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Today's News

  • August chamber lunch to feature Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson

    The Marion County Chamber of Commerce will host their monthly luncheon at noon on Aug. 23, at the Marion County Extension Office located on Fairground Road. The featured speaker will be Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson. The cost of the luncheon is $15 per person. Please RSVP for this event by Friday, Aug. 17. The Marion County Cattlemen will be preparing lunch.

     

    Jerry Abramson, Lieutenant Governor

  • Not so high, but very dry

    "Corn is a plant that just doesn't ever like a bad day," Bill Peterson said. "And we've had a string of bad days."

    Peterson farms 14,000 acres with his brothers, Bernard and David, and his son, Albert. They grow corn, soybeans and wheat, and like many farmers across the United States, they have had a rough year.

    "Our early corn is already toast," Peterson said. "It's beyond help."

  • "I miss mommy"

    "I wish mommy would come home soon."

    Austin Tingle's voice quivers as he sits nervously inside Gravel Switch Baptist Church Sunday evening prior to a special prayer service for his mother. He's wearing her favorite color, purple, and a pin with her photo is fastened to his shirt.

    "I miss mommy," Austin said, his bottom lip trembling.

  • A Knight on their side

    When Melissa Knight's brother, Larry Lee Jr., died after he walked away from a personal care home last year, she didn't want another family to go through that experience. She pushed and pushed and pushed for legislation to change the regulations for personal care homes, and those changes were signed into law earlier this year.

  • Remembering the war dead

    By Nick Schrager, summer intern

     

    Off of Highway 208 sits a place that honors the dead who have died for a nation and cause that they believed in.

    Upon entering the Lebanon National Cemetery, symmetrical rows of white headstones and posts cut into the ground and top the hills. There is a surreal and calm quietness in the air... a flag gently waves, and a silhouette in the distance mourns.

  • New face in extension office

    The Marion County Cooperative Extension Office has been short-staffed for much of the year, but since July 2, all three extension agent positions have been filled. The county's family and consumer science extension agent is Lizzie Spalding, 23. Spalding was born and raised in Marion County. She grew up on her family's farm in Calvary, where they had a dairy and raised tobacco. She was also involved in 4-H when she was growing up.

    "I went to 4-H camp until I was too old and they said I couldn't do it anymore," Spalding said.

  • Run with all your Hart

    I've not gone on one run since June 14 that I haven't thought about Sarah Roberts Hart.

    On June 14, she was on her morning jog in Russell County when she was attacked and killed. Her tragic story has struck a nerve with people all over the country, especially with fellow runners like myself.

  • Getting used to high-tech phones

     

    By Linda Ireland, Landmark News Service

  • Run with all your Hart

    I've not gone on one run since June 14 that I haven't thought about Sarah Roberts Hart.
    On June 14, she was on her morning jog in Russell County when she was attacked and killed. Her tragic story has struck a nerve with people all over the country, especially with fellow runners like myself.

  • Getting used to high-tech phones

    By Linda Ireland
    Landmark News Service

    The first time I saw one of those strange little QR codes in an advertisement, I thought it was a mistake. It looked like a graphic artist had mangled a photo or barcode.
    Quick Response codes have been around since the mid-1990s but their popularity has increased since the introduction of "smartphones."
    They've even been showing up in ads in the newspaper.