Frankton Woman Survives Tipton County Car Crash

A Frankton woman went through a harrowing car wreck Thursday in Tipton County and came out with only a little pain and a bit lip.  According to news sources, Anita L. Hobbslost control of her car while westbound on Tipton County Road 300 South. The vehicle bounced off a guard rail on the north side which sent it into the south guard rail. That gave way, and Hobbs’ vehicle plunged fell 15 feet onto a creek bank. The car landed on its top. Hobbs was pulled from the vehicle, complaining of pain to her forehead and neck, and taken to Tipton Hospital.

Information Sessions Scheduled for New Anderson Academy

The Anderson Preparatory Academy will conduct an information meeting open to the public on Monday, Jan. 14, at the Anderson Public Library. School officials will take questions and enrollment applications from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and explain how the tuition-free school exists as an educational alternative to other area schools. Federal, state and local funds, plus aid from private foundations, help pay for charter schools like APA, which has open enrollment for students now through Feb. 1 for the 2008-09 school year, which starts Aug. 4.

Chesterfield Firefighters Control Blaze

No one was home late Wednesday when Chesterfield-Union Township firefighters battled a blaze at 101 Eastman Drive in Chesterfield. According to Chief Dave Gillespie, a vehicle caught fire in a car port that spread to the house. The structure was saved, he said, but a house to the south had some heat damage. Firefighters were on the scene from 8:42 p.m. to 11:08 p.m. Also responding to the blaze was Salem Township (Daleville) and Adams Township.

Anderson Historic Factory Closing Today

An 118-year-old factory, the oldest in Anderson, will close today. The PQ Corporation plant at 1900 Columbus Ave. opened in 1889 and once shipped 150 million pounds of raw materials around the country annually. It had more than 88 workers before 1969, when the numbers fell to less than 20, plant coordinator Steve Sheets said. Another round of downsizing in 1997 trimmed staff to eight, and another recent cut made it six. The decision to close the plant came in March, Sheets said. Linda Dawson, Anderson’s director of economic development, said PQ Corporation’s closing in Anderson makes Barber Manufacturing Company the city’s oldest manufacturing business. Barber began operations in 1894.

Wal-Mart Gift Card Issue Affects Muncie

A technical problem meant that Wal-Mart shoppers — including some at one Muncie store — could not use gift cards the day after Christmas, the first day of redemption of more than $26 billion in cards purchased nationally. The nation’s largest retailer blamed the gift card difficulties on “processing errors with our third-party verifier’s systems” and apologized for the inconvenience to customers. In a media statement from Wal-Mart, they advised they were experiencing sporadic issues with gift card verifications due to processing errors with our third-party verifier’s systems, This delayed the processing of a small percentage of our gift card transactions, and the issue was resolved yesterday afternoon.

Special One Precinct Election Requested by Mansfield in Muncie Mayor Case

Democratic mayoral nominee James Mansfield announced late Thursday afternoon he was filing a petition seeking a “special election” in Muncie’s Precinct 46, where a recount commission last week disallowed 19 ballots, making Republican Sharon McShurley the next mayor. The recount commission had discovered 19 absentee ballot cards in Precinct 46 that were not endorsed with the initials of both a Republican and a Democratic election worker, as required by Indiana law. The ballots were missing the Republican initials. The three-member recount commission on Dec. 20 officially certified McShurley as the winner in the Muncie mayoral race, reversing earlier results that had Mansfield winning by nine (and later 11) votes.In the final recount, McShurley beat Mansfield by a count of 6,121 to 6,108. The recount commission had been appointed by Delaware Circuit Court 3 Judge Robert Barnet Jr. Mansfield’s petition, announcing he “desires to contest the election” of McShurley, was filed Thursday in the court of another Democratic judge, Wayne Lennington of Circuit Court 5.

Teenage Sniper Sentenced to 42 Years in Prison for Killing

A troubled youth was no excuse for killing someone who had never hurt him, a judge said Thursday in sentencing a teenager to 42 years in prison for killing one man and wounding another in a series of 2006 Indiana highway sniper shootings.  Zachariah Blanton from Gaston had faced trial on charges of murder, attempted murder and criminal recklessness. But he pleaded guilty earlier this month to lesser charges of voluntary manslaughter with a deadly weapon and criminal recklessness. He received a concurrent two-year sentence for the criminal recklessness charge. Prosecutors said Blanton fired his hunting rifle into Interstate 65 traffic on July 23, 2006, from an overpass near Seymour killing Jerry L. Ross of New Albany.