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Ready to serve

Ready to serve

Kent Becker enjoys some remaining free time on the family farm west of Durham before he officially begins his new job as the District 1 commissioner for Marion County March 27. He is the third generation to live at the family location. Becker said his grandfather built the barn in the background around 1917. Kent Becker of rural Durham says […]

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HPD asking residents to lock car doors at night

HPD asking residents to lock car doors at night

The Hillsboro Police Department is asking residents to take precautions when leaving vehicles unlocked around the city. Police Chief Dan Kinning said that during the late night and early morning hours of March 17-19, someone entered about 33 vehicles in the city of Hillsboro. “In 16 of these incidents, loose change, cash and one ring were taken, and nothing else […]

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Marion school counselor receives statewide honor

Marion school counselor receives statewide honor

Kris Burkholder holds the plaque she received March 3 for being the Kansas Counseling Association’s “Kansas Counselor of the Year” for 2017. “I can’t imagine myself doing anything else,” said Burkholder, who serves Marion elementary and middle schools. “I love what I do.” As the counselor for Marion elementary and middle schools, Kris Burkholder has been influencing young lives in […]

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Mayor: Ambulance service in Hillsboro ‘a great big mess’

Mayor: Ambulance service in Hillsboro ‘a great big mess’

Mayor Delores Dalke Mayor Delores Dalke updated the Hillsboro City Council about her efforts to strengthen local ambulance service, which she described as “a great big mess.” “We do not have enough volunteers because the people who were volunteering were hired as full-time people to work out of Marion,” Dalke said near the end of the council’s March 7 meeting. […]

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No one hurt during Goessel home invasion

Two armed men wearing ski masks entered a home in Goessel between 11 a.m. and noon Sunday, March 12, according to Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft. Craft said the homeowners called 911 when they returned home from church at about 12:20 p.m. They found their 19-year-old daughter bound in the bathroom. No one was hurt in the incident. The daughter […]

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Fire gear ‘washer’ cuts risk for firefighters

Fire gear ‘washer’ cuts risk for firefighters

Kansas Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen (foreground) demonstrates the new exterior extractor machine that can “wash away” dangerous chemical and biohazards during a visit to Florence in February. Observing the process are Kevin Doel, public information manager for Jorgensen’s office, and Mark Slater, Florence fire chief. Kansas Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen of Topeka was in Florence recently to witness the unveiling […]

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Grill brush business wins the day at youth contest

Grill brush business wins the day at youth contest

Jonathan Hinerman (left) and Nathan Simhiser make their case for Arrow Grilling in the final round of the second annual Marion County Youth Entrepreneurial Challenge March 7 in the Marion Community Center. The judges, Chris Costello, Ciara Thyfault and Phil Weisenbach (from left), asked questions and evaluated the presentations from each of the three finalist business before declaring Arrow Grilling […]

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STATE BOUND!

STATE BOUND!

The Hillsboro boys’ basketball team gathers for a team photo following their 43-32 win over Lyndon in the finals of the Class 2A sub-state tournament hosted by Canton-Galva High School. The win gives the Trojans a berth in the state tournament this week at Manhattan. The team made a special effort to include in the photo their most inspirational team […]

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Map of Flint Hills plots a new course

Map of Flint Hills plots a new course

This 4-foot by 4-foot map of the Flint Hills is posted in the hallway at Hillsboro Elementary School. The map and accompanying teaching resources is a project of the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan with funding from corporate and private donations. USD 410 teachers gathered for a staff development session Friday to officially receive a 4-foot by 4-foot map […]

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County commissioners adopt new economic-growth plan

by Patty Decker The Free Press The Marion County Commission unanimously approved at its Feb. 28 meeting supporting the county-wide Economic Develop­ment Corp., and appropriating a five-year annual budget of $165,000 for the fiscal years of 2018 through 2022. Volunteers representing the Marion County Com­mun­ity Economic Develop­ment Corp. were Roger Holter and Russell Groves with Teresa Huffman, county economic development […]

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