Marion County RECORD
Vol. 148 , No. 30
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Marion, KS 66861
MHS junior tops out on national admissions test
The week of April was a busy week for Marion High School junior Colin Williams: He decorated for and attended prom.
Board to keep paying Leiker's health insurance
Outgoing Marion-Florence school superintendent Lee Leiker got an early going-away gift from board of education members in March: District-paid monthly health insurance premium payments until he turns 65 or obtains other coverage. If Leiker, 54, continues with the district’s health plan until 65, USD 408 will have paid more than $60,000 for the coverage at the current monthly individual rate of $470.
We deliver- if the mailbox is where we want it
Curbside mailboxes have sprung up in several Marion front yards as residents begin to comply with a Postal Service directive aimed at keeping carriers safe from dog attacks. Long accustomed to getting mail outside their front doors, many customers don’t appreciate having to move mailboxes to the curb.
County leery of city's upcoming decision
Round two in the county commissioners’ quest to convert the former Straub building in Marion into county shop and offices comes Monday when Marion City Council will for a second time consider a conditional use permit for the property. Council members did not approve the county’s request in February, sending it back to the city planning and zoning commission, which again recommended approval April 6.
Runner, 77, maintains youthful glow
Some people are willing to go to great lengths to preserve their health, but sometimes it takes a slap in the face to get started. Jim Christensen of Marion was owner of Lynn’s Farm Equipment Co. in 1983 when an ongoing economic recession caused the farm economy to plummet.
Commission takes steps toward water rescue
Although county commissioners took no action on buying a rescue boat the last time it was proposed, a new proposal with a lower price tag got a more interested hearing Monday. Hillsboro firefighter Rusty Moss told commissioners an inflatable boat for rescues on streams and rivers could be purchased for about $20,824.
Historical society seeks intern
Museum directors in the county are banding together to re-activate Marion County Historical Society as an organization that reaches out to promote all of the historical sites in the county. At another reorganizational meeting Monday, the group agreed to attempt to secure an intern to help them reach their goal.
Damaged sheriff's car pulled from road
A squad car, damaged when Deputy Derek Calvert struck a deer, is being pulled from use early, but that won’t leave the sheriff’s office short on cars. Sheriff Robert Craft told county commissioners Monday that the cost of repairing the damage to the headlamp, fender and quarter panel was not worth doing for a car already scheduled to be taken out of commission in two weeks.
Sesquicentennial to be observed on Chisholm Trail
Fifteen Marion County horseback riders will meet riders from Abilene at Diamond and 360th Roads on April 29 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. At 6 p.m., they will receive a hand-off from the Abilene riders of the governor’s proclamation, signed March 22, announcing the trail’s sesquicentennial.
Museum receives finger painting of Father Kapaun
It turns out finger-painting isn’t just for kids. Because of an adult who loves to paint with his fingers and a father who believes in miracles, a new painting hangs in the Father Kapaun Museum in Pilsen.
Auto House building being considered for Marion EMS
A new home for Marion ambulances and sleeping quarters for on-duty emergency medical technicians looks closer to reality. County commissioners toured a building used as a towing and recovery business and spoke to the business owner about buying it for $175,000.
County changes vote on health insurance
Despite an April 10 vote to purchase employee health insurance from United HealthCare, commissioners on April 12 held a special meeting to reconsider, ultimately voting to rescind Monday’s decision and stick with Blue Cross Blue Shield. The change-of-mind didn’t make UHC happy.
Violent offender returns to jail
A Peabody man, who bonded out of jail in March shortly after being arrested on suspicion of multiple charges during a violent domestic disturbance, is back in jail at least until his next court appearance. Marion County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Mathew Kangas, 32, on suspicion of criminal possession of a firearm, assault on a law enforcement officer, and bond revocation on April 11.
Arlene Faye Carlson of Burdick died April 13 at Legacy of Herington. She was born July 19, 1927, to Henry and Bertha (Rohloff) Laudemann in White City.
Helen Maurine Gobin, 89, died April 15 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. A graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Isabel Cemetery, rural Isabel.
John Clarence Person, 86, of Paris, Arkansas, died April 10 at Fayetteville, Arkansas. A graveside inurnment service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Mission Cemetery near Burdick.
Gaylen Youk, 67, died April 11at Salem Home in Hillsboro. He was born Aug. 9, 1949, to Leland and Lorene (Keller) Youk in Hillsboro. He married Betty Meetz on Sept. 23, 1988, in Newton.
Healthy and wealthy, but wise?
This week we have two examples of how mixing health care and government officials can lead to questionable decisions. We could take county commissioners to task for how they reached a decision on health insurance for employees and then reversed themselves when apparent loser Blue Cross/Blue Shield came back from the dead to retain their contract. We’ll just leave our critique at this: It wouldn’t have happened like this with a capable county administrator.
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Special deliveries: Birds nest in unexpected places
Alternative nesting could be a growing trend in the avian community, as two Marion residents recently discovered birds nesting in unusual places. Hope hatches in a mailbox
Volunteers sought for library exhibit
It may be almost a year away, but preparations have started for exhibits and events at Marion City Library in support of the Water/Ways Smithsonian Institution exhibition touring the state. Water/Ways will be in Cottonwood Falls in February and March. As a partner site selected by Kansas Humanities Council, the library will be host to local exhibitions and programs exploring the numerous relationships between the people of Kansas and water.
125 years ago
Longtime volunteer departs
SCHOOL AND SPORTS
Piano and voice recital is Saturday
Students of Anita Hancock will perform a piano and voice recital at 3 p.m. Saturday at USD 408 Performing Arts Center. Addy Ash, Cooper Bailey, Aubrey Craig, Cadence Craig, Olivia Carlson, Alexandra Carlson, Maria Carlson, Paige Ensey, Abree Ensey, Shaliah Ensley, Anani Ensley, Cade Harms, Shyann Harris, Hailey Harshman, Grace Hett, Grace Kruse, Kaelynn Metro, Jayden Spencer, Mia Spencer, and Abby Wesner will perform.
Area school menu
Activities and outings keep seniors entertained
Senior communities, assisted living centers, and nursing homes provide a plethora of activities and opportunities to keep their residents from feeling isolated. Robyn Radtke, activities and social services director at St. Luke Living Center, said one activity residents have several times a week is a rabbit named Bailey who comes to work with an employee.
Senior center volunteers are highly valued but hard to find
Some Marion County senior centers are experiencing a basic rule of economics right now: Scarcity Value. Volunteers seem to be in short supply, and the desire for their help is increasing. “Oh heavens, we couldn’t do it without them.” Janet Bryant, nutrition site manager for Marion Senior Center, said. “We really need volunteers. They play a vital role in making this center possible. I don’t know how it’s accomplished without them.”
Calendar of events
Friday workshop to demystify Medicare
Types of Medicare and how they relate to pharmaceuticals will be the topic of Tabor College’s Lifelong Learning at 9:45 a.m. Friday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church Activity Center, 610 S. Main St., Hillsboro. Pharmacist Eric Driggers, owner of Hillsboro Hometown Pharmacy, will present and field questions regarding Medicare and pharmaceuticals.
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