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  • Teen charged in shooting death of his sister

    A 19-year-old rural Goessel teen was charged Sunday in the shooting death of his 15-year-old sister. Ethan Campbell was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting Thursday morning of Jodi Campbell in the family home near Goessel.

HEADLINES

  • Judge makes no decision on junkyard

    Marion Municipal Judge Bryson Mills took the case for Frank Pecinovsky’s property on West Santa Fe Street, Marion, under advisement, tabling a decision until the next Marion Municipal Court hearing Jan. 26. The court heard testimony from Pecinovsky on Dec. 29 as he was questioned by city Attorney Dan Baldwin.

  • Fire victim thankful for community

    Despite a house fire on Christmas Day, Jack Branson of Marion tries to look on the bright side. He said Thursday that he is grateful he lives in a small town and for all the offers of assistance he received.

  • County works on wind farm agreements

    Marion County Attorney Susan Robson plans to have details worked out on agreements related to a proposed wind farm ready for County Commission on Monday. The proposed wind farm would be in a wind overlay district south of 140th Road, north of U.S. 50, east of Pawnee Road, and west of U.S. 77.

  • Dog will not be returned to area family

    Volunteers are being threatened and spokeswoman Laura Zang, of Golden Retriever Freedom Rescue of Denver, Colo., wants people to hear all the facts. The Marion County Record was contacted Friday after the rescue organization was named in a story about the Brad and Jane Wiens family of rural Hillsboro and their dog, Lacey. The Wienses were desperately trying to convince the organization to release the dog to them, specifically for their teenage son, Sheldon, who has autism.

  • Families enjoy pool during winter break

    As Christmas break from school continued Friday, 6-year-old Hannah May was running out of things to do and wanted to see her friends. “A week is quite a while off from school,” her mother, teacher Missy Stubenhofer of rural Marion, said. “We live out in the country, too, so you can’t just go outside and see four or five friends come over.”

  • Midway Motors not in boundary of TIF district

    When Hillsboro City Council voted to create a tax increment financing district in December 2008, it was supposed to include the former AMPI building and Hillsboro Business Park, between AMPI and U.S. 56. But the legal description didn’t include the business park, Marion County Commission told Hillsboro City Administrator Larry Paine on Thursday.

  • Hospital construction provides bang for buck

    In numerous meetings since 2008, St. Luke Hospital Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Armstrong, Hutton Construction manager Dennis Preston, and Spangenburg Phillips Architects have worked on a plan to renovate and build around the hospital under the condition that the project stays under the slim margin of $5,923,103. “Hillsboro is spending $10 million,” Armstrong said of Hillsboro Community Hospital’s plan for a new hospital.

DEATHS

  • Mary Haefner

    Mary Haefner, 90, formerly of Lincolnville, died Jan. 1 at Salem Home, Hillsboro. Visitation will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion.

  • Betty McCully

    Former Marion resident Betty M. McCully, 90, of Hesston, died Jan. 3 at Newton Medical Center. She was retired from Southwestern Bell and was a member of Telephone Pioneers.

  • Gertrude Schubert

    Gertrude “Gertie” Pauline Hicks Schubert went home to be with the Lord Dec. 25, 2010. Born July 28, 1918, in Iola, she was the only child of Clayton and Lona Hicks of Iola and was raised in Iola and other small towns in Allen County.

DOCKET

GOVERNMENT

  • County commission discusses jail, storage

    Office, storage, and jail spaces are three topics Marion County Commissioners want to address in 2011, they said Monday. The county has taken steps to alleviate mold issues at the health department building, and the jail has been a topic of discussion for years, with a bond election that failed in November 2008.

  • Tampa City Council

    Tampa council decided Dec. 13 to participate in the Leadership Marion County program. The council discussed those who participated in the past and the impact on the community. Tampa PRIDE President Cheri Bentz will be consulted for a candidate. The Rev. Clark Davis requested support from the council for Tampa PRIDE program. A resolution was approved.

