Category: News

Hillsboro holds groundbreaking ceremony for broadband internet

Hillsboro holds groundbreaking ceremony for broadband internet

On Thursday, Oct. 15, the City of Hillsboro and TCT held a groundbreaking service near the corner of A and Washington for the new broadband Internet service that will be coming to Hillsboro. This service has been a longtime dream of many, including former Free Press owner Joel Klaassen, who Mayor Lou Thurston opened his speech up with thanking for […]

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Goessel school board discusses attendance at winter sports

Goessel school board met on Oct. 12 and talked about attendance at winter sports. Superintendent Amanda Lowrance said she had attended a league meeting of superintendents and athletic directors to discuss the matter. Lowrance said temperature checks will be conducted, and masks are encouraged. Junior high/high school principal Scott Boden said that in previous years, the home side at Goessel […]

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COVID numbers continue to rise in Marion County

The Free Press has now resumed our weekly updates due to the rapidly increasing numbers. Because cases our rising, residents of Marion County need to do even more to protect themselves and others to help lower the numbers. This means following all precautions issues by medical professionals including the Marion County Health Department such as wearing masks, washing hands and […]

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Commission hears county COVID update

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met on Monday for their weekly meeting. Road & Bridge Brice Goebel, County Engineer, reported that he got Falcon Rd from 190th to Highway 56 rebuilt and is putting some surface rock on it today to finish it up. He said striping was completed on all roads. The auction date is set for Nov […]

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City Council learns of large donation

The Hillsboro City Council opened with exciting news during their meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6 regarding a generous donation to the Community Plaza Project from the new clinic in town (see the article in this edition for more information). The project has hit a few roadblocks but is now back on track. More details will be coming over the next […]

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Community Plaza Project gets large, surprise donation

On Tuesday morning, Bryan Coffey, CFO of Herington Hospital and Hillsboro Healthcare Clinic, presented a large donation to the city of Hillsboro. “Bryan and I met with Staci Silhan who has been leading our Community Plaza Project and after a little bit of conversation, Bryan and the board of Herington Hospital were moved to do more community engagement so they […]

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Special donation of mask given to local students

Special donation of mask given to local students

Like most school activities this fall, choir and other vocal performances have needed some adjustments in order to be safe and effective during these interesting times. Because more force of air is needed for singing, different masks are required in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 germs at least in order for USD 410 to be compliant with the […]

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Gold tournament works as fundraiser for Hillsboro man

Gold tournament works as fundraiser for Hillsboro man

While there are many pros and cons to living in small towns, one thing that small towns in Marion have a history of doing well is showing up and supporting their own. Saturday was no different. Hillsboro residents and others showed up to support longtime Hillsboro resident Dave Sheppard. Sheppard was recently diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He found […]

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Commissioners discuss nursing homes and other topics

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met on Wednesday, Sept 30 for their regular meeting as well as payday business. They then met again on Monday, Oct. 5. In administrative business, the commissioners learned that the sales tax for the month of July was $69,070.56. The grand total for the payday was $1,977,146.34 (including payroll at $545,247.73). It was approved […]

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Best chili in the land

Best chili in the land

Elizabeth Hill, of Lehigh, won first place this weekend at the Marion County Park and Lake Annual Chili Cook-off with her “Grandma’s Chili” recipe. Hill was one of 15 competitors. “It was my first year to enter so didn’t know what to expect. But, my chili is just a basic, old fashioned chili that everyone seemed to enjoy. It was […]

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