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Mike Pence gives Taylor University commencement address

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com UPLAND — About 40 Taylor University faculty and students walked out before Vice President Mike Pence gave his address at the university’s commencement Saturday morning. But Pence, Indiana’s 50t

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Mike Pence at Taylor in photos

Photos by Clay Winowiecki / cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com

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Column: Pence emphasizes serving others

BY Alan Blanchard “Live your life to serve others.” That was one of the final parting words to Class of 2019 seniors by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at Saturday’s Taylor University commencement in Upland. And it captured the spirit and summed up

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Marion woman celebrates 108 years

JOYFUL NOISE: Irene Wiley is the center of attention while partygoers sing for her 108 birthday.

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com Everyone has a birthday, but not many people get to celebrate like Irene Wiley. She just turned 108 years old. Wiley was born on May 18, 1911 in Tupelo, Mississippi, where she grew up going on adventures with her bro

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Mexican restaurant opens downtown

LOS AMORES: A window sign for “Los Amores,” a new restaurant located downstairs in the Boston Hill Center, formerly known as Centrum Mall. Los Amores opened May 16.

BY HEATHER COX - hcox@chronicle-tribune.com A new Mexican-American restaurant is now open in the Boston Hill Center, formerly known as Centrum Mall. After 14 months of hard work, husband and wife duo Keith and Yuriana Bennett finally launched Lo

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Granddaughter of Marion doctor to recount polar expedition tale

BY Scott Fleener - ctreport@indy.rr.com Marion residents have a chance to hear the story of Dr. John Colin Vaughan, a man who practiced medicine in Marion and was a part of the failed 32-man Ziegler expedition to the North Pole in 1903, as told by his granddaughter

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From boyhood dreams to saving lives

A FRIENDLY DEBATE: Twin brothers, Jeremy Herring, left, and Kirk Herring, who are both volunteer firefighters in different departments, debate which type of fire hose is better.

By Clay Winowiecki cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com The journey to become firefighters for twins Jeremy and Kirk Herring began playfully at the age of 5 when the pair were gifted a red pedal-driven fire truck. They would ride it to their neighbors’ house a

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Club news

BT Chapter of PEO The regular business meeting of the Chapter BT was held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the Hostess House. Julie Halverson served as hostess assisted by Janice Gartland and Beth Kachel as co-hostesses. President Pro-Temp Carol Secttor conducted the bu

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One piece of the puzzle

PUZZLE BOX: D.L. Hurd holds up one of many puzzles ready for shipment in the distribution center. Hurd has worked for SunsOut Inc. for a year and a half and since working at the distribution center, he said his interest in jigsaw puzzles has definitely increased. He said on a cold evening sitting inside and working on a puzzle is a good stress reliever.

BY HEATHER COX - hcox@chronicle-tribune.com SunsOut Inc. sends out millions of jigsaw puzzles to places all around the world out of thousands of distribution centers, including one in Marion. The distribution center was located in Kokomo for 11 years befo

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Show some RSVP R-E-S-P-E-C-T

BY Michelle Singletary Event planners often warn clients about the no-shows. Depending on the event, 10 percent to 20 percent of the people who RSVP with a “yes” may not show up to your celebration. I remember that when I was planning my wedding, my gra

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To do

Today Swayzee Euchre Party: The Swayzee Lions Club is hosting its Swayzee Euchre Party at the Swayzee United Methodist Church, south of the railroad tracks on Ind. 13 and Ind. 19. Registration is 1-1:45 p.m. and play begins at 2 p.m. The entry fee is $12.50. Procee

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Importance of spring-cleaning neighborhoods

BY Linda Wilk Our neighborhood got a spring cleaning this past weekend. It is that time of year when people start to think about being outdoors more, and what a better gift to moms than sprucing up the neighborhood. It is also a great opportunity to get out, walk u

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Goodbye Mrs. Gardner

SMILES:Student Lauren Morrow takes a photo of librarian and educator Diana Gardner holding a cake her students made for her. From left to right: Phyllicia Guy, Diana Gardner, Elizabeth Nielander and Sam Hauke.

