Marion County RECORD
Vol. 148 , No. 40
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Marion, KS 66861
Snafus misdirect emergency crews
Anonymous but growing concerns among emergency responders weren’t calmed this past week by a series of mix-ups involving sheriff’s dispatchers. Back-to-back calls Friday would have sent crews more than 10 miles away from where they were needed had responders not quickly questioned dispatchers’ instructions.
Most Marion sirens fail during tornado warning
Some residents were concerned Monday that Marion’s storm sirens sounded needlessly for a report of a tornado in the northern part of the county. As it turns out, most of the sirens didn’t go off, and city workers were rushing Tuesday to fix a malfunction that left the city with only a few less powerful sirens instead of its normal compliment of six.
Shooting investigation to take weeks
No decision on charges until KBI inquiry ends It could be weeks if not months before a prosecutor decides whether to seek charges against a police officer, thought to be from Marion, who shot and killed a reportedly intoxicated and suicidal Lehigh man during an armed standoff last week.
Chasing a cloud of orange and black
As Rocky Hett’s gaze scanned a blue, quarried lake and surrounding meadows on a cool summer morning, his mind drifted back to a memory as clear as the skies overhead, one of color and motion; a memory of monarchs. “They were all down in the Clear Creek river bottom,” Hett said, gesturing north. “You could drive down there in the evening and honk the horn, and there would be just clouds of butterflies.”
Roads back to townships?
A Liberty Township trustee is recommending that a committee investigate how townships in other counties help maintain roads. “Let me be clear,” Linda Peters told commissioners Monday. “The purpose of this committee is not to find fault or place blame for things done in the past,” Peters said.
Hometown goes after commissioner
Peabody is poised to take action against the chairman of the county commission to make him remove posts he prematurely installed to support a porch he never built. The posts have been up for two years. Commission chairman Randy Dallke, who frequently complains when county property owners act before they ask permission, reportedly installed the posts before he approached the city planning and zoning department seeking a variance to put a porch at that location.
Clinic addition nearly ready; focus shifts to living center
If all goes according to plan, St. Luke Clinic’s new addition will be complete by the end of July, and Living Center updates could begin as early as late fall, according to hospital officials. The clinic’s 1,000-square-foot addition includes more treatment rooms and office space, marketing director Roger Schroeder said.
Reservoir under algae warning
Although still open, both Marion Reservoir and Marion County Lake will be under blue-green algae warnings through this weekend and the Fourth of July holiday. The reservoir has been under a warning for more than a month. The lake was under a less-serious watch last week but had been under a warning the week before.
Services for retired pastor Elton Berg, 87, who died Sunday at a Wichita hospice, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Interment will be at 10 a.m. in the church cemetery. The family will receive guests from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Jost Funeral Home.
Services for Marion resident David L. Kanive, 59, who died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, will be 2 p.m. today at Good News Christian Fellowship. Burial will be in Marion Cemetery. Born Oct. 30, 1957, in Topeka to Samuel and Mary (Thrower) Kanive, he served in the Army Reserve for nearly 20 years.
Services for retired Marion special education teacher Pamela Marie Meador, 52, who died June 19, were Juen 24 in Wichita. Survivors include parents Sheldon and Reba Sprecker; children Allison Nicole Meador, Emily Michelle Meador, and Josiah Warren Vancyoc Meador; sister Shari Kay Woodrum; brother Steven S. Sprecker; fiancé Paula Love Moore; and children’s father, Stuart Meador.
Services for longtime AGCO painter and classic car enthusiast Robb R. Stewart, 50, Lehigh, who died June 20 at his home, were Monday at Petersen Funeral Home, Newton. Burial was in Hesston Cemetery. Born Oct. 11, 1966, in Newton to Robert R. and Lois E. (Wedemeyer) Stewart, he married Julie R. Koehn on Oct. 9, 1987, in Newton. He worked for AGCO in Hesston for nearly 30 years and moved to Lehigh with his wife two years ago to have his own shop where he could work with his sons on classic cars.
Former Marion music teacher Kenneth Swanson, 89, died June 6 at an assisted living center in Springfield, Missouri. Born Feb. 23, 1928, in Michigan City, Indiana, to Charles and Loretta Swanson, he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wichita State University and played in a Marine Corps band before he and Loyette Hollar, also teaching music in Marion, were married May 24, 1953.
Marion, established 1350 C.E.
Meanwhile, hidden away at the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka and National Registry of Historical Places in Washington is a document the public likely will never see, one that describes a possible origin for the artifacts that predates the founding of Marion by 500 years. Marion Archeological District is an official National Registry site, but beyond its size being listed as 12,750 acres, there is scant information about it — not even its precise location.
Hidden cafe' provides unique dining experience
Blink and dare miss it but the 22-year-old mom-and-pop café is worth a road trip if the family wants to sample a menu inspired by Mennonite heritage. “Quite a bit of our recipes come from traditional family recipes,” owner Wendell Wedel said. “But I always adjust the recipes. I’m always on the lookout for new things and I keep my mind open to improvement.”
Parade to kick off at 5 p.m. Tuesday
The parade will travel west on 8th St. to Walnut St., turn south and travel down Walnut to 2nd St., and then turn west to the park, where the parade will disperse. Units will receive numbers for judging. Judges will be an out-of-town family or group in Peabody for the celebration.
