Articles By: Patty Decker

Church steps up for local ministry

A total of 111 families in Marion County will have a happier Thanksgiving Day, thanks to the generosity of the Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church congregation. Sara Wichert, EMBC member, said the turkey basket program is now in its fourth year. ?The first year was 2009,? she said, ?and we set a goal of 50 baskets, but we got 75 requests. […]

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Marion set for holiday home tour

Four festive locations are part of this year?s 13th annual Christmas Home Tour from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, sponsored by the Marion City Library. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased the day of the tour at the library or any of the participating locations. Featured homes include the Adkins? place at 420 N. Freeborn; the […]

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DEATH: Clara E. “Bunny” Kaiser

Clara E. ?Bunny? Kaiser, 95, retired from civil service, died Nov. 20 at her home in Lincolnville. The funeral is at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at St. John?s Lutheran Church, 200 Sixth St., Lincolnville. Burial will be at Lincolnville Cemetery. Visitation is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion. Interment with Military Rites […]

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Fire destroys unoccupied house

Fire destroys unoccupied house

A charred shell is about all that remains after fire destroyed this house at 207 N. Washington in Hillsboro in the early morning hours of Nov. 5. The structure, owned by Johnnie Liles, did not have anyone living in it at the time. The cause of the fire is undetermined. Fire destroyed a house at 207 N. Washington St. in […]

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Seniors hear ‘whole’ truth about wheat

Seniors hear ‘whole’ truth about wheat

Mary Beth Bowers points to the ?whole wheat stamp? on the back side of a snack sack. ?Pay close attention because whole wheat can?t be called whole wheat unless bran, germ and endosperm are all present,? she told the nearly 100 people who gathered for Friday?s Lifelong Learning session on the Tabor College campus. Almost 100 people heard the ?whole? […]

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Marion council reviews options for single-stream

The Marion City Council discussed at its Nov. 12 meeting three options for getting involved in single-stream recycling before directing the administration to look at a combination of curbside and storage bin. Roger Holter, interim city administrator, said the third option was keeping the status quo with citizens taking recyclables to the transfer station 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday […]

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Time to retool

Time to retool

New owner Doug Kjellin stands outside his newly acquired corporate plant near Durham. ?I traded in a mountain of frustration for a mountain of responsibility,? Kjellin said about his career change. ?But it?s been a good trade.? Doug Kjellin, 49, former city administrator in Marion, recently went from being a public servant to owner of an implement trailer manufacturing company […]

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USPS announces holiday shipping schedule

With only 42 days left until Christmas, the U.S. Postal Service has released its holiday shipping schedule. According to Hillsboro postmaster Becky Larsen, the dates are not deadlines, but instead are guidelines so that customers can make sure packages and cards are delivered in time for Christmas. If normal holiday conditions prevail, though, the chances are good that letters and […]

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Marion police say new stop signs can increase safety

Marion police say new stop signs can increase safety

New stop signs were installed last week at this intersection at Coble and Lawrence streets in Marion. Police officers say they will be watching for stop-sign violators. Four-way stop signs were put in place last week at the intersections of Lawrence and Freeborn, Lawrence and Coble, and Lawrence and Roosevelt streets. According to Marion Police Chief Tyler Mermis, motorists will […]

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Halloween highlights abound

Even though Halloween is over, it?s hard for me to let it go until I can tell a few more stories. It never ceases to amaze me how creative so many parents can be when making costumes for their children. This year was no exception as hundreds of little ones dressed as monsters, fairies, Ninja Turtles, cowboys and other characters […]

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