Marion County RECORD
Vol. 140 , No. 4
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Marion, KS 66861
Golden Living Center closing
Golden Living Center of Marion will close its doors by Nov. 14. The announcement was made Oct. 15, by Golden Living Center officials who have been at the facility to oversee the transference of residents to another facility.
City negotiating to purchase nursing home building
Marion Economic Development Director Doug Kjellin reported Monday to Marion City Council that he has been diligently working with Golden Living Center following an announcement this past week that it was closing its long-term care nursing home. The main concern was the relocation of approximately 30 residents which will have to be done out-of-town. Kjellin said he found seven beds in Hillsboro, four in Peabody, and four in Herington. The Herington facility may be willing to open an extra wing but needed additional staff.
Trust offers money for park, but with a catch
Marion City Council heard of the generosity of a former Marion resident Monday afternoon. Paul Brooker had previously given $50,000 to the city for the development of a historic springs at Central Park. The bequeath was made in 1999 with the understanding that following his and his wife’s deaths, the city could receive more gifts.
Elgin gets new three-ton sign
Driving by the restoration of the former Elgin Hotel, people may have noticed a new stone sign on the building. Dillis Owen of Wilsey, owner and operator of Carved in Stone, was the one responsible for the monumental task of carving the sign.
Haunted house canceled for lack of volunteers
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marion County will not have a haunted house this Halloween, executive director Jackie Rice said. Big Brothers Big Sisters had plans to set up a haunted house after last year’s success, Rice said. The plans fell apart because there were not enough volunteers to help with the fund-raiser.
Get ready for flu season
For the first time, health officials are recommending all children and teens, ages 6 months through 18 years, be vaccinated. Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is encouraging Kansans to get immunized against the flu. This flu season, KDHE and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are making the recommendation.
Reduce risk of E. coli infection
A 4-year-old boy died of complications from E. coli Oct. 12 at a hospital in Wichita. The child was a resident of Matfield Green in Chase County. Health officials were still investigating the source of the infection, said Mike Heideman, a communications specialist of Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Reporter joins staff
A new reporter joined the staff of Hoch Publishing Company Oct. 15. Adam Stewart came to Marion from Blackfoot, Idaho.
Brookens returns to present concert
Drake University student Justin Brookens will perform a trumpet concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 29 at USD 408 Performing Arts Center. The concert will be free and open to the public. Brookens, a 2004 Marion High School graduate majoring in music education and trumpet performance, said the concert is a chance to give back to the community. The construction of the performing arts center showed a great commitment to the fine arts.
Piano extravaganza features sacred music
Tabor College students, faculty members, and alums from the past decades will perform hymns and sacred music of the church at the Centennial Piano Extravaganza at 4 p.m. Nov. 2 in the chapel auditorium. The concert will feature the piano in an ensemble role, said Dr. Sheila Litke, associate profession of piano and pedagogy. There will be piano duets, piano duos, and piano quartets.
Local author's book teaches a life lesson
Elaine Ewert of Marion has written and illustrated a children’s book, “Estelle Wants to Fly.” The story revolves around Estelle, the boxer which is named after one of the two boxers owned by the Ewerts.
Consuelo V. Coffey, 84, of Ramona, died Oct. 15, 2008, at Enterprise Estates Nursing Center, Enterprise. Born Jan. 15, 1924 in Mexico, she was the daughter of Luis Yepiz Coronado and Prima Vegade Yepiz.
5, of St. Joseph, Mo., died Oct. 15, 2008, at Wathena Nursing and Rehab Center, Wathena. Born Sept. 8, 1943, in McPherson, she was the daughter of Oliver K. and Molley (Winters) Unruh.
Copper thieves strike Lehigh
Sometime between Oct. 1 and Oct. 17, unknown suspects went on a property in the 200 block of East Main Street, Lehigh, and cut a heavy-duty electrical cord, set fire to an electrical break box on a Hutchinson/Mayrath-brand grain auger, and removed copper components. The thieves also took an on-off switch. Marion County Sheriff Deputy Duane McCarty reported the loss was valued at $550. Sometime between 7 p.m. Oct. 3 and 12:30 a.m. Oct. 4, two large, round bales caught on fire in the 1200 block of Remington Road, Marion. It is unknown if the bales were set on fire or caught fire, reported Marion County Sheriff Deputy Matt Vogt. The loss was valued at $90.
