Marion County RECORD
Vol. 148 , No. 35
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Marion, KS 66861
UPDATED AFTER PRINT DEADLINE
190th Rd. reopens
Closed since August for safety concerns, 190th Rd. between Pawnee and Old Mill Rds. reopened today, restoring the well-used alternative route between Marion and Hillsboro. Excessive erosion of the north bank of the Cottonwood River adjacent to the road caused county officials to close the route, forcing motorists to use US-56 while a solution was sought and implemented.
Fulfilling a 40-year promise to a now-deceased mom
O.B. Walker took a bit longer than most Centre High School graduates to earn his diploma — 40 years long, to be exact. Walker, 58, dropped out of school in the 12th grade in Arkansas City.
EMT tale may have overstated problem
A recent drumbeat of complaints about ambulance service at Hillsboro continued this week, but a compelling story told to county commissioners may have overstated the situation. Former commissioner candidate Craig Dodd, who lives north of Hillsboro, provided a dramatic account of a heart attack he recently suffered.
60+ water meters prove faulty
More than 60 defective city water meters have been found during inspections conducted since policy changes prompted in February by a Marion County Record investigation. The newspaper asked city administrator Roger Holter about the possibility that some customers were being overbilled when zero usage was registered for consecutive months before receiving an updated bill.
Park oak topples onto Main St.
A storm that battered Marion with torrential rain and strong winds was over Friday when Madison and Mark Vinduska returned from a trip to Newton about 8:30 p.m. As they drove past Central Park and neared Marion Historical Museum, they ran into a sudden, blinding torrent of rain.
Wait no more; MacGregor's is here
The dream Joe and EJ Pickett conceived three years ago will become reality Friday when their new restaurant and bar, MacGregor’s, has its grand opening in downtown Marion. The Picketts have spent more than a year renovating the former Suffield building at Main and 3rd Sts. Kari Cook has been helping since September. She’ll be training staff, tending bar, and assisting where needed.
Sign points the way to Kapaun Museum
Hundreds and thousands of people who make their way to Pilsen every year to honor and learn about Chaplain Emil Kapaun will have an easier time finding the place after the installation of a colorful, prominent sign at US-56 and K-256. The two-sided sign was unveiled Tuesday by five Korean War veterans on the 66th anniversary of Kapaun’s death in a North Korean prisoner-of-war camp. The veterans were led by former Marion resident, Bob Reinke.
Watching the world go by from a tank
It is impossible to know what the five lucky goldfish swimming in a 55-gallon tank that sits upon Michele and Davey Hett’s front porch think about their new place in life. When asked, one with orange and white markings blankly replied, “blub,” while another blinked and said “glug,” dripping with cryptic indifference. Both mysterious replies could very well have meant, “Are you my mother?” or “You’re an awfully big cat; please don’t eat me.”
'Steve Day' to honor lake superintendent
Not many people get a day named after them, but with the advent of “Steve Day” this Saturday, county lake Superintendent Steve Hudson will be one of the few. A group of people who live at or frequent the lake recently organized the event to coincide with the official start of summer.
Stopping to smell the roses
Melinda Schroeder of Marion has battled allergies her entire life, but over the past several years, she has started to win the fight with reinforcements from an allergy immunotherapy program at St. Luke Medical Clinic. “I never left the house without a Kleenex; if I did it was like oh no, just bad news,” Schroeder said. “I’m allergic to a lot different things. My ears always hurt. I’d cough and clear my throat a lot. My nose ran all the time, and sometimes my eyes would just start watering so much it looked like I was crying. I didn’t let it stop me but sometimes I was miserable; I really was.”
Drug suspect tries to flee jail
One of four people arrested on suspicion of multiple drug charges allegedly attempted to escape police Sunday at Marion County Jail. After being apprehended on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hallucinogenic drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia, Parker Thompson, 20, Wichita, earned an extra charge, according to Marion assistant chief Clinton Jeffrey.
Former cafe seized
The building where Cindy Taylor and crew served home-style food for hungry visitors has been seized by state tax collectors. Cindy’s Family Café closed in late January after Taylor’s health made her unable to work and paying employees left her insufficient money to live on. She shut the doors, packed up personal possessions that decorated the café, and bid Marion and her business farewell.
Telecommunications center open for business
Once host to large banquets and countless high school thespians waiting to go on stage, the “city building basement” is no more. A $13,000 makeover of the lower level of the building, now known as Marion Community Center, has created a bright, modern, three-room venue equipped with dual wall-mounted 50-inch television sets and high-speed Internet access.
Demolition might cause a stink
A sewer line underneath the former Florence school might cause a stink when the building is demolished. County commissioners heard Thursday that an engineer working on a demolition plan for the building discovered a sewer main underneath it.
Marion plans for budget
Marion city council members took an early look at this year’s budget schedule during Monday’s meeting. A tax lid passed by the legislature in 2015 goes into effect for the budget the city will create and approve in August. The amount that taxes can be raised without an election is tied to the Consumer Price Index.
Hooked by a 50-year-old goat
A mint-condition 1967 Pontiac GTO owned by Leroy and Florence Penner of Peabody is more than a vintage car; it’s a throwback to young love and fond memories. It’s the same model they had when they married in 1969, although that one was Signet Gold with a black painted roof, and this one is Tyrol Blue.
