Anderson’s Victory Through Truth Ministries church was damaged by fire Sunday afternoon. It’s not known if the fire were accidental or caused by lightning and storms in Most of the fire damage was in the church’s attic, according to the Anderson Fire Department.
An employee at Anderson’s Old Navy store has been arrested for theft. Rebecca Ann Jones was charged with stealing about $1,600 by doing fradulent returns of stolen merchandise to the store. She is accused of ringing up merchandise for customers and keeping the receipts. The next day she would use the receipts to return unpurchased merchandise and then pocket the money, according to police.
Election statistics being analyzed indicate that Democrat Jim Mansfield earned over 700 more absentee votes than did Republican challenger Sharon McShurely. In Delaware County, historically absentee ballots have been predominately Democratic. About 29 percent of the vote for Mansfield was by absentee ballot, while McShurely got about 12 percent.
Five Muncie Northside students were injured in an accident while on a school bus headed home from school. The accident was caused by a driver who was using and dropped his cell phone. All but one of the students were treated and released at Ball Hospital, and one remained for observation. The bus driver, Storm Russell, was also slightly injured. A vehicle driven by Albert Blair of Milton, Indiana crashed into the bus on East Centennial Avenue.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Department will be taking part in a holiday safe driving program. Additional officers will be out during the upcoming holidays to enforce seat belt use, safe driving practices, and to look for drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs. The enforcement program begins Sunday and continues through Thanksgiving
The Anderson City Council reviewed and passed two ordinances last night. They affect businesses which serve alcoholic beverages or which sell adult oriented products. Any new bar or tavern must be built on land covering at least 25,000 square feet. Some council members thought the space requirement was excessive and would hurt small businesses. It was the third reading for the ordinances.
Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith accepted the Indiana Chamber of Commerce award last night in Indianapolis. Last month, the chamber honored Anderson as the Community of the Year. The award was presented during the Chamber’s 18th annual awards dinner, held at the Indiana Convention Center.
Mary Slafkosky has been appointed the Muncie Children’s Museum’s new executive director. She replaces Jama Cashdollar, who resigned in August to accept a position with AIG in Charlotte, N.C. Before that, Lenette Freeman, now director at Cardinal Greenway, was the executive director. Slafkosky starts on December 10th.
The United Way of Delaware County is taking part in a new prescription drug discount card program. Known as FamilyWize, the cards permit individuals to save at the drugstore, even if they have no health insurance coverage. For those who do have insurance, the cards can be used to cover medications which are not covered by their plans. The average saving is about 20% per prescription. The cards can actually be printed out online at www.uwdcin.org.
A Rushville man died in a Wednesday afternoon crash on I-70. The late afternoon crash closed both lanes of the busy interstate until nearly 10 p.m. last night. Dead is Stephen J. Price. For unknown reasons, his pickup truck was eastbound on I-70 when he struck another vehicle and a semi. The other drivers were not injured. The wreck closed I-70 just west of the Henry County line.