Citing unconstitutional vagueness, a federal judge struck down the 1998 Child Online Protection Act yesterday. US District Judge Lowell Reeds ruling points to harmful First Amendment restrictions within the law and the availability of filtering software that can be installed by parents to protect children as underlying reasons to strike the law.
The Dunkirk Community Center will be rented by Jay County Schools for practices and competition space. The Jay School Board agreed to the rental this week to provide the space to West Jay Middle School and Westlawn Elementary School. The school system will incur a $2,400 annual fee and a $20 fee for each game played in the facility.
Heavy rains overnight and throughout the day have caused several areas of flooding. Several motorists were stranded in high waters earlier today, including two that were completely submerged at the Madison Street Underpass and at Bunch Boulevard and Jackson Street respectively. Indiana State Police Saergent Rod Russell is advising motorists to avoid areas of high water on roadways and to not attempt to drive through those areas.
Property assessment changes will mean spring property tax bills wont be mailed in May. Final tax rates and budgets are still pending from the Indiana Department of Local Government, which means local property owners likely wont see their bills until June or July, although this also means that the deadline for homestead and property tax exemptions will also be extended to June 10th. Assessments hit the mail this week. Property owners have 45 days to make appeals on assessed values.
The north end of South View elementary school has been approved for usage. That end houses the gymnasium and cafeteria. A roof in the south end of the building collapsed after a February snow storm. Muncie Community Schools officials closed the building and shuffled students to other elementary schools within the
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.
Calvin DeForest, also known as Larry Bud Melman to David Letterman fans, has died. The 85 year old DeForest appeared for twenty years on Lettermans Late Night and Late Show programs as the eccentric Melman character. He had made appearances at Lettermans alma mater
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