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Brendan Gill, 5, and Rusty Ballinger, 6, are caped crusaders making a run for it on their first day of kindergarten Thursday at Marion Elementary School. The final two hours of the first day were devoted to "Super Hero Training Camp" activities, which included sprints, an obstacle course, weightlifting, and other activities. Both boys are in Katie Rahe's kindergarten class.
Marion resident Rick LeShure holds a mysterious creature that he, his son, and girlfriend encountered Aug. 8 in the swimming area at Marion County Park and Lake.
Flint Hills Market and Bakery employee Sandy Harper tallies the grocery bill for Florence Mayor Bob Gayle on Saturday. The new store in the renovated opera house downtown drew a big crowd on its opening day, and owner Jenny Lee said all of the baked goods sold out.
Madonna Schafers, 86, Marion, works on a painting in her apartment at Hilltop Manor. The "foster grandparent" and mother of eight children is a member of the Bluestem Art Guild. Several of her paintings hang on her living room walls. After serving in a first-grade classroom at Marion Elementary School for four years, she may be reassigned and will have to decide whether to continue somewhere else.