Swimming Pool Status for Memorial Day and Beyond

Tuhey Pool — Muncie

# Where: Wheeling Avenue at North Street, Muncie.

# Memorial Day weekend: Closed Memorial Day weekend; opens June 2.

# Regular hours: Noon-5 p.m. daily.

# Admission: $4 a person general admission, $2 for YMCA members, $10 for family, $6 for YMCA member families.

# Special features: Swim lessons; pool available for rentals in the evening.

# Information: 747-4734 (Pool) 288-4448 (YMCA) or www.muncieymca.org

Prairie Creek Lake

# Where: 7801 Delaware County Road 560-E at C.R. 450-S, Selma

# Memorial Day weekend: Holiday opening tentative due to staff constrictions; call for information.

# Regular hours: Noon-5 p.m. daily

# Admission: $1 for children ages 2-12, $1.50 for ages 13 and older.

# Information: 747-4886 (Muncie Parks Dept.)

Hartford City Memorial Pool

# Where: 1901 W. Water St., Hartford City

# Memorial Day weekend: Closed Memorial Day weekend; opens first weekend in June.

# Regular hours: Noon-7 p.m. Monday- Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday

# Admission: Free for children 6 and younger, $1.50 for ages 7-17, $2 for 18 and older; single summer pass $30, family pass $50.

# Special features: Swim lessons; contact pool to register.

# Information: (765)348-0412

Summit Lake State Park Beach

# Where: 5993 N. Messick Road, New Castle

# Regular hours: Sunrise to sunset, beachhouse open 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily

# Admission: Beach is free, but the park has an entrance fee per car: $4 weekdays, $5 weekends, $7 for out-of-state cars.

# Special features: No lifeguards, so swim at your own risk. Beachhouse and concession stand.

# Information: (765) 766-5873

Middletown Water Park

# Where: Middletown

# Memorial Day weekend: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday

# Regular hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily

# Admission: Free

# Special features: Water park consists of spraying water and fountains.

Portland Municipal Pool

# Where: 304 S. Hayes St., Portland

# Memorial Day weekend: Open 1-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday.

# Regular hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-5p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Adult swim (ages 18 and older) 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday.

# Admission: $3 a person 1-5 p.m., $2 a person 7-9 p.m.

# Special features: Water aerobics Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 5-6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-noon. Swim lessons and season passes.

Union City Pool

# Where: 1722 W. Union City Pike, Union City.

# Memorial Day weekend hours: Noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

# Regular hours: Noon-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday.

# Admission: $1.50 for students, $2 for adults, $40 individual season pass, $60 family season pass for up to five people additional members $10 each.

# Special features: Pool available for private rentals.

# Information: (765) 964-6160

Goodrich Pool

# Where: 611 N. Union St., Winchester.

# Memorial Day weekend hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

# Regular hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

# Admission: Free for ages five and younger. Free Sundays for all ages. Otherwise admission is $2 ages 5-16, and $3 for ages 17 and older. Season passes are $40 for age 16 and younger, $50 for 17 and older, $70 for a family of four people or fewer, $80 for a family of five or more.

# Special features: Pool available for private rentals. Swim lessons by YMCA.

# Information: Pool: (765) 584-6702; YMCA: (765) 584-9622

Mounds State Pool

# Where: 4306 Mounds Road, Anderson.

# Memorial Day weekend hours: Noon-6 p.m. daily.

# Regular hours: Noon-6 p.m. daily.

# Admission: $2 for age four and older; free for age three and younger. Twenty-five-visit passes $35. Park entrance fee is $4 a car Monday-Thursday, $5 Friday-Sunday, $7 for out-of-state vehicles.

# Special features: Major renovation including new splash pad, deck, vending and slide.

# Information: (765) 642-6627

Splash House — Marion

#Adams and 26th streets

#11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cost: $5 for adults; $4 for children 3 to 18; free for children 2 and younger.

Southside Pool — Anderson

#4530 S. Madison Avenue

Opening Saturday, May 31st

Information (765) 648-6858

Smoking Ban Under Consideration in Grant County

A smoking ban may be formally brought to Grant County commissioners within the next couple of months, but in the meantime, an education campaign is in the works to try to inform residents about the harmful effects of second-hand smoke. Lisa Couch, tobacco prevention coordinator for the county, said in lieu of another town hall meeting, the Grant County Health Board decided to focus on events and projects to illustrate the negative effects of smoking and how a smoking ban would be beneficial. Dr. John Kennedy, county health officer, said he will present to commissioners a proposal soon that would ban smoking in all public places, including restaurants, bars, bowling alleys and private clubs. He said the health department was awaiting the release of a study on restaurants and secondhand smoke, and for Taylor University students to complete a telephone survey of county residents.

