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  • Call scam hits Marion

    Marion Police Chief Josh Whitwell was warning residents Wednesday to not give information to callers. A rash of calls were being made to local residents Wednesday asking for personal information.

HEADLINES

  • Public concerned about jail proposal

    Marion County Commission kicked off public meetings about a proposed 0.5 percent sales tax increase to pay for a new jail Monday in Florence and Tuesday in Hillsboro. After a presentation about the problems of the current jail and the design of the proposed jail, audience members were given the opportunity to ask questions. In both meetings, the questions mostly related to the sales tax proposal.

  • Opinions on sales tax proposal vary

    Marion County is proposing a 0.5 percent sales tax to pay for a new jail, and while some business owners dislike the proposal, some others would rather see sales tax than property tax. “We have to do something about the jail,” Jeannie Wildin, co-owner of The County Seat in Marion, said.

  • New housing option explored

    Independent-living homes were part of the original plan developer Bob Brooks had in mind when he considered the construction of an assisted living facility in Marion. Marion Assisted Living opened in 2004, providing 18 apartments to seniors who no longer want to maintain homes or choose to receive assistance with housekeeping and meals but are not yet in need of skilled nursing care. And now — if there is interest in the community — low maintenance, independent homes for senior citizens may become a reality.

  • Open burning restricted in April

    Marion County is among 16 Kansas counties with open burning restrictions in April. No open burning for non-agricultural purposes, including the burning of vegetation and wood waste and structures, will be permitted in April in Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cowley, Elk, Geary, Greenwood, Johnson, Lyon, Marion, Morris, Pottawatomie, Riley, Sedgwick, Wabaunsee, and Wyandotte counties. This includes firefighter training burns and the burning in municipal tree dumps.

  • Alternative market offers gift of charity

    Anyone struggling to think of a Christmas gift for a friend or family member this winter will have an opportunity to do something out of the ordinary — give to a charity on that person’s behalf. An Alternative Gift Market will be Nov. 12 in Marion, with displays and information about numerous charities for disabled or disadvantaged people and environmental causes. Visitors will be able to donate in someone else’s name and will receive an ornament they can give to that person.

  • Florence appoints new rec director

    Florence City Council approved the use of city facilities for upcoming community events Monday. Holly Pereillo was appointed Florence Recreation Director. She is also a city council candidate. The board then approved an open gym April 2.

  • Post office building is step to reviving town

    Since 2003, the building on Main Street in Tampa that used to house the post office, Woody’s Barber Shop, Klein Café, and Koch Grocery has been vacant, left to deteriorate. The post office was the last to leave. Mold, and not a lack of mail, forced the office to close. The Chicago real estate company that owned the building never made any move to remove the mold or repair damage.

DEATHS

  • Dean Batt

    Services for Dean C. Batt, 87, of Marion, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church, Marion. Preceding the service, a private family burial will take place at Marion Cemetery.

  • Audrey Boese

    Audrey L. Boese, 92, died March 20 at Parkside Nursing Home, Hillsboro. She was born Feb. 27, 1919, in Goessel, to Rudolph and Lydia (Schroeder) Unruh.

  • Mary Funk

    Mary Jane Funk, 71, of Hillsboro, died March 15 in Hillsboro. Born Dec. 17, 1939, in Tampa, to Joseph and Mary (Dirks) Unruh, she was a homemaker and a volunteer at the Etcetera Shop in Hillsboro.

  • Roy Hager

    Roy Lee Hager, 57, of Florence, died March 20 at his home. He was born April 14, 1953, in Pickstown, S.D., to Roy E. and Emily (Armantrout) Hager.

  • James Kline

    James S. Kline, 87, passed away March 15, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. A memorial service for Jim was March 17 at First United Methodist Church of Arlington. Graveside service will be noon Saturday at Marion Cemetery. The Rev. Faye Wagner will preside.

  • Irene Suderman

    Irene A. Suderman, 97, died March 20 at The Cedars in McPherson. She was born Sept. 18, 1913, at Hillsboro, to Martin and Katherine (Schlotthauer) Vogel.

  • Margaret Thompson

    Margaret Thompson, 90, of Hesston, died March 20 at Schowalter Villa, Hesston. She was born Oct. 10, 1920, in Peabody, to Fordyce and Mamie (Manning) Gray.

DOCKET

GOVERNMENT

  • City eyes once-a-week trash service

    Marion City Council gave the go-ahead Monday evening to change a city ordinance which would reduce trash pickup to one day a week for residential customers. City Administrator Doug Kjellin told the council that $8,500 was budgeted in 2011 for fuel expenses for the refuse route. With current fuel prices at $3.94 per gallon for diesel and the truck getting 3 miles per gallon, the city would spend $12,600. With the current economic situation as it is, it is doubtful fuel prices will stay the same or decrease, Kjellin said.

  • Marion seeks grant to replace sewer line in Jex Addition

    Marion City Council took the first step Monday in seeking grant funds to replace a sewer line in Jex Addition. The council approved a grant-writing proposal with Rose Mary Saunders of Ranson Financial Services not to exceed $4,500. She will seek a Community Development Block Grant for the project. The consultant will prepare the necessary paperwork for the grant as well as the application for a Kansas Department of Health and Environment Revolving Loan.

