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Local Marionite accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · January 12th, 2017
Only the best and brightest are chosen and one of Marion's finest is among them.

Marion Airport expansion in the works
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · January 12th, 2017
The "runway is the most important road in a city" with an airport. It brings in people who might not normally visit, said P&N Flight & Charter Manager Sarah Hammonds. This is why updating and expanding the current runway is significant. It should benefit the City with increased tourism and revenue, said P & N Flight and Charter Owner and Luxair Manager Cole Norton in a recent interview. "The economic impact is huge."

Advertisement MISD Board discusses project updates
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · January 12th, 2017
The Marion Independent School Board met on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. During the first board meeting for the year 2017, they listened to Head of Maintenance Ken Cook explain about several maintenance project updates.

Property tax exemptions deadline approaches
by Report submitted · January 12th, 2017
Property owners are reminded that the deadline for applying for many property tax exemptions is February 1 of each year. The applications must be filed with your assessor by February 1 of the first year the exemption is claimed. The list of exemptions can be reviewed online at the Iowa Department of Revenue site

2017 Legislative Session has begun
by Report submitted · January 12th, 2017
The 2017 legislative session gavelled in on Monday, Jan. 9. Senator Liz Mathis stated, "We have a lot of work to do to help create more good jobs, better schools, and expanded access to quality health care."

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How to organize your personal and financial affairs
by Report submitted · January 12th, 2017
Dear Savvy Senior,
My wife and I would like to get our personal and financial affairs in order so our kids will know what's going on if we get sick or die. What tips can you offer?
Procrastinating Paul

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Charlie Kress, 84
January 12th, 2017
Charlie Kress, of Marion, Iowa, passed away in the early morning of Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the age of 84. A visitation will be held at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service at 3855 Katz Drive in Marion on Thursday, January 12, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. A memorial service will be the following day, January 13, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church at 1298 7th Avenue in Marion, followed by a luncheon. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the Memorial Service at the church. Following the luncheon, a short Graveside Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Oak Shade Cemetery at 789 2nd Avenue, Marion. All events are open to his many friends, colleagues, and family.

James C. Chapman, 82
January 12th, 2017
James C. "Jim" Chapman, 82, of Marion, passed away Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, at Linn Manor Care Center, Marion. Memorial Service was 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at First Baptist Church-Church of the Brethren, Cedar Rapids conducted by Reverend Jerry Bertleson. The family greeted friends one hour prior to the service. Private Family Burial was at Oak Shade Cemetery, Marion. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion.

Marian Peters, 95
January 12th, 2017
Marian Katherine Peters, 95, of Nebraska, formerly of Marion, died November 30, 2016, in Papillion, Nebraska. In agreement with her wishes, cremation has taken place. Celebration of Marian's Life will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at the Cedar Rapids Marriott Hotel, 1200 Collins Road NE, Cedar Rapids. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1790 14th Street, Marion, conducted by Father David O'Connor. Burial will take place at Oak Shade Cemetery, Marion. Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Former Marion man reaches top coaching position
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · January 12th, 2017
Christopher Gustas has an amazing story, one to inspire all of us. While only 28, he has become the head coach for both the men's and women's tennis programs at Wartburg College, a job he loves and wants to keep for a long time.

Indians fall to Beckman, defeat Vinton-Shellsburg
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · January 12th, 2017
A win and a loss last week pushed the Marion boys' basketball team's record to 6-4 on the season as they defeated Vinton-Shellsburg in a nail-biter, but got shut down by Dyersville Beckman.

Kennedy topples Lions basketball
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · January 12th, 2017
The Linn-Mar boys' basketball team struggled in the first game back from holiday break as they suffered a 59-48 loss at the hands of their metro rival, Cedar Rapids Kennedy. The Cougars had three players score in double digits with Jackson Foley and Derick Diggins both hitting 18 points apiece as they improved to 7-1 on the season while the Lions fell to 4-3 on the season. The Lions trailed by just one point heading into the final period, but Kennedy proved to be too much in crunch time.

Linn-Mar Invite loaded with talent
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · January 12th, 2017
The annual Linn-Mar Invitational Swim Meet has come and gone, and it featured a stacked field of teams last Saturday in Marion. The meet featured seven teams, including one from Illinois and one from Wisconsin, as the Lions swam against teams they don't usually get to compete against.

Lions defeat Indians on Rivalry Saturday
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · January 12th, 2017
Rivalry Saturday is considered by many to be one of the biggest weekends for Iowa High School basketball teams. The annual event took place last Saturday at the US Cellular Center, and it did not disappoint from an action standpoint. It also did not disappoint if you were a Linn-Mar fan, as the Lions ended Marion's chances at an undefeated season with a 50-43 win in a battle between the cross-town rivals.

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