Local News Mid Week (Chronicle-Tribune)

Old firehouse catches on fire, The building, near Fairmount, just north of where the department’s new fire station is located, caught fire about 6:28 p.m., with Swayzee and Fairmount fire departments responding. Marion Fire Department Investigator Brandon Eckstein was called to the scene of the first fire. Eckstein said the second fire was more prominent than the first and there was significant damage to the exterior of the building– especially the garage bay doors and exterior brickwork.

Florists prepare for Valentine’s Day, Don Howlett, owner of Kelly’s the Florist at 4009 S. Western Ave. in Marion, said he’s been in the flower business with Kelly’s for more than 20 years. His store recently moved to a new location on the bypass across from Meijer and Hobby Lobby. Both florists are accepting orders in-person, over the phone and online up until Valentine’s Day, which is next Wednesday. New Leaf is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Kelly’s is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, but Howlett said the earlier the better for orders and walk-ins to make sure they still have flowers in stock.

Libby Root, aquatics director at the Y, said they begin by teaching children how to fasten a life jacket and safely enter the water before determining how comfortable students are in the water. They’re separated by skill level and grouped with swim instructors who assist in teaching the course each week.

-Tyler Gleason


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