State to sell privately run Marion prison

State lawmakers on Tuesday approved legislation to allow the sale and privatization of a second Ohio prison. House Bill 238, which cleared a final House vote, would put the North Central Correctional Institution in Marion on the auction block. Gov. John Kasich intends to sign the legislation, according to gubernatorial spokesman Rob Nichols. The money […]

City of Marion set to begin mosquito fogging

The City of Marion Parks Department said they will begin their mosquito fogging operations later this week. These operations will occur on Thursday or Friday mornings, typically between 4:00am and 7:00am and last throughout the summer as needed and as weather permits. The areas that will be sprayed will rotate based on the mosquito populations. […]

Ohio dumps PARCC for statewide testing

Ohio became the latest state to pull out of the PARCC Common Core testing consortium after months of angry complaints about the new online tests having too many technology glitches and of eating up far too much learning time for students. In signing the state’s two-year budget bill Tuesday night, Gov. John Kasich agreed with […]

Governor signs new state budget, uses 44 line item vetoes

Gov. John Kasich signed a $130.3 billion budget bill Tuesday that will govern Ohio’s spending the next two years, but not before using his line-item veto to eliminate 44 provisions. Among the items Kasich eliminated from the spending document were provisions that would have required the Ohio Lottery Commission to add electronic keno and bingo […]

Marion Board of Elections offer class on campaign finance rules

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The Marion County Board of Elections (BOE) is announcing a two hour training class on Campaign Finance Reporting Basics. The session will be led by Jason Miller, Assistant Campaign Finance Administrator for the Ohio Secretary of State. The training includes the basics every candidate, potential candidate, and campaign treasurer needs to know in order to […]

Marion Community Foundation hires Stevenson as Communications Manager

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Lori S. Stevenson has been selected to fill the new position of Communications Manager at Marion Community Foundation, announced Dr. Charles Garvin, Board of Directors chairman. “We are pleased to welcome Lori, although she is by no means new to Marion Community Foundation,” said president and CEO Dean L. Jacob. “She has served as our […]

Supreme Court decision could help redistricting reform for Ohio

Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of Arizona’s redistricting commission means Ohio could act quickly to reform its process for drawing congressional district maps. Late last year, Ohio lawmakers passed revisions to the state legislative redistricting process with large bipartisan support in both chambers. Ohio Republicans then cited the Arizona case as the main […]

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