A quart of prevention can prevent gallons of trouble
Paying attention to routine car maintenance can help prevent major breakdowns during vacation. Barry Allen, owner of Webster Auto Service in Marion, suggests getting preventive maintenance done before taking off on a long summer trip.
Services for James David Beisel, 76, who died Saturday at Newton Medical Center, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Peabody Christian Church. The Rev. James Pohlman will officiate. Military committal will follow at 4 p.m. at Sunset Hill Cemetery, Herington. Visitation will be 5 to 7 tonight at Zeiner Funeral Home, Herington.
Services for Hillsboro resident Roberta (Friesen) Isaac, 77, who died unexpectedly Sunday, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church. Relatives will receive guests from 6 to 8 tonight at Jost Funeral Home. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Gnadenau Cemetery.
Jay McClure, 71, longtime owner of the Dari-Ette, died Saturday at his residence in Hillsboro. Born July 27, 1945, to John and Pearl (Hagadorn) McClure in Portis, he married Cathy Stacy on Dec. 31, 1971, in Newton.
Services for retired Hillsboro auto dealer Albert F. Reimer 90, who died Friday, will be Friday. Visitation will be 9 to 10 a.m. at Jost Funeral Home, followed by a private burial at Gnadenau Cemetery and a public celebration of life service at 10:30 a.m. at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church.
Honors from a namesake
It’s almost Memorial Day again, and it would be no surprise that I’ve been thinking about my father, Edward, a World War II veteran who flew transport planes in the South Pacific. My great-uncle, Guy Hadsell, also comes to mind. He served in World War II, lending his banking talents to the Army in France, and was one of the most popular men in Europe on paydays.
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Waiting for the storm
Couple to celebrate 50th anniversary
Martin and Margaret Tice of Marion will observe their 50th wedding anniversary May 28 and are planning a family celebration June 30 to July 5 in Georgetown, Colorado. Martin Tice and Margaret Delk were married May 28, 1967, at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.
Card shower requested
The family of longtime Tampa resident Adeline Bernhardt is requesting a card shower to honor her 95th birthday June 6. Cards may be sent to her at 500 N Plum St, Apt 116, Wellington KS 67152.
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FFA members to be honored
There will always be people who eat meat, trees will always be invading grasslands, and two entrepreneurial young people from Marion FFA have established award-winning, practical businesses to serve those needs. Jeremy Hett and Cade Harms will be recognized during the state FFA convention Tuesday through June 2 in Manhattan for their school-supervised agricultural experiences. Both received chapter and district awards earlier this year.
Preschool celebrates year end
Sunshine Country Preschool celebrated the end of the school year with two events last week. The first was a noon program May 16 at Central Park. Students performed to some of their favorite musical selections before receiving certificates. Families lingered to visit and picnic with friends.
Baseball team heads to state
When the Marion/Centre baseball team takes the field Thursday against Thomas More Prep in a 3A state tournament first-round game, they’ll carry a valuable lesson with them from regionals: Patience, not panic, wins games. The Warriors thumped Hillsboro/Peabody-Burns 13-3 in six innings to reach the regional final at Southeast of Saline, where they squared off against Beloit, a 4-1 winner over the host team.
Palic leads track contingent
It took four days, two trips to Russell, a side trip to Hays, and more than 600 miles, but the end result was good for seven Marion High athletes who will be competing Friday and Saturday in the state track and field meet in Wichita. Bad weather Friday in Russell hampered regional meet organizers who had to reschedule field events to Monday.
Espinoza qualifies for four events
Centre sophomore Xavier Espinoza qualified for this week’s state track meet by placing third in three events — 100 meter, 400 meter, and long jump — and being a member of a 4x100-meter relay team that placed fourth at last week’s regional meet in Burlington. “Xavier becomes the first Centre athlete to qualify in four events in a number of years,” coach Alan Stahlecker said. “I don’t recall it happening in my 16 seasons.”
Bina heads to softball world series
Hillsboro High School graduate Danae Bina of Marion, who won all-conference honors in the Lone Star Conference this season, will be playing later this week with top-rated Angelo State in the NCAA Division II college world series for softball. A gold-glove shortstop in her first season with Angelo State, Bina batted .318 this year with 47 hits, including nine doubles and a homer. She also drew 21 walks and stole a team-high 31 bases.
Memorial Day services
There will be no shortage of remembrance services honoring county veterans Monday, as multiple groups have planned Memorial Day services. Peabody
Food available in park tonight
Hot dogs, chips, and cookies from CB Bakery will kick off Marion’s Farm and Art Market from 5 to 7 tonight in Central Park. Donations will be accepted. Home-grown tomatoes, greens, and radishes along with fresh-cut flowers and bedding plants are expected to be available. A flea market also is planned.
Guidebook author to speak
Author Marci Penner, who with her writing partner spent four years visiting all 626 incorporated cities and dozens of unincorporated spots in Kansas, will speak about her new book, “Kansas Guidebook 2,” at 7 p.m. June 6 at Marion City Library. A project of Kansas Sampler Foundation, the book reads like a tourism guide but is designed to help preserve and sustain rural culture.
Rodeo coming to Strong City
The state’s oldest continuous annual rodeo will kick off its 80th edition June 1 through 3 in Strong City.
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