Marion County RECORD
Vol. 146 , No. 43
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Marion, KS 66861
Toddler OK after nearly drowning
Every mother’s greatest fear is that something will happen to her child. Nothing stills her heart more quickly than knowing her baby is in danger. Saturday afternoon, Heather Dunnahoo’s 2-year-old daughter, Aryah Kaylee Corona, a quick and clever toddler, figured out how to open a screen door at her grandparents’ house at 602 N. Elm St. and went into the back yard. She sat on the grass next to a koi pond, took her shoes off, and decided to play in the pond, having no concept of its four-foot depth and danger.
Fed-up farmer plows his stake into home rentals
Disappointed by last year’s wheat crop, Marion farmer Theron Nienstedt sold his farm last March and is now trying to cultiuate a new business: renting homes throughout the county. Since March, he has purchased 19 properties, including seven that show up in our Docket page’s deed transfers this week.
Lake club persists as attendance dwindles
Marion County Park and Lake Chat and Dine club members got tips on resuscitation from EMS director Brandy McCarty at their annual potluck cookout Saturday. They might need to apply some of those techniques to the club itself.
Family back home after harrowing vacation
Al Ash, 66, had never broken a bone in his body. Neither had his mother, Betty, 93. That — and their lives — changed when they got into an accident June 19 while vacationing on the West Coast. After extended time at a Reno hospital and multiple surgeries on Al’s arm and neck, the Ashes are back home in Marion.
Marion impresses tourism officials
Tourism professionals became part-time tourists Thursday when the Tourism Industry Association of Kansas executive committee met at the community center in Marion. “When we pulled into Marion County today, wow, what a beautiful county it is, and what a beautiful community Marion is,” Karen Hibbard, vice president of Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau, said. “What I saw when I came in was a community that is very proud of its heritage and is eager to tell that story.”
Bown-Corby work set to begin
Developer Tom George is hoping to begin renovations that will turn Bown-Corby school building into an apartment complex Aug. 1 and hopes to begin leasing apartments as early as October. “Cross your fingers,” he said.
Filmmaker talks water ahead of premiere
Florence will move to the forefront of the latest effort to document problems with water availability when a new half-hour documentary, “When the Well Runs Dry,” has its premiere showing at 2 p.m. Saturday at Masonic Center. Lawrence filmmaker Steve Lerner teamed with award-winning documentarian Reuben Aaronson of Los Angeles to create the documentary about the intimate relationship between rural Kansans and their water.
Road protests lead to meeting
Jim Bob Watkins came to county commission Monday bearing a white flag, of sorts: he wanted to change the talk about roads from problems to solutions. Watkins, who lives near Burns in Milton Township, told commissioners the public is “giving up.”
VFW dedicates Kapaun memorial
A circular bronze plaque recognizing the Congressional Medal of Honor awarded to Kapaun in 2013 for his actions while a prisoner during the Korean War was dedicated Saturday at the Marion VFW post. “This is great. This is amazing,” Kapaun Museum volunteer Harriet Bina said. “We were so proud to hear about this. It touched our hearts.”
'Million dollar rain' good for corn
If corn farmers need encouragement about this year’s harvest prospects, they should give county extension agent Ricky Roberts a call. While officially remaining “cautiously optimistic,” Roberts said last week’s rain and cooler weather were perfectly timed.
City to hear 3 versions of budget
Marion is closing in on a balanced budget; the question is how it will get there. An increase in utility rates is on the table, as is a tax increase, though it’s possible the city may be able to balance its budget without either.
Into the vault: Library uncovers its history
Florence history is safe and secure, housed inside a former bank vault with a pull-down ladder that leads to an attic-like room. Years ago, the room above the vault had a hole, since sealed, that faced the Main St. entrance. “The security guard would sit up there and stick his rifle through the hole,” library volunteer Kathy Inlow said. “He would have it aimed at the front door so that if any robbers came in, he could actually take care of them before anything really happened.
A loco motive: Property buyers love lots' worst feature
An unexpected twist to an auction Thursday night of a house and seven empty lots owned by the city occurred when a couple from Newton purchased two lots adjacent to the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe tracks on S. Olive St. The parcels also are close to where Union Pacific tracks cross those of the BNSF, adding additional train activity to the area.
Fiennes Jantz, 91, a leader of Durham and Marion County senior citizen groups for many years, died Sunday at Salem Home, Hillsboro. Born Dec. 5, 1923, to Ben and Alma (Johnson) Jantz at Durham, he married Arlene Holmes on April 19, 1953, at Abilene. She died in 1995.