Small claims division
'Farm' bill is mainly a 'food' bill
The news coverage for the consuming public about the so-called farm bill often is negative, focusing on payments to farmers. In actuality, the bill titled “The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008,” is made up of 14 titles that contain funding for programs such as nutrition, conservation, trade, rural development, forestry, and energy.
Who is Farmer Mac?
We’ve been hearing a lot these days about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but did you know they have a smaller, rural cousin named Farmer Mac? Farmer Mac, which operates a secondary market for farm loans, got in trouble because of its investment in Fannie Mae shares.
FSA releases farm program payments
Producers enrolled in current Direct & Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) contracts have been issued their final installment of the 2008 year direct type payment. More than 2,700 Marion County producers received a total of $2.6 million. These payments were disbursed by electronic funds transfer or direct deposit to producer bank accounts. Those producers with any outstanding filed financial assignments had their payments routed to designated assignees. Following is the different crop DCP payment rates. The crop is listed first followed by the direct payment rate of dollars per bushel. Wheat 0.52 Barley 0.24 Corn 0.28 Gr. Sorghum 0.35 Oats 0.024 Soybeans 0.44.
Cattlemen's Boot Camp set at KSU
The 10th Cattlemen’s Boot Camp will be held Dec. 16 and 17, in Weber Hall at Kansas State University. The sessions will include information on reproduction, marketing, carcass value, and communicating a positive message as beef producers.
Free farmers, ranchers conference announced
Donald Jonovic, Ph.D. will be the featured speaker at the NE Kansas Family Farmers & Ranchers Conference “Planning for the Next Farming Generation,” Jan. 9, 2009, at Marysville. Jonovic of Family Business Managemnt Services, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio, is a well-known author, speaker, and advisor to business owners since 1973.
Optimizing nutrition is subject of cattle producers' meeting
A meal and meeting for cattle producers will be Oct. 30 at Lincolnville Community Center. A meal will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by a presentation at 7 p.m.
Kansas Insurance Department monitors insurance agency
Kansas Insurance Department is following up on consumer inquiries and closely monitoring the legal issues surrounding Brooke Corp. and its insurance-related affiliates. According to Commissioner of Insurance Sandy Praeger, the department is interacting with the corporation’s appointed special master and staff members regarding contractural concerns between the corporation and its franchisees. The insurance department does not have regulatory oversight in those contractural matters.
Fuel prices take a nose dive
The price of gasoline and road diesel has dropped precipitously in the past three weeks and continues to fall. Gasoline dropped by 81 cents and diesel dropped by 87 cents. On Sept. 29, regular unleaded sold locally for $3.42 and road diesel sold for $4.11. On Oct. 13, the gas price was 2.82 and diesel was $3.52.
Cattle programs, regulations to be discussed at meeting
Herington Livestock Market will host an informational meeting and dinner on at 6:30 p.m. Oct 27 at the sale barn to address current programs and regulations in the cattle industry. There is no cost for the dinner. This meeting is to help producers and others in the livestock industry understand the new government regulations on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), which went into effect Sept. 30, 2008. The 2007 Farm Bill passed in May 2008 kept intact provisions for this retail-labeling program.
Marion youths qualify, show horses at world competition
It was perhaps a once in a lifetime experience for the Martin-Zieammermann siblings. At least one they soon will not forget. Cara, 13, and Larry, 7, of Marion, had an opportunity to show their miniature horses at the world championship of miniature horses in September at Fort Worth, Texas.
Consultant reveals new jail expense estimates
No matter what answers the architect gave Monday evening, some Hillsboro residents wanted more. Tony Rangle of Law Kingdon Architects of Wichita, the consultant hired by Marion County Commission to provide information about a new jail, provided answers to questions that were asked at previous public meetings.
