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Marion Police Department 12:49 a.m., Tuesday, 337 N. Butler Ave., Lot 210, burglary. A woman reported that two males kicked in her front door and attempted to steal her medication. 6:33 a.m., Tuesday, Circle K, 1339 W. Second St., battery on police officer, resisti

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Emergencies

 Marion Police Department 8:46 a.m., Tuesday, 2842 S. Western Ave., accident involving Stephanie Freemyer, 35, Sweetser, and David Hudson, 47, Marion. No injuries were reported. 11:03 a.m., Tuesday, Ind. 9 North and Johnson Avenue, accident involving

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Creating a culture of kindness

STORY TIME: Riverview Elementary third graders listen to Character Ed teacher Tracey Steenbergh read a story. Steenbergh teaches the Choose to Be Nice program curriculum at Riverview.

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com Being kind is a choice you can make every day. That’s the lesson Riverview Elementary is trying to instill in its students through a new curriculum, Choose to Be Nice, which the school debuted at the begin

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Sen. Young talks food security

PANEL: U.S. Sen. Todd Young responds to a question asked by Huntington University President Sherilyn Emberton at Wednesday’s agriculture panel discussion on the Huntington University campus.

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@wabashplaindealer.com HUNTINGTON — U.S. Senator Todd Young addressed the ongoing crisis of global food security on a panel of agriculture experts at Huntington University on Wednesday. Young was joined by Kip Tom, U.S. ambassador to

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Road work ahead

WORK IN PROGRESS: A small construction vehicle dumps asphalt on the railroad crossing on Ind. 18 on Wednesday. The crossing by City Hall was closed for asphalting and to replace a bent piece of track, but City of Marion Right-of-Way Supervisor Phil Pearson reported that it would be re-opened shortly — hopefully by Thursday morning.

Highway Dept. asks for $1.25M loan

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com The Grant County Highway Department is looking to take out a $1.25 million loan for a new storage building and new vehicles for the department in 2019. Highway Superintendent David White said the current storage

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City's debt to utilities forgiven

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com The tax increment financing (TIF) bond for Central Indiana Ethanol will get a public hearing after Marion City Council members reported public pressure to hold a hearing. The bond, which was approved on first re

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Making sustainability fashionable

SWAP: Clarissa Pachall and Micah Hardesty sort clothing finds from Taylor World Outreach’s annual clothing sale.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com UPLAND — The Taylor University World Outreach office held its annual Clothing Swap event to promote sustainability in the fashion industry. During the swap, Taylor students, faculty and staff exchanged cl

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Speedway revs up for action

READY TO RACE: James Headley Jr., 15, hops into his Honda Accord nicknamed “Outlaw” at the Gas City I-69 Speedway on Tuesday.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com GAS CITY — The Gas City I-69 Speedway is motoring into its latest season complete with new races and family activities. The 2019 season will feature sprint cars, street stocks, hornets, UMP modifieds and

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Emergencies

Grant County Sheriff’s Department 2:04 p.m., Monday, 360 North and 400 West, vehicles were driven by Glee Berryhill and James Herring were involved in a crash. Marion Police Dept. 6:32 p.m., Wednesday, Ind. 9 and Winona Road, vehicles driven by Jonathan Wade,

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Marion Police Department 9:06 a.m., Monday, Faulkner Academy, 111 W. Second St., juvenile problem. A juvenile was acting incorrigible and being disruptive. 10:38 a.m., Monday, Trading Post, 407 N. Baldwin Ave., investigation. Two rifles were sold at the Trading Pos

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Huntington inmate released by mistake

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com HUNTINGTON — An inmate was accidentally released from the Huntington County Jail Tuesday, according to the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department, and police say they need help locating him. Jail Comman

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Local World War II veteran's remains recovered

WELCOME HOME: Marines from Detachment 1, Communications Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 45, 4th Marine Logistics Group, conduct a dignified transfer of Pvt. Fred Freet, 18, of Marion at the Indianapolis International Airport Tuesday. Freet was killed in action during World War II, and initially declared by the military as unrecoverable, killed in action, until Aug. 6, 2018, when the U.S. Navy positively identified his remains.

BY Emily Rachelle Russell - erussell@chronicle-tribune.com The remains of Marine Corps Reserve Pvt. Fred E. Freet, killed in duty at 18 years old on Nov. 20, 1943, have been identified and returned home to Marion after 76 years. “I was just really in shock to

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Grant for Grads rebranded

BY Emily Rachelle Russell - erussell@chronicle-tribune.com The Grant County Economic Growth Council is rebranding Grant for Grads into a new employer-focused program called Grants Got Talent. The change was announced in the council’s meeting Tuesday morning a

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Marion Police Department 2:41 a.m., Saturday, 1100 block of South Baldwin Avenue, narcotics. A man was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of meth, possession of a syringe, possession of a legend drug and possession of a Schedule I-IV controlled substanc

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Emergencies

Grant County Sheriff’s Department 1:29 a.m., Saturday, I-69 and Ind. 26, accident with animal. No injuries were reported. 4:14 p.m., Sunday, 209 S. Barclay St., Fairmount, accident involving vehicles driven by Lillie Hall and Stephanie Brookman. No injuries w

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City creating fire marshal positions

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com The Marion Fire Department’s arson investigators may soon have police powers, if the Board of Works approves the creation of a new fire department role – the fire marshal. City Attorney Tom Hunt

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Congressman: Marion VA ratings are up

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd District, says the Northern Indiana VA Health Care System, including the Marion VA, is on the upswing after last year’s annual rankings gave the VA hospital a 2 out of 5 rating.