  • County finances land purchase

    Marion County Commission approved a lease-purchase agreement with Peabody State Bank on Monday to finance part of the purchase cost of land east of the courthouse. Bank representative Annette Voth said the way the agreement works is the county purchases the land and leases it to the bank, which then leases the land back to the county. The bank had worked on a similar arrangement with the City of Peabody, she said.

  • School, city candidates express views

    Questionnaires were sent to all USD 397 Board of Education candidates: Steven G. Jirak, at-large; Jesse E. Brunner and Amber Peterson, position 1; Mark A. Heiser, position 2; and Terry Deines, position 3. Following are comments from those who responded. USD 397 Board of Education
    position 1 candidate

OPINION

  • Scammers are here again

    A local resident stopped by the office Tuesday to tell me that someone had tried to scam her. She caught on to the deception before anything happened but she wanted other residents to be aware of the event. The victim received a call March 14 from someone on the other end who asked, “Grandma?” She immediately knew something wasn’t right because her children and grandchildren have specific nicknames for the victim and her mother who lives with her. The victim said she doesn’t remember if she asked if the caller was her son or the caller identified himself as such but the scammer then tried to convince the victim that he was her son. It didn’t sound like him but she wasn’t sure.

  • Wanted: Mountain lion photos and stories

    Local law enforcement have been investigating a recent report of a wild mountain lion in Jex Addition. Someone took a photograph of what was thought to be a cougar or mountain lion cub. The photo was reviewed by the local resource officer with Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks who determined the “cub” was a domestic house cat. This newspaper ran a photo several weeks ago from a reader who took a photo of what appeared to be a mountain lion from her kitchen window. The photo was out of focus — sounds like Big Foot, doesn’t it — and far away but it definitely looked like a big cat to me.

  • Hope in the Heartland

    “For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself,” wrote the author of Hebrews in the 12th chapter and third verse. Who is the “Him” and exactly what “hostility” did He endure? Verse two tells us the answer to both questions. Jesus is the “Him” and He “endured the cross.”

  • Legislative update

    As you read this, we are closing out the first part of the legislative session. We will meet three days this week and then take off two days so conference committees can meet and hammer out House and Senate differences. We then return March 30, hopefully to work on a budget and listen to conference committee reports on the conference committee work. We will then head home for a four-week break while we await the Governor’s action on the bills, returning for the veto session beginning April 27. The judiciary committee partially worked on the “immigration” bill March 14, but we did not finish presenting amendments to the committee to modify the bill and make it acceptable to a majority of the committee. It was tabled before I could present my amendments to the committee. The committee won’t take up the issue before 2012, but the subject could come up as a floor amendment tacking it on to some other bill on the House floor.

  • Seeds of something fine

    It’s spring cleaning time and, if you’re anything like me, force of habit is calling you to swap out winter clothes for warmer-weather attire and attack the dusty neglected corners with a powerful vacuum. This time of year always has been one in which I feel the urge to prepare for a new beginning. It’s a natural response to what Mother Nature is doing outside my window.

  • LETTERS:

    An invitation

PEOPLE

  • Burns woman adds creative touches to machine quilting

    Fern Goodwin, 66, of Burns, has been in the machine-quilting business for 10 years. She said she finishes 65 to 70 quilts a year. She noted that machine-quilting is much faster than hand-quilting, and women are willing to pay for it.

  • Tampa farmer wins money for his community

    John Hajek of Tampa is the most recent Marion County winner in Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, which gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. Hajek received the award March 16 in a public presentation at Tampa. He stipulated that the money be used by the city of Tampa for the community center.

  • CORRESPONDENTS:

    Burdick, Senior Center
  • ENGAGEMENTS:

    Gregory-Helmstead
  • MEMORIES:

    10, 25, 35, 50, 60, 100, 125 years ago

SCHOOL

  • Hill spends break helping others

    Kansas State University student Nellie Hill was among more than 75 students who participated this week of spring break in service learning projects coordinated by the K-State School of Leadership Studies. Hill was among students assisting with One Mission Galveston, a rebuilding project in Galveston, Texas.

  • MHS to present comedy

    Marion High School students will present the comedy, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Friday and Saturday at USD 408 Performing Arts Center, Marion. Both productions begin at 7 p.m. The setting of the play is based partly on a boarding house playwright Joseph Kesselring lived in while teaching at Bethel College in North Newton. A film adaptation starring Cary Grant was made in the early 1940s.

  • Technological tools in use at Centre elementary

    While Centre High School has been on the forefront of technological advancements with the virtual school program, Superintendent Jerri Kemble and technology coordinator Vicki Jirak have not forgotten about Centre Elementary School. CES has two advanced technological instruments.

  • Herbs have many benefits

    Diana Costello of Marion has always enjoyed gardening and canning. That interest eventually led her to growing her own herbs to use in canning and cooking. “When you make spaghetti sauce and use half a cup of dried parsley at a time, it get’s rather expensive,” she said Friday.

