Marion County RECORD
Vol. 140 , No. 44
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Marion, KS 66861
Mayor sticks by her guns on Marion budget
Won’t support spending plan until long list of priorities are addressed By SUSAN BERG Managing editor Marion Mayor Mary Olson presented a laundry list of items Monday that she wanted the City Council to consider before passing its 2010 budget.
City could assume ownership of center
Youth group would deed property over to save on insurance If all goes according to plan, a youth center could open in coming months in Marion.
Double fatality rocks county
Alcohol not involved; no charges pending By ROWENA PLETT Staff writer Family members and friends are mourning the deaths of two area teenagers in a two-vehicle accident at a country intersection in northern Marion County.
Roads worry Tampa residents
Having no blacktop roads into Tampa causes problems, Tampa area residents told Marion County commissioners Monday night. More than 50 people met with the commission at Tampa Senior Center. With the recent deaths of teenagers Jeremiah Stang and James Weber in an auto accident three miles from Tampa, several people focused on safety.
Couple is encamped as volunteers
Dean and Sandi Patterson are the first couple to take advantage of a program that lets them stay free at Marion Reservoir while helping rangers. They spent six weeks at Hillsboro Cove in 2004 and liked it so much, they went back home to Hesston, sold their house, and became full-time RVers in the program.
Wagons, ho! Rancher takes history for a ride
For nearly a quarter of a century, Ray Davidson of Florence has journeyed back to the 19th century, re-creating wagon train experiences. His 960-acre ranch is now the official host for Flint Hills Overland Wagon Train, founded in 1979 by Ervin Grant of El Dorado.
Author walks in Civil War soldier's boots
Seventy-five family members attended the 45th annual reunion of the Charles and Anna Walker family July 12 at Hilltop Manor, Marion. The Edwin Walkers were hosts. Attending were: Paul and Joyce Brown, Wilma and Alfred Howie, Tim and Tammy Sare, and Carolyn Hoover, Abilene; Fern Gantenbein, Miriam France, David and Mary Rohrer, and Tony Herman, Hope. Dave and Kayla Ascher, Betty Isaacson, Harvey Isaacson, Anna Currie, Lori Jennings, Mark and Karla Hoover, Aaron, Seth, and Noah, Salina; Stan and Judy Tasker and Kari, Bartlesville, Okla.; Mike and Kara Hoover, Sarah, Jonathan, and Anna, Elbing. Bruce and Sara Major, Grace, Charlie and Lilly, Charlie and Cindy Reece and Chance, Hillsboro; Emil Carlson, Carlton; Elmer and Marge Hanson and Opal Hanson, McPherson; Elenora M. Walker, Dave and Carla Tharp and Jacob, and Haroldine Hicks, Peabody. Bernie and Virginia Major, Mentor; Patty Melander, Assaria; Dennis and Gwyn Throne, Council Grove; Warren and Lou Walker and Chip and Amy Reece, Wichita; Terry Jones Manhattan. Greg and Linda Carlson and Melissa, Brad Carlson and Randy, Mitch Carlson, Chelsi, Chase, and Chassidy, Paul and Jessi Helmer and Cheyanne, Gary and Shirley Carlson, Erik Kjellin, and Chelsea Voth, Marion.
Helmer family gathers at lake
Chinese coin found in time capsule
Wichita State University has announced graduates and students named to the dean’s honor roll for the spring 2009 semester. Area students earning degrees were: Goessel – Ryan Dirks, Bachelor of Fine Arts; Landon Jordan, Master of Education; Vaughn Miller, Bachelor of Arts in education. Hillsboro – Sri-Chol Brown, Bachelor of Arts, suma cum laude. Marion – Kelly Becker, Master of Arts in Spanish; Ashlee Pickering, Master of Social Work; Dallas Wells, Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and Undergraduate Certificate in forensic criminology. Peabody – Amanda Crabtree, Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and English language and literature, cum laude; Leila Garoutte, Bachelor of Arts in social work, suma cum laude; Tiana McGee, Bachelor of Science in nursing, magna cum laude.
