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Florence water issues still back-and-forth

Florence water issues still back-and-forth

Almost 30 people attended the special meeting Friday, Aug. 3, in the Florence council chambers. Brad Stout, with Adam & Jones Law Firm, seared in the back row (fourth from the left) will serve as the DeForest family’s condemnation lawyer, if the city votes for eminent domain on Aug. 20. Patty Decker/Free Press The Florence City Council almost made its […]

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Threshing Days show days of old

Threshing Days show days of old

2018 Country Threshing Days, held in Goessel Aug. 3-5, kicked off with sawmill demonstrations followed by threshing and field demonstrations. For three days, attendees could participate in various activities from demonstrations such as corn binding, shelling, ensilage chopping and plowing to pedal tractor pulls and large engine startups. Activities were available for all ages. Children enjoyed visiting farm animals and […]

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Former Marion County couple warns of fungal infection danger

HALSTEAD—When the rumbling machines churn up the dirt for that long-awaited backyard construction project, the earth can smell sweetly satisfying. When Paul Britton of Halstead finished such a project this summer, he and his wife, Kerry, began to wonder what was in that dirt.  Paul developed a harsh cough with fever that felt like the flu. Later, a chest x-ray […]

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FACT group helps county’s youth daily

Family and Children Together Inc. is working to provide school supplies for Marion County kids who cannot afford to purchase their own. This is just one of many things that FACT does for families in the county. FACT is a local nonprofit organization that serves all children and families in Marion County. Its vision is that all children live, learn […]

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Glow run enjoys second year at Marion County Fair

Glow run enjoys second year at Marion County Fair

The glow run lit up Hillsboro last week. This was the second year for the event hosted by the Hillsboro Young Professionals. Phyllis Richert/ Free Press The second annual HYP Glow Run kicked off at 9 p.m. Friday, July 27. Runners wore orange shirts with the motto “Here we glow again” that they received as part of their registration as […]

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Grand Fun at the Fair

Grand Fun at the Fair

Marion County Fair 2018 Champ Carla Hamm celebrates her victory on Saturday in the Powder Puff division of the Demolition Derby at the Marion County Fair. Phyllis Richert/ Free Press Marion County Fair 2018 Champ Carla Hamm celebrates her victory on Saturday in the Powder Puff division of the Demolition Derby at the Marion County Fair. Phyllis Richert/ Free Press […]

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Plenty different between District 74 candidates

Kansas House District 74 residents will have a clear choice between Republican candidates during the Aug. 7 primaries. And without a democratic contender, the Republican candidate nominated in August will be the representative for the district through 2020. Current Representative Don Schroeder is running against political newcomer Stephen Owens. Both men are residents of Hesston. Owens said he became interested […]

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Marion council passes 2019 budget with no tax increase

Taxes will remain the same for Marion County residents. With no discussion from the public or amongst council members, the Marion City Council unanimously approved its 2019 budget during a short council meeting Monday afternoon. The budget won’t have much of an effect on residents as the tax rate will remain the same from the previous fiscal year. The property […]

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Golden Duo

Hillsboro’s swim team roster listed 85 swimmers ages 5 to 18 who were coached by a mother-daughter duo this summer. Since 2011 Stephanie Moss has been the head coach for the Hillsboro Recreation Commission’s swim program with daughter Kalen as assistant coach for the past five years. This season, which ended the first week in July, was Kalen’s last as […]

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Marion Co. employees unhappy, study shows

Marion County employees are not happy with their jobs, according to a recent study. Dianne Novak, chair of the Marion County Commission, questions the validity of the study, something that cost the county $17,997 to put together. The county commission contracted an Illinois-based consulting company, McGrath Human Resources Group, to conduct a workplace study earlier this year. Malayna Halvorson Maes […]

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