Commission candidates' opinions differ
The crowd was sparse Sunday afternoon for a Marion County Commission candidate forum, but the conversation at times was lively as four candidates squared off for two open commission seats. Incumbent commissioners Dan Holub, a Republican from District 2, and Randy Dallke, also a Republican from District 3, defended decisions made by the commission as Democratic candidates James Herzet, District 2, and Aaron Allen, District 3, challenged them.
Judge receives high ratings
We see the name on the ballot every four years — Michael F. Powers, chief judge, Eighth Judicial District. It’s one political position that is not necessarily based on politics.
Option offered for paying taxes
Marion County taxpayers have another way to pay their annual property taxes. At Monday’s Marion County Commission meeting, the commission approved a program through Central National Bank of Marion where taxpayers can open a tax escrow account which would be used to pay the county.
Commissioner wants decision on recycling made now
During Monday’s Marion County Commission meeting, commissioner Dan Holub said he wanted to get something started with recycling — now. The commission had discussed numerous options regarding countywide recycling but no decisions were made.
Be a good neighbor -- vote
We all try to be good neighbors. Most of us don’t intentionally do things to adversely affect our neighbors. We rally around those in need.
Beef is good for you
Living in a rural community and being married to a farmer, I get upset when I read books or newspaper and magazine articles which disparage beef as “bad for you.” Beef is the most nutrient-dense protein available, containing many important vitamins and minerals.
Ever since the Boston people dumped the British tea in the Atlantic, tea has been around. Two ladies recently put on a tea party. The ladies were the California girls. Those ladies came to Marion County a number of years ago to revisit their roots at Ramona. Not only that, they decided to restore the small town to its original settlement.
Church is setting for baby shower
Carla Tharp was the guest of honor at a baby shower Oct. 5 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. Invited guests included the women of the church and friends in the community and family members Linda and Melissa Carlson, Nancy Tharp, Becky Tharp, Shirley Carlson, Edna Robinson, Louise Wood, and Dalene Tharp, all of Marion; Hollie Reece of Wichita and Carolyn Hoover and Tammy Sare of Abilene.
Aulne UMC will hold renewal services
Auline United Methodist Church will hold renewal services Oct. 26 — 28. Pastor Bryson Butts will lead the services. He is the lead pastor of GracePoint, a four-year-old United Methodist Church in Wichita that has seen explosive growth. He is a dynamic preacher who shares God’s timeless truth in a relevant manner and has a passion for the local church. Bryson served at Mulvane United Methodist Church and Asbury United Methodist Church before starting GracePoint. He has conducted numerous summer camps, tent meetings, youth rallies, and renewal services.
Class of 1953
100 years ago
MHS debaters take third place
Marion High School debaters took third place and won various medals Saturday at the Buhler Crusader Classic tournament at Buhler. E.J. Obermeyer and Nik Bronnert placed third out of 22 teams during the novice tournament.
4-Hers place at dog show
A 4-H invitational dog show was held Oct. 11 at Marion County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro. Those Marion County 4-Hers who participated are listed. SHOWMANSHIP 100 points possible Senior: Sally Alkire with Rose, red ribbon, 89 points. Intermediate: Lauren Geis with Anne, purple/95. Cassandra McPhail with Snarles, blue/93. Cara Martin with Chloe, blue/93. Junior: Lisa Geis with ChiChi, blue/93. Lauren McLinden with Ruger, purple/99. Dylan Hill with Belle, blue/94. Novice: Austin Morgan with Maxwell Tucker, purple/97/grand champion. Lily Partridge with Bridget, purple/95/reserve grand champion. Rylee Brown with Sasha, blue/94. Kyle Riffle with Ruffie, blue/94. Larry Zieammerman with Chloe, blue/93. OBEDIENCE 200 points possible Pre-Novice B: Sally Alkire with Rose, blue/147. Cassanda McPhail with Snarles, blue/143. Dylan Hill with Belle, white/81.5. Lauren McLinden with Jack, white/78. Lisa Geis with ChiChi, white/56. Cara Martin with Chloe, white/38.5. Kyle Riffle with Sadie, white/24. AGILITY 200 points possible Pre-Agility: Cassandra McPhail with Snarles, purple/198. Rylee Brown with Sasha, purple/197. Lauren Geis with Duchess, purple/196. Austin Morgan with Maxwell Tucker, blue/189. Sally Alkire and Rose, blue/188. Larry Zieammerman with Chloe, blue/187. Cara Martin with Chloe, blue/184. Kyle Riffle with Ruffie, blue/182. Lisa Geis with Ein, blue/175. Lisa Geis with ChiChi, blue/174. Kyle Riffel with Sadie, blue/173. Lauran McLinden with Ruger, red/169. Raydyn Brown with Sasha, red/165. Rylee Brown with Sasha, red/155. Dylan Hill with Belle, white/142. Agility II: Carrie Carlson with Buddy, purple/195.
