Marion County RECORD
Vol. 147 , No. 19
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Marion, KS 66861
Lincolnville business owner faces multiple charges
Gavin Shields, 28, owner of Shields Service and Supply in Lincolnville, faces multiple drug-related charges after being arrested twice in January. The charges came after Shields allegedly obstructed the apprehension of Tyrone Vondal, 38, of Lincolnville, on Dec. 15, 2015. Vondal was later arrested in possession of more than $40,000 of Shields’s property.
Districts to merge? Legislature could force schools to consolidate
Five county school districts could become one in 2017 if a bill in the Kansas legislature proposing statewide consolidations becomes law. House Bill 2504 would save the state $170 million over 10 years if districts in counties with under 10,000 students were combined into single countywide districts, proponents claim. Kansas Association of School Boards estimated the state would drop from 286 districts to 132 under the plan.
'Dirty' politics mire council candidates in conflict
Two contenders for Marion City Council are butting heads over a proposed dumping site for dirt. Michel Soyez came to Monday’s city council meeting to address the issue of the city using property adjoining his own as a location to dump dirt.
City decrees 'fix or we raze'
Either a house on Freeborn Street will get major repairs within 90 days or the city will demolish it. Marion City Council members held a public hearing and then passed a resolution Monday giving the owners of 118 S. Freeborn one last chance to make repairs.
Fire destroys man's lakeside garage
An unattached two-car garage, a Chevrolet S10 pickup, and a Monte Carlo were destroyed by a fire that ignited around 3:30 p.m. Thursday at 12 Random Rd. behind the former Kingfisher Inn building at Marion County Lake. Billowing black smoke was visible from miles away but Marion fire chief Mike Regnier said no one was injured in the blaze, including homeowner Ed Jeffrey.
Fires scorch grass in 2 counties
Burns and Florence firefighters helped extinguish a massive grass fire that blackened more than 1,200 acres of native grassland Friday south of the county line. The fire started at approximately 1:30 p.m. at North West 40th and Haverhill Road and spread to North West 80th Rd. about 12 miles southwest of Burns.
Museum curator helped people
The death of Cynthia Blount last week has left Marion Historical Museum without a director. Blount served as curator for almost 16 years. “As a board, we send our thoughts and prayers to the family,” museum board president Bill Darrow said. “At scheduled meetings or just stopping by the museum to talk, it didn’t take long for Cynthia to start talking about her kids and grandkids. They should know how proud they made her and how much happiness they brought to her.”
City election filings
Marion will have the only formally contested races in the April 5 city elections, with five candidates vying for two at-large council positions. County Clerk Tina Spencer said nine candidates have tossed their hats in the ring for the April 5 city elections in the county.
Library gets 4-star national rating
Marion City Library has received the four-star award from Library Journal for the second consecutive year. Marion is one of 12 cities in Kansas to receive a star award and is one of five to receive the four-star rating. The other four-star libraries are in Chetopa, Inman, Lacygne, Neodesha, and Topeka.
Community garden idea grows, FFA offers input
From Russia to Hillsboro, a mission to dance
It’s been years since Hillsboro has had a dance studio, but that will be changing in March. Krista Matlock, wife of Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church associate pastor Jeremy Matlock, will start offering a variety of dance classes starting March 7 in Hillsboro City Hall, and hopes to open a formal studio in June.
Co-workers remember former Hillsboro officer
In some respects, former Hillsboro police officer Jerry Schmidt may have had a tough exterior, but two former coworkers said the 25-year veteran was a kind-hearted individual who had a funny sense of humor. Schmidt, 75, died Jan. 29 at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita.
This week is Burn Awareness Week
Mary Louise Regalado, 45, of Marion, died Jan. 23 in Wichita. A memorial service was to be this morning at Cindy’s Family Café, Marion.
Former Hillsboro police officer Jerry Schmidt, 75, died Jan. 29 at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church. Family will receive guests from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro.
Edward E. “Ed” Siebert, 74, died Thursday at his residence in Marion. He was born May 3, 1941, to Wilmer and Mildred (Bluhm) Siebert in Hillsboro. He was a graduate of Marion High School.
Locals save for anything from candy to multiple vacations
Waste it, save it, lose it, or bank it, loose change has great power — purchasing power — and with great power comes great responsibility. Depending on who’s collecting it, that power can lead to realizing a dream, a curious purchase, or a gift of brotherly love.
Debit or credit? Choose wisely
Debit cards and credit cards each have their time and place. Shawn Vondenkamp, retail office supervisor at Central National Bank, Marion, said one advantage to a debit card is that there is no fee for cash withdrawn from the local bank’s ATM.
Tax checkoffs raise funds for projects
The tax checkoffs found on Kansas income tax forms end up raising serious money for state programs. Kansas Department of Revenue Director of Communications Jeannine Koranda provided information on how much money the tax checkoffs raised over the last five years.
