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Hydrant flushing in Marion

April 20th, 2017
Employees of the Marion Water Department have started flushing the water system this week and will continue through mid-June, if necessary. Flushing typically begins around 8 a.m. and may continue to 2 a.m.

Marion Senior Living Community receives grant
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · April 20th, 2017
Heritage Bank, Marion, Iowa, is pleased to announce that the bank has sponsored the non-profit organization, Marion Senior Living Community, in its application for a Competitive Affordable Housing Program grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank.

Advertisement Marion student to compete in National Spelling Bee
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · April 20th, 2017
Lydia Bitterman, a seventh grade student in the Marion Home School Assistance Program, won the Iowa regional level of the Scripps National Spelling Bee held at Ames on Saturday, March 25, and now heads for the national contest in Washington, D.C. Her parents are Mike and Tara Bitterman.

Special free workshop offered for family priorities and goal-setting
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · April 20th, 2017
While almost everyone feels that one's family is the most important group of people in their lives, sometimes that family could benefit from some planning so it operates in a beneficial way.

Tower Terrace expected to open
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · April 20th, 2017
The Marion Chamber of Commerce is planning a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, April 21, at 10:30 a.m., for the completion of the Tower Terrace Road extension from 10th Street to Winslow Road.

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Be an "Environmentally Friendly" investor
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · April 20th, 2017
On April 22, we observe Earth Day, a worldwide event focusing on protecting the environment. As a citizen of this planet, you may want to take part in Earth Day activities. And as an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons from the environmental movement.

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Charles "Charlie" Quaas, 70
by Report submitted · April 20th, 2017
Charles "Charlie" Quaas, 70, of Alburnett, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017, at St. Lukes Hospital. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion.

June M. Mead, 91
by Report submitted · April 20th, 2017
June M. Mead, 91, of Marion, left this earth to be with her Lord on April 12, 2017, at Winslow House Care Center. In honoring her wishes there will be no visitations. A private family memorial service will take place at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion, with Pastor John Albertson presiding. Inurnment will take place at Riverside Cemetery, Anamosa.

Ronald Lethem, 90
by Report submitted · April 20th, 2017
Ronald Allen Lethem was born to Faye Marie (Gifford) and Walter Roy Lethem, Sr. on October 27, 1926, in Walnut, Iowa. He was the fifth of six children. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Maryville, Missouri. There, he graduated from high school and attended college. In 1946 Ron entered the Army Signal Corps and served as a basic training TS (Battlefield Field Communications) Instructor. After being honorably discharged, he entered the retail business and spent the next 25 years managing and supervising department stores in Iowa and Wisconsin for the C.R. Anthony Company.

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Garcia, Strottman lead Lions over Warriors
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · April 20th, 2017
Linn-Mar sophomore Hannah Garcia scored the lone Lion goal off of an assist from freshman Piper Carey last Thursday evening at home, and it was the only scoring the team would need. The Lions edged their Mississippi Valley Conference rival Cedar Rapids Washington by a 1-0 tally to improve their record to 2-0 both overall and in MVC play.

Indians pick up first win of 2017
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · April 20th, 2017
After suffering a tough 8-3 defeat at the hands of the Solon Spartans last Tuesday evening, the Marion girls' soccer team bounced back in a big way with a 3-0 triumph over Vinton-Shellsburg on the road last Thursday night. The win was not only Marion's first victory this season overall, but also their first WaMaC Conference victory.

Lions win Ron Kiser Invitational
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · April 20th, 2017
Not even the stacked field of teams at the annual Ron Kiser Invitational in Muscatine could slow down the red-hot Linn-Mar boys' tennis team. The Lions dominated the tourney en route to the team championship last Saturday.

Marion, LM approach Drake cutoff
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · April 20th, 2017
Barring an unlikely change of events, a plethora of Marion Indians and Linn-Mar Lions will be representing their respective schools at the Drake Relays starting on Thursday, April 27, at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The cutoff to qualify for the prestigious track meet is set for Thursday, April 20, at 11:59 p.m.

Swanger signs with TNU
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · April 20th, 2017
Marion senior Morgan Swanger signed her national letter of intent to continue on her career as a student-athlete last week. The volleyball star will continue her playing in the fall at Trevecca Nazarene University, an NCAA Division II institution that is located in Nashville, Tennessee.

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