Marion County RECORD
Vol. 141 , No. 52
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Marion, KS 66861
UPDATED AFTER PRINT DEADLINE
Fire marshal now says jail can house up to 16
In a surprise move, the state fire marshal’s office reversed its decision and now will allow up to 16 inmates to be housed in the county jail. County Attorney Susan Robson told the county commission Thursday she was given verbal confirmation and was awaiting a written statement.
County commission to seek injunction in jail flap
The state fire marshal’s office is standing by its findings of Aug. 2 that Marion County Jail may hold no more than four inmates, but county commissioners want to take court action to prevent enforcement of the order to comply. Sheriff Rob Craft told the commission of the fire marshal’s decision Monday. He said County Attorney Susan Robson would seek input from the Kansas attorney general.
Mussels show up at water plant
City officials knew zebra mussels were at Marion Reservoir, the source of the city’s drinking water, but did not know the mollusks have infiltrated the city’s water supply. Currently, the nuisances aren’t interfering with water quality or the production of safe drinking water but the mussels have a reputation of causing mayhem.
Hospital, auditorium renovations in the works
Despite a downturn in the nation’s economy, projects in Marion continue to develop in 2010. Hospital
Churches join forces in roofing project
At least 50 volunteers from Aulne United Methodist Church and Burns Mennonite Church recently re-roofed the home of Randy and Patti Richter in Peabody. The project started at 5 p.m. Sept. 10 and was finished shortly after noon the next day. Many worked on the roof while others worked in the Richters’ yard raking, trimming, and cleaning up.
Wife carries on husband's passion for free flight
Paul Thomas went before the Marion City Council, even though he was in pain, July 19 to argue for one of his favorite hobbies — free flight. Paul’s wife Jeanice said that he caught the free flight bug when he was 12 years old. Free flight was a popular sport in the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s. But, even in Paul’s youth in the ’50s and ’60s when many people were switching to remote controlled planes, Paul still enjoyed chucking his basal wood creations into the sky.
911 director has seen changes in 21 years of service
“I started dispatching back when there were a couple of radios, a yellow pad of paper, and three or so phones on the desk,” said Michele Abbott, Marion County emergency management and communications director. Abbott grew up in Lincolnville, and after college she was ready to return home. The only ad in the newspaper was for a dispatcher, so in May 1989, she started working for Marion County 911 for a wage of $5.15 per hour.
Plant takes on new heights
To say 93-year-old Les Broadstreet has a green thumb is an understatement. The Marion High School class of 1936 alum has been an avid gardener most of his adult life.
Marion Karl Frobenius, 86, of McPherson, died Aug. 31 at McPherson Care Center. Born Aug. 30, 1924, on a homestead near Lincolnville, to Karl and Katherine (Beisel) Frobenius, he attended Lincolnville Elementary School and graduated from Lincolnville High School in 1943.
Kristen Larie Graham, 21, of Fayetteville, Ark., died Sept. 11, at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Born April 25, 1989, in Webster, Texas, to Devin and Jill (Knust) Graham, she was a graduate of Fayetteville High School and a sophomore at the University of Kansas.
Shannon “Shaw” William Hink, 38, of Moundridge, died Sept. 14 in Moundridge. He was born May 26, 1972, in Watertown, S.D., to William Fink and Katherine Hiebert.
Former Pilsen resident Eugene J. Kapaun, 86, of Bel Aire, died Sept. 13. He was a retired maintenance worker, employed 33 years at Kapaun High School.
LaDonna B. Kirkendall, 79, died Sept. 17 at Memorial Hospital in McPherson. She was born Nov. 15, 1930, in Putnam County, Ohio, to Emery and Elsie (Martin) Prowant.
Delbert D. Thiesen, 68, of Goessel, died Sept. 14 in rural Goessel. Born Aug. 18, 1942, at home in rural Goessel, to Daniel and Esther (Franz) Thiesen, he was a machinist and scrap metal buyer.
Robert Vestring, 90, of Burns, died Sept. 15, 2010, at his home in Burns. A funeral Mass was 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. John’s Catholic Church, El Dorado.
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.
City may sell part of parking lot
Marion City Council was asked to entertain the notion of selling part of a city parking lot, west of the Historic Elgin Hotel and Bed and Breakfast, to the owners of the historic building, Jim and Nancy Cloutier of Marion. At Monday’s meeting, economic development director Doug Kjellin asked the council to consider the sale.