Topeka's cucumber crazies
Look out Marion County — state representative John Bradford of Lansing wants to combine small local school districts, supposedly to save state government $170 million over the next 10 years. In place of Marion County’s five districts, Bradford’s bill, HB 2504, proposes just one, operating out of one office and with one superintendent. Ownership of all of the county’s school buildings and other assets would shift to the new “realigned school district.” It’s likely an existing district will be picked to take over the operation of all five, running all of them from one location.
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Smith surprises PEO
PEO Chapter DB held its regular meeting Jan. 18 at Marion Presbyterian Church with 16 members in attendance. Lois Smith presented a program titled “Surprise! You Could Be President” and encouraged members to share their strengths and talent with the chapter.
Neo-Century Club learns about missions
Twelve members of Neo-Century Club and one guest answered roll-call at a Feb. 1 meeting at Hilltop Manor by answering with an influential person in their life and putting a dollar in a bag. The program was a show and tell of mission projects.
People Saving People nominations now accepted
Nominations for the 2016 People Saving People award are being accepted now through Feb. 29 by Kansas Department of Transportation. The awards recognize persons or organizations who advocate safety and have positive effects for transportation safety.
Harders to talk about 300-mile trek
Retired Tabor College professor Judy Harder and her husband Keith will open the spring session of Lifelong Learning at 9:45 a.m. Friday in Wohlgemuth Music Education Center at Tabor. The program, “Pilgrims on the Journey,” will focus on the couple’s 300-mile walking journey on the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrim path in Spain, in 2015.
125 years ago
Aulne church group celebrates birthdays
Forget frogs: kissing hogs is the hot new trend
The month of February won’t be “boar”ing for Centre High School students when they get to witness a Centre school employee kiss a piglet. The pig kissing contest is a fundraiser for the freshman class.
Centre teacher Cindy Wyatt receives award
Tri-County Chamber of Commerce at Herington, which represents communities in Dickinson, Morris, and Marion counties, recently presented Cindy Wyatt of Centre with its 2015 “Teacher of the Year” award. Wyatt is in her 12th year at Centre and spent the prior eight years in the Council Grove school district. She teaches life sciences in junior high and high school. She is sponsor of National Honor Society and coaches scholars bowl. She was cross-country coach for several years.
Area grads make WSU dean's list
Wichita State University has announced the names of more than 2,600 students who were on the fall 2015 dean’s honor roll, including students from Marion County. Those from Marion County include Corey Buller of Goessel; Jonathan Crouse, Samantha Ens, Matthew Klenda, Benjamin Loewen, Carter Pankratz, Amanda Roble, Grant Schneider, Tessa Simpson, and Lucas Sinclair, all of Hillsboro; Shayla Kline and Edward Obermeyer, both of Marion; and Denise Servis of Peabody.
Tabor awarded community foundation grant
Tabor College recently received a donation of $1,500 from Hillsboro Community Foundation for Tabor’s Signature Campaign to go toward the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. The grant, announced by HCF executive director Cynthia Fleming, was made possible by the Hillsboro Area Impact Fund, which is used to enhance quality of life for Hillsboro area residents and is awarded once a year.
Heerey Agency sponsors college scholarship
Marion Shelter Insurance agent Doug Heerey, in collaboration with Shelter Insurance Foundation, is sponsoring a $2,000 scholarship to be awarded to a college-bound Marion High School graduate. Applications will evaluated on multiple criteria, including academic achievement, educational goals, citizenship, moral character, and leadership in school and community events. A committee of high school officials and community leaders will select the winner.
Area school menus
Warriors' marathon ends with Council Grove losses
High school basketball teams never play five games in seven days, but Marion did, closing a madcap schedule realignment with losses to Council Grove on Thursday in Marion. Weather postponed the start of Centre’s tournament by three days, creating the crunch. Marion teams played three tournament games in four days and then Hillsboro before taking on the Braves.
7 medals for 7 Warriors
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Energy assistance application help available
Low-income homeowners can get help applying for federal energy assistance grants. Appointments Thursday at Hillsboro Senior Centermay be arranged by calling (620) 947-2304.
Centre grad found love in foreign service
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. That seems to have worked to bring Jenna Tajchman and her boyfriend Alex Trofim to decide to tie the knot. They met when Jenna was a Peace Corp volunteer in Moldova and Alex was a Corp employee. The decision to get married came when Jenna went to the Philippines and Alex discovered he missed her. He visited her, and they decided to set a wedding date.
The cost of love...Valentine's Day style
A bouquet of Valentine flowers can range from about $10 at a grocery store to over $150 from a florist. A box of chocolates can run a few dollars at a discount store to $880 for 64 personalized gourmet chocolates delivered by mail.
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