BY David Penticuff dpenticuff@chronicle-tribune.com Diana Gardner instinctively knows what schoolkids know about libraries – that they are a safe space and were that before the term gained coin. A high school library has always been a sort of sanctuary from t

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Marion Prep Academy to jumpstart high school for junior high students

BY HEATHER COX - hcox@chronicle-tribune.com McCulloch Junior High School will have new opportunities for students next year with the brand-new “Marion Prep Academy” program. Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay said students will have mo

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Van Buren man charged with child molesting

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com A Van Buren man is being held on a $100,000 bond after being accused of inappropriately touching a 9-year-old girl.  Investigators believe the man molested the girl multiple times over the approximately th

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Indian Academy students show off green thumbs

MAY FLOWERS: Indian Academy student Matraca Harris took care to make sure the pink and orange flowers were perfectly placed.

BY SAMANTHA OYLER - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com GAS CITY — Indian Academy students rolled up their sleeves and dug in at City Hall on Friday. The students teamed up with members of the Gas City Garden Club and the owner of Turning Over a NEW LEAF to create a

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Save Our Stories highlights historic buildings

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com The local museum wasn’t the only history found in the Marion Public Library recently. Save Our Stories (SOS), a local historical preservation organization, highlighted buildings around Marion that hol

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Upland farmer run over by tractor

On the scene: The Grant County Sheriff’s Department came to the scene of an accident where an Upland farmer was run over by a tractor. A helicopter was called to the scene at 10869 E. 1000 South and transported the 75-year-old man to Lutheran Hospital.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com UPLAND — A helicopter transported a 75-year-old man to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne after he was run over by his tractor on Thursday. The victim, John Horine, was in serious but stable condition at the

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Blotter

Marion Police Department 7:59 a.m., Tuesday, Rally’s, 610 N. Baldwin Ave., fraud. An employee was reported to have taken money from the store. 9:27 a.m., Tuesday, 346 E. Grant St., theft. A man reported that an unknown subject stole clothes, makeup, a phone c

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Emergencies

Marion Police Department 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, 3240 S. Western Ave., hit and run. No injuries were reported. Grant County Sheriff’s Department 12:25 p.m., Wednesday, Ind. 26 and I-69, accident involving drivers Chace Hatton and Kerry Wilson. Wilson complained

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Central dispatch in 'early stages'

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com Though plans are still in early stages, central dispatch is looking less like a possibility and more like a concrete future for Grant County. “We are still in the very beginning stages of this,” said

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Scoops

CSO advisory today There is a Combined Sewer Overflow warning in place for today, according to Marion Utilities.  When it rains, older sewer systems throughout the city can overflow sending untreated rainwater mixed with sewage into the Mississinewa River and

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Blotter

Marion Police Department 3:56 a.m., Thursday, 1715 W. 14th St., unwanted guest. A woman was arrested on two warrants. 9:52 a.m., Thursday, Walmart, 3240 S. Western Ave., theft. A woman was charged with theft. 3:32 p.m., Thursday, 403 N. Greentree Drive, disturbance

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Emergencies

Marion Police Department 3 p.m., Thursday, Ind. 9 South and North Wabash Avenue, accident involving driver David Couchman, 24, Gas City. No injuries were reported. Grant County Sheriff’s Department 12:52 p.m., Thursday, 10860 E. 1000 S., accident involving dr

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Emergencies

Marion Police Dept. 12:46 p.m., Tuesday, Ind. 18 East and Western Avenue, accident involving drivers Richard Huffman, 72, Bloomington, and Molly Lindsay, 49, Marion. No injuries were reported. 1:01 p.m., Tuesday, Ind. 9 North and Spencer Avenue, accident involving

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Splash House to open May 25

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com After strong attendance numbers last season, the Splash House is hoping for another year of warm weather. Last year the park averaged a daily attendance of 508 visitors, compared to 405 visitors the previous ye

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Mac and cheese headed to courthouse square

BY HEATHER COX - hcox@chronicle-tribune.com For the first time in decades, a restaurant is coming to the courthouse square to bring comfort food for people of all ages and backgrounds. Mac 123 plans to sell macaroni and cheese just the way the customer likes i

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Spring clean

A DAY’S WORK: Clayton Powell, 16, throws debris into a truck bed Wednesday during the Madison-Grant Jr/Sr High School community day of service. Students went to different locations across Grant County.

