Marion County RECORD
Vol. 148 , No. 21
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Marion, KS 66861
UPDATED AFTER PRINT DEADLINE
Kent Becker selected to fill commission seat
Kent Becker of Durham is the choice of Republican electors in the county’s 1st District to fill the county commission position soon to be vacated by Lori Lalouette. Jared Jost and Craig Dodd, both of Hillsboro, also were nominated at Thursday’s district Republican meeting at the Scout House in Hillsboro. Becker won by garnering 9 out of a possible 17 votes. Jost received 5 votes, and Dodd, 3.
Christmas truck thief sacked after 5-hour standoff
A man who allegedly amassed a $94,000 tab in stolen and damaged property on Christmas Day at the home of county residents, Merle and Michelle Flaming, is in custody after a two-month multi-state crime spree that began in Missouri, screamed through Kansas, and climaxed in Arizona with a five-hour standoff. Merle Flaming was somewhat relieved to hear the news; nevertheless, the ordeal left him questioning societies’ moral fiber.
Adoptive grandparent accused of 12 sex crimes
A grandfather who adopted his three granddaughters after his daughter was murdered by her husband has been charged with a dozen allegations of indecent liberties with a child. Jerry Thouvenell, 56, Marion, was arrested Feb. 3 by Marion police on 12 counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child younger than 14.
Commission likes plan, balks at funding
Creating a countywide economic development corporation was the big idea to come out of eight months of research by the county’s economic development task force, and creating it will come with a big price tag — about $800,000 over five years from county coffers. Commissioners didn’t make a financial commitment to start the wheels turning Monday, but reacted positively to the concept.
Credits will offset water billing errors
Marion water customers will get relief from possible billing overcharges as a result of an inquiry by the Record reported in last week’s edition. Customers are supposed to receive 1,000 gallons in their monthly base charge, but missed reads in one or more months could cause customers to be billed $5.05 for those gallons when a manual read is done to catch up.
County denied quick zoning hearing
County officials will have to wait for final action on a rezoning application for its proposed use of the former Straubs location after Marion city council turned a deaf ear to their request for an expedited hearing. The council had been notified by email about the request, but when city administrator Roger Holter told them that Friday would be the earliest a special meeting could be scheduled, he was met with a moment of silence.
Odd duck is no chicken when it comes to love
True love and a soul mate may seem elusive to some, but the story of one odd duck and his righteous chick stand as a testament to the power and authenticity of love, even if it is a little strange sometimes. Enter Puddles.
Emergency responders talk radios
A new radio communication system for the county’s emergency departments was the topic of discussion at a Thursday evening meeting. About 50 city and county leaders, fire department and law enforcement representatives, and other emergency responders discussed a proposed upgrade of the county’s radio system.
Shifting winds spark grass fire
A quick response by a former Peabody firefighter helped to contain a grass fire Monday at 110th and Pawnee Rds. that ignited from a controlled burn. Property owner Amy Stutzman said a large pile of timber contained in a burn pit had been burning for about three or four hours without incident when she drove to Peabody for lunch, leaving behind contractors who were working on a house on the corner lot.
Daryl E Bartel, 64, died Saturday at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro, with interment preceding the service at 1 p.m. at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Jost Funeral Home.
A memorial service for Larry Bina will begin with a Rosary at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen. A memorial service and lunch will follow.
Kenneth L. “Ken” Throop, 80, died Feb. 7 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. Cremation has taken place. A private family service is being planned.
The scourge of crime
Facts are facts, and crimes are crimes, whether we report on them or not. And the fact is, we report them. We’re a newspaper, not a weekly shopper or a gossip sheet; news is what we do, and for better or worse, crime is news. You’re the ones who tell us it is by what you choose to read. It’s not uncommon to see someone buy our paper at the newsstand and immediately turn to the docket page to look to see who’s been arrested in the past week, who was caught speeding and how big their fines were, and what justice was meted out to criminals by the court. Our readership statistics consistently rank docket items among our highest-read.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
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B-I-N-G-O spells success for students who help "both young and young at heart"
Two Peabody-Burns High School freshmen have been spending time, one day a month, with people young and old. Adriana Newman and Lexi Schreiber have been playing BINGO once a month with residents at a local nursing home, where they offer prizes, such as puddings, gelatins, and fruit, as part of Peabody-Burn’s school’s Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club.
20th Century Club meets
20th Century Club met Feb. 3 at Cazadores Mexican Restaurant. Chiropractor Heather Fay gave a program on what causes stress and gave suggestions on how to relieve it.
