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by Sammy Edmonds posted Mar 28 2014 3:33PM
 
The City of Marion is among six communities selected as finalists for this year’s Stellar Communities program.  The six were selected by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and the Indiana Department of Transportation. 
 
Each finalist will now receive funds to produce a strategic investment plan for developing their community and a team will visit each location.  Then two communities will be selected as recipients of the Stellar Communities grant this summer.
 
Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold says they are excited to be selected as a finalist for the innovative program.
 
The City of Wabash is also a finalist along with Mount Vernon, Huntingburg, Decatur and the Town of Nashville.
 
The Stellar Communities program funds comprehensive development projects in Indiana’s smaller communities.  
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Topics : Business_Finance
Location : IndianaNashvilleWabash
People : Wayne Seybold
by Sammy Edmonds posted Mar 28 2014 3:33PM
A Florida man was arrested in Kentucky in connection with a truck and cargo that was reported stolen in Marion last week.
 
50-year-old Eduardo Hernandez was stopped in northern Kentucky near Louisville by state police on March 11th, one day after the truck was reported stolen from Love’s Truck Stop in Marion, Indiana. 
 
In the truck, police found stolen Hewlett Packard computer equipment valued at over $2 million dollars.  Hernandez faces two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of running a scale installation. 
 
He’s being held in the Grant County Jail.
 
The investigation is continuing.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Topics : Law_Crime
by Sammy Edmonds posted Mar 28 2014 3:32PM
More and more school districts across the country have placed a ban on electronic cigarettes and vaporizers as the fad continues to grow among teens.
 
Mississinewa High School Principal Steve Quaderer says they’ve had recent incidents both on the school bus and inside the school that led to their decision to ban them.  He says they’ve been challenged because some don’t contain nicotine, so they’ve decided to keep the rules simple and ban them completely.
 
He says R.J. Baskett Middle School is also planning to ban e-cigarettes in the near future.
 
Not only schools are stepping up against them.  Some cities across the nation have also banned electronic smoking devices from several public establishments.
 
 
 
 
 
by Sammy Edmonds posted Mar 28 2014 3:32PM
Governor Mike Pence has signed a bill pulling the state out of common core.  
 
Pence signed the bill Monday that requires the State Board of Education to draft new standards outlining what students should be learning in each grade rather than using the Common Core standards currently in place.
 
Pence says he believes students are best served when decisions are made at the state and local level.
 
 
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Topics : Education
Location : Indiana
People : Mike Pence
by Sammy Edmonds posted Mar 28 2014 3:32PM
Two Peru residents were arrested on felony charges involving methamphetamine Sunday morning.
 
22-year-old Peter Buffington and a 17-year-old Peru girl were pulled over by State Police around 3am.  The trooper smelled a chemical odor coming from the car and asked to search it.  He then found methamphetamine and items to manufacture the drug inside the vehicle.
 
Buffington is being held in the Miami County Jail and charged with possession of meth and chemical precursors, conspiracy to manufacture meth, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The girl faces possession and intent charges, and was taken to a juvenile detention in Lafayette.
 
 
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Topics : Law_Crime
People : Peter Buffington
by Sammy Edmonds posted Mar 28 2014 3:31PM
The city of Kokomo has purchased a historic train depot and two miles of right-of-way track to be revitalized as a landmark.
 
The property is currently owned by the Central Railroad Company of Indianapolis, and has been used for railroad maintenance operations in recent years. As part of the purchase, the company has agreed to repair and update six existing railroad crossings in Kokomo by the end of the year.
 
The depot was originally constructed in 1910 and is Kokomo’s last standing train depot. It sits in the Depot District, which is being revitalized by local businesses and investors. A section of the city’s Industrial Heritage Trail and the Nickel Plate Trail run near the depot, and the mayor says they plan to make the area a hub for the trail crossings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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by Sammy Edmonds posted Mar 28 2014 3:31PM
Ivy Tech Community College is partnering with Via Credit Union for the Community Job Fair next month.
 
The free job fair will host businesses from Blackford and Grant Counties that are looking for employees.  The event will take place on April 7th from 10am to 2pm at the Marion Ivy Tech campus.
 
Those who wish for additional help in preparing for the job fair are invited to attend a free resume writing workshop, also at Ivy Tech, on April 1st from 11am to 1pm.
 
For a list of employers and other information, visit www.community-job-fair.com.
 
 
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Topics : Labor
Location : BlackfordGrant
by Sammy Edmonds posted Mar 28 2014 3:29PM
The commander at Grissom Air Reserve Base has been removed from his position.
 
The "Kokomo Tribune" reports Donald Buckley was removed after his superiors lost confidence in his ability to command the 434th Air Refueling Wing.
 
The vice commander at the base is serving as the interim leader.
 
An investigation is ongoing.
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Topics : Politics
People : Donald Buckley
by Sammy Edmonds posted Mar 28 2014 3:28PM
Indiana‘s unemployment rate took another dip in February. The Department of Workforce Development says the state‘s seasonally-adjusted jobless rate fell from 6.4% in January to 6.1% last month.  In February 2013, it was 7.9%.
 
The nation‘s unemployment rate is 6.7%.
 
DWD Spokesman Joe Frank says the number of jobless Hoosiers is now less than 200,000 for the first time since summer 2008.  Frank says Indiana grew 5400 private sector jobs in February.
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Topics : Business_FinanceLabor
Location : Indiana
People : Joe Frank
by Sammy Edmonds posted Mar 28 2014 3:28PM
Now that Governor Pence has signed the mass transit bill into law, the next step is taking it to voters in Central Indiana.
 
The counties covered by the new law include Marion, Johnson, Hancock, Hamilton, Delaware and Madison Counties.  Voters there will be given the opportunity to decide how they would like to see the future of mass transit.
 
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard says it marks a significant step forward for the growth of Indy and the rest of Central Indiana.
 
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Topics : Environment
People : Greg Ballard
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