Marion County RECORD
Vol. 146 , No. 1
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Marion, KS 66861
UPDATED AFTER PRINT DEADLINE
Rural Water Dist. 1 boil advisory lifted
A boil water advisory for the Rural Water District No. 1 public in northwest Marion County has been rescinded. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued the advisory Sept. 24 because of a loss of pressure, which can result in bacterial contamination.
1934 Marion High grad to parade
Marion High School graduating classes from 1954 to 2004 will ride through Saturday’s Old Settlers’ Day parade on hayracks, trailers, and trams, but the oldest class represented could get by riding a unicycle. Ninety-eight-year-old Irene Richmond of Marion will cruise Main St. in a car instead, representing the Class of 1934.
New volunteers resurrect MAC youth center
The Marion Youth Center, operated by Marion Advancement Campaign, has new life after an article in the Marion County Record brought forward volunteers to re-open the facility. “The article you ran two weeks before motivated some folks to come forward to help restart the youth center,” MAC president Todd Heitschmidt said.
Plan to thwart Wal-Mart fizzles
The Lumberyard owner Jon Hefley was tired of speaking against Wal-Mart, and he thought he had found a way to act. Hefley proposed a contract to Hillsboro City Council on the pretense that Wal-Mart’s contract with the city was void, and that he could purchase a plot of land in the middle of where Wal-Mart had intended to build a Neighborhood Market. The Hillsboro City Council ruled differently.
Saturation patrols target underage drinking
In a continuing effort to curb underage drinking, Marion County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition recently sponsored a “saturation patrol” in Hillsboro and Marion in which no juvenile motorists were discovered to be using alcohol. In a saturation patrol, the number of officers in a specific area is increased with the intent that increased visibility will act as a crime deterrent.
Ice storm leads to life of preparedness
In the dead of a Kansas winter, an ice storm knocked out power to Russell Groves boyhood home in rural McPherson, leaving his family without a working heater, water pump, and most of the comforts of home for 10 days. Now going on 60, preparedness enthusiast Groves was 17 at the time, and the experience left an impression.
Beekeepers brew mead Renaissance style
His journey started 15 years ago with an appreciation for history, a do-it-yourself attitude, and a buzz — the buzz of bees. Ever since local honey producer Bill Vinduska of Vinduska Apiaries got involved in a medieval recreation group 15 years ago, he wanted to become a beekeeper and brew mead in the same fashion as Renaissance brewers.
SCKEDD can write grants for free
County business owners need not pay to have their grants written in certain cases, county economic development director Theresa Huffman said. Huffman introduced Marion county commissioners to Abdul Arif, executive director of the South Central Kansas Economic Development District.
Military Jeep holds memories for longtime veterinarian
Anyone who has attended area parades more than likely has seen a 1943 Ford military Jeep driven by Robert “Bob” Novak of Lost Springs. The World War II veteran, known to many as “Doc,” is a longtime veterinarian. He purchased the Jeep 15 to 20 years ago from a private individual. He said the vehicle was used in Germany during the war and brought back to the states, where it was reconditioned.
Williams blends love of speed, restoration
Two garages at Rodney Williams’ Florence residence house a 1927 Buick, a 1938 International pickup, a 1960 Pontiac, and a 1964 Chevrolet pickup, all of which he has restored to near original condition. Williams is enthusiastic and animated when talking about them, but his voice carries a tone of wistfulness when he speaks of his first restoration, a car he no longer has.
Dahl's autos find new homes
When the plane that Don Dahl had fixed up turned sharply and crashed, taking his life, he left behind a legacy of community service. He also left behind three classic automobiles: a 1936 International pickup truck, a 1969 Jaguar XKE, and a 1930 Chrysler CJ6.
Phyllis J. Ragole
Phyllis J. Ragole, 84, of McPherson, died Friday at Cedars Health Care Center, McPherson. She was born Sept. 14, 1930, in McPherson to Orville and Mollie (Herbel) Blackman. She married Joseph Arthur Ragole on May 8, 1950.
