Elwood-based tomato processor Red Gold Inc. is continuing its legacy of helping America’s military personnel. The company announced it is partnering with national nonprofit The Folds of Honor Foundation to raise awareness and financial support. The foundation provides educational scholarships to the children and spouses of those fallen or disabled while serving our nation.
Lucas Oil Stadium is officially a sensory-inclusive venue. The stadium is now equipped with sensory bags containing noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads. The kits are expected to help visitors who are sensitive to overstimulation and noise.
The United Way of Delaware and Henry Counties has announced they were able to raise more than 1-million-500-thousand dollars in their annual campaign. You can watch the entire presentation on the Facebook page at Muncie Journal dot com.
Indiana’s largest, free FAFSA filing event is now just 1 month away. On February 23rd, at 37 sites across Indiana, financial aid experts will once again help Hoosier families file the most important form for free money for college. This is the 31st year for College Goal Sunday in Indiana, an event that has helped tens of thousands of Hoosier families file the FAFSA.
A former Ingalls fire chief has accepted a plea agreement what will result in a minimum 15-year federal imprisonment. Brian Cushman admitted his sexually explicit conduct with a 17 year old girl between January 1st and June 9th, 2018. An investigation began, reports the Herald Bulletin, after a 14-year-old girl was found passed out on a sofa in Cushman’s home and a 17-year-old girl was found in his driveway by her father on June 9, 2018.
Ball State University President Geoffrey S. Mearns says a marketing professor committed a “gross error” and had an “unwarranted overreaction” when a student declined to move seats in a classroom. The Star Press reports a faculty member called police after the student refused to change seats. Two officers did respond but the professor has issued an apology for how he handled the incident.
Police say a third woman has been charged in the Jan. 12 slaying of a Portland man. 18 year old Hannah Knapke was charged with murder in connection with the slaying of 31-year-old Shea Michael Briar. The Star Press reports the victim was found on Jay County Road 125-W, near County Road 850-N, shortly before 2 a.m. on Jan. 12. A medical exam revealed Briar had been shot in the back.
Another delay is being requested by attorneys for former Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler in his federal theft trial. Tyler was arrested in November, charged with theft of government funds. His trial was originally set for this week, and then delayed until May 26th. Now his lawyers are looking for another delay because both attorneys will be out of the country for a conference on that date.
A third woman has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a man over an alleged custody dispute. The Jay County Prosecutor’s Office says a second 18-year-old, Hannah Knapke of Fort Recovery, Ohio, has been arrested and charged in the death of 31-year-old Shea Briar. This comes one week after 31-year-old Esther Stephen and 18-year-old Shelby Hiestand were also arrested and charged with murder.
One of Madison County’s largest employers plans to grow even more this year. Officials with Elwood-based Red Gold announced their intention to add two new processing lines to the company’s plant in northern Madison County, a project they termed “a multimillion-dollar expansion” of its operations that will add jobs and expand its footprint both locally and nationally.