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Hillsboro City Council approves creation of a land bank

The Hillsboro City Council met on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The majority of the meeting was spent hearing from Marion County Health Department Administrator Diedre Serene as well as being able to ask her any questions they had. Serene reminded the council that it is important to remember that it isn’t just what is going on in Marion county, but what […]

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Marion County releases latest COVID-19 numbers

As of Friday morning (due to the Free Press early deadline), Marion County has now had 89 positive cases. There are currently 21 active cases (again, as of Friday morning). Here are the week’s cases: Monday, Aug. 31 Positive case of a male in his teens Probable case of female in her 40s Tuesday, Sept. 1 Seven new probable cases […]

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WSU and KU researchers join forces to fight blue-green algae

WSU and KU researchers join forces to fight blue-green algae

  Researchers from Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center (WSU EFC) and Kansas Biological Survey (KBS) at Kansas University have combined forces to help battle the problematic blue-green algae bloom events that are creating havoc in many Kansas water bodies. The research team is assessing the potential of commercially produced chemical compounds to control or reduce algae blooms in Marion […]

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USD 410 provides answers for school

Editor’s note. This is the second part of the USD 410 administrator’s answers to the commonly asked questions that they have been getting. We ran the first part last week. You can find both parts on our website and all of these answers and more can be found on the school website or you can call the school or district […]

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‘Demarius Lives’

‘Demarius Lives’

(L to R) Ciara, D’myia, D’asia and Demetrius Cox stand beside the granite bench that commemorates the one-year anniversary of the death of their son and brother, Demarius. “Run Your Race” Color Fun/Walk will be held Sept. 19 to benefit the “Demarius Lives” Scholarship Fund. “Run Your Race,” a 2-K Color Fun Run/Walk, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, […]

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Commissioners hear important health reminders

The Marion County Board of Commissioners had a different meeting than normal on Monday, August 31. In addition to payroll for the end of the month, there were no road and bridge updates, several executive sessions and fewer topics than normal. While all of the commissioners were present as well as County Clerk Tina Spencer and County Attorney Brad Jantz, […]

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Several Tabor students test positive for COVID-19

Several Tabor students test positive for COVID-19

Tabor College released a statement moments ago updating the public: “Wednesday afternoon, in following our established COVID protocol, a student experienced symptoms and contacted a medical professional. On the advice of the medical professional, the student was tested at our CLIA approved COVID laboratory and the test result was positive. Teammates experiencing symptoms were also tested and two additional students […]

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Klaassen honored by press association

Klaassen honored by press association

The Kansas Press Association (KPA) recently held their annual awards ceremony. This year it was held virtually due to COVID-19. At the ceremony, an important award was given out to The Free Press’s own founder Joel Klaassen. Klaassen was nominated for the Gaston Outstanding Mentor Award by current Publisher Joey Young who is also President of the KPA. “If it […]

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USD 410 go over several questions for the school year

USD 410 administrators, Marion County Health Department Administrator Diedre Serene and a few other officials sat down on Friday afternoon to go over frequently asked questions and comments they had been getting in an effort to get more information out to the public. They emphasized that plans could still change due to the changing nature of the virus and pandemic […]

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Hillsboro approves plans for a new crematory

The Hillsboro City Council opened the business portion of the Tuesday, Aug. 18 meeting hearing from Jared Jost of Jost Funeral Home. “Jost Funeral Home has applied for a zoning change from its current R-2 (Two- Family Dwelling) zoning to C-2 (General Business District) to allow for the installation of a crematory facility to be installed in the existing garage […]

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