Marion County RECORD
Vol. 149 , No. 45
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Marion, KS 66861
Unusual quakes jolt Marion
What police initially thought were two explosions Monday night turned out to a pair of mild earthquakes, unusual in that they were close enough to the surface to be heard as well as felt. The larger of the two measured 2.4 on the Richter scale and was centered three miles beneath the surface, east of US-77 between 170th and 180th Rds. on Victory Rd.
City raises a stink over silage on edge of town
A mountain of silage delivered to property owned by a county commission candidate resulted in a letter from the city of Marion telling him remove the pile or file a written request for a hearing within 10 days. Marion police delivered the notice July 24, the same day silage began arriving on Mike Beneke’s Marion property at 601 W. Main St., the former Straub’s International location.
County spending to take big jump
Although total spending could increase as much as 48 percent, county commissioners voted Tuesday to keep the tax rate almost the same. Their proposed budget, approved despite chairman Dianne Novak’s objections, would include a $1.4 million new transfer station and a $5 million increase in capital improvements, accounting for more than half the nearly $9 million budget increase.
Nighthawk Rd. in need of facelift
County roads are a revolving door of improvements and repairs, but Nighthawk Road has rapidly become the most in need of attention. In April, road and bridge supervisor Jesse Hamm received approval to have external tests performed on the 13-mile road, as well as two miles of 60th Road between Nighthawk and Limestone Roads. These tests were executed by engineers and examined the urgency and cost of prospective upgrades.
Fickle winds blow on wind farm project
The Diamond Vista Wind Farm, stretching from Roxbury to Dickinson County, received heavy approval in November, but the opinion of some has soured since then. Diamond Vista was originally financed by Tradewind Energy, LLC, but was acquired by Enel Green Power in early 2018.
Scientists think drought helped control algae
Scientists who expressed puzzlement at the sudden lack of blue-green algae warnings for Marion County still aren’t certain of the cause, but it appears to them that what’s hurting farmers is helping lakes. Even as new algae warnings and watches for 17 other lakes in Kansas were going out last week, experts from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment seemed to conclude that Marion County lakes have been spared because of a lack of runoff from farm fields.
Corn strips await yield appraisal
Because of drought conditions, many corn fields have been chopped for silage. But in many places, strips of uncut stalks are a common sight this summer. “Farmers are trying to get some value out of a crop that has been hurt by lack of rainfall,” insurance agent Jeff Cady said. “The lack of rain really hurt it, but the demand for feed is allowing them to get some value out of it.”
Zoning board considers new towers for windfarm
The county zoning board is pursuing a plan for two new meteorological towers, which could lead to new wind turbines. The proposed sites lie midway between Marion and Peabody, with one between 140th Rd. and Old Mill Rd., and the other between 100th and Mustang.
Marion house receiving the Dorothy treatment
Plans are underway to turn the original J.W. Moore house across the street from the Historic Elgin Hotel into a tea and coffee shop and a counseling center for troubled minds. Duke and Glenda McCord of Gainesville, Texas, purchased the 1887 house last year and hired an outside contractor to renovate it. The work stopped in November, and Dusty Hett and his crew were hired to complete the project.
Streambank stabilization money available
The USDA and Natural Resource Conservation Service are teaming with Kansas Forest Service on a streambank stabilization project in Marion, McPherson and Rice counties. If a producer’s land has a creek or stream, he may be eligible for up to 90 percent cost share to restore and protect the riparian area, said Matt Meyerhoff, supervisory district conservationist for NRCS in Marion.
Overlook gets new signs
A scenic overlook south of Cottonwood Falls on Flint Hills National Scenic Byway now has interpretive wildflower identification markers to help visitors identify the many wildflower species and grasses in the area. “Currently there are 16 species identified, but this number will change as new flowers bloom and others fade,” said Heather Brown, chief of interpretation for Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. “Over the winter months, the signs will be removed and replaced once the spring flowers begin to bloom.”
Marion cuts spending, keeps tax rate same
Hearing no comments on the proposed 2019 budget at Monday’s public hearing, Marion city council members approved the $10,374,150 proposed budget. The budget is $4,029,174 less than the estimated 2018 budget, yet keeps the estimated tax rate at 71.079 mills. For each $1,000 in fair market value, one mill adds 30 cents to a tax bill for a vehicle, farm, or other small business and 11½ cents to the tax bill for a residence.
West Nile still a threat
Marion County has been identified as a high risk area for West Nile virus despite no current instances. Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a high-risk warning for north central, south central, and southwest Kansas. Other areas are at moderate risk for WNV infections.
Election offers choices
Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Tuesday’s primary elections. Democratic voters can choose from Laura Kelly and Lynn Rogers, Joshua Svaty and Katrina Gier Lewison, Arden Anderson and Dale Cowsert, Jack Bergeson and Alexander Cline, and Carl Brewer and Chris Morrow for governor and lieutenant governor.
Governor to visit Marion County
Governor Jeff Colyer and Lt. Governor Tracey Mann will be in Marion County Thursday as part of their 105 County Get Out the Vote tour. They will be hosting at Hillsboro Industries, 220 Industrial Rd., from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m.
Wind farm agrees to pay
A payment in lieu of taxes agreement signed Tuesday by county commissioners and Diamond Vista wind farm will yield an annual donation of $900 per megawatt to the county. Pat Hughes, attorney for the county in contracts with the wind farm, told commissioners the estimated donation, considering an anticipated 300-megawatt output, is $270,000. That amount will be adjusted for money the wind farm pays in expenses.
GOESSEL GOAL GETTERS:
Goessel Goal Getters
TAMPA TRIPLE T'S:
Tampa Triple T's
Funeral services for Bob Lemon, Lehigh, who died July 24 at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, were Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro. Born Sept. 19, 1940, to George and Effie (Ransford) Lemon in Anthony, he worked as a welder.
Civil division cases
County jail arrests and bookings
Criminal division cases
Domestic division cases
Police incident reports
Traffic division cases
Don't let big money steal our state
The future of Kansas is being sold off, one 30-second commercial and one slick mass mailing at a time, to big-money interests with hidden agendas. As we approach Tuesday’s election, commercials and flyers are bombarding us every few minutes. Yet rarely do they talk about the actual serious issues the state faces.
County's choices are clear
Locally, the choices in Tuesday’s election are as clear are as they are statewide. For county commissioner in the western portion of the county, three candidates are running: — Gun shop owner Craig Dodd, who narrowly lost as an independent last time around because he couldn’t get on the ballot as a Republican.
A DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
Rocker has its own heritage
Corrections and Clarifications
Summvervills have reunion
Card shower requested
Olsen cousins gather for reunion at senior center
The Olsen cousin reunion was July 15 at Marion’s senior center with 40 members present. Marlin and Nancy Miller and Sara Lyon shared family ancestry and photos. Phyllis and Ted Ericson reported on DNA research information.
Brookens celebrates 40 years of practice
Two open houses last week, one in Hillsboro and one in Marion, celebrated attorney Bob Brookens’ 40 years of practicing law. “My first client was in June 27, 1978,” Brookens recalled. “I got a call from the woman who would ultimately become my secretary, and the client had let it become urgent, so the secretary called while I was moving in.”
Adobe house to show off renovations Aug. 14
Calendar of Events
4-H CLUB NOTES:
Treats, pain class offered
Marion Senior Center menu
140 years ago
MEMORIES IN FOCUS:
Bridge over troubled waters
College officials listen to community suggestions
Partnership between Marion schools and Butler Community College may bring a new program to the area. Eight community college representatives came to Marion last week for a listening tour.
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