Vol. 110 , No. 10
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Hillsboro, KS 67063
Why can't you all just get along?
Two consultants from Wichita State University told county commissioners Monday they need to work on getting along better. Misty Bruckner, director of Public Policy and Management Center and associate director of Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs, and John Waltner, former Harvey County administrator, met with commissioners for a planning session and commission retreat.
Cities want answers from corporation
Questions continue to linger after representatives from the county, Hillsboro, Marion, and the public met with board members of Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation Monday night. “There have been an awful lot of complaints in the last several weeks there hasn’t been enough communication with the cities,” board member David Mueller said.
Spare money in the budget, but what to do with it?
When voters went to the polls Nov. 7, they soundly rejected hiring a county administrator. Now nearly $100,000 in the county general fund for a county administrator is available for a different purpose.
Euthanized dog leads to cyber-bullying attack
A canine picked up near the highway by Florence police left a local business taking the brunt of a cyber-bullying attack over the weekend after the dog was euthanized. The dog was taken to Animal Health Center in Marion, owned by veterinarian Jessica Laurin.
Gaps filled by electronics store
The new TCWireless store at 323 N. Ash St. in Hillsboro has been providing local sales and services for cell phone and Internet users since June. TCWireless is affiliated with TCT, a telecommunications company headquartered in Council Grove. It has stores in Council Grove and Abilene.
Fond Christmas tradition rekindled with a wave
Generations of Marion residents who grew up flocking to Marion City Building at Christmastime to wave back at a waving Santa display on the roof have a pleasant surprise waiting for them at Marion City Library. The large waving Santa is back, its once inoperable arm waving again beside the little house Santa visits on the library lawn.
Big Red customer still seeing red
Ever since Straub International closed its Marion store a year ago last August, its website has boasted the slogan: “We’re just a drop box away.” Area customers have to travel to Hutchinson, Salina, Wichita, or Great Bend to access a Straub’s dealership. In an attempt to help farmers, Straub has provided drop boxes at Cooperative Grain and Supply in Marion and Mid-Kansas Coop in Goessel to deliver parts ordered by phone.
Convenience less profitable than restaurant
Serving three meals a day has proven to be more profitable than selling convenience items at Route 77 Pit Stop in Lincolnville. For that reason, owners Heath and Sabrina Shields are downsizing the convenience aspect of their business and promoting the restaurant side.
Oil and gas company ordered to pay up
A Wichita oil and gas exploration company was ordered to pay $77,451 plus interest to a western Kansas oil well drilling company and a dirt contractor after failing to respond to a lawsuit filed in county court. WW Drilling, based in WaKeeney, and Western Kansas Dirt Construction, based in Scott City, on Oct. 17 filed a lawsuit against Noble Petroleum claiming they had not been paid for work to drill a well in Marion County.
Cemetery gets a sign
A group of 11 Lehigh Rural High School alumni raised $1,450 to create and erect a sign marking the Lehigh Township Cemetery northwest of Lehigh at 220th and Chisholm Trail Rd. Robert Warkentin supervised as Gary Duerksen, assisted by Ron Warkentin, used a tractor to dig postholes and set the frame. The township was established in 1883. Surnames of the first township officials were Oblander, Richards, Ehrlich, Obest, and Quiring.
Marshall to hold Marion town hall
The public is invited to join U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall for a town hall meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Marion Community Center Ballroom, 203 N. Third Street, Marion. Marshall, a Great Bend obstetrician, represents the first district in Kansas and is in his first year in office. “I look forward to returning to the district to speak with fellow Kansans about issues, ideas, and concerns they have,” Marshall said. “Every time we sit down, define problems together, and civilly discuss them, we move closer to real solutions.”
Transfer station requires more information
Repair, replace, or build a temporary facility on the site of the county transfer station are all options county commissioners could choose, but first they need to gather information. Commissioners met Monday with two consultants from Wichita State University. Misty Bruckner, director of Public Policy and Management Center and associate director of Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs, and John Waltner, former Harvey County administrator, talked about the county’s need to either make repairs to the transfer station, replace it with a new building, or build a temporary facility.
A private family service will be held for former farmer Dale Bentley, 70, who died Nov. 21 in Hillsboro. He was born April 1, 1947, to Roy and Besie Mae (Henson) Bentley of Mountain Home, Arkansas.
Services for Warren Lee Vogel, 75, of McPherson, were Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in McPherson. He was retired from Johns Manville where he worked in the warehouse.
Services for Pauline Winter, 92, who died Nov. 21 at Mount Hope Nursing Center in Mount Hope, were Monday at Trinity Mennonite Church in Hillsboro. Interment was at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery. She was born March 9, 1925, to Charles and Sarah (Osborne) Kew in Pilsgate, England. She married Eddie Winter on October 17, 1945, in Barnack, England.
Criminal division cases
County jail bookings
Marriage licenses granted
Police incident reports
When they get it right
Chalk up another faux pas for Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation. Still struggling to seat a full new board and secure enthusiastic endorsement from Marion and Hillsboro, MCCEDC decided to have a stakeholder’s meeting Monday.
