartel family coping with debilitating car accident

Bartel family coping with debilitating car accident

Danielle and Eric Bartel met in high school and have been married for over 12 years. They have three boys. Provided photo. Even in Marion County when lives often follow the same pattern year after year, life can change suddenly and drastically. Eric and Danielle Bartel learned this in April of this year. They continue to learn this every day. […]

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Miles open up new salon in Marion

Miles open up new salon in Marion

Robin and Brent Miles recently moved to Marion County to open their new business Silk Salon Spa Boutique in Marion. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press While not all couples can live and work together, some couples manage to pull it off. Brent and Robin Miles are attempting to do just that. The couple lived briefly in Peabody when they […]

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Editor is looking for some input, wants to put mark on paper

Sometimes (well, all the time) it is a little intimidating being the second official editor of a longstanding paper. But I have been pretty clear from the beginning that I knew I was following in big footprints and that I have a lot to learn. So I don’t feel like I have made any promises that I couldn’t keep. Don […]

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Hillsboro council gets update on street work

Hillsboro council gets update on street work

30-40 volunteers showed up several times to help the City of Hillsboro relay the historic bricks on the newly paved roads. City Administrator praised them at the city council meeting last week. Karrie Rathbone / Special to the Free Press The Hillsboro City Council met on Tuesday, Aug 6. Mayor Lou Thurston was out of town so the meeting was […]

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Old tradition carries on in City of Marion

Old tradition carries on in City of Marion

Johsie Reed custom brands a hat for her customer in her shop in Marion. She grew up in Marion County, but she learned the trade in California where she lived for several years. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press Kerry and Stacey Bender, from Sacramento, California, came to Marion so Kerry could speak on Sunday at a local church. “We were at […]

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