Vandalism on Christmas Eve resulted in thousands of dollars worth of damage in the city. First report indicated all planters between Duckwall’s and Jackson’s stores were tipped over. Some of the trees were broken. Glass in the Thompson-Harp Funeral Home sign near the post office was broken out. One of the large white globe lights on Luta Creek bridge was stolen. Tire tracks were cut in the sixth and eighth greens on the Marion Country Club golf course. Most expensive damage reported was that to three school buses.
For his essay on “What the First Amendment Means to Me,” Bruce Winkler, 17-year-old Marion High School junior, won second place in the Kansas Press Association-sponsored contest. Bruce is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Winkler, 560 South Freeborn.
Greg Bowers, agricultural loan officer at Farmers and Drovers National Bank in Marion, is the subject of this week’s Personality Profile.
Top hands on the hardwoods during the Marion Warriors’ pre-Christmas basketball schedule have been Kevin Jirak (leads in scoring, rebounds), Greg Boyle (leads in assists and steals), Brian Alexander (leads in free throws), Kevin McGahee and Aaron Hett.
To preserve history, J.J. Vinduska of Pilsen built a scale model of the wind turbine built by his father in 1874 and remaining in service until razed in 1961. The replica won first place for exhibits entered at the Marion County Fair in 1975.