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July 29, 2009

Champion showmen


Taylor Harms, a sophomore at Marion High School, was selected as champion senior beef showman and reserve grand champion beef showman July 11 at Tri-County Fair in Herington. Mark and Kim Harms are her parents.


Kyle Riffel’s breeding doe was selected as grand champion July 11at Tri-County Fair in Herington. From left, judge Sam Funk, Kyle, Jaycelyn Bartren, Tri-County 4-H Queen First Attendant, and Payton Harms. Kyle was selected as grand champion meat goat showman. Payton entered the reserve grand champion breeding doe and was selected as champion junior showman. Mark and Kim Harms of Marion are Kyle’s parents. James and Beth Riffel of Tampa are Payton’s parents.

Area students receive honors and degrees

Wichita State University has announced graduates and students named to the dean’s honor roll for the spring 2009 semester.

Area students earning degrees were:

Goessel – Ryan Dirks, Bachelor of Fine Arts; Landon Jordan, Master of Education; Vaughn Miller, Bachelor of Arts in education.

Hillsboro – Sri-Chol Brown, Bachelor of Arts, suma cum laude.

Marion – Kelly Becker, Master of Arts in Spanish; Ashlee Pickering, Master of Social Work; Dallas Wells, Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and Undergraduate Certificate in forensic criminology.

Peabody – Amanda Crabtree, Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and English language and literature, cum laude; Leila Garoutte, Bachelor of Arts in social work, suma cum laude; Tiana McGee, Bachelor of Science in nursing, magna cum laude.

Area students on the dean’s list were:

Goessel – Angela Duerksen and Vaughn Miller.

Hillsboro – Susanna Conrad, Peter Fast, Daniel Huxman, Meredith Kliewer, Amber Loewen, Hannah Marsh, and Jandi Nikkel.

Marion – Chelsea Arnhold, Bryce Nelson, and Dallas Wells.

Peabody – Kali Alstrom, Joseph Brunner, Leila Garoutte, Tarina Gfeller, and Rachel Womack.

MHS Singers to have retreat

Marion High School’s select vocal group, the Marion High School Singers, will have a retreat Aug. 14 and 15.

Students will meet at 5 p.m. Aug. 14 in the MHS music room, teacher Dave Clark said. A meeting for the singers’ parents will begin at 7 p.m. in the music room.

center: Group would pay to remodel, operate site

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cluding a food bar, be paid for by MYAC. Those costs are estimated at $10,000. The group also would pay operating expenses.

The city would have to pay for 2008 taxes of $1,219.

Laptop computers for planned study room could be purchased as part of an after-school program.

A lease would be drawn to spell out conditions of the deal, including what would happen to the building should a youth center not be supported.

An inspection would follow to make sure the building didn’t have any major faults.

Councilman Steven Smith said he supported the project but wanted to make sure the building was sound. He also asked whether there would be room for an office for Marion Chamber of Commerce, should planned renovation go forward. The chamber office is in the auditorium renovation area.

Kjellin responded there wasn’t enough room for an office.

The council will review a contract and lease at its next meeting, Aug. 10.



Red Hat Society celebrates July birthdays

Chinese found coin in time capsule

Marion County RECORD — Marion, Kansas

Contents of a time capsule buried under the Lost Spring Station monument in 1908 and unearthed July 3 have been inspected and identified. Only metal objects survived.

Perhaps the most unusual object was a Chinese coin with a square hole in the center. It was minted in honor of Yuan Shikai (1859-1916), a hero in the Chinese Boxer Rebellion and first president of the Republic of China.

Several silver coins were in the capsule. These included Seated Liberty coins, minted from 1836 to 1891 and Barber coins minted from 1892 to 1916.

