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Glo

Richmond, CA

#1 Oct 26, 2006
Looking into a possible move to Marion, IL from a small town an hour NE of Kansas City, MO. Anybody in Marion (or who knows about it), could you please tell me about

-The schools
-The best residential area
-What (if anything) to avoid. I've already been told on a different forum to avoid houses built near mined areas. What else?

Any and all information is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Glo

Richmond, CA

#2 Oct 30, 2006
Anybody?
southpaul

Converse, TX

#3 Nov 1, 2006
Marion is a nice little town. If you're not into change.
The mayor has been mayor for more than 40 years.
Schools are ok I guess, Any town schools has pros and cons there, however I would send my kids there.(except I'd never live there again). Grast superintendent. Flooding is a problem in the southern part of town, but generally there isn't abad place to live. Welllet me take that back, the mined areas you mentioned... the most mined areas are north of marion and some out east but that is more into crab orchard, in between herrin and carterville-MINED, crenshaw-MIONED.
inside the town no problems and the lake properties no problem, One good wa to tell is if you can use a shovel to just dig a lil check spot, if there isnt black soil, and it looks like gray shavings of rock...MINED.
Out by the high school is an area called "snob hill" it is a more affluent neighbor h ood and behind that is hunter run which is even a lil more up scale.
There are lil communities such as spillertown, or cedar grove, or lake of egypt subdivisions south of town, that offer country living.
A perfect place to live for those in the retirement community.
All kinds of parks wildlife etc in the immediate area.
Marion also rests along the new madrid fault, hasnt really ever been aproblem , but if it iever does become unstable wont be pretty in marion,(a lot of other places too.)Real jobs are sparse to say the least, education hirinig involves a great deal of nepotism, tons of work for the fast food field and banks, there is a new stadium going into the mall that is only about half full of stores.....i think the 40+ year mayor thing has really caused marion to not develop as quickly as it could have. But to hear marionites tell it their mayor, butler, is the greatest thing since sliced bread- sad really.
on e other issue is the water in marion, city lake is old and in the way so to speak, millions have been sent on deveopment of an area known as surgar creek epa has said no more development city keeps going head to head with em only to be defeated each time all the while the citizens have sludge for water.

I guess places could be worse than marion and htere is definatly better places but the thing aobut marion is that it is a good ol boy kind of town and if you are different or an outsider adjustment and acceptnance can be a bear.
Hope this helps, I hope i didnt seem too hard on marion, it i my home town, always will be, but i like to be honest as i can be form my perspective....
I almost forgot....recently there was an issue brought up about needing another fire station, the reason being there is a train track that splitts the town and it runs north south....the fire station sits on the west side of the tracks and a good deal of the city-bout half- sit on the eas side of the tracks, if train and fire call to the east side happen at the same time, fire on the eastside is gonna burn while the fire engine waits on train to get through town...fyi
Glo

Richmond, CA

#4 Nov 3, 2006
Thanks South Paul for your excellent insight into Marion. Exactly the kind of thing I was looking for!
Happy

Lafayette, LA

#5 Nov 3, 2006
Marion is a very nice little town and I have lived here since 69'. We moved from St Louis and when we discoved Marion, we didn't want to move back. Yes, this is a small town but is one of the fastest growing communities is the state. We are in the process of getting our own baseball team (frontier League) and new stadium. We have a mall,lots of restaurants and one of the biggest Walmarts in the country. We have lots of places to shop, and if your not finding what you want, you can always drive just a few miles away and shop in Carbondale, home of the Saluki (Southern Illinois University). If you want to go to one of the top Junior Colleges in the country, try John A Logan Junor College. Marion is the center of Southern Illinois and we offer a lot to newcomers and we welcome you. We have more and more people moving here than ever. I have moved away before just like South Paul, but I moved back because of family. If you want to belong to a great community, come to Marion and try the Southern Hospitality.
Glo

Richmond, CA

#6 Nov 4, 2006
Thanks Happy!
I think it is great to have both perspectives about Marion. I've got a lot of positive input on a different Forum as well. Looks like on the whole, Marion is a good place to live & raise a family. Would you agree? What do you think of the local public schools? Do you have a YMCA (I'm not able to pull one up for Marion online)? Do you have an indoor pool at all? My kids are really into swimming and are on a swim team.
Anyway, any input is appreciated. Thanks!
Blessings!
southpaul

Converse, TX

#7 Nov 10, 2006
Well I agree, It can be a great place to raise a kid.
I don't think the school system has a natatorium, but Harry L Crisp II & III Just commited to "hooking it up" as far a sports complex goes, and I do not know if it include aquatics or not.
I'm pretty sure Carbondale has a Y, as far as I know Marion does not.
However that drive isn't much of anything on the grand scheme of things.
Too bad you can't drive through the outer areass and see the areas true gifts. Wildlife, TREES!!! some great outlying properties all around the area.
The city did install a skateboarding area at one pof the parks....idea thought up and proposed to the city by some kids, skaters, adn the city was all for it, so reall I gess Marion cant be that bad...:)
SP
Glo wrote:
Thanks Happy!
I think it is great to have both perspectives about Marion. I've got a lot of positive input on a different Forum as well. Looks like on the whole, Marion is a good place to live & raise a family. Would you agree? What do you think of the local public schools? Do you have a YMCA (I'm not able to pull one up for Marion online)? Do you have an indoor pool at all? My kids are really into swimming and are on a swim team.
Anyway, any input is appreciated. Thanks!
Blessings!
Glo

