Marion County RECORD
Vol. 141 , No. 51
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Marion, KS 66861
Fire marshal's calculations in question
Marion County Attorney Susan Robson sent the Kansas state fire marshal a footprint of the Marion County Jail Sept 2. She is expecting the fire marshal to review the document and respond to the findings by Thursday or Friday. “We’ll have to see what the bottom line is and we’ll have to work out a plan from there,” Robson said. “We want to do whatever they want us to do.”
AG cites 'bad blood' between Olson, Mayfield
A letter obtained Tuesday by the Marion County Record provides the most detailed look to date into a state investigation of misconduct allegations involving Marion Mayor Mary Olson. The letter, provided at the newspaper’s request by the state attorney general’s office, cites among other things “long-standing bad blood” between Olson and City Administrator David Mayfield.
Board troubled by ACT scores
The USD 408 Board of Education announced the ACT scores for the district meeting Monday. The average composite test score for the 49 students who took the test was 21.1, one point lower than last year’s average.
Keeping brother's memory alive
It is just 30 cents — a quarter and a nickel. Blackened by exposure to the elements for more than 40 years, the coins mean the world to Deanna Klenda of Marion. When she holds these coins, she feels a sisterly bond with her brother, Dean Klenda, who was declared missing in action in 1965 in Vietnam.
Art in the Park is Saturday
Over 250 artists will be in Central Park 9 from a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday for Marion’s 32nd annual Art in the Park and Craft Show. The event will feature live entertainment at the gazebo and a food court with vendors selling bierocks, limeades, roasted corn, funnel cakes, and more.
County re-zones, plats subdivision for owners
Re-zoning and platting a subdivision in rural Marion County took a lot of work from a lot of people, Planning and Zoning Director Tonya Richards said Monday. Larry Landsberk and several family members had joint ownership of a quarter section at 2871 230th Road, and they wanted separate deeds they could pass on to their children. The process of dividing the land began in 2008.
State senator resigns, local parties will nominate candidates
State Sen. Jim Barnett of Emporia announced he will resign from office, effective Oct. 1. Barnett has represented the 17th District for 10 years in the senate. He previously served on the Emporia Board of Education for eight years.
Bud Buller, 83, died Sept. 10 in Hillsboro. Born Aug. 4, 1927, in Newton, to John A. and Anna (Grace) Buller, he was a maintenance engineer at AMPI.
Agnes Ada Hopf, 92, was born Dec. 10, 1917, in Dolton, S.D. She married Herbert Hopf on Sept. 22, 1935. When her husband died in 2000, she moved to Ramona to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Renee and Chuck Withrow.
Margaret Martha Mastek Jirak passed away Sept. 6, 2010, at St. Luke Hospital, Marion, at the age of 87, following a brief illness. She was born Feb. 22, 1923, near Tampa, the daughter of Vincent and Maria (Floch) Mastek.
He was born Dec. 8, 1949, in Hillsboro, the son of John and Cleo (McFadden) Olsen. He grew up in the Marion area and lived a majority of his adult life in Hillsboro.
Nora Ann Spence, 81, died Sept. 3 at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro. She was born July 9, 1929, in Wapanucka, Okla., to Calvin and Neva (Woods) Spence.
Barbara Jean Tajchman, 70, of McPherson, died Sept. 12 at her home. Born July 15, 1940, in Marion, to the late Albert George and Rose Beatrice (Dvorak) Holub, she attended grade schools in Pilsen and Antelope, graduating in 1958 from Lincolnville High School. She attended Wichita Business College.
Iva I. Unruh, passed away on Sept. 11, 2010, at St. Luke Hospital, Marion. Her Christian values were shared in a long lifetime of teaching and volunteering. Iva was born June 2, 1912, near Marion, the daughter of John and Rena (Conyers) Hett. Her father was a farmer and her mother a homemaker. She grew up with seven brothers and one sister. As the eldest child, her responsibilities included baking, milking, gardening, canning, and baby-sitting.
Robert F. Vahsholtz, 87, former Woodbine resident, died Sept. 12 at Salina Regional Medical Center. Born Oct. 6, 1922, near Lincolnville, to Robert Martin and Lydia Sophia (Weber) Vahsholtz, he graduated from Chapman High School in 1940.
Ronald L. Widler, retired Marion businessman, passed away at his home Sept. 8, at the age of 78. He was born Sept. 9, 1931, at Burns, the son of Kenneth and Margaret (Bashor) Widler. He grew up in Burns and graduated from Burns High School.
Crofoots regain sole ownership of business
Change is a part of any business — sometimes change brings a business back to where it was meant to be. Western Associates has been a perennial fixture in Marion for 55 years and now ownership of the business has returned solely to the Crofoot family — Jim and Dave Crofoot and Pam Bowers.
New signs honor Marion as Governor Hoch's home
In a prelude to the celebration of Kansas’ and Marion’s 150th birthday in 2011, travelers on U.S. 56 north of Marion will see two new signs that were erected last week to honor Marion as the home of former Governor Edward W. Hoch. Gary Ewert, president of the board of directors of Marion Historical Museum, spearheaded the effort to place the signs.