Neo-Century Club hears about quilts
Roll call, showing a quilt and telling the history behind it, was answered by 13 members of Neo-Century Club at their meeting Feb. 6 at Hilltop Manor. Joyce Duke presented a program on quilts. Devotions were given by Edith Helmer.
Community gardening committee meets
Eight members of Marion Community Gardening Committee met Feb. 8 at the Homestead Senior Residence atrium to discuss this year’s community garden. Preparations are under to raise beds for potato planting in March.
125 years ago
Money counting contest at center
Marion-Florence FFA wins meat evaluation
Marion-Florence FFA Greenhand team placed first at the South Central District FFA Meat Evaluation Career Development event Feb. 8 in Kiowa. Peyton Ensey placed second individually in a Greenhand division. Cassie Meyer placed fourth and Shelby Cairns placed seventh.
Centre FFA places 7th in meats judging
Centre FFA members Cole Srajer, Greg Oborny, Austin Peterson, Payton Harms, and Davi Salgado participated Feb. 8 in a South Central District meats evaluation event at Kiowa. They identified various retail cuts of beef, pork, and lamb and judged animal carcasses for yield and quality.
Centre FBLA qualifies 6 for state
Four individual Centre business students placed in the top 10 in Future Business Leaders of America district competition Feb. 2 to qualify for state competition. Kate Basore finished second in public speaking, fifth in word processing, and seventh in organizational leadership.
Basore seeks state FBLA office
She wasn’t successful in her bid for state editor last year in Future Business Leaders of America, but that hasn’t stopped Centre junior Kate Basore from trying for office again. The school board approved on Monday a district contribution of $380 to help her campaign for public relations officer this year. The money will be used to purchase a banner, granola bars for 3,000 FBLA students, a teepee for a booth, and 500 business cards.
Flint Hills maps to be presented
Flint Hills maps, received earlier by Centre schools from the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, will be presented to community members Tuesday between the girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball games. Early school releases are planned for 1 p.m. Feb. 23 and May 22 for staff development and 3 p.m. Feb. 27 to prepare for a junior high scholars’ bowl meet at Centre.
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Rehabilitation program helps retrieve health
Marion resident Claude Landis appreciates being able to get his cardiac rehabilitation close to home instead of driving to Newton for it. Landis, 79, said he didn’t pass his stress test at his cardiologist’s office in Newton.
Hairstyles change...but hair stylist doesn't
Anita Weber has seen many hairstyles come and go in the 54 years she’s been serving customers at Anita’s Beauty Salon in Marion. “Now customers want different colors,” she said. “I won’t say it’s good or bad. It’s just an individual choice.”
Warriors make homecoming memorable
The Marion boys had lost their last two games by 42 points heading into Friday’s tilt against Hutchinson Trinity. Against recent common foe Sedgwick, Marion lost by 15 and Trinity won by 10. So when the Warriors found themselves staring at a 10-point hole less than 4 minutes into the game, few in the crowd could imagine that the game would come down to a last-second shot, with the Eagles escaping with a 60-56 win.
Wrestlers take 3rd at Chase County
Earning 97 team points and with four wrestlers placing in the top two of their brackets, the Warriors placed third Saturday at a 15-team Chase County tournament. Jarrett Johnson and Bryce Shults each won their brackets. Ethan Darnall and Tyler Palic placed second in their brackets.
Centre wins homecoming
A large homecoming crowd at Centre was delighted to witness double victories Friday as the boys’ basketball team defeated Wakefield, 45-40, and the girls won, 38-26. The boys trailed by 7 points at the end of the first quarter.
Calendar of events
Adult coloring offered at library
A “coloring, cookies, and conversation” event for adults will be at Marion City Library from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday. Coloring pages and pencils are provided.
Lifelong Learning to hear about service dogs
Janice Ronald, owner and founder of Family Dog Training and Behavioral Center in Valley Center, will talk Friday at Lifelong Learning about training service dogs, especially dogs trained to help people who suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome and traumatic brain injuries. The event begins at 9:45 a.m. in the Wohlgemuth building on Tabor campus. Attendees should park at one of the south Tabor parking lots. Golf cart shuttles will be available.
Irelanders to play McPherson
Young Irelanders, eight performers who will perform Irish traditional music, song, and dance, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at McPherson Opera House. Tickets are $10 for students and up to $35 for general public, and may be purchased at mcphersonoperahouse.org, (620) 241-9152, or at the opera house box office.
Kansans sought for poetry film
An international team of filmmakers are on the lookout for Kansans to participate in a statewide essay contest to describe the influence of poetry on their lives. Participants are invited to explain in 600 words why their favorite poem is important to them.
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