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County raises transfer station fee $100

Marion County residents will soon be paying more to dump trash. Beginning next year, residents will be charged $100 per year to use the county transfer station for waste disposal. This is an increase of $19 annually per household, or $1.58 per month, from last year’s fee of $81. The Marion County Board of Commissioners, at their June 18 meeting, […]

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Enjoy your time in the water, but put safety first

by Becki Yoder Special to The Free Press Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional splash off into summer. School is out. The Kansas summer quickly heats up as the thermometer rises to hot, humid and unbearable. With the heat of the sun’s rays beating down, who doesn’t long for a refreshing, quenching dip in a cool swimming pool or lake. […]

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CAR SHOW & TELL

CAR SHOW & TELL

Patty Decker photoThis year’s car show drew 105 cars and three motorcycles to Memorial Park’s circle drive in Hillsboro. The 20th annual Route 56 Classic Cruisers Car Show on Saturday in Hillsboro’s Memorial Park was considered by organizers as one of the best yet. Kim Abrahams of Hillsboro, who’s been organizing the show since the beginning, said 105 cars and […]

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Commissioners discuss mental health needs

Less than half of Marion County residents who would benefit from mental health care are receiving treatment. That’s what Jessie Kaye, president and CEO of Prairie View Mental Health Center, told Marion County commissioners Monday. Kaye, who has worked with Prairie View for 13 years, said 20 percent of people in Kansas suffer from some form of mental illness. Prairie […]

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Building is learning, teacher says

Building is learning, teacher says

“I’ve found over the years that some of these kids really enjoy getting out in the shop and doing things,” Norm Winter says. “So I decided we’re going to make projects.” Norman Winter tells of the time some 25 years ago when he received a free jig from Maynard Hefley, long-time owner and manager of The Lumberyard that recently closed […]

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Hot Time for Fans & Bands

Hot Time for Fans & Bands

Montgomery Gentry, headline act of the weekend, performed Saturday on the main stage for a 9:30 p.m. concert. This year’s Chingawassa Days got off to a hot start, literally, with temperatures in the 90s and high humidity. In spite of the heat, Adam Heerey, a member of the festival planning committee, said attendance was strong with an estimated 1,500 to […]

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County to focus on fixing roads

Marion County roads need to be fixed. That was the consensus Thursday among the Marion County Board of Commis­sioners. “This is the No. 1 thing on everybody’s minds: the roads,” said Dianne Novak, chair of the board. “People are really on me about these roads.” The solution, Novak said, “is to provide more money so we can do the things […]

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Committed to kids for 47 years

Committed to kids for 47 years

Courtesy photo“Title 1 are kids that need some help in reading and/or math,” Gloria Winter says. “They’re just not quite up to speed. They haven’t been diagnosed with a disability.” Gloria Winter completed her 47th year of teaching public schools this May, and for all those years, she said her personal schedule has been wrapped around the school calendar. But […]

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Water break damages Florence gymnasium

Water break damages Florence gymnasium

This photo shows the extent of the buckling of the gymnasium floor following an extended waterline burst that occurred between May 4 and the evening of May 16 The Florence City Council dropped a bombshell at its meeting May 21 with news that the high school gymnasium sustained serious water damage sometime between May 4, and prior to the evening […]

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Music will take center stage at Chingawassa Days

Music will take center stage at Chingawassa Days

Clockwise from left: Eddie Montgomery of the Montgomery Gentry country band, the headliner act for 2018, takes the stage at .9:30 p.m. Saturday. Jason Gray– 7:30 pm Friday, Drake White – 7:30 pm Saturday and Unspoken – 7:30 pm Friday. Music will take center stage, literally and figuratively, when Chingawassa Days planners welcome four significant performing groups for this weekend’s […]

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