Category: Editorials

One band

The bands from Marion and Hillsboro high schools proved Friday night that their respective communities can indeed make harmonious music together. Orchestrated by directors Adam Johnson of MHS and Gregg Walker of HHS, the two bands performed during the halftime of the Marion-Hillsboro football game. The symbolism was striking, particularly in the context of a high-tension matchup between the schools? […]

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Vicious circle

A recent renewed call for merging the Marion and Hillsboro hospitals is a topic worth pursuing. But it also highlights the larger issue facing Marion County: We need more people. Right now, we have too few to pay for some of the major projects we feel would benefit us in the long run. It?s a vicious circle. We want new […]

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Editorial- Welcome home?

What is the purpose of a high school homecoming week? From the word itself, one might assume it would have something do with people ?coming home? to a particular place of origin?as in alumni returning as honored guests to the old alma mater in order to reconnect with former classmates and embellish a few memories. And yet very few (if […]

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Memory Maker

Planning and preparation can carry you a long way in life, but only so far. That lesson was relearned Saturday when Mother Nature played havoc with the craft fairs in Hillsboro and Marion by serving up a unexpected dose of wet and cool weather. This kind of interruption surprised us after so many occurrences of decent-to-great weather over nearly four […]

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Our day approaches

Once again, the communities of Hillsboro and Marion will have an opportunity to put their best feet forward as thousands of guests come our way to take part in the Hillsboro Arts & Crafts Fair and Marion?s Art in the Park this Saturday.

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The latest thing

Stories in this issue about cell phones in schools and robot lawn mowers underline the ever-changing world we live in, thanks to the technological revolution. Perhaps every generation speculated what impact of the latest communication technology?whether it was radio, then television and now the Internet?would ultimately make on our daily lives. The advantage a generation ago was that we had […]

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Tips for ‘team’ parents

The largely undercovered aspect of school athletic programs is the involvement of parents.

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Welcome back

We look forward to the full tide of Tabor College students returning to Hillsboro beginning this weekend. The town never seems as vibrant during their summer absence. In addition to their physical presence, their return marks the start of the public events that enliven our community spirit, whether they be athletic, musical, dramatic or academic in nature. Unfortunately, the college?s […]

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Leadership in Transition

We believe Larry Paine is off to a good start as the new city administrator for Hillsboro. His plan to visit with each business and industry owner in the city is a bridge-building initiative that sets a tone for accessibility and communicates a desire for partnership in making the city a better and more prosperous place to live. Teamwork is […]

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Good people

Through these nine years that we?ve been publishing the Free Press, we?ve been blessed to have more than our fair share of good people serving as members of our team. Some of them have been young, fresh out of college, while others have had significant years of professional and life experience. By ?good people? we mean folks who not only […]

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