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Independent Colleges of Indiana is pleased to introduce 31 Answers to Your Questions About College, a new web-portal where students can find relevant information about college, as well as qualify for a $5,000 college scholarship. The 31 Answers portal is aimed at helping students navigate the college preparation and selection process with a special emphasis on the affordability of private colleges in Indiana. Each weekday, from Monday, September 19, to Monday, October 31, ICI will post a frequently-asked question about college (see list attached) on the portal at www.indianacolleges31.org. Each question will be answered by representatives from ICI’s member institutions via videos created on their campus. Alongside these videos will be English and Spanish transcriptions and additional supplemental web resources. Additionally, the website and all its contents will stay up after the campaign ends for students and their families to refer to. At the end of the campaign, students who have followed along can enter into a drawing to receive one of two, $5,000-Wilhelm Construction 31 Answers Scholarships, sponsored by F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co., Inc., an ICI Corporate Partner. The scholarship contest will be open to current 8th-12th grade students. Awards can be used at any one of Indiana’s 31 private, nonprofit...

Greetings! Main Street Marion has a unique opportunity through partnering with the News Herald to do a profile on a downtown business once per month!  As downtown stakeholders, they want to highlight your businesses and tell your stories! If your business would like to be highlighted in an upcoming issue of the News Herald, please fill out the survey below, and return it to Main Street Marion at: director@mainstreetmarion.com Please respond to each question in full sentences, as this question and answer format will go directly into the newspaper. Thank you all for everything you do for downtown Marion! Taylor Hawk, Executive Director Main Street Marion | director@mainstreetmarion.com 422 E Fourth Street | Marion, IN 46952 | 765-662-1192   Small Downtown Business Survey  1. Why did you decide to open your own business? 2. Why did you choose to open it downtown? 3. What do you like/love about downtown, Marion? 4. What are some important features of your business? 5. What do you wish people knew about your business? 6. What advice do you have for someone wishing to open a business? 7. What would you like to see downtown? 8. What is your greatest need? 9. How do you hope to grow/improve in the next 3-5 years? 10) What is the best way for people to find out more about...

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDS A PROACTIVE GRANT TO THE MARION POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR PROTECTIVE BODY ARMOR The Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana, Inc. will award a proactive grant for $13,600 tonight at Marion’s Concert in the Park event to the Marion Police Department for the purchase of protective body armor (rifle plates and carriers) for their 68 police officers. Executive Director Dawn Brown stated, “After a few conversations with Chief Haley and Deputy Chief Kenworthy, I learned of MPD’s need to upgrade their current body armor.  Essentially, soft body armor vests are excellent for fragmentation and pistol protection but will not stop rifle bullets; therefore there was a pressing need to provide iron rifle plates and the carriers or vests that have the necessary pockets for such plates.  Police work is growing increasingly dangerous in times such as this.  Therefore, as a demonstration of confidence and support in our local law enforcement agencies, the Community Foundation utilized the entire balance of the Law Enforcement Safety Fund as well as an additional grant from the Irving Family Fund to fulfil the current need of the Marion Police Department.” Thankfully, in 1993, donor Bill Jackson established the Law Enforcement Safety Fund for the sole purpose...

Lather, Rinse, Repeat.  We’ve all heard this. We’ve all read this.  Though, for the life of me, I do not know why we all read the back of the shampoo bottle.  Are we that bored while taking a shower?  I guess it’s our desire to quench our thirst for knowledge.  Like when one of my sons asked as a child if shampoo as a compound word.  Or maybe it just stems from growing up reading cereal boxes—back in the good ole days when you didn’t need to take out a short-term loan to buy cereal.  Nonetheless, you can imagine my surprise when I recently read an article that undermined a lifelong beauty ritual of mine and advocated to condition your hair before the lather, rinse, repeat loop.  BEFORE!  I think even Elle Woods would object to such blasphemy since she taught us all that “The rules of hair care are simple and finite. Any Cosmo girl would have known.”  Alas, I did not.  But, I do read more Seth Godin than Cosmo these days, so I’ll blame Seth.  (Bald may be beautiful, but I think we can all agree that it doesn’t make you a haircare expert.)  This is an...