County to buy old graders instead of leasing new ones
Marion County commissioners chose Monday to purchase three road graders coming off leases rather than lease new graders. Garrett Clay of Foley Tractor met with the commission to discuss lease options. The graders are 2004 Caterpillar 12 models. Clay prepared leases for three larger, new 140M model graders. Buying the old graders cost the county $115,00 each.
Real cowgirls show real skills
Lee Roy Ingalls, 90, formerly of Cedar Point, died July 21 at Morris County Hospital, Council Grove. Born Dec. 16, 1918, in rural Chase County, to George and Alma (Stoltz) Ingalls, he served with the 997th Field Artillery during World War II. He saw action in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe, including in the Battle of the Bulge.
Ella Ruth Koehn, 84, died July 22 at Moundridge Manor, Moundridge. Born Nov. 27, 1924, in McPherson to Henry and Susie (Wedel) Ratzlaff, she married Nathan Koehn on Nov. 24, 1949, in Galva.
Matthew Aaron Thompson, 34, died July 20 in Tulsa. Born July 8, 1975, in Wichita, he graduated from Maize High School in 1994 and Sterling College in 1998. He lived and worked in Honduras and returned home to attend Phillips Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Divinity degree in 2007.
James W. “Bill” Pickering, 64, died July 22 at his home in Marion. Born Aug. 13, 1944, in Eureka he was raised by his grandparents, Otice and Georgia Vest. He married Margaret Parks on Sept. 2, 1967 in Eureka.
James Frank Gene Weber, 19, of Ramona, died July 22 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident in Marion County. Born July 18, 1990, in Marion, to James R. and Lisa Dian (Stika) Weber, he attended Centre Elementary School and graduated from Centre High School in 2009.
Charles Jeremiah Stang, 18, passed away surrounded by his family on July 24, 2009, at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident July 22 in northern Marion County. He was born on March 15, 1991, in Sedgwick. He was employed by Harms Plainview Ranch and had previously worked at Carlsons’ Grocery.
Let's cut the baby in half
In a guest commentary elsewhere on this page, Commissioner Dan Holub tries playing King Solomon with the Marion County Economic Development Council. We can’t help but wonder whether a literal interpretation of Solomon’s wisdom might be in order.
A new slant on the sidelines
Changing jobs happens every day. People decide they want a change and take steps to make it happen. Such is the case for Mike Norris. Mike has served this paper well as sports editor. Wanting to try something different instead of sportswriting, Mike asked and was placed in ad sales position, vacated in May.
Missing: one rascally rooster
These past couple of weeks one Marion citizen has been visibly missing from my morning commute to work — the beautiful, lost rooster who was calling Central Park and the neighboring timber his home. Resident Jack Webb noticed the rooster’s absence in passing the other morning as he was taking his daily stroll from home to downtown.
County development bylaw changes are only proposals
What is newsworthy?
Another Day in the Country
100 years ago
13-year-olds going to state
The Cottonwood Valley League All-Stars advanced to state tournament for 13-and-younger Babe Ruth baseball by winning their district tournament last weekend in Marion. The All-Stars are mostly Marion players, with one each from Peabody, Tampa, and Cottonwood Falls.
Youth triathlon planned
A triathlon for children ages 7 to 14 and five-kilometer run for all ages will be held Aug. 22 in Hillsboro. It will be the second year of the Triple Threat Triathlon, co-organizer Anna Woods said. About 20 children participated in 2008.
Golf boosts ailing teen's spirits, funds
Friends, family, and a few strangers gathered Saturday morning at Hillsboro Community Golf Course to support Thane Hurst and his family and, of course, to play golf. Despite a few bolts of lightning and intermittent rain, five teams braved the elements and competed in a three-man scramble benefit tournament.
Hillsboro wins twice, Marion winless
Hillsboro’s Senior Babe Ruth baseball team advanced to the fourth round of state tournament before being eliminated Sunday. Hillsboro opened the tournament Friday with a 12-5 victory over Marion in Independence. Hillsboro lost 11-1 to Columbus Saturday. Then they defeated Wellington 12-6 Sunday before being eliminated in an 8-5 loss later in the day to Abilene.
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