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Tempers flair at Florence meeting over water future

Tempers flair at Florence meeting over water future

Florence City Council member Trayce Warner looks at a map outlining the water mains and sewer lines within the city. Warner said the reason for the rate increases, which were approved by a majority, will help maintain the water plant and the repairs and replacement coming up for the mains and lines. Patty Decker. Chaos erupted at the June 18 […]

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National photographer has a strong local perspective

National photographer has a strong local perspective

Gavin Peters For Gavin Peters, everything is about perspective. Whether he’s looking for the perfect angle to capture the grease dripping from a hamburger or connecting with potential clients across the country, Peters relies on his unique perspective to succeed. “I always try to connect with everyone I meet,” Peters said. “You can find salt of the Earth people anywhere.” […]

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Barter joins Grace as lead pastor

Grace Community Fellowship, Hillsboro, welcomed a new lead pastor in late May. Mike Barter, originally from St. Charles, Mo., comes to Grace after serving as lead pastor at First Baptist Church in Vandalia, Mo., for four years. Prior to that, Barter spent more than 12 years as a firefighter and EMT for Central County Fire and Rescue in St. Peters, […]

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NEIGHBORLY LOVE

NEIGHBORLY LOVE

Melanie and Dale Franz and son Darren pull weeds Sunday along sidewalks in Marion’s downtown business district as their contribution to HMBC’s service day. Sometimes it’s hard to show love toward your neighbors without getting your hands a little dirty. Rather than inhabit their clean and comfortable worship center this past Sunday, more than 200 people from the Hillsboro Menno­nite […]

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Special teacher for special ed

Special teacher for special ed

Linda Peters, who retired in May after 43 years of teaching, helps one of her young charges run the bases while learning how to play kickball on her last working day with preschoolers. “Great times that I know I’ll miss,” Peters says.Courtesy photo by Linda Peters To come “full circle,” according to Merriam-Webster, means returning to where one began. That […]

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Schools may lose county medical programs

Students at Marion County public schools may not be getting ear and eye exams next school year. The nurse who previously administered the services across the county resigned and the districts have had trouble filling the vacancy. If the position isn’t filled, the services will come to an end. Four area superintendents—representing Goessel, Hillsboro, Marion and Peabody-Burns—along with Diedre Serene […]

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Keep your attention on water-safety rules this summer

Keep your attention on water-safety rules this summer

Marion Reservoir provides a “Loaner Life Jacket Station” at its swimming area at Cottonwood Cove. A PFD (personal flotation device) is the primary piece of safety equipment when in, on, or around the water—especially at a lake or pond because you cannot see the bottom. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press It always saddens me to learn of any drowning. The […]

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Partners in time

Partners in time

“When I heard the store was for sale, the wheels started turning—well, that might be an opportunity,” said Catherine Gilley, the new owner of the Peabody Market. Thanks to a local entrepreneur looking for a career change, plus a unique arrangement for financial support, residents of Peabody will be able to keep buying their groceries in their hometown store. Catherine […]

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Uncertain harvest nearing an end

Uncertain harvest nearing an end

This farmer south of Hillsboro was cutting a small field of wheat adjacent to a pasture along Indigo on Monday. The 2018 harvest has had mixed results, depending on moisture during the growing season. Busheling has ranged from 20 to 60 per acre as the fields diminish. Don Ratzlaff With dire expectations heading into this year’s wheat harvest due to […]

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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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