Democrat Candidate for Governor Visits Marion

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Schellinger made a brief stop in Marion to talk to retired members of the United Auto Workers Local 977 at a lunch meeting Wednesday. Schellinger spoke for less than 10 minutes to about 200 retired UAW workers and spouses, summarizing his personal history and his plan for the state. The UAW already has endorsed Schellinger as its choice in both the primary and general election.

Anderson Leadership Academy Graduates 36

The 36 graduates for 2007 of the Leadership Academy of Madison County were honored at the organization’s annual graduation celebration Thursday night at Anderson Country Club. The class of 2007 was the 25th for LAMC, a county-wide leadership program that brings a diverse group of people together every year for leadership skill development and team-building activities. The goal of LAMC is to improve quality of life by developing leaders and making them aware of the community’s needs. Anderson University President James Edwards was the featured speaker at Thursday night’s event.

Anderson Transit Vehicles to be Disposed Of

Anderson’s Board of Public Works voted Monday to dispose of 10 City of Anderson Transportation System vehicles that are currently out of commission. They were replaced last fall when new buses arrived. The old ones are now sitting in a field by the water treatment plant, according to Greg Graham, president of the Board of Works. Merle Jones, general manager of CATS, said there were seven buses and three Nifty Lift vans that are no longer usable.

Muncie Sanitation Workers to Get Recycled Uniforms

Muncie City sanitation workers are going green thanks to a state grant that will buy them new uniforms fashioned from recycled materials. The Muncie Sanitary District’s 140 workers will get 100 percent recycled jackets, T-shirts and polo shirts with the $5,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Lina Gordy, the district’s grant specialist, said securing the grant is the city’s latest effort to “go green.”

Marion Parents Review Possible Course Changes

Some parents left a Marion Parent Organization meeting Tuesday night feeling a little better about courses offered at the high school next year. MPO President Ceola Friday and Marion High School Principal Kyle Kirby both said they wanted to address rumors being spread through the schools and community about what courses would be cut from next year’s class list. The major change is to English classes. In 10th through 12th grades, there will no longer be three English class levels. In the past, there were general, honors and Advanced Placement classes. Now, there will be AP and general, while the honors class is cut.

Anderson Firefighters Return to Scene of Blaze

Anderson firefighters were called back to that 53rd Street home Wednesday evening after a fire from the previous night rekindled. Battalion Chief Sam Aleshire said firefighters were called back to the two-story home at 2931 W. 53rd St. at about 5 p.m. after small embers rekindled insulation in a wall. The rekindle did little damage, and firefighters were on the scene for only a short while, Aleshire said. He said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but neighbors reported that the home was struck by lightning at about 10:30 p.m.

New Castle Welfare Worker Accused of Fraud

A former case supervisor at New Castle’s state welfare office is accused of stealing more than $35,000 in benefits by setting up bogus accounts in the names of her boyfriend and his mother. Julie L. Stanton, Richmond, is charged in Henry Superior Court 1 with two counts of welfare fraud, a Class C felony carrying standard a four-year prison term. According to a report by a special agent with the Indiana Office of Inspector General, Stanton in February 2006 opened a benefits account in the name of her boyfriend, Lawrance M. Hunter.

Sentence Reduced for Student Who Attacked Another

The Indiana Court of Appeals has reduced by five years the prison term of a teenager who cut the throat of a fellow Central High School student in an unprovoked knife attack.  Travis A. Marlett, now 19, had pleaded guilty but mentally ill to criminal confinement in August 2006. Three months later, he received a 20-year sentence, the maximum penalty for a Class B felony conviction, from Special Judge Peter Haviza of Randolph County.  Delaware County Prosecutor Mark McKinney on Wednesday expressed frustration at the sentence reduction.

Autism Bill Moves Out of Committee

AA bill co-authored by Rep. Dennis Tyler that would provide training to emergency medical responders about how to deal with people with autism passed out of a Senate committee Wednesday. Tyler, a Muncie Democrat and retired city fire captain, testified before the committee, recalling how the Muncie Fire Department responded to a emergency involving an autistic individual in 2005. The responders did not know how to deal with the person, he said. House Bill 1171 would train public safety officers in special techniques used to deal with people suffering from autism.