Larsen on board as EMS director

Jerry Engler / Free Press

Larry Larsen, now on the job as permanent director of Marion County EMS, said knowing so many people in a small town makes ambulance duty tougher for volunteer EMTs: ?You wonder if you did everything you could do, and you feel like others wonder, too.?

Larry Larsen has made Emergency Medical Services so much a part of his life that it was almost no wonder that the Marion County Commission named him head of the EMS department in mid-February.

Larsen, 56, even met his wife, Karen, because of EMS. She is a paramedic and nurse who is the education manager for Midwest Life Team, a helicopter emergency airlift service for this area. They met in paramedic class.


If it?s spring, it?s time keep an eye on the Kansas skies

The City of Hillsboro has four designated storm shelters in times of emergency. On the Tabor College, campus six places have been designated. Do you know the location of the shelter nearest to your residence?

Marion County has yet to be visited by tornadoes as the 2007 severe-storm season begins, but a flurry of twisters along the Kansas-Colorado border last week is a reminder that the time already is ripe for tornadoes and other forms of severe weather.

When a tornado approaches….

  • In homes or small buildings. Go to the basement or cellar (if
    available) or to an interior room on the lowest floor, such as a closet
    or bathroom. Upper floors are unsafe. If there is no time to descend,
    go to a closet, a small room with strong walls, or an inside hallway.
    Wrap yourself in overcoats or blankets to protect yourself from flying
  • In schools, hospitals, factories or shopping
    centers. Go to interior rooms and halls on the lowest floor. Stay away
    from glass-enclosed places or areas with wide-span roofs such as
    auditoriums and warehouses. Crouch and cover your head. Don't take
    shelter in halls that open to the south or the west. Centrally located
    stairwells are good shelter.
  • In cars or mobile homes.
    Abandon them immediately. If you are in either of those locations,
    leave them and go to a substantial structure or designed tornado
  • If no suitable structure is nearby. Lie flat in the
    nearest ditch or depression and use your hands to cover your head. Be
    alert for flash floods.
  • During a tornado. Absolutely avoid
    buildings with large, free-span roofs. Stay away from west and south
    walls. Remember: lowest level, smallest room, center part.

Marion high and middle schools release honor rolls

Marion High School and Marion Middle School have released their respective honor rolls for academic success during the third quarter of the 2006-07 school year.

To be included on the high honor roll, a student needs a grade-point average between 4.0 and 3.75. An asterisk (*) denotes a 4.0 GPA.

To be named to the regular honor roll, a GPA of betwen 3.74 and 3.5 is required.

To be named to the honorable mention honor roll, students need a GPA between 3.49 and 3.0.