Parade cancelled

The Muncie St. Patrick’s Day parade has been cancelled. Not enough entries made it fail to qualify as an actual parade and did not create enough revenue to justify the cost of insurance and safety needs.

Off to the races!

Another great sign of spring: Horses are back in training at Hoosier Park for the upcoming Standardbred meet. The 16th season gets underway Tuesday, March 24 for the 80-day race meet, and the first round of qualifiers is set for Tuesday, March 10.

Guilty plea for fake pregnancy

A NORTHERN INDIANA WOMAN HAS PLEADED GUILTY TO CHARGES THAT SHE FAKED A PREGNANCY TO BILK $2,500 FROM A NEW YORK COUPLE HOPING TO ADOPT THE CHILD. THIRTY-TWO-YEAR-OLD SONA LOUISE DODSON OF KENDALLVILLE WAS SENTENCED TO ONE YEAR AND NINE MONTHS IN JAIL.

Temporary Judge placed

The Indiana Supreme Court has chosen Anderson attorney Geoffrey Yelton to serve as the temporary judge for Madison Superior Court 4. The justices unanimously chose him to serve until a permanent replacement can by selected by Gov. Mitch Daniels. Yelton has been in that role since shortly after Judge David W. Hopper’s death on Feb. 25.

Daniels supports ammendment to keep property tax caps

GOVERNOR MITCH DANIELS TOLD A RALLY OF A COUPLE HUNDRED PEOPLE IN THE STATEHOUSE ROTUNDA THAT LAWMAKERS SHOULD SUPPORT AMENDING PROPERTY TAX LIMITS INTO THE STATE CONSTITUTION. HE TOLD THE CHEERING CROWD THAT PROPERTY TAX CAPS BELONG THERE SO THAT JUDGES OR LAWMAKERS CAN‘T OVERRULE OR REPEAL THE LIMITS CURRENTLY IN STATE LAW. THE RALLY INCLUDED A GROUP FROM MUNCIE.

IRS help available

IRS employees will be available at participating IRS offices to prepare basic returns for persons whose income was less than $42,000 in 2008. Many of these taxpayers may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. Super Saturday is March 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the IRS office in Muncie, as well as several other locations statewide.