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Body found in Miami County

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com PERU -- A Summitville man was found dead Saturday about 10:20 a.m. on Okie Pinokie Trail near Ind. 124 and Miami County Road 510 East, according to Indiana State Police. ISP Sgt. Tony Slocum said the body of

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Professor asks for lynching memorial

BY Sara Barker - ctreport@indy.rr.com A professor at Huntington University asked the county commissioners board to memorialize a 1930 lynching in Marion. Jeff Heller came to the board Monday during the meeting’s public comment portion and said he spoke on beh

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The journey to motherhood

KEEPING FAITH:Nash got this tattoo in 2017 to remindherself to be strong while going through the in vitro process.

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com For 19 years, Maria Nash has been trying to become a mother. Now finally ten weeks pregnant, Nash, a Marion resident, spoke with gratitude in her voice about the long journey it’s taken to get he

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The 'only true garden center' in Grant County

FAMILY-OWNED: Kris Linton, co-owner with his wife, Lori, puts out a hanging basket at Price’s Garden Center, 1211 W. 14th St., on Friday.

BY Lucas Robinson - lrobinson@chronicle-tribune.com There is one spot in Grant County for a family-owned, garden center. Price’s Garden Center, a quaint greenhouse and store nestled on W. 14 St. near Baldwin Ave., is filled with colorful plants and unique pro

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Sheriff looks to renovate D-Home

BY Lucas Robinson - lrobinson@chronicle-tribune.com Officials with the Grant County Sheriff’s Department have estimated figures regarding a proposed renovation of the Juvenile Detention Center. Overcrowding and renovations at the Grant County Jail has pr

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Taylor graduates more than 400

POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE: Taylor University’s presidentLowell Haines welcomes families and friends of the 2018 graduating class to commencement. The commencement ceremony began at 10 a.m. Saturday on Taylor University’s campus.

BY Sara Barker - ctreport@indy.rr.com UPLAND — Parents, siblings and friend filled chairs lining the gym floor of Taylor University, watching on as their students graduated Saturday. Though senior class speaker Malaina Yoder said Taylor is “set in the m

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Former Oak Hill student earns major graduate fellowship

CONGRATS GRAD: Abby Waggoner, right, and mom Susan were all smiles for Ball State University’s commencement ceremony May 5. Waggoner willattend the University of Virginia this fall to study astrochemistry with a graduate fellowship.

BY Sara Barker - ctreport@indy.rr.com An Oak Hill alumna is reaching for the stars by pursuing a career in astrochemistry. Abby Waggoner, 22, graduated from Ball State University in May with an undergraduate degree in chemistry and minors in mathematics and astroph

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Scoops

Citation and warrant scam A phone scam is circulating where callers are stating they are from the citation and warrant department. According to a press release from the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, the caller is trying to scare people into giving out th

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Blotter

Marion Police Department 4:02 a.m. Friday, 416 W. Nelson St., disturbance. A man and woman were arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement. 4:16 a.m. Friday, 413 E. 29th St., battery. A man battered a woman. 8:26 a.m. Friday, 604 S. Branson St.,

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Emergencies

Marion Fire Department 9:28 a.m. Friday, 619 W. Third St., ambulance assist. Clear 9:37 a.m. 5:02 p.m. Saturday, 1525 W. Timberview Drive, ambulance assist. Clear 5:10 p.m.

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Marion Police Department 2:29 a.m., Thursday, 209 W. 38th St., fraud, scam. Subject exchanged $100 in U.S. currency for a fake $100 bill. 4:50 a.m., Thursday, 1415 S. Adams St., disturbance. Female subject was arrested on a warrant. 8:55 a.m., Thursday, 206 W. 8th

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Emergencies

Marion Police Department 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Ind. 18 East and Norton Street, accident involving Salvador Garcie, 36, Logansport, and Alexis Mathias, 20, Converse. No injuries. 1:59 p.m., Thursday, Boots Street and First Street, accident involving David Payne, 70,

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Scoops

School board meeting canceled An special executive session meeting of the Board of School Trustees of the Oak Hill United School Corporation that was scheduled for Monday, May 21 has been canceled. A notice was sent out Thursday morning about the meeting. The notic

