Marion County RECORD
Vol. 149 , No. 7
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Marion, KS 66861
UPDATED AFTER PRINT DEADLINE
Power outage moved to Tuesday
A delay in equipment delivery has forced a planned Monday power outage for the city of Marion to be shifted to Tuesday. Electricity will be shut off citywide beginning at 11 p.m. Tuesday and should be restored three hours later at 2 a.m. Wednesday.
Attorney will decide officer's fate
With a state investigation complete, it will now be up to County Attorney Courtney Boehm to decide if an officer-involved shooting in Lehigh nearly five months ago was justified or if charges should be filed. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has completed its investigation into a June 20 officer-involved shooting in which Robb Stewart of Lehigh was killed.
Despite city lobby, ballot question fails
Voters gave a thumbs-down to hiring a county administrator Tuesday, with 1,192 voting no and 962 voting yes, despite Marion city council throwing support to hiring a county administrator. City council members approved a resolution supporting creation of a county administrator position in April. In October, a city newsletter encouraged Marion residents to vote in support of creating a county administrator position.
Athlete suspected of robbery, battery
A redshirt freshman football player on Tabor College’s fall roster was arrested by Hillsboro police Saturday on suspicion of robbery and battery related to an altercation that took place in an alley near Hillsboro High School. Antonio E. Mitchell of Murrieta, California, was taken into custody after police investigated a report of an alleged confrontation that happened at 10:45 p.m. Saturday in an alley in the 100 block of S. Adams St.
City adds terrorism insurance coverage
If a terrorist were to use Marion’s airport to fly an airplane into the county courthouse, the city would now be covered by its liability insurance. For $124 more a year, the city doubled its airport liability insurance coverage and added terrorism coverage Monday.
Humanity in the midst of chaos
Doug Young wasn’t directly involved in a firefight during the Vietnam war, but his memory of a tribal girl who lived in a village nearby the brutality of an infamous North Vietnam campaign has left him with lingering questions. Young was drafted into the Army in 1968 at age 23. He spent his first six months in Vietnam at Ankha, then was sent to Pleiku for another six months.
Clamping down on comments?
Citizens wanting to take up an issue with Marion city council may find getting a chance to speak will take more work if proposed changes are adopted. An individual who wanted to speak on a general topic at a meeting would need to sign up in advance or receive sponsorship from an elected official to get on the agenda.
Powers reappointed chief judge for district
District Judge Michael Powers will serve another two years as chief judge of the 8th Judicial District. A judge in the district since 1991 and chief judge since 1994, Powers presides over cases in Marion, Geary, Dickinson, and Morris counties.
Schwartz found fulfillment in Marines
A 30-year Marine Corps career might not have happened at all if Dick Schwartz of Marion wasn’t looking for a challenge. At 22, an odd set of circumstances had Schwartz in the Coast Guard, Army, and Marine Corps simultaneously.
US-56/77 roadway in need of replacement
After US-56/77 from Herington to the Marion County line was recently resurfaced, travelers are wondering when the roadway will be fixed from there to Lincolnville. The concrete roadway is heavily travelled and is full of patched cracks and holes, making for a rough ride.
Don't blow leaves into streets
If you plan to mow leaves in your lawn, be careful not to blow them into streets. Marion city littering code prohibits depositing grass clippings and leaves in streets and gutters, and requires removal of yard maintenance waste that accumulates on public property.
Transportation department announces highway project
Kansas Department of Transportation has approved a bid that includes sealing K-15 highway from the US-56/K-15 junction north to the Marion/Dickinson county line. Vance Brothers Inc. of Kansas City will do the work. No timeline was given.
Citizenship in Action seeks youth participants
Youth, 13 to 18 years old prior to Jan. 1, are invited to register for Citizens in Action, a two-day event to be held at the Kansas Capitol on Feb. 18-19. Participants will have an opportunity to meet their state legislators and learn about how to be involved in legislative decisions that affect their communities. They will tour the capital building and can schedule meetings with their local legislators.
New club pushing for disc golf tourney at lake
A new disc golf club has goals for the county: a tournament at the lake and disc golf baskets around Marion. But first, Ruptured Disc Golf will start smaller with a meet and greet next week.
Sunflowers and cover crops serve dual purpose
Svitak Hay Farms of Lincolnville tried something new this year. They planted sunflowers into a cover crop of turnips and several other plants. The sunflowers were harvested this past week using special pans bolted onto the front of the combine to catch the stalks and feed them into the machine.
Text-to-911 coming soon
County residents will soon be able to send texts to 911 in emergencies. Most of the state already has the service after it launched Nov. 2 in more than 70 Kansas counties Marion County is on a “coming soon” list. “They will be installed sometime after the first of the year,” said Lori Alexander, 911 liaison for the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council. “We are still working on the schedule and do not have an exact date for their 911 center at this time. We have several other installs ahead of them.”
Hereford breed is alive and well
Turn on any western movie from the early 1900s, and if cattle are involved, they generally are red whitefaces, commonly known as Herefords. And they have horns. Herefords got their name from their place of origin, Herefordshire, England.
Roger Holter, Marion city administrator, told Marion Kiwanis Tuesday how the Marion Land Bank can improve housing and business opportunities. Kiwanis met at noon at Cazadores.
County fair organizers need theme thoughts
Marion County Fair organizers are turning to the public for help in choosing a theme for next year’s festivities. There are no set guidelines, other than avoiding repeating previous themes. This year’s theme was “Country Pride, County Wide.”
