Mayoral battles shaping up

The May primary elections are set…in Muncie three Democrats and three Republicans will battle to succeed Dan Canan as the city’s mayor.  Republicans have held the Muncie mayor’s office for 16 years.

Right now there’s only one candidate for mayor of Winchester.  Incumbent Republican Steve Croyle wants another term.

One Republican and one Democrat will vie for mayor of Portland this year.  Republican incumbent Bruce Hosier will end up facing Democrat Jim Sanders in the November general election.

Three Democrats and one Republican are entered in the race for New Castle mayor.  Incumbent Tom Nipp, former mayor Sherman Boles and Nick Goar are running for the Democratic nomination, while Jim Small is seeking the Republican nomination.

Two Republicans and one Democrat are in the race for mayor of Marion.  Incumbent Republican Wayne Seybold will face a primary challenge from Ray Glass.  Former Mayor Bill Henry is seeking the Democratic nomination.

Woman admits to perjury accusations

An Anderson woman will be sentenced March 27 for her part in an elaborate car theft operation.  Tami Briscoe-Beck, 45, pleaded guilty to three counts of perjury last week.  A plea deal calls for a  single count of corrupt business influence, four counts of auto theft and four other perjury charges to be dropped.  The deal also limits her sentence to four years in prison.  Beck’s husband Randy Beck, 39, was convicted last August on 23 felony counts.

Funding available

Workers at the Anderson Delphi plant will get federal assistance.  A U.S. Department of Labor ruling has made the workers eligible for services under the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Act.  The program is available to workers displaced by foreign imports or shifts in production outside the country.

Wheel tax discussion

The Blackford County Council Tuesday night will consider implementation of a so-called “wheel tax.”  The tax would raise money for road repairs in the county.  The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Placid Conference Center.  No vote is planned at this time.

Driving in circles closer to reality

Muncie Mayor Dan Canan says Erber and Milligan of Charlestown has been awarded the contract to construct a new traffic roundabout at Walnut and Seymour streets.  Canan says the bids came in under estimates.  The city recently paid its 20% match toward the project’s cost.  Work could begin within the next month or two.