A van full of thanks
Thanksgiving Day, a day I might have slept in, I was on the road just after sunrise for a date with some cows and the hard-working folk at Harms Plainview Ranch. As I left the city limits, something didn’t sound right, but it sounded familiar. It was the sound of a van doing 55 mph with a transmission that quit shifting up at 30 mph. Muttering under my breath, I pulled over, checked the fluid, which was full, then continued, pushing 40, just like I’d done a couple of times before.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
Hundreds of figurines surround farmhouse
It’s been more than a year and half since Sarah Stika, wife of Louis Stika of rural Marion, died at the age of 84, but all he has to do is step outside of his farmhouse to get a curious yet touching reminder of their love. Neatly arrayed around the house, on the front porch, and in display beds built especially for them are hundreds of animal figurines large and small that the couple amassed over about 40 years of collecting.
Open house to celebrate 85th birthday
The family of Helen Selsor invites Marion and Lincolnville communities to join them in celebrating her 85th birthday party from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lincolnville Community Center. Desserts and coffee will be served.
Cards requested for Stroda 90th
The family of Dwayne Stroda of rural Herington requests a card shower for his 90th birthday. He was born Dec. 6, 1927, and has been a lifelong farmer in the area. He and his wife, Delores, raised five children. Cards may be sent to 3088 R. Ave., Herington KS 67449.
NORTHWEST OF DURHAM:
'ROUND THE TOWN:
Manhattan again reality for Trojans
Eight-tenths of a second was all that separated the Hillsboro Trojans boys’ basketball team from knocking off top-seeded Sacred Heart in the opening round of the 2017 Class 2A state tournament. As the 2017-18 season starts, there’s nothing saying coach Darrel Knoll and the Trojans won’t stay in the Central Kansas League upper tier and make a return to Manhattan in early March.
Only one way to go for Lady Trojans
Not a whole lot went right for coach Nathan Hiebert and the Lady Trojans basketball team during the 2016-17 season. What could’ve been never was as the car just never got out of the garage.
Depleted roster challenging for Trojans grapplers
During his stint as Hillsboro wrestling coach, Scott O’Hare has often had the luxury of fielding a large team with several wrestlers contending for solid seasons. That won’t be the case this year.
Leadership to boost Lady Bluebirds for class jump
With 90 percent of their scoring back from a 19-4 season, the Goessel Lady Bluebirds basketball team appears to have the tools needed to make a successful jump from Class 1A Division 1 up to 2A in 2017-18. That makes coach Ryan Hoopes lucky, along with returning three starters and a load of experience off a team that dominated the Wheat State League.
Trio of returning starters to fuel Bluebirds
Entering his seventh season, Goessel High School boys’ basketball coach Curtis Guhr might have a dilemma on his hands: How do the Bluebirds better last season’s final mark of 7-14 overall while posting a rugged 2-8 finish in the Wheat State League? That might not be the easiest thing to do, either, since the Bluebirds made the jump from Class 1A Division 1 to 2A.
Warriors look to better last year's mark
Entering his first season a year ago as Marion High School boys’ basketball coach, Randy Skiles inherited a team that’d gone 9-11 the year before under former coach Jeff McMillin. Graduation of key players left Skiles with a greenhorn team learning a new system. That did the Warriors no favors, as they compiled a 5-16 record and 2-9 in a rugged Heart of America league.
Senior class to carry Lady Warriors
Seven points, along with a slow start, were all that thwarted the Marion Lady Warriors basketball team from playing for a substate title in 2016-17. Wellsville used a quick 19-2 burst to end Marion’s season at 15-7 with a 40-34 win.
Warriors grapplers eye better state finish
The picture probably looks utterly familiar to 195-pound Marion Warriors senior wrestler Tyler Palic, who was state runner-up as a junior after qualifying for the Class 3-2-1A meet as a freshman and sophomore. It would, considering Tyler’s brother, Kyle, did the same thing as a senior in 2014-15, en route to not just capturing Marion High School’s first and only state title, but Marion County’s as well.
Thin on depth, Lady Cougars can still compete
With only 11 players projected to come out this season, numbers were already slim for Centre Lady Cougars basketball coach Alan Stahlecker when practice began Nov. 13. Not even a week into the season, 11 was reduced to nine, with two deciding against going out.
Cougars on prowl for Wheat State supremacy
Centre High School boys’ basketball coach Richard Idleman has a reason to smile about his third season leading the Cougars. After going 7-14 in his first season, the Cougars improved to finish 15-6 overall and second in the Wheat State League before being upended in the second round of substate by Little River last year.
Staying healthy key for Peabody-Burns Lady Warriors
An uncanny trend continues for the Peabody-Burns Lady Warrior basketball team. For the last three years, coach Scott Bauer has watched his numbers shrink with each passing season.
First-year coach brings fresh air for Peabody-Burns boys
Change will be in the air this season for the Peabody-Burns boys’ basketball team. New coach Bob Kyle inherits a trio of returning starters, with a pair being seniors, as he looks to improve on last year’s 2-19 record, which included 11 consecutive losses.
New Tabor arts center to be dedicated Dec. 9
Tabor College will host a dedication ceremony for the new Shari Flaming Center for the Arts from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Professor Del Gray will deliver the dedication address.
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