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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."

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."

Hunting seasons starting to close
by Report submitted · January 12th, 2017
Iowa's pheasant, late muzzleloader and archery deer, and archery fall turkey seasons closed on Jan. 10. Furbearer seasons, squirrel, quail, partridge, and grouse remain open until Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Student Contest
by Report submitted · January 12th, 2017
The American Lung Association of Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health, is launching its annual Radon Poster Contest this month, National Radon Action Month, to spread awareness of the dangerous gas radon. Students within the age range of 9 through 14 can submit a self-made poster that will increase public awareness of radon and encourage others to test their homes. Winners will receive cash prizes up to $300. Posters are due Thursday, March 2. Guidelines and an entry form are available at

Emery Place awarded 2017 Best of Assisted Living Award
by Report submitted · January 12th, 2017
Emery Place Assisted Living & Memory Care is proud to announce that they have been selected as one of the 2017 Best of Assisted Living Award Winners on, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America. This is the second year in a row, since opening their community in May of 2015, in which Emery Place has received this honorable award.

Iowa Farm Bureau recognized with highest honor for fourth consecutive year
by Report submitted · January 12th, 2017
The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), Iowa's largest grassroots farm organization, received several honors this week during the 2017 American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) Annual Convention in Phoenix, most notably, the Pinnacle Award, the highest level of recognition presented to a state Farm Bureau.

Mathis sworn into Legislative Session
by Article submitted by Senator Liz Mathis · January 12th, 2017
This week I was sworn into the 87th General Assembly. You elected me as your State Senator and I promise to listen to concerns, opinions and ideas and work for all constituents in my District during this session.

American Red Cross accepting nominations for Salute to Heroes
by Report submitted · January 12th, 2017
Do you know someone who has saved a life, made your community a safer place or gone above and beyond to help someone in need?

College News
by Report Submitted · January 12th, 2017
College News

Everyone has a role in making our roads safer
by Report submitted by Mike Skaggs · January 12th, 2017
No one wakes up thinking they will lose a loved one in a car crash that day. But every day about 100 people die in crashes and more than 1,000 suffer life-changing injuries.

FIRST LEGO teams compete at State
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · January 12th, 2017
Each of Oak Ridge Middle School's FIRST LEGO teams will participate in the State LEGO League competition to be held Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14 and 15, at Iowa State University in Ames.

Linn-Mar College/Career Center to hold Parent Night
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · January 12th, 2017
On Monday evening, January 16, the High School College and Career Center will hold an information session for 10th grade parents and guardians at the Center, which is by the South Commons and near the 11th/12th grade office. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.
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