35 years ago
december 27, 1978
Ken Hoffman, currently a sergeant on the city police force, will replace Lyle Sanders as chief of police Jan. 1.
Firefighters from Florence, Burns, Marion, Cedar Point and Strait Ranch battled a prairie blaze Friday afternoon approximately three miles south of Florence. Randy Mills, Strait Ranch operator, estimated 800 to 1,000 acres of grassland were burned. It took approximately three hours to extinguish the blaze.
Buffaloes have begun to roam the Flint Hills near Marion. Rusty Longhofer and Tom Hett have purchased seven buffaloes — two young bulls, two cows and three calves — at an auction held Dec. 13 at Maxwell Game Preserve. Tentative plans call for adequate pens to house them will be built east of Marion on the north side of U.S. 56.
Sylvester Winkley of rural Marion won the first prize in this year’s Marion County Record subscription contest. He will receive a Victor electronic printing calculator. Second prize went to Herman Bolte III of Tampa. He will receive a Stebco molded attaché case.
Three of the children featured on a full page of pictures of Santa Claus’ visit to Marion Saturday were Mickey Druse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bud Druse, Kevin Marler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Doug Marler, and Robin Summervill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mick Summervill.