Saturday, August 29, 2015

Marion to host 2017 solar eclipse events

Marion has been selected as a host of the 2017 solar eclipse. Hopkinsville will be the epicenter of the Aug. 21, 2017, phenomenon, but astronomy guru Mark S. Williams has selected Marion as a community partner for hosting eclipse-related events at the local park.

Williams said people from all over the world – as many as 7,500 – can be expected at the local event. The Peoples Bank is sponsoring the early stages of planning and will host a community meeting with Williams at 2 p.m. on Sept. 15. Community partners are encouraged to attend.

“This can be a great economic boost for Marion and Crittenden County,” read a news release from the bank.

Williams said it will take the full two years to plan the event. More information can be found online at or

To share thoughts or reserve a space at the meeting, contact Melissa Agent at The Peoples Bank at (270) 965-3188 or