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If we're being honest, 'degree inflation' is also contributing to the student loan crisis

Michelle Singletary Whenever I talk to students and parents who have taken on college debt that will choke their budget for decades, they say this: College is an investment. But is it, though? In their defense, they’ve heard over and over again that the debt

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You deserve a fork today

Rachael O. Phillips “Why didn’t we think of this years ago?” I savored my pasta and sipped a leisurely cup of coffee the waitress poured for me. My husband clasped my hand across the restaurant table and grinned. We both knew the answer. Dining ou

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100-year-old gems

Linda Wilk The other night, my husband Larry and I walked downtown to be part of the Boston Hill Center ribbon cutting and open house. What a proud moment for Steve Sapp and all at Marion Housing Authority who have been involved with the project. It also is a proud

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Club news

Sunnycrest United Methodist Women Sunnycrest United Methodist Women met Sept. 9 at the church. Barb McClure chaired the meeting. Marty Brice prayed for people and situations brought to the group’s attention, especially those affected by Hurricane Dorian. For

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Annual concert introduces American classics

PAST AND PRESENT: Conductors Jason Thompson, left, and Chris Bade dressed up as Ludwig Van Beethoven and a scientist during the 2016 “Orchestra 101” theme.

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com The Marion Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) will kick off its 50th anniversary with the Larita Boren Children’s Concert this Thursday, Sept. 26. The event will run from 10-11 a.m. at Indiana Wesleyan University (I

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Bloodhound brothers

SNIFF: Starsky and Hutch explore the sights and sents of a field as they take a break from training to become officers with the Fairmount Police Department.

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com Editor’s note: In order to protect the identity of the handler and wellbeing of the dogs, the Chronicle-Tribune has changed the source’s name to John Smith.  FAIRMOUNT — While some of S

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Blotter

Marion Police Department 10:49 a.m., Thursday, 301 S. Branson St., warrant service. A man was arrested on two Grant County warrants. 11:39 a.m., Thursday, 624 N. Bradner Ave., fraud. A woman reported she sent money to a fake Facebook GoFundMe account. 12:04 p.m., T

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Conversations about poverty kick start search for solutions

by Tim Tedeschi - ttedeschi@chronicle-tribune.com While you were eating lunch yesterday, enjoying Friday night football and sipping Saturday morning coffee, 500 people from all across Grant County were gathered together to have conversations abo

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ILEARN garners mixed reviews

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com While the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) is working to lessen the impact of poor ILEARN scores, educators across the state are giving their opinions of the new standardized test. The Indiana De

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Blotter

Marion Police Department 6:16 a.m., Wednesday, 214 E. 4th St., warrant service. A man was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear and probation violation. 9:28 a.m., Wednesday, Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St., theft. A 16-year-old male reportedly stole a te

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Emergencies

Grant County Sheriff’s Department 12:11 p.m., Wednesday, intersection of 50th and Meridian streets, accident involving J. Alan Carter and Brianna Burton. No injuries were reported. Marion Police Department 8:34 a.m., Wednesday, Ind. 18 E near Corridor Drive,

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County audit finds missing funds

by Tim Tedeschi - ttedeschi@chronicle-tribune.com Grant County added approximately $130,000 to its general fund as a result of findings from a recent audit. Auditor Jim McWirt told the county council at its regular meeting Wednesday that the money will be

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Shots fired near 31st and Nebraska

by Tim Tedeschi - ttedeschi@chronicle-tribune.com Marion Police Department (MPD) arrested a man in connection with a report of shots fired Wednesday night. At approximately 8:43 p.m. Wednesday, officers responding to the area of 31st and Nebraska streets located fo

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Books on the go

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com Most people are familiar with food delivery services, but not many know about book delivery services. September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, according to the American Library Association. With the countless ways t

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Lifesaver retires from Marion Fire Department

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com During his 11-year career, Marion Firefighter Chad Jenkins earned a Medal of Valor, touched thousands of lives and turned a traumatic event into an educational opportunity. Jenkins announced his plans for retiremen

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County schools receive safety grants

by Tim Tedeschi - ttedeschi@chronicle-tribune.com Grant County schools will receive more than $260,000 in matching grants to promote and improve school safety. More than $19 million in grants have been awarded to schools statewide for fiscal year 2020 as part of th

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Marion Police Department 10:31 a.m., Tuesday, Social Security office, 844 N. Miller Ave., warrant service. A man was arrested on a warrant. 5:06 p.m., Tuesday, 446 N. Adams St., burglary. A woman reported someone broke into her rental property and stole some items.

