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Marion Co. unveils new employee pay plan

A proposed pay plan, based largely on experience and performance could take effect in July, according to information presented at the Feb. 28 meeting of the Marion County Commission. Tina Spencer, county clerk, who fills in as the human resources officer, said this pay plan is designed for the top performers. “Your better performers,” she said, “will move up quicker […]

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Hillsboro Senior Center hosts fundraiser

Hillsboro Senior Center hosts fundraiser

Hillsboro Senior Center hosts fundraiserJoann Jost and Velma Hadley catch up over waffles during the Hillsboro Senior Center Community Breakfast on Saturday. The fundraiser had a great turnout. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press

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Always be closing- Girl Scout Troop bear the cold to sell cookies.

Always be closing- Girl Scout Troop bear the cold to sell cookies.

From left, Maddy Blythe, Brooklynn Moore, TJ Clover and Roselynn Moore. The Peabody Girls Scouts Troop #30070 showed some great business sense setting up on Saturday outside of Dale’s in Hillsboro since Hillsboro does not have a troop. When asked how they were handling the cold, Maddy Blythe said, “It’s the best time to sell them! Everyone is stocking up […]

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Goessel City Council hears of flood plain mapping

The Goessel city council met on February 19 and heard from city clerk Jennifer Whitehead that the Kansas Department of Agriculture is doing a flood plain study of the Upper Cottonwood River Basin. She said most of that land is within Marion County. Therefore, the entire county will be remapped since the current maps are outdated, and out-dated technology was […]

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Group gathers to hear from turbine company

The Marion County Commissioners held a special meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21, to follow up on a proposed wind farm moratorium brought up the day before at the weekly MCC meeting. According to Commissioner Dianne Novak, a moratorium would allow for the process to be paused as more information is gathered in order to make an informed decision on whether […]

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Locals voice concerns over county wind farm

Locals voice concerns over county wind farm

More than 30 people attended the Tuesday meeting of the Marion County Commission to discuss their thoughts on placing another wind farm in the southern part of the county. Those who spoke in favor of a moratorium until more information is made available included Staci Janzen, Jeremy Loewen, Glenn Litke, Randy Eitzen, Larry Larsen, Collin Quiring, Charlie Loewen and Chase […]

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Tabor getting into ‘The Jungle Book’

Tabor getting into ‘The Jungle Book’

Tabor Theater will delight both children and adults with a unique production of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” adapted for the stage by Ethan Koerner and directed by Laurel Koerner. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Feb. 28, March 1 and March 2; with 3 p.m. performances on March 2 and March 3 in the Prieb Harder Theater within […]

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Hillsboro School Board sees sixth grade presentation, gets vehicle updates

Hillsboro School Board sees sixth grade presentation, gets vehicle updates

  Three sixth graders brought their handmade artifacts from their Egyptian interactive museum to the USD 410 Board of Education’s regular Feb. 11 meeting and fielded questions about what they learned in doing the project. Owen Dalke, Kenzie Meisinger and Gabbie Arnold, along with teacher Kyle Kroeker, reported that 162 people viewed the 22 exhibits created by the sixth-grade class […]

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Goessel School Board Hears Speaker System Report

The Goessel school board met on Feb. 11 and heard a report from teacher/coach/athletic director Brian Lightner. He expressed appreciation for the new wireless sound system in the high school gym. Installation of that system took four days and is a huge improvement. Lightner said he is “really excited to have good quality sound at the stadium as well” and […]

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Hospital may close if court doesn’t award full control to new management group

Last week, the Bank of Hays and City of Hillsboro pleaded with the court to allow Cohesive to have full power over both the management of Hillsboro Community Hospital and the corporate affairs of its owner in order to avoid the hospital being shut down completely. The emergency motion to extend Cohesive’s responsibility was filed in the district court of […]

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