Marion County RECORD
Vol. 147 , No. 43
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Marion, KS 66861
UPDATED AFTER PRINT DEADLINE
All clear for both lakes
No news is good news. Both Marion Reservoir and Marion County Park and Lake received official all-clears Thursday — no watches, no warnings — regarding toxic blue-green algae.
Implement dealer to close; poor sales cited
Great Bend-based Straub International announced Tuesday that it will close its Marion location by the end of the month. “The local agricultural economy continues to be weak, and we’re just not getting the revenue generation in that location to be able to sustain its operation,” CEO Ron Straub said.
Former owner 'devastated' by Straub's closure
Former owner of Lynn’s Farm Equipment Jim Christensen was blindsided and dismayed when he heard Straub International in Marion was closing. Straub purchased the dealership from Christensen in 1995.
Half of Marion ambulance calls answered by other ambulances
Marion ambulances have answered less than half of all calls to Marion addresses since June 1, according to an analysis of recorded dispatches. Of 56 recorded calls to Marion addresses, Marion ambulances responded to just 27 while the county’s Hillsboro ambulance responded to 21, its Florence ambulance responded to 4, and its Peabody and Tampa ambulances responded to 2 each.
Parkour anyone? Teen gets acrobatic on townscape without a net
Florence teen Ezra Darnall may have what it takes to become a stuntman someday. At 17, Ezra can run several steps up a wall and dismount with a radical back flip.
Mason lays new foundation: Lodge to partner with PRIDE for projects
As he took a moment to scan the group of people who gathered for a Sunday picnic in Central Park, Rick LeShure’s face wore a subtle smile, reflecting a mix of satisfaction and gratitude. LeShure worked for the better part of two months planning the picnic, assisted by his “brothers” Bob Crawford and Jerry Kline of Centre Masonic Lodge No. 147 in Marion. There were things to celebrate, relationships to build, and he wanted to get it right.
1 in 8 houses 'need repairs'
One hundred houses in Marion failed to pass muster in a recent drive-by assessment of housing conditions, with 15 deemed beyond repair for reasonable cost. Considering 2010 Census data showed 846 occupied houses in Marion, that means about seven out of eight houses are in good shape.
Adventures in remodeling: Grandpa, grandsons begin resurrecting historic stone house
Marion residents Tobe Moore and his grandson, Corbin Wheeler recently plunged feet-first into the derelict paradise of a historic project, literally. “Corbin fell through the floor a couple times the other day when we were clearing it out,” Moore said. “I fell through once. It’s mostly rotten in some places, maybe a little dangerous, but there’s some wood we can salvage.”
Sandlot sets stage for sharks at lake movie night
About 100 people turned out Saturday for the first in a series of free outdoor movies at Marion County Park and Lake. Superintendent Steve Hudson said the crowd for “The Sandlot” was about evenly split between lake residents, Marion residents, and out-of-county viewers.
Drums to thunder like a heartbeat in Central Park
Anyone with a name and a heartbeat is welcome to join the joyous noise at a drum circle in Central Park today during Marion Farm and Art Market. The free “Drums in Central Park” event starts at 5:15 p.m. with a closed circle for fourth to sixth grade children, followed by an open circle for anyone at 6:15 p.m.
Brick sale to benefit playground
Commemorative bricks engraved with donors’ names will be sold to help raise $80,000 for new playground equipment at Marion Elementary School. “We’re trying to get this kicked off before school starts,” Principal Justin Wasmuth said. “We’re looking to get the whole community involved.”
More charges pending against drug, aggravated assault suspect
More charges are pending against a Hillsboro teen who was arrested on aggravated assault and multiple drug charges about a month ago. Clayton Tate Lingenfelter, 18, Hillsboro, is a suspect in an investigation involving criminal damage of a street sign at 1st and Main Sts in Hillsboro.
Cupcakes for cops a sweet thank you
Eroding road bed could be costly
A portion of 190th Rd. next to a bend in the South Cottonwood River has eroded so much from floods the guardrail is falling and the county must now decide what to do about it. County commissioners, road and bridge superintendent Jesse Hamm, and Larry Cushinberry took a Monday morning tour of the portion of road to check out its condition.
