Yorktown Superintendent to retire

Mount Pleasant Township Community Schools Superintendent Mary Ann Irwin will retire June 30th. The School Board accepted her retirement, which comes a year earlier than her 2008 contract expiration. In spite of the contract difference, officials are hopeful that the 2007 departure will be in a time of stability for the school corporation, with no election cycle again until next year.

David Letterman guest comic "Melman" dies

Calvin DeForest, also known as Larry “Bud” Melman to David Letterman fans, has died. The 85 year old DeForest appeared for twenty years on Letterman’s Late Night and Late Show programs as the eccentric Melman character. He had made appearances at Letterman’s alma mater Ball State University, including a Homecoming talent show appearance.

Smoking ban at former school site

A smoking ban has been implemented at the former Jones Middle School building in Marion, but only within the building. Outside smoking will be permitted at the site, which has been leased to Affiliated Computer Services, which will use the site to run a call center for the Family and Social Services Administration. Due to the leased nature of the site, the Marion School Board instituted the policy to allow for outside smoking. The policy does not change smoking policies at other school properties, where all smoking is banned across all premises.

AEDs coming to Anderson Community Schools

Anderson Community Schools will receive 14 defibrillators as part of a partnership of the Community Hospital Anderson Foundation and the Madison County Community Foundation. Community Hospital had previously been instrumental in getting the AED devices installed in Madison County Sheriff’s department vehicles. School sites will not only receive the devices, but also a training program will be instituted once the AEDs arrive.

Plea agreement for robbery case

An alleged gang member will avoid jail time in exchange for his plea agreement in the robbery of an Anderson man. Ian Killion was sentenced to time served plus six months of house arrest and four and a half years of probation. Killion has been accused of membership in the Boot Soldiers gang, an independent group that is based near Fletcher, Pearl and 29th streets in Anderson. Killion denies membership in the group.

New teachers contract in Anderson

The Anderson Federation of Teachers has reached a new contract for teachers and teaching assistants at Anderson Community Schools. In addition to annual wage and salary negotiations as part of the contract process, the new agreement includes changes for students. The elementary day will now be extended to line up with the middle school and high school day lengths. New middle school class options have been added, as has additional remedial help during the school day.

Another wrong-way Interstate accident

Crews worked a serious accident on the Northeast Side of Indianapolis this morning. A car traveling westward on the Eastbound lanes of Interstate 465 stuck an SUV, killing the drivers of both vehicles. Police had to shutdown eastbound 465 between Allisonville Road and Interstate 69 for several hours, with the road being reopened after 8 AM.

Draft report seeks to save historic Limberlost Creek

A state draft report seeks to reduce agricultural pollution in Limberlost Creek near Geneva. The creek runs through a state historic site and was added to the Department of Environmental Management’s list of impaired water bodies 5 years ago. The report suggests farmers implement practices to limit runoff to the stream. The creek was the site where Gene Stratton-Porter wrote books over a century ago.

Slot bill faces challenges

A bill in the statehouse that would allow slot machines at Hoosier Park and other sites is alive after committee, but in a much different form. The number of machines allowed in the new version is limited to 1500 and the licensing fee increases to $400 million dollars. Under the previous version of the bill, Hoosier Park officials were optimistic about a major job creation that could result if the bill was codified into law. Even with the changes, Hoosier Park officials still have optimism about prospects for the bill.