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Giving Tree to compete at state level
Giving Tree to compete at state level
FEATURED PHOTO · -Times Photo By Deirdre Ryan Richie Akers (pictured) and wife Heather, own and operate the Giving Tree Theater in Marion. On Wednesday, August 26, the couple will attend the Iowa Downtown Summit to compete in the state-wide level of the "Open 4 Business" contest. If the Akers win this final round, they will return to Marion with $20,000.
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Giving Tree to compete at state level
by Deirdre Ryan · July 23rd, 2015
For many family-owned businesses, getting things 'off of the ground' can be tricky ... and even a lengthly process. But for the Giving Tree Theater in Marion, that luckily, has not been the case!


Governor's veto affects Marion School District
by Jordan Hansen · July 23rd, 2015
The Marion Independent School District stands to lose nearly $215,000 after Iowa Governor Terry Branstad vetoes an education bill.


Learn ABC's at discovery garden
by Deirdre Ryan · July 23rd, 2015
A is for Azalea, B is for Baby's Breath and C is for Carnation. This type of alphabet reference is not normally taught at school, but at the ABC Discovery Garden at Lowe Park, children and parents can come and learn an entire alphabetical list of plants and flowers.


Marion Chamber takes to the golf course
by Cassie Busch · July 23rd, 2015
The Marion Chamber of Commerce had a beautiful day for their 32nd Annual Marion Chamber Golf Outing fundraiser at Hunter's Ridge on Tuesday, July 14.


New Iowa science standards released to State Board of Ed
by Nancy Grindle · July 23rd, 2015
A Science Standards Review Team has completed a final report which was sent to the Iowa State Board of Education for consideration.


First Eat. Drink. & Be Marion is a success
by Cassie Busch · July 16th, 2015
Uptown Marion hosted a hugely successful fundraiser on Thursday, July 9, in downtown Marion. The inaugural "Eat. Drink. & Be Marion." was a food and pub crawl. This first-time event did much better than expected.


New Linn-Mar superintendent lays initial plans
by Nancy Grindle · July 16th, 2015
At Monday evening's regular meeting of the Linn-Mar Board of Education, Quintin Shepherd, the district's new superintendent, outlined his plan for his first 100 days in that position. He termed it a "multi-framed perspective," of what is "unique and important."


Updates from the Marion City Council chambers
by Jordan Hansen · July 16th, 2015
At an otherwise quiet council meeting, a resolution arose that would allow the City of Marion to pay City Manager Lon Pluckhahn by performance.


Updates from the Marion City Council chambers
by Cassie Busch · July 16th, 2015
There are a lot of good things in the works in Marion this summer, and a few of them were the focus of the City Council meeting on July 7.


Community band takes to the square
by Cassie Busch · July 9th, 2015
The Marion Community Band took center stage for the final concert of their season in Marion Square Park on Thursday, July 2, as part of the 32nd annual Music on the Square in Marion.


Independence Day comes to Marion
by Deirdre Ryan · July 9th, 2015
For some, the United States flag represents honor, hope, faith and freedom, but for Joseph and Shirley Larrimore of Marion, the flag really stands for so much more than that.


Marion author Buckley completes fourth book
by Nancy Grindle · July 9th, 2015
Robert Buckley has just released his latest book, The Denarius, and if you are looking for a fine read, this is it. A denarius is a silver coin which originated in Rome in Biblical times and went with the Romans wherever they traveled.


Marion donation will become 'Waldo's Rock Park'
by Jordan Hansen · July 9th, 2015
A donation of 7.4 acres by local resident Waldo Morris is allowing the City of Marion to build a new park.


Wise succeeds Buck at Iowa Dept of Ed
by Nancy Grindle · July 9th, 2015
On July 30, Ryan Wise was selected to become the new director of the Iowa Department of Education. He succeeds Brad Buck, who is now Cedar Rapids' superintendent.


Fly in, drive in, or just stroll in to visit
by Cassie Busch · July 2nd, 2015
The Marion Airport hosted its 28th Annual Fly In, Drive In Breakfast on Sunday, June 28, from 6 to 11:30 a.m. Attendees could feast on a hearty meal in the airplane hangar of eggs, sausages and pancakes which was $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children, with a $1.00 discount for those wearing Freedom Festival Buttons.
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