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Ehrlich brings comfort through blanket program

Ehrlich brings comfort through blanket program

Karen Ehrlich donated blankets she made to Sheriff Robert Craft of Marion County Sheriff's Office in order for deputies to have blankets to give to those in need during a crisis. Provided Photo When some people retire, they slow down and get less busy, but Karen Ehrlich has done the opposite. Rather than just sit in front of the TV […]

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Local pilot serving in flooded areas

Local pilot serving in flooded areas

John Goerzen flew his plane over a flooded Nebraska. Goerzen and many other volunteer pilots flew in supplies. Courtesy photo. While many felt helpless during the recent flooding of several midwestern states, rural Goessel resident John Goerzen decided to use his plane and pilot’s license to help out. On March 18, he flew a plane full of supplies into Nebraska. […]

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New EMS shirts approved by the Marion County Commission

New EMS shirts approved by the Marion County Commission

Travis Parmley, EMS Director, holds up a blue and white polo shirt that will be the newest addition to the service. Patty Decker / Free Press The Marion County Commission approved the EMS department’s request for new uniform shirts at a cost of $26 each at its meeting Monday. Travis Parmley, EMS director, said the blue and white polo shirt […]

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Marion council hears concerns over cell tower

Concerns regarding a proposed cell tower dominated the Marion City Council meeting March 25 in the lower level conference center of city hall. Autumn Hansen, a Marion resident, who lives in the vicinity of the proposed cell tower, talked to the council about the public health and safety concerns, the vague legal description stating it’s a “wireless communications facility,” the […]

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Local woman creates her own lamp using items from hardware store

Local woman creates her own lamp using items from hardware store

Jenny Pohlman stands by the lamp she made out of parts sold at the Hillsboro Hardware store. She looked up options online and chose the one she wanted to make. Customers can go in and Jenny will help them pick out the parts for the lamp. The lamp pieces can all be found at the store and the total is […]

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Hillsboro needs help for recycling

The City of Hillsboro will soon be implementing different aspects of the new trash collection system. A new truck will arrive in the first part of April, and then the city we will deliver a new trash cart at no charge to each residential address. The trash carts are green and are to be used for trash only. If you […]

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Hospital employees participate in pie eating contest

Hospital employees participate in pie eating contest

Some of the staff at Hillsboro Community Hospital participated in a pie eating contest. Dr. Greg Erb won the generously donated prize of a steak dinner. Blyth Suttle won the opportunity to pie someone in the face and chose Dr. Erb. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press

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County talks moving to KDOT rock for rural roads

The Marion County Commission talked about rock on its roads, information received from KDOT regarding rock testing, and voted on a respective policy at its meeting March 25. Commissioner Dianne Novak said she contacted KDOT and was told the state does testing of rock at no cost, and while she admitted it’s only one piece of many pieces dealing with […]

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Property still an issue for Hillsboro

By Laura Fowler Paulus The Free Press The March 19 Hillsboro City Council opened with Hillsboro Code Enforcement Officer Ben Steketee’s update on the property at 312 West Grand. In December, the homeowners had been given more time to bring the property up to city codes. “I removed the lack of sufficient or proper fire resistance rated construction. That has […]

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Moran hears from Hillsboro about hospital situation

Moran hears from Hillsboro about hospital situation

United States Senator Jerry Moran offered his help when he stopped in for a visit on Friday at the Hillsboro Community Hospital. “The offer stands for our help however we can do that,” said Moran. In addition to taking a tour of the facility, Moran visited with various staff members as well as city officials including city administrator Larry Paine […]

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