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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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Enjoy your time in the water, but put safety first

by Becki Yoder Special to The Free Press Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional splash off into summer. School is out. The Kansas summer quickly heats up as the thermometer rises to hot, humid and unbearable. With the heat of the sun’s rays beating down, who doesn’t long for a refreshing, quenching dip in a cool swimming pool or lake. […]

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CAR SHOW & TELL

CAR SHOW & TELL

Patty Decker photoThis year’s car show drew 105 cars and three motorcycles to Memorial Park’s circle drive in Hillsboro. The 20th annual Route 56 Classic Cruisers Car Show on Saturday in Hillsboro’s Memorial Park was considered by organizers as one of the best yet. Kim Abrahams of Hillsboro, who’s been organizing the show since the beginning, said 105 cars and […]

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Commissioners discuss mental health needs

Less than half of Marion County residents who would benefit from mental health care are receiving treatment. That’s what Jessie Kaye, president and CEO of Prairie View Mental Health Center, told Marion County commissioners Monday. Kaye, who has worked with Prairie View for 13 years, said 20 percent of people in Kansas suffer from some form of mental illness. Prairie […]

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Building is learning, teacher says

Building is learning, teacher says

“I’ve found over the years that some of these kids really enjoy getting out in the shop and doing things,” Norm Winter says. “So I decided we’re going to make projects.” Norman Winter tells of the time some 25 years ago when he received a free jig from Maynard Hefley, long-time owner and manager of The Lumberyard that recently closed […]

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