Marion County RECORD
Vol. 143 , No. 17
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Marion, KS 66861
Patchy road may see more traffic in future
Dina Vogel of rural Marion is frustrated by how long it has taken Marion County to genuinely fix Remington Road between Pilsen and U.S. 56. It has been more than a year since the county accepted approximately $430,000 as TransCanada’s fair payment to repair the road after construction of the Keystone Oil Pipeline, and Vogel wants to know what has happened to that money. According to Marion County Road and Bridge Department, nearly $329,000 remains in a fund earmarked for the road. In the interim, the department has patched potholes in the road.
Burton beats brain surgery odds
Former Marion resident Bill Burton has reminders of Dec. 16, 1985 all over his head, neck, and torso. A shunt tube runs from the base of his skull, disappears within his brain, and reappears as it spirals down the base of his neck into his chest.
U.S. 56/77 junction rated most dangerous
The intersection of U.S. 56, U.S. 77, and K-150 highways near Marion is the most dangerous intersection in Kansas as determined by crash frequency and crash severity, according to a study of accidents from 2007 through 2009. Kansas Department of Transportation conducted the study to meet Federal Highway Safety Administration requirements.
Fire destroys abandoned farm house
An abandoned farm house southeast of Hillsboro caught fire Monday and burned to the ground, possibly the result of an electrical short. Hillsboro Fire Department and Hillsboro Ambulance were dispatched at 12:42 p.m., responding with the full complement of emergency vehicles.
Laura E. Edwards, 98, of Herington, died Jan. 16, 2012, at Medicalodges of Herington. She was born Nov. 8, 1913, the daughter of William Paul and Mary Ann (Hammer) Gutsch of Lincolnville. She graduated from Diamond Valley High School, Burdick, in 1932.
Elizabeth A. Veltman
Elizabeth A. “Beth” Veltman, 62, formerly of Enterprise and Junction City, died Jan. 11, 2012, at Via Christi-St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. She was born June 18, 1949, to George and Letha Wolf Nelson. She was employed for more than 20 years at Foot Locker Distribution Center in Junction City.
Sarah Ens Friesen
Sarah Ens Friesen, 92, died Jan. 13, 2012, at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born June 9, 1919, in Tulare County, Calif., to C.C. and Anna (Quiring) Harms. She was a housewife.
Roberta Ann Winter, 50, died Jan. 9 in an automobile accident on U.S. 50 near Walton. She was a cashier for Walmart in Newton for the past five years and worked at McDonald’s in Hillsboro prior to that. She was born Nov. 25, 1961 in Goessel to Ivan and Bernice Winter. She was a lifetime resident of Marion County.
Marion police report
Peabody police report
County proposes dog bite rule, seeks input
Marion County may soon have rules in place requiring confinement of dogs that have a history of biting people. Marion County Commission Chairman Dan Holub raised the possibility Tuesday after hearing reports of a dog that bit several people near Marion.
Governor's tax proposal leaves questions
The legislative session began Jan. 9 and the legislature is now in full swing. I remain on the following three committees: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Corrections and Juvenile Justice, and Judiciary. Gov. Sam Brownback delivered his State of the State address Jan. 11. I hope to read all the details soon. He outlined his goals for the 2012 legislative session in his speech, and I am addressing his primary topic in this week’s column: taxes.
Tampa City Council seeks approval for sign grant
Mayor Tim Svoboda informed the Tampa City Council on Jan. 10 that there is a good chance of obtaining a grant to replace the city’s street signs. Some of the signs are rusted enough to make them difficult to read. “Do we want to pursue this?” he asked.
Senior Citizens board to distribute 2011 funds
At the Dec. 16 meeting at Marion Senior Center, The senior citizens of Marion County board of directors voted to distribute $600 a piece to the nutrition sites in Goessel, Hillsboro, Marion, and Peabody and award $200 to the remaining five senior centers. The funds consist of $3,400 left over from the 2011 budget. Board Chairman Lila Unruh told the board about a Kansas Day Supper at Eastmoor united Methodist Church Jan. 29. The cost of the supper is $12.50.
EMS broke county record in 2011
Marion County Emergency Medical Service had its busiest year on record in 2011. Ambulance crews were called out 1,176 times. The next highest year was 2008, with 1,151 calls.
KDHE lists winter storm safety tips
Kansas Department of Health and Environment is encouraging all Kansans to be safe when temperatures drop. They are offering safety tips to help prepare for hazardous conditions. Winterizing the home
Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.
Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks. Check heating systems
Have heating systems serviced professionally to make sure that they are clean, working properly, and ventilated to the outside.
Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.
Install a smoke detector and test batteries monthly.
Have a safe alternative heating source and alternative fuels available. Prevent carbon monoxide emergencies
Install a CO detector to alert of the presence of the deadly, odorless, and colorless gas.
Learn symptoms of CO poisoning: headaches, nausea, and disorientation.
Keep grills and generators out of the house and garage. Position generators at least 20 feet from the house. Be prepared for weather-related emergencies
Stock food, that does not require cooking or refrigeration, and water in clean containers.
Keep an up-to-date emergency kit, including, battery operated devices like a flashlight and radio, extra batteries, first aid kit, and cat litter or sand for icy walk ways. Prepare car for winter
Service the radiator, maintain antifreeze level, and check tire tread.
Keep gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
Use a wintertime formula in windshield washer.
Keep a winter emergency kit in car in case the driver becomes stranded: blankets, food and water, booster cables, flares, tire pump, and a bag or sand or cat litter, compass and maps, battery-powered flashlight, first aid kit, and plastic bags.
Intersection needs a roundabout
In doing its homework required by the Federal Highway Safety Administration, Kansas Department of Transportation came to the same conclusion as many people locally: the junction of U.S. 56, U.S. 77, and K-150 is dangerous, and something needs to be done about it. All it took was three years to collect the data and another two years to analyze it. I’ll admit, I was surprised at just how dangerous. Ranking it using three different criteria, the intersection is either the most dangerous or second most dangerous in the whole state, relative to quantity of traffic. I would think flashing lights, stop signs, rumble strips, and signs warning that traffic on U.S. 77 doesn’t stop would be enough, but experience says that isn’t the case.
Dreams need legs
Monday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I have to admit I did not think much about it until I pulled up to the bank to make a deposit and it was closed. Our family appreciated not having to get up in time to make the bus that day because there was no school. As the phrase, “I have a dream,” echoed through my subconscious several times later that same day, I wondered if I, as a middle-class white person in the middle of a mostly Caucasian county, was missing something.
Stamp prices increased as milestones pile up
Even though I have worked for the Marion County Record many years, I have never written anything in the paper. My job is to keep track of subscriptions, make labels, and send papers to the right destinations. I depend on the U.S. Postal Service to help me do my job. On Monday, the price of a first-class stamp will go up to 45 cents. Recent notification about the increase helped me remember past events.
Another Day in the Country - chickens
This past summer when I ordered chickens in August, instead of in the spring like I usually do, there were changes in the air. I was thinking about the look on my grandson’s face when those chicks arrived in the mail. I didn’t think about summer being a more difficult trip for the chicks or about chickens coming of age in the winter with long nights and short days, completely “fowling” up their body clock. (I just couldn’t resist that pun.) The hatchery that I’ve always used has a minimum order of 24 chicks. I always thought that number represented a “huddle factor” with that many chicks needed to keep each other warm in their little cardboard box; but I’m not sure that’s the reason at all. Maybe it’s just a marketing tool. There is also an offer of a “mystery chick” of unknown ethnicity and sex that is offered FREE! Who can resist FREE? Not me! I’m always curious about different kinds of chickens and this is a chance to be introduced to something new.
Crash 144 miles away disables Internet
A vehicle accident involving two pickup trucks in Ellis County near Victoria damaged an Eagle Communications fiber optic splice box. The collision cut the fiber optic line the box connected, disabling Eagle Communications Internet in Marion County at 5 p.m. Service was not restored until 1:30 a.m. when the line was fixed, Eagle general manager Travis Kohlrus said.
Chad Carr sentenced for toddler death
Chad Carr briefly appeared Tuesday morning before Judge Richard Walker in Harvey County District Court for sentencing in the death of 19-month old Vincent Hill. Carr, 28, pled guilty to a charge of second-degree murder in Hill’s death as well as three counts of aggravated battery and one count of child abuse at a Nov. 3, 2011 hearing.
Band to play at Aulne Church on Sunday
Residents are invited to attend a concert by the Hope of Tomorrow band 7 p.m. Sunday at Aulne United Methodist Church. The band was organized in 2008 and was initiated by the Christian Church in Hutchinson as an outreach program to emotionally challenged children. All of the members grew up in underprivileged situations. The band travels the country doing concerts free of charge as a part of their ministry.