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Smoking ban passes health board

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com The Grant County Health Board voted 4 - 2 in favor of a smoking ban ordinance on Monday. The ordinance, if passed by the Grant County Commissioners, will prohibit smoking inside bars and at publi

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Dying for smoke

AN ADDICTION TO SMOKING:American Legion member Glen Spears smokes a cigarette inside the American Legion post in Fairmount.

By Clay Winowiecki cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com Thirty-one percent of Grant County residents smoke, which is tied for second worst out of Indiana’s 92 counties, according to Kelley Hochstetler, community education coordinator at Marion General Hospital

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Emergencies - Friday, April 12

Grant County Sheriff's Department 1:49 p.m., Friday, Fourth Street and 400 North, Van Buren, accident. An accident with no injuries occurred in the area. Marion Fire Department 12:07 a.m., Friday, 1500 block of East Bradford Street, carbon monoxide. 12:18 a.m., Fri

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Restaurant grows into third expansion

BARBEQUE: Heather Cecil, kitchen manager, slices local pork to make a nacho dish at Jefferson Street BBQ. The popular Converse restaurant is undergoing its third expansion.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com CONVERSE — A local barbeque restaurant, which has helped spark the farm to table movement in Converse, is launching into its third expansion in seven years. Jefferson Street BBQ, located at 101 N Jefferso

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Our children need us

BY Linda Wilk Our children are hurting emotionally, physically, sexually and verbally. Every day in Grant County and across the nation, children are being exposed to acts of violence, which in turn affect how they develop and what they perceive as normal. In Decemb

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The law of the spa

BY Rachael O. Phillips I usually avoid places that try to improve me. So I had never visited a spa. But my daughter gave me a gift card. My days of tacky contentment were numbered. I wanted to be an educated client. (Translation: I did not want to look like the hic

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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 is open on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The

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An IRS extension doesn't give you more time to pay up

BY Michelle Singletary Thank goodness the tax code allows for procrastination and the things in life that happen, including events that are out of your control. You can achieve a reprieve by filling out IRS Form 4868: “Application for Automatic Extension of T

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Grant County observes Autism Awareness Month

KID-FRIENDLY THERAPY:A wallpaper owl inside the Hopebridge Autism Therapy Center.

BY Emily Rachelle Russell - erussell@chronicle-tribune.com April is Autism Month, often called Autism Awareness Month or Autism Acceptance Month. It’s a time of the year dedicated to educating the public on the experiences of people with autism spectrum disor

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Man gets 30 years

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com Scott Hatfield, 27, was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison for 15 counts of child molesting, 13 of them were Level 1 felonies. Investigators said he touched an 11-year-old girl on more than a dozen occasions

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Scoops

Smoking ban vote Monday The Grant County Health Board is set to vote on a proposed smoking ban, which would prohibit smoking in bars and public places in the county. The proposal would then go to the Grant County Commissioners, who will have the final say

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tease

BY SCOTT HUNT - shunt@chronicle-tribune.com tease

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TIF deal bypasses county

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com City officials have found a way around the Grant County Council after the council’s failure to consent to the city’s bond deal with Central Indiana Ethanol last month. The tax increment financing (TI

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Seybold's attorney sanctioned

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com Chad Seybold's attorney P. Adam Davis will have to reimburse the City of Marion for some of its legal fees after Seybold failed to appear for a scheduled deposition in February. On Friday Davis was ordered by Su

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Blotter - Friday, April 12

Marion Police Department 3:02 a.m., Friday, 916 N. Baldwin Ave., traffic stop. A man was cited into court for driving while suspended. 3:18 a.m., Friday, 3714 S. Houck St., residential entry. A woman reported someone climbed through a window and stole her wallet an

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Old Kmart building finds tenant

MOVING IN: Sporting goods store Walnut Creek Outdoors has announced it will move into the old Kmart building, located at1015 E Main St.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com Walnut Creek Outdoors of Gas City announced it will be moving into the old Kmart building located at 1015 E Main St. The move will be a significant expansion for the sporting goods business, which is moving fro

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Marion man charged with impersonating trooper

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com MADISON, Ind. -- A Marion man has been arrested in Jefferson County on charges that he impersonated a state trooper earlier this year. Authorities said James L. Keirstead, 44, told employees of a Madison, I

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Blotter

Marion Police Dept. 7:37 a.m., Wednesday, 3152 S. Western Ave., overdose. A woman overdosed and was transported to Marion General Hospital for treatment. 11:51 a.m., Wednesday, 816 S. Boots St., theft. A woman reported her license plate stolen. 1:10 p.m., Wednesday

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Emergencies

Marion Police Dept. 10:59 a.m., Wednesday, 2007 S. Western Ave., accident involving Catherine Wood, 49, Converse. No injuries were reported. 6:49 p.m., Wednesday, 3103 S. Western Ave., accident involving Debra Reed, 65, Marion, and Kevin Mathias, 18, Converse. No i

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Emergencies

Marion Police 1:54 p.m., Thursday, Ind. 9 South and Ninth Street, accident involving Darrian Dils, 23, Marion, and Jason Tedder, 44, Marion. Dils was transported to Marion General Hospital due to neck pain. Tedder was transported to Marion General Hospital due to b

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Marion Police 12:30 a.m., Thursday, 411 N. Hendricks Ave., criminal mischief. A woman reported her window shot by a BB gun. 9:15 a.m., Thursday, 1626 Mason Blvd., theft. A man reported his license plate stolen. 12:53 p.m., Thursday, Walmart, 3240 S. Western Ave., t

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Business classes raise $2k for Rescue Mission

BY Staff Reports - ctreport@indy.rr.com Two Indiana Wesleyan University business classes donated nearly $2,000 to the Grant County Rescue Mission this semester. Students raised the funds as part of their final project, called “Investing Your Talents,” i

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