Marion County RECORD
Vol. 140 , No. 33
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Marion, KS 66861
What can county residents afford? Size, financing key questions for jail committee
Size and financing of a future jail were major topics Thursday in Hillsboro at a second meeting of the Marion County jail committee. Newly elected committee Vice Chairman Harry Bennett said it is important to ask the sheriff’s department what its needs are for a new jail.
A project to replace deteriorated concrete roadway tying U.S.-50 and U.S-77 to access points of a roundabout at Florence is on schedule. According to Kansas Department of Transportation, the project began May 5, and despite 3.5 to four inches Thursday night and lightning striking equipment, workers were able to complete the project Monday. The project caused U.S.-50 to be closed a week during construction. With construction being completed, U.S.-50 now is open.
Road to recovery: Businesswoman is taking it one day at a time
Determination and grit. That’s what it takes sometimes for us to accomplish feats or recover from adversity.
Historic Lost Springs monument to be moved July 3
Steve Schmidt, president of Cottonwood Crossing Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association, recently announced the Lost Spring monument at the historic site west of Lost Springs will be moved July 3 to a new site across the road. The time capsules in the old base will be opened at that time. On May 5, members of the association assisted Roger Kleinsorge, a contractor from McPherson, in constructing a new base for the monument.
Art at the Elgin is May 23
A rare opportunity awaits Marion residents and visitors May 23. An art show will showcase local professional and youth artists at the newly-renovated former Elgin Hotel now known as the Historic Elgin Bed & Breakfast.
Gold Wings honor nonogenarian Patton
Put 91-year-old Frank Patton of Tampa on a motorcycle, and it is easy to make him smile. Members of several Kansas chapters of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) traveled to Tampa Saturday to pay respect to their senior friend and mentor.
People we know: Gilbert enjoys independence
Laurel Gilbert of Marion moved into Kansas Governor — and Marion County Record editor — Edward Hoch’s former home at 205 N. Lincoln St., Marion, in 1946, and she has lived there ever since. Gilbert, now 91 years old, maintains her independence despite being legally blind for 18 years. Retinal degeneration runs in Gilbert’s family, she said.
Soldier surprises stepson by running in race
Jace Hett of Lehigh received a pleasant surprise Saturday when his stepdad, Staff Sgt. Rick Mounts, met him before a two-mile race in Wichita. Hett, 10, was inspired to run the race after hearing that Mounts planned to run in the Boston Marathon in Iraq. Hett is a third grader at Hillsboro Elementary School.
Florence cemetery tells story of early settlers
(Editor’s Note: Florence is the location for this year’s Prelude to the Symphony in the Flint Hills. Activities are planned in the community June 12-13, with tens of thousands of visitors anticipated. Following is a historical site in Florence that visitors and county residents would find interesting.) By ROWENA PLETT Staff writer When Teeny Williams began researching and recording the City of Florence burial ground, known as Hillcrest Cemetery, she did not realize how many interesting facts she would learn about the people who lived and died at Florence years ago.
Hole in county transfer station floor growing
Marion County will seek bids for concrete work on the tipping floor at the transfer station after a hole was discovered early last week. At the time, it was less than one foot across, but it expanded to about 18x24 inches by Monday, Transfer Station Director Rollin Schmidt said Monday at Marion County Commission meeting. The concrete floor is hollow, but it has some fill inside, Schmidt said. The fill appears to be sand.
Tampa road turning to gravel
Marion County Road and Bridge Department will continue grinding 330th Road east of Tampa into gravel despite requests from area residents to leave it the same. The road is located between Limestone and Quail Creek roads. The road is asphalt, but it is in poor condition, said section foreman Mark Heiser Monday at Marion County Commission meeting.
Marion Countians receive state EMT awards
Of at least eight awards handed out April 25 during the State Emergency Medical Technicians Convention in Hutchinson, three went to individuals from Marion County. JoAnn Knak of Hillsboro, former longtime director of Marion County Emergency Medical Services and EMS instructor, received the Bob Orth award for a lifetime of service.
Wrecker service meets their customers by 'accident'
For the Unruhs of Galva, owners of Auto House Towing and Recovery, their business and how it is conducted is all about family and the golden rule: “Treat others how you want to be treated.” Those two key elements have made their wrecker and recovery business successful in other communities. Now they are bringing their business and philosophies to Marion.
Anton A. “Tony” Meyer, 97, of Ramona, died May 8, 2009, at his home. Born March 3, 1912, on a family farm near Ramona, he was the son of J.F. Gerhardt and Wilhelmine H. (Brandt) Meyer.
