Marion County RECORD
Vol. 148 , No. 24
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Marion, KS 66861
Sheriff's sergeant is godsend to stranded traveler
Stranded in a disabled Chevy Trailblazer near the US-56/77/K-150 roundabout, more than 700 miles from home, in the darkest hours before dawn on a chilly, snowy February Sunday morning, Lushani Seneviratne’s composure was not the measure of her resume. The accomplished 31-year-old native of Sri Lanka, a small island country southeast of India, came to the United States in 2006. She earned a general studies degree at the University of Oklahoma, a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of North Dakota, and after a stint with a start-up oil company, was back at UND working on a postgraduate degree, also in petroleum engineering.
Navrats gift $100,000 to St. Luke
A large donation from a family foundation was the highlight of a Thursday reception at the Historic Elgin Hotel for St. Luke Hospital’s ongoing capital campaign. A donation from the Navrat Family Charitable Foundation added $100,000 to a St. Luke Living Center and St. Luke Medical Clinic renovation fund.
Bidding wars erupt over tots' art
Fast and furious bidding between parents and grandparents of preschool students was the order of the evening during a Thursday auction to raise scholarship funds for Stepping Stones Preschool. That scenario was set before the auction began when children proudly showed their art to their family members before auctioneers Joel Thomas and Adam Cope started hawking the goods.
Marijuana found in student vehicle
The sight of Marion Police Department’s drug-sniffing dog, Legion, with officer Mike Stone and canine teams from other out-of-county departments last week was a familiar one for students. As canine teams had done before, they walked the hallways and grounds as part of routine training to keep drug dogs’ sleuthing sniffers sharp.
Iselis reopen Central Park Antiques in downtown Marion
A passion for antiques courses through the veins of 79-year-old Marion business owner Nadine Iseli. Her fervor is such that she’s reopened her Central Park Antiques store at a new location in downtown Marion. “I’ll be doing this as long as I’m healthy and have fun doing it,” she said. “Once you’re involved with the public, it becomes part of your psyche and your being. I missed all my regular customers. They became my friends.”
New fire regulations already under fire
A new burn resolution proposed less than a month ago has already prompted a complaint to county commissioners. Nathan Brunner, co-owner of Fire For Hire, a controlled burn service, told commissioners Monday he’d already run into issues with the way dispatchers responded when he called in to report a planned burn.
Domestic violence agency to open in county
Local victims of domestic violence won’t have to look elsewhere for help after Safehope, a domestic violence agency based out of Newton opens its new office in Marion county. Jan Jones, executive director of Safehope, based in Harvey county and serving Marion and McPherson counties, told commissioners Monday what services they will provide for Marion county victims.
MHS students to conjure bloodcurdling comedy
Werewolves and vampires, mad scientists and monsters, freaks, geeks, and other creatures of the night will emerge from the dark this weekend when a preternatural troupe of Marion High School actors perform “The Werewolf’s Curse or Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow” by
Billy St. John
. While actors will shiver with hammed-up trepidation, play director Janet Killough said there is nothing to be afraid of in the production.
County has spate of rollover wrecks
Two Friday rollover accidents in the east portion of the county were followed by a Monday rollover on the west edge, with three occupants being taken to area hospitals. According to sheriff’s reports, a 2006 Pontiac Torrent driven by Aaron Leann Moore, 34, Burns, was westbound on 20th Rd. Friday morning when Moore lost control of the vehicle on a gravel road just east of Xavier Rd. The SUV veered into the eastbound lane before veering back into the north ditch, overturning and coming to rest on its roof.
Tampa woman reminisces about self-reliance
When Mary Clemmer of Tampa was growing up in the 1930s and 1940s, it was a disgrace and socially unacceptable to rely on government welfare. Clemmer, widow of the late mayor Jim Clemmer, grew up on a farm around Emporia. She was the eighth of 13 children. On top of that, her parents took in another youngster.
Shed, camper burn in grass fire
What was first called in as a grass fire Monday turned into a shed and camper burning in the 500 block of 2nd St. in Peabody. Peabody firefighters were paged by dispatchers at 3:22 p.m. Peabody fire volunteer Clayton Philpott was first on the scene, but Peabody quickly called for assistance.
Former Florence resident Gary G. Carroll, 78, died Monday at the Kansas Masonic Home, Wichita. A visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion.A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Hillcrest Cemetery, Florence.
Former engineer Monte Wayne Fisher, 83, died Feb. 27 at his home in Whitewater. He was born June 18, 1934, to Lewis Fisher and Alice (Kimberlin) Fisher in Colorado Springs.
Evelyn Jewett, 90, died Monday at Marion Assisted Living. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion. Burial will follow in the Grant Township Cemetery.
Wayne Albert Johnston
Wayne Albert Johnston, 75, died March 2 at his daughter’s home in Hillsboro. He was born Aug. 10, 1941 to Harold and Mildred Johnston in Marion.
Donald Leroy Longhofer died Feb. 18 at his home in Brenham, Texas. Born Sept. 23, 1937, to Theodore and Bertha (Ehrlich) Longhofer in Marion, he graduated Marion High School and attended LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.
Archie M. Riggs
Archie M Riggs, 75, Peabody, died March 6 at Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita. He was born Feb. 20, 1942 to Archie and Virginia Coons in Hoisington.
