Ice storm – two years later

January 5, 2005 – if you lived in East Central Indiana on that date two years ago, you remember what was going on.  A huge ice storm caked tree limbs and power lines with at least a half-inch of ice.  90% of Indiana-Michigan’s cutomers in the region lost power.  I&M spokesman Jim Riggle says company officials learned they need to better communicate with customers.  Meanwhile the company’s tree-trimming program continues.  Riggle says it’s only 20% complete.

Delaware County Emergency Management Director Bill Gosnell says they’ve improved the Emergency Operations and 911 Communications Center in the basement of the Justice Center in the two years since the storm.  He also says lines of communication need to be better with community agencies, although they were already pretty good before the ice storm struck.

Friday 1/5 sports briefs

The road to the Super Bowl begins Saturday afternoon for the Indianapolis Colts as they host Kansas City at the RCA Dome in the AFC Playoffs beginning at 4:30.

It’s a doubleheader Saturday for Ball State basketball…the men host Toledo at 1 p.m. and the women host Western Michigan beginning at 4:30.

Men’s action from Thursday night had IPFW over Anderson, Indiana State beat Creighton, IUPUI falling to Oakland and Valparaiso over Centenary.

The Pacers lost in Dallas 100-91.  They’re at New Orleans/Oklahoma City Saturday night.

Yorktown won the Delaware County wrestling meet Thursday night with Delta finishing second.  In dual meet action Muncie Central lost to Richmond.

It’s a big doubleheader weekend for a number of high school boy’s basketball teams.  Girl’s basketball from Thursday night had Muncie Southside over Blackford.

Boy’s swimming had Anderson Highland over Muncie Central, Muncie Southside over Adams Central, Blackford over Elwood, Delta over Pendleton Heights and Jay County falling to Bellmont.

Girl’s swimming had Anderson Highland over Muncie Central, Adams Central over Muncie Southside, Elwood over Blackford, Pendleton Heights over Delta and Jay County falling to Bellmont.

Art Shell is out as head coach of the Oakland Raiders…meanwhile Steelers head coach Bill Cowher will reportedly resign Friday, and Nick Saban was introduced Thursday as the new head coach at Alabama.

Randy Johnson has reportedly agreed to a contract extension with the Arizona Diamondbacks should his trade from the Yankees be completed.

Ice storm – two years later

January 5, 2005 – if you were living in East Central Indiana on that date two years ago you remember what happened.  A huge ice storm caked tree limbs and power lines with at least a half-inch of ice.  Over 90% of Indiana-Michigan’s customers in the region lost power.  Spokesman Jim Riggle says the company learned that it needs to do a better job of communicating what’s going on to customers. Meanwhile a tree-trimming effort has helped reduce the number of outages, but Riggle says the work is only 20% complete.  The tree-trimming project started in the company’s northern service area and made it this way in the months following the ice storm.

Meanwhile Delaware County Emergency Management Director Bill Gosnell says they’ve improved the emergency operations and 911 communications center and are better prepared to handle any future events like an ice storm.  Gosnell says they’ve always had good lines of communication with I&M and that he would like to have better lines of communication with other community organizations.  However he believes they were already good before the ice storm…he just wants them to get even better.

Department changes

New Grant County Assessor Tami Martin has eliminated the position of supervisor for the reassessment department.  It just so happens that job was held by Jerry Walters, the wife of former Assessor Jay Walters, who support Martin’s opponent in the primary election.

Dogs were likely used to train others for dogfighting

Hamilton County authorities say eight badly-abused dogs found running loose the weekend of December 15 were likely used to train other dogs for dogfighting.  They also think the dogfighting ring is located in another county.  The abused dogs were taken to the county animal shelter.  The dogs had on collars similar to ones found on dogs seized during a Muncie drug raid December 20.

New sheriff = changes

New Hancock County Sheriff Bud Gray has made several changes to the department.  He’s placed deputies and dispatchers on 12-hour shifts and has put five new people in the department’s detective division.  The department’s K-9 unit is also being revived.