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Marion Times (Newspaper) - December 19, 1996, Marion, Iowa THE MARION TIMES STAFF WISHES YOU A VERY i 11 ii I I I I I fii I AH i MJI i i I LIU NUJ Nl In SOi Only per year to have the Marion your lor details Marion Times The weekly newspaper serving and Springville 51 750 December Mystery ends couple at peace After eleven day Marion resident Mike Vance finds couple in car This exclusive Marlon Times photo shows the scene Friday when a neighborhood man walking his dog discovered thet 1984 Mercury Marquis which had been missing for 11 Authori ties guess that the car left Seventh and traveled across a field Marion Park Board sets fees for facilities for 1997 The Marion Park Boord set the 1997 park use fees at regular meeting last Most fees are being increased due lo higher costs for maintenance and up The current fees and ihc new fees are listed The board also directed Parks Di rector Richard Fox to begya studying possible revenue sources lor the park Under study are programs currently in use in other cities including a sur charge on all new homes and manda tory donation of land or equivalent moneys based on land being devel oped for The board approved a partial pay ment to Frericks Construction for the Thomas Park restrooms of should be finished soon and will be open to the public next Park Fees Current 1997 Pavilions Depot Community Center Rooms Gym Gym special events Craft 83or310 Change renial of building from unlim of hours to time Permanent renters dance groups 2 month minimum 10 months remain al Farmers Market Facility Daily Market Vendors Season Vendors 1 Day Season Vendors 2days Non Market Users Tennis court meters Recommend remove and put sensors with motion detector on Swimming Pool Times photo by Duane Willhite before striking the as shown in the photograph High grass and snow have been blamed for the car not being discovered sooner by nearby Holiday garbage pickup schedule Refuse will be picked up on December There will be NO pickup on Christmas December Refuse normally picked up on day through Friday will run one day late for the remainder of that We will follow this same schedule for the New Years Holiday with normal pickup on December NO pickup on January The remainder of the Wednesday on will be one day Any questions call Marion Public Service at 377 by Duane Willhite and Lynda Wilson As far as mysteries this one ended without much Save the news the majority of fam ily and friends of Francis Paul and Frances Elaine Smith of Marion ex to find the couple just as they were found on The Smiths 2 after they left the rural Mechanicsville home of their daugh ter and during a snow Since that several vol groups and law enforcement agencies had searched to no Cindy the couples daugh told members of the press that her mother would have never left her fathers side had he been It appears she knew her parents According to Lieutenant Rodger Greer of the Marion Police Depart the autopsies have not been officially au have released information that Smith suffered a heart at tack and that Smith appears to have died from Whether the heart attack came before or after the Smiths entered the we may never says Services for the couple were held in See page six of this Although this was not the happy ending for which many had the Smiths are at The authori ties who spent so much time search ing hope the family can rest now as O 1AUU Marion enjoying increased sales this holiday season moll in a in thr with By Duane Willhite So the 1996 holiday shopping has meant big dollars for many retail stores nationwide and Marion businesses seem to be mir roring that I would say this year our sales have been pretty said Lee owner of Irwins Its still early yet with several days left in the holiday shopping but my feeling is its going to be pretty good compared to last Weve had a lot more customer traf fic coming into our Even stores with few or unique items for the holiday shopper are doing well in a year in which the general feeling is that the economy is strong right So far our sales have been very said Julie Shoemaker of Campbell Steele Were anticipating that the next couple of weeks will be good as well since those are the two busiest weeks of the holiday shopping Fred Weber of Weber Paint and Glass The only thing were affected by during the holidays are our picture frame said Fred Weber of Weber Paint and I wouldnt say its up over last but its been pretty consistent with years Even Marions prized antique stores arc experiencing the holiday Were having a sea said Barb Olmstead of the Park Place Hotel Antique The Christmas Antique Walk was a real benefit to us and it has just carried over to the days that have Its been pretty good for us al though our sales are about the same as last said Sheryl Harmening Haus I do think Ive done a little better with the help of using the American Legion Post 298 working to restore and remember veterans and under and up pass pass Rental 83 or Lot see Oak Shade Cemetery fees set by the Marion City There were many Marion resi dents who participated in Americas Civil War and who are buried in Oak Shade many of those stones which mark their resting place have become worn and dam aged as the years have American Legion Post 298 is cur rently working on replacing the Markers of Civil War deceased as well as those who fought in the War of John who serves as historian for Post said the idea to replace markers was developed after the 1996 Me While decorating the graves for Memorial Day we noticed that many of the Civil War stones were faded or Nieland Representatives of the post met with Joyce unofficial histo rian of the to find out how to submit a request for grave markers for veterans through Veterans The Post received 24 markers this year and expects to receive Oak Shade continued on page 7 Kids are determining factor of gang influence in schools By Duane Willhite If kids dont want gang activity in their schools then it wont That is according to Marion Po lice Detective Steve Glenn who serves as the represen onthe Metro Narcotics Task Glenn said the follows gang trends and so far nothing of a threat has developed in the Marion Were always attempting to moni tor the trends in drug trafficking and criminal activity that relates to nar cotic said Glenn said in the Marion school which includes Marion In and Josephs no organized ef fort by any gang unit to recruit gang members has Thats not to say that there may not be some students within those schools that may be interested in gang lifestyles or gang activities because its become sensationalized Glenn We will not have a gang presence in our schools unless the students that are in there show interest in That interest could be shown by students in their their man or their Were not going to have hardcore gang members in any of the major surrounding cities come here and be in our schools so they can hopefully thats not going to hap Glenn In the Linn County metropolitan Glenn said there are members present looking into the for possible recruitment of members for such as weapons and Glenn said right now gang activity is a glamour option for youth due he the media the entertainment industry and being a trend that is attractive to kids that are outside the normal Gang recruitment is no different from getting a kid to join the 4H Glenn instances you recruit kids to form accomplish similar support each other and share activities that can be gained from and can make The difference is in the gangs you have kids that are more arc probably from a broken home and are not involved in school are mediocre students and have lots of free time on their The gang life would bring them rec they arent getting anywhere Glenn said the way to combat gang influence is to point out the negative side of gang life to students and 90 percent of them will realize the nega tive aspect and stay away from In gangs the members mistreat each there is narcotics the threat of being negatively involved with the law enforcement community and he Almost all of their activity is criminal and to be involved in a gang is not worth all the Abby Card winner of Letters to Santa Contest Abby second grader at Novak Elementary in Marion was the winner of the Letters o Santa Abby old and according to her mother is a good big sister and loves the out of doors and Her letter to Santa shows these Here is her letter Dear Santa How doing wish for more trees in that nead I wish for people that need food and clothes some I wish for some new and Glaus doing Abby Abby lives in Central City will receive from the contest sponsored Bank and the Marion the rest of the letters being forwarded to the North Pole can be found on page eight of this Marion Parks Director Richard Marlon resident Joyce Parks and Post 298 Historian John Nieland stand over one of many monuments which memorializes a Civil War soldier who Is burled In Oak Shade Post 298 is receiving the monuments to replace stones of Civil War Veterans already In Oak Shade that have become worn and damaged over the
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