Articles By: Patty Decker

Hillsboro authorizes special assessment

The Hillsboro City Council authorized a special assessment tax on construction of sanitary sewer improvements on certain real properties running along Third Street and in close proximity to it at the July 17 meeting. The total cost of the improvements is $125,455, with Groves First Addition Sanitary Sewer Improvements along Third Street paying $10,100 of the benefit district’s $115,293. Larry […]

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Exotic visit for Marion County

Exotic visit for Marion County

Sully, a 6-year-old camel owned by Robert and Ashley Olmstead of Goddard, paid a visit to Salem Home residents and visitors on Friday. Robert, lead zookeeper at Tanganyika Wildlife Park at Goddard, said camels can run about 40 mph. Aleen Ratzlaff / Free Press It’s rare for an exotic animal to make an appearance in Hillsboro, but on Friday, July […]

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Florence looking for solutions for costly purchases

Florence looking for solutions for costly purchases

Florence residents inquired about a dilapidated hot tub filled with trash on Fifth Street near the downtown area at the July 2 council meeting. The family who left the hot tub on the street said they expected the one-man operated garbage truck to remove it, which wasn't possible based on the size of the truck. As of late last week, […]

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Hillsboro council still has cuts to make to budget

The Hillsboro City Council spent almost one hour reviewing the preliminary budget for 2019 at its meeting July 3. Larry Paine, city administrator, said when the initial data was put into the 2019 revenues and expenses, it showed $345,000 more in expenses than revenue, which needs to be dealt with. During the next two council sessions, the budget will continue […]

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Local groups ignite fundraising with fireworks

Local groups ignite fundraising with fireworks

<p>Max First and Preston Nelson look at some of their favorite fireworks to include the “Snow Cone,” which can fire anywhere from 16 to 40 shots, depending on the size.<p>Free Press/Patty Decker Whether it’s supporting a non-profit group, earning extra money or selling privately, a fireworks stand can be a rewarding but tiring endeavor. But for people like Scott Zogelman […]

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BECOMING AMERICAN

BECOMING AMERICAN

Lillian Bookless of Hillsboro is now a proud citizen of both the United States and Canada. Today the United States is celebrating its 242nd birthday, and it’s also the day the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776. In addition to the U.S. having a milestone event, 20 people from nine countries also celebrated a milestone by becoming […]

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Tempers flair at Florence meeting over water future

Tempers flair at Florence meeting over water future

Florence City Council member Trayce Warner looks at a map outlining the water mains and sewer lines within the city. Warner said the reason for the rate increases, which were approved by a majority, will help maintain the water plant and the repairs and replacement coming up for the mains and lines. Patty Decker. Chaos erupted at the June 18 […]

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Decker speaks to time with Free Press

After reading the Free Press editorial last week, I sat back and thought about how two local guys took a huge chance almost 20 years ago by starting a free newspaper that would go to every home in Marion County. The logistics of such an undertaking boggles my mind. It just couldn’t have been that easy. But Joel Klaassen, former […]

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CAR SHOW & TELL

CAR SHOW & TELL

Patty Decker photoThis year’s car show drew 105 cars and three motorcycles to Memorial Park’s circle drive in Hillsboro. The 20th annual Route 56 Classic Cruisers Car Show on Saturday in Hillsboro’s Memorial Park was considered by organizers as one of the best yet. Kim Abrahams of Hillsboro, who’s been organizing the show since the beginning, said 105 cars and […]

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Florence council battling water-supply challenges

Time is ticking away on a 99-year water lease that was ratified in 1920 between the city of Florence, and initially another family, who in 1960 sold to the DeForest family with the lease continuing at $500 annually. Due to expire in May 2019, the Florence City Council at its June 4 meeting decided as part of its negotiations with […]

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