Marion County Family and Children First Council hires new coordinator

Demudia “Ide” Okojie

Marion County Family and Children First Council (FCFC) has announced Demudia “Ide” Okojie as the new Council Coordinator. Okojie is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio and majored in International Studies. He comes to FCFC from Access Ohio (formerly Central Ohio Mental Health Center) in Delaware where he began as a Case Manager and […]

Businesses and job seekers wanted for Job & Internship Fair

The annual Marion Campus Job & Internship Fair is coming up Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Alber Student Center Gymnasium on the Marion campus. The event is open to the public, students, and recent graduates. Marion Technical College, The Ohio State University at Marion, Ohio Means Jobs – Marion County […]

College Credit Plus process for 2018-2019 underway, offers high school students ability to earn free college credits

Students intending to participate in the fourth year of College Credit Plus, the successful program that provides Ohio students with the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school, can begin the notification process for the 2018-2019 school year. College Credit Plus debuted at the start of the 2015-2016 school year and has […]

Major health insurer stops paying for some emergency room visits

One of Ohio’s largest insurers is denying payment for emergency room claims when it determines policyholders didn’t need emergency care. The Ohio Hospital Association and state lawmakers are working to combat Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield’s new practice, which could leave Ohio policyholders with thousands of dollars in ER bills, according to Thursday morning’s Capitol […]

State BCI assists in tracking online sources of school threats

School districts across the state have seen an increase in threats, causing closings, poor attendance, and arrests of those making the threats. This threats have impacted the Marion City Schools as well as Pleasant, which sent students home early on Wednesday following the discovery of a written bomb threat in a restroom. You can read […]

Monday is deadline to reserve seat for annual ATHENA luncheon


The Women’s Business Council (WBC) of Marion, Ohio is honored to again sponsor the ATHENA Leadership Award® which will be presented on Monday, March 12, 2018. Luncheon activities begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Guthery Room at Maynard Hall on the Ohio State University at Marion/Marion Technical College campus. Due Monday, February 26, reservations for […]

2018 Kiwanis Pancake Day marks 60th anniversary of event

Kiwanis member Jack Bull working the pancake grill.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Marion Noon Kiwanis’ Pancake Day. On Saturday, February 24, 7am to 2pm at Tri-Rivers Career Center, Kiwanis members will be flipping pancakes, serving sausage, coffee, and juice for a great cause. The day will also feature local entertainment. In 2017, funds raised from the breakfast supported 14 […]

Oscar nominated “The Post” playing at the Marion Palace Theatre

The Oscar nominated Best Motion Picture of the Year “The Post” will play at the historic Marion Palace Theatre February 23, 24, and 25. The Palace Theatre is located at 276 W. Center Street in Marion, Ohio. Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in “The Post,” a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership […]

Ohio congressional redistricting reform approved as Issue 1 on May ballot

It’s official — Ohioans will vote May 8 to change how the state draws congressional districts to a process supporters say will be more fair, transparent and bipartisan. The General Assembly’s proposed constitutional amendment will be Issue 1, the only statewide issue on the May primary election ballot. The Ohio Ballot Board, a bipartisan panel […]

Craig Seitter: athlete, volunteer, and more

What’s special about Craig Seitter? Nothing really, except for a contagious smile, great work ethic, and an athletic drive. Becky and Allen Seitter welcomed Craig into the world in August of 1982. Craig was born with Down syndrome. At birth, he did have some complications that kept him at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus for […]

Marion police respond to reports of shots fired, arrest two teens

On February 18, 2018 at 5:28pm, the Marion Police Department received multiple 911 calls reporting that gun shots had been fired in the 200 block of Superior Street. Witnesses reported that two black males with dreadlocks shot in the direction of another group of people whom they had some type of verbal altercation with moments […]

Medical marijuana process may be “paused” following licensing issues

In an about-face, state regulators now say they are open to pausing the ongoing effort to set up Ohio’s new medical marijuana program, in light of concerns raised by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost and others. State Commerce Director Jacqueline Williams in a Thursday letter to Yost referred to errors a state employee made in scoring […]

Nominees for 2018 ATHENA Award announced

The Women’s Business Council (WBC) of Marion, Ohio is honored to again sponsor the ATHENA Leadership Award®. The ATHENA was inspired by the goddess of Greek mythology known for her strength, courage, wisdom and enlightenment – qualities embodied in the ATHENA Leadership Model. The Award is unique in both scope – local, national and international […]

Newly appointed State Rep. McClain to hold office hours

State Representative Riordan McClain (R-Upper Sandusky) announced that he will be holding district office hours next week. No appointment is necessary for these office hours and everyone is encouraged to participate. The office hours are as follows: Tuesday , February 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Upper Sandusky Community (301 N Sandusky Ave, Upper […]

Government schedules for 2018 President’s Day

Marion Mayor Scott Schertzer is announcing that, in observance of the President’s Day holiday, various City of Marion offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2018. Following is a list of closures: All offices in Marion City Hall Marion Senior Center No Transportation Services will be available on Monday, February 19. All programs, activities, […]

Bill would merge three state departments, eliminate most policy powers of state school board

A new bill to merge three state departments to better prepare students for jobs or college brings a major political change – shifting power from elected members of the state school board to the governor. The bill proposed by Ohio House Republicans would merge the Ohio Department of Education with the departments of Higher Education […]

Marion YMCA offering Valentine’s deal on new member fee

The Marion Family YMCA is offering a deal of $14 Join Fees through February 15, 2018. At their facility, the Marion Family YMCA says you’ll find everything from fitness classes, youth sports, swimming and more. For more details, contact the Y at, call 725-9622 or stop by at 645 Barks Road E.

At the Palace this weekend: “Shades of Buble” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Patrons will have the opportunity to attend two separate events this weekend at the Marion Palace Theatre located at 276 W. Center Street in downtown Marion, Ohio. Kicking off the weekend events will be the Shades of Bublé: A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Bublé on Friday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. Concert-goers will experience a […]

Marion judge trained in Eldercaring Coordination

Ohio is at the forefront of a program aimed at helping resolve family disputes when it comes to taking care of their elderly loved ones. Judges from all over the state, including Marion County Family Court Judge Robert D. Fragale, recently gathered at a Probate Judges Association conference to train judges on the program, Eldercaring Coordination. […]

Agencies urge FERC to cut utility transmission rates to reflect corporate tax cut

The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel on Tuesday urged in a letter that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission expedite an investigation into fees gas and electric utilities charge to pay corporate taxes because those taxes have been cut from 35 percent to 21 percent. At stake for consumers, the OCC noted, are immediately lower heating and power […]