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Potholes on the rise

POTHOLE PROBLEMS: A motorist splashes through a large pot hole near the intersection of Horton and Wiley streets in Marion on Thursday. Theamount of freezing and thawing of the roadways has led to a lot more potholes than usual and the unpredictable nature of weather this winter has made it particularly difficult to get potholes reparied.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com It’s the season for potholes and local traffic and highway departments are trying to keep up. During a recent Winter Storm temperatures went abruptly from below freezing conditions to 50-degree weather, w

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Monthly job fairs coming to Grant County

BY HEATHER COX - hcox@chronicle-tribune.com Starting next week, the Grant County Economic Growth Council, Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, Gas City Area Chamber of Commerce and WorkOne are teaming up to bring monthly, industry-based job fairs to the communi

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Emergencies

Marion Police Department 9:39 a.m., Wednesday, Sherman Street and Ohio Street, accident involving Mary Jo Carmicle, 37, Marion, and a vehicle registered to Michael Hueston, Marion. 10:13 a.m., Wednesday, Ind. 18 East and Baldwin Avenue, accident involving Garrett G

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Blotter

Marion Police Department 3:01 a.m., Wednesday, 3749 S. Nebraska St., battery. A man was arrested on charges of battery and domestic battery in the presence of a child. 11:54 a.m., Wednesday, McClure’s, 1509 S. Western Ave., fraud/scam. $100 was spent using a

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A FAFSA helping hand

BY HEATHER COX - hcox@chronicle-tribune.com College campuses across the state will be hosting College Goal Sunday later this month, a day targeted toward providing future college students with free assistance on filling out their Free Application for Federal Studen

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Benefit beef impacts MPD

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com With benefits for Marion police and fire leadership in limbo, one deputy chief in the Marion Police Department is officially stepping down to take a different position within the department where he’ll be

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Local businessman launches lecture series

TALKING POINTS: Gerry Dick, host of Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, talks about economic development in Indiana at the first in aseries of lectures hosted by local businessman Bill Reece at 100 S. Washington St.

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com Local businessman Bill Reece kicked off a lecture series on private investment and business innovation with a talk featuring journalist Gerry Dick, host of Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick. The 12-mo

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Blotter

Marion Police Department 10:38 a.m., Tuesday, 1001 W. Third St., disturbance. A woman and her son got into an argument over comments he made to his brother. 12:05 p.m., Tuesday, Dollar General, 1011 S. Baldwin Ave., theft. An unknown subject stole 20 shopping carts

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Scoops: Overdose; CAFO bill voted down; Commissioners meeting

Overdose at Sheriff’s Dept. A Fairmount man was hospitalized after an overdose in the lobby of the Grant County Sheriff’s Department Tuesday morning, according to the Sheriff’s Department’s daily log of cases and calls. The man, To

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New drug treatment to open in Peru

BY Brian Powers bpowers@perutribune.com PERU -- Residents of Miami County and surrounding areas will have a place to go for addiction treatment beginning next week, as the Diane Washington Fresh Start facility will open its doors with a ribbon cutting ceremony on

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Aboard the USS Cole

A DOCTOR'S RECOUNT: Cliff Moser recounts his experience aboard the USS Cole when the ship was attacked by terrorists on Oct. 20, 2000. Moser, who shared his story at the Masonic Lodge in Converse, was a doctor in the Navy at the time.

BY Josiah Koenig - ctreport@indy.rr.com CONVERSE – On Wednesday, Cliff Moser, a survivor of a terrorist attack on the USS Cole, recounted the event from his perspective to nearly 40 veterans at the Masonic Lodge. Moser was a 50-year-old doctor on board the ve

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A dance of love

LET'S DANCE: Tyson Daake, and his daughter kindergartener Rebekah Ann Daake, dance at Riverview Elementary's Valentine's Day dance. The dance serves as a fun way for parents, students and teachers to mingle.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com Riverview Elementary School hosted a Valentine's Day-themed dance on Wednesday. The dance was made up of preschool through fourth graders and provided an opportunity for parents and students to mingle with each

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Blotter

Marion Police Department 11:32 a.m., Monday, 1700 block of West Second Street, child molesting. Police received a report of a 12-year-old being molested by a 21-year-old. This is an ongoing investigation. 12:58 p.m., Monday, Walmart, 3240 S. Western Ave., theft. A

