Another Mayoral Debate Creates Controversy

About 300 people attended a session last night, sponsored by the Delaware County property tax repeal group. Candidates for the upcoming election all spoke, including the candidates for mayor. During the session, Republican Sharon McShurely accused Democrat Jim Mansfield of having others write his closing statements. Mansfield denied that charge.

Free Concerts at Indiana Wesleyan University

Two musical performances will be highlights of the 2007 Indiana Music Teachers Association Conference, which will be hosted today and Saturday by Indiana Wesleyan University. About 80 music teachers from Indiana are expected for the conference.
There is no admission charge for any of the performances, which will be in Baker Recital Hall at IWU’s Phillippe Performing Arts Center.

More Problems For Released Convict

A man previously convicted of murder as a teenager has been arrested again on drunken driving charges. Marcus Q. Vicks was 17 when convicted of killing Donald Shreves. He was killed by Vicks in Heekin Park back in August of 1994. He received a 35 year sentence. Vicks was arrested early yesterday morning when a police officer saw him driving erratically on 10th Street. He was also previously convicted on DWI charges in Madison County in both March and November of 2006.

Released Convict Arrested Again for DWI

A man previously convicted of murder as a teenager has been arrested again on drunken driving charges. Marcus Q. Vicks was 17 when convicted of killing Donald Shreves. He was killed by Vicks in Heekin Park back in August of 1994. He received a 35 year sentence. Vicks was arrested early yesterday morning when a police officer saw him driving erratically on 10th Street. He was also previously convicted on DWI charges in Madison County in both March and November of 2006.

More Get Stuck in BSU Elevators

Yet another Ball State elevator entrapment yesterday evening — this time at the Studebaker West residence hall complex. The Muncie Fire Department responded to that alarm and had the people out of the elevator shortly after they arrived on the scene.

Roundabout Opens Friday in Muncie

Traffic will be flowing again south of Muncie’s downtown on Friday, when the new roundabout opens. Located at Walnut and Seymour streets and sporting colorful flowers, Muncie residents will be able to begin using the roundabout Friday afternoon. The construction has impeded traffic flow in the area, during the construction process. There is also a bronze statue in the roundabout, it’s know as the Passing of the Buffalo.

Chesterfield Fires Were Arson

Those two early morning fires we told you about yesterday were arson. Chesterfield firefighters were called first to an abandoned house which was ablaze, shortly after 7 a.m. yesterday. The fire was quickly extinguished. Less than an hour later, a second fire broke out at the Senior Shopping Service in Chesterfield. That fire was also put out quickly. I talked with Chesterfield-Union Township fire chief Dave Gillespie who confirmed the arsons. He also expressed concern with the two fires having been set.

MRSA Found at Elwood Schools

An Elwood Community Schools student has been diagnosed with MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant form of staph bacteria. A letter was sent home Wednesday with Elwood students to their parents notifying them that a case of MRSA,had been confirmed in the school district. The letter, and information about MRSA, was also posted on the corporation’s Web site. Superintendent Tom Austin declined to release much information about the student diagnosed with the infection.

Anderson Reviews Snow Removal Plan

Keeping Anderson streets open and free of ice and snow will be the target of the city’s Snow Removal Task Force for winter 2007-2008. According to Mayor Kevin S. Smith’s directive, city department heads and supervisors have already met to plan this year’s winter weather attack. When snow accompanied by winds begins accumulating three inches or more, the Snow Removal Task Force will go into action. The city intends to marshal every piece of equipment in its fleet capable of pushing a snow blade.