Vol. 147 , No. 29
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Peabody, KS 66866
Marion admits forgetting; county blames workload
The city of Marion has been remiss about notifying the county appraiser’s office of building permits issued. For that reason, three properties have been taxed less than they should be. City clerk Tiffany Jeffrey notified the appraiser’s office only Friday that a building permit was issued Nov. 28, 2017, to The Billings Group for an additional building constructed at The Building Center, 143 W. Main St.
Cop's lift to pharmacy leads to drug-linked fracas
A man dropped off at Lannings Pharmacy by sheriff’s deputies became so belligerent with staff they had to call them to remove him from a bench in front of the store. The scene happened as visitors to the pharmacy were having photos of their children taken with the Easter bunny.
Sow, sow, sow your crop . . .
Warm weather has meant an early start for corn planting this spring as area farmers have rushed to get their crop in the ground. “We were busy last week and so far this week we have been really busy,” Ag Services agent Shane Hennigh said.
County lake bait shop, store may reopen
A bait shop and store could be opened again at the county lake and park. County lake resident Byron Lange proposed a plan to county commissioners to reopen a bait shop at the lake, and commissioners liked the idea.
Firefighter wrecks car en route to false alarm
A volunteer firefighter who thought he was rushing to the scene of an accident ended up wrecking himself. Bryce Naerebout got the call about a possible head-on car-bus crash on US-56 and drove to the Hillsboro fire station this past Wednesday in fiance Chelsea R. Stika’s 2017 Dodge Journey.
Marion approves open-end surcharge for power pool
The city council unanimously passed Monday a fuel adjustment charge to include a surcharge that will pay off the city’s $396,000 debt to the Kansas Power Pool. The KPP assessed cities a penny per kilowatt hour surcharge to cover the costs of purchasing energy during February’s cold snap.
Hillsboro adds a penny, turns down Salem
Hillsboro city council voted unanimously Tuesday to amend electrical rates to add a surcharge of a penny per kilowatt-hour. Customers won’t see the charge on their bills until the first of June. June bills reflect energy usage from mid-April to mid-May.
Sewing, history, geometry, life . . . rolled in 1
Seven girls in a Salina after school program for at-risk students have been getting lessons in history, geometry, sewing and life with help from Hillsboro quilters Neva Kreutziger, Marie Kessler, and Mary Lancaster. With the help of the quilters, the students have pieced squares for an Underground Railroad quilt.
Ex-owner of Durham cafe back making sausage
For almost 25 years, Wendell Wedel and his wife operated Main Street Café in Durham. After the July 4, 2019, flood destroyed the business, Wedel retired and sold it. He was 65.
VFW post celebrates 75th anniversary
The 75th anniversary of Ecker-Fulkerson-Slifer Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6958 of Marion occurs this month. The post will celebrate 75 years on Sunday with a hamburger and chips meal from 4 to 6 p.m.
Churches vandalized Easter weekend
Members of two Tampa churches got an unpleasant surprise Easter weekend when they found both St. John Lutheran Church and Holy Redeemer Catholic Church were vandalized Saturday afternoon. The Rev. Clark Davis at St. John said he discovered the damage Saturday afternoon.
Spare falls off trailer, injuring motorcyclist
A Corpus Christi, Texas, man was taken to Wesley Medical Center Friday after an accident on US-77. Michael C. Martin, 40, was driving a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle owned by Kent A. Opdahl, Des Moines, Iowa, behind several other vehicles at 4:22 p.m. when John E. Dorsett, 55, Wichita, passed another vehicle ahead of the motorcycle.
Pressure to lift mask mandate resisted
The city council refused to set an end date for the city’s mask mandate despite a possible pressure from a bill now in the state Legislature. “Face masks have become a huge political dynamic,” city administrator Roger Holter told the council during its Monday meeting.
4-month county health assessment to begin in June
A community health needs assessment for the county will be done June 14 through Oct. 15. The health department, Hillsboro Community Hospital, and St. Luke Hospital will evenly split the expense of the assessment.
Shots now available for out-of-county residents
With 2,228 county residents vaccinated against COVID-19, anyone over 18 who wants a shot, county resident or not, can get one. Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines will be given from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Marion County Lake Hall and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Shari Flaming Center for the Arts on the Tabor College campus at Hillsboro.
Grant to bolster parent program
Central Kansas Community Foundation Tuesday announced Main Street Ministries received one of 13 grants from the 2021 Kids FUNd. Main Street Ministries was given the grant for its Strengthening Families program in Peabody.
HUB gets $500 from law firm
The HUB Youth Center in Peabody was given a $500 gift from DeVaughn James of Wichita. Director Megan Crosley wants to use the money to upgrade some of the HUB’s equipment.
Early childhood screenings set
Free developmental screenings for children ages birth through 5 years will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. April 13 in Florence. Screenings will check cognitive development, motor, speech and language, social and emotional skills, vision, and hearing.
