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1 Construction progresses at Longfellow Elementary
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | June 22nd, 2017

Several Marion Independent School District agenda items were discussed at the regular BOE meeting on Monday evening, June 12, at 7 p.m., including an update on Longfellow Elementary additional geothermal costs and construction progress.
2 New library construction costs under review
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | June 22nd, 2017

Marion City Manager Lon Pluckhahn attended a special meeting with the Marion Public Library Board of Trustees and Director Elsworth Carman at the library on Wednesday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m. He said plans for City funding of the new library in a mixed-use facility are under in-depth review, citing financial constraints.
3 City of Marion plans to partner with high school building program
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | June 15th, 2017

Marion City Manager Lon Pluckhahn informed the Marion Independent School BOE on Monday evening, June 12, that the City is talking about the possibility of including the Marion High School's CTE program with the City's overall strategic Central Corridor plan. Area high school students currently build a home from scratch in Marion each year, and the cost of land is included in the price of the home once it is completed.
4 Inviting curb appeal means business in Uptown area
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | June 15th, 2017

Before a company can offer customers their products and services, it must first get them to open the door and come inside. This is why great curb appeal is so important, said former Coffee Smith's owner and SCORE Mentor Julie Lammers at the Uptown [Coffees] event held on Thursday, June 8, at 8:30 a.m.
5 Marion team to help seniors "reach higher" in the community
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | June 15th, 2017

"My goal is to make Marion a place where people of all ages experience an unequaled quality of life," said Mayor Nicolas AbouAssaly during a Seniors Connection meeting on Monday, June 12, at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall.
6 Connie's Quilt Shop celebrates 25 years
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | June 8th, 2017

Connie's Quilt Shop in Marion opened a quarter century ago, and recently celebrated the milestone with a 25th Anniversary Sale from May 25-27. Owner Connie Moyer said her customers come into her shop to look over the huge variety of fabrics and patterns available. And quilters travel long distances to visit her shop. "I pull in people from all over - Japan, The Netherlands, Australia," she said.
7 The Cherry Sisters: Marion's Priceless Paupers
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | June 8th, 2017

In precarious times, the five 'Cherry Sisters' rose above societal prejudices by persevering in the face of extreme opposition. They were Suffrage Era women in the entertainment business, and are named among other famous female Vaudeville performers such as Helen Keller, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Marie Dressler.
8 A possible Alburnett Road redesign discussed
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | June 1st, 2017

Marion's landscape is changing from a small bed -and-breakfast community to a Midwestern center for bicycling, the arts, nightlife, and entertainment. To aid in the transformation, easy-access commuting throughout the town has become a top priority for City officials, including an Alburnett Road Extension Project.
9 Historic church in Marion for sale
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | June 1st, 2017

More than 20 years before the American Civil War, circuit riding preachers tirelessly began commuting on horseback or in carriages from town to town bringing the gospel to early Iowa pioneers. And those who gathered to greet the most honored guests surely straightened bonnets and adjusted suspenders in anticipation of their arrival.
10 New Century Event Rental & Consignment now open
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | June 1st, 2017

After 20 years of setting up tents, New Century Tents owners Matt and Michelle Fulmer, noticed party hosts packing up an abundance of used and new left-over items from weddings, receptions, and graduation events. "We noticed that after each party, people had stuff that they didn't know what to do with - decorations, centerpieces, tablecloths, formal wear, etc.," Michelle said. "So we decided to open the consignment shop in Marion."
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