Articles By: Patty Decker

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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Gossip can beat people down

Life is a journey with small and large potholes that can be easy or hard to navigate. But in the final analysis, and for purposes of this column, I would like to put it in terms of “gossip.” Engaging in gossip can be a good thing. In fact, researchers suggest it was the way people in groups learned to communicate […]

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Water break damages Florence gymnasium

Water break damages Florence gymnasium

This photo shows the extent of the buckling of the gymnasium floor following an extended waterline burst that occurred between May 4 and the evening of May 16 The Florence City Council dropped a bombshell at its meeting May 21 with news that the high school gymnasium sustained serious water damage sometime between May 4, and prior to the evening […]

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MCCEDC director search raises procedure questions

by Patty Decker The Free Press When Marion County Board of Commissioners chairwoman Dianne Novak requested the Marion County Community Economic Development Corp. be discussed at the April 30 meeting, she stirred up a hornet’s nest. Prompted by that agenda item, and Novak’s concern for restructuring the group, Anthony Roy, MCCEDC interim director, said the group was moving forward, but […]

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DEATH: Brent Dale Buller, 21

◼ BRENT DALE BULLER, 21, of Peabody, died May 7, at St. Luke Hospital, Marion. The service is at 10 a.m. May 15 at Peabody United Methodist Church. Burial is at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. Visitation with family is from 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 14, at Peabody United Metho­dist Church. He was born Aug. 30, 1996, to Dale and Sheila […]

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