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Community Crossings funds to repair roads, bridges and stormwater lines

by Grace Hooley, ghooley@chronicle-tribune.com Several Grant County municipalities have received funding as part of the state's Community Crossings Matching Grant (CCMG) program for local infrastructure projects. Grant County recently received $270,000 of CCMG fund

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Harvest falls behind schedule

by Grace Hooley - ghooley@chronicle-tribune.com Harvest is upon Grant County as farmers, but the historically wet spring is putting crops accross Indiana at risk now that frost is begining to appear on the radar. The United States Department of Agricultur

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Marion Police Department 2:13 a.m., Tuesday, area of 26th and Adams streets, traffic stop. A man was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear and criminal mischief. 8:45 a.m., Tuesday, Margarita’s Taco Stand, 3232 S. Washington St., burglary. An unknown su

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Emergencies

Marion Fire Department 12:12 a.m., Tuesday, 801 E. 38th St., ambulance assist. 6:48 a.m., Tuesday, 706 E. Marshall St., carbon monoxide. 12:25 p.m., Tuesday, 1908 S. Valley Ave., ambulance assist. 2:10 p.m., Tuesday, 1600 S. Florence St., investigation. 2:30 p.m.,

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City approves raises in budget

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com Marion Common Council adopted the city's 2020 budget and amended a salary ordinance for public safety leadership at its Tuesday meeting. Council voted 6-2 to amend the salary ordinance for elected officials in order

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The centennial six

CENTURIES: From left, Julia Carter, Bessie Hart, Estella Ricker, Jeanette Renbarger, Doris Sink and Una Smethers are all centenarian residents of Colonial Oaks Health & Rehabilitation Center.

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com Estella Ricker will be 100 years old Friday. She will become the sixth member of the centenarian club at Colonial Oaks Health & Rehabilitation Center. “I just can’t believe it,” Estel

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Wright returns to restore holiday festivities

CHRISTMASTIME: This historic photo from Christmas Eve 1958 shows a bustling downtown Marion at the corner of 4th and Washington streets.

by Tim Tedeschi - ttedeschi@chronicle-tribune.com When Steve Wright’s family moved to Marion when he was a kid, he couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the city fully decked out in Christmas decorations in the dead of summer. Wright later learned the d

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Oak Hill approves collective bargaining agreement

by Grace Hooley - ghooley@chronicle-tribune.com The Oak Hill United School Corporation (OHUSC) board approved the new collective bargaining agreement with its teachers union Monday. This agreement included a $1,500 salary increase and a $250 one time stipend for al

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Marion Police Department 2:50 a.m., Tuesday, 200 block of E. 3rd Street, death investigation. Deputies investigated the death of a 58-year-old male. 7:54 a.m., Tuesday, 200 block of E. 4th Street, warrant service. Three individuals were read warrants. 10:09 a.m., T

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Emergencies

Grant County Sheriff’s Department 7:47 a.m., Tuesday, Oak Hill High School, 7756 W. Delphi Pike, accident involving a white truck and a silver minivan. No injuries were reported. 5:43 p.m., Tuesday, 700 S near 150 E, hit and run. Marion Police Department 7:30

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M-G assigns organizing committees for reconfiguration

by Tim Tedeschi - ttedeschi@chronicle-tribune.com Madison-Grant United School Corporation is establishing three committees to help craft a strategic plan for the reconfiguration of its elementary buildings. Superintendent Scott Deetz updated the school board on the

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Scoops

City begins leaf pickup next week The City of Marion will begin bagged leaf pickups to coincide with Marion Utilities’ trash pickup schedule beginning Oct. 21, according to a release. Residents must bag leaves in paper bags, as loose leaves will not be picked

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Officer injured during suspect takedown

by Tim Tedeschi - ttedeschi@chronicle-tribune.com A Marion Police Department (MPD) officer was injured while arresting an unwanted guest who would not leave Marion Steel on Monday, according to MPD Capt. Stephen Dorsey. At approximately 12:17 p.m. Monday, MPD offic

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Eastbrook dismisses aide

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com Eastbrook Community School Board members voted 4-1 Monday night to dismiss Nathan Engle, a technology aide under the school system’s employment. Engle used the opportunity for public comment to state his case

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Annual Klothes for Kids drive a success

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com The annual Klothes for Kids drive was held at Sunnycrest United Methodist Church yesterday, offering more than 2,000 articles of clothing to school children in need. The Marion Women’s Department Club hosted t

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Westview Elementary planning outdoor classroom

RENDERING: Pictured here are the current preliminary plans for the outdoor learning space being discussed for Westview Elementary School.

by Grace Hooley - ghooley@chronicle-tribune.com Mississinewa’s Westview Elementary School is in the process of creating an outdoor classroom for students and faculty to enjoy. According to Ole Miss Preschool Director Liz Strong, this idea has been in the back

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Marion Police Department 1:27 a.m., Saturday, 1800 block of W. Boxwood Drive, investigation. A woman reported damage to her house. 5:18 a.m., Saturday, 200 block of W. 7th Street, warrant service. An individual was arrested on a warrant. 11:44 a.m., Saturday, 2500

