Marion County RECORD
Vol. 154 , No. 18
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023
Marion, KS 66861
Cops who quit city posts end up with county
Two veteran police officers who resigned municipal positions amid political turmoil will be back as officers — this time, for the county. Longtime Peabody chief Bruce Burke, who retired in September, will start road duty duties Feb. 8 at the sheriff’s office.
Drug busts net 4
Four people were arrested by sheriff’s deputies over the weekend and jailed on drug charges. Wade A. Wendt, 30, Burdick, was arrested at 2:04 a.m. Monday after he was pulled over by deputy Josh Meliza at US-50 and Remington Rd.
What's in store for the county? New businesses;Mother makes room for daughter's business
Being the daughter of business people Troy and Sara Dawson, Grace Dawson Unruh naturally took an interest in starting her own business. Now, she and her mother operate businesses together in downtown Florence.
Craft, antique store moving to Peabody
A Mullinsville craft and antique store is moving to Peabody this year. CK Vintage co-owners Christopher King and Jonathan Clayton announced their intention to move last week.
Bigger electric bills coming in Hillsboro
Hillsboro residents will see a 1 cent per kilowatt-hour rate increase on their March electric bills after city council members voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an ordinance putting the rate into effect. Base rates also will increase. The increases are designed to replenish the city’s utility fund, which had fallen to having only 28 days of cash on hand.
Who represents whom? Fire district election questioned
The board of Fire District No. 4, based in Peabody, includes people not authorized in bylaws, and firefighters and members of the public are not happy about it. Election of four new board members was Jan. 11.
Peabody library featured in podcast
Peabody Township Library is featured in the first Sunflower State Small Libraries podcast of 2023. In a 32-minute program, Rodger Charles, librarian since 2011, talks about the library and the difference it makes in the community.
Spa day planned at Peabody
Peabody American Legion will sponsor a public spa day for women from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Legion post, 108 N. Walnut St., Peabody. The catered event will include cocktails, massage, nail care, hair stylists, and other spa services. Proceeds will benefit the Legion.
Library offers reading bingo
Completing a row of reading assignments on a “reading bingo” card between now and Feb. 28 will make Marion City Library patrons eligible for a drawing for gift cards worth $25 for adults and children.
Tax help available
Senior citizens with incomes of less than $60,000 may receive help Feb. 6 through April 18 with filing income tax returns and paperwork for homestead and energy assistance refunds. More information is available from the county Department on Aging at (620) 382-3580.
Cemetery board to meet
The public is being invited to bring any cemetery-related problems, suggestions, or concerns to Prairie Lawn Cemetery Board’s annual meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Peabody City Building council room.
Private services are planned for Gary Gene “Obie” Davis, 44, rural Marion, who died Saturday. Born Oct. 12, 1978, in Wichita to Ronald and Cynthia (Hunt) Davis, he is survived by wife Janice Davis of rural Marion, son, Allen Stapleford of rural Marion, parents Ron and Cindy Davis of Marion, and four grandchildren.
Services for Noah Dale Jantz, 73, who died Jan. 9 in Hillsboro, were Sunday. Born May 13, 1949 in Turlock, California, to Noah and Bertha (Koehn) Jantz, he married Kathleen Toews on Oct. 4, 1970 in Winton, California.
Services for Shirley Ann Kasper, 88, who died Saturday at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro, will be scheduled later. Born Oct. 22, 1934, in Industry, Kansas, to Charles and Lillie (Spilker) Bass, she married Harold Kasper on May 20, 1972, in Abilene.
Services soon will be announced for Jimmy Rudolph, 83, who died Monday at Salem Home in Hillsboro. Born Sept. 28, 1939, in Marion to Joseph and Anna (Holub) Rudolph, he married Rosalie Stika on June 6, 1964, in Pilsen.
Civil division cases
County jail arrests and bookings
Criminal division cases
Police activity reports
TOPS club crowns a queen
Kay Tajchman of Marion, one of two members who reached weight-loss goals in 2022, was crowned 2022 queen of the Marion Take Off Pounds Sensibly chapter Thursday meeting. “I knew I needed to lose some weight,” she said. “Some of my pool friends had joined TOPS, and I thought it could be fun.”