Center assists Marion County abused, neglected children
At the Marion County Interagency meeting Monday in Marion, the 30 members in attendance learned about the Kansas Protection Report Center, an agency of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. Wilma Mueller, social worker specialist for Marion County for more than five years, and Harold Murphy, a longtime Children and Families Services supervisor, made the presentation. They focused on the reporting of child abuse or neglect.
From EMT to coroner, Knak sees both sides of caring
JoAnn Knak of Hillsboro discovered her interest in forensic pathology — investigating causes of death — late in her career. She directed Marion County ambulance services for 22½ years before retiring in 2003. Knowing what she knows now, if she could return to the time she began her career, she would go to medical school to be a forensic examiner and conduct autopsies, she said.
A century ago, horse-drawn carriages were still widely used in Kansas. They were cheap and could easily be hitched and driven by men, women, and children. The Carl Hedstrom sons who grew up in the Burdick community northeast of Lincolnville still own a buggy bought by their grandfather, Emil Hedstrom, in 1910.
Childish behavior must end
Marion’s dysfunctional city government is showing no signs of improvement. A ham-handed attempt to influence last spring’s mayoral race by raising questionable charges against Mayor Mary Olson ended last week with a letter from the state attorney general saying Olson would not be prosecuted for allegedly violating a largely unenforceable state law.
Hope in the Heartland
Christian writer Penelope Stokes told about a Peanuts comic strip where Snoopy was chasing his dream of being an author. Here’s the way she recounted it: “Edith wouldn’t marry Ralph because he was too fat,” the first frame said. In the next frame, the Great Canine Author continues: “Ralph tried, but he couldn’t stop eating, so Edith broke up with him.” Third frame: “It was a shame Ralph couldn’t have his cake and Edith, too.”
Labor Day event is hard work
Local man collects cast-offs of the past
The contents of Bud Radtke’s shed in rural Marion look like an indiscernible swath of rusted metal. Items flow along the walls, bumping into one another. Radtke has been collecting tools and machines for 30 years; some items were acquired in Radtke’s youth about 50 years ago.
Love of planes inspires local artist
Chester Brown’s love of airplanes inspired him to create aluminum can airplanes out of his house in Marion. He started making three varieties of planes — a biplane, a P-51, and F-4U Corsair — for his grandchildren six months ago. He made the first few from Mountain Dew and Coke Zero cans until one of his granddaughters wanted a pink plane. A flavor of Welch’s juice provided the needed pink cans.
Name change begins new chapter for church
The Rev. Larry Timm saw smiles and excitement during worship at newly renamed Gracepoint church Sept. 5 in Peabody. “There is a genuine enthusiasm,” he said later.
Cycling helps man control condition
After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease more than two years ago, Steve Quam of Anderson, S.C., discovered that exercise helped him limit his tremors. Bicycling is one of his favorite exercises, so 64-year-old Quam decided he would ride across the U.S. to raise awareness of the disease. He began in Washington state and arrived Monday in Marion. He planned to finish his ride in South Carolina, probably mid-November.
People are still people, even across the world
John and Marianne Siebert of rural Florence have learned that, regardless of where they are from, people have a lot in common. The Sieberts were recently visited by Kurt Bigum and Lykke Johannesen of Løgumkloster, Denmark. The couples met during a 14-day European cruise in September 2009. They visited every day of the cruise and became friends. At the end of the cruise, they exchanged e-mail addresses so they could stay in touch.
125 years ago
Metcalf to receive award
Charlene Metcalf can relate to her students who say they are nervous about school and don’t like being in a classroom. On her first day of school as a child, every year, she would reach the front step of the school and get so nervous that she became physically ill. She said she always liked learning but was very resistant to change.
Warriors 19-play final drive topples Inman
The winds started howling and lightning lit up the skies around Marion High School football field on Friday as Inman had the Marion High School football team backed up against their own goal line with the score at a 7-6 Inman advantage. Marion previously scored on a 40-yard interception return by cornerback Jordan Versch in the first quarter
Victory builds character
The Marion High School volleyball team took a step closer to finding its identity with a come from behind win over Moundridge, 21-25, 25-19, and 25-14, Tuesday on senior night in Marion. “We wanted to prove to our crowd that we’re worth coming to watch,” setter Chassidy Carlson said.
Marion finishes 2nd at Centre tournament
For the third consecutive year, the Marion High School volleyball team faced Little River in the final of the Centre Volleyball Invitational Tournament Saturday. The past two years they won the tournament; they lost on Saturday 12-25, 25-21, and 21-25. The roles of the two teams were reversed. Marion was the young and up-and-coming squad and Little River was the veteran group.
Marion boys finish 5th at Hesston
The Marion High School cross-country team had six runners win medals in the 1A through 3A bracket Thursday at the Hesston Swather Special. The Hesston Swather Special separates each race by class and gender but has runners from classes 1A through 6A. Overall, the boys team finished fifth.
MMS loses to Sedgwick
Marion Middle School Wildcats lost Thursday, 22-6, to Sedgwick Cardinals. The game was close in the first half, the Wildcats trailed by 6 points.
Cougars post win over Little River
Lady Cougars zapped at Elyria triangular
Centre Junior Varsity defeats Goessel
CJHS volleyball results reported
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