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ImaginArt in the Alleys gains ground!
ImaginArt in the Alleys gains ground!
FEATURED PHOTO · Times Photo By Deirdre Ryan, A ground breaking ceremony was held on Saturday, April 23, at 10 a.m. to mark the start of the ImaginArt in the Alleys project. Marion Chamber Ambassadors joined the City of Marion officials and project coordinators at the event. This ceremony kicked off the Marion City Showcase that took place in the City Square Park from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. ImaginArt in the Alleys is a placemaking project that will bring life, vitality and art to the alleyways between 10th and 11th Streets and 7th and 8th Avenues in Uptown Marion. The project will transform the alleys through infrastructure improvements and the installation of both functional and creative art. Nine art pieces have been commissioned for permanent display throughout the project area. The artists represent a mix of local and national individuals, selected through a national call to artists in 2015. ImaginArt in the Alleys is a collaborative effort between ArtPlace America, the City of Marion, and the Marion Chamber of Commerce. The project was awarded a $350,000 grant from ArtPlace America,, with additional support from the City of Marion and private donations.
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Building Trades Class completes 25th house
by Nancy Grindle · April 28th, 2016
The house built by the joint Marion/Linn-Mar building trades class is getting finishing touches in preparation for an open house to be held Friday, May 13, 5-8 p.m., and Sunday May 15, 2-4 p.m. This is the 25th house and 25th year for the Building Trades Program, so it's a special occasion indeed.

City Council holds 'Livability Expo' before recent meeting
by Nancy Grindle · April 28th, 2016
On Thursday, April 21, a free livability expo was held at City Hall to showcase the new Marion active-living plan, called "Step Into Nature." It began at 4:30 and preceded the regular 5:30 council meeting.

Linn-Mar LIONS Awards recognize leaders
by Nancy Grindle · April 28th, 2016
On Wednesday, April 13, a special reception was held to recognize and celebrate the efforts of LIONS Awards recipients as well as Volunteer Unsung Hero recipients. People from throughout the community attended the event.

Marion to Guatamala, then home again!
by Gary Follmann · April 28th, 2016
In January, while many of us were fighting frigid temperatures and wanting warmer weather, 11 members from the Marion Christian Church flew to LaAntigua, Guatemala, for a life-changing Mission event. The Church teamed up with an organization called "Imagining Guatemala."

MISD Board plans for future school year
by Nancy Grindle · April 28th, 2016
The Marion Independent School District Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, April 25 at the administrative board room. Board President David Law was absent, so the meeting was conducted by Dennis Trout.

Taube farmers' markets provide good 'mix'
by Deirdre Ryan · April 28th, 2016
It's that time of year again ... The weekly Taube farmers' market will once again commence; tying together families, friends, vendors, and visitors from all around.

'W' Salon and Spa brings chic, modern style
by Alyssa Vicente · April 28th, 2016
A trendy new addition to the Marion family, The W Salon and Spa, moved into the Indian Creek Mall on Marion Blvd. The W Salon provides a unique atmosphere to all of their clients. When walking into the salon, the royal treatment begins. From wall to wall, this salon has a glamorous, romantic charm. The glitzy decor is fabulous, as are the wonderful stylists.

L-M Board observes new website in action
by Nancy Grindle · April 21st, 2016
At Monday evening's meeting of the Linn-Mar Board of Education, Jeri Ramos, Executive Director of Technology, presented a short update on the new Linn-Mar website.

Marion's Police Chief leaving a legacy
by Deirdre Ryan · April 21st, 2016
Born to lead, serve, and protect.

For almost 40 years, Marion Police Chief Harry Daugherty, has been a part of the Marion Police Department, providing the public with the feeling of peace and safety in the community around them. Beginning his service to the department as a patrolman, this natural-born leader worked his way up the ranks for 20 years. He went on to Sergeant, then a Lieutenant, and finally the Chief of Police.

New head football coach selected for Marion Independent
April 21st, 2016
The Marion Independent School District would like to announce Tim Lovell as the new Head Varsity Football Coach at Marion High School.

New Library Director Carman begins this week
by Nancy Grindle · April 21st, 2016
Elsworth Carman began his new job as the Marion Library Director this past Monday. Despite a full schedule his first day, he graciously took time to grant us an interview.

THE chocolate SHOP serves sweet experience
by Alyssa Vicente · April 21st, 2016
As a 12-year Marion resident, I have had the pleasure of visiting all of Marion's best kept secrets, "mom-and-pop" shops, and meeting the wonderful people that give Marion its charm.

'Earth Day' is opportunity to take ownership
by Gary Follmann · April 21st, 2016
Every year, this day comes around on our calenders, marking Earth Day on April 22, but I, maybe like a few of you, really had no idea what it was, why it came to be, or even what it is about. So upon a little investigation, let me help break it down for you and shed some light on the importance of why it is celebrated.

Celebrate Earth Day with Trees Forever
April 14th, 2016
Grab a Shovel, Work Gloves, or a Bicycle!
It's Time to Help the Earth!

Nature-lovers are invited to volunteer and learn more about the environment during Trees Forever's Earth Week Blitz (April 17-23).

Church lands top prize in competition
by Gary Follmann · April 14th, 2016
The Edward Everett Oratory Contest is an annual student speech competition at Hillsdale College. Local Marion High School graduate, John Church, recently won the competition, awarding him $3000 as first prize in the contest.
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