A class act: young caring for the old
It was different world she was about to walk into, and despite her training, Emily Timmermeyer was, in a word, “terrified.” “You watch the videos in class, but this was the first time to touch a patient; I was nervous,” she said.
A trip down the freeway to dispair
So, have you noticed the traffic on Main St. since US-56 was diverted onto K-256 through Marion? It’s a few more cars, to be sure, but hardly the imponderable traffic jams and undue safety hazards some envisioned. If anything, the biggest impact has been noise — a bit more ringing of cash registers at surviving businesses that cater to transient traffic. If you’re old enough — though an ever-decreasing number of us aren’t — think back to the ’60s and ’70s, when the highway regularly ran through town — and when the town it traversed actually had an abundance of businesses passing motorists might patronize.
School daze, school daze
Welcome to what, among newspaper staffers, is hell week — the one week each month when all five school boards in Marion County meet, almost always at the same time. To make Monday evenings even more enjoyable, Peabody’s city council typically meets at the same time, too. For years, we’ve prided ourselves on being the only news organization that dutifully responds, month after month sending virtually our entire staff out to sit through hours of scintillating discussion, the bulk of which never makes it into our paper but probably could be assembled into a patentable cure for insomnia.
Buy in to cash in
Where, oh where, is Pilsen? It seems silly to ask — everyone knows where Pilsen is, right? Wrong, and that’s a wrong that can cost us. Marion County economic development director Teresa Huffman is sold on tourism as a way to build the county’s economy, and she’s made believers out of many.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
Bye-bye to the bag
TOPS moving to Hilltop Manor
Abducted missionary speaks at church
A missionary kidnapped and held hostage for 376 days by Muslim extremists in the Philippines spoke July 8 at Ladies Night at Marion Christian Church. Gracia Burnham, who for 17 year had served with New Tribes Mission, was abducted by Abu Sayyaf terrorists from a resort on Honda Bay as she and her husband, jungle pilot Martin Burnham, celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary.
Dance to celebrate anniversaries
Ralph and Benny Stroda and Glenn and Beverly Bayes of Herington will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversaries with a free dance 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Herington Community Building. Music will be provided by Clearview Band. The couples have requested no gifts or cards.
Grandson on CPA board
Matthew Holland of Ardmore, Oklahoma, has been named to the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants board of directors. His grandmother is former Marion resident Patsy Waner of Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Redneck in Ramona 4th of July
Physician speaks to crowd of 60
125 years ago
MHS stadium to get new press box
Although the project didn’t need board approval, the USD 408 board of education gave its blessing Monday to constructing a new press box at Warrior Stadium. Superintendent Lee Leiker said the current press box was deteriorating.
Centre board chooses Basore
Centre board of education voted Tuesday to have Rick Basore serve as its president for 2015-2016. Clay Simons will be vice president.
Scout builds Lincolnville park bridge
When Lincolnville city officials were looking for someone to build a bridge over a drainage ditch in the city park, they contacted Centre High School. Teacher Yvonne Burhoop knew 13-year-old Braxton Smith was looking for an Eagle Scout project and recommended him.
PEO awards scholarship
Kaylie Waner, daughter of Steve and Traci Waner of Marion, is winner of this year’s $500 scholarship from PEO, a philanthropic and educational organization focused on higher education for women. She plans to major in biology at Kansas State University.
College degrees and honors
10-and-under team gets a taste of professional baseball
It wasn’t Yankee Stadium or Wrigley Field, but Lawrence-Dumont stadium was “big league” enough for 10 young Marion baseball players who had a “dream team” experience with the Wichita Wingnuts on Thursday. Justin Wasmuth coached the Marion Rec 10-and-under Lanning Pharmacy team, and he wanted to give his charges a taste of minor league baseball.
Golf tournament registration open
The fifth annual Rhino Scramble is planned for 1 p.m. Aug. 30 at Marion Country Club. The event, sponsored by Marion Chamber of Commerce, will feature 22 four-person teams.
Calendar of Events
Prehistoric Kansas to be topic of museum talk
“Kansas B.C.,” a presentation about prehistoric inhabitants of Kansas, will be 7 p.m. July 23 at Goessel City Building. Wichita State anthropology professor Donald Blakselee will lead the discussion, sponsored by Cottonwood Crossing Chapter of Santa Fe Trail Association.
Legos at library
Children of all ages will have the opportunity to make their own unique creations from Legos from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday at Marion City Library. More information on the free event is available at (620)-382-2442.
Picture mounting workshop set
A workshop on photo mounting for the county fair photography contest is planned for 4-6 p.m. Tuesday in the Foods building. Cost will be $1.25 per photo. More information is available from Lori McLinden at (620)-382-6255.
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