Shirlee Mercer, 94, and her children Jim, 72, and Jan, 69, remember Marion the way it was in 1951. The city’s population then was 5,916 (it is currently 41,137), and black and white televisions were becoming more common in homes, airing shows such as “I Love Lucy,” “The Lone Ranger,” and “Th…

As the weather has heated up, so has the competition with Marion’s baseball team taking on a couple Class 4A opponents this past Friday at Waterloo Riverfront Stadium. The squad fell 8-7 to North Scott then rebounded with a 3-2 win over Bettendorf to improve their record to 14-2 on the season.

When I came home after the 2021 legislative session a few weeks ago, I drove around the many cities that make up my Senate district. I saw progress on derecho clean-up, main street work in Marion, new businesses in Hiawatha and growing restaurant crowds in Cedar Rapids.

Marjorie (Marge) Goldcamp, 101, of Marion, passed away on Friday, May 28, 2021, at her daughter’s home in Marion with her family by her side. A Celebration of Marjorie’s Life will take place at a later date in Ashland, Ky.