Peabody Historical Society presents radio show
To celebrate Kansas Day, the Peabody Historical Society will present a re-enactment of the “Evening Gospel Hour” as heard in 1952 on XERF radio. The program will begin at 2 p.m. on Jan. 29 in the Anne Potter Room of the Peabody Library. Levi Goossen plays the part of Bill Garrett, the 1952 announcer, lead singer, and pitchman on the show. The program will be styled as it was in 1952, with Southern Gospel music as sung by people in the south and the Appalachian regions during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, and as heard on XERF radio, Del Rio, Texas.
Visual arts to be displayed at opera house
Visual Arts Alliance of McPherson will present the works of Michael Yates from Jan. 10 through Feb. 27. The exhibit will be held at VAAM gallery of the McPherson Opera House. Artist and instructor, Yates is an individualist in the contemporary abstract realm, and defied easy pigeonhole. His images are said to be both thought-provoking and inspiring, as he is adept with anumber of different styles and mediums, including charcoal, pastel, acylic, and oil.
Late Nite Catechism to show at McPherson Opera House
A one-woman interactive comedy, Late Nite Catechism, is coming to the McPherson Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Diana Alioto stars as Sister, the quintessential 1960s Catholic teaching nun. The setting is a period Catholic classroom, and the students are the audience.
Goessel couple Miller/Voth weds
Bryant Miller and Chrystiana Voth, both of Goessel, married on May 27 at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, rural Goessel. The wedding was officiated by Scott Miller, pastor of Kingdom Life Ministries in Hesston and the groom’s uncle.
Card shower requested for Kerbs
The family of Treva Kerbs, 320 S. Freeborn St., Marion, requests a card shower for her on her 80th birthday, Jan. 22. Kerbs is a life-long resident of Marion County.
Zerger to celebrate 90th birthday
Reuben Zerger, formerly of Marion will celebrate his 90th birthday with his family with a reception Jan. 29 in Minneapolis. He lived in Marion more than 50 years, working as a building contractor. He attended Marion Presbyterian Church, served on USD 408 Board of Education, and was a Boy Scouts leader.
Farewell reception planned for Elliott at Tabor College
The Tabor College and Hillsboro community is invited to a farewell reception for Jim Elliott, Tabor College vice president of advancement. Elliott, who has served in that role since September 2002, has accepted a similar position at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill.
Memorial fund established for Higgins
Friends and family have established a memorial fund for the Nic Higgins family at Central National Bank in Marion. Higgins, a native of Marion and son of Bill Higgins and Teresa Hett Higgins, died Jan. 2 in Hampstead, N.C. He was 25 and left behind a wife, Betsey Anne Higgins, and a young son, James.
Bowlers win events at Kansas State Senior Open
Marion bowlers Wilbert Backhus, Willard Glasgow, Kenny Rindt, and Jim Wyatt won several events at the Kansas State Senior Open bowling tournament in October at Spare Tyme Bowling Alley in Dodge City. Results were released last week. Backhus and Rindt won their doubles division with a total scratch and handicap score of 1,395. Glasgow and Wyatt also won their doubles division with a total scratch and handicap score of 1,423.
Marion Senior Center celebrates Elvis
Agape Senior Center to close
Speaker challenges teachers to inspire wonder in students
Speaking to more than 400 educators Monday at the Technology Excellence in Education Network conference in Herington, Michael Wesch, an anthropology professor at Kansas State University, said students have lost the art of wonder. “This world is nothing without wonder,” he said.
MES student honored for state test performance
Marion Elementary School students took center stage at center court Friday, as they received recognition for academic excellence at halftime of the Marion High School basketball game at USD 408 Sports and Aquatics Center. Marion-Florence USD 408 Board of Education President Chris Sprowls, board members Jeremiah Lange, Sarah Cope, and Duane Kirkpatrick, and Superintendent Lee Leiker presented medals for individual and class performance on the Kansas state assessment tests administered during the 2010-2011 academic year.
Grants available for student entreprenuers
High school students have the opportunity to compete for a $5,000 grant from McPherson College to pursue entrepreneurial ambitions. The application deadline is Jan. 25. On Nov. 14, the college announced its first-ever Jump Start Kansas competition. The challenge will award two grand-prize grants of $5,000 to Kansas high school students or teams of students who present the best entrepreneurial ideas — one in the area of commercial entrepreneurship and one for social entrepreneurship.