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City faces TIF bond struggle

BY Lucas Robinson - lrobinson@chronicle-tribune.com The city's bond for the Cafe Valley tax increment financing (TIF) district almost defaulted in January. To prevent the bond from defaulting, the City of Marion Redevelopment Commission opted to use funds from the

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Westminster Preschool holds royal wedding celebration

PRINCESS PLAYDATE: Blaklee Collins takes a look at Hansika Kaipa's necklace as students in the Pre-K class at Westminster Preschool dance wearing dresses and crowns on Friday. The dance was held in connection with the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

BY Sara Barker - ctreport@indy.rr.com In light of the upcoming royal wedding, one Marion preschool celebrated across the pond. Westminster Presbyterian School had a tea party for its preschoolers Friday. Children, dressed as princes and princesses, made crowns and

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Schultz earns CFO award

BY Sara Barker - ctreport@indy.rr.com For the second time in three years, Marion Community Schools’ CFO won the award for school business official of the year. Bob Schultz, the CFO of MCS, won the second award his peers from schools and committees across Indi

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Emergencies

Marion Police Dept. 1:30 p.m., Saturday, 6255 Ind. 18 East, accident involving Joseph Ochan, 43, Kitchener, Ontario. No injuries. Marion Fire Department 3:41 p.m., Wednesday, 1410 W. Bella Dr., ambulance assist. Clear: 3:46 p.m. 4:34 p.m., Wednesday, 902 W. Macalen

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Marion Police Department 7:24 a.m., Wednesday, 1121 W. Fourth St., battery. Juvenile was arrested for battery on his parent. 9:55 a.m., Wednesday, 3414 S. Landess St., assisting agency. Marion Utilities found a meter connected that belonged to another address.

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Scoops

Barber investigation update Marion Police Department has said that it will release the results of the investigation into Arrington Barber’s arrest to the public. MPD came under public scrutiny when a video of Barber’s arrest showing polic

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Oak Hill teacher suing Sheriff

BY Lucas Robinson - lrobinson@chronicle-tribune.com An Oak Hill teacher who had charges of child seduction dismissed last year has filed a lawsuit against the Grant County Sheriff’s Department. Mitchel Hueston, an industrial technology teacher at Oak Hill Uni

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Mt. Olive to join On My Way

GRAD BUMP:A preschool graduate receives a fist bump and a Bible near the end of the Mt. Olive Preschool Graduation ceremony Thursday evening.

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com Mt. Olive Preschool is on its way to offering free pre-k. Mt. Olive will be the next preschool added to the lineup of six Grant County schools that offer free preschool through the On My Way Pre-K program. The s

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Murder suspect denied bond

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com A Marion man suspected of murder was denied bond at a hearing in Wabash County Circuit Court Wednesday. Corey Kelch, 22, of Marion, was one of two men wanted for the murder of Jordon Richards, 22, of LaFontaine. Richa

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Taylor University students to graduate Saturday

BY Sara Barker - ctreport@indy.rr.com Taylor University’s graduation Saturday will send 440 students into post-grad life. The commencement ceremony begins at 10 a.m. May 19 at the Kesler Student Activities Center, according to a Taylor University press releas

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Blotter

Marion Police Department 6:10 a.m., Tuesday, 415 W Third St., theft. Subject reported that an unknown subject stole her bike at CVS. 9:50 a.m., Tuesday, 124 S Boots St., motor vehicle theft. Subject reported that an unknown subject stole her vehicle overnight.

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Emergencies

Marion Police Dept. 1:57 p.m., Tuesday, 441 N Wabash Ave., accident involving Stacie Guthrie, 39, Anderson. No injuries. 2:54 p.m., Tuesday, SR 9 S and Mason Boulevard, accident involving Jennifer Smith, 36, Marion, and Larry Bougher, 60, Marion. No injuries. 3:00

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County agrees to fill sheriff vacancy

BY Lucas Robinson - lrobinson@chronicle-tribune.com The county is extending a hand to help fill vacancies at the Grant County Sheriff’s Department. At Wednesday night’s council meeting, members unanimously approved an appropriation to go towards filling

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Walk benefits homeless vets

ON THE MARCH: Army veteran and Marion resident Chad Adamson finishes up a two kilometerwalk at the VA Medical Center Wednesday morning with other walk participants behind him.