Myrtle Harrietta (Theander) Venso
Myrtle Harrietta (Theander) Venso entered eternal rest on Sept. 22, 2014, at her home in Asbury Park in Newton. Myrtle was born on July 5, 1914, to Carl and Emma (Gutsch) Theander in Lincolnville, Kansas. The family moved and lived in Ashland and Marion County for many years.
Weston Dean and Nora Mae Jost
Weston Dean Jost and Nora Mae Jost, twins born Sept. 15 to James and Rachel Jost of Burdick, died Sept. 17 at Stormont Vail Medical Center in Topeka. A private family graveside service was Saturday at Burdick United Methodist Cemetery. The twins’ maternal grandfather, the Rev. Wendell Davelaar, officiated.
Raymond D. Martinez
Raymond D. Martinez, 74, of Florence died Sept. 9 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita from injuries sustained in an auto accident Sept. 2. He was born Jan. 6, 1940, to Juan and Josephine (Morales) Martinez Davara of Florence.
Web designer and payroll processor Kevin Emerson McCarty, 50, died Sept. 8 in his hometown of Nashville following a long battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 8, 1964, to Owen and Jessie (Jewett) McCarty in Wichita.
Esther Penner, 92, died Sept. 17 at Bethesda Home in Goessel. She was born Dec. 7, 1921, to David and Mary (Wiens) Penner in Henderson, Nebraska. She married Henry Penner on April 15, 1945, in Hillsboro. He preceded her in death.
Eugene F. "Gene" Stika
Former farmer and stockman Eugene F. “Gene” Stika, 71, died Sept. 19 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. He was born June 9, 1943, at Tampa to Mike and Helen (Vavra) Stika. He was a 1961 graduate of Tampa High School, and served in the Army. His first marriage was to Elaine Reznicek, and they had three sons. He later married Judy Novak Nickel. Gene drove a truck and was a farmer and stockman.
Dorothy M. Thornhill
Dorothy M. Thornhill, 87, a former resident of Ramona, died Sunday at Hillsboro Community Hospital. She was born July 14, 1927, at Herington to David B. and Mary (Bauer) McRae.
A little older but a whole lot wiser
One of Marion’s oldest settlers is quietly celebrating her birthday today. There won’t be any cake. There certainly won’t be any candles — not unless the fire department is on call to extinguish them. Still, the old thing — who doesn’t mind a bit of we call her that — remains as feisty and alert today as she was when she moved here from Dickinson County at the tender age of 1. The newspaper you hold in your hands — not the paper itself, but the institution behind it — turns 145 years old this very day. Unlike most of us, she hasn’t grayed over the years. She’s become more colorful instead. And she’s never given up on the love affair that first drew her to what then was called Marion Centre, when both she and the town could count their combined age on a single set of hands.
Toward equal rights
I would like to congratulate the young couple, Michelle and Leah, on their marriage announced in a recent edition of the paper. I wish them all of the love and joy in their marriage that I have experienced in the almost 40 years of our marriage. It is very interesting the distance we have come as a society on the issue of being able to choose and love another person without legal restrictions on ethnicity, color, race or gender. Having lived in or near Marion for 50 years before moving to Wisconsin, I have many memories and observations of how times have changed in Marion County.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
Another day, another story
Delores VanBuren turns 80
The family of Delores (Yoakem) VanBuren requests a card shower to help celebrate her 80th birthday on Friday. She grew up in the Wonsevu and Burns areas. Cards may be sent to 661 40th Rd., Burns KS 66840.
P.E.O. meets at library
P.E.O. Chapter DB met Sept. 15 at Marion City Library. Co-hostesses Anita Brookens, Susan Robson, and Patty McLinden served desserts to 28 members. Reports were given by committee chairmen and members were reminded of upcoming civic events.
