Grandma's birthday float

It was Mary Jane Rochel’s 85th birthday celebration Saturday during Axtell Harvest Days, and Rochel marked it by relaxing on a parade float with six of her grandchildren, who sprayed Silly String and generally had a good time. The Axtell area is seeing lots of activity spurred by local residents as they strive to bring new families to the area and keep the town and school alive. Local volunteers tell about Axtell’s efforts in a story below on this page. Marshall County communities in general are taking varied steps to grow and retain population and beautify their neighborhoods and downtowns. See their stories in this week’s Progress edition inside.

On Saturday, new playground equipment will go up in the Rochel-Grove park on the northeast side of Axtell.

It is just one of several Axtell PRIDE Association projects undertaken in recent years.