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2016-17 Marion Independent School teams connect
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · December 2nd, 2016
Marion Independent Lego League middle and high school challenges are designed to help students connect with each other, while encouraging them to unlock their powerful mind search engines in order to identify and discover creative solutions to life's problems. Once this is achieved, they then try getting a Lego-up in competitions by perfectly executing their robotic innovations.

New Library building planning still in stalemate
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · December 2nd, 2016
We spoke with Elsworth Carman, Director of the Marion Public Library, last week to see if there was any change or activity regarding the building of a new library.

Advertisement "Remember Those Who Have Fallen"
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · December 2nd, 2016
The Marion Heritage Center and Museum will host a program presented by Colonel Greg Hapgood, Jr. of the Iowa National Guard entitled "Remember Those Who Have Fallen" on Wednesday, Dec. 7. This event is to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack that marked the United States' entry into World War II and also to honor all who have fallen in any of America's wars.

Linn County Solid Waste Agency Winter Hours
December 2nd, 2016
The Linn County Solid Waste Agency yard waste, compost, shingle recycling and recycling facility, 2250 A Street SW, Cedar Rapids, enacted winter hours on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016.
The facility will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed Saturday and Sunday). Winter hours are being used because customer traffic slows down significantly at the site during winter.
Operations at 1954 County Home Road, Marion, where the landfill, Resource Recovery building, and hazardous material collection are located, will not be affected. Regular business hours remain in effect, 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Also, the Solid Waste Agency will be giving away wood chips at no charge starting Nov. 28. Normally $40.00 per ton, the Agency will give away its 2016 supply. Offer ends when the supply is gone!

Open House Planned to Honor Donald Hoskins
December 2nd, 2016
On Thursday, Dec. 8 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., the City of Marion will honor longtime City Attorney Donald Hoskins. Hoskins has served as Marion's legal counsel since July 1977. An open house will take place in the atrium at Marion City Hall and the public is invited to attend. A brief presentation is planned for 5 p.m.

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Everyone benefits when you make charitable gifts
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · December 2nd, 2016
Now that we are in the heart of the holiday season, you may be thinking about ways you can put your money where your heart is. Specifically, you might be pondering which groups you should support with charitable gifts. And as long as you choose groups that meet the right criteria, your generosity can also be rewarding to you, in the form of tax benefits.

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Eleanor Mae Chambers, 91
December 2nd, 2016
Eleanor Mae Chambers, known to many of her friends as Connie, died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, Nov. 22, from complications of Alzheimer's. She was just three months shy of her 92nd birthday. While the family and friends she left behind will miss her terribly, she is enjoying a Heavenly reunion with her husband, John; beloved son, John Edward (Eddie); grandson, Mark Simmons; her mother and father, Zeffie Mae and Shurad Weldon; her brothers Henry, Albert (and Jane), and Douglas (and Naomi) Weldon; and many other relatives and friends.

Lewis William Turner, 91
December 2nd, 2016
Lewis William Turner, 91, of Anamosa, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, at Pinicon Place in Anamosa. Burial is at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion.

Blessed with 60 years of marriage
by Report Submitted · November 22nd, 2016
On Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, Jim and Sylvia Malake, of Marion, celebrate 60 blessed years together. The Malakes would like their family and friends to joyously join with them at a light lunch and open house on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at Lowe Park, 10th St., Marion, IA, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Indians prepare for 2016-17 season
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · December 2nd, 2016
Wrestling season is upon us here in the state of Iowa, and the Marion wrestling team is looking to snap their drought of having somebody qualify for the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The Indians will hit the mat for their first varsity meet on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in Mount Vernon as they will do battle with both the host Mustangs and Cedar Rapids Washington.

Lions reload for 2016-17 season
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · December 2nd, 2016
There will be some familiar faces and some not-so-familiar faces this season for the Linn-Mar Lion wrestling program. The 2016 Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament has seen its fair share of Linn-Mar wrestlers advance to Wells Fargo Arena and wind up on the podium with hardware around their necks. Shea Hartzler was the Class 3A Champion last year at 160 pounds as he didn't surrender a point in Des Moines and ended his prep career with a bang. The team also saw Johnny Clymer place seventh overall at 145 pounds.

Peng, Myers lead Lions into season
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · December 2nd, 2016
The Linn-Mar boys' swimming and diving squad will have a lot of familiar faces who have plenty of experience as they move forward into the 2016-17 swimming season. The Lions are looking to bust into the top 10 at this year's Iowa High School State Swimming and Diving Meet.

Linn-Mar's James to coach golf
by Report submitted · December 2nd, 2016
Chris James, a 3rd grade teacher at Linn-Mar's Indian Creek Elementary, has been named the new head coach for the Linn-Mar boys' and girls' golf teams.

Paige off to solid start in Utah
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · December 2nd, 2016
After a whirlwind start to his NBA career, Marcus Paige is settling in and playing well thus far as a member of the Utah Jazz NBA D-League affiliate Salt Lake City Stars. Paige, a Linn-Mar and University of North Carolina graduate, has started in six games, the first that he has appeared in for the Stars, and is adjusting nicely.

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