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Hillsboro council still has cuts to make to budget

The Hillsboro City Council spent almost one hour reviewing the preliminary budget for 2019 at its meeting July 3. Larry Paine, city administrator, said when the initial data was put into the 2019 revenues and expenses, it showed $345,000 more in expenses than revenue, which needs to be dealt with. During the next two council sessions, the budget will continue […]

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64 AMAZING DEEDS

64 AMAZING DEEDS

In her basement, Lana Hauschel stitches patterns on the quilts using a sewing machine attached to a metal frame. Initially Hauschel planned to finish 86 quilts by her July 4 deadline. But because the machine nicked a pin while she was stitching No. 65, she decided to stop with No. 64. “If timing is off a millisecond, it skips stitches,” […]

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Local groups ignite fundraising with fireworks

Local groups ignite fundraising with fireworks

<p>Max First and Preston Nelson look at some of their favorite fireworks to include the “Snow Cone,” which can fire anywhere from 16 to 40 shots, depending on the size.<p>Free Press/Patty Decker Whether it’s supporting a non-profit group, earning extra money or selling privately, a fireworks stand can be a rewarding but tiring endeavor. But for people like Scott Zogelman […]

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BECOMING AMERICAN

BECOMING AMERICAN

Lillian Bookless of Hillsboro is now a proud citizen of both the United States and Canada. Today the United States is celebrating its 242nd birthday, and it’s also the day the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776. In addition to the U.S. having a milestone event, 20 people from nine countries also celebrated a milestone by becoming […]

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County schools to see funding increases in fall

It’s back to “business as usual” for Marion County schools after the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that school funding across the state was once again inadequate. “We are in a position that we could surely use more funding,” Max Heinrichs, superintendent of the Hillsboro School District, said. “We can’t necessarily do things exactly how we want to.” The high court […]

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Tempers flair at Florence meeting over water future

Tempers flair at Florence meeting over water future

Florence City Council member Trayce Warner looks at a map outlining the water mains and sewer lines within the city. Warner said the reason for the rate increases, which were approved by a majority, will help maintain the water plant and the repairs and replacement coming up for the mains and lines. Patty Decker. Chaos erupted at the June 18 […]

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National photographer has a strong local perspective

National photographer has a strong local perspective

Gavin Peters For Gavin Peters, everything is about perspective. Whether he’s looking for the perfect angle to capture the grease dripping from a hamburger or connecting with potential clients across the country, Peters relies on his unique perspective to succeed. “I always try to connect with everyone I meet,” Peters said. “You can find salt of the Earth people anywhere.” […]

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NEIGHBORLY LOVE

NEIGHBORLY LOVE

Melanie and Dale Franz and son Darren pull weeds Sunday along sidewalks in Marion’s downtown business district as their contribution to HMBC’s service day. Sometimes it’s hard to show love toward your neighbors without getting your hands a little dirty. Rather than inhabit their clean and comfortable worship center this past Sunday, more than 200 people from the Hillsboro Menno­nite […]

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Special teacher for special ed

Special teacher for special ed

Linda Peters, who retired in May after 43 years of teaching, helps one of her young charges run the bases while learning how to play kickball on her last working day with preschoolers. “Great times that I know I’ll miss,” Peters says.Courtesy photo by Linda Peters To come “full circle,” according to Merriam-Webster, means returning to where one began. That […]

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Schools may lose county medical programs

Students at Marion County public schools may not be getting ear and eye exams next school year. The nurse who previously administered the services across the county resigned and the districts have had trouble filling the vacancy. If the position isn’t filled, the services will come to an end. Four area superintendents—representing Goessel, Hillsboro, Marion and Peabody-Burns—along with Diedre Serene […]

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