BY Scott Fleener - ctreport@indy.rr.com FAIRMOUNT — Five hundred and twenty students from Madison-Grant Jr./Sr. High School traveled to Fairmount, Summitville and other locations in Grant County for a school-wide community service learning day Wednesday. Prin

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Marion buys iPads for high school

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com Every Marion High School student will have a school-issued iPad of his or her own come the fall. The Marion Community Schools Board of Trustees approved a more than $500,000, 4-year lease with Apple Tuesday to a

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Man charged with child molesting

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com A 39-year-old Marion man was arrested Monday night on a warrant for four level one felony counts of molesting a child under the age of 14. The girl, who is seven years old, told her mother that suspect Juan Gab

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Oak Hill pays more to fix PA system

BY HEATHER COX - hcox@chronicle-tribune.com MIER — The Oak Hill United School Corporation approved money an unforeseen cost for audio cable replacement in lieu of a new public announcement system on Monday evening. In a 5-2 vote, the board agreed to pay an ad

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Family Service Society seeking 100 good men

BY Staff Reports - ctreport@indy.rr.com Each year Family Service Society, Inc. (FSSI) conducts the 100 Good Men Campaign, a community awareness initiative focused on the importance of healthy men in the lives of Marion’s children, families and community. Rese

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Duck Race honors 65 years of Carey Services

RACE TO THE FINISH: Pictured are ducks at the finish line ofa past Carey Services Duck Race at the Splash House in Marion. This year's duck race is June 22.

By DAVID PENTICUFF - dpenticuff@chronicle-tribune.com Carey Services has been providing safe care and a place for disabled people to flourish in Grant County for decades and the agency is recognizing its own history at its annual Duck Race fundraiser in June. "We h

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Gas City pool readying for summer

SPRING UPDATE: Brent Miller, vice president of the park's board, chats about renovations at the Gas City Swimming Pool. The pool expects to open around Memorial Day weekend.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com GAS CITY — The Gas City Swimming Pool recently received a new roof and has more renovations planned as the weather turns warm.  The community pool's building, which was built in 1971, has had th

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Blotter

Marion Police Department 12:07 a.m., Monday, 1600 block of West 12th Street, traffic stop. A man was arrested on a failure to appear warrant. 9:27 a.m., Monday, 613 E. Sherman St., theft. A woman reported that an unknown subject stole a cell phone, some change and

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Man drives under semi on I-69

NARROW ESCAPE: Pictured is the 1989 Ford Mustang underneath a semi-truck on I-69. Police said the drivermanaged to survive without suffering serious injuries.

BY Scott Fleener - ctreport@indy.rr.com HUNTINGTON COUNTY — A New Haven man narrowly escaped serious injuries Sunday afternoon when his car drove under a moving semi-truck, according to Indiana State Police. Ryan Lawson, 40, was traveling northbound on Inters

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Scoops: Shots fired

Shots fired Sunday Police responded to a report of shots fired/criminal mischief in the 400 block of West 27th Street at 3:55 a.m. Sunday. Multiple bullet holes were found in the east side of a house and in a window but nobody was inside the residence, according to

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Emergencies

Marion Police Department 5:47 p.m., Friday, 4922 S. Washington St., accident involving driver Kenneth Carter, 30, Marion. No injuries were reported. 2 p.m., Monday, Adams Street and Ind. 18 East, accident involving driver Barbara Hasty, 73, Marion. No injuries were

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Scoops: Triple homicide trials moved

Triple homicide trials moved Jury trials for the three defendants in the December triple homicide have been rescheduled to early fall. Demetrius Jackson, Lemere Jones and Brittany Drake, who all face charges related to the homicides, were initially scheduled to fac

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MGH among top 20 rural hospitals in US

TOP TWENTY: Marion General Hospital President and CEO Stephanie Hilton-Siebert announces MGH's ranking in the top 20 of rural community hospitals across the nation.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com Marion General Hospital has been named one of the top 20 rural community hospitals in the nation, MGH announced Monday.  "It's outstanding," said MGH President and CEO Stephanie Hilton-Siebert. "Every day

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New leadership at local Salvation Army

BY Scott Fleener - ctreport@indy.rr.com The Salvation Army of Grant County will soon have a new Corps Officer. Lt. Blake Fewell will be transferred to serve as a staff member of The Salvation Army's College for Officer Training in Chicago, Illinois at the end of Ju

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Blotter

Marion Police Department 8 a.m., Friday, 26th and Gallatin streets, warrant service. A woman was arrested on a warrant out of Kosciusko County. 11:42 a.m., Friday, Marion Police Department, 301 S. Branson St., fraud. A man reported unauthorized charges to his bank

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Emergencies

Marion Police Department 2:28 p.m., Friday, 616 N. Washington St., accident involving driver Gye Sotello, 28, Marion. No injuries were reported. 3:16 p.m., Friday, 38th and Adams streets, accident involving driver Richard Francis, 88, Marion. No injuries were repor

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