Marion County RECORD
Vol. 149 , No. 15
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Marion, KS 66861
UPDATED AFTER PRINT DEADLINE
Officer cleared in Lehigh shooting
No charges will be filed against a former Marion police officer involved in the June 20 shooting death of Robb Stewart of Lehigh. Stewart was reported to be intoxicated, armed, and suicidal when officers responded to his Lehigh home and surrounded a workshop he was in behind the residence.
New lake chief quits
For a second time in just six months, county commissioners are in search of a lake superintendent after Bryan Metz submitted his resignation Friday, effective Jan. 20. Metz said Tuesday that he was resigning for personal reasons, but two lake residents believe there might be more to it.
Cities refuse to pay development dues
Two cities, five days apart, have declined to pay 2018 dues to a countywide economic development group. Marion County Community Economic Development Corporation sent a $25,000 invoice to Peabody and a $45,000 invoice to Marion, hoping to get membership payments this month.
Officials snipe over appointment
County commissioners once again locked horns Friday, this time over a past vote. Commissioner Dianne Novak, responsible for appointing someone to the county planning and zoning commission upon the expiration of Jeff Bina’s term, moved to appoint Lincolnville resident William Kroupa.
County in deep freeze; dogs rescued
Extreme temperatures ranging from below zero at night to teens during the day created threatening conditions for animals and people this weekend. Marion police took several dogs into custody Sunday when temperatures were as low as 6 below zero.
Hit by car during quarrel, teen rushed to hospital
An argument between two women Thursday in Florence resulted in serious injuries to one when she fell as the other was trying to leave in a car. Dispatchers received a report of a possible fight at 246 W. 10th St. at 11:04 p.m. and sent a deputy to investigate.
New Hays mayor has Marion roots
Life in Marion prepared him well for mayoral duties in Hays, James Meier said. Meier, who will be sworn in as mayor Monday, lived in Durham until he was in eighth grade. His mother owned a restaurant there.
Baseball brought her here; ministry keeps her here
Baseball lies at the heart of Sue Clough’s story of how she got to Kansas after living in Indiana, Florida, Illinois, and Wyoming. Clough, 81, grew up playing baseball on a makeshift diamond in the front yard of her family’s farmhouse in Indiana.
Small to smaller: easy adjustment for new lawyer
Kristina Branstetter was barely a week into her new position as an attorney at Brookens Law Office when she found herself engaged in a decidedly non-legal activity: taking tickets and handing out programs for the Marion Classic basketball tournament with colleague Susan Robson. “That’s something I really stressed in my interview; I want to get to know everybody,” Branstetter said. “I want to be a member of the community. I appreciate those opportunities where they take me to meet people.”
Fire departments get windfall
Marion and Lincolnville fire departments got a late December windfall from an unexpected source. Each, along with Burdick and Chase County fire departments, got $5,871 from an organization that disbanded in November after 20 years’ inactivity.
Civility is key to governing, former commissioner says
If former county commissioner Linda Peterson could tell today’s commissioners one thing, it would be to treat each other with respect. Peterson, appointed to Lucille Britain’s unexpired term in January 1992, served until 2001.
Peabody hopes Marion, Hillsboro can get along
Peabody’s new representative on the countywide economic development corporation thinks the group could work well together, but wonders what Peabody hopes to gain from membership. “I think it’s a big county and the two biggest towns are right in the middle, and those don’t always get along,” Merlyn Entz told city council members last week.
Town hall rescheduled
Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) has rescheduled a town hall meeting that he postponed Dec. 4 so he could be in Washington to vote on tax legislation. The rescheduled meeting, open to the public, will be 9 to 10 a.m. Jan. 15 at Marion Community Center.
Legislative candidate to speak
Jo Schwartz of Abilene, Democratic candidate for the 70th District seat in the Kansas House of Representatives, will speak at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Sunflower Room at Marion City Library. Her public presentation is being sponsored by Marion County Democrats, who also will meet and gather food bank items. The district includes Marion and the northern half of Marion County (except for Hillsboro) as well all of Dickinson County (except Herington) and a small portion of Clay County.
Services for Hillsboro retiree Betty Dirks, 86, who died Friday at Parkside Home, were to have been this morning at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, with burial in Gnadenau Cemetery. Born May 14, 1931, in Inman to George and Sara (Harms) Kornelsen, she married Ernie Dirks on June 12, 1953, in Inman.
A memorial service for Peabody native Adeline Spangler, 97, who died Dec. 19, will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 13 at First Mennonite Church, Hutchinson, with visitation at 10 a.m. Her obituary was published Dec. 28.
Civil division cases
Criminal division cases
County jail bookings
Domestic division cases
Police incident reports
Four resolutions that could help you manage your money
The new year is a time for resolutions. Here are four financial resolutions suggested by Jessie L. Wiebe of Hillsboro State Bank. Create a savings plan. Pay yourself first. When you are getting started, getting in the habit of saving is more important than the amount you save. Determine an amount and put that much aside each month or pay period. Ask your employer if you can automatically deposit it to your savings account.
Experts offer tips on avoiding scams
Barely a week goes by without one or more Marion County residents being targeted by a scam. Many scams are not reported to police. In recent weeks, however, Hillsboro police have investigated a scam in which a caller fraudulently claimed to be from the Internal Revenue Service, and Marion police have investigated a scam in which an itinerate worker expected an excessively large cash payment for a modest amount of handyman work.
Medical mileage important, accountant says
Getting into the habit of keeping track of mileage connected with medical trips is something that could benefit people when filing income tax returns, a Marion tax accountant says. “We never know when we start the year how much medical-related mileage we will have,” Woody Crawshaw said. “People don’t realize how fast mileage accumulates.”
A double chill pill
If you’re looking for a reason for this holiday weekend’s sub-zero temperatures, perhaps the place to start is with the cold front that hit the county this past week in the form of actions taken by county commissioner Dianne Novak. Novak told county lake residents to chill out and be quiet, then froze out longtime planning commission volunteer Jeff Bina by replacing him without notice, apparently just because she could.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE COUNTRY:
Making a little holiday magic
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
The real issue
CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS:
Tampa chief never accused
Reading event to feature bestseller
“Just Mercy,” the true story by Bryan Stevenson of his experience as a young attorney defending an innocent death row inmate, has been selected for Marion City Library’s “Everyone Is Reading” program. The program seeks to encourage community dialog by having as many residents as possible read the book then discuss it at a community forum planned for 7 p.m. Feb. 15.
Hetts gather for annual celebration
Jackie Hett was hostess for a family Christmas celebration Thursday at a Wichita motel. It was the 30th year for the event at the same hotel.
Koslowsky ends 21 years in hardware
The last day on the job for Lori Koslowsky will be Friday at Hillsboro Tru Value Hardware. Her smiling face has greeted customers for 21 years. Koslowsky continued to work at Hillsboro Tru Value after she and her husband Tom and brother Ken and his wife sold the business two years ago. They began it in 1985. They also operated Marion Hardware from January 1996 to October 1998.
Seniors honor cook's aid
Volunteer cook’s assistant Joan Lago of Peabody Senior Center is the 2017 Sunflower Sensation from Marion County. She has been a volunteer for two years at Peabody Senior Center. She works two days a week as a cook’s assistant and was selected by Senior Citizens of Marion County to represent the county.
Center to celebrate Elvis's birthday
140 years ago
Auxiliary dinner to be Jan. 18
Reservations are being taken for St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary’s annual dinner and meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Marion Community Center. Reservations at $12.50 per person are being accepted through Jan. 12 to (620) 382-3576.
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