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Stellar awards to be announced at 10 a.m. Thursday UPDATED 1 p.m. Wednesday
Updated on: 08.13.14

INDIANAPOLIS -- Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann will announce the two 2014 Stellar Communities designees at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Agriculture/Horticulture Building.

A group from Nashville/Brown County will be there to hear whether or not it won firsthand.

The 2014 Stellar Communities finalists are the City of Decatur, City of Huntingburg, City of Marion, City of Mount Vernon, Town of Nashville and City of Wabash. All received funds to prepare an in-depth strategic investment plan followed by site visits conducted by the state selection team.

The program is a collaboration between the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the Indiana Department of Transportation. Those agencies pool their federally granted funds to help communities pay for a series of projects.

Town Council President Bob Kirlin will not be among the group at the fairgrounds Thursday morning, having previously planned a trip out of state.

If Nashville/Brown County wins, he said a "come-together meeting" will be planned to make sure people who were working for the Stellar plan and people who had concerns about it "are on the same sheet of music. And I think we can," he said.

If Nashville/Brown County is not chosen, at some point the state Stellar committee will visit with the local Stellar steering committee to point out weaknesses in its presentation.

Whether or not the town applies for Stellar in a future year will be up to the town council, he said.

Meanwhile, the council continues to work on funding mechanisms for projects that must move forward regardless of whether federal dollars flow through the Stellar program -- like work to improve and stabilize the rates of Nashville's water system.

Read more online Thursday and in the Aug. 20 Brown County Democrat.

Obituaries
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Josephine Lee Cueto, 62, Morgantown
  Daughter of Priscilla Burgmeier of Nashville

Mary 'Jane' Kollman, 92, Nashville
  Mother of Janet (Tom) Gaskins of Nashville

Charlotte K. (Adkins) Wilson, 67, Franklin
  Former resident of Brown County

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