MITS offers free bus rides on Thursday

Muncie motorists are being urged to ‘dump the pump.’ MITS assistant bus manager Mary Gaston says on Thursday, the local system will offer free rides on their regular buses as part of the national Dump the Pump Day. The promotion sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association encourages the use of public transportation to help conserve gasoline and protect the environment.

Fire chief believes smoke isn't life-threatening

Marion Fire Chief Steve Gorrell says he’s confident there is nothing life-threatening in the smoke coming from the remains of the burned Thomson plant.  IDEM public information officer Amy Hartsock says no chemicals were in the building as of 2005 and that the agency would advise fire officials on the removal of waste and debris from the building on South Adams Street.

$5,000 reward offered in horse slaying

A Mount Pleasant man is offering a five-thousand dollar reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for killing a seven-year-old horse on his property.  Keith Johnson says someone shot his horse, Twilight Smoky Sensation, in between the eyes on Tuesday night.  It’s the second time in six weeks that horse has been killed by gunfire in East Central Indiana.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 765-738-6547.

Vacant parking lot appraisal differs $245,000

A 245-thousand dollar appraisal difference in a vacant downtown parking lot initiated questions from city development officials. However, Delaware County Assessor James Carmichael says property value is assessed for its actual use, and not what the proposed use might be.  Mayor Dan Canan approved the 447-thousand dollar purchase of the lot to be turned into a greenspace area.