Meierhoff appointed to MEDI
Marion City Council appointed Councilman Chris Meierhoff to Marion Economic Development Inc. Monday. MEDI President Todd Heitschmidt asked the council to consider a new appointee since there have been new members elected to the council since the last appointment. Currently, councilman Jerry Kline serves as an at-large member and Mayor Mary Olson had previously served.
OLD SETTLERS' DAY
OSD: Grand marshal was scout for 68 years
Gene Enos of rural Marion isn’t someone who lets little obstacles prevent him from accomplishing the things he sets out to do. At age 10, before joining the Boy Scouts troop in his home town of St. Marys, he contracted polio. Because of his bout with the illness, he was given the option to pursue an alternative path to earn the Eagle Scout award, but he turned it down.
Medallions mark sesquicentennial
Marion is gearing up for the 150th anniversary — or sesquicentennial — of becoming a city. Activities are planned to begin in January with the culmination of the yearlong celebration at Old Settlers’ Day next year.
This is a story by Mrs. Evin Hoops, one of the earliest women who settled in Marion. It was written about 1885 and was printed in its entirety in several issues of the Marion Record, beginning in the Nov. 5, 1925, issue. We believe you will find it interesting. On the 23rd of March 1864, Evin Hoops, Mary his wife and two children, Carrie, aged three years, and Nettie, aged seven months, started westward from Northern Indiana to establish ourselves and make a home in the new and recently explored state of Kansas.
Class reunion activities
Class of 1945 Twenty members of Marion High School of class of 1945 will observe their 65th class reunion. The group will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday for coffee and rolls at the Rosse Case home, 802 Denver, Marion. At 10:30 a.m., they will meet on Walnut Street to ride in the parade.
Welcome home, all settlers
Old Settlers’ Day has been a tradition in Marion for nearly 100 years. It used to be an “Old Settler” was someone who was born here and died here. That definition has changed. Being a settler is being a good neighbor — there to help when the going gets tough and ready to roll up sleeves to get the job done. Settlers are those who are involved in church, school, the neighborhood.
Long-lost friends reconnect
We never know the outcome when people ask us to find a former resident. Typically, many years have passed since the person lived in the community, leaving little hope that any family or friends remain.
You asked, we found out
Marion resident Erick Brunzell feels he was taken advantage by AT&T and wants others to be aware of unnecessary charges. Brunzell pays his monthly telephone bill online. When he went online to pay it Friday, he noticed there were charges of $25.90 for services he didn’t order — I.D. Life Guard.
Another Day in the Country
The month of September brings all kinds of exciting experiences like cool Kansas nights and turning leaves; but our favorite fall event is the Bluegrass Festival in Winfield. People come from all over the world to participate one way or another. There are performers who play old cowboy tunes, made up tunes, Celtic tunes, western tunes, bluegrass banjo pickin’s, jazz, and blues tunes from the 1930s and ‘40s. “More?” you ask, “How could there be more?”
Hope in the Heartland
The Bible says, “a joyful heart is good medicine.” In that spirit, here are some actual church bulletin bloopers that I’ve collected over the years. Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will speak tonight. Come and hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.
Moran discusses national broadband plan
Congressman Jerry Moran visited Tri-County Telephone Association headquarters in Council Grove Sept. 8 to discuss with CEO Dale Jones and other employees the National Broadband Plan being proposed by the Federal Communications Commission. Under its current language, the FCC’s National Broadband Plan would considerably decrease the quality of communications services available to rural Americans. The plan specifies that rural homes and businesses only need access to four megabytes of service while providing Americans living in highly populated, urban areas access to 100 megabytes of service.
County delegates participate in selecting senate candidates
Republican Jeff Longbine and Democrat Jerry Karr will face each other in the race to replace State Sen. Jim Barnett to represent the 17th District. Both parties had conventions in Emporia — Republicans, Thursday, and Democrats, Friday — to nominate replacements for Barnett, who will resign Oct. 1.
CROP Walk: Tribulations of poverty
Many poor people in developing nations have to walk six miles daily to get food, water, and fuel, Marion County CROP Walk chairman Donna Kreutziger said. CROP Walk supporters walk to show solidarity with those people, she said. CROP began as an acronym for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, but over time its meaning has faded, Kreutziger said.
Stylists, clients share unique bond
Cut, style, perm. It’s all in a day’s work for hairstylists.
Revival will feature MHS alum Rick Just
A three-day revival is planned Oct. 3 through 5 at Peabody United Methodist Church, 403 Sycamore St., Peabody. A worship service will be at 7 p.m. with Aulne United Methodist Church providing a praise band and other special music including a performance by Rick Just.
