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FEATURED PHOTO · Times Photo By Alyssa Vicente On Thursday, July 21, Marion's own City Square bustled with the sights, sounds, and even smells of two different events...The Fiesta Block Party celebrated 20 years! Hosts for this annual event were: Carlos O' Kelly's, Farmers State Bank and Martin Gardner Architecture. This is the Marion Chamber of Commerce's most popular networking event; an evening opportunity to get to know the business community while enjoying complementary hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Guests of the Fiesta Block Party celebrated from 5 to 7 p.m. Also that same evening, the weekly Big Band Concert took place in City Square Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The 17-piece band plays big band music from the '30s, '40s and '50s. This is the band's 16th year providing free summer concerts in Marion.
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City Council approves amendments for property maps, plats
by By Nancy Grindle Times News · September 29th, 2016
On Thursday, September 22, it was known that the Cedar River was on the rise and would be affecting the Greater Cedar Rapids area. With that in mind, Marion Police Lieutenant Lance Miller updated the City Council at the beginning of its meeting, with information about Emergency Management Operations. By that time, a number of downtown government buildings had already evacuated people.

Forum solidifies district's plans
by By Nancy Grindle Times News · September 29th, 2016
The Linn-Mar School Board last week hosted a forum for all who live in the Linn-Mar district to listen to community feedback regarding the long-range strategic plan for the district.

Advertisement Lowes leaving a "lasting legacy"
by Sarah Olberding Times News · September 29th, 2016
As parade grand marshal with her family, Alyce Lowe was ecstatic to be back in Marion for the Swamp Fox Festival, her 91st birthday, and the 10-year anniversary of the Lowe Park Arts & Entertainment Center.

Veterans honored with 25th annual Honor Flight
by By Nancy Grindle Times News · September 29th, 2016
A large crowd of people gathered at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to welcome home the 25th Eastern Iowa Honor Flight after the veterans and their guardians spent the day in Washington, D.C., and the surrounding area.

Charles Marple, 80
September 29th, 2016
Charles Thomas Marple, 80, of Cedar Rapids passed away at Meth-Wick Community on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. A visitation was held on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. A private inurnment service was held at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids on Monday, Sept. 26, and was followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. in the St. Paul's sanctuary. An informal reception followed the service.

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Health Tips and Advice for Senior Travelers
by Report Submitted · September 22nd, 2016
My husband and I are recently retired and would like to do some traveling both in the United States and abroad, but worry about health issues, such as insurance, finding a good hospital if we get sick, etc. What tips can you offer health conscious seniors who want to travel?

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Bradley "Brad" Alan Van Dee, 43
September 29th, 2016
Bradley "Brad" Alan Van Dee, 43, of Marion, Iowa, passed away on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, surrounded by his mother and son. God took him away to be with his father and older brother, Daniel Alan. Cremation has been accorded. A memorial gathering celebrating Brad's life was held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Graveside Service was at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Oak Shade Cemetery, Marion with Revs. Greg Williamson and David Renfro officiating.

Gayelle B (Hall) Manuel Bowdish, 82
September 29th, 2016
Gayelle B. Hall Manuel Bowdish, 82, of Marion, passed away Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, at Bickford Assisted Living and Memory Care in Marion. Friends and family gathered from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25,
at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion, followed by a memorial service at 3:30 p.m. A private family burial will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Anamosa, at a later date.

Richard E. Franks, 79
September 29th, 2016
Richard E. Franks, 79, of Springville, passed away Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City. Per Richard's wishes, no services will be held.

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Borens undergoes shoulder surgery
by By Brandon Leonard Times Sports · September 23rd, 2016
The 2016 football season for Indiana State University and former Marion Indian student-athlete Zach Borens was pretty much over before it began, due to an ongoing shoulder problem that Borens has been dealing with for quite some time. Another surgery that took place on Monday, his third on the same labrum, will put the 6'8" mountain of a man on the shelf for the remainder of the season for the Sycamores.

CR Wash thumps Linn-Mar football
by By Brandon Leonard Times Sports · September 23rd, 2016
The Linn-Mar Lions knew they would have their hands full when they took to the gridiron against Cedar Rapids Washington, a team that now sits 4-0 on the season. The Warriors flexed their muscles early and often last Friday evening as they defeated the Lions 49-14 in both teams' final non-district matchup.

Indians finish 3-2 at Benton tourney
by By Brandon Leonard Times Sports · September 23rd, 2016
The Marion volleyball team won three of its five contests at the Benton Community Tournament last Saturday in Van Horne and also picked up a conference victory earlier in the week with a 3-0 sweep on the road against Center Point-Urbana.

L-M, Marion well represented at Heartland Invite
by By Brandon Leonard Times Sports · September 23rd, 2016
The Heartland Invitational on the campus of Iowa State University is perennially one of the largest prep cross-country meets in the state of Iowa, and that was the case again last Saturday in Ames as 31 teams and 206 runners were scored on the boys' side of things.

Lions dispose of Waterloo West
by By Brandon Leonard Times Sports · September 23rd, 2016
Three sets were all that were needed last Tuesday evening, Sept. 13, as the Linn-Mar volleyball girls cruised to victory against Waterloo West. The Lions took sets by scores of 25-15, 25-11 and 25-7 to pick up their 14th win of the season.

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