Clinics help teach medical students
Both St. Luke and Hillsboro Community Hospital clinics have medical students who rotate through their medical clinics as part of their training. Physician Casey McNeil has a University of Kansas student, Robert Boyle, following him on rounds.
When truth be told . . .
Sixty-odd years ago, when five newspapers competed in Marion County, the Record got a call from the mayor of a small town just down the road from one of our competitors. Would we mind, the mayor asked, if his town declared the Record its official newspaper?
Driving up the cost of government
It’s nowhere near April 15, but the IRS already is sticking it to us on taxes — not income taxes, but property taxes, encouraging local governments to spend way too much reimbursing employees for miles they drive for work in vehicles they own. For years, everyone from economists to AAA has criticized the reimbursement formula, noting that it is heavily influenced by initial depreciation of newly purchased cars — something that really doesn’t apply when reimbursing government workers for miles they drive in cars they normally would use for other purposes. Most of the depreciation would happen regardless of whether they drove their cars for work.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
Giving keeps on giving
Happy Hustlers 4-H Club celebrated its 80th anniversary Jan. 2 by singing “Happy Birthday,” taking a club photo with its 1942 charter, and having cupcakes and non-carbonated soft drinks. Roll call was answered by 17 members, five leaders, and five parents naming their favorite movies or TV shows.
Presentation to focus on artisan cheese operation
Jason Schmidt and Miriam Goertzen-Regier of Grazing Plains Farm will discuss their dairy farm and artisancheese operation when Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum has its annual meeting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Goessel Church, 109 S. Church St., Goessel. A short businessmeeting will precede the presentation. Faspa (a light lunch) including cheese samples from the farm will follow it.
Couple plans October wedding
The engagement of Jayden Mai Spencer and Alex Michael Dalke is being announced by their parents, Darrell and Delores Spencer and Darrell and Joy Dalke. The couple plan to be married Oct. 7 at their future home, 1441 Pawnee Rd.
Senior center menus
145 years ago
Student entrepreneurs taking care of business
Four Tabor students who learned about entrepreneurship displayed their fledgling business enterprises Friday during an entrepreneurship fair in the Shari Fleming Center for the Arts. Dillon Calloway talked to visitors about his start-up DCal Productions.
Hillsboro accept bids for school projects
Three projects are expected to begin this summer at Hillsboro Schools. School board members approved bids Monday for replacement of windows in the 1938 high school building, repair of ceilings and walls as part of the window work, replacement of runways for events at Joel Wiens Stadium, and the hiring of a construction manager for the window work.
Centre school board re-elects officers
Centre’s school board voted Jan. 9 to re-elect Terry Deines as president and Steve Jirak as vice president. Eric Carlson was appointed to serve as TEEN representative and Thieen Antoszyk as governmental relations representative.
Group to meet
Directors of Harvey-Marion County Developmental Disability Organization will meet at 4 p.m. Monday in Suite 204 at 500 N. Main St., Newton. Video conferencing will be available via instructions at https://harveymarioncddo.com/meetings.
College degrees and honors
Peabody lone survivor of unlucky Friday
Peabody-Burns was the only boys teams to overcome Friday the 13th vibes in Friday’s county basketball games. The Warriors won their home conference game against Wakefield, 36-20.
Wrestlers challenged at Halstead
The Halstead Invitational is usually one of the tougher weekend draws that local wrestling teams deal with during their grueling seasons. The two-day event features a deep, formidable field at every weight class.
4th-ranked Hillsboro defies Friday the 13th jinx
Friday the 13th proved unlucky for county girls teams except for Hillsboro, which on Tuesday was ranked by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association as the No. 4 team in Class 2A. The Trojans completed a perfect week with hard fought victories Tuesday over Smoky Valley Tuesday and in double-overtime Friday at Pratt, winning 48-47.
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