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Whitticker waging a state-wide campaign

Whitticker: Joselyn Whitticker, Democratic candidate for Indiana State Auditor, talks about the importance of honesty and integrity in restoring public trust in politics.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com Former Marion City Council member Joselyn Whitticker is running as the Democratic candidate for Indiana State Auditor after being picked by the state party’s convention in June. Whitticker is facing off a

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Local businesses fear smoking ban

Sign: A sign on the door at Good Time Charlie’s notifies patrons that it is a smoking establishment.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com Grant County bar owners are worried they will lose business if a proposed local smoking ban is becomes law. The ban is up for a vote by county commissioners, and if it passes, would prohibit smoking i

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7 credit myths that can cost you a lot of money

BY Michelle Singletary What you don’t know about credit can cost you – perhaps thousands of dollars. And, if you’re low-income, having bad or no credit can make you even more financially unstable, according to new research by the Urban Institute.

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Happenings at Marion Public Library

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. The Library and Museum are now open on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The Library and Museum is open on Sundays from 1 p.m

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I remember 9/11 - and a wedding

BY Rachael O. Phillips Our family experienced 9/11’s aftermath in a unique way. Days later, our elder daughter married her college sweetheart. Amid grief and chaos, we were counting RSVPs, recruiting friends’ dishes and decorations for the reception, an

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Fairmount celebrates James Dean

START YOUR ENGINES:A classic Mercury cruises past 1955 Porsche Spyder resembling the one driven by James Dean when he was killed, during the annual Pre-James Dean Run car show at Playacres Park in Fairmount in 2016. Both cars have come to be closely identified with the Dean legend.

BY Emily Rachelle Russell - erussell@chronicle-tribune.com FAIRMOUNT — The town is preparing for its giant event, the annual Remembering James Dean Festival, run by the Fairmount Historical Museum next weekend. Kicking off with a car show downt

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Down to earth

IN THE TRENCHES: Future Farmers of America (FFA) students examine and test soil at an Eastbrook-hosted invitational competition Saturday.

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com Students and teachers alike got their hands dirty at a soil evaluation competition hosted by Eastbrook Community Schools’ chapter of Future Farmers of America (FFA). Thirteen schools from as far as De

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Discovery battles continue in Old Y

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com The discovery process in the Old Y lawsuit is delayed again as the City of Marion has been granted a month to review documents related to major auditing firm KPMG’s involvement. According to Thomas Falkenb

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Ballot set for November

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com The Grant County Election Board approved the official November ballot Wednesday. With races set, many Republican candidates are running unopposed in Grant County, but there will be a number of contested offices

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Marion Police Department 6:46 a.m., Friday, 1603 W. Spencer Ave., criminal mischief. A man reported damage to an apartment. 8:17 a.m., Friday, 750 W. 26th St., disorderly conduct. A 16-year-old female was arrested at Marion High School for disorderly conduct. 9:34

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Emergencies

Marion Fire Department 7:55 p.m., Friday, 1400 S. Western Ave., ambulance assist. Clear: 7:59 p.m.

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Scoops

Man arrested after burglary A Marion man was arrested Friday after his sister reported she thought he had broken into her home. The woman told police that a .22 pistol had been taken from her home in a break-in while she was at work Friday morning and tha

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KB's Computers store moving downtown

TINKER AND TOIL:Computer mechanic Jay Jackson works at KB Computers Inc.’s new location in Centrum Mall on Friday.

BY Emily Rachelle Russell - erussell@chronicle-tribune.com Local computer repair store KB’s Computers has moved offices, from the Community School of the Arts (CSA) building to Suite 221 of the downtown Centrum Mall. Co-owner Rhonda Edmonds explained that the

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Marion Police Department 10:29 a.m., Thursday, 3642 S. Adams St., criminal mischief. A woman reported someone entered her home through the back door and damaged her LG smart TV. 11:28 a.m., Thursday, 619 W. Third St., death investigation. A 68-year-old man was foun

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Emergencies

Marion Fire Department 2:57 p.m., Thursday, 2842 S. Western Ave., ambulance assist. Clear: 2:59 p.m. 3:25 p.m., Thursday, 2317 S. Gallatin St., open burn. Clear: 3:33 p.m. 3:29 p.m., Thursday, 2011 W. 10th St., citizen assist. Clear: 3:36 p.m. 4:20 p.m., Thursday,

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Scoops

Internet and cable disrupted Spectrum internet and cable services were out of service throughout Grant County for a significant portion of the day Friday. A Spectrum employee told customers at the Marion office that it was believed the outa

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'We've come home'

ART FOR SALE: Jewelry by silversmith Craig Moore is among the artistic offerings for sale at Design Studio 407.

