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Flood levees lead to costly project to redraw maps

Flood levees lead to costly project to redraw maps

The levee at Marion was built in the mid-1960s as a response in part to the flood of 1951. It begins on the north side of Marion and ends up in the natural geographics of what Marion residents call “the hill.” Without proper levee certification and accreditation by two federal agencies, the cities of Marion and Florence would have federal maps […]

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Couple finding that a ‘tiny house’ is a good fit

Couple finding that a ‘tiny house’ is a good fit

Kyle and Danae Schmidt pose in front of the tiny house dream home they have been building in Hillsboro. Once complete, the couple plan to live comfortable in the 200-square-foot structure that includes two lofts. (Zac Remboldt photo) Kyle and Danae Schmidt are building their dream home: a tiny house. Once it’s built, the Schmidts plan to live comfortably in […]

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Safety tips for consumers with their mowers, chain saws, high-ethanol gas

With warm weather on the way, many Americans will be heading outdoors. Whether you’re beautifying your landscape with a lawn mower and hedge trimmer or using a chain saw to clear space for that deck you’ve always dreamed of, it’s important to take proper care when using outdoor power equipment. Safety measures help protect both the equipment and the people […]

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Turn your ‘victory garden’ into a ‘vitamin garden’ with no-fail, high-nutrition veggies and herbs

It’s a well-known fact that few Americans actually get the recommended daily dose of vitamins. Many turn to over-the-counter supplements to fill in nutritional gaps. But wouldn’t it be better—not to mention tastier—to get needed nutrients from what you eat? This season, why not turn your vegetable and herb garden into a “vitamin garden?” Fortunately, many vitamin-packed vegetables and herbs […]

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Bringing life back into your yard and garden

Return of the green: Get your grass and garden growing again Spring season is a time of regeneration and renewal as you prepare to bring life back to your lawn and garden. Taking the proper steps after seasonal changes or severe weather conditions can prove to be the difference between creating a breathtaking landscape or an outdoor space with unsightly […]

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10 reasons to love your lawn

As summer approach­es and your thoughts turn to home im­provement and the outdoors, you’re probably considering a variety of ways to make your home more comfortable, more attractive and more environmentally sustainable – while hopefully increasing its value as well. One feature that can achieve all these goals is a healthy lawn. Perhaps surprisingly, installing and maintaining a natural turf […]

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Spring into four simple DIY home decorating trends

Whether you’re personalizing a new home or revitalizing an old room, the start of spring is when newly imagined spaces become do-it-yourself realities. Here are four easy and affordable DIY tips to bring 2014’s trends into your home. Don’t just spring clean … spring create Spring cleaning doesn’t have to mean getting rid of everything in the garage. Familiar pieces […]

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Personalize your backyard with a concrete path

Paths provide the practical purpose of connecting two or more locations but a well-made walkway that will stand up for years can enrich the natural landscape of a backyard and complement the exterior look of a home. While traditionally popular materials for creating paths, like brick and stone, are attractive and durable, they can be expensive and challenging to install. […]

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Marion electric customers can expect increase

Residential and business customers in Marion will see higher electric rates when they get their bills May 1, based on action taken March 24 by the Marion City Council. City Administrator Roger Holter said the rate increase ties to consumer consumption. “We track from March 15 to April 15 with the amount used during that period sent out on May […]

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Restoring antique cars drives Hillsboro hobbyist

Restoring antique cars drives Hillsboro hobbyist

Richard Dirks poses with the 1931 Model A Ford Coupe he restored several years ago. He has been restoring antiques for more than six decades. Restoring and preserving antique vehicles has been a hobby of Richard Dirks for more than six decades. Born and raised in Marion County, Dirks has loved cars ever since he was a boy. “I tried […]

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