Vol. 109 , No. 45
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Hillsboro, KS 67063
Groves gets no commitment
Like a determined suitor whose proposals are rebuffed time and again, Russell Groves’ latest proposal to Hillsboro was not accepted. The city council told Groves two weeks ago that it would consider a commitment to the Marion County Economic Development Corporation after looking at its 2018 budget.
UPDATED: Commissioners trim tax increase for ambulance
After county commissioner Dianne Novak called a special budget meeting to discuss trimming EMT overtime, commissioners voted to decrease their proposed 2018 budget increase of two mills to one and a half mills. With this decrease, about $165,000 less will be added to the ambulance personnel budget, which includes roughly $247,650 in overtime pay for full-time EMTs and paramedics.
Our two newest reporters interview each other
When one of the Record’s two new reporters, Jason Tidd, first delivered newspapers in the third grade, he had no idea journalism would eventually become his life passion. “My route delivered newspapers to the townhouses in subsidized living,” Tidd said. “The residents would steal newspapers from under the doors of their neighbors, showing me just how much the community values local journalism — even if Thursday’s paper with the TV guide was the one stolen the most.”
New county appraiser says life in Marion is an adventure
For newly hired county appraiser Lisa Reeder, life in Marion is a new adventure. She worked for almost 23 years in an appraiser’s office in Trego County, where she was born and raised on a farm south of Ogallala.
Wind farm discussion blows through county commission
Landowners blew through a gust of grievances on un-built wind farms Monday years after they signed leases — or, in one case, after construction started on property where a lease was never signed. One landowner, Sandy Sellers, told Marion County commissioners he never signed a lease, yet Windborne Energy still performed work on his property against his will.
Threshing Days a taste of settlers' lives
Old-timers like to say things were different in their day. Goessel’s three-day Country Threshing Days this week will provide a view of how things actually were different in bygone years. Demonstrations of farm life over the last century will include not only threshing but also corn cutting, binding, and shelling along with sawmills.
Exhibit to close with reception
An exhibit by Flint Hills artists Joseph Loganbill of Newton, Peggy Lyon of rural Chase County, and Deb Schroer of Strong City will close with a reception at 3 p.m. Saturday at Pioneer Bluffs, a mile north of Matfield Green on K-177. Pioneer Bluffs, which also features other Flint Hills artwork, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment.
Services for longtime Burns resident Esta Hall, 89, Burns, who died Monday at Newton Medical Center, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Burns United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church
No services are planned for Hillsboro native and former Marion resident Robert W. Hiebert, 80, who died July 18 in Jefferson City, Missouri. Born Jan. 3, 1937, in Hillsboro to Alfred and Ruth Hiebert, he was raised in Marion and graduated from Marion High School in 1955.
Services for former Agco employee Calvin Jay Hiebert, 65, Goessel, who died July 29, will be at 2 p.m. today at First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro. Burial will be at Lehigh Mennonite Cemetery, Lehigh.
Services for longtime Vulcan Chemical operator Mark A. “Booster” Brown, 69, Marion, who died Monday, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Marion Christian Church. Visitation and a private graveside service will follow Born Oct. 16, 1947, in El Dorado to Catherine and Raymond Brown, he was a member of the last graduating class from Burns High School in 1967 and that year married his first wife, Beverly. He married his second wife, Suzie, in 1991. She and his parents preceded him in death.
Services for retired Navy veteran Lewis Pettross, 77, who died Monday at Parkside Homes, will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Hillsboro United Methodist Church. A committal service at Springfield Cemetery, rural Hillsboro, will follow.
Services for Lincolnville native Eleanore Rucker, 96, who died July 23 at her home in Herington, were Saturday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Herington. Burial was at Sunset Hill Cemetery, Herington. Born Aug. 5, 1920, to Axel F. and Fannie (Kandt) Holmgren, she is survived by children Larry Rucker and Lyn Rucker-Powell, both of Herington, and Eric Rucker of Topeka; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services for Peabody native Betty Mildred (Newton) Seibel, 94, who died July 24, were Saturday. Burial was in Prairie Lawn Cemetery. Born Sept. 10, 1922, she graduated from Peabody High School in 1942 and on April 5, 1943, married Wallace C. Seibel.
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Tampa Triple T's
HOME AND GARDEN
Think your garden is work?
Up to 2,000 tomato plants planted this spring in hoop houses on the Jirak Brothers Produce farm in rural Tampa are nearing peak production this week. Jirak’s niece, Heidi Jirak, works every weekday from sunup to mid-morning, harvesting the deep red fruits, some weighing as much as 1½ pounds.
The truth about fake news
Executives from both KWCH-TV (Channel 12) and KPTS-TV (Channel 8) were quick to object to last week’s editorial “Live from Marion County, it’s fake news.” And they were right — sort of. Even though one of his news anchors seemed to say otherwise, KWCH news director Brian Gregory said his station would never knowingly allow news to be staged just so live video could be broadcast.
An unhappy reader
We’ve heard from a dozen readers who offered praise — and from one county employee who most certainly did not — about recent editorials questioning what county commissioners are doing. A county secretary who moonlights as manager of a small business dropped by our office around 4 p.m. Friday to say her business would never again advertise in our papers because of what we have been writing about commissioners.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
How county money is spent
Public servants have become masters
Piece of sh***'
News not for sale
Deputy moves to detective
Deputy Derek Fetrow will fill a detective vacancy in the sheriff’s department created by the departure of Wilma Mueller, Sheriff Robert Craft confirmed Monday. The position was advertised July 19. Craft said Fetrow’s experience in the department would be beneficial in making the transition to a multifaceted role.
Treasure on light duty after injury
County treasurer Jeannine Bateman, recovering from a leg injury, will be in and out of the office for the next several weeks. Bateman said her leg was punctured May 21 by a tree branch as she was mowing. The puncture went nearly to the bone.
Bethesda promotes Goessel native to CEO
Assistant administrator Sara Hiebert has been named to replace Eric Schrag as chief executive of Bethesda Home in Goessel. Schrag, who had been CEO since 2012, resigned this summer to return to Bethel College as vice president for institutional advancement.
Bob Delk to celebrate 95th birthday
A celebration of Elmer “Bob” Delk’s 95th birthday will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church fellowship hall. Hosts will include his wife, Dorothy; his children and their spouses, Donna and Dan Dalke, Barbara and Dick Koontz, Shirley Delk, and Rob Delk; his grandchildren; and his great-grandchildren.
Senior center menu
Son replaces dad on Goessel school board
Goessel’s school board has picked Bryant Miller to fill the unexpired term of his father, Dan, who died April 23. Bryant also has filed for election to the seat in November.
Curtain comes home to Goessel
An original canvas curtain that formerly hung in a historic one-room school that has since been relocated to Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum in Goessel will be on display in the school at 2 p.m. Sunday. A welcome sign and business names are stenciled on it in vibrant colors.
Community to welcome new teachers
New teachers in Hillsboro schools will be guests of honor at a luncheon at noon Aug. 14 at the Hillsboro Middle and High School cafeteria. Sponored by the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce and Hillsboro Young Professionals, cost of the lunch is underwritten by Midway Motors of Hillsboro. In lieu of paying for lunch, attendees will be asked to donate school supplies to be distributed to students in need. Reservations are being accepted until 11 a.m. Monday at the chamber office, (620) 947-3506.
Students, adults unite to form band
Seven community members and eight high school students joined together as the Hillsboro High School and Community Band for Friday’s county fair parade. “Thanks to all the musicians for contributing their time, energy, and talent to provide a musical backdrop for the parade,” Hillsboro schools band director Bruce Major said.
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