Applications sought for over $25k in federal emergency food and shelter program funds

Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission, the local administrative agent for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, has announced that Marion County will receive $25,627 in federal funding this year to supplement emergency food and shelter programs. Local agencies that provide such services and want to apply for funding from the county’s program board will need […]

Kingston Residence to hold 6th annual Boomer & Senior Expo

The 6th Annual Boomer & Senior Expo hosted by Kingston Residence of Marion is Friday, May 25, 2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Over 45 vendors will be on-hand to provide information, products and services for seniors. The theme is “Honoring Our Hometown Heroes” and there will be a special ceremony at Noon to recognize Veterans […]

Inspector General report finds Marion inmates pirated movies, accessed personal information, and built computers from spare parts

Inmates at Ohio’s Marion Correctional Institution assembled several dozen computers from various parts, pirated software and illegally copied movies to broadcast on the prison movie network, an investigation from the state inspector general has found. The findings, released in a report Tuesday, stemmed from a previous 2017 investigation that found inmates hacked into the prison […]

Stalemate continues at Ohio House over election of new Speaker

The Ohio House’s stalemate over finding a new speaker will continue into its second week, as lawmakers canceled another planned vote Wednesday amid uncertainty over whether Rep. Ryan Smith has the needed votes to win the job. “I want to use the old carpenter’s axiom that you measure twice and cut once, so I need […]

First scholarships from Whirlpool wind turbine project announced

Turning wind power into scholars is what the partnership of Whirlpool Corporation’s Marion Operations and One Energy LLC has accomplished. In 2018, eight local students have been selected by Marion Community Foundation’s scholarship committee to receive the appliance manufacturer’s STEM scholarships. These include: Jason Joehlin, James Lee, Franklyn Lofton, Phillip Nicol, Joshua Niles, Dawson Pike, […]

2018 Spring Hydrant Flushing – Week 7

Aqua Ohio’s Marion Division will conduct water main flushing in the Marion County service area Monday, May 21 through Friday, May 25, 2018 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. “Flushing is an important part of our system’s regular maintenance program. It ensures hydrants and valves are working properly and helps prevent sediment buildup,” said Don […]

Marion drive-thru robbed by armed suspect

The Marion Police Department is seeking tips from the community following an armed robbery of a Marion drive-thru late Sunday evening. At 10:19pm on May 20, 2018, the Marion Police Department received a report of an armed robbery to Jack’s Drive Thru located at 412 West Center Street in Marion. The suspect allegedly entered the […]

Feds turn down Ohio request for exemption from individual mandate

The federal government has turned down Ohio’s request to nix Obamacare’s individual mandate, saying the Department of Insurance didn’t provide necessary information in its application. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in a Thursday letter to Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment, said Ohio needs to provide a state plan that “among […]

Judges decline to halt Ohio medical marijuana implementation

A pair of Franklin County judges ruled this week against stopping Ohio’s medical marijuana program, siding with state regulators and patients who said any further delay in the program would prevent sick people from getting their medicine. Unsuccessful applicants to grow medical marijuana wanted the court to pause the program while state regulators consider their […]

Nearly 350 graduate from Marion Technical College

A total of 346 students graduated from Marion Technical College on May 12, 2018 with a degree or a certificate at the Marion Palace Theatre. This is the largest number awarded in the last five years and a 10 percent increase over 2017. “These students showed dedication and perseverance to get to their next degree,” […]