GM and Playground Plant to be Demolished in Anderson

Two prominent plants in Anderson will be demolished in the next couple of years, said Michael Widing, director of building and planning for the Department of Municipal Development. General Motors will demolish the Guide Corp. plant on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard. Widing said he issued a demolition permit to North American Demolition Services for the property. They will soon start asbestos removal and demolition for the building, which is a 15- to 18-month process, Widing said.  He also issued an order to demolish the American Playground building, at the corner of 19th and Jackson streets, earlier this year. The owner, Phil Miller, told the Board of Public Safety he did not have the money to demolish the building.

Wiring Cause of Madison County Fire

Faulty electrical wiring is being blamed for a fire that heavily damaged a rural Anderson home early Wednesday.  Frankton Volunteer Fire Department Chief Rob Amick said firefighters were called to 2779 N. 100W about 12:50 a.m. Wednesday on a report of a structure fire. Flames were shooting from the roof when they arrived.   Amick said the fire was caused by faulty wiring underneath a utility room in the single-story home.   Firefighters had the blaze under control in about a half-hour, Amick said, but strong winds spread the fire quickly and made putting it out difficult.

Long Time Anderson Car Dealer to Close

Weidner Chevrolet Inc. will likely close next week as the result of a buyout from two other Anderson car dealerships.  Ed Martin Cadillac-GMC will take control of Weidner’s Chevrolet franchise, and Myers Autoworld, located just north of Weidner on Broadway, will take over Ed Martin’s GMC franchise once the deal is complete, said Weidner Chevrolet owner Randy Weidner.  Weidner’s last day of business will be Oct. 12, pending closing of the sale.  The dealership’s 52 employees learned last week that they would no longer have jobs with Weidner once the deal was complete. Many said they were not completely surprised by the news, since rumors of the dealership closing had circulated for years.

Police Seek Truck in Fatal Accident Which Kills Local Pastor

Police continue to seek the driver of a pickup truck involved in a New Castle accident with has now claimed the life of a Muncie pastor.    Samuel W. Everhart of Muncie has died from injuries he received in the Monday accident.   The crash was caused by the driver of the pickup truck which left the scene.  Everhart was airlifted to Indianapolis Methodist Hospital following the accident.    According to investigators, the pickup truck pulled into the path of Everhart’s northbound car.  The Muncie man changed lanes to avoid hitting the pickup, then was struck in the rear by another northbound vehicle.  That impact forced Everhart’s car across the center line and into the southbound lanes, where it collided head-on with a southbound Eaton emergency transport van driven by Donette Trosper of Muncie.    Occupants of that van were treated for minor injuries at Henry County Memorial Hospital.

Muncie Man Charged with Leaving Accident Scene

A Muncie man was arrested Monday for leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.   Jacob Lee Crowder was arrested as his home as a result of the accident, which injured four people.  It happened on North Walnut Street near Royerton Road.   Crowder was preliminarily charged with driving while intoxicated, criminal recklessness and leaving the scene of an accident.   He was going nearly 80 mph when he struck the rear of a van driven by Travis Twilley also of Muncie.

BSU to Offer Emergency Response Training

A $2.5 million federal grant will help Ball State University train emergency response officials nationwide.  The grant is from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and funds will be used to improve the communication skills of 911 dispatchers, on-scene commanders and public information officers. The goal is to educate responders in how to better communicate information to the public during a disaster, said Thad Godish, a Ball State natural resources professor who helped draft the grant proposal.

BSU Student Escapes Rollover Accident En Route to Class

A Ball State student from Albany escaped from his wrecked car after a crash en route to campus yesterday morning.   Josh Campbell got out of the vehicle by kicking out the windshield.   The accident happened on Indiana 67 near Delaware County 400 North.  Campbell’s van rolled over when he stopped abruptly to avoid hitting another car.

Fire Breaks Out on Muncie's South Liberty Street

A raging fire broke out last night on south Liberty Street in Muncie, eventually involving two structures.   Fire units were called to 1810 S. Liberty around 10 p.m. last night.  Flames also spread to a house next door.    Power lines in the area were also arc’ing and sparking as a result of the blaze.   Occupants of the structures safely escaped according to fire officials.   No cause has as yet been determined.

Bus Firm Wants to Purchase Former GM Property in Anderson

ABBCO has submitted a letter of intent to purchase some former General Motors property from the Anderson  Redevelopment Commission.  Gregory and Zonda Jarvis, owners of ABBCO, said the bus company currently is contracted with Anderson Community Schools for 21 buses.  The company would purchase about five acres of land on Noble Street, adjacent to the railroad tracks. The land was part of the Columbus Avenue properties that previously belonged to GM. The couple offered $80,000 for the property, plus fees for survey work and other stipulations.  The property, which has a pole barn on it, would be used for bus maintenance and repairs, Zonda Jarvis said.

Madison County Airport Project Controversy Grows

Having taken the lead on a proposal to bring a new airport to Madison County, the Anderson Board of Aviation Commissioners is now feeling the brunt of opposition to the project.  During the board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, several opponents voiced their opinions. Susan Campbell, part of a two-person steering committee from airport opposition group No-Fly Zone, characterized the feasibility study for the project as “flawed.”   In May, the town of Fishers initiated a feasibility study concerning the relocation of Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport to southwest Madison County.  Board President Tony Rogers said the study was wide in scope, and might contain errors, but he asserted that more information was needed.   Rogers said he believes No-Fly Zone represents perhaps 20 to 30 airport opponents and is trying to make a decision for all of Madison County’s 130,000 residents.