Civil division cases
County jail arrests and bookings
Criminal division cases
Police activity reports
New coin hiding in the Tallgrass
A quarter commemorating the Flint Hills has been in circulation for a while, but like the Regal fritillary butterfly on its reverse side, it can be hard to spot. “I can’t say I’ve seen any yet,” Marion National Bank teller Jayme Jirak said. “Once in a blue moon we come across a state quarter, but I’ve never come across a Tallgrass one yet.”
Credit needs annual checkup, too
No matter whether you use credit or not, keeping an eye on your credit report is important for many reasons, Marion and Dickinson County extension agent Renae Riedy says. A mistake on your credit report might be only a mistake, but it could have negative consequences.
Free classes focus on finance
Anyone wanting to improve their financial management skills can enroll for a free six-week online program, “Wallet Wisdom,” developed by K-State Research and Extension. Six webinars will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, April 22 through May 27, via Zoom.
Unmasking political extortion
What do you get when you combine stupidity with bullying? The Kansas Legislature, of course. Our sorry solons’ latest misadventure is a brazen attempt to extort Kansas towns into joining their ill-considered attempts to vindictively strike down scientifically valid precautions so they can score cheap political points with their know-nothing followers.
Taxing our patriotism
Twenty years ago, Marion voters approved adding three-quarters of a cent to every purchase they made in town to pay for economic development. Whether that investment paid off or was frittered away is debatable. What isn’t debatable is that the debt the sales tax paid for should be paid off sometime this fall.
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Couple exchange vows in McPherson
Former Marion County Record news editor Adam Michael Stewart and Michelle Marie Martin, both of Hutchinson, were married March 20 at McPherson Free Methodist Church in McPherson. Pastor Justin Mourn officiated at the ceremony, which was streamed live to family and friends. Richard Martin was best man, and Stephanie Scutari was matron of honor.
Day to shift as Kiwanis resumes
After a year of canceled meetings because of COVID-19, Marion Kiwanis will start meeting again May 5. Meetings will be on Wednesdays at Cazadore’s Mexican restaurant in Marion.
Historical society cancels meeting
Marion County Historical Society’s annual meeting is canceled because of COVID-19 restrictions. To help keep the public informed, a quarterly newsletter will soon be sent out by email to highlight happenings and special events planned by each of the county’s museums.
Good News Club to resume
The Good News Club will resume at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Peabody United Methodist Church. Students at Peabody Elementary School will be walked to the church.
Peabody Boosters to meet
Peabody Boosters plans an organizational meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Ann Potter Room of Peabody Township Library. All ages are being invited. Participants do not have to have a child in school.
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County confirms 4th COVID-19 case
A Marion County man in his 80s is the county’s fourth confirmed case of COVID-19. According to county health nurse Diedre Serene, the health department is identifying and contacting people who have had close contact with him.
Small quake jolts Marion County
A small earthquake, measuring 2.8 on the Richter scale, hit at 8:06 p.m. Thursday southeast of Marion. The epicenter was tentatively located by the U.S. Geological Survey as being near 180th and Timber Rds., midway between Marion and Marion County Lake.
Epidemic set to cost city $70,000 in sales tax revenue
Marion city council members passed a resolution Monday that gave mayor David Mayfield and city administrator Roger Holter the temporary authority to make decisions without vote of council during a COVID-19 epidemic that is expected to cost the city $70,000 in sales tax revenue. The resolution declares a local state of emergency and gives them authority to make any decisions they deem necessary to continue city operations and protect the well-being of employees and the public.
County nurse fears some not staying home
County health nurse Diedre Serene told commissioners Monday that despite three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county as of Sunday some residents were not following the governor’s orders. “I have my doubts that some people are complying with the stay at home order, but I would hope they would,” Serene said.
7-year-old shares love of books with free library
When the Parmleys decided to put a little free library outside their house, it was 7-year-old Madalyn who served as the driving motivation. “When we lived in Great Bend we frequented quite a few of them,” mother Andi Parmley said. “They had them all over town. She loved sharing books with other people, and she loved that other people were sharing books with her.”
Mother of boys with rare conditions kicks off Easter egg hunt
Ashley Etheridge is no stranger to social distancing. Limiting errands, ordering groceries online, and keeping her sons at home as much as possible is the family routine every flu season.
50-year digger knows the DRILL
Joe Zinn is 81, but after five decades of digging wells, he doesn’t see a need to stop now. “I’ll keep going until I can’t anymore,” he said. “It’s just all that climbing.”
Hillsboro declares COVID-19 emergency
Hillsboro city council members declared a state of emergency during their first online meeting Tuesday. The first 10 minutes of the meeting were spent ironing out minor technical issues.
Number of confirmed, suspected COVID-19 patients rising
To date, the county has three confirmed and three suspected patients with COVID-19. The first confirmed patient, a female between ages 20 and 44 who has traveled, was announced by county health nurse Diedre Serene last Thursday. She announced the second confirmed patient, a male between the ages of 45 and 54, on Friday.
