A man and child are recovering in Indianapolis hospitals after a crash north of Anderson killed a woman they were traveling with Wednesday evening. It happened just before 6 p.m., when a van traveling north on State Road 9 crossed the center line, left the roadway, traveled into a ditch and then struck a utility pole before coming to rest on its side. The Madison County coroner’s office pronounced the woman in the car dead at the scene of the crash. No details have yet been released on the victims’ identities, as authorities were still working to alert family to the crash.
While Muncie Community Schools is conducting interviews this week for a human resources director position; it is also looking ahead to next week’s interviews for the new principal of Muncie Central. The school anticipates announcing its principal by July 31 in time to kick off the new school year on August 13. Tom Jarvis, the former Central principal, resigned on June 25 to avoid pension cuts, but he could reapply and be hired for the job. Dale Basham is serving as the interim principal. A record high 65 teacher resignations and retirements in the district this past school year have facilitated the increase in job interviews.
High school graduation rates and standardized test scores in English, math and science all improved among public school students in Madison County from 2009 to 2013, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. But county officials are concerned that educational achievement in the county still lags behind Indiana as a whole. One factor being studied is the number of Madison County children who are living below the poverty line. That number for 2013 was 23.7 percent while the state average was 22.1 percent. In education, Indiana ranked 26th, up from 34th among all 50 states in 2013; and 27th nationally in overall child well-being, up three spots from 2013.
An Indiana hospital has performed an historic surgery. Doctors at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis performed the state‘s first “breathing lung” transplant. The successful operation was performed during a double-lung transplant on a 63 year-old Brownsburg man.
During at least the next eight weekends, travel north of Anderson on Interstate 69 will be restricted as damaged concrete is repaired. Starting at 9 p.m. tomorrow night, the right lane on I-69 north between the Scatterfield Road exit and Exit 234 at Daleville will be closed to traffic. The restrictions are scheduled to end at 5 a.m. Monday. Over the remaining weekends the 50-mile stretch of highway from Exit 205 to Exit 255 will be affected. The work involves cutting out patches and pouring new concrete on the worst parts of the interstate. The work is scheduled to be completed by November.
Lightning from storms that moved through the state Wednesday morning sparked fires at several homes in central Indiana. Hendricks County officials said at least three homes in that area were struck by lightning. Fire crews also headed to several homes in Hamilton County after lightning-filled storms sparked fires there. No injuries were reported.
Ten states have joined Indiana‘s appeal of a federal judge‘s ruling that same-sex marriage in the state should be legal. In a friend-of-the-court brief, the attorneys general from the states asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm that each state has the right to set its own marriage laws. The states joining the case are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah.
Organizers of United Faith Transportation are working to provide a non-profit, faith-based, medical transportation service in Delaware and Madison counties. To raise funds, the group is staging the first Joyrides Festival, Saturday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., at Gaston Town Park. The festival will include a flea market, crafts, food vendors, bounce houses and a cruise-in. From 6 to 8 p.m., there will be gospel music concert.
State election officials are encouraging all eligible citizens to register to vote and, if needed, to update their voter information. Officials are in the process of updating voter rolls and those who have outdated info could be reclassified as inactive. Indiana residents can check their voter registration information online at indianavoters dot com, at the county clerk’s office or the BMV.
Indiana Michigan Power is reporting that substation equipment failure was the cause of a power outage that left more than 13 hundred Muncie southsiders without electricity Tuesday. An I&M spokesperson says the power went out at around 10:20 yesterday morning. The outage affected many residents and businesses along South Madison Street between 16th and 29th Streets. Although I&M originally expected to have power restored to everyone by noon, it was after 1pm before most had their electricity restored.