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Marion Elementary gets some curb  appeal after grant

Marion Elementary gets some curb appeal after grant

Marion Elementary School got some added curb appeal after winning a grant for a landscaping company to come in and redo several areas. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press Marion Elementary students and parents pulled up to different looking school grounds last Tuesday after their three-day weekend. “We won a grant to pay for landscaping. The company came in and did it […]

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Spur Ridge unveils new lodging facility

Spur Ridge unveils new lodging facility

Spur Ridge Vet Hospital has large rooms that allow the animals to be inside or outside as needed. Michelle Looper / Free Press Spur Ridge Vet Hospital of Marion has been around for years providing many services for animals all over Marion County. On Friday, they opened up a new lodge facility for animals to stay at when their owners […]

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Copenhaver’s bring detail to their Hillsboro based business

Copenhaver’s bring detail to their Hillsboro based business

Patty Decker/free press Ashley and Doug Copenhaver own a car detailing business called Mirror Image. They are located in Hillsboro. Doug Copenhaver of Hillsboro opened “Mirror Image,” an auto detailing business that goes beyond the normal car wash by making vehicles gleam. Unlike the typical automated washing system, Copenhaver said auto detailing involves a lot more. “The exterior of vehicles […]

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How landscaping can make your home more attractive

How landscaping can make your home more attractive

Margaret Hett of Marion waters the plants in the greenhouse in between customers. Hett and the other employees are knowledgeable about ways to increase your property's value with plants. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press One way to add to the value of your home is to do landscaping or add some plants to it. “If you are wanting to sell your […]

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Spring is in the air at Centre Greenhouse

Spring is in the air at Centre Greenhouse

Students are out in the greenhouses checking the plants and inspecting them to make sure that they don’t need water, and that the plants are healthy. Provided Photo What a great year with some very hard working students. These students have been working hard to get ready for the Spring. Ever since they got back from their winter break they […]

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Gym membership could be what doctor ordered

Gym membership could be what doctor ordered

Trevor Kruse gets a workout in on Friday at Diamond H. Fitness in Marion. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press With the weather getting warmer and swimsuit season quickly approaching, many are starting to think about getting in better shape and losing some extra pounds from the winter. A place in Marion can help get you started on your health […]

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Tips for a healthy car going into this Spring

With warmer weather finally here, many are doing some spring cleaning in their homes and yards. But don’t forget about your car. “Make sure you go through a car wash that sprays the underside of your car. Run it through a couple of times to get that road salt and grime off. Clean in the cracks of the doors too […]

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Students awarded for ‘Dig Deeper’ posters

Students awarded for ‘Dig Deeper’ posters

ABOVE LEFT: Elle Guetterman, a first grader at Marion Elementary School, was the first place poster contest. As part of the ceremony, she, and the second and third place winners, hold up a conservation T-shirt during the 73rd annual meeting and dinner of the Marion County Conservation District on Feb. 23 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. ABOVE CENTER: Second place poster […]

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Conservation awards given to Svitak, Peabody United Methodist Church

Conservation awards given to Svitak, Peabody United Methodist Church

Greg Bowers, board chairman, left, presented Damien Svitak the Conservation District Service Award. “The fun part of being on the board is getting to know many of the men and women for conservation,” Bowers said. “We would like to present an award to one of our members who wasn’t able to serve any longer, and to let him know we […]

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Suderman, Penner the winners of the Kansas Bankers Association Award

Tyler Ottensmeier, left, presents operator Rodney Suderman and sister Karen Penner of Newton the Kansas Bankers Association Award in Soil Conservation. Patty Decker/Free Press Representing the Marion County Bankers Association, Tyler Ottensmeier, Citizens State Bank in Goessel, said he’s been honored to go on tour with Matt Meyerhoff, conservationist, Doug Svitak, conservation technician, and Ricky Roberts, K-State Research and Extension […]

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