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Kevin O. Mooney’s Unique Video Art Comes To Bloomington

A new exhibit featuring the video work of Kevin O. Mooney will be opening on Friday, October 23rd at the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University. The exhibit will showcase more than 250,000 still images in several stop-motion animation movies taken by the artist. Entitled, “365/24/7/-2012” the piece allows viewers to witness day-to-day events in the artist’s life over the course …

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State And National Union Membership Popularity Is On The Rise

Union membership in Indiana is on the rise despite the passing of right to work legislation in 2012. That’s according to a report from the Times of Northwest Indiana. In 2014, Indiana unions counted 299,000 members, up from 249,000 members the year before. That is an 18% growth in membership, bringing 12% of Indiana’s workforce into the union fold. Union …

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Sophia Travis to be Honored at Women in Government Plaza

The dedication of the Women in Government Plaza at the Monroe County Courthouse is scheduled to take place this Sunday, October 4th, at 1pm. The plaza seeks to honor the life of Sophia Travis, a County Council member, artist, and community activist. It is also designed to honor women who have served in government in general. A non-profit group, the …

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Two Dead in Murder/Suicide

A man and a woman were found dead last night in what investigators believe was a murder/suicide on the east side of Bloomington. The two were discovered in the common area of Stratum at Indiana Apartments around 9:21 p.m. When police arrived, they found a 20 year old man dead from an apparent suicide by hanging. The woman, who was …

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Wheeler Mission Ministries and Backstreet Missions Merger

Wheeler Mission Ministries of Indianapolis officially merged with Bloomington’s Backstreet Missions today. The two organizations offer similar services, including addiction recovery programs and shelter for people experiencing homelessness. Wheeler Mission has been involved with Backstreet Missions from its beginning. The organization paid for the first fundraising efforts to get Backstreet Missions started in Bloomington, according to Wheeler Chief Development Officer …

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Asian Carp Found Near Lake Monroe

Fish and Wildlife officials are urging residents to obey fishing laws in hopes of keeping Asian carp out of Monroe Lake. Fisheries biologist Dave Kittaka, at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, says Asian carp have recently been discovered in the tailwater area near the lake. The fish can grow larger than 40 pounds and are known to jump out …

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MCCSC Board Approves Collective Bargaining Agreement

The Monroe County Community school board approved a collective agreement with its teachers yesterday. The Board of Trustees of the Monroe County Community School Corporation reviewed the tentative three-year agreement between the Corporation and the local teachers’ union, the Monroe County Education Association. The Attorney for the MCCSC, Charles Rubright [RU-bright], introduced the proposed agreement to the board. Legislation passed …

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Imposter Government Officials Scam

Monroe County Clerk Linda Robbins is warning local residents of what she says is a scam involving imposter government officials. Robbins says a County resident received a call from someone who claimed to represent the US Marshalls. The scammer demanded to collect fifteen hundred dollars, saying the woman had missed jury duty and was subject to a fine. The woman …

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Funds For Emergency Homeless Shelter

The Bloomington City Council will vote tonight on providing funds for the emergency homeless shelter formerly known as Martha’s House. The shelter lost its 501(c)3 status earlier this year. Since then, Perry Township, which owns the building and the property, has allocated $45,000 to fund the shelter through the end of September. The Monroe County Council also pledged $15,000 to …

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Annual Bloomington Pumpkin Launch

Bloomington’s annual pumpkin launch is coming up. This annual team competition is scheduled for Saturday, November 7th. The Community Events Co-ordinator for the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, Bill Ream, presented the details on the event at the September 22nd meeting of the Bloomington Board of Park Commissioners. Ream says the pumpkin launching competition is judged on both accuracy and …

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