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Tabor College and Hillsboro High grads begin their transition

Tabor College and Hillsboro High grads begin their transition

. Occasional threats of showers were forecast, but Tabor’s commencement Saturday morning, and Hillsboro’s late- afternoon graduation ceremony went off without a hitch this year. For more about the ceremonies, see https://www.hillsborofreepress.com/schools/tabor-awards-119-earned-degrees-to-2018-graduates. Free Press photos by Don Ratzlaff.

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Marion council approves housing incentive program

The city of Marion is making an effort to attract young families. The city council designated nine lots of city-owned land for a moderate-income housing state incentive program at its Monday meeting. Roger Holter, Marion city manager, said he hopes this program will be the catalyst for future housing development in Marion and, in turn, a growth in the youth […]

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County may face penalties for secret meeting

The Marion County Com­munity Economic Corpora­tion may face potential state violations after holding a secret meeting last month. The meeting, which was held at the Historic Elgin Hotel in Marion, quickly sparked conflict between the Marion County Board of Commissioners, MCCEDC, and Dianne Novak, chair of the commission, who was left out of the meeting. Novak announced during Monday’s county […]

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Hillsboro passes dog ordinance

by Don Ratzlaff The Free Press The Hillsboro City Coun­cil approved its new dog ordinance and renewed its employee health insurance plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield during its 20-minute regular meeting May 15. “What we’ve got here is the culmination of many meetings where we talked about this,” City Admini­stra­tor Larry Paine said about the final draft. “At our […]

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Goessel ‘sensory garden’ earns contest prize

Goessel ‘sensory garden’ earns contest prize

We were inspired to explore the importance of experiencing nature through the use of our five senses by research, which shows that children are spending much less time outdoors than previous generations. Our goals for this project were to learn how nature positively affects mental and physical health, foster community and teamwork through planning and implementation, and use milk cartons […]

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What passed, what didn’t

In an election year with a state Supreme Court ruling hanging over their heads, Kansas lawmakers wrestled over school spending, taxes and guns. They fought among themselves and often split ways from legislators they’d chosen as leaders. In the end, they decided not to throw a tax cut to voters. It would have partly reversed tough political choices they made […]

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MCCEDC director search raises procedure questions

by Patty Decker The Free Press When Marion County Board of Commissioners chairwoman Dianne Novak requested the Marion County Community Economic Development Corp. be discussed at the April 30 meeting, she stirred up a hornet’s nest. Prompted by that agenda item, and Novak’s concern for restructuring the group, Anthony Roy, MCCEDC interim director, said the group was moving forward, but […]

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Giving it the ol’ Goessel go-power

Giving it the ol’ Goessel go-power

Goessel 4×400 runner Jordan Griffin (foreground) takes the relay baton from teammate Kale Funk during the James Thomas Invitational Joel Wiens Stadium Friday in Hillsboro. The Bluebird relay placed ninth out of 11 teams competing in the event. In all, the meet drew 15 girls’ teams and 14 boys’ teams. Joining Goessel and Hillsboro were area teams Canton-Galva and Peabody-Burns. […]

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Centre duo places fourth at state contest

Centre duo places fourth at state contest

Cole Srajer (left) and Max Svoboda, shown here after winning the Marion County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in March, received $2,000 for their business pitch at the state contest April 27 in Manhattan. Centre High School’s Cole Srajer and Max Svoboda, winners of the Marion County Youth Entrepre­neurial Challenge in March, were awarded $2,000 for their business pitch at the state […]

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Commissioners discuss direction for MCCEDC

Marion County Board of Commissioners discussed changing the direction of its Community Economic Development Corp. during Monday’s meeting. Chairwoman Dianne Novak said in the last two years volunteers have worked, she’s been hearing from citizens and constituents asking a lot of questions about the results that the county is getting from MCCEDC. “Since we have almost doubled our existing investment […]

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