Marion County RECORD
Vol. 147 , No. 1
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Marion, KS 66861
Duking it out for popcorn supremacy
The machines sit no more than 30 feet apart from one another, the reinforced walls separating them like a line in the sand. It’s one of the most intense rivalries in all of Marion: that of the free Friday popcorn.
County sells delinquent tax properties
A Marion man was the most prolific bidder on Friday during a tax sale at Marion County Courthouse. Of 37 properties whose owners were minimum three years delinquent on property taxes, Marion County retained nine on a minimum bid of $100 and sold 28 for a combined $44,880.
No shades of gray when it comes to banned books
No book in recent years stirred more controversy than the 2011 racy romance novel “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the steamy bestseller that was at one time banned from library shelves in Florida, Georgia, and Wisconsin. Patrons of Marion and Hillsboro city libraries can get the book, but how they go about doing so is different.
Recent scam invokes fear of IRS
Beware Marion County. A sinister phone scam plagued area residents on Monday. The scam attempted to prey upon people by inspiring fear of the IRS. County resident Eileen Sieger received one of the intimidating calls.
Former senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum calls Flint Hills home
Nancy Landon Kassebaum, former U.S. Senator from Kansas, is home for good at her ranch near Burdick after the death of her husband, former Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee, in 2014. She lives in a renovated limestone house that was on the ranch when she purchased it in 1983. She lives on a gravel road and walks a half-mile to her mailbox.
Mechanic reopens business for 3rd time
Marion mechanic Rick LeShure recently decided to reopen his repair shop under a different name after closing twice before. About 15 months before his realization, LeShure repaired combines, tractors, and other massive farm implements at Straub International in Marion.
Farmer marks Kaw Indian Trail
William Benda of Pilsen owns an 80-acre parcel of ground north of Marion through which the 100-mile-long Kaw Trail ran in the mid-19th century. Benda recently marked the trail with a limestone monument after researching its history.
Woman charged with sex offenses faces federal court
A Dodge City woman booked in January on charges of rape, criminal sodomy, and sexual exploitation of a Marion County child has had charges dropped, so that stiffer federal charges may be filed against her. County attorney Susan Robson dismissed without prejudice the charges against Ashley Marie Kelly, 24, who allegedly took inappropriate photographs of a Marion County child.
Officer exhibits toy police cars
Marion police officer Duane McCarty has 33 toy police cars on display in a window recess beside his desk near the front door of Marion Police Department. He keeps them for visitors to look at, especially kids.
Mildred Bernhardt, 84, died Sept. 21 at Salem Homes in Hillsboro. Funeral was Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, Lyons. Burial followed at Tampa Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation was Friday at Birzer Funeral Home.
Former Tampa resident Vera L. Dirks, 88, died Tuesday at Moundridge Manor, Moundridge. Funeral Service was Monday, at Morning Star Mennonite Church, rural Tampa, Kansas. Family received guests from 6 to 8 Sunday at the Church.
Gladys Esther Janzen, 100, died Friday at Salem Homes, Hillsboro. Celebration of life service was Tuesday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church. Family received guests prior to the service.
Harold Pankratz, 86, died Tuesday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. Celebration of life service was Tuesday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Family received guests Sunday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.
Sharon Kristine Wasemiller, 58, died Sunday at Lehigh. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Zion Lutheran Church, Hillsboro.
Fish and game
Happy birthday to us
It’s too bad we don’t have a video edition of the Marion County Record. With a federal judge striking down the copyright claims to the “Happy Birthday” song this past week, the path was cleared for our staff to mark the 146th birthday of the Ol’ Thing with a rousing celebratory music video that surely would’ve gone viral.
Always the best
It was the best possible day Saturday for Old Settlers’ Day — moderate temperatures, not a cloud in the sky, and just enough breeze in the afternoon to keep it comfortable, yet not enough to blow potato chips off your plate. The class reunion slate was packed this year. Marion High School classes for every five years going back to 1945 were represented, and all but one rode in the parade. I know the class of 1965 had a great reunion, because they graciously asked me to join them for a terrific banquet Saturday night. I haven’t been around for a lot of the Old Settlers’ Days between 1985 and now, but this year had to be one of the best ever for reunions.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
It's Migration Season
Michaelis to celebrate 95th
Bessie Michaelis will celebrate her 95th birthday with an open house 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Peabody Senior Center. Cards may be sent to Bessie at P.O. Box 105, Peabody, KS 66866.
Richmond to celebrate 80th
The family of James “Jim” Richmond is requesting a card shower to help celebrate his 80th birthday. Jim was born Oct. 9, 1935, on a farm near Lincolnville.
Kleiber to celebrate 90th
The family of longtime Tampa resident Leona Kleiber will mark her 90th birthday with an open house from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Tampa Senior Center. She was born Oct. 1, 1925, to Adolph and Anna (Ottensmeier) Bentz near Tampa. She and John Kleiber were married June 9, 1946, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Tampa, and were together until his death in 1994.
Democratic women get supper tickets
Marion County Democratic Women met Friday at the Marion Senior Center. Sue Clough conducted the business meeting. Neysa Eberhard provided six tickets to Harvey County ham and bean supper Oct. 24. Joan Wagnon will be the speaker. For more information about the meal and transportation, contact Eileen Sieger.
PEO Chapter DB update
Twenty members of the PEO Chapter DB met Sept. 21 at the Marion City Library. Co-hostesses were Marlene Utech and Susan Robson. Jackie Volbrecht and Jamie Digger presented a program on the alternative gift market and fair trade. Members voted to have a booth at this year’s market.
