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Fair moves office to fairground

The Marion County Fair Board moved its office Saturday from the Hillsboro Management Board office at 109 S. Main St. to the Marion County Fairgrounds.

The move, credited to cost-cutting, will allow the fair board to put more money back into the fair, and will allow the board to focus 100 percent on the fair, said Chuck McLinden, board president.

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Six given first HCF grants
Six given first HCF grants

Six given first HCF grants

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Jayson Hanschu (left), HCF board member, congratulates Mike Moran, who received an Impact Fund grant check for the after-school program at Hillsboro Elementary school.

Members of the Hillsboro Community Found?ation Board presented checks Friday to the first six recipients of its Impact Fund grants.

A total of $6,000 in earnings were distributed among the successful applicants. HCF completed its fundraising campaign for the Impact Fund Dec. 31. The initial goal of $250,000 was surpassed by about $16,000, including cash and pledges.

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Hospitals see separate futures

Officials for Hillsboro Community Medical Center say they are interested in last month?s decision by the board that oversees St. Luke Hospital in Marion to explore the idea of building a new facility in Marion.

At the same time, they don?t think a decision to proceed with a building project will affect the future of HCMC.

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Lucky Leap Day!
Lucky Leap Day!

Lucky Leap Day!

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Tyler Palic will celebrate his second "real" birthday on Friday. He was born in 2000.

With two of his brothers? birthdays falling on Feb. 27 and 28, it would seem that ?leapling? Tyler Palic?s Feb. 29 birthday was something of Providence.

Palic, a Marion resident and avid wrestler, will celebrate his second ?real? birthday on Friday. He doesn?t like having his birthday once every four years.

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Romance takes flight for Tabor student couple
Romance takes flight for Tabor student couple

Romance takes flight for Tabor student couple

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With the iconic Eiffel Tower glowing in the background, Will Enger proposed marriage to Jesica Brucks after flying across the ocean to pop the question in Paris during a Tabor College student tour of Europe Brucks was a part of.

The City of Love, a couple in love and a covert operation, Operation: Dinner Out.

Sound like the setting for a fairy tale?

For a Tabor College couple, the story is real and ends happily ever after.

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Just having a ball
Just having a ball

Just having a ball

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Kelli Just, recent Tabor College graduate from Hillsboro, poses with her watercolor titled ?One Woman.? Just?s artistic skill garnered first place in a contest sponsored by the Junction City Arts Council. She will be the featured artist at the JCAC Premier Masquerade Ball this Saturday?six days before her wedding. Aleen Ratlzlaff

February is capturing some extraordinary moments in Kelli Just?s life. Besides recently completing her undergraduate degree, Just will be showing her paintings at an inauguratory event in Junction City and then seven days later saying her marriage vows.

Just will the guest of honor Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Junction City
Arts Council?s Premier Masquerade Ball, a fundraiser for scholarships
that promote art in the Junction City area.

?It?s probably overwhelming when I look at all that?s happening,?
she said. ?But I work best under pressure. It?s probably a blessing in
disguise.?

 

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Hillsboro wrestlers rule the weekend at Eureka tourney
Hillsboro wrestlers rule the weekend at Eureka tourney

Hillsboro wrestlers rule the weekend at Eureka tourney

HHSwrState-QualifiersP21862.jpg The Hillsboro High School wrestling team qualified eight athletes for state competition, won only the second regional team championship in school history and saw Coach Scott O?Hare go home with ?Coach of the Year? at the Class 3-2-1A regional tournament in Eureka on Friday and Saturday. Pictured above are state qualifiers, back row (from left), CJ Shaw, Jacob Yoder, […]

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‘Closet’ of dreams opens possibilities for local girls
‘Closet’ of dreams opens possibilities for local girls

‘Closet’ of dreams opens possibilities for local girls

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Janet Whisenhunt (left) and Gayla Ratzlaff display one of the prom dresses that will be available at the first Cinderella?s Closet event March 9 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. The goal of organizers is to give each girl at Hillsboro High School a chance to wear the dress of her dreams to this year?s prom in April. Malinda Just / Free Press.

Although spring may seem like a far-away dream, for many high school girls, it?s time to start thinking about the glitz and glamour of prom night.

For parents, it may seem like time to start saving for the financial commitments that accompany prom?the dress, the accessories, the perfect up-do.

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Digging out again
Digging out again

Digging out again

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Locals join the masses at caucuses

Marion County was represented at the state caucuses for both the Republicans and Democrats last week. Republicans gathered Saturday, four days after the Democratic meeting on Super Tuesday.

The first Republican Party competitive caucus in 20 years drew 20,000 registered voters to polls across the state.

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