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Emergencies

Marion Police Dept. 6:01 p.m., Friday, Walmart, 3240 S. Western Ave., accident involving Dale E. Hart, 66, of Muncie and Calvin E. Nestleroad, 62, of Marion. No injuries were reported. 9:24 p.m., Monday, accident involving Kirk D. Hunter, Jr., 23, of Calumet Park,

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WIWU-TV changing channel, boosting signal

Staff Report Indiana Wesleyan University’s WIWU-TV station will have a stronger signal for its last few months of over-the-airwaves broadcasts. The station will be moving its digital broadcast signal from UHF channel 51.1 to 28.1 as part of FCC-mandated reass

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Open-air preschool at Salamonie

BIRDS MIGRATE: Preschool age children listen to Interpretive Specialist Eva Webb read from the book “Welcome, Brown Bird” on Wednesday morning at the “Birds Migrate” Salamonie Preschool Lesson. One preschooler points to the sky as a few birds circled the blue skies above the Salamonie Interpretive Center.

by James Ehle - jehle@h-ponline.com ANDREWS — Children ages 3 to 5 have new opportunities to learn outdoors with Salamonie Forest Preschool at Salmonie Interpretive Center in Andrews. Kids and parents listened to Interpretive Specialist Eva Webb read from the

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Gas City approves TIF expansion

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com GAS CITY — The Gas City Economic Redevelopment Commission approved a resolution that would expand the economic revitalization area, a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district, located near I-69. Phyllis Olynger

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Blotter

Marion Police Department 9:14 a.m., Monday, 2206 S. Branson St., criminal mischief. A man reported his vehicle windows were broken. 11:26 a.m., Monday, Circle K, 1339 W. 2nd St., theft. An unknown male reportedly stole two cartons of cigarettes from the store. 1:48

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Emergencies

Marion Police Dept. 6:40 p.m., Monday, 38th Street near Adams Street, accident involving Nickolas L. Hinderer, 26, of Marion and Heather M. Skogsberg, 47, of Upland. No injuries were reported. 9:47 p.m., Monday, 6th Street near Adams Street, accident involving Tyle

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Gas City man suspected of abuse

by Tim Tedeschi - ttedeschi@chronicle-tribune.com A Gas City man is facing child molesting, battery and neglect of a dependent charges, including a Level 1 felony. Grant County Sheriff’s deputies arrested John Walter Downam, Sr., 57, on warrants at his home M

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Man dies in vehicle crash

by Tim Tedeschi - ttedeschi@chronicle-tribune.com A Van Buren man died Monday night following a single-vehicle crash. Ryan Correa, 27, reportedly lost control of his vehicle around 7:10 p.m. while driving eastbound on County Road 450 North near County Road 400 East

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Ole Miss expects tax rate decrease

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com A 3 percent increase in property values within Mississinewa Community School Corporation’s (MCSC) taxable area will help with this year’s budget, according to reports at a board meeting Monday. MCSC bus

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City approves central dispatch agreement

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com Marion’s city council approved the final draft of the Interlocal Cooperative Agreement for the planned central dispatch project between the county and the city Tuesday night. County commissioners on Monda

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Local GM workers join national UAW on strike

STRIKE: UAW workers strike outside of the General Motors plant in Marion.

BY Jaylan Miller - jmiller@chronicle-tribune.com More than 800 local workers began striking against General Motors (GM) at the Marion Metal Center on Sunday at midnight, joining fellow union members across the country. According to Ryan Hiestand, the GM unit shop c

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Blotter

Marion Police Department 12:31 a.m., Thursday, 1121 S. Boots St., intoxicated person. A man was arrested for intoxication and potential hazard to himself. 8:40 a.m., Thursday, 336 N. Greentree Drive, theft. A woman reported her license plate was stolen. 9:39 a.m.,

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Emergencies

Marion Police Department 1:34 a.m., Friday, Walmart, 3240 S. Western Ave., accident involving Richard E. Thomas, 74, of Marion and Jonathan A. Bailey, 29, of Converse. No injuries were reported. 3:49 p.m., Friday, S. Nebraska Street near W. 1st Street, accident inv

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Smoking regulations approved

by Tim Tedeschi - ttedeschi@chronicle-tribune.com County bar and private club owners will continue to be able to permit smoking at their discretion as part of updated smoking regulations passed by county commissioners. After more than a year of debate, Commissioner

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Three houses added to Marion demolition list

BY Samantha Oyler - soyler@chronicle-tribune.com In the ongoing effort to combat blight in the city, the Marion Board of Public Works and Safety approved three properties to be added to a demolition list Monday. Houses located at 1211 S. Gallatin St., 1213 S. Gall

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