SPORTS

  • 5 Kids club wrestlers qualify for state

    Five Marion Kids Wrestling Club members qualified for the Kansas Kids state wrestling tournament by placing fourth or higher Saturday at the Division III finals in McPherson. Tyler Palic placed second in the 10-and-younger, 120-pound weight class. Kyle Palic placed second in the 14-and-younger, 165-pound weight class. Galen Funk finished second in the high school division, 152-pound class. Evan Slater finished second in the high school division, 215-pound class.

SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW

  • MHS baseball: Young but talented

    The Marion High School baseball team is going to be a young squad for the 2011 season. There are six seniors on the team but Vu Hoai Nguyen and Luis Esteban are exchange students who started playing baseball competitively this season.

  • Marion softball team looking to surpass .500 record

    The primary goal for the Marion High School softball team this season is to build on the foundation of success it started to construct last season. Under the consistent coaching of Jill Hudson — with a focus on fundamentals and a positive outlook to get her players to believe in themselves — the Warriors improved by four wins from the previous season to post a 6-14 record.

  • Athletes change but expectations stay the same for Marion track

    After losing two state champions and 10 state qualifiers to graduation, it would be natural to assume there would be a decrease in expectations, a learning curve, for a much younger Marion High School track team this season. However, coach Grant Thierolf’s goals are the same as they are every season — win the regional competition and qualify as many athletes as possible for the state meet in Wichita.

  • Fun, league title are Marion golfers' goals

    With an experienced team and a new league, a Heart of America League championship isn’t out of the question for the Marion High School Warriors golf team. “We start every year with a simple goal: to enjoy the great game of golf and work hard to improve every day,” co-head coach Tod Gordon said. “The second goal will be to win the league title in the new HOA League.

  • 5 seniors to lead Trojans back to state

    In his second season in the dugout for Hillsboro, coach Doug Dick is looking to improve on a third-place state finish last season. While the field is the focus, Dick is also looking to improve as a coach to make the Trojans a better team. “We made so many errors,” Dick said. “I had guys playing out of their comfort zone. I’ll have to be smarter.”

  • State or bust for Hillsboro softball

    After going 19-1 in the regular season last year and making the trip to the state tournament in Manhattan, the baseline achievement for the Hillsboro High School girls softball team is to earn a return trip to the state tournament May 27. “The kids have high expectations. I have high expectations,” coach Stephanie Sinclair said. “I would be disappointed if we did not make it that far.”

  • Hillsboro track team remains focused

    The focus for Hillsboro High School track and field coaches this season will be to boost the performance of young athletes who just missed qualifying for the state meet in Wichita this past season. The Trojans feature two returning state competitors. Senior Joel Allen finished third in the 3200-meter run at Wichita. Coach Dennis Boldt said Allen will compete primarily in the 3200 and periodically in the 1600 and the 4x800 relay.

  • HHS golfers building experience, skills

    The Hillsboro High School Trojans’ golf team will be loaded with new faces this spring. Junior Devin Dick is the only returning letter-winner from 2010. Team members Evan Just, Jared King, Daniel Dick, and 3A state champion Daniel Kunantaev graduated.

  • Gearing up for exciting season

    As always, 2011 will be a year with tough competition for the Hillsboro Trojan boys’ tennis team “Certainly here in central Kansas, we get the opportunity to compete against some of the best 3A and 4A tennis players in the state,” coach Stuart Holmes said.

  • Diversity marks the CHS track squad

    It may be small in numbers — 16 in all— but the Centre High School track squad has athletes who will participate in most events this year. For that reason, head coach Alan Stahlecker expects them to be competitive in team scoring. Boys team

  • Centre golf team looking for fourth trip to state

    At least 16 athletes are out for golf this spring at Centre High School. They include four seniors, two juniors, four sophomores, and six freshmen.

  • GHS will rely on skills

    Only two Goessel High School Bluebirds on this year’s boys track team earned experience last year at the state track meet in Wichita. Senior John Berkholz hopes to repeat as a participant in the sprinting events this year. He ran the open 400-meter dash last year at the prestigious state meet and earned sixth place in the 2A class last year. He also ran one leg in the 4x400 relay and placed fourth last May at Wichita.

  • Golfers sharpen for season ahead

    Neal Brubaker, Jake Smucker, and Shane Goerzen return for another season with the Goessel High School Bluebirds golf team. The three participated last year at the state golf meet where the Bluebirds finished eighth as a team. Nineteen students have shown interest in trying to break into the varsity squad for this season and Coach Justin Coup will have to sort the progress of some of his young players.

  • Warriors out to defend titles

    Nine letter-winners return to compete this season on the Peabody-Burns High School track squad. Brian Lightner is the new head coach this season, moving up from the assistant position he held last year.

  • Experienced golfers return to greens

    Peabody-Burns High School has a strong core group returning to the golf course for the 2011 season. Led by four seniors, the team has six letter-winners who competed in every tournament in 2010.

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