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Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013 4:00 am By Ryan Anderson | randerson@chronicle-tribune.com | www.chronicle-tribune.comThe Fairmount Lions Club, spearheaded by President Jake Roth, is trying to reassemble the stage that screen icon and Fairmount native James Dean performed on in high school. The long-closed high school had fallen into disrepair — as had the stage — before the Lions Club rescued the stage in August 2010. The Fairmount High School stage had fallen into disrepair before the Lions Club rescued it. “We removed it piece by piece,” Roth said, and it now sits in a truck, waiting to be reassembled in the pavilion at Play Acres Park. The removal process for the stage took three days, but Roth, a 1966 graduate of the high school, said, “We can’t afford to take care of the high school, but it would mean an awful lot if we could save the stage, because it’s an important part of history.” “I performed on that stage, as did many others, but it’s been in that truck for 2.5 years now, and it’s time to move forward,” he said. That’s why he’s launched a fundraising campaign for the project, which he said will cost just over $100,000. He’s been working tirelessly “to get the word out,” sending a...

More than $45,000 given to groups in final quarter of 2012 Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013 4:00 am From staff reports www.chronicle-tribune.com The Community Foundation of Grant County has awarded seven grants to area organizations totaling almost $46,000. The Community Foundation awards quarterly grants in four different categories: community development, education, health, and human services.Ashley McKnight, Community Foundation of Grant County’s program coordinator, said fiscal year 2012 was a good year for local grants. “This fiscal year, the Foundation has awarded $250,500 through its quarterly grants process”, she said. The Community Foundation’s distribution committee reviews grant applications each quarter and sends its recommendations to the board of directors for final approval. After being selected to receive a grant, organizations are invited to visit the Community Foundation for a celebration called “Give Me Five.” In addition to receiving their grant checks and photo opportunity, recipients are provided five pieces of paper to express their approved project in five words. McKnight said the celebrations are fun because they allow the Community Foundation to have more contact with local non-profit organizations than simply mailing a check. “It’s good for them, it’s good for us. They get to meet us, we get to meet...

By Derek Beigh  dbeigh@chronicle-tribune.com  |  www.chronicle-tribune.com Jeff Morehead- Surprised during calculus class Monday at Mississinewa High School, Abram Fleming gets a hug from his father, Mississinewa tennis coach Bruce Fleming, after learning that he was one of two Lilly Scholarship winners in Grant County. Mississinewa High School senior Abram Fleming didn't know what to expect when Principal Stephanie Lockwood interrupted his AP Calculus class Monday morning.Fleming couldn't quite process that he’d just been awarded a full-ride college scholarship. “It took a while to sink in,” he said. “Wow.” Fleming and Oak Hill High School senior Christine Harper received 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships in class Monday. Each is eligible to attend any Indiana college and pay no tuition for four years. They will also receive $900 book stipends each semester. “It’s going to be just a huge benefit,” Fleming said. “I won’t have to worry about money. I can focus on my schoolwork.” Harper, who also found out during AP Calculus class Monday morning, said she wasn't concerned when OHHS Principal Mike McDivitt knocked on the door. “I knew it was either going to be a yes or a no … but I figured he wouldn't do it in front of the rest of the class if it was a no,” Harper said with a laugh. McDivitt...

Posted Chronicle-Tribune: Sunday, March 17, 2013 4:00 am |  By Derek BeighSix of Grant County’s finest young minds received recognition for their accomplishments at the 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Banquet Thursday.The event, at Meshingomesia Country and Social Club, honored six students who are finalists for full-ride college awards presented by the Community Foundation and Lilly Foundation.Two winners will be announced April 1. The remaining students will receive Robert R. Board and Janice M. Board Scholarships for $4,500 renewable each year, as opposed to a one-time $2,000 award previously.Teachers, administrators, mentors and parents joined the finalists and Community Foundation employees for dinner and speeches at the banquet.“This is my third year on the Lilly committee… and the students this year, from top to bottom, are the best I’ve seen,” said Community Foundation President Marty Harker. “Each of you is deserving of a Lilly scholarship.”Each student received a trophy recognizing his or her accomplishment and the opportunity to share a few words.Eastbrook High School senior Logan Dooley thanked the Community Foundation, EHS, Superintendent Brett Garrett, Principal Pat McLaughlin and Guidance Counselor Dee Ballinger, among others.“It was easy to tell who my true, dedicated friends are this summer when I … told...

Each year, Grant County accredited high schools are asked to nominate one representative for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Award.  The representatives must attend a Grant County high school and have a minimum 3.5 grade point average (unweighted).  Additionally, they must be in the top 10% of their graduating class, intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana, have strong leadership skills, and demonstrate volunteerism through community service.  They also must interview in front of the Community Foundation’s Lilly Nominating Committee.The Nominating Committee chooses two nominees and the remaining four candidates are presented as alternates.  The finalists’ names are submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for selection of the recipients. ICI oversees the statewide administration of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. ICI sets basic guidelines, reviews the local selection process, and approves final winners chosen in Grant County.The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship awards full tuition for four years to the Indiana college of the scholar’s choice, plus a $900 stipend for required books and equipment.  Among the six nominees, two scholars will be chosen as Grant County’s “Lilly Scholars”.The two (2) Lilly Award Presentations will take place on...

