Marion County RECORD
Vol. 141 , No. 6
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Marion, KS 66861
UPDATED AFTER PRINT DEADLINE
Centre Cougars advance to second round
Centre High School Cougars defeated South Haven Tuesday, 56-26, in a bi-district game at Cougar Field. “We played well,” Coach Kelly Steiner said. “We were more physical and shut down their running game.”
Vaccines available: Today at health office
While supplies last, Marion County Health Department will be administering seasonal flu shots from 9 a.m. to noon today at Marion County Health Department. This afternoon, by appointment only, the health department will administer H1N1 vaccines, while supplies last, to the following priority groups:
Power surge: City electric rates are likely to increase
Even though a contract is months away from being finalized, Marion City Administrator David Mayfield advised the City Council Monday that a 1-cent per kilowatt hour increase probably will be proposed by Westar Energy when the city negotiates a new contract in the new year. “It’s a pretty good chunk of change,” Mayfield said.
Push to fire appraiser fails
A motion to fire Marion County Appraiser Cindy Magill — at the request of petitioners — failed because of a lack of a second at a special Marion County Commission meeting Monday. Commissioner Randy Dallke made the motion. He had voted against re-appointing Magill at a June 15 meeting.
St. Luke Hospital moves forward with renovation, addition project
The board of directors of Marion County Hospital District No. 1 took the next step Oct. 27 to secure funding for hospital renovations and additions. Publication of a resolution that authorizes the board to seek up to $6 million in hospital revenue bonds is published elsewhere in this newspaper.
Newton-based foundation offers services
Sandy Fruit of Central Kansas Community Foundations and Marion County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman presented information Monday to Marion City Council regarding joining the foundation. Huffman said she has been promoting foundations to communities within Marion County and noted that Goessel and Lincolnville are forming foundations with the Newton-based foundation.
100 years ago: Capitol rotunda architect John Stanton designed Record home
E.W. Hoch, editor of the Marion County Record from 1874 to 1909, was governor of Kansas when John Stanton was the state architect. Stanton came to Kansas in 1887 to join a leading architectural firm. Several years later, he became a partner in a firm named Haskell & Stanton.
Lincolnville has new city personnel
Dennis Stevenson of Hope and Troy Peterson have been employed by Lincolnville City Council to provide maintenance services. Patrick Combs was sworn in Monday as councilman. He replaces Sherri Pankratz, who resigned in October.
Commission considers alternatives to hiring
Commissioners discussed alternatives to hiring a full-time employee to fill a clerk vacancy in the County Treasurer’s Office Friday. Treasurer Jeannine Bateman said she is understaffed because the department has a vacancy and an employee is going on leave for six weeks. The end of the calendar year is the busiest time for the department, she said.
Postal workers sometimes victims to pets
In early September, a mail carrier in Hillsboro was attacked and bitten by a dog when it broke free from its chain. According to Postmaster Rebecca Larsen, the dog owner witnessed the attack and restrained the animal, but the incident required a trip to the emergency room.
Want free land? Bring jobs to Marion:More equality sought for business incentives
Not all businesses are created equal, especially when applying for city-issued incentives. Marion Economic Development Director Doug Kjellin requested and received permission Monday from Marion City Council to follow specific guidelines when working with business development.
30 years of service: Agency helps clients stay home longer
There’s no place like home and for the past three decades, Marion County Home Care has provided services to Marion County residents so they can stay at home as they recover from surgery, an illness, or as they age. The care has been exemplary — earning the agency top home health care provider awards for the past four years.
Holubs keep family military tradition alive
All four children of Dan and Rhonda Holub, of rural Marion, are serving overseas in the military. Chris served two tours in Iraq with the Marines as a mechanic for Harrier jets. Now he works in Japan as a weapons adviser for both Harrier and F-18 jets for the Marines
Taking care of his own: Vietnam veteran wants proper homecoming for military
Bob Gillett, of Marion County Lake, received a terrible homecoming reception when he returned from a tour of duty during the Vietnam War. “They called us women killers and baby killers,” Gillett said. “It was like a slap in the face when you came home.”
