Articles By: Patty Decker

Making Sunday a fun day

Making Sunday a fun day

Sunday turned out to be a profitable day for five enterprising young people in Hillsboro. Included from left to right are: Cheyanne Plenert, 9, Cohwen Heimann, 8, Alex Heimann, 12, Jocelyn Smith, 9, and Cheyenne Smith, 8. It was the first lemonade stand Alex said he and his brother, Cohwen, operated. But, Cheyenne said, she and the other two girls […]

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MCCEDC loses leader candidate due to lacking financial support

Representatives from the Marion County Community Economic Development Corp. spoke with commissioners Monday after learning last week that another candidate for the director’s job turned their offer down. In addition to losing a qualified candidate to lead the group, Clint Seibel, chairman, said that financial support from Hillsboro and Marion will not be forthcoming in 2019. “(The candidate) sent me […]

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Marion County loses Director of Planning, Zoning

The Marion County Commission accepted the resignation of Emma Tajchman, director of Planning and Zoning, approved the 2019 budget and resolved unfinished business from earlier sessions at its meeting Monday. Based on past discussions, two resolutions were passed regarding how Planning and Zoning board members are selected in each of the three commission districts and when private citizens do public […]

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Florence water issues still back-and-forth

Florence water issues still back-and-forth

Almost 30 people attended the special meeting Friday, Aug. 3, in the Florence council chambers. Brad Stout, with Adam & Jones Law Firm, seared in the back row (fourth from the left) will serve as the DeForest family’s condemnation lawyer, if the city votes for eminent domain on Aug. 20. Patty Decker/Free Press The Florence City Council almost made its […]

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Marion County: Becker wins by comfortable margin in primary

by Patty Decker Initial results from Tuesday’s primary election in Marion County saw incumbent Kent D. Becker easily defeat his two challengers, Larry Cushenbery and Craig Dodd, for the District 1 commission seat. The preliminary outcome, which included eight poll sites, advanced and early voting follows. County races Commission District 1 Becker, (R), 452 Cushenbery, (R), 219 Dodd, (R), 192. […]

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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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