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Mayor hosts meet up with residents

Mayor hosts meet up with residents

Hillsboro Mayor Lou Thurston was available to meet with residents on Tuesday, July 2 at the Igloo where guests could enjoy $2 Bigloo sno cones, visiting with him and enjoying fireworks. “Thanks to everyone who came out to see “Big Lou” at the Igloo! We had a great turn-out and it was a great time for our community to come […]

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DEVASTATED– Durham experiences worst flood since 1951

DEVASTATED– Durham experiences worst flood since 1951

Much of downtowvn Durham was flooded on July 4. Some places reported water as high as four feet in businesses and homes. Photo submitted by Jared Dyck While many were enjoying holiday festivities and preparing for a fourth of July filled with fun and relaxations, Durham residents faced a very different reality. Rainfall over several hours during the night Wednesday […]

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Wind farm permit approved, not development plan

Wind farm permit approved, not development plan

About 50 people attended the Marion County Commission meeting on July 8 to hear how the commissioners vote on the wind farm project. The commissioners voted 2-1 in favor of approving the conditional use permit proposed by Expedition Wind. The development plan, which was split out from the CUP, was not approved at this time. Patty Decker/Free Press The Marion […]

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Peabody watershed helped county

Peabody watershed helped county

Water empties out of the dam on a local farmer’s land. The water collects in the dam, or watershed, and then is funneled out in moderation through a pipe that goes through the ground. This prevents from all of the water hitting Doyle Creek in one mad rush. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press Lewis Unruh has spent his whole […]

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Celebrating the holiday locally

Celebrating the holiday locally

Sara, Robert and Ethan Rempel pose in their annual store to sell fireworks. Charlie’s Fireworks has been run by the Rempel family every summer for the last seven years. The store is open from now until the 4th of July from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. except for Sunday when they close at 8 p.m. They will be open from 10 a.m.- […]

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Commission continues to discuss wind farm

Prior to the Marion County Commission acting on a recommendation from its planning and zoning board to approve a conditional use for a wind farm being developed in the south-central part of the county, some questions were raised regarding the process at its July 1 meeting. In providing the commission with information about the steps necessary to make a decision […]

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Big crowds come out to Cox family benefit

Big crowds come out to Cox family benefit

Photo by Laura Fowler Paulus The Hillsboro Fire Department hosted a benefit dinner to raise funds for the Cox family to help offset funeral and other expenses related to the death of their son Demarius. They fed about 550 people with the burgers and hot dogs that the firefighters cooked up.

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Successful blood drive

Successful blood drive

Michael, Regan and Fred James, three generation of blood donors all gave blood at the Hillsboro High School Cheer Team blood drive on Monday, June 17. The Hillsboro High School Cheer Team, along with Coach Kathy Klein, hosted an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Methodist Church on Monday, June 17. According to the blood drive organizer Staci Silhan, […]

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Learning fishing secrets in Marion

Learning fishing secrets in Marion

Professional fishermen met with kids of all ages on Saturday at the free kids day at the lake which was held at Marion County Lake on Saturday. Water certified instructors taught the kids basic fishing and water safety. Kaylee Schmidt didn’t end up catching a fish of her own on Saturday at the free kids day at the lake at […]

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Students enjoy ‘Tabor Camp’

Students enjoy ‘Tabor Camp’

Dani Klein plays a game with some of her students that she worked with as a camp counselor during SDYC Kids Camp at Tabor last week. Provided Photo. Every year in June, the town of Hillsboro, that had recently lost a large number of its population due to Tabor College being out for the summer, increases in size again as […]

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