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Hillsboro employees celebrate 30-plus years of service to city

Hillsboro employees celebrate 30-plus years of service to city

Tom Richards, water department employee, looks on as Glenda Stoppel, deputy city clerk, smiles at receiving a gift and recognition for 35 years of service with the city of Hillsboro. Richards had 10 years of service, and Mike Duerksen, superintendent of electric and sewer department, not pictured, also was honored for 30 years service. Patty Decker / Free Press Three […]

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Marion County chock full of holiday activities

The holiday season is officially here, and Marion County has lots of festivities going on. There are also many activities happening not too far outside of our county. Here are some of them: Nov. 30 Night with Santa at Studio 23 in Hillsboro from 6-8:30 p.m. Children are welcome to enjoy an evening with Santa and friends while enjoying a […]

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A holiday tradition

A holiday tradition

Pam DeFisher, new resident to Peabody, and Sadie Decker and others arrange the peppernuts on the sheet to prepare them for baking. Sadie is 101. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press The Peabody Senior Center has been working hard the past two months making peppernuts, a traditional German cookie, to sell to raise funds for the center. “We had lots […]

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Marion at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

Marion at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

Liz Pearson and Justin Chrisjohn worked the machine as the shirts were silk screened. They then loaded the shirts into the dryer so that the paint could dry. Marion County will be well represented this Thanksgiving at the 92nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York. All of the workers will be wearing shirts made for them by Western Associates which […]

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County insurance cost is trending up

The Marion County Commission heard from Bruce Schultz, group enrollment representative, who provided a nine-month report of employee health activities at the Nov. 13 regular meeting. Based on the calculated premium of $744,027, and the total plan paid of $684,000, the loss ratio is at 92 percent, which could mean a 9 percent or thereabout increase in 2019, he said. […]

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Three board members resign from MCCEDC

by Patty Decker The Free Press Three board members resigned from the Marion County Community Economic Development Corp. at the group’s second annual meeting on Nov. 13. Clint Seibel of Hillsboro, who was serving as president of the board, and members Jared Jost of Hillsboro and Hannah Bourbon of Peabody, all resigned. Seibel said he evaluated the results of his […]

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Firing up a fundraiser

Firing up a fundraiser

Josh Ens goofs around while grilling burgers with fellow fire fighters Merlin Funk and Corey Unruh. The Hillsboro Fire Department hosted a hamburger meal at the local fire station on Saturday, Nov. 10 to raise funds for general needs at the station. “A lot of people came through so it was a success,” said Ens.

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Election broken down by how Marion County voted

Election broken down by how Marion County voted

The results from last Tuesday’s local elections in Marion County saw a 60 percent voter turnout based on eligible voters, according to Marion County Election Officer Tina Spencer. Hillsboro resident Dana Maxfield has worked at all of the elections the last several years at the Hillsboro United Methodist Church polling site. She also noticed a higher turnout than previous elections. […]

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County votes to move to five member commission

A majority of Marion County voters were in favor of increasing the number of commissioners from three to five members at Tuesday’s general election. Preliminary results indicated that 2,450 voters want­ed the change with 2,016 voting against modifying the structure. Prior to the election, some city and county officials were concerned that not enough information was available, but Commissioner Dianne […]

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Taking Stage- Hillsboro High to put on ‘Hello, Dolly!’

Taking Stage- Hillsboro High to put on ‘Hello, Dolly!’

Jenna Hinerman, left center, stars as Dolly in the Hillsboro High School musical Hello, Dolly! Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press Hillsboro High School will be presenting the musical Hello, Dolly! at 7:30 p.m. on Nov 8, 9, and 10 in the high school auditorium. In 1890s New York City, the bold and enchanting widow Dolly Levi (Jenna Hinerman) is […]

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