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Grass eating carp helping to clean up lake

Grass eating carp helping to clean up lake

Isaac Hett, superintendent at Marion County Park and Lake, sits next to Stone Arch Cove where the grass-eating carp were released. In just two months since the carp were released the moss and algae have cleared substantially. Patty Decker/Free Press Residents at Marion County Park and Lake’s Stone Arch Cove called in some real “gluttons” to save their inlet from […]

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Lake dock total loss following recent storm

The Marion County Commission learned the heated dock at the county lake was a total loss following a recent storm at its meeting Sept. 16. Isaac Hett, superintendent of Marion County Park and Lake, said the dock is closed and will remain closed while KCAMP, the county’s insurance pool, is provided with a total of three quotes from contractors. The […]

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Town celebrating 50-years of the Hillsboro Arts and Crafts

Town celebrating 50-years of the Hillsboro Arts and Crafts

This weekend is one that all Hillsboro residents either looks forward to with anticipation or dreads as the very small town of 2,834 people (according to the most recent US census) grows to over 30,000 people for one day. It is the Annual Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Fair. And this year marks the 50th anniversary of the yearly event. It […]

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City of Hillsboro discusses bevy of road projects throughout town

The City of Hillsboro met on Tuesday where they discussed the various road projects going on around town. The road is done on West Grand except for the asphalt being laid. This was scheduled to happen Thursday, Sept 5 and Friday, Sept 6 and then that project will be completed. The council voted to pay the invoice for that work […]

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Local takes second at State Fair

Local takes second at State Fair

Charlotte Silhan ( on the right), 7, took second place for the third time at the Kansas State Fair Pedal Pull. She stands next to the National Champion who took first place for the third time. Silhan, who lives in Hillsboro, puts herself through a rigorous training program during the year of pogo sticking, bike riding and other area pulls […]

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Florence enjoys Labor Day

Florence enjoys Labor Day

Hundreds of spectators lined both sides of Main Street in Florence on Monday to watch the 82nd annual parade, which is part of the Florence Labor Day celebration. This year’s parade theme was, “99.96 Percent Pure Fun.” Patty Decker / Free Press The annual Florence Labor Day celebration was deemed a success, according to organizers. Melanie Grimmett, one of the […]

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Flu vaccines stir debate during commission

The Marion County Commission approved flu shots for both full and part-time employees, received construction plans for the transfer station by Kaw Valley Engineering and heard about courthouse security at its meeting Sept. 9. Diedre Serene, the county health department administrator, discussed a flu shot proposal for county employees that would be different than in previous years when the county […]

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Marion County roads need work, more to it though

Not only do the residents of Marion County say that the roads of the county need work, Marion County Road Engineer Brice Goebel, would agree. “I’ve only been here (in the position) since June 4. I’ve got tremendous amounts of rainfall, large amounts of very intense amounts that have exacerbated the problem of ditches being full, drainage problems, trees being […]

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Road work almost complete

Road work almost complete

The City of Hillsboro have been working hard to get the several week long project of Wilson and First completed. They will soon begin pouring the concrete. Photo by Shelley Plett/Free Press

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MES has a great grandparents breakfast

MES has a great grandparents breakfast

Marion Elementary School hosted Grandparents Breakfast for their students and their grandparents. Kindergartener Paisley Looper got to have breakfast with grandparents Tim Galliher and Dianne Galliher.

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