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Angola, Wabash among grant-program finalists

Angola and Wabash are among six finalists in Indiana's 2013 Stellar Communities program, which provides grants for community development projects in the state's smaller communities.

Bedford, Frankfortg, Petersburg and Richmond are the other finalists in the program, and the six will participate in workshops and planning sessions to develop their proposals, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann said in a statement.

"Their intense planning and collaborative efforts strive to attract additional investments and improve the quality of life for their hometown residents," Ellspermann said in the statement.

The finalists were selected from among 24 communities that submitted letters of interest, the statement said. Each will receive a site visit in May before the two available grants are made this summer.

The grants are a joint program of the state's Office of Community and Rural Affairs, its Housing and Community Development Authority and its Department of Transportation.

Princeton and Delphi won last year's grants. Greencastle and North Vernon won them in 2011.