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Commission of Aging Invites All to Attend Annual Creative Aging Festival

The City of Bloomington’s Commission on Aging invites all to attend the sixth annual Creative Aging Festival. The festival takes place every May, in honor of Older Americans Month. This year, the event will start Friday, May 6th at the Monroe County History Center. The Festival includes art exhibits, musical and theatre performances, poetry, gardening, and more. These events allow …

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Indiana Arts Commission Calls on Hoosiers to Help Plan Future Projects

The Indiana Arts Commission is a state agency that distributes grants for art projects across the state. Every 5 years, the Commission develops a strategic plan in order to, quote, “positively impact the cultural, economic and educational climate of Indiana by providing responsible leadership for and public stewardship of artistic resources for all of our State’s citizens and communities” Endquote. …

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Three Cases of Rape Reported in Bloomington During IU’s Little 500 Weekend

There were three cases of rape reported in Bloomington over this past weekend. In one incident, early Sunday morning a 19-year-old woman reported that she was walking alone near Bryan Avenue when she was approached by three men who attacked her. According to a statement from the IU Police Department, two of the men held the woman down while a …

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Indiana’s Government Transparency Website Receives Perfect Score

State Auditor Suzanne Crouch announced this week that Indiana’s government transparency website achieved a perfect score this year, ranking it as one of the top three sites in the nation. In a consumer report by the U.S. Public Interest Group Education Fund and Frontier Group entitled “Following the Money in 2016: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access …

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The Bloomington Animal Shelter and Monroe County High School are Hosting a Spring Adoption Fair

As a part of the Global Youth Services Day, The Bloomington Animal Shelter is working with volunteers from Monroe County High School to host the Spring Adoption Fair tomorrow. Students will decorate the shelter and assemble gift baskets for those who adopt an animal. Throughout the weekend, the shelter will reduce adoption fees for all cats, dogs and rabbits. The …

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Applications are Available for Bloomington’s 2016 Citizens’ Academy

Applications are now available for the city of Bloomington’s 2016 Citizens’ Academy program. The 9 week program teaches participants about city services, programs and events. Participants will meet with various city departments, in order to learn more about budget making and other operations. The program is limited to 30 participants to ensure proper teaching. Applications are open until July 11th …

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Poll Workers are Needed for Monroe County’s Primary Election on May 3rd

Voter turnout for Monroe County’s primary election on May 3rd is expected to be high. And election officials are still in dire need of poll workers to help assist voters and process returns. To work the polls in Monroe County, one must: be a registered voter of Monroe County; attend training provided by the Election Board; read and speak English, …

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Ellettsville Fire Department Acquires Back-Up Ambulance to Aid in Emergency Call Increase

Ellettsville Fire Chief Mike Corman says a back-up ambulance is helping with an increase in emergency service calls. In his yearly report to the Ellettsville Town Council, Corman said his department received more than eleven hundred EMS calls in 2015, and 468 separate calls requiring an ambulance, which was a dramatic increase from previous years. The back up ambulance is …

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Bloomington Utilities Names New Director

Former Monroe County Council president Vic Kelson has been named the new director of the City of Bloomington Utilities Department. Kelson is a professional engineer and a certified ground water professional, according to a statement from the city government. He served on the County Council from 2007 until 2013, when he resigned. At the time, he said he needed more …

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Monroe County Voter Registration Count Spikes – County Calls for More Poll Workers

There has been a spike in voter registration in Monroe County this year. Monroe County Election Supervisor Tree Martin says 2300 new voters have registered in Monroe County. Martin explained the logic behind the rise in registered voters, saying “This is the first time that you have the potential to have a female for president; this is the first time …

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