Capsule contents were:

  • One oxen shoe in two halves, with nails still in it.
  • Two .54-caliber Union balls from the Civil War era. One had been fired and flattened.
  • Two Smith and Wesson .38-caliber shells, stamped U.S., possibly from the Army.
  • Two Indian arrowheads, one large, one small.
  • One Grand Army of the Republic lodge button for Civil War veterans.
  • One political pin with an unreadable inscription.
  • One cufflink with an 1861-1866 Great Seal of the Republic.
  • Two pins from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
  • One pin from Modern Woodmen of America.
  • One Rebekah pin, from the women’s affiliate of Odd Fellows.
  • One key ring.
  • One badly deteriorated pin.
  • 10 Indian Head pennies dated 1888 to 1905.
  • One Masonic penny with Kansas markings.
  • One Liberty quarter minted in Philadelphia in 1856.
  • One Barber quarter minted in Denver in 1906.
  • One 1896 Swedish coin.
  • One Liberty nickel.
  • One Barber dime minted in New Orleans.

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The Shady Ladies chapter of Red Hat Society dined out July 22 for Dee Duggan’s and Kris Srajer’s birthdays. Dessert afterward at Dee’s home was prepared and served by Deb Hall and Kaylee of Herington and Tom Duggan. Others present were Joyce Cox of Abilene; Anita Hummel, Betty Schlesener, and Ramona Goracke, all of Hope; Alice Bell, Barb Askew, Rhea Kolling, Karolyn Schlesener, Rose Mary Deines, and Helen Sorenson, all of Herington; Jane Vajnar, Lois Sklenar, Eleanor Herbel, Adeline Bernhardt, Leona Kleiber, and Ramona Beisel. Joyce Cox also celebrated a July birthday.

Cecilia Rziha of Wichita and Susie Rziha of Independence spent July 18 and 19 with their parents, Jerry and Jeanne Rziha.

Adeline Bernhardt and Leona Kleiber ate lunch July 21 in Salina.

James Weber was honored with a barbecue July 17 hosted by Ronnie and Lisa Hanschu and Anna to celebrate his birthday. Among the 40 plus guests were Frank and Anna Mae Stika, Lori Moldenhauer, and Paul and Edna Backhus. (James died in a car accident July 22.)

Greg Sklenar of Wichita was a guest July 18 and 19 of his mother, Lois Sklenar. Valerie Hampton of Hillsboro joined them July 18.

Jerry and Jeanne Rziha were overnight guests July 17 of Wayne and Shannon Rziha of Tulsa. Their grandchildren, Cecilia Marie, Anthony, and Daniel Rziha, had spent several weeks with them and were returning home.

Lynn and Peggy Kleiber and Nicholas of Salina visited Leona Kleiber on July 19. Nicholas also visited July 17.

Carl and Kathy Hubbard of Wellington were supper guests July 18 of her mother, Adeline Bernhardt. The Hubbards were on their way home from a week’s vacation in Colorado.

County unemployment
climbs to 5.8 percent

Marion County’s unemployment rate hit 5.8 percent in June, according to new figures from the Kansas Department of Labor.

Statewide, unemployment rose to 7 percent and is closing in on the national rate of 7.6 percent. Last year at this time, the state’s unemployment rate was 4.4 percent.

Among neighboring counties, McPherson County was at 5.2 percent and Harvey County was at 6.6 percent.

The highest rate was 10.9 percent in Montgomery County. The lowest was 3 percent in Gray County.

The construction industry reported gains of 2,400 jobs statewide during June. Losses were reported in manufacturing and professional and business services.

Special education to be discussed

Michael Webb of Families Together, Wichita, will give a presentation on special education, including individual educational plans, at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro.

The event, sponsored by the Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization, will be free and open to the public.

U.S. Grain Council tabs Vinduska

Terry Vinduska, Marion, recently was elected vice chairman of the U.S. Grains Council.

Vinduska served as treasurer during 2008-09. He has been on the board of directors for six years.

The council develops export markets for products like corn, grain sorghum, and barley.


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Threshing Days this weekend

Demonstrations and activities highlighting farm history will be offered at Threshing Days this weekend in Goessel.

The Wheat Heritage Engine and Threshing Company will have antiques tractors on display. There also will be a sawmill demonstration and an antique tractor pull, club president Wayne Kreutziger said.

The Threshing Days parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. Several activities will be offered for children, Marge Shoemaker of Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum said. Among them will be a pedal tractor pull Saturday afternoon. Crafts and games also will be available.

The engine club will serve meals for breakfast, lunch, and supper Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the wheat hall. Low German cuisine served by the museum will be available Saturday in Goessel Elementary School, Shoemaker said.


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