Businesses get mix of good, bad fortunes
Some businesses are still doing well despite financial ramifications of COVID-19 fears and the governor’s stay-home order. But some are struggling to stay open and have let employees go. El Lorito Mexican restaurant in Hillsboro, for example, is holding up fairly well, co-owner Guadalupe Sosme said.
Hospitals taking steps to ensure stability
A pandemic straining many hospitals to their limits to care for the number of critically-ill patients is forcing area hospitals to adjust staffing and pay to keep operating. St. Luke Hospital in Marion is taking some necessary steps to maintain financial stability.
Life changing for families
Isolation, grocery shortages take toll on young families By PHYLLIS ZORN Staff writer Having to take four young children to the grocery store with her despite fears they might be exposed to COVID-19, not being able to get needed supplies because of shortages, and missing the presence of relatives who can’t come visit are all hard facts of life now for rural Marion County resident Jill Smith.
Florence council revisits trash pickup rates
Florence should raise the price it charges Marion County for emptying dumpsters at Marion County Lake, city superintendent Terry Britton said at Monday’s city council meeting. “We’re basically losing money on it,” he said.
Blood drives to continue
April 13’s blood drives at Trinity Mennonite Church in Hillsboro, and Goessel Mennonite Church are to continue as planned, with additional precautions being taken by American Red Cross. Staff and donor temperatures will be checked entering the blood drives, and all Red Cross staff will wear masks and gloves.
Henbit taking over lawns
The swaths of pinkish-purple blossoms spreading across fields and taking over lawns are thanks to a pretty weed that is thriving after a wet winter. It’s henbit, a member of the mint family that germinates in the fall and sports blossoms in the cool of early spring, Marion County extension agent Rickey Roberts said.
Parenting classes announced
A new program will be available to help teach county residents parent skills and strengthening family relationships through Families and Communities Together. Marion County FACT received a $3,000 grant from Central Kansas Community Foundation’s L. Marie Haun Charitable Fund for Children to help fund its Growing Family Connections project.
Marion community garden set to expand
For the past five years, Marion’s community garden has supplied thousands of pounds of fresh, clean produce to Marion County’s food bank. This year, manager Pam Byers plans to keep that promise and expand on it by extending the garden’s growing season well into fall.
Services will be at a later date for former Peabody resident Kent V. Anderson, who died March 31 at Peabody Health and Rehab. He was born July 19, 1957, in McPherson, to Lawrence and Nancy Anderson.
Services for Allen W. Pankratz, 94, of Hillsboro, who died March 31 at Hillsboro Community Hospital, will be scheduled at a later date. He was born Dec. 14, 1925, in rural Marion to Sam and Helena Wall Pankratz.
Civil division cases
County jail arrests and bookings
Criminal division cases
Police activity reports
Traffic division cases
Siblings use Easter to share with seniors
When Kaylee, 8, and Collin Hunter, 5, decided to made Easter bags for residents at Marion Assisted Living, it was because they knew it was important to provide a service. “They don’t get to see the people they love,” Kaylee Hunter said.
Easter egg hunt changes this year
Stay-home orders mean changing this year’s annual Marion Easter egg hunt. The hunt, sponsored by Marion Kiwanis and Marion City Library, will not be held on the library lawn as usual this year.
Generational farms focus on more than business
Farming is often passed down from one generation to the next who inherit a way of life along with a way to make a living. “Those of us who work the land for a living, it goes beyond the financial significance,” Rex Savage said.
Beef producers face pricing uncertainty
Despite rampant demand for beef in recent weeks, producers face uncertainty because the current market isn’t increasing their profits. Lincolnville feedlot operator Mike Beneke said events in recent years have not been kind to producers.
Distancing ourselves from truth
The only thing spreading faster than COVID-19 these days are rumors, especially from ever- mutating pathogens like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and the other insidious diseases we’ve taken to calling anti-social media. No, there’s no miracle cure being kept from us by transnational drug companies, Nancy Pelosi, Jared Kushner, the Trilateral Commission, or the Easter Bunny.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
Bringing out the best
Seamstress donates masks to keep others safe
Lehigh resident Jacqueline Cusick has spent the last three weeks sewing with a mission. She, along with other seamstresses in the county, has been creating face masks for people working in the health care industry.
Chingawassa committee looks forward to better days
Marion’s Chingawassa Days was nixed this past week to ensure public safety amid an outbreak of COVID-19 that has caused a still-rising toll of deaths and hospitalizations statewide. Clayton Garnica, chairman of Chingawassa Days, said the decision was forced by multiple factors, including the massive planning needed to pull off the event.
Democrats offer scholarship
Marion County Democrats are continuing a scholarship award program of several years running. High school seniors at all five Marion County high schools may apply.
County native receives state broadcasting award
Goessel native Madeline Reida placed second in Kansas Association of Broadcasters’ 2020 Student Award competition for her research paper “Box Office Bombs,” it was announced this week. Reida was one of five Butler Community College students to place second and among 14 Butler students to receive awards.
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