Each year, Grant County accredited high schools are asked to nominate one representative for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Award.  The representatives must attend a Grant County high school and have a minimum 3.5 grade point average (unweighted).  Additionally, they must be in the top 10% of their graduating class, intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana, have strong leadership skills, and demonstrate volunteerism through community service.  They also must interview in front of the Community Foundation’s Lilly Nominating Committee.The Nominating Committee chooses two nominees and the remaining four candidates are presented as alternates.  The finalists’ names are submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for selection of the recipients. ICI oversees the statewide administration of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. ICI sets basic guidelines, reviews the local selection process, and approves final winners chosen in Grant County.The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship awards full tuition for four years to the Indiana college of the scholar’s choice, plus a $900 stipend for required books and equipment.  Among the six nominees, two scholars will be chosen as Grant County’s “Lilly Scholars”.The two (2) Lilly Award Presentations will take place on...

Each year, Grant County accredited high schools are asked to nominate one representative for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Award.  The representatives must attend a Grant County high school and have a minimum 3.5 grade point average (unweighted).  Additionally, they must be in the top 10% of their graduating class, intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana, have strong leadership skills, and demonstrate volunteerism through community service.  They also must interview in front of the Community Foundation’s Lilly Nominating Committee.The Nominating Committee chooses two nominees and the remaining four candidates are presented as alternates.  The finalists’ names are submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for selection of the recipients. ICI oversees the statewide administration of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. ICI sets basic guidelines, reviews the local selection process, and approves final winners chosen in Grant County.The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship awards full tuition for four years to the Indiana college of the scholar’s choice, plus a $900 stipend for required books and equipment.  Among the six nominees, two scholars will be chosen as Grant County’s “Lilly Scholars”.The two (2) Lilly Award Presentations will take place on...

Each year, Grant County accredited high schools are asked to nominate one representative for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Award.  The representatives must attend a Grant County high school and have a minimum 3.5 grade point average (unweighted).  Additionally, they must be in the top 10% of their graduating class, intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana, have strong leadership skills, and demonstrate volunteerism through community service.  They also must interview in front of the Community Foundation’s Lilly Nominating Committee.The Nominating Committee chooses two nominees and the remaining four candidates are presented as alternates.  The finalists’ names are submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for selection of the recipients. ICI oversees the statewide administration of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. ICI sets basic guidelines, reviews the local selection process, and approves final winners chosen in Grant County.The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship awards full tuition for four years to the Indiana college of the scholar’s choice, plus a $900 stipend for required books and equipment.  Among the six nominees, two scholars will be chosen as Grant County’s “Lilly Scholars”.The two (2) Lilly Award Presentations will take place on April 1, 2013 at...

Each year, Grant County accredited high schools are asked to nominate one representative for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Award.  The representatives must attend a Grant County high school and have a minimum 3.5 grade point average (unweighted).  Additionally, they must be in the top 10% of their graduating class, intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana, have strong leadership skills, and demonstrate volunteerism through community service.  They also must interview in front of the Community Foundation’s Lilly Nominating Committee.The Nominating Committee chooses two nominees and the remaining four candidates are presented as alternates.  The finalists’ names are submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for selection of the recipients. ICI oversees the statewide administration of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. ICI sets basic guidelines, reviews the local selection process, and approves final winners chosen in Grant County.The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship awards full tuition for four years to the Indiana college of the scholar’s choice, plus a $900 stipend for required books and equipment.  Among the six nominees, two scholars will be chosen as Grant County’s “Lilly Scholars”.The two (2) Lilly Award Presentations will take place on...

Each year, Grant County accredited high schools are asked to nominate one representative for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Award.  The representatives must attend a Grant County high school and have a minimum 3.5 grade point average (unweighted).  Additionally, they must be in the top 10% of their graduating class, intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana, have strong leadership skills, and demonstrate volunteerism through community service.  They also must interview in front of the Community Foundation’s Lilly Nominating Committee.The Nominating Committee chooses two nominees and the remaining four candidates are presented as alternates.  The finalists’ names are submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for selection of the recipients. ICI oversees the statewide administration of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. ICI sets basic guidelines, reviews the local selection process, and approves final winners chosen in Grant County.The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship awards full tuition for four years to the Indiana college of the scholar’s choice, plus a $900 stipend for required books and equipment.  Among the six nominees, two scholars will be chosen as Grant County’s “Lilly Scholars”.The two (2) Lilly Award Presentations will take place on...