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Farm truck long part of the family
David Leith’s newest baby is older than he is. The 1930 Ford Model AA truck he’s owned since 2015 has nevertheless been part of his family since 1930. “My great-granddad bought this truck in 1930,” Leith said.
Class reunion spurs barn makeover
Bruce Schmidt, 68, spent a lot of time, labor, and money to rejuvenate a large barn on his farmstead northwest of Goessel. Thanks to his efforts, the stately 1926 structure has been preserved for future generations. The barn had horse stalls, milk cow stanchions, and feed bins, along with a huge hayloft, all made with hard yellow pine. The haymow still contains a basketball goal, indicating many a scrimmage took place up there years before the Schmidts took it over.
Rancher is bullish on future
Chalk it up to the exuberance of youth or just plain old business sense, but Bryant Gutsch of Lincolnville is looking to expand his herd of beef cows despite lower beef prices. He has 125 head and would like to expand to 200. “I’m going for it,” he said. “If it doesn’t work out, I’ll try something else.”
State Board of Agriculture to meet March 21
Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Board of Agriculture will hold a public meeting at 10 a.m. March 21 in suite 404 of the Landon State office building in Topeka. More information is available and special accommodations for people who need them can be arranged by contacting KDA assistant secretary Susan Metzger at Susan.Metzger@ks.gov.
Ag innovation grants available
Entrepreneurs with new ideas for agriculture products and services could qualify for a financial boost through the JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneur program. Individuals and companies with new business concepts or ideas, including company growth opportunities or start-ups, can apply for $10,000 to support development and implementation of the business. Products or services must be innovations, solutions for a new and better ideas, devices, methods, or applications.
Bird dog bonanza
Growing up as a young hunter, it would’ve been impossible for me not to know about bird dogs. Dad didn’t have one, but that didn’t matter; plenty of guys in the circle we hunted with did. My hands-down favorite was Liz, a blond Lab owned by longtime family friend John Brose.
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New rocker with classic edge inked for Chingawassa
Echoes of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, and blues rocker Joe Bonamassa will flood Marion’s Central Park when Scotty Bratcher warms up a concert crowd June 3 for Chingawassa Days. Bratcher, whose style reflects classic 70s influences with a contemporary edge, will precede headline act The Charlie Daniels Band.
Robinson to celebrate 80th birthday with reception
The family of rural Florence resident Edna Mae Robinson will celebrate her 80th birthday with a reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion building in Florence. Her husband, Bill, his children: Mark Robinson of Marion, Cheryl and Don Doty of Emporia, and Linda and Greg Carlson of Marion and their children will host the event.
World Day of Prayer observed
Members from five different churches attended World Day of Prayer Friday at Marion Presbyterian Church. A writing called “Am I Being Unfair to You?” was the theme of the event.
Democrats receive guest
Marion County Democrats welcomed guest Lauren Helmer to their Saturday meeting at Valley United Methodist Church in Marion. Helmer was once a winner of the Robert B. Docking Memorial Scholarship that state Democrat Women present.
Harvey County under burn ban
A burn ban has been imposed in Harvey County through Monday. All burning is prohibited, including agricultural, open burns, and recreational fires, and includes all cities and towns in the county.
McMichael speaks to Kiwanis
Tyler McMichael, head wrestling coach for Marion High and Middle schools, was guest speaker for Marion Kiwanis at its meeting Tuesday at Cazadores Mexican Restaurant. McMichael spoke of his years in wrestling prior to coming to Marion. Originally from Burton, he started wrestling at age 4 in Winfield, and went to Central-Burden High, where he was a four-time state placer. McMichael wrestled collegiately at Midland University. His love for wrestling is why he coaches now, he said.
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SCHOOL AND SPORTS
One free throw closes out Centre girls' season
Three Centre turnovers and one Rural Vista free throw in the final minute of a semifinal substate game at Goessel on Thursday resulted in a 39-38 loss for the Lady Cougars. The loss meant it was the final game for seniors Shelby Pankratz, Katie Marler, and Summer Espinoza.
Wellsville bounces Marion out of substate
Marion came tantalizingly close to upsetting higher-seeded Wellsville in a substate semifinal game Thursday at Eskridge, but bowed out of the season with a 40-34 loss. Scoring just one basket in the game’s first 10 minutes, the Lady Warriors were down 19-2 in the second quarter to a Wellsville team that had beaten its 11 previous foes by an average of 23 points.
Marion FFA students place third at welding contest
Marion High School students received 3rd place at the Kansas Welding Institute Invitational Mig welding contest Friday in Beloit. Individually for Marion, Ryan Cochran placed 7th, Jeremy Hett placed 10th, and Bryce Shults placed 13th.
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Illusionist to perform at McPherson Opera House
Reza, a renowned touring illusionist, will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 25 at the McPherson Opera House. He began the art in his mid-teens after seeing a magic show in his hometown of Brookings, South Dakota as a child. He has performed at Branson and many other communities.
Celiac disease victim to present clean eating tips
Tabor College instructor Carisa Funk will present information about clean eating at a special class from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 17 at Hillsboro City Hall. Funk became intensely interested in nutrition and lifestyle six years ago, after she was diagnosed with celiac disease.
Statewide food drive is this month
In recognition of March as Kansas Agriculture Month, Kansas Department of Agriculture is collaborating with various food providers and food banks across the state to raise 85,000 meals for Kansas families. Kansans can contribute to the campaign at various community locations across the state or online at http://ksn2n.harvestersvfd.org.
Tabor to sponsor youth soccer academy
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