Open house for Edward Hein's 90th birthday
Family and friends of Edward Hein will be celebrating his 90th birthday with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Hillsboro Senior Center, 212 N. Main St. They have requested that no gifts be sent. However, those unable attend who would still like to extend birthday well wishes may send cards to 1281 E. 170th, Hillsboro KS 67063.
Card shower requested for Louise Janzen
The family of Louise Janzen requests a card shower in celebration of her 95th birthday on October 1. Cards may be sent to her at Marion Assisted Living, 200 Eisenhower Rd., Rm. 121, Marion KS 66861.
New artist to have reception at Gallery 101
Janet Amerine has spent years trying to balance her aptitude and her passion. By trade she is a lawyer, but she really loves to make art. Marion residents will get a chance to discover Amerine’s passion at a Meet the Artist reception at 7 p.m. Friday at Gallery 101.
MHS class reunion activities
Class of 1954 The class of 1954 will celebrate its 60-year reunion with an evening meal at the Historic Elgin Hotel Bed and Breakfast in addition to other activities.
Lunch, Learn, and Live returns to St. Luke
Occupational therapist Nicole Sampson will present “Cognitive Changes in the Elderly: Therapy Options, Home Recommendations and Helpful Advice” from 12 to 1 p.m. Oct. 8 in the St. Luke Medical Clinic basement as part of St. Luke Hospital’s Lunch, Learn, and Live series. A free lunch is part of the open public event.
MARION SENIOR CENTER:
Seniors pledge their allegiance
Jackson Paul Euzukonis
125 years ago
Tabor College enrollment grows
Tabor College’s overall enrollment for the fall semester has increased by four percent from last fall and tied a record set in the fall of 2011 of 231 new students. “Our growth is the result of the hard work of many people and the favor of God smiling down on Tabor,” college president Jules Glanzer said.
Centre reinstates suspended teacher
The Centre board of education reinstated ag teacher Cherie Trieb Friday in a special meeting. Trieb was suspended without pay Sept. 9 after her teaching license expired Sept. 8.
Warriors take 2nd at Spikefest
Volleyball, more so than other sports, is about energy. The more the players are pumping each other up, the higher the vertical can get, the harder the spikes can become. It can be hard to sustain a high energy level for 10 hours, as Marion found out Saturday.
Marion defeats Remington
It was the best of games, it was the worst of games. It was a game of Marion dominance, it was a game of Marion listlessness. It may have felt like two games, but in that case, Marion won the game that counted.
Marion cross country takes 2nd at home meet
Placing fourth as a team and finishing three runners in the top 20, the girls’ squad weaved between a few sparse raindrops Tuesday at Marion’s home cross-country invitational at Marion Country Club. Junior McKenzee Remmers was at the helm for Marion, establishing an early lead, second only to Celia Biel of Hutch Trinity, and followed closely by Shae Ware of Sedgwick.
Centre hosts cross country meet
For the first time in many years, Centre, on Thursday, fielded a cross-country meet at the Herington Golf Course. James Spohn medaled in the junior varsity boys’ division with a ninth-place finish in 22 minutes and 15 seconds.
Centre outlasts Goessel 30-28
For the first time this season, the Centre football team had a matchup with another 1A team, and the outcome was more favorable than the two previous contests against 2A schools. Centre defeated Goessel Friday at home, 30-28. Both teams scored four touchdowns, but three successful conversion attempts by the Cougars compared with two by the Bluebirds made the difference.
Centre volleyball finishes 2-2 at Marion
As the team with the smallest roster Saturday in the Marion Spikefest volleyball tournament, the Centre Lady Cougars’ strength and durability was tested. They finished 1-2 in pool play but won the consolation match to end the day with a respectable 2-2 record. Shelby Makovec was almost perfect in setting the ball from various locations on the court. Brenna Shields, Carlotta Benning, Summer Espinoza, and Shelby Pankratz were strong at the net.
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