Club observes 4-H Sunday
Club observed National 4-H Sunday this past Sunday by attending the Burdick United Methodist Church. In the service the 4-Hers were recognized with previous members. The 4-H Pledge was recited. Families brought dinner and ate at the church. Parents conducted the meeting. Karen Carlson called the meeting to order at 1:15 p.m. Roll call was answered by four members who told what projects they planned to enroll. To reinforce the pledge, a balloon game was played that was planned by Karen and Carrie. Balloons were handed out to all people and were played with until someone broke theirs. Then all balloons were broke and in the balloons were the words of the pledge and each 4-H had to complete the pledge. The puzzle was to reinforce the 4-H pledge for the younger 4-Hers.
Moran accepting internship applications
Congressman Jerry Moran recently announced he is accepting applications for congressional internships in his Washington, D.C., Hays, Hutchinson, and Salina offices for the spring 2009 term. “My own interest in public service was sparked by a congressional internship in1974,” Moran said. “As an intern, I was able to see firsthand how a congressional office operates and observe the legislative process. These same opportunities are available to Kansans who intern in my office.”
Career, college conference planned
High school juniors, seniors, their parents, and area counselors are invited to attend a Career and College Planning Conference beginning at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at McPherson High School Round House. The conference will provide up-to-date and accurate information which will be helpful in making career and college decisions. Four-year and two-year colleges, technical schools, and the military will be attendance. There also will be sessions on financial aid.
Optometrists continue education
Drs. Caleb Abbot of Marion and Paul Unruh of Hillsboro were among nearly 230 optometrists and 190 optometric assistants who attended the 2008 Kansas Optometric Association Fall Eyecare Conference. Optometrists attending the conference in Wichita were able to receive 15 hours of continuing education toward the 24 hours required for relicensure.
Warriors beat Herington, 61-6
For the Marion High School football team, a 61-6 victory is something to celebrate. However, even more so, is the fact the Warriors are now 1-0 in district play after defeating Herington on its home field, with two games remaining.
MHS harriers will run at SES sub-state
It’s always nice to have a good finish during the regular season. However, if a cross country runner doesn’t do well during sub-state, it’s all over.
Runners named all-league
Marion High School cross country runners Ryan Jones, Louis Holt, Jaclyn DeForest, and Camille Christensen need to make some room on their letter jackets. By placing in the top-10 Thursday at the Mid-Central Activities Association meet, the four Warriors earned all-league cross country status.
Volleyball team prepares for substate
With a victory against Sterling Saturday in the Hillsboro tournament, the Marion High School volleyball team was 1-4 on the week and is now 12-19 on the season. The Warriors have just one event left before Saturday’s sub-state at Remington.
MMS girls take third in league
The Marion Middle School volleyball team went into Saturday’s Mid-Central Activities Association meet seeded fifth out of six teams, and walked away with a third-place finish. The Wildcats took on number two seed Halstead in round one, a team who had beaten them earlier in the season.
Cope moving up Cloud County record boards
Marion High School graduate Danielle Cope has moved her name into the Cloud County Community College cross country record books after two recent meets. The 2006 graduate, who was the top runner on her MHS cross country squad, finished ninth earlier this month at a meet in Emporia with a 5k-time of 19 minutes, 15 seconds.
From the sidelines: Reporter interviews self
Mike Norris was recently hired as Marion High School C-team girls’ basketball coach. Marion County Record sports editor Mike Norris recently sat down with newly hired coach Mike Norris to find out why he wanted the job and what he plans to accomplish.
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