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Knoxville Man Dies in Diving Accident Near Harvey

A Knoxville man has died in a scuba diving accident in a private pond near Harvey. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office reports that Rich Rees, age 71, from Knoxville, and another adult male were diving in the pond, when Rees did not surface at approximately 11:00 this morning. The other diver was able to get him to shore and summoned help from another man that was fishing nearby in a small boat. The two men started CPR and called 911 until a Deputy from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene and took over. Deputies and first responders were able to get Rees to a nearby ambulance and he was transported to Pella Regional Health Center, where he was pronounced dead. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Pella Ambulance, Clay Township Fire and Rescue, Knoxville PD and Knoxville Fire and Rescue.
KNOXVILLE, IA
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The Best of Red Rock Awards

Where can you find the best breakfast? What are the top free things to do in the Red Rock Area? Which event does your family enjoy most? Where is that memorable Instagram photo spot?. It’s time again for the Marion County Development’s annual Best of the Red Rock Area poll,...
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Marion County Farmers Recognized with Environmental Awards

A total of 40 Iowa farm families were recognized with Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards at the Iowa State Fair this year. The award acknowledges farmers who take voluntary actions to improve and protect our state’s natural resources while serving as leaders in their farming communities. 2022 award recipients...
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Marion County Auditor’s Office Makes Announcements

The Marion County Auditor’s Office announces that pursuant to a Federal Court Order, the filing period for candidates for Nonparty political organization (NPPO) and Non-Affiliated persons for the upcoming General Election, held on November 8, 2022, has changed. Anyone interested in running as a NPPO or Non-Affiliated candidate in...
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Knoxville Library to Host Writers Workshop

The Knoxville Public Library will be hosting a Marion County Writers Workshop Thursday, August 18 from 6-8 p.m. for a reading and signing of their newly published novel “The Peace Tree Mystery.”. Knoxville Library Director Roslin Thompson tells KNIA/KRLS, “We have a writers workshop, a group of writers who...
KNOXVILLE, IA
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Marion County Development Commission Accepting Applications

The Marion County Development Commission is now accepting applications to the Leadership Red Rock program for 2022-23. This is a 5-session program which runs once a month from October to February with evening sessions (5:30-8:30 p.m.). The program covers a variety of issues facing local leaders in addition to leadership training.
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Bohannon, Stewart to Visit Pella Wednesday

The Marion County Democrats are hosting two candidates for office this Wednesday. Christina Bohannon for U.S. House District 1 and Tyler Stewart for Iowa Senate District 19 are coming to the Pella Memorial Building at 7:30 p.m.
PELLA, IA
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Immunizations Needed Before School Starts

Judi Van Hulzen with Marion County Public Health tells KNIA/KRLS News what is required for students attending school this Fall in regards to School Immunizations and Dental Screenings. In kindergaten, students are required to have a Dental Screening along with immunizations for TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis Vaccine), MMR (Measels,...
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Drought Worsens Locally, Expected to Continue Into Fall

While the heat has been more bearable recently, a lack of significant rainfall since early July has much of the area in worsening drought conditions. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor Report, most of Marion and Warren Counties are now considered to be in “severe” drought and most of the surrounding area all remains in “moderate” conditions.
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Let’s Talk Knoxville: Jason Reed

Our guest today on Let’s Talk Knoxville is Jason Reed, President of the Marion County Fairboard. We talk about the 2022 Knoxville Nationals. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS | Subscribe to Let's Talk Knoxville Podcast.
KNOXVILLE, IA
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Drought Worsens Locally, Expected to Continue Into Fall

While the heat has been more bearable recently, a lack of significant rainfall since early July has much of the area in worsening drought conditions. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor Report, most of Marion and Warren Counties are now considered to be in “severe” drought and most of the surrounding area all remains in “moderate” conditions.
PELLA, IA
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Highway G-28 to Undergo Work Sometime by September

Travelers who drive on Highway G-28 to get from Knoxville and Pleasantville to Pella and back may experience delays soon. Marion County Engineer Tyler Christian says there is planned patching coming up soon on the stretch of road from Highway 14 to the western city limits of Pella near the T-15 intersection. Christian says no firm date has been set, but he anticipates the work to take place sometime by the end of September.
PELLA, IA
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MARION COUNTY: APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR LEADERSHIP RED ROCK

The Marion County Development Commission is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 Leadership Red Rock class. This program includes five sessions. Session topics include: leadership, tourism, business, government, social services, education, workforce and more. Classes are held once a month from October to February in the evening from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at various locations around Marion County.
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Marion County Board of Supervisors Approve Two Events

The Marion County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Tuesday. They approved of workers at the Knoxville Nationals parking on the VA grounds back by the old laundry building. Approval was also given to Freedom of Youth Ministries to hold an event on the courthouse lawn September 1 for...
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Local Option Sales and Service Tax Revenue Pays for Additional Road Projects, According to Pella Mayor

While the main focus for extending the Local Option Sales and Service Tax in Pella has been on a potential new rec center and renovations to the Pella Community Center, half of the funds generated contribute to other functions of city government. Mayor Don DeWaard says if voters were to pass the extension of the currently existing levy, it would allow the city to complete several road projects otherwise harder to accomplish without the funding.
PELLA, IA
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United Way Fundraiser in Pella Tonight

The Pella Applebees restaurant program of ‘Serving Our Neighborhoods Together’ is featuring support of the Marion County United Way on Tuesday, August 9. A special menu will be available for dine-in or carry-out from 11am to 11pm, and 50% of proceeds will go to the Marion County United Way. Menu choices are fiesta lime chicken, three-cheese chicken penne, classic bacon cheeseburger, chicken tender platter, and grilled chicken Caesar salad. The Marion County United Way is working towards its $60,000 goal for this year to fund education, social services, financial programs, and health needs of Marion County residents. Agencies being supported this year are Birthright, Boy Scouts, Christian Opportunity Center, Crossroads, Families First, Girl Scouts, Heart of Iowa Transit, Handicapped Equipment Lending Program, JUMP for Kids, Knoxville Senior Center, Marion Co. Genealogical Society, Montgomery St. Preschool, Pella Ambulance, Pella Historical Society, Pleasantville Initiative, and The Well. Your support of these agencies and their many helpful programs thru the Marion County United Way fundraiser at the Pella Applebees on Tuesday, August 9 is much appreciated! Donations can also be directly sent to United Way of Marion County, P.O. Box 577, Knoxville, IA 50138.
PELLA, IA
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Board of Supervisor’s to Meet Tuesday

The Marion County Board of Supervisors will meet in regular session Tuesday, August 9 at 3014 E. Main Street. The board will discuss an application by Freedom for Youth Ministries special event. They will discuss parking on the VA Campus Grounds during the Nationals as well as hear an update on Prairie Ridge and hear an update on Opioid Litigation.
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Applications Being Accepted for Leadership Red Rock Class

The Marion County Development Commission is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 Leadership Red Rock class. The program includes five sessions. Session topics include leadership, tourism, business, government, social services, education, workforce, and more. Classes are held once a month from October to February in the evening from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at various locations around Marion County.
MARION COUNTY, IA
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Drought Spreads Locally, Little Relief in Sight

A dry month of July and recent stretches of heat have expanded drought locally across south central Iowa. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report shows moderate conditions now exist in Marion and Warren Counties, as well as several neighboring communities. The summary issued by the organization notes that most of southern and western Iowa have missed out on soaking rains for several weeks dating back to the late spring. This is the third consecutive summer that drought conditions have been documented locally by the U.S. Drought Monitor Report (most of June 2021 and late August/early September of 2020).
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