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Residents concerned about lake properties

Concerns about the Marion County Park and Lake’s planning and zoning regulations, and the lack of enforcement, took center stage at Monday’s commission meeting. Donna Kaiser, a lake resident, said: “We have homes at the lake and recently some lots were sold to the west of us to three different gentlemen. “One building is already up and not in compliance […]

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Judge keeps Hillsboro Hospital out of Empower’s hands

Hillsboro Community Hospital received good news on Wednesday after a grueling five-hour-long evidentiary bankruptcy hearing in Greenville, North Carolina. Unlike a majority of the fourteen hospitals with ties to Empower, Hillsboro will not be grouped into an Empower bankruptcy, but will continue progressing in its own bankruptcy case. The hospital legally declared bankruptcy on Wednesday, March 13 and has been […]

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County students take on prom

County students take on prom

2018 Hillsboro High School graduate Eric Torres pulled up during Promenade in a derby car where he walked around and gently lifted date Amy Kiersten, junior, out of the car and set her on the ground. The theme of the 2019 Hillsboro High School Prom was An Evening in Paris. Jayden Donaldson, Megan Neufeld, Chloe Burkholder and Tori Shults. Back […]

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Soccer training brings county youth outdoors

Soccer training brings county youth outdoors

Youth ages kindergarten through sixth grade participate in the Tabor Soccer Academy put on every spring by Tabor Womens Soccer coach Ian Thompson and his team. The participants learn the game in practice during the week and then play games on Saturday. Sixth grader Colton Rempel moves in for the ball while his classmates try to take it away from […]

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New law will impact county merchants

New law will impact county merchants

The beer at Carlson's Grocery in Marion is full strength now thanks to a new Kansas alcohol law. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press Kansas recently caught up with a majority of the United States when new alcohol laws went into effect on April 1. Previously, beer sold outside of liquor stores was only available at 3.2 percent. But now, beer must […]

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County discusses transfer station

The Marion County Transfer station and recycling program were discussed during the commission meeting Monday with the approval of a change order to the original contract of $297,002 to the new contract price of $317,592 based on an adjustment of $24,060 when excavation was needed. “The building is expected to go up sometime this week,” said Bud Druse, director of […]

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High-speed internet a concern for Hillsboro

Internet needs in Hillsboro were the focus at the Hillsboro City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 2. Economic Development Director Anthony Roy explained the results of the survey that some residents took in order to provide information for the city to use to make decisions about pursuing new, faster options for internet. Roy said that 239 residents filled out the […]

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Ehrlich brings comfort through blanket program

Ehrlich brings comfort through blanket program

Karen Ehrlich donated blankets she made to Sheriff Robert Craft of Marion County Sheriff's Office in order for deputies to have blankets to give to those in need during a crisis. Provided Photo When some people retire, they slow down and get less busy, but Karen Ehrlich has done the opposite. Rather than just sit in front of the TV […]

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Local pilot serving in flooded areas

Local pilot serving in flooded areas

John Goerzen flew his plane over a flooded Nebraska. Goerzen and many other volunteer pilots flew in supplies. Courtesy photo. While many felt helpless during the recent flooding of several midwestern states, rural Goessel resident John Goerzen decided to use his plane and pilot’s license to help out. On March 18, he flew a plane full of supplies into Nebraska. […]

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New EMS shirts approved by the Marion County Commission

New EMS shirts approved by the Marion County Commission

Travis Parmley, EMS Director, holds up a blue and white polo shirt that will be the newest addition to the service. Patty Decker / Free Press The Marion County Commission approved the EMS department’s request for new uniform shirts at a cost of $26 each at its meeting Monday. Travis Parmley, EMS director, said the blue and white polo shirt […]

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