OPINION

  • Legislatures need to use common sense

    Kansas legislators will return to their posts in Topeka next week, hopefully ready to take on the seemingly insurmountable issues for the coming year. A budget shortfall of more than a half a trillion dollars remains a concern for constituents — or at least this constituent. Less spending and more common sense will be necessary to squeak through another year. The state should be run like a business or a home — if the money’s not there, you can’t spend it. When times are lean, positions may need to be cut, benefits may be reduced, and for sure, there are no pay raises — and that goes for legislators as well.

  • Another Day in the Country

    To my knowledge, none of my grandparents ever made New Year’s resolutions. They were too busy surviving. My parents never made resolutions either. The first or last day of the new year was not capitalized. It was just like any other day except you needed a new calendar. The calendars weren’t themed, nor did they buy them. They were free. Like yardsticks — you do remember those — calendars came from the local hardware, the bank, or the grocery store. With the advent of calendars as big business in the mall, my bank gave cards not calendars this year, encouraging my socializing and mathematical skills.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    The bold headline on the front page of the Bethlehem Enquirer could have read, “Virgin has Baby!” But is that really what the Bible says? Since the word “virgin” can also mean “young woman,” we must let the context reveal the proper definition. Matthew, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, unmistakably says the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 was fulfilled by and in Mary, as written in Matthew 1:20-23. But does the context of the first chapter of Matthew give any hint about the definition of the word “virgin?” Yes. The last verse of that chapter says that Joseph … “kept her (Mary) a virgin until she gave birth to a Son (Jesus) …” This is a reference to marital intimacy not Mary’s age.

OTHER NEWS

  • Shooting involves juveniles

    Marion County sheriff’s officers responded to a call of a possible shooting at about 4:40 p.m. Saturday at 731 N. Newell Road, just north of Peabody. The victim had been transported by private vehicle to the ambulance building on Sycamore Street in downtown Peabody.

  • Drug search results in arrest

    Marion County sheriff’s officers served a search warrant early Dec. 29 at a residence in southwest Marion County. During the search illegal drugs and paraphernalia were found. An occupant was also arrested on unspecified charges. According to a press release from Sheriff Robert Craft, officers from Marion, Hillsboro, and Peabody police departments assisted with execution of the warrant.

  • Icy roads lead to 8 accidents

    Icy roads, and particularly icy bridges, led to eight automobile accidents Dec. 23 involving 10 drivers in less than two hours. Beginning at 6 p.m. and ending about 8 p.m., the rash of crashes sent only one driver to a hospital, according to accident reports. Jordan Vulgamore of Manhattan was southbound on U.S. 77 when he lost control near mile marker 100. He slid off the right side of the road and rolled his pickup. He was transported to St. Luke Hospital, Marion, with possible injuries.

PEOPLE

  • Auxiliary celebrates store's anniversary

    Five years ago on Dec. 29, 2005, auxiliary members opened St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary Shoppe in downtown Marion. The thrift store has been successful, raising money for St. Luke Hospital.

  • Hett family celebrates Christmas

    The family of Jackie Hett of rural Marion met Dec. 26 in Wichita for the annual Christmas celebration. This was the 24th year for the gathering. Those in attendance included Larry and Melanie Ensey, Jeremy, Tammy, Peyton, Paige, and Abree of Valley Center; Ken and Melinda Helmer of Wichita; Leslie Helmer of Leawood; Ryan O’Sullivan and Noah and Emily Carter of Kansas City, Mo.; Tim and Lauren Hartland and Erica, Kai, and Ari DeMeritt of Atlanta, Ga.; Tim and Melissa O’Sullivan and Maddie of Tulsa, Okla.; Jared and Kathy Ensey and Julie of Kechi; Joel Ensey of Topeka; Laura Jean Randell of Lawrence; and Jeff and Laura Ensey, Steve Hett, Travis and Kelley Schafers, JayDee, Emily, and Trever of Marion.

  • The 'King' lives on at Marion Senior Center

    Elvis Presley’s birthday will be celebrated Jan. 8 at Marion Senior Center. A light meal will be available by donation at 6 p.m.

