Category: News

County celebrates the Easter holiday over week

County celebrates the Easter holiday over week

The Marion City Library hosted an egg hunt on Saturday. Many Marion County kids came and got treats including Austin and Aubrey Hoffman of Marion. Provided Photo Aujanae Woods, 2, enjoyed an Easter egg hunt on Friday that was put on by Salem Homes in Hillsboro. Laura Fowler Paulus

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Marion residents help return lost dog tags to veteran’s family

Marion residents help return lost dog tags to veteran’s family

From left teacher Gary Ewert, MHS student Cameron White and Custodian Jane Whitwell all had a hand in returning dog tags from WWII to the family of the soldier they belonged to. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press While teachers typically strive to give memorable lessons, once in awhile, a really great one comes along. This happened recently at Marion […]

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Beer garden to expand at county fair

The Hillsboro City Council approved the plans to have a larger beer garden at the Marion County fair this summer in their meeting on Tuesday, April 16. Brent Unruh explained that last year was the first year for a beer garden at the fair and it went well. “We didn’t have a single issue with the alcohol. It was the […]

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Marion County Firefighters given praise following burn project

Marion County commissioners heard from local firefighters at Monday’s meeting and how their task force scored high marks as part of a burn project at Quivira Boy Scout Ranch in Sedan. Lester Kaiser, Lincolnville fire chief, said as volunteers they were graded on their performance with the highest marks given for attitude. In addition, Erik Johnson, whose home unit is […]

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Goessel School Board Hears of Long-Time Secretary’s Retirement

The Goessel school board met on April 8 and accepted the resignation of long-time elementary school office manager/secretary Denise Nickel, who plans to retire in summer. She has worked for the school for 25 years. Superintendent/elementary school principal Dr. John Fast said her service to the school “has been marked by her dedication, hard work, and loyalty.” He mentioned her […]

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Residents concerned about lake properties

Concerns about the Marion County Park and Lake’s planning and zoning regulations, and the lack of enforcement, took center stage at Monday’s commission meeting. Donna Kaiser, a lake resident, said: “We have homes at the lake and recently some lots were sold to the west of us to three different gentlemen. “One building is already up and not in compliance […]

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Judge keeps Hillsboro Hospital out of Empower’s hands

Hillsboro Community Hospital received good news on Wednesday after a grueling five-hour-long evidentiary bankruptcy hearing in Greenville, North Carolina. Unlike a majority of the fourteen hospitals with ties to Empower, Hillsboro will not be grouped into an Empower bankruptcy, but will continue progressing in its own bankruptcy case. The hospital legally declared bankruptcy on Wednesday, March 13 and has been […]

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County students take on prom

County students take on prom

2018 Hillsboro High School graduate Eric Torres pulled up during Promenade in a derby car where he walked around and gently lifted date Amy Kiersten, junior, out of the car and set her on the ground. The theme of the 2019 Hillsboro High School Prom was An Evening in Paris. Jayden Donaldson, Megan Neufeld, Chloe Burkholder and Tori Shults. Back […]

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Soccer training brings county youth outdoors

Soccer training brings county youth outdoors

Youth ages kindergarten through sixth grade participate in the Tabor Soccer Academy put on every spring by Tabor Womens Soccer coach Ian Thompson and his team. The participants learn the game in practice during the week and then play games on Saturday. Sixth grader Colton Rempel moves in for the ball while his classmates try to take it away from […]

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New law will impact county merchants

New law will impact county merchants

The beer at Carlson's Grocery in Marion is full strength now thanks to a new Kansas alcohol law. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press Kansas recently caught up with a majority of the United States when new alcohol laws went into effect on April 1. Previously, beer sold outside of liquor stores was only available at 3.2 percent. But now, beer must […]

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