Category: Local News

Goessel School Board hears appreciation for teachers

The Goessel school board met on September 14 and heard a report about the beginning of school. Junior high/high school principal Scott Boden said that it took “lots of extra work” to plan the school year in order to reduce the risk of coronavirus. He noted the extra work for teachers to teach in-person and remote at the same time. […]

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Hillsboro City Council approves new sound system bid

The Hillsboro City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15 opened up with normal administrative news and then City Administrator Matt Stiles told the Council about the bid to configure the Council room to allow for remote citizen participation and broadcasting of meetings. “This installation would provide more COVID-19 protection for the public and improve transparency. The system is more advanced […]

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Hillsboro Healthcare Clinic now official in time for expansion

Hillsboro Healthcare Clinic now official in time for expansion

Last Tuesday, Sept. 15, the Hillsboro Healthcare Clinic had its official ribbon cutting. While the clinic has been open for months now, it has been growing and expanding making now a more appropriate time to become an official business. The clinic is a part of Herington Hospital. Herington Hospital CFO and Director of Medical Staff Bryan Coffey was present at […]

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Commission has concern for nursing home residents

Administrative Business & COVID-19 Update In addition to the normal weekly briefing on COVID cases in Marion County (there is currently only one active case), Marion County Health Department Administrator Diedre Serene updated the commission on nursing homes in Marion County. The topic was brought up when Commissioner Kent Becker asked about nursing home plans for reopening. “They discuss the […]

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Hillsboro enjoys a flick

Hillsboro enjoys a flick

Marion County residents gathered at a safe distance together on Saturday night to enjoy some snacks and the movie Grease on the big screen out at the old AMPI building near the police station across from Casey’s on Ash in Hillsboro. Many businesses and the City of Hillsboro worked together to provide a fun evening for Hillsboro and Marion County […]

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Marion County SPARK Grant application

The Marion County SPARK (Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas) Taskforce has set aside approximately $200,000 for private businesses and $500,000 for non-profit organizations. If you are interested in using this grant please go to the website and fill out the application. The application can be found at http://www.marioncoks.net/Portals/ks-marion/GrantApplication.pdf. Allowable expenses Expenses the applicant has already incurred due to COVID19 and […]

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El Lorito to shutter Hillsboro restaurant

Many in Hillsboro were stunned to hear the news that they would be losing another business when news came out last week that El Lorito would be closing. The family-run restaurant is a popular hotspot in Hillsboro and in Marion County in general. The family remained open and working hard during Stay at Home and provided curbside service. Then El […]

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Commission deals with bevy of issues

The Marion County Board of Commissioners met for their regular weekly meeting on Monday, Sept. 14. All of the commissioners were present. Administrative Business The board approved the minutes from their meeting last week. They also discussed upcoming conferences. County Clerk Tina Spencer presented several copier bids she received for a new copier for the Marion County Clerk’s Office. The […]

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Hillsboro City Council approves creation of a land bank

The Hillsboro City Council met on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The majority of the meeting was spent hearing from Marion County Health Department Administrator Diedre Serene as well as being able to ask her any questions they had. Serene reminded the council that it is important to remember that it isn’t just what is going on in Marion county, but what […]

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Marion County releases latest COVID-19 numbers

As of Friday morning (due to the Free Press early deadline), Marion County has now had 89 positive cases. There are currently 21 active cases (again, as of Friday morning). Here are the week’s cases: Monday, Aug. 31 Positive case of a male in his teens Probable case of female in her 40s Tuesday, Sept. 1 Seven new probable cases […]

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