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Man arrested on child endangerment charge

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com Police arrested a Grant County man at Goodwill Sunday after he allegedly left a toddler in his car in the Goodwill parking lot at 3166 S. Western Ave., according to Capt. Robin Young of the Marion Police Departm

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Marion Police Department 3:26 a.m., Saturday, 30th Street and McClure Street, check person. A woman was arrested for theft, false informing, resisting law enforcement and on a Grant County warrant. 8:57 a.m., Saturday, 407 N. Baldwin Ave., traffic stop. A man was c

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Emergencies

Marion Police Department 3:09 p.m., Thursday, 3240 S. Western Ave., accident involving Glenda Swygart, 44, Marion, and Loraine Sorrell, 56, LaFontaine, and Demi Persons, 23, Marion. No injuries were reported. 4:21 p.m., Thursday, 4122 S. Western Ave., accident invo

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Marion asst. football coach dismissed

BY Spencer Durham - sdurham@chronicle-tribune.com A Marion High School staff member was fired after video surfaced online of a fight in the school's weight room. A video posted on Facebook shows two boys fist fighting in the high school weight room before being for

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Health Board ousts Kennedy

BY HEATHER COX - hcox@chronicle-tribune.com The County Health Board will have a new public health officer come 2019 as the board voted out Dr. John Kennedy and appointed Dr. David Moore in his place Monday evening. Kennedy, who stated he was originally appointed in

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Board approves police contract

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com The Board of Works and Public Safety gave its approval Monday to the new two-year contract between the City of Marion and the Martin Boots Fraternal Order of Police. FOP President Brian Sharp said the contract c

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Plan to bring Camp Fire victims to Grant County progressing

BY Emily Rachelle Russell - erussell@chronicle-tribune.com “Hills to the Heartland,” a group of Grant County community members working to bring Camp Fire victims from California to Marion and Grant County, held their second meeting Monday at noon in the

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YMCA offers children's 'Christmas camp'

HOLIDAY CHEER: The YMCA of Grant County sees an increase in children and family taking part in classes and facilities during winter break.

BY Emily Rachelle Russell - erussell@chronicle-tribune.com With Marion schools officially on winter break, the YMCA is hosting “Christmas camp,” a two-week daytime program for children up to sixth grade. The program runs 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through

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Commissioners approve contracts, appointments

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com The Grant County Commissioners approved several contracts at their final meeting of 2018. The commissioners approved a contract with a new printer and copier servicing company, Advanced Imaging Solutions located

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Enjoying a taste of Indiana

HOME GROWN: Tricia Hopkins shops at the recently opened Rachel’s Taste of Indiana with her children.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com CONVERSE — Inside Rachel’s Taste of Indiana, the newest store in town, a map of Indiana greets customers. On the map, laminated paper and thumbtacks mark the location where the store’s pr

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'Out of the Shadows'

SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS: The logo for Shane Waters’ investigative podcast “Out of the Shadows,” shows Waters, left, and co-host Gemma Hoskins, right. Hoskins was also featured on the Netflix show “The Keepers.”

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com Shane Waters spends his time studying murders that others have long given up on solving. His cold-case investigative podcast, “Out of the Shadows,” takes on a serial killer Waters believes is respons

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Old Y tax bill $142,000 plus

BY Spencer Durham - sdurham@chronicle-tribune.com Marion’s Old YMCA property received a bid earlier this year in a commissioners sale, though the property is not expected to change hands and local taxing units are still out more than $142,000 in delinquent pr

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Marion Police Department 4:08 a.m., Friday, 3231 S. Felton St., battery. A woman reported being battered. 11:13 a.m., Friday, 1535 S. Western Ave., theft. A woman reported her purse being stolen from her locker at work. 1:07 p.m., Friday, 1722 S. Boots St., theft.

