Category: Opinion

17th Marion County Toy Run planned for Saturday, Nov. 6

The 17th annual Marion County Toy Run, featuring a parade of motorcyclists and classic car enthusiasts, is planned for Saturday, Nov. 6. Sponsored by the Sons of American Legion 366, ABATE of Kansas District 9 and Route 56 Classic Cruisers, the Toy Run has turned into a major benefactor for underprivileged children in Marion County. Each participant is asked to […]

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EMS volunteers always on call for others
EMS volunteers always on call for others

EMS volunteers always on call for others

Law-enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel are in the profession of helping others. Not many can say they have a job that provides service to others continuously, but that?s what these people do. Whether preventing crime, rescuing people from a burning building, or caring for someone?s medical needs, these professions require commitment and dedication. Of the three careers, EMS […]

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Survivor supper draws 52 people
Survivor supper draws 52 people

Survivor supper draws 52 people

Paula Perry (foreground) and Carolyn Ray dish out noodle soup and chili, respectively, at Marion County?s first American Cancer Society Survivor Soup & Pie Supper held Oct. 6 at American Legion Post 366 in Hillsboro. About 52 people attended the event, which was intended to celebrate the privilege of enjoying another birthday. Organizers expect the event to grow with time.

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Three staff members join Main Street Ministries

The board of Main Street Ministries Inc. in Hillsboro has added three staff members recently. Josh Gill has been appointed on-site coordinator and Celebrate Recovery director, Mindy Tharp is the office and food bank administrator, and Kimberly Swaney, a licensed social worker, is the case manager. The board chose to staff Main Street Ministries in order to enhance its mission […]

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Hillsboro blood drive set Sept. 23

The American Red Cross is sponsoring a blood drive in Hillsboro from 1 p.m. to 6 pm. Sept. 23 at the United Metho?dist Church, 905 East D. St. Donors are reminded about Ford Motor Co.?s donation of a 2011 Ford Fiesta to be given away in November. The contest is a way of thanking committed blood donors. Appointments for the […]

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Can schools equip rural youth for a rural future?

The precious national resource that is rural America is in peril and Weldon Sleight is trying to do something about it. It?s not the grass-covered hillsides, nor the cornfields, nor those amber waves of grain that the dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agricul?ture is most concerned with. It is the young people born and raised beyond the city […]

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September brings to mind new beginnings…and Army induction

September reminds people of many different things: like school starting, football, fall weather, Labor Day weekends and other memories. For me, two Septembers stick out in my mind. The most important was when my son was born and the second was the Septem?ber I enlisted in the U.S. Army. Now, my sons? birth is an interesting story, but this time […]

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Pilot test to eliminate sewer odors now shows progress

Hillsboro City Administrator Larry paine reported last Wednesday that a pilot test using cutting-edge technology to reduce odors at the city?s new wastewater lagoons is now showing encouraging results. The project was described in the Aug. 18 issue of the Free Press. The experimental equipment creates ozone from the air and injects it into the sewer line to increase the […]

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FCC plan would devalue rural Internet users

Editor?s note: The following article appeared in the August issue of Tele-Talk Newsletter, a publication of Tri-County Telephone Association Inc. TCT is based in Council Grove and serves customers in northern Marion County. We felt this message is important for all Internet users in Marion County. For contact information regarding elected leaders, see our ?How to contact? feature at the […]

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Campaign yard signs mysteriously surface
Campaign yard signs mysteriously surface

Campaign yard signs mysteriously surface

Hillsboro?s missing political signs resurfaced Thursday, but it?s still a mystery as to how or who took them. More than 350 political signs were dropped off between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 3 a.m. Thursday when Pat Kinning, the police chief?s wife, spotted them 10 feet from the front door of their home in Hillsboro. The signs, which disappeared all over […]

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