Nancy K. Mueller
Nancy K. Mueller, 62, of Wichita, died May 9, 2009, following a lengthy illness. She was a Wichita State University graduate with a degree in social work and was an employee of SRS for 36 years.
Ava C. Ballew
Ava C. Ballew, 96, died May 11, 2009. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion.
April 19: Officers conducted follow-up investigations and interviews, worked on reports, and met with a concerned citizen. April 20: Officers patrolled school zones, conducted follow-up investigations, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) inspections, and traffic stops. They also responded to a fight, worked on reports, made an arrest, assisted a court services officer with home visits, and assisted Marion County Sheriff’s Department with a loose cow.
A real squealer
These past few weeks, swine flu has been the leading story on television and in newspapers, including this one. Is it that big of a deal or has the media made it a big deal?
Good luck to all
This is the time of year when changes occur. High school seniors are embarking on their careers as college students or part of the work force. College seniors are taking the ultimate plunge into the real world or another two to four years of more education.
Our voice in Topeka
We finished the wrap-up session at about 3:00 a.m. Saturday. We passed a budget (spending plan) that balances on paper, with no tax increases required. We Republicans, in the House of Representatives, had difficulty agreeing on a budget plan of our own, and I proposed a compromise that appeared to gain momentum on Thursday — the last realistic day available to pass a House budget. It went nowhere. Instead, having passed no House plan, I voted to adopt the Senate budget plan which cuts state agencies and education (K-12 and higher education) 2.75 percent, but left $71 million to be raised through a separate revenue bill. The Senate budget has many good features, but it has flaws (all budgets are flawed in some way), most notably the slider will not be paid. I would have preferred to see a Republican House budget. With two budgets, one adopted by the Senate and one adopted by the House, a conference committee could have ironed out the problems in each.
I am looking for a special college — one that teaches all the electronic stuff. You see, I am illiterate in the department. Here are the things I hope they will teach — twitter, twittered, Internet, Black Berry, web site, dot com, blog, Facebook, click, My Space, iPod, BFF, and I’m sure others.
Walter Alan Schlef
100 years ago
Centre FFA banquet recognizes achievers
The annual Centre FFA banquet Thursday proved to be an emotional evening for many. At least 140 people were in attendance. Adviser Cary Granzow was recognized for completing 30 years in that position, one year shy of the entire history of the program, which began during the 1978-79 school year.
CES students are winners in prairie preserve art contest
Four Centre Elementary School students were winners in the 2009 Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Arts and Education Contest. Third graders Antone Vinduska and Katrina Basore placed first and second, respectively, in the first-third- grade category.
Gordon, Warriors play well on home course
If any of the Marion Warrior golfers thought he or she needed to get to know Marion Country Club better, this past week helped. The Warriors played three of four rounds on their home course in the past week to wrap-up the regular season.
Bats come alive, but Warriors still drop two at Lyons
Sarah Guetersloh and the Marion softball team came out swinging. The sophomore led a surprise hitting attack Friday that saw the Warriors amass 26 hits and 11 runs in two games, but the team still lost, 10-7 and 14-4.
Warriors prepare for Hillsboro regional
After a six-game stretch that saw the Marion baseball team win its first game of the season and go 3-3 in the process, the Warriors lost their last four games of the season this past week to finish 3-17. The slate is wiped clean starting Monday with the Hillsboro regional.
Warriors compete at Hesston in preparation for league meet
Both Marion track and field squads finished in the top three Thursday at the Hesston invitational, the final regular season meet of the year. Mitchell Leppke, Luke Gordon, and Nick Klenda led the boys to a second-place finish, while Julia Zeiner and Camille Christensen helped the girls take third.
Steiner resigns as CHS head girls' basketball coach
The board of education of Centre USD 397 accepted the resignation of Kelly Steiner Monday as head girls’ basketball coach at Centre High School. Steiner said the need for more family time contributed to his decision. The following summer camps were approved:
Former Warrior to play in national softball tournament
Marion High School graduate Megan Hudson and her .357 batting average will play next week in the NAIA softball national tournament at Decatur, Ala. Hudson, who graduated from MHS in 2006, is the starting shortstop for the Friends University Falcons.
From the Sidelines
Next week Marion High School will play host to two postseason tournaments. Seven softball teams will come to Marion Monday through Thursday for a 3A regional, while 16 track and field squads will be at Warrior Stadium May 22 for a track regional.
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