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Emergencies

Marion Police Department 10:36 a.m., Sunday, Kem Road and Park Avenue, accident involving Clyde Williams III, 36, Marion, and Susan Mack, 56, Marion. No injuries were reported. 1:52 p.m., Sunday, South Miller Avenue and West 16th Street, accident involving Ynna Sie

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Scoops: USS Cole speaker in Converse

USS Cole speaker in Converse Cliff Moser, a doctor who was aboard the USS Cole during the 2000 bombing of the ship while it was refueling in Yemen, will speak at the Masonic Lodge in Converse this evening at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public. 10

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Jail upgrades nearing completion

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com Plenty of change is taking place at the Grant County Jail. As of now, the jail is in the middle of renovating outdated software to increase inmate and staff safety. The Grant County Juvenile Detention Center ma

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Police: Scams on the rise

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com The Grant County Sheriff's Department has had increased reports of two specific scams lately, said Capt. Ed Beaty. Beaty said the county has seen a resurgence in reports of scammers claiming to be from the Publi

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Celebrating Kenyan roots

SPREADING AWARENESS: Jabali Afrika guitarist Nathan Okite chats about his Kenyan heritage.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com Hand drums brought African rhythms to life inside the conference center at Ivy Tech’s Marion campus. The afro-rock band Jabali Afrika, which hails from Kenya, visited the university while touring the Unit

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Marion students awarded MLK scholarships

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com Seven Marion High School seniors were awarded this year's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scholarships and were recognized for their achievements at Tuesday's meeting of the Marion school board. The students together

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Oak Hill school board hears about Lilly efforts

BY Spencer Durham - sdurham@chronicle-tribune.com CONVERSE – Oak Hill social workers are seeing the impact of a Lilly grant that awarded $1 million to the five Grant County schools for a comprehensive counseling initiative. Social workers presented how the gr

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Investigation nets welfare fraud arrest

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com A Gas City woman is facing welfare fraud charges after investigators with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) said she took in $37,605 in fraudulent food stamp benefits over six years. A

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Local author celebrates book launch

BOOK SIGNING: Local author Mark Fauser signs a copy of his new book "Because of Burt" for Marion resident Lisa Couch. Fauser wrote the book after Burt Reynold's death in September. Reynolds was a dear friend and mentor to Fauser. The book can be purchased on Amazon.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com A new book about Burt Reynolds, titled “Because of Burt,” has been published by local author and actor Mark Fauser. To celebrate the launch, Fauser held an event at The Mill on Monday. Fauser w

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Semi crashes into teens

CAR ACCIDENT: Debris is scattered across the roadway after a 2003 GMC pulled out in front of a semi on Ind. 18 and 900 West. No life-threatening injuries were sustained in the accident,according to Lt. Scott Haley of the Grant County Sheriff's Department.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com CONVERSE — A 2003 GMC pulled out in front of a semi-truck near Converse on Monday, sending the driver of the GMC to Marion General Hospital, according to the Grant County Sheriff's Department. The GMC was

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Man charged with impersonation

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com A Marion man has been arrested and charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer after police say he claimed to be a deputy with the Grant County Sheriff's Department in a Facebook message. The man, Willi

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M-G explores renovation progress

PROGRESS: What will be part of the agriculture space is coming along.The focus has beenon equipping it with ample electricity, ventilation and water supply. The new ag teacher will ultimately determine how the space will be used.

BY HEATHER COX - hcox@chronicle-tribune.com FAIRMOUNT -- Madison-Grant Principal Ben Mann, Superintendent Scott Deetz and Assistant Superintendent Steven Vore took board members on a tour of the Jr./Sr. High School Monday night, to go over the progress of building

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Emergencies

Marion Fire Department 12:57 a.m. Friday, 634 E. Marshall St., lines down. 5:42 a.m. Friday, 215 E. Third St., ambulance assist. 6:34 a.m. Friday, 33rd Street and Geneva Avenue, overdose. 11:36 a.m. Friday, 2923 S. Western Ave., fire alarm. 1:08 p.m. Friday, 708 N.