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com Staff at the VA Medical Center put on their walking shoes Wednesday morning to promote employee health and raise awareness for homeless veterans. The VA2K Walk & Roll is a nationwide event that coincides wit

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Taylor students take on press censorship

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com A study of press freedom at Christian universities conducted by Taylor University students has garnered national coverage. Religion News Service, the Washington Examiner, the Student Press Law Center and several

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Blotter

Marion Police Department 12:11 a.m., Monday, 22nd and Home Avenue, traffic stop. Female subject, 34, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a syringe. Male subject, 40, was cited for possession of paraphernalia. 7:15 a.m., Monday,

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Emergencies

Marion Police Department 3:35 p.m., Monday, Fourth and Nebraska, accident involving James Ivory, 74, Marion, and Brian Fuller, 52, Marion. No injuries. 10:35 p.m., Monday, Miller Avenue and Second, accident involving Leah Biernem, 27, Kokomo, and Patrick Mack, 49,

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Scoops

Suspected overdose in Van Buren A 19-year-old woman was taken to Marion General Hospital on a suspected overdose Monday. Paramedics arrived at 202 E. Main St. in Van Buren, just after midnight on Monday to assist Amanda Keifer, 19, of Marion. Cap. Ed Beaty, of the

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Correction

Ed Velazquez and Shakyjia Scott were misidentified in the Tuesday edition of the Chronicle-Tribune. The C-T regrets the error. 

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Council passes fee ordinance

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com An ordinance that gives the City of Marion power to enforce a landlord registration passed unanimously at Tuesday's City Council meeting with public support. Council Vice President Dave Homer called the Nei

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'Lend Me a Tenor' debuts this weekend

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com "Lend Me a Tenor" is set to go on stage this weekend at the James Dean Memorial Theatre. The comedy takes place in 1934 at the Cleveland Opera, when the greatest tenor in the world is scheduled to give his star

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Man found in dryer

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com A tip to Grant County Crime Stoppers helped police find a wanted man inside a dryer at a Marion residence. Joseph Floriana Jr., 36, last known address 2801 S. Stone Road Lot 48, of Marion, was wanted on several c

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Growth Council operating expenses on par

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com The Grant County Economic Growth Council approved its recent tax audit and continued a conversation on community message and perception during their monthly meeting on Tuesday. The draft of the tax audit was presented

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Muncie takeover sends fears to Marion

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com Ball State University is set to take over the Muncie school district with the historic passage of HB 1315 during Monday’s special legislative session. The unprecedented Muncie takeover has dominated most m

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Blotter

Marion Police Department 8:28 a.m., Saturday, Fourth and Forest Avenue, traffic stop. Male was arrested as a Habitual Traffic Violator. 10:07 a.m., Saturday, 1345 N. Baldwin Ave., theft. Subject reported that an unknown subject stole cigarettes from her vehicle. 1:

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Marion divided on taxes

BY Lucas Robinson - lrobinson@chronicle-tribune.com Local officials appear no closer in agreeing on how to move forward with regard to increase city revenue. Marion requires more money or a tighter budget to keep the city financially viable and polit

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Marion mourns teen death

NOT FORGOTTEN:Marion High School Senior Shakyjia Scott holds up a poster she made for students to sign after the death of their friend and classmate Payton Rogers, 18, of Marion.

BY Kaitlin Gebby kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com Students and staff at Marion High School are mourning the loss of one of their own. Payton Rogers, 18, of Marion, died in a car accident on Friday night. She was driving south on Washington Street around 11 p.m. on Fr

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MPL hosts Viva La Musica

LEARNING EXPERIENCE:Audience members listen during the “Viva La Musica” concert at the Marion Public Library on Monday.

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com Friends of the Marion Public Library celebrated Chilean music and culture with singer Paula Monsalve and her quintet on Monday. Mary Eckerle, director of the Marion Public Library, said they wanted Monsalve to come an

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