Richmond, CA

#8 Nov 13, 2006
Thanks SouthPaul.
I found out that the nearest Y is in Mt. Vernon! Maybe we can get the city to build a natatorium- sometime down the road...:)
Blessings!
Not to mention

Middleboro, MA

#9 Nov 16, 2006
We love Marion. We moved here from up North in 1999. The schools are very crowded. The Mayor and his commisioners are old and need to be replaced. The city of Marion believes that they can destroy peoples homes and not fix them. This tends to be a problem. They remove and move culverts and in its place most homeowners flood and then the city takes no responsibility for it. Just find yourself a home without a basement. Take this from all of us who live on Bainbridge and who have been destroyed by the counsel of Marion. The woods are wonderful and you can always find a place to walk and enjoy nature. The winters are shorter and the summers are longer. The falls are so beautiful. Few years back with x-mas shopped in shorts.
All I can say is as long as you get a home without a basement you should be okay.
Good luck.
Glo

Richmond, CA

#10 Nov 24, 2006
Thanks for your excellent input 'Not-to-mention'. Appreciate it very much. Now I understand why so many houses for sale that I've pulled up online do not have basements. Don't you get tornados though? We are currently right in tornado alley and do need basements!
Blessings!
Glo

United States

#11 Apr 11, 2007
It is almost time for our move- but we are still torn between Marion & Carbondale. Which of these in your opinion is a better place to raise children? Which has better schools? Any input about homeschoolers in these two towns?
Blessings!
Glo

United States

#12 Apr 13, 2007
Anybody?
Glo

United States

#13 Apr 16, 2007
Nobody???
my view

Ozark, IL

#14 Apr 21, 2007
The bad thing about our schools in this area is that you have to have "the name". I pulled my kids out of the school system because they were put on the back burner. As far as the colleges, they are great, but the High Schools, no.
Glo

United States

#15 Apr 24, 2007
my view wrote:
The bad thing about our schools in this area is that you have to have "the name". I pulled my kids out of the school system because they were put on the back burner. As far as the colleges, they are great, but the High Schools, no.
Hi!
May I ask what you mean by "the name"? I'm really interested in knowing as I wouldn't want to be in a school system where my kids would be overlooked...
Sorry to hear about your experience. So, do you homeschool your kids? Are there a lot of homeschoolers in the area? I homeschool but my daughter would like to take some classes in the local high school. Anyway, any input at all will be appreciated. Thanks.
Blessings!
ky girl

Charlestown, IN

#16 Jun 2, 2007
Thnking about moving to Marion, our 14 yrs old son is in a Christian Private School, and I havent read much on this topic, does anyone have any suggestions. What is the best area to move too? Is the crime rate high for such a small town? I have read alot of positive things about Marion. Can someone help please? Thanks
ky girl

Charlestown, IN

#17 Jun 2, 2007
Another Question? Ky girl is thinking about moving to Marion. I'll be leaving 3 sisters and a boat load of friends, even though I would only be approx. 3 1/2 hrs from home, do people welcome newcomers pretty good? Boy I sure do hope so.
ky girl

Charlestown, IN

#18 Jun 4, 2007
Can someone please tell me how to read my comments that someone has posted? I cant seem to find them. Thanks
Tom

Galatia, IL

#19 Jun 4, 2007
I moved into Marion from around Peoria a little over a year ago. And I'll say I love it here. The small town life is something to be experienced. And if you get bored Carbondale offers a lot, for longer trips St. Louis is nearby.

The scenery is amazing, there are forests, lakes, and national parks everywhere.

As someone else mentioned the city is growing at a very fast pace. The economy is also doing great, and the new baseball stadium / team promises to add a lot to the community.

Sadly it will also make finding a place to eat after the game a challenge. There are probably a dozen restaurants near the new stadium, but when 7,000 people are looking for a place to eat it's going to be a problem.

As someone else mentioned, if you don't have a job that can bring you into the area you may have trouble finding much in the way of careers here.

Ky girl mentioned not knowing anyone, for me that wasn't a problem. I came here knowing no one. I found a good church though, and got plugged into it and now I'm so involved with the friends there that I have little down time.

Someone mentioned the 'good old boy' club or system, yeah, it's present. But it hasn't really affected me in any way. I think it is a little more present in some of the surrounding smaller towns than it is here.

Bob Butler was also mentioned. I don't know much about him, but I see that Marion is growing rapidly and has a great economy, so I don't believe that he is holding things back by any means.

The question of where to raise kids came up as well. Carbondale is a much more liberal town than Marion due to the university's influence. It also has 30,000 college students for 9 months out of the year. If your kids being around college students and their parties is a concern Carbondale probably isn't the best idea.
Mike B Marion IL

San Antonio, TX

#20 Jun 6, 2007
I've lived here in Marion for 21 years now, and I love it. The mayor has done a ton to help our city grow. The stadium is just the latest thing to happen and more is expected. I recently bought a house near the high school, not snob hill, and it's a great neighborhood and very quiet. The water is nasty, but we're about to plug in to Rend Lake for our water supply in Marion and it's good. For KYGirl, when I moved here, it didn't take me long to make friends at all. Through church or school, I met some great people and I'm still friends with most of them 21 years later. This would be a great time to buy a house in Marion, since I have no doubt that all the growth here will lead to some rising real estate prices. For more info, you can check out Wikipedia.org for more Marion info.

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