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Emergencies

Marion Fire Department 6:20 a.m., Friday, 2915 S. Adams St., ambulance assist. 8:30 a.m., Friday, 510 S. Boots St., investigation. 10:52 a.m., Friday, 1300 S. Baldwin Ave., accident. 2:43 p.m., Friday, 424 W. 35th St., ambulance assist. 5:24 p.m., Friday, 108 E. 14

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Giving big

NAUGHTY OR NICE: Kids meet Santa outside the sanctuary of The River Church during “The Big Give” Saturday. The church provides boxed Christmas dinners for families in need during the event, but also decks the churchout with Christmas decor and offers hot chocolate, candy, photos with Santa and a Christmas service in the sanctuary followed by araffle.

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com The River Church’s “Big Give” is not your typical food pantry. Though the Marion church delivers boxes of ham, potatoes, vegetables and other elements for a family Christmas dinner during the a

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Marion National Cemetery honors veterans

REMEMBER, HONOR, TEACH: Veterans stand as representatives of each branch of the U.S. military and Prisoners of War/Missing In Action for the VA wreath laying ceremony at Marion National Cemetery on Saturday afternoon.

BY Emily Rachelle Russell - erussell@chronicle-tribune.com Marion National Cemetery took part in the national 2018 Wreaths Across America ceremony on Saturday, with 5,100 holiday wreaths distributed across veterans’ headstones. Veterans representing each bran

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Marion JROTC cadets to compete in National Championship

ON MY MARK: Marion High School JROTC Cadet Levi Hofmann takes aim in the kneeling position during a precision air rifle match. Hofmann will compete in the Army JROTC Marksmanship National Championship in February.

BY Emily Rachelle Russell - erussell@chronicle-tribune.com Marion High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) cadets Hailey Teeguarden and Levi Hofmann have qualified for the Army JROTC Marksmanship National Championship in February.

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Treacherous intersection claims another life

SCENE:Police say the five-way intersection where Indiana 9, County Road 600 North and Broadway Streetis the scene of many serious accidents.

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com HUNTINGTON — A 19-year-old Fort Wayne woman died Thursday around noon at an intersection police and neighbors said is “ridiculous,” “stupid” and a hotspot for serious accidents. Multi-

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IWU graduates more than 1,000

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com Over 1,015 students received undergraduate and graduate degrees Saturday from Indiana Wesleyan University. During a commencement ceremony Saturday morning, one more degree was conferred – on speaker Darryn

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Tax revenues mismatched at county schools

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com When the county’s school districts received semi-annual property tax revenue this week, figures at all five schools missed the target set for them by the state’s Department of Local Government Financ

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Universities weigh possible Title IX changes

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com Conversations about sexual assault are at the forefront of university discussions after national campaigns, such as #MeToo, lit a wildfire to smoke out sexual harassers. As of late, this conversation has i

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Man robbed at gunpoint

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com A 49-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night, according to Deputy Chief Stephen Dorsey of the Marion Police Department. The man told police he was checking an old mailbox at Marion Green Apartments, 1

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'Dinner with Charles Dickens'

SING WE JOYOUS:Madrigal Singers, from left, Cathy Bomholt, Debbie Shephard, Jane and Dan Bowell and Jeff Jahn, sing a Christmas carol during the "Dining with Dickens" event at the Hostess House Friday evening.

BY Emily Rachelle Russell - erussell@chronicle-tribune.com The Hostess House presented “Dining with Dickens,” a 19th century literary Christmas event, for the fourth year Friday night. Local radio personality Ed Breen and the Madrigal Singers served as

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Emergencies

Marion Police Department 5:43 a.m. Wednesday, Ind. 18 East and N. 600 E, accident involving Micah B. Owens, 35, Gas City, and Dawn R. King, 52, Marion. No injuries. Noon Wednesday, 31st and McClure streets, accident involving a vehicle owned by Cherry C. Dean, Mari

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Marion Police Department 4:24 a.m. Wednesday, 3201 S. Branson St., theft. A man reported that his snow blower was taken from his front yard. 6:22 a.m. Wednesday, 604 E. Highland Ave., theft. A man reported two tires were stolen from his property overnight. 1:06 p.m

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City to receive four new buses in 2019

