City to Spend $150K on Sidewalk Accessibility

The city of Muncie will be spending about $150,000 to make downtown sidewalks and curbs accessible to the disabled. Mayor Sharon McShurely originally brought up the problem at the recent meeting of the Muncie Downtown Business Council. She told the gathering that she planned to repair about 27 sidewalk curb cuts that do not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. She stated that not doing so could make the city liable for legal action.

Muncie Mayor Issues Media Directive to City Employees

Mayor Sharon McShurley has issued new rules to city employees, regarding their speaking to the news media. She says comments to the media must be reviewed in advance and approved by the mayor. The memo announcing the policy states employees must “notify their immediate supervisor in advance of a media interview, and to the maximum extent practicable, to have a supervisor present during interviews.” One exception to the policy are police and fire personnel during breaking news situations.

ISP Arrests Man for Growing Marijuana

A Delaware County man is currently in jail facing charges regarding cultivation and growing of marijuana. John Barnhouse was arrested Tuesday evening. Ron Halbert, Indiana State Police Senior Trooper, received a tip from the drug task force. Police located seven plants in a garage and about 10 grams of marijuana inside the Barnhouse residence.

Delaware County Health Department Spraying for Mosquitoes

The Delaware County Health Department is out spraying for moquitos. The began the process with mosquitoes found at the Delaware County Fairgrounds tested positive for the West Nile Virus. Last year, there were 24 human cases of West Nile Virus in Indiana, compared to the worst year, 2002, when there were 293 humans cases. People age 50 and older are at greatest risk for serious illness and even death from West Nile Virus, state officials say.

Muncie Man Fires Shots During Disagreement with Boss

A Muncie man fired shots in a confrontation with his former boss. Darryl Fletcher was arrested Monday on two preliminary counts of criminal recklessness with a firearm, a class C felony carrying a standard prison sentence of four years. Fletcher’s former employer went to Fletcher’s house to retrieve equipment which the former employee had in his possession. The employer’s name was not revealed. Fletcher was released after posting $10,000 bond.

Anderson Community Schools Working on Budget Preparation

Anderson Community Schools is currently working on its first budget request, since funding by the state has been withdrawn. The district is expected to lose about $2 million as a result of property tax relief funding changes. Another factor affecting the budget are about 200 students had left the district to enroll at the Anderson Preparatory Academy, The Anderson school board hopes to vote on the new budget during its September meeting.

Fallen Madison County Soldier Laid to Rest

It was a sad day in Pendelton and Madison County yesterday as a fallen soldier was laid to rest. National Guard Staff Sgt. Brian K. Miller was killed August 2nd in Iraq. Among those speaking during the services at Pendelton Heights Middle School was Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.