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Hillsboro High School students rake leaves to serve community

Hillsboro High School students rake leaves to serve community

Hillsboro High School students were busy Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 22, raking leaves around town as a service project for the community. This group is clearing the leaves from the yard of Don and Connie Isaac at Adams and First streets.The entire body, about 178 students, participated in the project. Almost all of the yards that were raked were either called […]

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History Channel to film in Goessel for immigration story

by Wendy Nugent The Free Press A History Channel crew will be filming in Newton, Goessel and Halstead this week to help tell the story of Mennonite immigration from Russia to this area some 145 years ago. Karen Penner, board member for the Warken­tin House Museum in Newton, will be one of the sources to be interviewed. “The History Channel […]

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Hillsboro city electrical crews were busy Monday putting up the last of the Christmas street decorations for the upcoming holiday season at the corner of Grand Avenue and Washington Street. In the foreground is Jason Plett, using one bucket truck to hook up a lighted Christmas wreath while fellow crew member Randy Jantz works across the street using a second […]

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20 years of ‘Messiah’

20 years of ‘Messiah’

“It’s incredibly grand, and it’s very, very, very moving. We are honored to provide this performance as a symbolic start to the holidays for Hillsboro and the Tabor community.”<p>—Bradley Vogel, on directing ‘Messiah’ for the 20th year at Tabor College The Tabor College Oratorio Chorus and Community Orchestra will join in performing George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” at 7 p.m Sunday, […]

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A split decision

A split

decision

The Tabor College volleyball and football teams debuted at their respective national tournament events Saturday with mixed results. The volleyball team defeated Wayland Baptist University 3-1 in Plainview, Texas, to advance to the second round. Meanwhile, Jonah McKee (left photo) and his Bluejay football teammates were squeezed out of contention by Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, by a score […]

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Food bank users the real winners in ‘food fight’

The results of the “Food Fight to Knock Out Hunger in Marion County” are now in. The winners are the many neighbors in the county who need a helping hand during holiday season. The friendly “fight” was launched at the Oct. 21 high school football game between Marion and Hills­boro and was completed Nov. 18. Marion edged Hillsboro in the […]

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Marion home tour will feature historic structures

Marion home tour will feature historic structures

Melanie Ensey (right ) accepts the well-wishes of a friend during the open house event of the Historic Elgin Hotel on Saturday. Melanie and husband Larry will be opening the refurbished Elgin to the public, as well as their personal home, for the annual Marion City Library Christmas Home Tour Sunday, Dec. 4. The tour also includes the homes of […]

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Election brings change to county commission board

Election brings change to county commission board

The Free Press Incumbent Marion County Commissioner in District 2 Dan Holub (R), lost to Dianne Novak (I), 715-994 in the Nov. 8 general election. Novak said she wanted to thank all the people who placed their faith and trust in her. “I want to thank Dan Holub for his many years of service to our country and his 12 […]

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County follows GOP tradition

While the two county commission seats up for re-election drew a lot of attention, the only other contested county race this fall was for treasurer. Incumbent Jeannine Bateman (R) defeated challenger Rhon­da Casey-Curry (I) 3,737-1,664. Neither candidate could be reached for comment. For national offices, Marion County voters favored Republican Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton by a margin of […]

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New program aims to bring employment skills for young adults with developmental disabilities

Parents of teens and young adults with developmental disabilities in Marion County will have an opportunity to see their children find employment training and competitive jobs right here in their home county. The Marion County Special Education Coopera­tive has signed on with an international program called Project Search, which brings developmental disability professionals and local business leaders together to open […]

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