Category: Editorials

New editor

M y one year anniversary of working at the Free Press is coming up next week. I have loved this job since the second it sort of fell into my lap. It was one of those situations that I wasn’t looking for, but once it happened, it seemed like exactly what I had been missing in my life. I’ve learned […]

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Wind farm debate tougher than for, or against

The debate over wind farms has entered Marion County like a wrecking ball. The debate isn’t something germain to just Marion County though. Reno, Sedgwick, McPherson, and right here in Marion County are all debating if these ‘farms’ should be put up in their backyards. While many people are yelling half-cocked facts and figures, the truth is the debate is […]

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Publisher responds to ‘Record’ reporting

There is no denying the reporting done by the Marion County Record on our tax lien. I own 100 percent of it. My father taught me at a young age that no one cares about someone’s excuses, and I am sure no one would care about mine, either. We had poor accounting procedures that I oversaw, they popped their ugly […]

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Hospital still open, but also still in bankruptcy

There is no good way to report on the ongoing saga of the Hillsboro Community Hospital and please an audience from the whole county. Some people want constant updates and facts, and to my dismay, others have asked us to just stop reporting about it at all as it doesn’t look good and isn’t positive. It’s true. There isn’t much […]

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Opening up about the newspaper process

As a newspaper junkie and someone who has been interested in the business for quite some time, I love letters to the editor—even the one below, critical of our coverage (or lack there of) of Marion County’s many events. Mike is entitled to his opinion, and I am sure some agree with his assessments. I appreciate him sharing it with […]

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Good news for Hillsboro Hospital

Things are starting to look better for the Hillsboro Community Hospital now that a new group is handling the day-to-day operations as foreclosure hearings are being dealt with. No one can tell the future, but we are certainly hopeful that the hospital will remain open, will find a suitable buyer, and this mess can be put in the rearview in […]

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Hospital story continues to whirl through community

When I first heard that the hospital was having serious financial issues, my initial reaction was excitement over having my first true investigative piece in my newer career as a journalist. I was excited to have hard news and to be able to dig in and use my nosiness and skills to get the scoops. And it has been interesting […]

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Hospital story will have twists and turns

Stories like the series of stories we are publishing about the Hillsboro Hospital’s financial troubles are never easy or enjoyable to write. It is never easy to find people to comment or give context to something that has people in the county both frustrated and afraid. Two paragraphs in and I haven’t even talked about the employees of the hospital which […]

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Social media causing a world of outrage

I have grown to hate social media more and more every day. My general distaste for the product, no matter the format, isn’t how they work or how much of my time it takes up at work, but rather what it has turned people into. One of my favorite quotes is “The internet is the single best and worst thing […]

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