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Poetry Slam!

Poetry Slam!

Hillsboro High School Sophomore Cheyenne Funk reads her poem at a poetry slam held on Wednesday at Rhubarb Market. Photo Submitted/free press Hillsboro High students, staff and parents enjoy a poetry slam as sophomore present poetry they wrote. Teacher Jessica Bowman (standing with paper on the left) evaluates her student’s performances as they recited their group and individual poems that […]

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Hospital has a new potential buyer

After a long time of not much news outside of lawyer fees for the Hillsboro Community Hospital (HCH), word came out last week that Rural Hospital Group is proposing to buy the hospital for $6.9 million. This news was released on Wednesday, Oct 9 according to The Washington Times. The Rural Hospital Group is a Kansas City, Missouri company that […]

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New restaurant in Marion offers home-style cooking

New restaurant in Marion offers home-style cooking

Kim Young waits on customers at the new restaurant in Marion. Edward’s just opened up three weeks ago. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press Several months ago. Mike Beneke bought the old Pizza Hut building in Marion. “I figured I could use it for something so I snatched it up for practically nothing and held onto it,” said Beneke, a […]

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County Commission Candidates Speak

County Commission Candidates Speak

The Hillsboro Free Press reached out to the three Marion County commission candidates vying for the newly created District 4 position. The candidates, David Crofoot, Amy Soyez and Trayce Warner, were all asked the same questions with a request for them to be as brief as possible. In addition, each candidate was asked to include some personal information about themselves. […]

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Goessel students learn about cider making

Goessel students learn about cider making

Students at Goessel Elementary School got the chance to make fresh apple cider from the school's apple trees. Just in time for fall, all of the Goessel Elementary School students recently got a lesson in making apple cider and then each one had an opportunity to sample fresh apple cider. This was all coordinated by school gardener and teacher Pam […]

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Hillsboro receives grant for the fire department

“We learned about a grant that the fire department submitted and they were able to secure an award,” said City Administrator Larry Paine at last Tuesday’s Hillsboro City Council Meeting. He invited Hillsboro Fire Chief Ben Steketee to brag about his men and the work they had done for the department. “Thanks to the efforts of Rusty Moss and Matt […]

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Commission hears that wind farm road situation may be improving

The Marion County Commissioners were cautiously optimistic when the county engineer provided updates on Enel Green Power, owners of the Diamond Vista wind farm project at its meeting Oct. 7. Brice Goebel, the county engineer, said at a recent meeting with representatives from Diamond Vista, both Tanner Yost with Kirkham Michael, and Jesse Hamm, county road and bridge, indicated they […]

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Old Settlers Day brings fun, crowds to Marion

Old Settlers Day brings fun, crowds to Marion

Autumn Hansen drives her grandkids down Main Street during the Old Settler’s Day Parade on Saturday. The theme of the parade was “The Eagle has Landed , to the Moon and beyond and featured all different types of floats. One float featured family members of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free […]

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Commission debates about damaged roads

The Marion County Commission talked about road issues associated with the Diamond Vista wind turbine project at its meeting on Sept. 30. But, by a unanimous vote, a possible solution was hammered out which would entail dividing the road project, drainage concerns and reclamation into phases. Brice Goebel, county engineer, provided information on road maintenance issues in the northern part […]

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Childcare a huge need in county

Childcare a huge need in county

For many parents not only is making ends meet a stressor, but having childcare for your children while working for that money can be just as stressful. This is a big problem in Marion County and especially in Hillsboro where there is only one licensed home daycare and one licensed daycare center. “We have two problems right now,” said Erin […]

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