In 2005, a group of concerned citizens banded together to find solutions to meet the growing needs of Marion County’s seniors. The Senior Services Levy was placed on the 2005 ballot, and when it passed, the Marion County Council on Aging was established. JoEllen King had spent 25 years as a social worker when the…

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Dr. Gagni Family Dentistry When Sigmund Gagni was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease at age 17, his dreams and aspirations were placed on the backburner. He spent two years undergoing radiation and chemo treatments. His positive outlook kept him going and he was declared cancer-free at age 19. He completed his undergrad and enrolled at The…

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Tri-Rivers Career Center Like many states across the nation, Ohio faces a dire need for skilled-trade workers. To combat this issue, Tri-Rivers Career Center’s Adult Education offers skills training programs. Tri-Rivers Adult Education Director, Richard George, explains the value adult education programs, “Education is life-changing. Adult Ed focuses on in-demand careers. If we are offering…

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Marion Public Library On any given day, Marion Public Library hosts a variety of programs and events for the public to attend – sometimes with more than half a dozen options. If there’s one thing the library hopes these programs can foster in the community, it would be “connections”. It’s been decades since libraries have…

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MIPA Family Care Before he became Dr. Gardner, Raymond had a passion for history and math. He thought about studying education and becoming a history teacher, but felt it wouldn’t challenge him to get outside his comfort zone and be more outgoing. While he was dating his then-girlfriend (now-wife), Barb, she was studying for nursing…

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Waldo Animal Clinic Before she became Dr. Megan Soehnlen, Megan Byrne was a little girl that loved her pets. From dressing up her cat, Sandy, and pushing her around in a stroller to 4H and caring for livestock, young Megan always knew she wanted to be a vet one day. Little did she know, the…

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Edwards Funeral Service The Edwards Funeral Home at Mt Vernon Ave is the only Marion County facility specifically designed for funeral services. In 1937, Merle and Catherine Hughes established the Hughes Mortuary in Marion. When they outgrew their building, Merle commissioned the current facility in 1964. When the Hughes retired in 1989, Ken Allen bought…

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Johnson Property Services In 1974, Erik Johnson was working full time as a firefighter for Marion Township, when he saw an opportunity on his off duty days to earn extra income for his family. Erik started removing snow for local residents and businesses in the winter. Erik’s new business started gaining momentum as word of…

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Tri-Rivers Career Center Tri-Rivers Career Center helps high school students and adults reach their career goals. With hands-on training, passionate instructors, and state of the art labs and facilities, Tri-Rivers Career Center is redefining career technologies. Career tech programs are being recognized across the country as a smarter pathway to success. With a constant eye…

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Precision Auto Keith, 12, showing livestock with 4H at the Marion County Fair When Don Wiley found and purchased a medicine shop franchise in 1982, he had three location choices: Mt. Vernon, Chillicothe and Marion. He chose Marion. Don attended Pharmacy School at Mercer in Atlanta. Then he worked at an independent pharmacy for a…

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