Vol. 110 , No. 14
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Hillsboro, KS 67063
Hillsboro hospital's woes deepen
Hillsboro Community Hospital’s financial woes appear to be worsening, symptoms of a wide-ranging problem in EmpowerHMS, the company that owns the hospital. Although Jessie Workman, chief nursing officer at HCH and the person to whom calls for the CEO are routed, did not return a call to Marion County Record, she recently told a reporter for a different newspaper that employees are being paid as much as eight days late.
Students close 2018 with crafts, fun
With mere hours before the start of Christmas break, Marion Middle School gave students the chance to unwind Thursday and enjoy activities at the aquatics center. Events included crafts, board games, and an open pool.
Police crack down on Marion park vandalism
Marion police are tightening security in Central Park in response to vandalism there. Multiple small fires have been set in the women’s bathroom sink at the park over the past four months, Chief Clinton Jeffrey said Thursday. Damage from each was minor and was repaired without much trouble.
County splits cities in final district plan
County commissioners decided Thursday on a five-district map for addition of two commissioners. Both Marion and Hillsboro will be split into two different districts, and two of the districts will not be contiguous, with some part of each district isolated from the remainder of the district.
Paper wins 27 more statewide awards
Already honored as the state’s best mid-size non-daily for both news and advertising this year, Marion County Record has won an additional 27 statewide awards to be presented next year, Kansas Press Association announced Wednesday. For the third year in a row, the Record won first place for overall news and writing excellence, the most coveted award in the competition.
Surge protectors available for homes
Marion residents who want surge protection for their homes need only phone city hall to arrange installation. Meter socket surge arresters with a limited lifetime warranty are available at a cost of $229, payable to the city in three installments.
An Advent-ageous church dinner
Christmas is a season unto itself, dominating the paychecks and minds of Americans from Black Friday until the literal holiday, Dec. 25. This emphasis convinced Marsha Meyer to propose Wednesday’s inaugural Advent dinner at Valley United Methodist Church in Marion.
One-of-a-kind Christmas tree
Chris Hammond of Marion says his family likes homemade gifts. “My kids enjoy things that we make rather than what we buy at the store,” he said. “It’s something that comes from the heart. They do the same for us.”
Community Bible study begins Jan. 3
The public is invited to join a community Bible study that will begin 9:30 a.m. Jan. 3 in the Heart Room at 300 Willow Rd., Hillsboro. The study is “Street Smarts.” The goal of the lessons is to help people navigate through conflict in the community by using the road map of Proverbs combined with the wisdom of Jesus.
The holiday season has arrived, and millions of people across the globe will be celebrating Christmas with their family and friends. Following are some interesting tidbits to share with your loved ones this holiday season.
Marion woman wins recipe contest
Jamie Jirak’s mozzarella dip recipe takes first in the 2018 holiday recipe contest sponsored by Hoch Publishing Company. She received a $25 gift certificate from Wagon Wheel Express.
County jail arrests and bookings
Police incident reports
Saying bah to humbug
We’d love nothing more than to be able to deliver shiny new lumps of coal to the Christmas stockings of the three not-so-wise men (two men and one woman, actually) who interminably hold court across the street in the courthouse’s meeting chamber. The spirit of Christmas is upon us, however, and rather than put Curley, Larry, and Moe on our naughty list — where they’ll soon be joined by newly elected colleagues Shemp and Curley Joe — we’d like to offer a message of peace and goodwill this holiday season.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus
I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun it’s so.” Please tell me the truth: Is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O’Hanlon Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
Turning back time
Nobody goes hungry at Christmas
“Anyone in this country who goes without food has no one to blame but themselves,” one senior citizen said Thursday at Marion Senior Center. People in Marion County have at least two sources for free food, food banks, operated by private donations, and government commodities distributed once a month.
Seniors enjoy Christmas
menus for Marion
140 years ago
Williamses attend birthday party
Decision nearing in Lehigh shooting
It’s been 191 days since Lehigh resident Robb Stewart was shot to death June 20 by an officer who responded to a possible suicide call, and a decision of whether the shooting was justified is drawing near. Originally expected to turn over its investigative files to county attorney Courtney Boehm by September, Kansas Bureau of Investigation didn’t deliver them until early November. A KBI spokesman indicated a backlog at an independent lab that conducted Stewart’s autopsy caused the delay.
Hillsboro hospital sued
A medical supply company is suing Hillsboro Community Hospital to collect $52,924.70 in allegedly unpaid bills. McKesson Medical Surgical Inc., supplier of a wide range of medical equipment and pharmaceutical products, is seeking an additional $12,893.33 interest, computed through Nov. 20, and $7,938.70 in attorney fees.
From probationers to patients, goal is same
From supervising probationers to running a care home for people with mental health issues, Jo Olsen has kept one goal in mind: making people’s lives better. The Lincolnville woman worked as a corrections officer for 10 years and began her new job as administrator of Westview Manor in Peabody this fall.
Cost bump slows Marion Main St. revitalization
What does Marion’s current downtown revitalization plan have that others throughout decades didn’t? Money to make it happen.
County to redraft old road policy
County commissioners have ordered a redrafting of what they consider to be outdated road maintenance policies. The policies were developed 30 years ago, when farming practices were different, commissioner Kent Becker said.
Family safe after fire ravages house
A Peabody couple is safe but homeless after a fire Friday that apparently started in a chimney and spread to an attic, leading to extensive smoke and water damage. Firefighters from Peabody, Florence, and Burns responded to the home of Del and Linda Eden at 116 W. 3rd St. when a caller reported flames “coming from the back of the house” shortly after noon.
Thouvenell trial delayed
Two weeks before Sheila Thouvenell’s trial on three counts of aggravated witness intimidation and two counts of aggravated child endangerment was set to begin, it has been delayed three months. Her attorney, Stephen Johnson of Newton, has yet provided District Judge Mike Powers a list of specific audio-visual recording he was kept from the jury. The list was due Nov. 27.
Grocers stock up on teenaged workers
Teens are some of the county’s hardest workers, according to their bosses at area food stores, which employ more than two dozen of them. Grocery stores in the county hire teen-agers on a regular basis. They work after school and weekends during the school year and as needed in summer. Although laws limit what they can do, the jobs can be attractive enough that some continue to work there after school.
Services for Hazel Marie Clothier, 97, who died Dec. 20 at St. Luke Hospital, were this morning at Zeiner Funeral Home. Interment was at Hillcrest Cemetery, Florence. Born July 5, 1920, to Harry and Alma (Harpster) Russell in Primrose, Nebraska, she was raised in Peabody. She married Norman Clothier in 1939 in Peabody. They lived on a farm in Chase County. She moved to Florence in 2013.
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My present dilemma
Even though it’s the season of giving, I was surprised Friday when Karlene, our office manager, called out to me from her desk. “David, there’s a package for you up here at the front,” she said.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
What are the odds?
Prayers for Chuck
New fitness center gets moving
Equipment stands ready in the workout room of Diamond H Fitness in Marion, but work on the building is not yet complete. Trucks arrived last weekend with exercise equipment for the fitness center’s customers to use to shape or strengthen up.
Peabody winners announced
Winners of Peabody Bucks shopping spree prizes drawn last week included Judy Starkey, $500; Diana Briscoe, $250; and Matt and Laurel Litton, $100. A losers’ bracket drawing for $70 of Peabody Bucks will be at 2 p.m. Friday at city hall.
Visits brighten season
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