Category: Business/Farm

State ag leaders working to lift trade embargo with Cuba

Engage Cuba, a leading coalition of private companies and organizations working to lift the travel and trade embargo on Cuba, joined Kansas Wheat and local leaders to launch the bipartisan Engage Cuba Kansas State Council. The council members, comprised of agriculture and business leaders from across the state, will build statewide support for congressional action to end the travel and […]

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Frequent rains slow fall harvest

It seems that rain has fallen here every three or four days. The corn is ready to harvest. Many soybeans are better than waist-high and the milo is coming on strong. “It’s just awfully, awfully wet,” said Rickey Roberts, Marion County agricultural extension agent. Some corn ready to cut, “but the rain keeps farmers doing a lot of work, so […]

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Akers joins St. Luke Hospital medical staff

Akers joins St. Luke Hospital medical staff

Dr. Scott Akers Scott Akers, 31, is one of the newest and youngest doctors at St. Luke Hospital in Marion. Akers, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, arrived with wife Vallin and 18-month-old son August at the end of June. He started practicing after the Fourth of July holiday. Akers earned his undergraduate degree in molecular science from Baker University at […]

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Hospital celebrates construction halfway point

Hospital celebrates construction halfway point

the project as it has progressed About 100 people, including the entire JE Dunn construction crew, gathered under cloudy skies and a partially completed roof Thursday noon to enjoy a sausage barbecue meal and to mark the unofficial half­way point of the Hillsboro Commun­ity Hospital facility. Marion Regier, HCH chief executive officer, welcomed the gathering of workers, local leaders, hospital […]

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Tabor receives $1 million check from Mabee Foundation

Tabor College received a challenge grant in 2014 from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation. The challenge was if could raise $8 million for the new center for the arts, Mabee would award Tabor with $1 million as soon as construction on the facility began. Thanks to the hard work and commitment of donors, Tabor met the challenge in 2015. […]

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Hillsboro Chamber to launch Young Professionals organization

People between the ages of 18 and 39 who are interested in connecting with their peers and their community are invited to consider a new organization intended just for them. Hillsboro Young Profes­sionals is planning a kickoff event Sept. 29 at Bluejay Lanes. “The purpose is kind of multifaceted,” said David Vogel, president of the local Chamber of Com­merce, which […]

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Brunner: Ranchers should not dwell on ‘side issues’

Brunner: Ranchers should not dwell on ‘side issues’

In a slide picture show, during the Beef Producers Information Seminar at Emporia, Tracy Brunner, national cattle leader from Ramona, pointed out how national media can disillusion beef consumers. by Frank J. Buchman Special to The Free Press Consumer misunderstanding, biased media reporting, increasing government regulations, limited agriculture repre­sent­ation in lawmaking, exports and market fluctuation. That’s a long list of […]

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Klenda wins Hillsboro CVB county fair basket

Klenda wins Hillsboro CVB county fair basket

Andrea Klenda was the winner of the Hillsboro Convention & Visitors Bureau gift basket during the Marion County Fair. Presenting the basket is Sue Wadkins of the CVB. The Klenda children are Elijah, 8, Silas, 3, Evan, 5, and Myla, 8 months.

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Tough year ahead for ag

Record crops, low commodity prices and stalled trade negotiations spell difficult times for Kansas farmers and ranchers in 2016. That’s the consensus of many ag producers throughout the Sunflower State. After many producers harvested one of the best wheat crop in years, farmers felt good. That’s when the reality of low sale prices for this commodity set in. Like many […]

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Career path leads PA to Peabody

Career path leads PA to Peabody

Physician’s assistant Joe Black has followed his commitment to rural medicine to Heritage Medical Associates in Peabody. He began around the first of June. He followed a unique career path to get there, but Joe Black says he is enjoying his work as a physician assistant at Heritage Medi­cal Associates in Peabody. “I feel right at home,” said Black, who […]

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