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Marion County chock full of holiday activities

The holiday season is officially here, and Marion County has lots of festivities going on. There are also many activities happening not too far outside of our county. Here are some of them: Nov. 30 Night with Santa at Studio 23 in Hillsboro from 6-8:30 p.m. Children are welcome to enjoy an evening with Santa and friends while enjoying a […]

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Hillsboro wants to know if town wants high speed internet

Hillsboro city officials are releasing a survey to determine the community expectations regarding Internet services. This survey, said Larry Paine, city administrator, was designed using information from other community studies. Results from this survey, he said, will guide the development of future Internet services and speeds. In addition, the survey is important to the community because some companies dealing with […]

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New Hillsboro recycling truck prompts survey

by Patty Decker The Free Press With the addition of a new automated trash/recycling truck arriving in March, the City of Hillsboro Sanitation Department is conducting a survey. The reason is to help sanitation officials in determining what size cart would best serve residential trash and recycling needs, a sanitation official said. The three sizes being considered include a 50-gallon, […]

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Marion County communities to celebrate Giving Tuesday

Hillsboro #Giving Tuesday is an event that supports local charities on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Hillsboro Community Foundation will hold their local #GivingTuesday event from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the City Building. Individuals and businesses are invited to join us for refreshments and to find out more about what the Foundation is doing […]

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A holiday tradition

A holiday tradition

Pam DeFisher, new resident to Peabody, and Sadie Decker and others arrange the peppernuts on the sheet to prepare them for baking. Sadie is 101. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press The Peabody Senior Center has been working hard the past two months making peppernuts, a traditional German cookie, to sell to raise funds for the center. “We had lots […]

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Marion at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

Marion at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

Liz Pearson and Justin Chrisjohn worked the machine as the shirts were silk screened. They then loaded the shirts into the dryer so that the paint could dry. Marion County will be well represented this Thanksgiving at the 92nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York. All of the workers will be wearing shirts made for them by Western Associates which […]

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County insurance cost is trending up

The Marion County Commission heard from Bruce Schultz, group enrollment representative, who provided a nine-month report of employee health activities at the Nov. 13 regular meeting. Based on the calculated premium of $744,027, and the total plan paid of $684,000, the loss ratio is at 92 percent, which could mean a 9 percent or thereabout increase in 2019, he said. […]

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Three board members resign from MCCEDC

by Patty Decker The Free Press Three board members resigned from the Marion County Community Economic Development Corp. at the group’s second annual meeting on Nov. 13. Clint Seibel of Hillsboro, who was serving as president of the board, and members Jared Jost of Hillsboro and Hannah Bourbon of Peabody, all resigned. Seibel said he evaluated the results of his […]

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Senior Scribbles (11-14-18)

HILLSBORO senior center We will have our sing along on Thursday. We are also playing bingo every Wednesday after the noon meal. We are in need of volunteers, too. Let us know if you can help. We also need a sub head cook and sub dishwasher when either of ours need off or are ill. You get 2 days of […]

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Local group receives national recognition

Marion County Parents as Teachers has received national recognition as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate, making it one of the top performing home visiting affiliates within the international Parents as Teachers network. The official designation was made on October 1, 2018. Families in the Marion County communities are positively impacted by the services delivered by the program, which include home visits, […]

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