Vol. 114 , No. 16
Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022
Hillsboro, KS 67063
Pandemic worst ever in county; vaccinations lag
COVID-19 infections are surging statewide, but the surge is rampant in Marion County. The county’s rate is higher than the state average.
Hillsboro officer works bizarre call
Hillsboro police officer Randy Brazil likely had a tense moment or two during a Monday afternoon and evening incident in which a woman apparently threatened to kill both him and another woman. According to dispatches recorded by the newspaper, Brazil ended up getting help from a Marion officer and two deputies. Hillsboro police chief Jessey Hiebert also went to the calls.
Newly hired Marion prosecutor dead at 36
Karstetter and Bina law firm will fill the vacancy of Marion city prosecutor Margot Pickering, who died Saturday night. No details were available Tuesday regarding Pickering’s death. She was 36.
Woman claims she was bilked into wind farm loan
Claiming she was bilked out of her real estate and the proceeds of a Diamond Vista wind farm lease, a Tampa woman filed a lawsuit Dec. 30 against two men involved in a loan agreement she claims she did not know she signed. Martha Lemon, 71, filed suit against Gary W. Pettit and Delmar Richardson, both living in Missouri.
Flubs mar call for bidders
The city of Marion is requesting bids for rehabilitation of a building sold to an Olathe couple 15 months ago, but the proposal contains a few errors. Owners Daryl and Megan Jones plan to open a barbecue restaurant and have been doing work on the building interior and serving samples at community events such as Old Settlers Day.
Pharmacy alarm now too sensitive?
An alarm that failed to sound when a burglar broke through the front door of Hillsboro Hometown Pharmacy now has summoned police twice when they were not needed. Both times it was on holidays — Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Grant to help preserve old mill
A 146-year-old mill in Cedar Point has received one of two inaugural grants from Prairy Foundation to help restore and preserve it as a piece of Kansas history. Drinkwater and Schriver Mill was built in 1875 by Orlo Henry Drinkwater, a Pennsylvania native and the first postmaster of Cedar Point. He originally marketed it as Wyoming Mills, named after the Wyoming River in Pennsylvania, in the Emporia Gazette and Marion County Record.
Shiver, shovel, repeat: New blast approaches
As students braced for the end of Christmas vacation Tuesday, grown-ups were bracing for a second winter storm in less than a week. A polar vortex similar to but less snowy than one that ushered in 2022 will rake the county with lows at 4 degrees, 20-mph winds, and a 60% chance for more snow tonight and Thursday.
Replaced heated dock proves to be hot spot
The new heated fishing dock at Marion County Park and Lake is receiving raving reviews from fish and fishermen alike. “I caught 10 catfish off here just the other day,” hobbyist angler Tommy Kinsch said.
County land bank gets first 'deposit'
Marion County’s newly formed land bank took in its first property Monday. The property, at 202 S. Olive St. in Peabody, already was owned by the county because of unpaid taxes. Moving it into the land bank means the county no longer has to pay property taxes on it.
Hillsboro reviews year's successes
Hillsboro city council members started the new year Tuesday by swearing in new council member Blake Beye, then reviewing accomplishments during 2021. City administrator Matt Stiles said the city saw much employee turnover with eight retirements and 10 other positions that turned over.
Services for Michelle Overlin, 64, who died Dec. 29 at her residence in Hillsboro, will be scheduled later. Born Nov. 13, 1957, in Winfield to Donald and Martha (Sympson) Parrish, she married Emory Overlin in 1975 in Winfield. He died in 1998.
Civil division cases
County jail arrests and bookings
Criminal division cases
Police activity reports
Grandson preserves grandpa's boyhood barn
When a farmstead that the late Joyce Carlson grew up on came up for sale in May, grandson Lucas Carlson jumped at the chance to buy it. The farmstead, two miles north of his own homestead on 300th Rd., northeast of Lincolnville, included a quarter-section of land, a house, and a barn.
Dairy pays tribute to heritage
You could say milk is in Jason Schmidt’s blood. A fifth-generation dairy farmer, he returned to the family farm southwest of Goessel 12 years ago and later took over the farm from his parents.
Centennial brought postmaster general to his birthplace
Call it serendipity or just plain coincidence. At the very time the Mennonites of central Kansas were getting ready to celebrate the centennial of the arrival of turkey red wheat in Kansas almost 50 years ago, the postmaster general of the United States, Elmer “Ted” Klassen, was a native of Hillsboro. The much-touted turkey red wheat seed was first brought to Kansas by Mennonites migrating from Ukraine in 1874. Turkey red became the foundation for hard winter wheat that gained Kansas the reputation of being the breadbasket of the world.
Pluck you, Twitter, and the Facebook you rode in on
Don’t count us among those chirping about Twitter plucking the feathers of congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green. As with most Twitter accounts, we rarely would read — much less believe — hers. We don’t willingly subject ourselves to baseless rants of dangerously anti-science conspirators. Banning her means fewer threats to our nation’s physical and financial health. She’ll be less able to scare people into avoiding reasonable and necessary COVID-19 precautions.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
Happy New Year from Wine Country
Hett family meets
The family of Jackie Hett met Dec. 27 at a Wichita motel for its annual Christmas celebration, a tradition for 34 years. The motel has been sold and will become a church, so this was the last celebration there. Fifty-two family members attended. Among them were Erica, Kai, Ari, and Indi DeMeritt of Roswell, Georgia; Melissa and Tim O’Sullivan, Emily, Liv, Rowan, and Lael Carter of Tulsa; Melinda and Ken Helmer, along with Seth, Les, and Vivian Beytien and Tim, Lauren, Adalyn, Avery, Nora, and Gemma Hartland, all of Wichita; and Jared, Kathy, Julia, Aaron, Elise, and Daniel Ensey, along with Jay Dee Schafers and Dakota Buchanan, all of Valley Center.
Birthday messages requested
Cards, notes, and calls are being requested to help Jim Hett celebrate his 94th birthday Jan. 15. He can be reached at 1258 Quail Creek Rd, Marion KS 66861, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and at (620) 382-2831.
Seminar to focus on estates
Registration for a free online seminar by attorney Paul Shipp on estate planning for older Kansans is due by noon Jan. 13 at www.ncfhaaa.com/seminars or (800) 432-2703. Log-in instructions for the Zoom seminar, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. that day, will be sent by email to those who register.
Gym to celebrate 50th year
Goessel High School will celebrate the 50th anniversary Friday of its gymnasium — also its occasional prom ballroom and socially distanced cafeteria. Admission will be free for Goessel alumni and students and for children. Admission for other adults will cost $1.
Senior center menus
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