'Dying art' of fireworks thrives in Peabody
Altogether, 4,000 aerial shells are used in the show. Eight volunteers are spending 20 hours each creating ground displays from grids, adding shells to the frames to create moving displays.
Sausages link stores to happy customers
Hillsboro, Durham, Goessel, and Marion might dispute that, however, as businesses in all four sell their own special varieties of sausage. Offering different kinds of sausage was a way Jai and her husband, Mike, could give customers more choices.
Ramona celebrates 4th redneck style
This will be the 11th year for a day when people celebrate the freedom to live as redneck as they choose, parading the street wearing redneck outfits, racing their lawnmowers through an obstacle course, eating pie, carving spam creations, dancing to music, and watching fireworks. Activities planned for the day include:
Anglers suffer no dearth of bait shops
Last Chance Bait Shop and RV Storage can take care of bait as well as wood cutting. Operated by Janice and Gary Davis at 2193 Pawnee Rd. since the first of April, the business has a portable sawmill.
Other events this summer
Hog roast An annual hog roast is planned for 6 p.m. July 15 with multiple family activities at Burns Community Center. More information is available at (620) 726-5819.
Goessel to show off historic implements
A lot of bounce
Rodeo, demolition derbys, inflatable houses to be at fair By OLIVER GOOD Staff writer Marion County Fair will feature more rodeos, several demolition derbies, and a variety of bouncy castles July 24 to 29 along with a compressed schedule of 4-H and agriculture events. “We’ve got a lot of the same stuff happening that we do every year, but at the request of 4-H it’s happening on a more compact schedule,” Myron Regier, county fair president, said. “We also have four nights of rodeo this year. The co-ed ranch rodeo seems to becoming more popular.”
Communities offer summer activities for kids
At Hillsboro, recreation commission participants from outlying communities are accepted when the participant’s own community does not conduct similar activities and programs. Hillsboro students can enroll in Camp for students entering 3rd through 6th grades. The camp, July 10 to 14 at City Hall, enhance children’s science, technology, engineering, and math skills. Students will use everyday materials to solve engineering challenges and puzzles. Activities could include such experiences as maze designing, protecting an egg from a drop, and building bridges. The camp will be open to 25 students. Deadline for enrollment is July 3, and cost is $35.
Two words ought to strike fear in the heart of every concerned citizen. No, they’re not “Donald Trump” nor even “Sam Brownback.” They’re “lease-purchase.” Lease-purchase is governmental shorthand for being able to go into debt without having to ask reluctant voters to approve.
The sad state of boys
Whether to spend $1.2 million to hire an economic developer is not so much a question for debate as it is a symptom of a larger problem. What Marion County lacks is not just economic development but the overall leadership necessary to ensure long-term vitality.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
Taking flight once again
Corrections and clarifications
Home is where the goods are
A neighborly gift of glory
Ryan Newell and fiancé Kari Cook and Kevin and Lori Fruechting are neighbors. They’re not close friends, but friendly neighbors, living next to each other on Tanglewood Ln. in Marion. They’re the kind of neighbors who greet each other with waves and smiles and occasionally do nice things for each other.
Marion grad leads pharmacists
Marion native Brad Tice didn’t spend much time dispensing pills after becoming a pharmacist in 1996. Instead, he embarked on a quest to transform the way pharmacists and patients work together.
Author recounts Burns family hiding its Indian roots
In her latest book, “The Turtle’s Beating Heart,” former Kansas poet laureate Denise Low traces her history back to Burns, where her great-great-grandparents, Jake and Mary Bruner, homesteaded in 1878. They farmed 10 miles south of Burns. Low first learned about her Indian ancestry 20 years ago. She was a teacher at Haskell Indian Nation University at Lawrence when the stories she heard from her students inspired her to research her own roots.
Memorial poker tourney to end
Scott Weber of Peabody won the 10th annual — and final — Bob Phillips Texas Hold’em poker tournament Saturday at Peabody American Legion Hall. A total of 24 friends and relatives, up from 17 last year, played in the tournament, which has raised money for scholarships given to Peabody-Burns High School students.
All's fair in love and court?
A Marion couple picked up a marriage license the same day disorderly conduct charges were filed against the groom for a May 10 dispute with the bride, who also has been charged with disorderly conduct. Justin L. Chrisjohn was charged June 7 and Melissa Renea Truitt was charged June 9.
125 years ago
College honor rolls and degrees
Marion, Hillsboro appear to be headed for 2-A
It’s still too early to tell, but it appears that a class realignment adopted last week by the state will put both Marion and Hillsboro securely in Class 2-A for all sports. For several years, both schools have been on the cusp between 3-A and 2-A, often being in one class for football and another for other sports.
Yoga classes planned
Hour-long stress-relieving intermediate yoga classes will be offered at 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, starting July 5, at Hillsboro City Hall. Cost will be $5 per session for adults, $3 for students. Participants are urged to bring their own mats. A limited supply is available to rent at $1 per class.
County historical society seeks to attract members
Marion County Historical Society, now officially registered as a non-profit corporation, will be seeking to attract residents and property owners as members. The group, which seeks to preserve and promote the county’s history, may eventually apply to be a federally certified charity.
Editor to discuss 1st Amendment
Former Wichita Eagle editor W. Davis “Buzz” Merritt Jr. will speak about the First Amendment at 2 p.m. Saturday at Marion City Library. Merritt, champion of movement known as public journalism, encouraging journalists to engage citizens in public discussion, is author of four books about journalism.
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