  • Aulne church youth take ski trip

    Members of the Aulne United Methodist Church youth group spent Dec. 27 and 28 at the Snow Creek ski resort near Kansas City, Mo. They were McKenzee Remmers, Cheyenn Richter of Peabody, Jared and Emily Hague, Erika Just, Becca and Courtney Williams, and Quinton and Jeremy Hett.

  • Forum will focus on disabled

    Parents as Advocates for Individuals with Disabililities, in partnership with Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization, will host a forum on developing future services in Marion County for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The forum will be 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 20 in the west room of the Hillsboro City Building, 118 E. Grand Ave. Newton City Commissioner and co-owner of Growth Associates, LLC, Racquel Thiesen will lead the discussion.

  • Unique harpist to perform

    Deborah Henson-Conant will perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at McPherson Opera House, downtown McPherson, on her carbon fiber, electric harp. Known as the “Wild Woman of the Harp, Henson-Conant is a seasoned performer and composer with her PBS music special, “Invention & Alchemy,” nominated for a Grammy award. In addition to performer, Henson-Conant has also created the largest body of music for contemporary harp soloist and orchestra in the world.

  • Hillsboro students, community to present play

    Three Hillsboro Middle School students, Tabor College students, and two Tabor alums are rehearsing “To Kill a Mockingbird,” to be performed Jan 27 through 30 in Hillsboro High School Auditorium. Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, the local production will include sixth-graders Anna Glanzer as Scout, Vance Klassen as Jem, and Ben Koop as Dill.

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    Oliver Norris
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    Burdick, Senior Center, Tampa
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    10, 25, 35, 50, 60, 100, 125 years ago

SCHOOL

  • Centre FFA competes in beef judging

    Eight Centre FFA members participated in a beef expo evaluation Dec. 10 in Hutchinson. Members evaluated eight classes of beef animals including bulls with performance data, heifers, and steers as well as gave a set of reasons. Placing individuals for the day were, Karl Riffel, 19th; and Chad Mueller, 28th; in the intermediate reasons division.

  • Tabor College announces honor roll

    Area Tabor College students were named recently to the dean’s list for the 2010 fall semester. Highest honors (4.00 to 3.85) Post-baccalaureate: Jessica Williams of Hillsboro Seniors: Troy Frick of Durham and Darren Enns, Diedre Funk, Jenesa Klose, Jessica Klose, Aaron Phillips, and Victor Rogers of Hillsboro. Juniors: Lauren Just and David Vogel of Hillsboro. Sophomores: Cassie Kroeker and Clayton Shewey of Hillsboro. Freshmen: Kaylyn Spencer of Florence and Rochelle Cecil, Nathan Vogel, and Candace Weinbrenner of Hillsboro. High honors (3.849 to 3.70) Seniors: Ciara Cox, Tanner Lacy, Katie Mount, Elissa Richert, and Jacob Tippin of Hillsboro. Juniors: Spencer Brown, Benjamin Heyen, and Greta Wiebe of Hillsboro. Sophomores: Nolan Dirks, Michael Klaassen, and Caleb Phillips of Hillsboro. Freshman: Daniel Dick of Hillsboro. Honors (3.699 to 3.50) Seniors: Tina Frick of Durham, Megan McCarty of Hillsboro, and Jason Hett of Marion. Juniors: Hannah Lacy, Rebecca Steketee, and Audrey Weinbrenner of Hillsboro. Sophomore: Daniel Jost of Hillsboro.

SPORTS

  • MHS plays better, despite losses

    The story for both Marion High School basketball teams was similar Tuesday night. Both teams lost to Remington but played competitive games. The boys team lost, 53-48. Down 53-42 with just under three minutes to play, Jordan Hett scored 4 points in the span to push the Warriors within 7. Although Dillon Richmond ended the game with a layup, there was too much ground to make up in the closing minutes.

  • 'Pink night' planned at CHS

    The Burdick Relay for Life team is hosting a pink night Jan. 14 at Centre High School, when Centre basketball teams will play Hope. “We want to raise cancer awareness and at the same time raise money for the American Cancer Society,” spokesperson Linda Peterson said. “We would like the gym to be full of pink shirts.”

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