Two Scholarships Created In Memory of Lost Ones

Two new scholarship funds have been created to celebrate the lives of Marion natives – one cut short and one lived fully.  According to Brad Bebout, president of Marion Community Foundation, these new funds memorialize SSG Shannon M. Smith and long-time nurse Marge Sorreles Davies.

“Stuff The Bus” With School Supplies For Local Kids

Heart of Ohio Mentoring, the NAACP, and United Way are teaming up for Stuff the Bus May 17th through June 18th. Together, they are asking Marion County residents to help stuff busses full of school supplies to help children in Marion County start the next school year ready to learn.

Rife Awarded Tony Caprino Scholarship

Maci Rife of Harding High School is the recipient of a $500 scholarship from Benjamin Harrison Elementary PTA.

Marion Postal Workers Collect 30,000 Pounds of Food

Marion residents again stepped up to the plate and donated 30,000 pounds of non-perishable food in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive to help stock community food pantries n the nation’s largest one-day effort to combat hunger.

Local Students Awarded Over $90,000

Marion Community Foundation has announced its 2010 Scholarship Program awards — more than $91,000, in 89 scholarships, to be given to 74 local students. This represents an increase of $40,000 in awards over last year.

Mail Carriers Collecting Mail and Food on Saturday

Annual Children’s Festival Is Sunday

Stand for Children's 14th Annual Children's Festival is Sunday, April 11, at Tri-Rivers from noon-3:00pm.

Admission is free and the event features lots of activities, a prize walk, raffle and more. Local mascots will be on hand to meet the kids. All children 12 & under will receive a free book while supplies last.

All proceeds benefit Cents for Shoes of Marion County.

Groups participating include:

Marion Church Giving Away Clothing

Richland Road Church of Christ will be having a free spring and summer clothing giveaway on April 10, 2010 from 9 AM – 12 Noon.

Adult and children's sizes will be available.

The event is open to the community and will be located at the house on the south side of the church building.

For more information, contact the church at 740-389-1017.

Columbia Gas Is Offering Bill Assistance

Bill-paying assistance remains available from Columbia Gas of Ohio for households earning between 175 and 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines, according to the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC).

The funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis to help Columbia Gas customers who have traditionally not had access to other state assistance programs. The OCC, Columbia Gas and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio reached an agreement to distribute refunds from an interstate pipeline supplier to assist low-income customers.