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Blotter

Marion Police Department 12:07 a.m. Friday, Fourth Street and Geneva Avenue, traffic stop. A man was arrested on warrant. 6:34 a.m. Friday, 33rd and Adams streets, overdose. A man was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. 12

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City races shape up

BY Spencer Durham - sdurham@chronicle-tribune.com Primary candidate filings closed Friday and another election season has arrived. Voters who head to the polls for the primary in spring and general election in November will choose who will represent them

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IWU policy to keep students on campus

BY HEATHER COX - hcox@chronicle-tribune.com Starting this fall, undergraduate students at Indiana Wesleyan University will be required to live on the residential campus. An update to an IWU policy was made in 2016, stating that undergraduate students aged 16-2

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A Night to Shine

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY: Special needs prom guests dance with their assigned volunteer buddies at The River Church’s annual Night to Shine prom sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

BY Emily Rachelle Russell - erussell@chronicle-tribune.com At The River Church on Friday night, over 130 teenagers and adults with special needs dressed to the nines and partied at the third annual Night to Shine prom, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Executi

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Balloons on Boots Street

BUSINESS OWNER: Travis Carson, owner of The Balloon Room, chats about starting his new business. Carson opened the store because he wanted to create a large selection of ballooms for partygoers in Marion to choose from.

BY HEATHER COX - hcox@chronicle-tribune.com Growing up, Travis Carson said he remembers balloon shops sitting in north Marion and on Nebraska Street. In recent years, however, those shops have closed, leaving few balloon options for people to choose from. Carson sa

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Champion fighter passes down wisdom

FINISHING TOUCHES: Andrew Broomfield touches up the paint on a sign that will go outside Mongoose Boxing, Kickboxing and Karate Club.

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com GAS CITY — Dennis “Mongoose” Roberts isn’t shy about the fact that he’s a four-time world champion kickboxer. He put the title above the door of his boxing and martial arts club, Mo

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Afro-Rock group comes to Ivy Tech

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com Ivy Tech Community College is welcoming the afro-rock band Jabali Afrika to its Marion Campus. The afro-rock group, which hails from Kenya, is a multi-faceted band featuring a fusion of African rhythms. The per

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Mississinewa hosts robotics competition

THE TENSION RISES: Fourth grade students Jacob Schwartz, left, and Jackson Scott from Northview Elementary drive their robot to stack plastic hubs and hang from a raised bar during the robotics competition at Mississinewa High School on Saturday.

BY Emily Rachelle Russell - erussell@chronicle-tribune.com GAS CITY -- Over 300 middle and high school students competed at the Mississinewa Robotics competition in the Mississinewa High School gym on Saturday. Students in robotics teams from schools across the sta

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Walk-A-Mile raises awareness

SERVING THE PUBLIC:Michael Houser, right, andTammy Sebock from New Life Community Church serve free breakfast to participants in the 14th annual Grant County Rescue Mission's Walk-A-Mile at the YMCA of Grant County on Saturday morning.

BY Emily Rachelle Russell - erussell@chronicle-tribune.com The 14th annual Grant County Rescue Mission’s Walk-A-Mile on Saturday morning saw over 200 participants walk to raise awareness and funds for the needs of homeless people in Grant County. This was Lac

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Details in teen shooting death released

BY Brian Powers bpowers@perutribune.com PERU -- More details have been released on the Feb. 3 shooting death of 18-year-old Nathaniel Hopper and the subsequent arrest of 18-year-old Logansport native Brayden Berkshire. According to a probable cause affidavit writ

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Emergencies

Marion Police Dept. 10:30 a.m., Thursday, 3316 S. Western Ave., accident involving an unknown driver and a vehicle registered to Kwan Kui Cheung, Marion. No injuries. Marion Fire Dept. 9:17 a.m., Thursday, 3701 S. Adams St., ambulance assist. 1:48 p.m., Thursday, 1

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Blotter

Marion Police Dept. 3:30 a.m., Thursday, Third Street and Butler Avenue, traffic stop. A woman was arrested for driving while suspended prior and refusal to identify. 7:18 a.m., Thursday, 4204 S. Poplar Ave., invasion of privacy. A woman was contacted by a responde

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