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Hot Time for Fans & Bands

Hot Time for Fans & Bands

Montgomery Gentry, headline act of the weekend, performed Saturday on the main stage for a 9:30 p.m. concert. This year’s Chingawassa Days got off to a hot start, literally, with temperatures in the 90s and high humidity. In spite of the heat, Adam Heerey, a member of the festival planning committee, said attendance was strong with an estimated 1,500 to […]

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County to focus on fixing roads

Marion County roads need to be fixed. That was the consensus Thursday among the Marion County Board of Commis­sioners. “This is the No. 1 thing on everybody’s minds: the roads,” said Dianne Novak, chair of the board. “People are really on me about these roads.” The solution, Novak said, “is to provide more money so we can do the things […]

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Committed to kids for 47 years

Committed to kids for 47 years

Courtesy photo“Title 1 are kids that need some help in reading and/or math,” Gloria Winter says. “They’re just not quite up to speed. They haven’t been diagnosed with a disability.” Gloria Winter completed her 47th year of teaching public schools this May, and for all those years, she said her personal schedule has been wrapped around the school calendar. But […]

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Barnett picks wife as running mate

Barnett picks wife as running mate

Jim Barnett, an Emporia physician and former state lawmaker, named his wife, Rosemary Hansen, as his choice for lieutenant governor. Republican candidate for Kansas governor Jim Bar­nett has chosen what he admits is an unconventional running mate: his wife. Barnett announced Thursday that he had selected Rosie Hansen as his lieutenant governor pick. Barnett said he wanted a running mate […]

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Water break damages Florence gymnasium

Water break damages Florence gymnasium

This photo shows the extent of the buckling of the gymnasium floor following an extended waterline burst that occurred between May 4 and the evening of May 16 The Florence City Council dropped a bombshell at its meeting May 21 with news that the high school gymnasium sustained serious water damage sometime between May 4, and prior to the evening […]

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Music will take center stage at Chingawassa Days

Music will take center stage at Chingawassa Days

Clockwise from left: Eddie Montgomery of the Montgomery Gentry country band, the headliner act for 2018, takes the stage at .9:30 p.m. Saturday. Jason Gray– 7:30 pm Friday, Drake White – 7:30 pm Saturday and Unspoken – 7:30 pm Friday. Music will take center stage, literally and figuratively, when Chingawassa Days planners welcome four significant performing groups for this weekend’s […]

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Public gathers to remember those who sacrificed for others

Public gathers to remember those who sacrificed for others

Hillsboro Mayor Lou Thurston was the guest speaker at the Memorial Day gathering Monday in Memorial Park. Bright skies and warm temperatures greeted those who came to Memorial Park to honor military veterans, past and present, who served and sacrificed to keep the United States a free nation. Mayor Lou Thurston, the guest speaker, reminded those who listened why Memorial […]

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Tabor College and Hillsboro High grads begin their transition

Tabor College and Hillsboro High grads begin their transition

. Occasional threats of showers were forecast, but Tabor’s commencement Saturday morning, and Hillsboro’s late- afternoon graduation ceremony went off without a hitch this year. For more about the ceremonies, see https://www.hillsborofreepress.com/schools/tabor-awards-119-earned-degrees-to-2018-graduates. Free Press photos by Don Ratzlaff.

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Marion council approves housing incentive program

The city of Marion is making an effort to attract young families. The city council designated nine lots of city-owned land for a moderate-income housing state incentive program at its Monday meeting. Roger Holter, Marion city manager, said he hopes this program will be the catalyst for future housing development in Marion and, in turn, a growth in the youth […]

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County may face penalties for secret meeting

The Marion County Com­munity Economic Corpora­tion may face potential state violations after holding a secret meeting last month. The meeting, which was held at the Historic Elgin Hotel in Marion, quickly sparked conflict between the Marion County Board of Commissioners, MCCEDC, and Dianne Novak, chair of the commission, who was left out of the meeting. Novak announced during Monday’s county […]

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