Thanks Issued for Making Grants Possible

The following guest column was submitted by Dean Jacob, President & CEO of Marion Community Foundation Admittedly, signing $778,000 worth of checks and mailing them out to forty happy recipients is a rush.  And it was so effortless – just sign my name forty times and place the checks in forty envelopes.  That’s what I […]

It Takes Just ONE Person to Change ONE Life

The following guest column was submitted by Kelly Garrett of United Way of Marion County Be the ONE. That’s United Way of Marion County’s message again this year. What does it mean? It means that it only takes ONE person to change ONE life.  Individually and collectively, our community has the capacity to accept this […]

House Bill 480: Ensuring Vehicle Safety for Ohio’s Children

The following column was submitted by State Representative Dorothy Pelanda. Our children are the most valuable key to Ohio’s future.  They are also the most vulnerable, and they are dependent upon the adults who care for them to keep them safe. By doing so, parents and guardians can better guarantee the prospect of our future. […]

Open Letter to the People of Marion

The following column was submitted by the Marion Area Chamber of Commerce. Something happened in Marion the other evening. It was big. It was the start of something even bigger. The start of a movement, at 6:35 pm, on a Thursday evening, in… Marion? Yes! A group of Marion’s leaders, new leaders, largely unknown, not […]

The Mumps Outbreak: A Call to Action

The following column was submitted by State Representative Dorothy Pelanda. Daily news headlines about another reported case of mumps in central Ohio calls attention to the fact that Ohio is the only state in the nation that does not require immunizations for children to attend a child care center, preschool, or college. Ohio receives about […]

United Way Celebrates Successes, Looks Towards Future

One of the things we can’t do enough is thank all of you who support the work of United Way.  Whether you give, advocate or volunteer for us, you are directly responsible for third graders reading better, folks overcoming poverty and access to quality health care. At our recent Annual Meeting, we celebrated some successes […]

The State Department of Insurance: What can it do for you?

The following column was submitted by State Representative Dorothy Pelanda. As an active consumer protection agency, the Department of Insurance has saved or recovered $48 million for consumers over the last two years. The Department also monitors the financial solvency of insurance companies to ensure consumer claims are paid, reviews the rates for insurance products, […]

Do You Celebrate Presidents’ Day or Washington’s Birthday?

Guest Column by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted Officially, the United States Code deems this Monday, February 17, 2014 a federal holiday commemorating “Washington’s Birthday.” However, over the years, this has caused some confusion among astute history students who generally agree that our nation’s first president was born on February 22, 1732. Why the […]

Budget Step in Right Direction, More Work to Do

Capitol Notebook: A Column By U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH-12) While much has been made about the recent budget agreement that was passed by Congress and signed into law by the president, what isn’t being talked about is the fact that it cuts spending for the fourth year in a row.  It’s not that we […]

Open Letter from MPH Health Commissioner

There are many partners who work together to assure the safety of the people of Marion. The partnerships vary depending on the issue. A multiagency response typically implies that the event is either relatively complex or that it is beyond the capacity of a single responding entity. The recent accident impacting our local mall illustrates […]