Outpouring of support inspires Lehigh soldier
Kansas National Guard Staff Sgt. Rick Mounts, of Lehigh, frequently receives thanks for his service in Iraq, and he wants to reciprocate. “I would like to send my thanks to everyone,” he said.
Marion police report
Peabody police report
Mildred M. Taylor, 99, died Oct. 29 at Worth County Convalescent Center, Grant City, Mo. Born March 9, 1910, in Linden, Iowa, to Roy L. and Elizabeth (Shafer) Hodson, she was married Aug. 9, 1928, to Jack M. Taylor in Iowa.
Wayne “Mouse” Pavlicek,68, of Fairbury, Neb., died Oct. 30 at Jefferson Community Health Center in Fairbury. He was born March 20, 1941, in Goodland.
A tribute to veterans
Veterans Day is Nov. 11 — one week from today. In this edition, we have featured Marion County veterans who have served or are currently serving our country. If space would have permitted, we would like have to featured every Marion County veteran who served — stateside and overseas.
Off the record: Bloggers welcome
In this week’s edition of the Marion County Record, we are beginning a new feature. The blogs of some Marion Middle School and Marion High School students are featured. What are our youths thinking about? What are teens talking about? Are they concerned about war, health care, or youth centers?
Youth center: Plan B
Making memories in MHS musical
Let's stop the progress until we know what we're getting
Put blame where blame is due
Another Day in the Country
Marion Senior Center
125 years ago
Carlson and Hill receive American FFA Degrees
Two members of the Centre FFA chapter, Andy Carlson and Nellie Hill, received American FFA Degrees Oct. 24 at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. Both graduated from Centre High School in 2008. They join at least seven other CHS graduates who have earned the top FFA honor since 1985.
MES talent show a success
On Thursday, Marion Elementary School held a school-wide talent show before the annual Halloween costume parade. The opening act for the talent show was Marion Police Chief Josh Whitwell and the Warrior Kids of Marion who gave trick-or-treating tips to the students.
MHS FFA attends national convention in Indianapolis
Marion High School FFA members attended the 82nd FFA National Convention Oct. 21 to 24 in Indianapolis, along with more than 50,000 other members from across the United States. The theme of the convention was “Lead Out Loud.” Members saw national winners receive awards and listened to speeches from retiring FFA national officers.
Marion defeats Hillsboro in overtime
It came down to an extra point for a second straight year, but Marion had the advantage this time around. With the wind swirling a soft, cold mist erratically Thursday evening, kicking should have been frustrating for both MHS kicker Brian Freuchting and Trojans Max Bertinchamp, but both kickers were a perfect two for two on extra point opportunities during regulation to tie the score at 14-14.
Hett, Jones medal at state race
Two Marion cross-country runners medaled at state and, respectively, opened and closed strong running careers. Ryan Jones and Jordan Hett were placed on the far northwest side of the starting line, but Hett stumbled at the opening gun. He dropped to one knee and was able to regain his composure to fight his way to the middle of the pack as the race started uphill.
New MHS coach brings winning attitude to the plate
Tyler Mermis seems to have the right temperament for managing baseball. Think Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa, and Terry Francona not Ozzie Guillen: even keeled, professional, and confident. His two jobs — baseball coach and Marion Police sergeant — at least in their stereotypical personifications, seem to be at odds. While a cool head is often an asset in either place, he doesn’t exude muscle-bound, tough guy like some cops.
Centre advances to regionals
After defeating St. Paul Thursday, 46-16, the Centre High School Cougars were district champions with a record of 4-0. They faced South Haven Tuesday in the bi-district playoff game. Centre advanced to Saturday’s regional playoff by defeating South Haven, 56-26. The Cougars will play either Hanover or Wilson.
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