Category: Local News

5 new COVID-19 cases in Marion County

This evening, the Marion County Health Department (MCHD) released the news that the county now has the highest positive COVID-19 cases it has had since the pandemic stated. The press release reported 19 total confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Marion County. New confirmed cases are three males in their 20s and two females in their 20s. “Marion County […]

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Two county districts honored on national school ranking

U.S. News & World Report’s Best High School’s rankings were just recently released and two Marion County schools were on the list. Goessel High School came in at #38, which is one of the smallest schools to be ranked so highly. “Recognition as one of the Best High Schools in America is a great honor for our school community. I […]

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Visitor feels bridged together in oneness by faith

Visitor feels bridged together in oneness by faith

Editor’s note: This is a story from last summer that was just shared with the Free Press from a local church. It is a first-person look at how a visitor to Hillsboro experienced the community both as an outsider and as a person of color. I vowed that Summer 2019 would be the summer my 11-year-old daughter, who has spent […]

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Completed Census forms still needed

There is still a need for everyone to fill out their Census forms and get them in. Every single one filled out and submitted counts and makes a difference for Marion County. And every town counts. The 2020 Census will have a direct impact on small towns and rural areas across the country for the next 10 years. From disaster […]

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Masks continue to be a part of discussions

The Marion County Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday, July 6 got off to a bit of a rocky and unproductive start. While most of the commissioners and Clerk Tina Spencer attempted to weigh the pros and cons of requiring masks in the commission room on Mondays, if allowing more people in than allows for socially distancing, Commissioner Dianne Novak […]

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County not requiring masks, does recommend

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met as the Board of Public Health for a special meeting on Thursday, July 2 to determine if they would follow Governor Kelly’s recommendations to mandate mask-wearing when out in public. The board heard from Marion County Health Department Administrator Diedre Serene. Serene has stated the importance of wearing masks on multiple occasions which […]

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County reports another positive COVID-19 case

Marion County Health Department just announced another lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 case identified in Marion County. The individual is a female between the ages of 55-64 years of age. The case has been placed in isolation. Contact tracing is underway, with identified contacts placed in quarantine. A close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for 10 minutes or longer. […]

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Marion County Health Department announced Thursday that there is another lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 identified in Marion County. Another lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 was identified on Monday. Both individuals are between the ages of 45-54 years of age. The cases have been placed in isolation. Contact tracing is underway, with identified contacts placed in quarantine. A close contact is defined as being […]

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Counties work together to restore peace in Marion

Marion experienced some unusual police activity for a typically quiet Sunday evening on June 28. It began around 6 p.m. when Marion Police officers noticed some suspicious activity on North Cedar according to a press release from the Marion Police Department. “After watching the individuals, officers attempted to make contact. The individuals went into the residence. A vehicle located at […]

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Young person dies in tragic truck accident in Hillsboro

Young person dies in tragic truck accident in Hillsboro

For many in Hillsboro, Thursday, June 25, 2020, has become one of those moments that will always stand out in their minds. The day that they will always remember what they were doing when they heard—the news that a child had been killed at the four-way stop at Ash and D. For many, it was because they worried that it […]

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