Historical Society set for 12th annual “A Night at Heritage Hall”

Night at Heritage Hall

On March 23 and 24, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, the Marion County Historical Society will present the 12th Annual “A Night at Heritage Hall” an evening of self-guided flashlight tours throughout Heritage Hall, a historic 1910 Federal Post Office converted into the Heritage Hall Museum. As visitors tour by flashlight (provided), around […]

Judge blocks Ohio’s Down syndrome abortion ban

Ohio’s new Down syndrome abortion ban is on hold after a federal judge in Cincinnati sided with abortion providers who claimed the ban was unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday blocking the new law from going into effect next week while the case continues. Black wrote in a 22-page […]

State school board votes to oppose merger, legislature says they should not interfere

The state school board should not be taking votes about a bill that would change the entire state education bureaucracy, Rep. Bill Reineke, the bill’s sponsor, said Wednesday. Reineke, a Tiffin Republican, blasted Tuesday’s vote by the board to oppose the bill as a “self-serving” attempt to ” interfere in the internal deliberations of the […]

Patrol warns: “Don’t Press your Luck this St. Patrick’s Day”

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging those who are planning on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to designate a sober driver. The Patrol and local law enforcement will work together to remove impaired drivers from the roadways as part of the National Highway Safety Administration’s Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign. The consumption of alcohol […]

Two “major drug dealers” arrested

The MARMET/METRICH Drug Task Force, with the assistance of the Marion Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, said they have arrested two major drug dealers. The investigation was concluded this past weekend with the arrest of Shiloh Jackson, 28, and Sylvester Jones, 33. Both men are from Marion and were […]

Palace Theatre seeks talent for Open Mic Nite in the May Pavilion

Marion Palace Theatre management announces it will host an Open Mic Nite in the theatre’s May Pavilion on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. This event is open to performers of all ages and a variety of talents from musicians, dancers, and singers to magicians, comedians, and poets. Performers wishing to share their talent […]

Marion unemployment up slightly with large decrease in available workforce

Unemployment in Marion County edged up slightly in January 2018 to 5.0 percent, up from 4.9 percent in December. The rate remains far below a year ago when it stood at 6.5 percent. The rate change comes from a large decrease in the available workforce, down 400, and 100 more people listed as unemployed. Rates […]

Ohio Democrats push bill to increase minimum wage to $15

House and Senate Democrats are pushing a bill that would incrementally raise Ohio’s minimum wage to $15 by 2025. The proposal is all but dead on arrival in the Republican-controlled General Assembly, but the bill sponsors say they need to explore every path toward raising Ohio’s minimum wage from its current $8.30 an hour. “You’ve […]

Bill would provide tax credit, recognition for still births in Ohio

Heather Johnston Welliver told lawmakers Tuesday morning she had just six hours in 2014 with her daughter Lydia, who was stillborn, to read to her, kiss her and tell her how much she loves her. Then came the cremation and memorial service, the hospital bills and the grief counseling she needed after the painful and […]

Marion police arrest man in connection to Friday homicide

The Marion Police Department is investigating an alleged homicide that took place on Friday, March 9, 2018 in Marion. A suspect was arrested on Saturday. On March 9 at 7:50 p.m., the Marion Police Department received a report of a deceased person at 643 Universal Avenue in Marion. After an initial investigation and a preliminary […]

Troopers seek witnesses to serious crash on Sunday

The Marion Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to a serious injury crash that occurred at 10:05 pm on March 11, 2018 on US 23 near milepost 7 (north of the rest area) in Marion Township. According to the Patrol, a 2005 Chevrolet Express passenger van driven by Becky L. Porter, 54, of […]

State Auditors found 321 public records violations in 2017, including 3 in Marion County

State auditors issued 321 public records-related citations to 267 public entities in calendar year 2017 – a 22 percent drop in citations from the prior year, Auditor of State Dave Yost announced today as part of Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative designed to raise awareness of the importance of open government and public records. In […]

Draft Ohio education goals would put emotional health, critical reasoning and job skills on par with English and math

Schools shouldn’t be just about test scores in math and English, the state school board says. They should also be about emotional health, critical reasoning and how to be an “engaged, culturally aware and contributing member of society.” And they should help prepare students for jobs, as much as they do for college. After a […]

Community invited to “Speed Date” your local leaders

League of Women Voters Marion will sponsor a Speed Date Your Local Leaders public meeting on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the Marion Senior Center, 2375 Harding Hwy East. About 60 community residents are needed to sit at round tables ready to meet the 10 Local Leaders invited to conduct the Speed Dates. The program […]

Smoke alarms have an expiration date, check them as you move your clocks forward

Ohioans shouldn’t just move their clocks forward one hour this Sunday, March 11, 2018, they should also check to see if a potentially lifesaving device has expired – their smoke alarm. Along with making sure the alarms have a fresh set of batteries, checking the expiration date is crucial to fire prevention safety. “Smoke alarms […]

ODNR cautions residents during Spring wildfire season

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reminds Ohioans to take precautions while burning debris this spring and to know the state’s outdoor burning regulations. Ohio law states outdoor debris burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during March, April and May. Burning is limited in the spring due to the abundance of […]

Democratic candidates for Ohio governor hold debate highlighted by jabs and policy differences

It took several months and a few debates, but the Democratic candidates for governor finally delivered something that’s been sorely lacking in the race – an actual debate. The candidates mostly did what they needed to do. Former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray staved off attacks from the other candidates. Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich […]

This weekend at the Palace – Chicago tribute concert and movie “Darkest Hour”

The Palace Cultural Arts Association (PCAA) says patrons will have the opportunity to attend two separate events this weekend at the historic Marion Palace Theatre located at 276 W. Center Street in downtown Marion, Ohio. BRASS TRANSIT, Toronto’s dynamic, crowd-pleasing, studio-tight CHICAGO tribute, delivers a show spanning all the hits from CHICAGO’s golden age, 1969-1976. […]

CDC reports shows opioid overdoses spiked 28 percent in Ohio last year

Emergency room visits for suspected opioid overdoses spiked 30 percent nationwide from July 2016 through September 2017 with the most severe problems experienced in the Midwest, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Tuesday. The report compiled from emergency departments in 45 states found overdoses rose 109 percent in Wisconsin, […]

Kasich philosophical at final State of the State address

It was appropriate for Ohio GOP Gov. John Kasich to hold his final State of the State speech at Otterbein University, the small liberal arts college affiliated with the Methodist Church. Not because Kasich was touting the revitalization of a small town like Westerville or singing the praises of higher education in the state. It […]