When a tornado approaches….

  • In homes or small buildings. Go to the basement or cellar (if
    available) or to an interior room on the lowest floor, such as a closet
    or bathroom. Upper floors are unsafe. If there is no time to descend,
    go to a closet, a small room with strong walls, or an inside hallway.
    Wrap yourself in overcoats or blankets to protect yourself from flying
  • In schools, hospitals, factories or shopping
    centers. Go to interior rooms and halls on the lowest floor. Stay away
    from glass-enclosed places or areas with wide-span roofs such as
    auditoriums and warehouses. Crouch and cover your head. Don't take
    shelter in halls that open to the south or the west. Centrally located
    stairwells are good shelter.
  • In cars or mobile homes.
    Abandon them immediately. If you are in either of those locations,
    leave them and go to a substantial structure or designed tornado
  • If no suitable structure is nearby. Lie flat in the
    nearest ditch or depression and use your hands to cover your head. Be
    alert for flash floods.
  • During a tornado. Absolutely avoid
    buildings with large, free-span roofs. Stay away from west and south
    walls. Remember: lowest level, smallest room, center part.

Marion high and middle schools release honor rolls

Marion High School and Marion Middle School have released their respective honor rolls for academic success during the third quarter of the 2006-07 school year.

To be included on the high honor roll, a student needs a grade-point average between 4.0 and 3.75. An asterisk (*) denotes a 4.0 GPA.

To be named to the regular honor roll, a GPA of betwen 3.74 and 3.5 is required.

To be named to the honorable mention honor roll, students need a GPA between 3.49 and 3.0.


Two new floral, plant stores open in Marion

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Tamara Christensen (left photo) of Plantations, and Denise Matz (left in right photo) and Wendy Youk of Aunt Bee?s are enthused about their new ventures. Plantations focuses on floral art while Aunt Bee?s emphasizes landscaping needs. Click to enlarge.

With the arrival of spring, two new horticulture businesses have sprouted in Marion?s retail business district.

Plantations, owned and operated by Tamara Christiansen at 420 E. Main, celebrated its grand opening March 21.

Aunt Bee?s Floral, Garden Center & Gifts, owned and operated by Wendy Youk, is having its grand opening today, April 4, at 1201 E. Main.

DCP signup deadline is Aug. 3

The signup deadline for producers enrolling in the the 2007 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program has been extended to Aug. 3.

The extension of time is being offered due to issues involving the recent ineffective performance of the Farm Service Agency?s Web-based computer system.