F-15 crash

An F-15 fighter jet practicing field maneuvers crashed south of Vincennes yesterday, although the pilot is safe today thanks to his ejector seat. The Missouri Air National Guard jet was practicing with other jets over the Military Operating Area Red Hills near the Illinois state line. Members of the Indiana Guard have been deployed to secure the crash site. The crash is the 3rd such incident in the region of Southwestern Indiana in the past six years, following a one aircraft crash in 2001 and a fatal collision in 2004.

Indiana UMC conferences could unify

Church leaders from the largest Protestant denomination in Indiana face an important decision in coming weeks that could create a new conference for the United Methodist Church. With the goal of changing governance and reversing declining numbers, a reorganization plan is before the ballots of church leaders in both the North Indiana and South Indiana conferences that would create a new, unified conference governed with more input from individual congregations than from the conference downward. The results of the voting will not be known the public until June 9th, after the later round of balloting is conducted by the South Conference. If approved, the unification would come into affect in 2009.

Video game leads to real life violence

The simulated world of video games has lead to real violence and the arrest of a Muncie man. Robert Grow was arrested early Wednesday in the Hickory Haven Mobile Home Park after allegedly punching Lena Robinson in the face. The altercation reportedly stemmed from Robinson’s consoling of Grow’s son after an argument between Grow and Robinson’s boyfriend over a video game. After the arrest, Grow’s son and an 8-year old daughter were taken into custody of Child Protective Services and were later released to the care of their grandmother.

Local speller drops out of national bee

East Central Indiana’s representative in the Scripps National Spelling Bee lasted two rounds, but didn’t have a competitive score for the third round of competition. Star Press Regional Spelling Bee champion and Wilson Middle School eight-grader Lindsay Templeton successfully spelled her second round word, “defendant” in the oral competition, but hadn’t scored enough points in the earlier written round to continue in the competition. Although no longer continuing to spell, Lindsay and her mother will be able to enjoy an expenses paid trip to Washington DC. The spelling bee’s final rounds will continue today and can been viewed on TV. The semifinals air 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on ESPN, and the finals will run in primetime, 8-10 p.m. on ABC.

With the pending completion of the new multimillion dollar Nestlé beverage facility in Anderson drawing near, the company will be hosting special informational sessions on jobs. Discussion from Nestlé employees and representatives about the hiring process, benefits and what it’s like to work for Nestlé are on the agenda for half-hour sessions that will be repeated hourly on June 8th and 9th at the Wigwam. The overview and expectation setting sessions will be conducted by facilities manager Michael Strong, and will run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday the 8th, and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday the 9th.

Leaders ask "Why Elwood?"

City officials and leaders in Elwood are embarking on a new economic development campaign and are soliciting the help of residents. The theme of the marketing effort is the question: Why Elwood? The Chamber of Commerce roundtable is asking for candid input from citizens about the positives and negatives of their community. The goal of the effort is to balance the negative thoughts and perceptions often uttered by citizens concerned with taxes and job loss with the positives that the small community can offer. The next phase of the effort will be to take the positives gathered to shape a potential future marketing campaign to outside communities.

Recount hearing postponed

A hearing on an Anderson City Council election recount has been postponed until next week. Judge Fredrick Spencer of the Madison County Circuit Court moved the hearing from its scheduled 3 PM Wednesday time to next Tuesday at 10 AM after Antony Bibbs, former candidate and recount petitioner, obtained legal counsel. Bibbs will now be represented by Indianapolis attorney Mark King.

Healthy lifestyles on display at regional fair

The Living Lightly Fair is this weekend at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The fair will focus on healthy lifestyle choices and the impact not just on health, but also on the environment and finances. Although occurring in Muncie, the fair is being ran as a regional event, and will have input and involvement from area speakers, including a roundtable discussion on green developments to be led by Anderson City Planner Jim Haberek. The fair runs Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Rush hour fire in Indy

A gas-station fire rerouted traffic on a busy Indianapolis road late Wednesday afternoon. A car caught fire near 62nd Street and Allisonville Road on the northeast side of the city around 6:30 PM. Authorities blocked and redirected traffic around the fire site during the busy rush hour commute. Gas station officials were able to stabilize the situation by shutting off gasoline pumps, limiting the fire’s ability to spread.

Ivy Tech: fees up, but more transfer options

Students will see a larger tuition bill this fall at Ivy Tech. The Trustees there approved a 3.9 percent increase to annual tuition which will be phased in over the next two years. The move follows similar tuition increases at Indiana, Purdue and Ball State Universities. The Ivy Tech increases will be used to add faculty, control health insurance costs and improve technology. It’s not all bad news for Ivy Tech students; however, as the Community College and Indiana University also announced an agreement that will allow additional Ivy Tech courses to be used as transfer credit within the IU system.