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Frostbite running

Frostbite running

13 brave runners showed up to participate in the 13th annual Frostbite 4 Mile Fun Run in Hillsboro on New Year’s day. Bob Woelk came in first for the men while Kody Panzer came in first for the Women. Dawson Duerkson of Goessel came in first for the under 18 category. Pictured above is eighth grader Wenxi Funk who participated […]

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Hostage situation ends peacefully on New Years Eve in Goessel

Marion County had some unanticipated excitement on New Year’s Eve that called on the resources of multiple police departments in both Marion County and Harvey County. “At approximately 8:45 p.m., Marion County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of a domestic disturbance in Goessel with shots fired. Officers from Hillsboro and Peabody also responded to the call,” said Sheriff Robert […]

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Protests higher due to terrible road conditions

For taxpayers in the western part of Marion County, the message is “enough is enough” as far as rural roads are concerned as many made property tax payments under protest. Lisa Reeder, the county appraiser, addressed the commissioners Monday about one taxpayer who said, “she was literally his last resort.” “So far,” Reeder said, “there are 101 (taxpayers) paying under […]

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Brightening with color

Brightening with color

Ray and Eunice Matz (center) donated the stained glass window to Hillsboro Public Library in honor of Eunice working at HPL several decades ago. They presented it to HPL Director Jeanie Bartel (far left) and board members Brenda Kimberly and Susan Watson on Wednesday, Dec. 19. The stained glass now hangs in the front window. Photos by Laura Fowler Paulus […]

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Peabody Market survives Dollar General, test of time

Peabody Market survives Dollar General, test of time

PEABODY—Katherine Gilley’s friendly demeanor shines through, whether she’s talking about the weather with a customer or greeting an employee as she walks around Peabody Market, a hometown grocery store she’s owned since June. The store encapsulates Americana with U.S. flags hanging from the wall, at least one Bible verse quoted in writing, a helpful clerk who’s worked there for decades […]

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State of hospital uncertain with unpaid bills, insurance woes

The financial issues at Hillsboro Community Hospital continue to be a concern for not only hospital employees but for the Hillsboro City Council and administration. An emergency city meeting was called on Thursday, Dec. 27, to discuss the almost $29,000 the hospital owes for utilities. And internal memos within the hospital are also shedding light on the issues. On Dec. […]

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Hillsboro property given another extension to fix ongoing issues

After years of providing formal and informal requests to fix unsafe problems at 312 W. Grand, Mayor Lou Thurston said he’s not prepared to provide further extensions, and instead sides with the area property owners. Thurston’s decision came after hearing from the property owner Dick Hein who said it’s none of the city’s business regarding his property. Thurston said: “What […]

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Jeffrey tabbed as new Marion Police Chief

Jeffrey tabbed as new Marion Police Chief

Marion lifetime resident Clinton Jeffrey has served on the Marion police force since 2009. “I started out in the police department as an officer, and then through promotions, I was the assistant chief for the last six years,” said Jeffrey. Former Chief of Police Tyler Mermis resigned earlier this year. Jeffrey stepped in and served as the interim Chief of […]

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Unanimous vote approves Marion County redistricting map

Unanimous vote approves Marion County redistricting map

It’s a wrap! In less than seven weeks, the Marion County Commission unanimously approved a map identifying the five new Marion County districts at a special meeting Thursday. Prior to the vote, commissioner Randy Dallke (District 3) reviewed the map saying com­mission chairwoman Dianne Novak (District 2) had much of the north end, and he had most of the south […]

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Former economic development director pleads guilty to misuse of public funds

The former Marion County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman waived her right to a formal arraignment and plead guilty to one count of misuse of public funds in the amount of $48,671 in district court on Dec. 12. The penalty, according to information presented in the journal entry of arraignment and conviction, stated that the penalty for a guilty plea […]

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