Illegal student policy passing reading

The proposed South Madison Community School Corporation plan to remove students who attend school illegally, as first reported yesterday, passed an initial reading at the school board meeting last night. The policy targets students who live outside of district boundaries but who do not pay tuition fees. School growth is cited as a cause for the policy, which would also require repayment of tuition for students who are found to have been attending illegally.

Super 70 near half-way mark; changes coming soon

Commuters who use Interstate 70 to traverse Indianapolis’s east side and downtown will see a new side of the Super 70 project soon. With new westbound lanes nearing completion, engineers will soon begin diverting construction traffic off the eastbound lanes and onto the new westbound lanes. Lane configurations will swap several times over the initial three week period as engineers secure the transition. Some previously closed exit ramps will reopen for the first time in the project. The project is near its half-way point and is on target to finish in November. Commuters can track plans and changes via the Department of Transportation’s project website at

Remy says "business as usual" as Chapter 11 progress begins

 Anderson-based Remy International will undergo financial restructuring under terms reached this week with its bondholders. The company is now seeking to undergo Chapter 11 bankruptcy to cut its debt load in half. The plan will not adversely affect employees, who will continue to receive pay while business proceeds as normal. Company officials report hoping to emerge from proceedings by the end of September.

Experienced economic develop

Wells County has a new economic development director. Taylor University director of employer relations Michael Row has been tapped for the position and will begin on July 9th. Row previously worked with economic development in Grant County, serving on the County Council and the county’s Economic Growth Council.

Convicted mother is charged

A Muncie woman convicted of neglect for not intervening in the 2005 beating of her daughter by her husband was sentenced to a 10-year prison sentence. Thurma Conwell’s term was the maximum allowed under a plea agreement. Conwell did not speak at her hearing. Her husband, Aaron Conwell, stepfather to the battered girl, already has received a 40 year sentence on a conviction of battery and neglect.

School board seeks action on students attending illegally

The South Madison Community School Corporation will vote tonight on a new policy drafted by school administrators to eliminate illegal students from the district. Illegal students are those who reside outside of the district and attend schools there, but for whom no tuition is paid to the corporation. Students within a district see their parents’ taxes cover their expenses. Superintendent Dr. Thomas Warmke cites the growth of the corporation as requiring the move. The policy would require parents to sign an affidavit proving their residence within the district. Students who are found to attend illegally will be withdrawn and tuition repayment to the corporation will be required. Illegal students are often registered as living at the address of an acquaintance or relative.

New rule for rent… you'll have to knock first

Starting July 1st, landlords must given reasonable notice to their tenants before entering a rental unit. That’s due to a new state law that also addresses abandoned property left by a vacating tenant. Under the new provisions, a landlord will be required to store the property in a court approved location for 90 days, after which time it can be auctioned away, with proceeds used to pay for storage costs. The law also will provide greater flexibility for disposing of broken furniture and other abandoned items. Regarding the notice for entry provision, under previous state law, a landlord could enter a rental property without notification.

Concern to feature new "theme song" for Fort Wayne

County star Martina McBride’s Fort Wayne concert tomorrow night will also feature a performance of Fort Wayne’s new theme song. The concert will open with local musician Julie Hadaway, who will perform her song “Room for Dreams”, which was chosen by Fort Wayne as the theme for a rebranding and marketing effort. The concert tomorrow is at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Economic development group develops a new home

A local economic development group has relocated. The Innovation Connector, a business incubator for Muncie and Delaware County, moved earlier this week from houses adjacent to Ball State into a new downtown facility provided by Old National Bank. Continued building projects at the University are cited as one cause for the change, with the University seeking to add new residential facilities in campus out-growths.

Indy traffic changes forthcoming

If you’re planning on driving around Indianapolis, you may soon see some big changes. The city has renamed the Airport Expressway as the Sam Jones Expressway, honoring the former president of the Indianapolis Urban League who passed away in 2003. The naming is also appropriate as the completion of the new Midfield Terminal project at the Indianapolis International Airport will see the current expressway no longer serving the airport terminal. A more pressing change will occur on the north side, with the closing of the Westfield Boulevard bridge over I-465. The Indiana Department of Transportation says the bridge is the lowest crossing over the busy beltway and has seen many accidents. A new, taller bridge will be erected, which will see Westfield Boulevard be closed for two to three months at the crossing, starting after the Independence Day holiday. 96th Street, College Avenue and 106th Street will serve as detours during the construction.