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com After growing up in Marion, Tim and Linda Luttrull Harmon spent 30 years away from the city, living in Louisiana, New York and San Antonio, Texas. Now, in their words, they’ve “come home” to Ma

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City may require test for contractors

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com The City of Marion is considering an ordinance that would require contractors to pass a certification test. Jerry Foustnight, building commissioner for the city, said they have selected a committee of local cont

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MFD floats new policies

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com The Marion Fire Department is rolling out a new set of department policies after the city last year settled a lawsuit over alleged civil rights violations. The suit was the result of an incident involving a form

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County fills vacancies, preps for budget decisions

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com The Grant County Council voted Wednesday to approve filling several job vacancies in the Sheriff’s Department, Highway Department and the County Clerk’s office. The council also discussed budget requ

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Thrash gets 160 years

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com Nicholas Deon Thrash received a prison sentence of 160 years for child molesting from judge Jeffrey Todd of Grant County Superior Court 1 on Thursday. Thrash was found guilty of multiple Level 1 felony child mo

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Marion Police Department 12:05 a.m., Wednesday, 3108 S. Adams St., dog problem. A dog bit incident involving only dogs was forwarded to Animal Care and Control. 9:53 a.m., Wednesday, 500 W. 38th St., investigation. A handgun was discovered in a vehicle repossessed

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Emergencies

Marion Police Department 5:42 p.m., Wednesday, 321 W. Third St., accident involving Malissa Shanks, 47, Marion, and Keith R. Jones, 45, Marion. No injuries were reported. 12:45 p.m., Wednesday, 816 W. 34th St., accident involving a parked car. No injuries were repo

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IWU receives $15,000 grant

BY Brady Bouldin - thesojourn.com Indiana Wesleyan University received a $15,000 grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. The Vital Worship Grant is given to fund projects that contribute to the growth of community worship practices. IWU has elected to

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Mixed enrollment numbers across county

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com Public schools in Grant County have experienced mixed enrollment numbers for the 2018-19 academic year. Marion and Eastbrook community schools have increased enrollment, while Madison-Grant and M

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Housing Authority sells building

BY Emily Rachelle Russell - erussell@chronicle-tribune.com The Marion Housing Authority voted to sell a building on the corner of 38th and Washington Streets in their meeting Wednesday. The building, which MHA has nicknamed “campus corner,” sold for $50

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Marion Police epartment 12:14 p.m., Tuesday, 32nd Street and Western Avenue, traffic stop. A 54-year-old man was arrested on a warrant following a traffic stop. 1:10 p.m., Tuesday, 1503 N. Baldwin Ave., fraud, scam. Marion Food Mart reported someone has been passin

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Emergencies

Marion Police Department 3:20 p.m., Tuesday, Ind. 9 South and 16th Street, accident involving Peter Riddle, 58, Marion, Shannon Slusher, 42, Marion, Rocky Williams, 36, Marion, Virginia Bennett, 28, Marion, and Dennis Hawkins, 57, Marion. Slusher reported pain in h

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Community Marketplace comes to the YMCA

Meeting at the marketplace: Traci Blackburn, branch manager, left, and Giena Wilson, assistant teller supervisor, share a laugh with a visitor to the Indiana Members Credit Union booth during the annual Community Marketplace event Wednesday at the Marion Family YMCA.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com The Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce conducted its annual Community Marketplace event on Tuesday afternoon. The Chamber of Commerce sponsors the exposition to help community members see what bu

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Scoops

Shots fired in First Street area According to MPD Deputy Chief Stephen Dorsey, police officers were called to 701 W. First St. Tuesday night for a report of shots fired. A 15-year-old boy told police he had seen a 16-year-old boy fire a gun into the air. Officers d

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School board candidate may not qualify

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com A drunk driving charge from 14 years ago may pose a problem for a Gas City man running for a seat on the Mississinewa school board. Conrad Herrera pled guilty in 2004 to operating while intoxicated with a prior&

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Overdose suspected in Grant County man's death

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com A 36-year-old Grant County man living north of Gas City died Tuesday of a suspected overdose, according to law enforcement. According to Capt. Ed Beaty of the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, when deputi