Commissioners sell tax-foreclosed properties
The county sold five tax-foreclosed lots and one house to highest bidders Monday. Two lots in Florence were sold to Ronald Shipman for $125 each.
Rental inspection program considered
City commissioners want to set up a rental house inspection program after a recent assessment found nearly one in eight Marion homes are deteriorated or dilapidated. A rental inspection program is one of the recommendations of the Housing Assessment Team. They, under the guidance of economic development director Randy Collett, met six times and made streetside evaluations of all 846 occupied houses, concluding 85 are deteriorated but could be repaired for reasonable cost, and 15 are dilapidated and could not be repaired for reasonable cost.
Acupuncture-like technique eases tense muscles
Physical therapist Matt Vermillion at St. Luke Hospital has a new weapon in his aches-and-pains war box. Vermillion is now certified in dry-needle therapy.
Summer fun can turn painful
Fishing, camping, hiking and an assortment of other outdoor activities promise summer fun, but also carry risks. Russell Groves of Hillsboro, a preparedness enthusiast, recommends several precautions before venturing out for a camping trip, hiking day, or the like.
Keep safe when working in hot weather
Of alligators and swamps: Dealing with ambulances, roads, and economic development
The lamented Ol’ Editor of this paper had a favorite saying: It’s hard to concentrate on draining the swamp when you’re up to your eyeballs in alligators. That’s pretty much the situation Marion County finds itself in with three of its most enduring issues: ambulances, roads, and economic development.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
Early news flash
Lutheran vicar becomes pastor
Lutheran churches in Marion and Hillsboro have a full-time pastor after vicar John Werner was recently ordained at ceremony June 10 at Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro. “It was physically, mentally, and spiritually overwhelming,” Werner said. “It feels slightly surreal but I was very thankful to have all my family and so many church members around me.”
Cards to mark Warneke's 90th birthday
The family of Edith Warneke, of Marion, requests a card shower for her 90th birthday Aug. 1. She was born Aug. 1, 1926, to Henry and Pauline (Deines) Albright in Lost Springs. Husband Harlow and daughters Connie, Pat, and Gerry request cards be sent to 701 S. Coble St., Marion KS 66861.
25 attend Summervill reunion
Twenty-five people attended the 54th annual Summervill family reunion July 10 at Hillsboro Memorial Park Scout House. Among those attending from Kansas were Diana Jost, Burdick; Cleo Summervill and Evalyn Jones, Chanute; John Summervill, Hutchinson; Mike and Lori Davis, Derby; Jennifer, Madeline, and Sophia Duncan, Newton; Dean and Marilyn Schroer and Rita Linnen, Wichita; Dawna Denney, Madison; Scott Denney, Emporia; John, Collin, Anna, and Ethan Jost, Seneca; and Nick, Beth, Kaylee, and Kaxton Weibert, Abilene.
125 years ago
Site managers meet
Athlete named to academic team
Freshman Seth Snelling from Marion was named a track and field academic all-American this week at Hutchinson Community College. Snelling’s 3.79 grade-point average qualified him for inclusion on the list from the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Baldwin receives $500 scholarship
Recent Marion High School graduate Sydnee Baldwin was awarded a $500 scholarship from Alpha Omega chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma for the upcoming school year. The scholarship is presented to a female high school senior or college student attending a college in Kansas who is pursuing a major in education.
Girls Stater briefs auxiliary
Marion High School senior Kaitlyn Goebel spoke to her American Legion Auxiliary sponsors last week about her experiences at Girls State on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence. Campaigning with a slogan of “Kaitlyn for the Kids,” she was elected president of the Girls State state board of education, passed a bar exam, campaigned for others, learned cheers and chants, and enjoyed her roommates.
Tampa Triple T's
Calendar of events
Hoy family to share stories
Eight members of the Hoy family, which has been ranching in the Flint Hills since the 1870s, will share stories of cowboys, cattle, folklore, and education in a community dialogue at 2 p.m. Saturday in a century-old barn at Pioneer Bluffs, located 14 miles south of Cottonwood Falls. There will be no charge, but donations are suggested.
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