Bonnie W. Sill
Services for Bonnie W. Sill, 91, of Herington, will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Burdick United Methodist Church. She died Monday, Nov. 6, at Legacy of Herington. Born Nov. 11, 1925, at Dunlap, she was the daughter of Charlie F. and Mary (Vickers) Combs.
DeAnna Lee Ramsey-Bryant
Criminal division cases
County jail bookings
Marriage licenses granted
Police incident reports
Traffic division cases
Herefords still a breed of choice
When Stuart and Lea Isaac of Hillsboro took over the family farm after the death of his father, Irwin, four years ago, they decided to start a cowherd. “If we are going to have cows, I want them to be Herefords,” Lea told Stuart.
Kansas Rural Center to offer a farm, food conference
A farm and food conference sponsored by Kansas Rural Center will be Nov. 17-18 at Four Points Sheraton, 530 Richards Drive, Manhattan. The conference theme is “Driving the change that matters: practical and political solutions for our farm and food future.”
Remember and honor
Time had not robbed everything from 87-year-old Wellington Goddin as he flew through Texas skies six years ago in an old C-47 military transport plane. More than 60 years after he piloted C-47s in the South Pacific during World War II, some memories of those days were vague, others gone altogether. He wasn’t at all the same physically as the strong, healthy young man who answered the call to serve.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
The Walking Sticks
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
God's gender plan
What is tolerance?
Sodom's sin was not inhospitality
Health fair attracts people for education and services
Emily, Hailey, and Chloe Gilkey got their chance to play doctor at Saturday’s Marion County Health Fair. The girls each gave physicals to teddy bears at Hillsboro Community Hospital’s booth. They listened to the bears’ heartbeats, checked their eyes, mouths, and ears, and gave them flu shots.
Church women welcome strangers at event
The meeting of women from Marion and Florence churches on World Community Day, Nov. 3, at Eastmoor United Methodist Church turned into an opportunity to show hospitality. As the women were sharing thoughts about local community endeavors and other opportunites, two strangers walked in looking for the soup luncheon. They were welcomed, given food, stayed a while, and then left.
Open house will honor Kyle's 90th birthday
Longtime Milton and Burns community news correspondent Joyce Kyle of Burns will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 18 at Burns Community Center. Wayne and Deby Kyle of Hamilton, Texas, will serve as hosts.
Cards requested for Wilson's 80th birthday
The family of retired Marion High School math teacher and track coach Rex Wilson requests a card shower in honor of his 80th birthday. Wilson was born Nov. 14, 1937, in Gove County. He married Margaret Macy in 1960 in Hays, and the couple moved to Marion in 1964.
Center celebrates special days
125 years ago
SCHOOLS AND SPORTS
Successful season ends for Warrior football
For the last 15 years, no other Class 3A football conference has been more fatal to Marion County 11-man teams than the Central Plains League. With a good many of the competing schools near Wichita, CPL teams have a tendency to field more players than the smaller schools like Marion and Hillsboro.
Meyer receives American FFA Degree
Elizabeth Meyer of the Marion/Florence FFA Chapter received an American FFA Degree at the 90th National FFA Convention Oct. 28 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The American FFA degree is awarded to members who have achieved a high level of success in their supervised agricultural experience and exemplify a high-commitment level to FFA. It is the highest degree an FFA member can earn, one that less than one-half of one percent of FFA members achieve. Only seven members of the Marion/Florence FFA Chapter have ever received it.
Music students named to ensembles
Students from four county schools will perform with regional Kansas Music Educators Association ensembles. Five instrumental and 11 vocal musicians will perform Dec. 2 at Wichita East High School with KMEA South Central District bands and choirs.
Marion FFA attends leadership conference
Marion/Florence FFA officers placed third overall at the South Central District FFA Leadership Conference held Monday at Arkansas City High School. The conference consisted of three competitions, parliamentary procedure, leadership information, and ritual. Marion placed second in parliamentary procedure, fourth in the FFA information contest, and 6th in the ritual contest. These rankings combined to give the chapter third place out of 38 teams.
Tabor College to present free concerts
Tabor College Symphonic Band will present “Prairie Dances,” a musical depiction of early life on the prairie, at 4 p.m. Sunday at Hillsboro M.B. Church. The ensemble is directed by Shawn Knopp.
CHS 9-weeks honor roll reported
Centre High School students, listed on the honor roll for the first nine weeks of the school year, are listed as follows: 4.0 grade-point average: Emil Godinez Vinduska, Tyler Nickel, Ashden Alcorn, Ryan August, and Max Svoboda.
Two blood drives upcoming
American Red Cross will hold two blood drives in the county in coming weeks. The first will be 1:15-6:15 p.m. Monday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 415 N. Cedar St., Marion. The second will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 21 at Centre High School, 2374 310th St., Lost Springs.
Chat and Dine to close out year with soup supper
Marion County Lake Chat and Dine Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the south end of the lake hall. Members will be electing 2018 officers. The present officers will be hosts and hostesses.
County Democrats to meet
Marion County Democrats will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Santa Fe Room at Marion City Library. Attendees are asked to bring items for Marion County Food Bank. All precinct people and county Democrats are urged to attend.
Seniors to meet in Peabody
Senior Citizens of Marion County board members will meet at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 17 at Peabody Senior Center. Peabody seniors will be serving lunch. Reservations are due by Nov. 15 and may be made by calling (620) 983-2226 or (620) 382-3580. Transportation requests are due Nov. 16.
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