Woman Robbed at Southern Pines Housing Project

A mother of three young children was attacked in her south Muncie apartment late Tuesday by a group of thieves demanding cash. Police were called to an apartment at Southern Pines public housing complex just before midnight, where the victim said three suspects forced their way in, choked her and demanded cash. The suspects also demanded money from the victim’s boyfriend while her 3-week-old infant and other toddler children slept in other rooms. The suspects fled on foot, and police apprehended two suspects, later identified as Andre Johnson and Frederick D. Perry. A third suspect, Jeremy Brown, was not immediately arrested.

Special Judge to Hear Mick Alexander Case

A special judge has been named in the high-profile bribery cases of attorney Michael Alexander and his longtime investigator Jeff Hinds. Jay Circuit Court Judge Brian D. Hutchison was appointed recently by the Indiana Supreme Court to preside over the cases. Alexander’s trial on conspiracy to commit bribery is set for July 28, while Hinds’ trial on bribery is set for July 14. Alexander, a former county prosecutor, was accused of conspiring with Hinds and a client, Christopher Bryant, to bribe witnesses Stanley Chrisp and his sons, Adrian Kirtz and Stanley Wills.

Trains to Increase Speeds in Eaton

Starting Tuesday, Norfolk Southern will raise its track speed through Eaton to 50 miles per hour for freight trains that carry box cars, tankers and hoppers. The railroad will bump that speed up to 60 miles per hour next month for intermodal trains that typically carry semi and ship containers. Indiana Avenue is the main street through town, and its crossing with Norfolk Southern has lights but no gates. The other town crossing — at Harris Street — has lights and gates. The current speed for most of Norfolk Southern’s freight trains through town is 40 mph. Some residents and public safety officials are concerned about the speed increase.

Washington-Carver Elementary School Likely to Close Permanently Next Week

When Washington-Carver Elementary School in Muncie closes on Wednesday, it could be for good. A plan to continue to house three special-education preschool classes and offices for other school programs such as Delaware-Blackford Special Education Cooperative and Twenty-First Century Scholars could change if approved by the board at its regular board meeting Tuesday. The district is looking for tenants to lease space in the building as it did with the former Riley Elementary School building. Under the new plan, special education preschool classes in the school will be relocated to other city schools.

Muncie Hires New Fireman Even with Budget Concerns

Despite city budget constraints, the Muncie Fire Merit Commission hired a new firefighter on Wednesday, bringing the department up to its full manpower of 110. Commission member Sandra Kelly agreed to appoint recruit Chad Smith as long as he knew he would be the first to go. Fire Chief Eric Wilson asked for the new appointment, while Mayor Sharon McShurley had asked the fire union to delay hiring new firefighters.  Members of Firefighters Local 1348 recently decided to honor their contract with the city that calls for 100 firefighters. The agreement also calls for 28 firefighters on each shift along with a battalion chief.

Elderly Anderson Man Kills Ex-Wife

An Anderson man shot his 77-year-old ex-wife in the chest Wednesday before summoning authorities to the scene, according to Anderson police. The victim was pronounced dead less than an hour later. Donald Johnson, was taken to the jail on suspicion of a single count of murder, according to Joel Sandefur, public information officer for the Anderson Police Department. Johnson called Anderson police dispatch at 2:19 p.m., saying he’d just shot his ex-wife, (Fredricka J.) Johnson, and that he still had the gun in his pocket. When APD units arrived on scene at 808 Nichol Ave., officers found the suspect standing outside his residence.

Anderson Getting New Dollar General Store

Mayor Kris Ockomon and Ivan Planck of Planck Construction broke ground Wednesday on a 9,000-square-foot retail building on Anderson’s west side, in the 1800 block of Raible Avenue, that will house a Dollar General store. The site of the new building had formerly been a car lot and a residence.

Anderson Teacher Writes Offensive Note to Student

A teacher has been reprimanded for writing a disciplinary note recommending that a high school student be exiled and banished “from the human race.”
Anderson Community Schools Superintendent Mikella Lowe said science teacher Paul Tappan’s statement was inappropriate and that principals at Anderson High School had taken steps to ensure that it did not happen again.

Because the matter is a personnel issue, Lowe said she could not give further details. However, Tappan’s job is secure, she said