Federal Judge revokes 1998 law

Citing unconstitutional vagueness, a federal judge struck down the 1998 Child Online Protection Act yesterday. US District Judge Lowell Reed’s 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.

Dunkirk Center to be rented by School system

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 […]

State Police advise against driving through high water

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 […]

Property assesment changes delay May billing

Property assessment changes will mean spring property tax bills won’t 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 won’t see their bills until June or July, although this also means that the deadline for homestead and property tax […]

Muncie elementary school approved for partial reopening

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 Muncie system. Officials are […]

TIF district and community gateway planned

Yorktown is planning for a new tax increment financing district in a recently annexed high growth area along county road 600-W. The area includes a new home center for TK Constructors and the new AccuTech Systems facility. The town council also plans to build a gateway to the community at the intersection of County Road […]

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 […]

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.

Muncie Young Professionals Group presents leadership seminar

Young professionals in Muncie are invited to a leadership seminar. The Muncie Young Professionals Group is sponsoring the eight-week session which will include project planning and workshops. Applications have a due date of April 1st with a $250 fee for participants, although qualifying financial assistance may be available. The program will begin in May.

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 […]