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Can Markets Save The Prairie Chicken In Kansas?

The booming calls of the lesser prairie chicken once rung out across western Kansas. Accounts from the 1800s mention bands of hunters bagging dozens of birds each. Railways advertised special trains that brought sportsmen to shoot the birds in the Texas panhandle, complete with ice cars to preserve the meat on the ride home. Then, over ...

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Barnett picks wife as running mate

Jim Barnett, an Emporia physician and former state lawmaker, named his wife, Rosemary Hansen, as his choice for lieutenant governor.

Republican candidate for Kansas governor Jim BarĀ­nett has chosen what he admits is an unconventional running mate: his wife. Barnett announced Thursday that he had selected Rosie Hansen as his lieutenant governor pick. Barnett said he ...

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High school football teams near season debut

Two maroon-shirted Hillsboro Trojan defenders try to separate the football from their white-shirted Trojan teammate during in intrasquad scrimmage Saturday morning at Joel Wiens Stadium. The high school football season opens Friday night, but several other sport teams will have seen action by then, including volleyball, cross country and tennis. You can read previews of all your favorite area teams, including Tabor College, in the ?Extra Point? preview published as Section B. Coverage of Hillsboro volleyball and Tabor?s football opener appears in Sports, starting on Page 7A. Phyllis Richert Photo

Two maroon-shirted Hillsboro Trojan defenders try to separate the football from their white-shirted Trojan teammate during in intrasquad scrimmage Saturday morning at Joel Wiens Stadium. The high school football season opens Friday night, but several other sport teams will have seen action by then, including volleyball, cross country and tennis. You can ...

Algae bloom prompts warnings at city pond

There?s a reason it?s called ?blue-green? algae, as last week?s major bloom in the Hillsboro Heights water-retention pond illustrates. The top photo, taken Aug. 25, is from the ditch along U.S. Highway 56 that receives overflow water from the pond at its northeast corner. Free Press photo by Don Ratzlaff

? Signs warn people to keep themselves and pets out of the water. The city of Hillsboro has posted warning signs at the retaining pond in the Hills?boro Heights development after discovering a major blue-green algae bloom last Tuesday morning. The signs ...

Dedicated for play

Swarming on and around their new playground equipment, students at Hillsboro Elementary School showed off their new ?My Community Cares? T-shirts during Friday?s dedication event. After the ceremony, a back-to-school carnival followed in the gymnasium with games, door prizes and food. The event raised about $3,300 before expenses; the money will help with maintenance and future equipment purchases. Patty Decker / Free Press

? Community and kids celebrate completion of a dream Hundreds of parents and children attended the dedication ceremony Friday evening for the new playground at Hillsboro Elementary School. What started as a dream 21?2 years ago materialized into a $215,000 playground area because of a joint community effort, said Rod Koons, USD 410 board member. Evan Yoder, ...

Florence prepares for big weekend

? 78th Labor Day event offers old and new fun. ?Restoring the Past to Preserve the Future,? is the theme for this year?s Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 5-7, in Florence. Now in its 78th year, the celebration will include traditional events and some new ones, said Trayce Warner, a member of the planning committee. ?Back again this year is ...

4-H Endowment Committee announces drawing winners

 Pictured on the left is Mike Berger, owner of Peabody Sausage House, with co-workers Jacob Bruntz and Marilyn Unruh.  Courtesy Photo

The Marion County 4-H Endowment Committee has announced the winners of their 2015 fundraising drawing. The first-prize winners were Sharolyn Tibbetts and Tom Koslowsky, both from Hillsboro; each won one-half of a processed hog. The winners of two Kansas State football tickets were Rod?s Tire, Kodi Panzer, DeLayne Herbel, Sally Andrews, Ag Service and Vance Burns. ?The Endowment Commit?tee gives a ...

Playground pleasure

 On the apparatus are (from left) Claire Morey, Delaney Acton and Emily Gilkey. Free Press photos by Don Ratzlaff

Second-graders at Hillsboro Elementary School enjoy the new playground equipment Monday that was part of a $215,000 project to replace the north playground and upgrade the west playground this summer. The HES Site Council will be hosting a ?Back To Carnival? Friday from 6-8 p. m. at the school as a fundraiser for playground maintenance and future upgrades. The evening will ...

County road plan to address multiple issues

This dirt road north of Hillsboro shows the residual damage caused by ?mudders? following rain that fell almost two weeks ago. Randy Crawford, the county?s road and bridge director, is asking the public to call the sheriff?s office when they observe ongoing abuse to see if more violators can be caught. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press

? ?Mudders,? overloaded farm trucks, farmers cultivating into road ditches motivate response. The mudders are at it again. Following recent heavy rains that have left Marion County dirt roads in water-sodden condition, Randy Crawford, county road and bridge director, confirmed that four-wheel-drive vehicles are again being used to tear up county roads. These are the ...

HHS alum completes 2nd D.C. internship

Sen. Pat Roberts and Daniel Kunantaev pose for a photo on Capitol Hill during Kunantaev?s second summer internship in two years. Courtesy Photo

Daniel Kunantaev had such an enjoyable time last summer serving as an intern in Sen. Pat Roberts? office in Washington, D. C. , that he accepted a second term this summer. ?I was excited to do it again,? said the 2010 Hills?boro High School graduate, ...