Happy Hustlers vote float into parade
The Sept. 14 meeting of the Happy Hustlers 4-H Club was called to order by President Cassie Meyer. Paige Ensey led the American flag salute and Lane Watkins led the 4-H pledge. Community leaders handed out 4-H premiums and the members told what they exhibited at the County Fair.
125 years ago
High schoolers get active for service day
Marion High School students did a fine job of rolling out the red carpet for alumni returning for Old Settlers’ Day. Students spruced up the town Thursday as part of their annual day of service.
Centre FFA members on the go
Centre FFA freshman Grace Knepp placed third among 400 participants at the South Central District Greenhand Conference Sept. 21 at Buhler. Other freshmen who attended were Tyson Chizek, Makayla Forichette, Kayla Gosnell, Haley Meyer, Kyle Naerebout, Tori Reneau, Athena Salamone, Mickey Spohn, Destiny Wangerin, and Tanner Wiggans. The chapter hosted the annual James Weber Memorial Fishing Derby Sept. 19 in Herington. Fourteen youth were assisted by Adam Makovec, Dylan Deines, Greg Oborny, Zach Barney, Max Svoboda, and Kyle Naerebout. They caught 59 fish in two hours.
Enrollment increases 35% in grad students
Two years ago, Tabor College in Wichita had just 11 students enrolled in graduate programs. This fall, there are 42 students, an increased of 35 percent. Tabor enrollment for fall semester is 729 students, including 561 students in Hillsboro and 126 students in Wichita.
KFAC announces 2016 bookmark contest
Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom announced its 2016 bookmark art contest. The theme is “Pollinators Put Food on the Table,” and the contest is open to any Kansas student from kindergarten through sixth grade. Entries will be judged on relevance to theme, creativity, originality, use of space and color and clarity of idea and image.
Where will the Warriors run?
Finishing strong with several runners earning medals and others logging personal best course times, the Warriors recently may have ran their final home cross-country meet at Marion Country Club. Coach Rebecca Hofer appeared before the club board at its September meeting to request the use of its golf course for next year’s practices and home meet.
Warriors win homecoming, 40-22
Marion played its best game of the season Friday, drubbing Ell-Saline in front of a homecoming crowd to the tune of 40-22. The Warriors took a while to get their offense going, but were able to impose their will as the game went on.
Warriors medal on home turf
Marion cross-country ran swift enough to earn several individual medals Sept. 22 at a meet at Marion Country Club. “The weather was wonderful, and it was a fantastic afternoon,” coach Rebecca Hofer said. “We ran very well as a team.”
Centre football seeks elusive first victory
Centre head coach Tye Remy felt frustrated Friday after the Cougars’ fourth loss of the season, 52-6, against Rural Vista. The game was called after less than three quarters. “It wasn’t as bad as the score looks,” Remy said. “We got so close to getting in but kept on making little mistakes and shooting ourselves in the foot.”
Lady Cougars play 15 sets at Herrington
The Centre volleyball team had a long day Saturday competing in the Herington Invitational. Three of the six matches they played went to three sets, for a total of 15 sets on the day. Their one winning match was against Rural Vista, which they won in two sets. Results Vs. Council Grove: 25-22, 22-25, 13-25. Vs. Rural Vista: 25-20, 25-19. Vs. Sacred Heart: 16-25, 9-25. Vs. Herington: 25-20, 20-25, 15-25. Vs. Canton-Galva: 19-25, 25-16, 19-25, Vs. Sunrise Academy: 14-25, 21-25.
Centre cross-country results
C.J. Thompson led the Centre High School cross-country team Sept. 22 at Marion. He finished the 5-K run in 20 minutes and 24 seconds. Coach Julie Keithline said it was his season best. Junior varsity runners included Tanner Wiggans 27:09, and Jordan Miller 37:06 in the boys’ division, and Carissa Shields 34:55 in the girls’ division.
Golfers take 7th
The Centre girls’ golf team finished seventh of eight teams Thursday at the Council Grove Invitational. Hannah Peterson led the team with a 57 in the nine-hole meet. Others were Ally Basore, 65; Rebecca Reneau and Micky Spohn, 74; and Caroline Chizek, 78.
Calendar of events
Gospel band to perform Sunday
Sunday Drive, a multiple award winning southern gospel act, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Marion Christian Church. “Misty (the lead singer) sounds just like Karen Carpenter from ‘The Carpenters’,’ pastor Carl Helm said, “and Sunday Drive just sounds fantastic.”
Annual HAFFA outdoor contest to be this weekend
The 14th annual Heart of America Free Flight Association outdoor contest and the National Free Flight Society National Cup Meet will be Saturday and Sunday at Marion Municipal Airport. Saturday’s events will be from 8 a.m. and go until 5 p.m., with a banquet following the day events. Sunday’s events will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lunch n' Learn to meet Oct. 7
Lunch n’ Learn program will meet noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Marion City Library. Sharon Mueller and Sharon Boese from Cedar Street Salvage will present a program on refurbishing old junk into treasure.
Musical Visions Trio perform Friday
Tabor College’s Lifelong Learning program titled “This is My Father’s World — A Celebration of Beauty in Nature, Music, and Art” will be held at 9:45 a.m. Friday in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center Lobby at Tabor. Flutist Vada Snider, pianist Karen Loucks, and photographer Duane Graham created a program of music based on nature themes, photos of natural wonders, humorous drawings by Jesse Graber, and art by Bob Regier.
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