Health Care Students Want to Wear Scrubs in School

Students in the Ebbertt Education Center’s nursing program who want to wear medical scrubs during school hours — a violation of the school system’s uniform policy — have tapped the Indiana Civil Liberties Union for help.   The students claim that the scrubs are part of their curriculum, and that it’s unfair that the uniform policy allows exception for students in the ROTC program to wear military dress.   Anderson schools’ attorney Charles Rubright said Wednesday that the Indiana Civil Liberties Union sent the school system a letter asking them to look at inequalities in the policy. The policy allows for ROTC uniforms, but does not take into account students in vocational programs who wear clothing specific to their classes.

Anderson School Board to Decide in November on Housing Project

The Anderson Board of School Trustees will wait until its November meeting to make a decision whether to have a piece of school property assessed for possible sale to a group seeking to build senior housing.  Rev. Reginald Lee asked the board at Tuesday’s meeting that his group, Westside Hope Community Development Corporation, be allowed to pay for an appraisal of the land, which is near the former site of Anderson High School and which holds a practice field, a track and a parking lot.   Lee expressed a sense of urgency to the board because of a state program that Westside is planning to use to fund the project. The group wants to use a tax credit program through the Indiana Housing Finance Authority. The group must apply for the credit by March and must be able to show control over the property before being able to apply, said architect Michael Ellis of Muncie-based GEA Architects. The group must also prove that it can afford the property.

Marion GM Workers Reject UAW Agreement

Workers at the General Motors assembly factory in Marion have voted against ratifying a new contract between the car maker and United Auto Workers. A total of 50.7 percent of the plant’s voting members rejected the contract, John Pence, president of UAW Local 977, said Tuesday.   The Marion plant was among 15 that GM announced this month it would consider shutting down after 2011, a factor that a Ball State University business expert said may have influenced the vote.  “If you’re a younger worker … then there’s no reason for you to accept this contract negotiation because you’ll be out of a job in four or five years anyway,” said Michael J. Hicks, director of the Bureau of Business Research at Ball State.   The union president said he thought the vote centered on a lack of information on what the contract describes as a core job.  GM and UAW agreed on the new contract late last month, after a two-day, nationwide strike by the union. It requires GM to pay out at least $35 billion to the union to set up a trust to handle retiree health care. It also establishes lower wages for thousands of new employees.

Anderson Teen Dies from June 2002 Injuries

A 17-year-old Anderson girl died Monday from injuries she suffered after being struck by a van more than five years ago.  Briana M. Clay died Monday at Community Hospital, according to Madison County Coroner Ned Dunnichay. Dunnichay said her death was being ruled accidental, but the exact cause of her death remains under investigation.  Dunnichay said Clay had been in a vegetative state in the years since she was struck June 10, 2002, while riding her bicycle. He said her death was due to the injuries she suffered when she was hit.   Then-12-year-old Briana and a friend were going to Milk Barn in Edgewood. The two were waiting to cross Indiana 32 when Briana was struck by a 1992 Chevrolet Astro van.  Police said then that the van’s driver was going 35 mph and did not see Briana on her bike. The driver was not cited for any violations. The speed limit at the location is 40 mph.

Anderson Mayor Invited to DC Conference on Brownfields

Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith represented local governments nationally at the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Mothballed Brownfield” stake-holder forum Tuesday in Washington, D.C.. Of the 70 participants in the conference, Smith was the only mayor invited.    At the forum, Smith talked about Anderson’s experience with redeveloping brownfield sites left from General Motors.  The meeting is part of a national effort to revitalize vacant brownfield properties. In previous interviews, Chad Pigg, director of community development and long-range planning, has described brownfields as sites that have environmental concerns that might hinder development. These sites tend to be former locations of manufacturers, gas stations, dry cleaners and other businesses that use chemicals that could negatively affect the environment.

Grant County Needs More Money for Insurance Claims

A request of $534,525 in additional appropriations for insurance claims will be made by Grant County Commissioners.  The request is in the agenda for Wednesday’s Grant County Council meeting, but Commissioner Mark Bardsley said that only $52,000 of it will be requested Wednesday to come from the county’s general fund. The remaining money will be requested later and will come from the county’s rainy day fund. The health insurance claims come from 2006 claims, payable in 2007 that haven’t been made yet.  The county switched insurance companies from Meritain to Anthem in December of 2006 in hopes of saving $500,000 a year, said Angela Banter, county administrator. The county, however, needs to continue to pay off its 2006 claims.

Four to be Inducted into Taylor University's Hall of Fame

Taylor University will induct four members into its Athletic Hall of Fame during ceremonies at halftime of Taylor’s Homecoming football game against Ohio Dominican University at the Jim Wheeler Memorial Stadium Saturday, October 20.   They are Taylor Hayes, Dale Miller, Ned Stucky, and Yen Tran.   Hayes, a 1947 graduate, is being recognized for his accomplishments as a basketball player and coach. During his athletic career, he averaged 12 points per game for the Trojans and also competed on Taylor’s track and tennis teams. He was voted “Outstanding Athlete” his senior year.   Miller, a 1991 alumnus, played basketball for the Trojans and ranks seventh on the all-time Taylor scoring list. His senior year, Miller was the leading scorer for his team and led them to the Final Four of the NAIA national tournament. He also was an All-District selection in the NAIA.  Stucky is being recognized for his meritorious service to the field of athletics. A 1962 graduate, he served as the basketball manager during his student years and was a volunteer during summer basketball camps. Stucky continued in that role following graduation and in 2007 celebrated 50 years as camp manager.  A 1998 graduate, Tran played for the Lady Trojans basketball team for four years. She currently holds the record for assists during a season and was a two-time team captain.  Tran was a first team all-conference selection during her junior and senior years. In 1998, she was an honorable mention member of the NAIA All-American team.

McGalliard Road KFC Closed for Health Violations

Although the indoor dining area was closed for remodeling, the Delaware County Health Department shut down the entire operation of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on McGalliard in late September.   The shutdown for two days was due to numerous violations of rules and regulations, including undated bags of food in storage, plumbing problems, and grease and grime on the equipment.   Construction dust was also an issue.

Claim of Former BSU Basketball Coach Denied

A federal arbitrator has denied a claim brought by former Ball State University basketball coach Tim Buckley that BSU pay him almost $150,000. The coach sought the award as compensation for years remaining on his contract after the university reassigned him to a position that he believed was not suited to his skills.  Arbitrator Floyd Weatherspoon released his ruling last Thursday. The case was heard in Indianapolis on July 30-31.

Former Muncie Man Arrested on Drug Charges

A former Muncie man has been accused of selling cocaine, prescription medication and marijuana to an agent of the Tri-County Drug Task Force in Jay County.  Gerald Joseph Youngblood, 27, more recently of the Eaton area, is charged in Jay Circuit Court with dealing in cocaine, maintaining a common nuisance and two counts each of dealing in a controlled substance and dealing in marijuana.   The cocaine count is a class A felony carrying a standard 30-year prison term, while the more serious of the controlled substance charges is a class B felony with a standard 10-year sentence.  Youngblood continued to held without bond Tuesday in the Jay County jail.