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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:43PM
The Grant County Commissioners have approved a revised agreement that will allow the developers of the Wildcat Wind Farm to proceed with their plans to build giant wind turbines in parts of southwestern Grant County.
 
The Commissioners approved an amended agreement with E-On Climate and Renewables that will allow the company to begin construction on wind turbines in the Swayzee area in the coming months.  But the agreement provides relief to landowners in the area regarding some of the concerns that they expressed about the wind turbines.
 
The revisions include setback requirements and shadow flickers requirements that were not originally included in the agreement between the county and E-On.  Area residents complained about those issues for months. 
 
Construction on some 60 giant wind turbines should begin this year in southwestern Grant County.
 
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Topics : Environment
Location : Grant County
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:42PM
The Grant County Commissioners have approved a revised agreement that will allow the developers of the Wildcat Wind Farm to proceed with their plans to build giant wind turbines in parts of southwestern Grant County.
 
The Commissioners approved an amended agreement with E-On Climate and Renewables that will allow the company to begin construction on wind turbines in the Swayzee area in the coming months.  But the agreement provides relief to landowners in the area regarding some of the concerns that they expressed about the wind turbines.
 
The revisions include setback requirements and shadow flickers requirements that were not originally included in the agreement between the county and E-On.  Area residents complained about those issues for months. 
 
Construction on some 60 giant wind turbines should begin this year in southwestern Grant County.
 
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Topics : Environment
Location : Grant County
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:42PM
State Representative P. Eric Turner says he’s confident that he’ll get a clean bill of health from the House Ethics Committee Wednesday regarding questions over his comments in caucus on an issue in which his family has a financial interest.
 
Turner’s comments came during a Republican caucus on a proposed nursing home moratorium that was proposed during this past legislative session.  The matter died before it ever reached the House floor for a vote.  Turner’s son is nursing home developer and his daughter has lobbied for the industry.  Turner did abstain from voting on the issue when it came up in committee hearings.
 
Turner says he did nothing wrong.
 
The Ethics Committee will make its’ recommendation on the matter Wednesday afternoon.
 
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People : P. Eric Turner
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:41PM
The City of Marion has a new fire engine now on duty, as a fully-equipped truck went into service today, courtesy of Marion General Hospital.
 
The hospital donated the new fire truck to the city along with all the equipment it needs to be fully operational.  The truck and its’ equipment cost just over half-a-million dollars.
 
Hospital C-E-O Paul Usher says the donation is all about investing in those that they serve.
 
 
The new fire truck replaces one that was nearly 20-years old.  It’s housed at station one in downtown Marion.
 
The donation isn’t the only one being made by M-G-H to the city.  The hospital is also donating 20 new squad cars to the Marion Police Department to replace many of their aging vehicles.
 
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Location : New City
People : Paul Usher
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:41PM
 
The City of Marion has a new fire engine now on duty, as a fully-equipped truck went into service today, courtesy of Marion General Hospital.
 
The hospital donated the new fire truck to the city along with all the equipment it needs to be fully operational.  The truck and its’ equipment cost just over half-a-million dollars.
 
Hospital C-E-O Paul Usher says the donation is all about investing in those that they serve.
 
 
The new fire truck replaces one that was nearly 20-years old.  It’s housed at station one in downtown Marion.
 
The donation isn’t the only one being made by M-G-H to the city.  The hospital is also donating 20 new squad cars to the Marion Police Department to replace many of their aging vehicles.
 
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Location : New City
People : Paul Usher
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:40PM
A one-million dollar statewide initiative will get underway next month that will target the health needs of those in rural areas.
 
The Indiana Rural Health Association will use a federal grant that will allow hospitals an opportunity to offer wellness coaches in their community. The goal is to help drive down the cost of treating chronic diseases such as diabetes and congestive heart failure.   
 
The three-year program will be offered in 28 rural counties.
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:40PM
A former Marion man faces life in prison without the possibility of parole after he was convicted on all counts facing him Monday by a jury in Grant County Superior Court One.
 
James Griffith was one of two people accused of murdering 81-year old Duwayne Lindsey at his Marion home during a robbery in July of 2012.  Co-defendant Lacy Bradley will be tried separately at a later date.
 
The jury needed just two hours to convict Griffith of Murder and all other related charges.  Then in a separate proceeding last night they agreed with the prosecution’s request and imposed a sentence of life without parole.  By doing so, the judge can only impose that sentence on Griffith when formal sentencing takes place next month.
 
Acting as his own attorney, Griffith claimed he wasn’t at the site and did not kill Lindsey, but that his girlfriend, Lacy Bradley committed the crime.  Bradley testified earlier that she and Griffith killed and robbed Lindsey and that the idea was Griffith’s.
 
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Topics : Law_Crime
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:39PM
Three graduates of Marion High School will be honored next month when they are inducted into the M-H-S Hall of Distinction.
 
Among those who will be inducted is James Wilson, who was a Marion graduate in 1937.  He was a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen as one of the first African-American pilots in World War Two.  Wilson died in 2012.
 
Also to be inducted will be James Hodge of the Marion class of 1970 who became an international financial expert and president of an international financial management firm.
 
Also to be inducted will be David Wright from the Marion class of 1973.  Wright is now the president of Indiana Wesleyan University.
 
The three men will be inducted into the Hall of Distinction at a banquet on May 23rd.
 
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:39PM
The Eastbrook School Board last night approved making Chris McKim the Principal of Eastbrook North Elementary in Van Buren.
 
McKim served as interim principal of the school for a semester in 2010, and has served in that capacity for the past few months following the retirement of the former principal.
 
McKim says the support from his staff has been exceptional so far, and he’s optimistic about the future at Eastbrook North.
 
The Ball State graduate has spent 14 years in the Eastbrook school system both as a teacher and basketball coach.
 
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Topics : Education
People : Chris McKim
by Sammy Edmonds posted Aug 25 2014 3:38PM
Marion and Mississinewa High Schools have each been honored by “U-S News and World Report” with bronze medals for being among the country’s outstanding high schools.
 
“U-S News and World Report” honored 127 Indiana high schools with accolades for their achievements.  Four of those schools received gold medals, 41 received silver medals and Marion and Mississinewa joined 80 other Hoosier schools in receiving bronze medals for their efforts.
 
Marion Principal Lennon Brown said the award recognizes just how far Marion has come in the past few years, from almost being taken over by the state to receiving national recognition for the schools achievements in educating young people.
 
Mississinewa school officials said they were also thrilled with the award from “U-S News and World Report.”
 
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