New Report Says Alec Schools In Good Shape

Additional maintenance would be good but, Alexandria Community Schools’ three buildings are in good structural condition, says a new study. It looked at the physical structures and how they’re used by and work for students. Also how they could accommodate future growth. Energy efficiency could be better. The high school is at 70 percent while the elementary and intermediate schools each were rated at 43 percent.

ISP – Meth Lab Incidents Are Down

The number of meth lab seizures throughout Indiana has taken a sharp dive. The Indiana State Police reports a 58% drop in meth lab incidents so far this year, with the number of children removed from meth lab environments also down nearly 68%. A law making it more difficult to buy large amounts of the ingredients used in making meth is being credited for the decline.

Smaller Schools Aren’t Keeping Up

Students in Indiana’s smallest school districts aren’t keeping up with their peers, according to a Ball State study. About half Indiana’s school districts have fewer than two-thousand students. Economist Michael Hicks says their S-A-T scores are 20 points lower than the other half, while their passing rates on the ISTEP are five-percent worse.

New Owner, New Plan For Old Muncie Factory

The new owner of the former BorgWarner auto transmissions factory in Muncie plans to demolish much of the facility that used to employ thousands of workers. The move comes after unsuccessful efforts to find a company to take over the plant once it was closed in 2009 by Michigan-based BorgWarner. The Muncie building commission’s office has granted a demolition permit to the Jim Wallace Co. of Sagamore Hills, Ohio.

Brand New Dorm At BSU

Talk about a beautiful way to start a school year. Ball State University is ready to open the doors of its newest renovated residence hall when classes resume for the fall semester Aug. 21. It’s the Schmidt/Wilson Residence Hall and will be home to more than 500 students. It includes lounge spaces, a computer lab, laundry room and semi-private bathrooms, and will accommodate students majoring in the arts.

Muncie Man Held On Confinement Charges

He’s accused of holding an acquaintance at gunpoint and demanding ransom to release him. 22-year-old Robinson James Mullins is charged with criminal confinement and pointing a firearm. The Muncie man was being held in the Delaware County jail under a $29,000 bond, after he allegedly pointed a shotgun at a man and demanded $10,000 from the victim’s father.

ISP Adds Two New K9 Officers

Two new police dogs for the ranks of the ISP: Pendleton Trooper Thomas Ratliff and Lt. Tony Delello have graduated from the Indiana State Police K-9 Training School with their new K-9 partners, Tora and Yana who can now detect drugs, as well as participate in the tracking and apprehension of suspects.