MKC to award college scholarships
Mid Kansas Cooperative Association will award nine scholarships valued at $500 each to seniors graduating this spring from within MKC’s trade territory. Scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievement, school and community involvement, and an essay about the value of the cooperative system. Seniors who plan to attend an accredited university or college including junior, community, vocational, or technical schools are eligible to apply.
Baliel graduates from Emporia State
Corrine Baliel of Cheney graduated from Emporia State University on Dec. 17 with a Bachelor of Science in education, a primary major in elementary education. Baliel was accepted into the Kansas University Department of Special Education masters program and will attend KU at its Overland Park campus.
Burdick team to host pink shirt night at Centre
Fitness expert shares simple health tips
Every morning, Becki Yoder of rural Peabody gets up at 3:30 so she has time to get in a four-mile run before going to work as the Director of Health and Fitness at Pine Village in Moundridge. Her dedication to fitness and training does not seem unusual to her. “This is something I have always been interested in, a lifelong thing,” she said. “Even as a young child I was always reading nutritional labels and finding ways to eat and live healthy.”
Dietitian advises making favorite foods healthy
When dealing with stubborn nursing home residents, stuck in their ways, refusing to eat differently, Salem Home Diet Manager Joyce Weinbrenner does not make demands; she does not fight. Instead, she works around a resident, or patient’s, diet to suit their tastes but still meet a physician’s prescribed dietary conditions.
Refreshed hospital facilities help recruit providers
Laura Bevis, advanced registered nurse practitioner and doctor of nursing practice, remembers walking through St. Luke Hospital in Marion while it was being renovated and expanded last year. Stopping at a hallway intersection, she could see the difference being made. Looking one direction, she saw a hallway that looked old and uninviting. Looking the other way, she saw the new construction, modern and pleasant.
Misconceptions abound about ancient alternative healing method
Over 4,000 years ago a Chinese soldier with a bad cough was accidentally stabbed in the lung. The cough went away, and the theory of acupuncture — when certain points of the body are stimulated, healing for other parts takes place — was born. “There are 12 channels in the body through which energy and blood flow,” said Kodi Panzer, Hillsboro chiropractor and acupuncture expert. “Acupuncture stimulates points in those channels, reduces inflammation, and helps energy and blood flow in the body as it should.”
Doctor changed plans based on ER experience
Dr. Shauna Kern planned to work in the Via Christi system after finishing her medical school residency in Wichita, until she spent weekends filling in at Hillsboro Community Hospital. She saw the setting as a chance for a more fulfilling career. “I like the relationships in a small-town setting,” she said Monday, her first day seeing patients at Hillsboro Clinic. “You really get to know them (patients) as a whole person, more than in a big and busy place.
Trinity defeats Warriors in last-second thriller
As Jordan Hett’s last-second jumper caromed off the rim Friday against Trinity Catholic of Hutchinson, it looked as if the Marion High Warriors were headed to overtime in a tightly-contested battle against the host Celtics. Then came the whistle.
Carroll, Slater claim Halstead wrestling titles
Marion High School Warriors Brody Carroll and Evan Slater wrestled their way to weight division championships Saturday at the Halstead Invitational tournament, leading Marion to a fourth-place finish out of 21 schools. Marion had slipped to fifth in the standings at the beginning of the final round. Carroll and Slater were the only two Warriors to reach matches for first place. Beretta Janzen, Cole Lewman, Colten Johnson, and Kyle Palic qualified for final round consolation matches.
Cougars nipped by Redskins and Lions in road games
In two games on the road last week, the Centre High School Cougars fell to Little River, 61-46, and Hope, 54-44. Against Hope on Friday, the Cougars started and finished with good quarters, but the quarters in between led to their defeat.
MHS girls fall to Trinity Catholic
The Marion High School Lady Warriors are still searching for their first win of the season after a loss Friday to Trinity Catholic of Hutchinson, 51-35, in Hutchinson. Marion was looking to avenge a season-opening 2-point loss to the Lady Celtics, and the Lady Warriors got off to a promising start. Katie Ehrlich, Kaelyn Thierolf, Kelli Hess, and Whitney Gordon all got into the scoring column in the first three minutes of the game, as Marion quickly built an 8-4 lead.
Losses pile up for Lady Cougars
The Centre High School Lady Cougars were defeated in two games last week on the road. They lost to Little River, 49-30, and Hope, 57-31. Playing Friday at Hope, freshman Shelby Makovec made all of Centre’s 7 points in the first half. Centre trailed, 28-7, at halftime.
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