KEEPING IT CLEAN:Bus driver Levi Moore sweeps his bus at the City of Marion Transportation Department garage as he prepares for a shift.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com The City of Marion Transportation Department will receive four new buses next year, according to Jeff Edwards, director of transportation.  Each bus comes with a price tag of $65,000-$70,000. The fina

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Fairmount man pleads guilty to child molestation

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com PERU -- A Grant County man facing a charge for child molestation appeared in court Thursday morning for his guilty plea hearing. Kevin Brown, 27, of Fairmount, was facing a level 1 felony count of child molesting follo

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Making Christmas possible

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: Melissa Smith, middle, looks at a toy during the Angel Tree program distribution day at the Salvation Army as a volunteer helps.

By Clay WInowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com A Christmas bounty awaited Grant County residents as hundreds of gifts lined tables for those in need this holiday season. The Salvation Army held its annual Angel Tree distribution day on Thursday, where

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Whoville to come to Gas City

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com Whoville and the Grinch will stop by Hontz Hall in Gas City on Sunday. Families will be able to experience Whoville in all its magic with a Cindy Lou Who and Grinch look-alike contests, trolley rides, a Ch

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MCS shorted $500K in tax draw

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com Marion Community Schools received half a million less in property tax money than the school corporation was predicted to receive this year, according to Bob Schultz, assistant superintendent for business affairs

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New board members eager to make an impact

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com Marion Community Schools will have two fresh faces on the school board come January - Alan Beck and Bruce Weatherspoon. Beck won election handily, with 4,504 votes, which equates to slightly more than 25 p

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Kids go shopping for mom and dad

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: Santa watches on as children and parents buy gifts for loved ones during a "Pop & Shop" event at Frances Slocum Elementary school.

By Clay Winowiecki cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com Students at Frances Slocum Elementary beat the lines and the cost of shipping with some Christmas shopping at the school's "Pop & Shop" event on Wednesday. At the event, parents and children enjoyed fre

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Herrera to join Ole Miss board

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com The Mississinewa school board will have one new member come January. Conrad Herrera, of Gas City, won his District 2 seat in an uncontested race in November. Herrera will replace outgoing Board President Dennis

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Businesses see benefits of guidelines

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com Businesses owners downtown appear to support the proposed guidelines submitted to the City of Marion Code Enforcement and Ordinance Committee by the Marion Design Co. The proposed rules aim to create a uniform

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Scoops

Man sentenced in child molest case James Maurice Cannon-Clayton, 33, was sentenced Tuesday in Superior Court I to 8 years, with two years incarceration and six on probation, according to Grant County Prosecutor Jim Luttrull Jr. Cannon-Clayton, whose jail records

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Ending the year with cheer

FESTIVE FUN: Music teacher Erika Pappas holds the microphone for a fourth grader as he recites a line of poetry between songs during Allen Elementary's holiday program Tuesday.

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com It's a tradition for students at Marion's four elementary schools to perform holiday programs for their families and teachers at this time of year. For a lot of students, especially the younger ones, the holiday

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Hanes appointed to M-G school board

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com A fresh face joins Madison-Grant's school board in January. John Hanes will be just 23 years old when he takes up his seat on the school board after the board appointed him Monday. He fills the Liberty Township

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Marion Police Department 1:42 a.m., Sunday, 337 N. Butler Ave., disturbance/intoxicated person. A man was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement. 10:35 a.m., Sunday, 1100 S. Baldwin Ave., Lot 70, investigati

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Emergencies

Marion Police Department 9:54 a.m., Monday, 3701 S. Prince Hall Drive, accident involving an unknown driver and a vehicle registered to Bennie Neal. No injuries were reported. 9:35 a.m., Monday, 1510 W. Kem Road, accident involving Donnie Dozer, 61, Marion, Britt R

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IWU to host commencement Saturday

BY Emily Rachelle Russell - erussell@chronicle-tribune.com Indiana Wesleyan University will hold two commencement ceremonies, for undergraduate and graduate students from the Marion campus and the national and global programs, in the campus chapel auditorium on Sat

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