25 things awesome board members do Hi everyone. A colleague asked me to write about what board members can do to be helpful to staff. Nonprofit board members are critical to the success of organizations. We rely on y’all for so many important things and are deeply grateful for all the time, skills, connections, and resources you give, especially considering that the majority of board members are volunteers. However, boards are also the direct cause of 39% of brain aneurysms in the sector, according to statistics that I made up. So I asked the NWB Facebook community to help develop a list of what awesome board members do. This is not a list of board roles and responsibilities, which you can google, or find at BoardSource, but actual, down-to-earth, sometimes seemingly minor stuff. One colleague writes this of one of her board members: “When your fundraiser is on the same night as an ice storm, he personally salts the sidewalks and parking lot. Then when all the salt runs out he goes to the gas station down the road and buys more salt to finish the job. He also demands car keys from me and coworker at the end of the night to...

The state has announced the Torchbearers!!! Please see their release. We've inserted the Grant County Torchbearers just in case you have trouble with their link, and have provided the torch route map through Grant County. INDIANAPOLIS (June 29, 2016) – Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb, Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) Executive Director Mark Newman, Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance President and CEO Kim Smith and Bicentennial Torch Relay State Director Noelle Szydlyk today unveiled the names of more than 2,000 Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay torchbearers, as well as the official torchbearer uniforms. The unveiling took place during a press conference at the Indiana Statehouse. “The 2,000 plus Hoosiers selected as torchbearers embody the Indiana traditions of service, civic pride, community involvement and volunteerism,” said Lt. Governor Holcomb. “As we reflect on Indiana’s first two hundred years, it is only fitting that we celebrate Hoosiers who serve as inspirations in their communities.” A statewide list of the torchbearer names and the counties they represent can be found here.  Grant County: Jess Alumbaugh Pearl Bassett Brennan Butche James Dean* David Ferguson Larry Jo Goss* Robert King H. Larry Leach Robert McNutt Chief Meshingomesia* Lila Milford Reggie Nevels Amos Randle Wayne Seybold Minerva Sickman Richard Simons* Ruthann Sumpter Jim...

Historians know the significance of the Monroe Doctrine well. Passed in 1823 by the fifth President of the United States and the doctrine’s namesake, President James Monroe, this judgment was issued at a time when most Latin American colonies had declared themselves independent. The goal of the Monroe Doctrine was to maintain that independence—to ensure the free American continents would never be subjected to colonization of the European powers again. The boldness of such a declaration at that time put the USA on the map as a definitive world superpower. While I’m no expert on politics, we certainly have spent a great deal of time this past year ‘studying’ superheroes and their superpowers. Around here superheroes are ordinary people who happen to do extraordinary things. Think Clark Kent. Think Superman. Grant County has so many leaders, donors, and volunteers who humbly fall into the superhero category—you know them, you love them, you may even be one of them! What you may not know is that Indiana community foundations have a superhero like that, too. Although you’d never find it in any history books, she’s made much ado about philanthropy with her very own Monroe Doctrine…the Helen Monroe Doctrine. Everyone in the...

Main Street – Marion, Indiana, Inc. 422 E Fourth St. Marion, IN 46952 director@mainstreetmarion.com Taylor Hawk, Executive Director 765-662-1192     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Main Street Marion Announces Courtyard Cafés Main Street Marion is excited to announce their Courtyard Cafés, part of a Summertime in the City series. Much like previous courtyard picnics, the cafés will be held in the 3rd Street Courtyard in downtown Marion. Courtyard Cafés will occur every Friday from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The events will feature a different food vendor each week accompanied by live entertainment. In partnership with the Creative Community, the Summertime in the City series will also include the Downtown Artbeat, which will feature artisan vendors around the courtyard each Friday from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM. Attendees are encouraged to either bring their lunch or purchase it from the variety of food vendors throughout the summer. The Courtyard Cafés are free to attend. If interested in vendor space, please contact Pamela Schlechty at: cc.grantcounty@gmail.com.   About Main Street Marion: Main Street Marion inspires, unifies and champions the downtown Marion experience through a four-point approach system - design, organization, economic restructuring, and promotions.  Our local Main Street office is your direct connection to the social and business hub of downtown Marion. CONTACTS: Eric Marshall, President 765-243-6495 eric@cliquecreative.com Marc Lobdell,...