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Health board sends smoking ban to commissioners

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com An ordinance banning smoking in bars and public spaces was approved by the Grant County Health Board at its meeting on Tuesday. The ordinance passed by a vote of four to two. Now the ordinance must be approved

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Scoops

Commissioners approve zoning change The Grant County Commissioners passed an ordinance Monday that changes the zoning of a lot at 2213 W. 38th St. from residential to agriculture. Dan and Karen Heincker requested the zoning change to run a bed and breakfast out of

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Swapping books for digital files

History: Touch screens, such as the one above showing a drawing of a gas boom glass factory, help visitors to the Marion Public Library Museum navigate local history.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com The role of libraries in local communities has been forced to change. Libraries now must invest in computers, librarian training on topics such as technology, and databases of scholarly articles. “We have

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Emergencies

Marion Police Department 5:19 p.m., Monday, Washington Street and Nebraska Street, accident involving Robert Damron, 53, Marion, and Perry Tole, 62, Noblesville. Damron and his passenger, Jordan Costner, 23, Marion, both sustained minor bleeding to their low

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Marion Police Department 1:16 a.m., Monday, 3601 S. Boots St., disturbance, warrant service. A 38-year-old woman was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear. 8:08 a.m., Monday, 3631 S. Nebraska St., burglary. A woman reported an unknown subject entered t

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Downtown Market study plans released; price tag set at $18k

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com Today Marion General Hospital: Free Stress Management education class. 8-9 a.m. and 2-3 a.m. MGH 330 Building, Diabetic Education Conference Room. Call for more information (765) 660-6036. Alzheimer’s supp

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Tax hike passes City Council

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com Grant County taxpayers will officially see higher taxes next year after the Marion City Council passed the local income tax increase Tuesday night. The ordinance will increase the county's local income tax 0.3 p

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D-Home getting fixed

Construction: Construction crew members converse with another worker below them on Adams Street as work continues on a drainage project at the Grant County Juvenile Detention Center on Monday.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com South Adams Street will be restricted to one lane from 5th to 7th Street until Wednesday.  The lane was closed Monday due to drainage construction on the Grant County Juvenile Detention Center. Parking wil

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Correction

In the Sunday, Sept. 16 story titled “Fire damages house on Fourth Street,” we reported that a fire occured at 113 W. Fourth St. The correct address is 1113 W. Fourth St.

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Marion Transportation Dept. says 'Just Be Kind'

MESSAGE OF KINDNESS: The “Just Be Kind” campaign logo teaches a simple message that has caught Marion’s attention.

BY Emily Rachelle Russell - erussell@chronicle-tribune.com The City of Marion Transportation Department will be promoting kindness and positivity through their “Just Be Kind” event today in the Marion Transit System. Starting at 11 a.m., the event will

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Marion Police Department 8:15 a.m., Saturday, 695 N. Miller Ave., child neglect. A 6-year-old was located in the area of Bradford and Miller Avenue completely nude. The residence was found to be in Greentree. Department of Child Services was contacted and removed t

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Two Marion men stabbed

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com Two Marion men were treated Sunday for what appear to be stabbing injuries, according to Deputy Chief Stephen Dorsey of the Marion Police Department. Both victims have been uncooperative in the investigation, Do

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Emergencies

Marion Police Department 12:00 p.m., Friday, 253 Tippy Ditch Drive, accident involving Ahmed Osman, 31, Prior Lake, Minnesota. No injuries were reported. 1:39 p.m., Friday, South Torrance Street and West 30th Street, accident involving Shannon Kennedy, 44, Marion.

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Tim Tebow to visit Taylor University

BY Emily Rachelle Russell - erussell@chronicle-tribune.com Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow is speaking at Taylor University in chapel on Friday, Nov. 2. At 10 a.m. in Taylor’s Odle Arena, the two-time national champion and current baseball player in the New Y

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Scoops

Children removed by DCS According to police, two children, ages six and seven, were removed from their home by the Department of Child Services after the six-year-old was found walking naked around the area of West Bradford Street and North Miller Avenue Saturday m

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Marion MedExpress sold to MGH

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com Marion General Hospital will take over ownership of MedExpress Urgent Care at 1130 N. Baldwin Ave. next month, according to Kelly Sorice, senior vice president of communications for MedExpress. Sorice said the d

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