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Emergencies

Marion Fire Department 3:32 a.m., Sunday, 200 block of E 500 E, structure fire. Grant County Sheriff’s Department 6:40 p.m., Friday, 2800 E 100 N, accident involving Joel McGee. McGee reported minor bleeding from the lips but no other injuries and refused med

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Bus driver sues Madison-Grant

by Tim Tedeschi - ttedeschi@chronicle-tribune.com A Madison-Grant United School Corporation (MGUSC) bus driver has filed a lawsuit in United States District Court over allegations that the corporation violated his First Amendment rights to free speech. An initial c

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Effects of GM strike felt throughout economy

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com Employees at General Motors (GM) took to the streets and began striking about a month ago nationwide. The strike started as a result of failed negotiations between GM and the United Automobile Workers (UAW) labor un

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Ross Hoffman 5K becomes disguised

FINISH: Indiana Wesleyan University juniors Elise Holcomb, left, and Emily Van Dyke, right, celebrate as they cross the finish line dressed as a double-stuffed Oreo during the Hoffman Dress Up Dash 5K Saturday at homecoming.

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@chronicle-tribune.com A piece of bacon put its fat stores to work as it beat a banana at the finish line of Indiana Wesleyan University’s (IWU) Dress Up Dash 5k Saturday. While it might seem troubling that a piece of fruit

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Diners should tip servers 20 percent, no matter what

Michelle Singletary Tipping is not about you. When eating out at a restaurant, many diners believe that they should be tipping on a sliding scale based on the service they receive – good or bad. In keeping score, the scale may go something like this: Having t

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Happenings at MPL

Library Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum closes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. and is open Tuesdays and Thursdays until 8 p.m. The Library and Museum are now open on Sundays from 1-4 p.m. Prescho

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Sister, sister

Rachael O. Phillips “Sisters are guardian angels of each other’s hearts.” I read these frilly lines etched across an equally frilly sweatshirt. True-life translation: “Sis, I may yank out your ponytail. But God help the loser who touches a h

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Aaron Shust headlines alumni concert

WORSHIP: Christian artist Aaron Shust said hetries to create an atmosphere of singing to God, rather than about God, at his concerts.

by Sam Jones - ctreport@indy.rr.com Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is hosting their annual alumni concert tonight at 7 p.m. as part of homecoming festivities. This year, the concert features Aaron Shust, an award-winning Christian music artist. Shust is known fo

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Marion Police Department 1:16 p.m., Thursday, 4114 S. Western Ave., theft. A man was arrested for theft and possession of a syringe. 1:18 p.m., Thursday, 3924 S. Poplar St., burglary. A man reported an unknown person burglarized a family friend’s home. 1:29 p

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Emergencies

Marion Fire Department 12:37 a.m., Thursday, 1721 W. 1st St., overdose. 11:50 a.m., Thursday, area of 300 W and Ind. 26, hazmat. 2:53 p.m., Thursday, 707 N. Tippy Drive, ambulance assist. 3:21 p.m., Thursday, 3820 S. Poplar St., ambulance assist. 3:40 p.m., Thursda

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Late Swayzee tax payments rack up fees

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com SWAYZEE — The former clerk-treasurer of Swayzee has been asked to reimburse taxpayers nearly $45,000 in penalty fees, interest and charges the town incurred over the past three years for alleged mishandling of

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Census data wealth of knowledge for genealogists

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com It’s becoming more and more common for people to trace their lineage, whether that be through popular websites or DNA testing, but one effective way of researching the past is the federal census. “The ce

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Scoops

E. 38th to close to one lane for construction The area of E. 38th Street in Marion at the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks by the VA Hospital will be restricted to one lane from Oct. 16 to approximately Oct. 30, weather permitting, according to Marion Construction

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Marion Police Department 9:08 a.m., Tuesday, Northeast Church of God, 1007 E. Bradford St., burglary. Two men were arrested for burglary. 12:24 p.m., Tuesday, Marion Police Department, 301 S. Branson St., identity theft. A man reported that an unknown subject opene

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Emergencies

Marion Fire Department 1:48 a.m., Wednesday, 614 W. 14th St., ambulance. 7:06 a.m., Wednesday, 1516 S. Branson St., ambulance. 9:51 a.m., Wednesday, 3202 S. Valley St., ambulance. 10:42 a.m., Wednesday, 2916 S. Hamaker St., fire alarm. 12:52 p.m., Wednesday, 3820 S

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73 dog fighting-related charges dismissed

by Tim Tedeschi - ttedeschi@chronicle-tribune.com An Upland man originally facing four counts of drug-related offenses and 73 counts of animal-fighting related charges is now facing sentencing for one Level 2 felony after the rest of the charges have been dismissed

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Upland Trail open and ready for walkers

by Grace Hooley - ghooley@chronicle-tribune.com After years of preparation and planning, the mile-long Upland Trail will be dedicated by the Upland Area Greenway Association (UAGA) tonight at 6 p.m. at the Detamore Trailhead just south of the Main Street bridge in

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Tamika Catchings named 2020 IWU World Changer

by Tim Tedeschi - ttedeschi@chronicle-tribune.com Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) announced its 2020 inductee into its Society of World Changers and its 2019 Alumni World Changer on Thursday. Indiana Fever WNBA champion and Finals MVP, four-time Olympic gold meda

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