Card shower requested for Leona Kleiber
The family of Leona Kleiber request a card shower in honor of her 85th birthday Oct. 1. She has three daughters, Cindy Vinduska of Marion, Lynn Kleiber of Salina, and Becky Routh of Augusta.
Pen pals re-connect after 60 years
It was the outcome Gloria (Guyer) Delancey was hoping for but one she wasn’t counting on — finding her pen pal from the 1940s. The 78-year-old Mifflintown, Pa., resident was surprised and grateful when she was given contact information for Lola Beth Nickel.
Colletts to celebrate 150 years
The Collett family, which includes the Walt and Dorothy Hayen and Louis Umberger families, is gathering this weekend to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Colletts arriving in the Marion and Chase County areas. They established a village on Middle Creek Road, which they named Elk.
Volunteers respond to deliver Meals on Wheels
The center has had three people volunteer to deliver Meals on Wheels in response to pleas for help — Shirley Bowers, Dorothy Conyers, and Betty Crumrine. Thirty meals are delivered every day. Irene Richmond celebrated her 94th birthday at the center Sept. 9. She provided ice cream cups.
Neo-Century hears plans for city's sesquicentennial
Members of Neo-Century Club heard plans for Marion’s sesquicentennial next year when they met Sept. 13 at Central Park, Marion. Thirteen members attended to hear the sesquicentennial chairman Dick Varenhorst talk about the celebration.
125 years ago
Depler wins state special education award
Marion High School student Ariel Depler’s strides in general education classes are why counselor Phoebe Janzen nominated her as a Special Education Student of the year. She was chosen to represent MHS and was honored Saturday at a banquet in Topeka. “Ninety-five percent of student success is attitude and work ethic,” Janzen said.
MES students, staff respond well to fire alarm
Marion Elementary School has monthly fire drills, but the school never had a fire drill that quite matched the circumstances Thursday morning, Principal Rod Garman said. Students were going through their morning routine before class began: some were eating breakfast, some were playing outdoors, and some were just arriving at school when someone smelled smoke in the school.
MHS construction class starts construction on new home
The sale of the house built by the 2009 Marion High School construction class closed Sept. 14. Larry and Jane King of Hillsboro bought the house for $97,500. The Kings are the parents of Lucas King, who teaches the MHS construction class.
CHS announces homecoming candidates
Fall homecoming queen candidates at Centre High School are Allison Shields, Tori Marler, and Katie Remy. King candidates are Rustyn Kerbs, Tanner Brunner, and Brian Burhoop.
Centre's online program enrollment increases
With the addition of seven more students in USD 397 schools and 23 students in Centre’s Kansas Online Learning Program, the enrollment now stands at 275.5 compared to 239 a year ago. A large part of the Sept. 13 board of education meeting was dedicated to a report from Superintendent Jerri Kemble and teacher monitors regarding the new online program the district is providing. The Kansas Online Learning Program offers courses from kindergarten through 12th-grade levels to anyone in the state of Kansas.
Warriors defeat Bennington, 35-20
The Marion High School football season has not always been easy for senior quarterback Dillon Richmond. In the Warriors first game at Lyons, Richmond fumbled two snaps. Last week against Inman, Richmond struggled with the option pitch, forcing Randy Regnier to fumble the ball in the first half against the Teutons.
MHS drops Tuesday's volleyball matches
The Lady Warriors competed in a tournament Tuesday with Canton-Galva and Remington. In the first match against Canton-Galva, Marion won the first game, 25-23, but lost the next two, 18-25 and 23-25.
Schafers shines in Warrior losses
Volleyball is a sport of bad bounces and momentum — luck can play a major role in a match. On Saturday, during the Marion Spikefest Tournament, luck worked against Marion sophomore libero JayDee Schafers.
Hutch Trinity rolls over MMS Wildcats
Marion Middle School Wildcats faced a tough Hutch Trinity team Thursday at home. They lost, 46-8. At the end of the third quarter the score was Trinity 46, Marion 0. Nathan Cyr scored Marion’s only touchdown with 1 minute, 45 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Punt, Pass, and Kick results
The annual Punt, Pass, and Kick competition was Sunday at Warrior Stadium in Marion. Each contestant had one opportunity to punk, pass, and kick a football. Contestants’ scores were determined by adding the distance the ball traveled on each event. Competitors were penalized for throws or kicks that didn’t go straight.
Cougars break 14-year losing streak against Hope
Centre volleyball sweeps Hope triangular
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