Marion County’s Last 19th Century Man Left Lasting Impression

MARION ROOTS: This is one of an occasional series of reports on people, events and places in Marion County’s past. Dec. 10 marks the 120th anniversary of the official end of the Spanish-American War (hostilities actually ceased in August). While few will note the historical significance of the Treaty of Paris, the date would have… Read More Marion County’s Last 19th Century Man Left Lasting Impression

Jefferson man develops a passion for produce

By DARLA HIGGINS, Contributing Writer Growing up, Courtney McCurry Sr. was serious about raising cattle. But his father, Donald McCurry, had other ideas for how to use their land. “My dad would run it by me every summer: ‘Courtney, let’s do four acres of watermelon together,’” he recalls. “I was just very headstrong about cows.”… Read More Jefferson man develops a passion for produce

Local Resident Recalls Career Ranging from Nuclear Science to Kolache Baking

By DARLA HIGGINS, Contributing Writer “I’ve done some stuff.” That’s how Katherine Carlson, 69, sums up her life and career. The Jefferson resident once worked as an electrical engineer building nuclear power plants, but later became a pastry chef, building award-winning kolaches. She says it’s not that big of a switch. “Pastry is a science… Read More Local Resident Recalls Career Ranging from Nuclear Science to Kolache Baking