Ball State Sets Up Emergency Notification System

An emergency text message service is the latest method Ball State University will use to warn students and other members of the university community of a potential crisis on campus. The opt-in message service will send emergency bulletins via cell phones to all students, faculty and staff who sign up online.  School officials say the service will be used for immediate situations that demand attention, like weather cancellations, tornado sirens or imminent threats on campus. Recipients of the emergency messages are asked to follow instructions and take immediate action.

Area Libraries Offer Videos Online

Patrons of two libraries in East Central Indiana now can download classic and independent movies, cooking shows, travel specials and health advice for free as part of a new partnership with MyLibraryDV.   The Muncie Public Library added the service to its Web site in August, and the New Castle-Henry County Public Library implemented it back in April.  Users go to the library’s Web site and click on the MyLibraryDV link. First, they must download the free player to their computer, and then can browse a directory of more than 450 topics and titles.

Anderson Police Search for Bank Robber

Anderson Police Department is looking for a man in connection with a bank robbery Friday at the National City branch, 111 E. 29th St.
He took an undisclosed amount of money.  After he fled on foot, police searched for him with the aid of a canine, but the suspect hasn’t been apprehended.

Alexandria Teenagers Hurt in Crash

Three area teenagers were hospitalized Monday after an early morning accident near Alexandria.  Haley Hayes, 16, of Fairmount and Shane Swift, 17, of Alexandria were transported by PHI Air Aimbulance to Indianapolis after the pickup truck they were riding in left the roadway and struck two trees. The driver, 16-year-old Steven Guffey of Alexandria, was taken to Community Hospital and treated for abrasions and a laceration to the head.  According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Guffey’s 1986 Ford pickup was southbound on County Road 100 East, just south of County Road 1150 North, shortly before 5 a.m. Monday when it ran off the road, glanced off one tree and struck another one.  It was unclear Monday why the vehicle left the roadway.

Anderson's Hoosier Park Now in Thoroughbred Racing Season

Hoosier Park opened its 13th season of thoroughbred racing in style on Saturday. In addition to a full 13-race schedule, festivities included live music, crowd performers and T-shirt giveaways.  The 13-race schedule for the evening featured nine thoroughbred races and four quarter-horse races, with 124 total horses competing.  Official attendance figures had not been released yet, but officials said they would not be surprised if there were 4,000 people in attendance.

Anderson Legislators Support Mass Transit Plan

State Rep. Terri Austin led a panel of state lawmakers in discussing the feasibility and economic impact of enhancing Indiana’s mass transit systems through the expansion of commuter rail lines and bus systems.  Legislators discussed these important issues on Thursday during the first meeting of the Joint Study Committee on Mass Transit and Transportation Alternatives, of which Austin is a co-chair. Sen. Tim Lanane of Anderson Austin sponsored the legislation through Senate Bill 105. Testifying before the committee on Thursday was Chris Kiefer, Legislative Affairs Director for the Indiana Department of Transportation. Kiefer provided the panel with an overview of the state and federal funding available for mass transit programs. According to Kiefer, most dollars are placed directly into the hands of local and regional mass transit agencies that use the money to their discretion with little input from INDOT.

Marion Man Dies in Crash into Building

A Marion man is dead after he crashed his van into an apartment building at 1020 W. Delphi Pike at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday.  Marion Police Officer Kyle Young said two witnesses were standing on the porch of their apartment building, when they saw a van coming toward them at a high-rate of speed. They said they heard a horn honk two or three times, Young said. The van then jumped the curb, went up onto the grass and struck the concrete porch of the apartment building. The building sits where Third Street jogs right and becomes Delphi Pike before becoming Second Street.  The driver of the van, Gregory W. Gadd, was taken to Marion General Hospital by ambulance and was later transported to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, where he was pronounced dead at 3:39 a.m.

MDA Telethon Sets New Record

Jerry Lewis’ Labor Day telethon raised a record amount over the weekend.  $63.8 million will go towards the fight against muscular dystrophy.   The event ran over 21 hours from a Las Vegas casino.  Ed McMahon made his 40th appearance as a co-host and anchor.  One of the show’s major contributors, the International Association of Firefighters, presented checks in the amount of $25 million  from their fund raising effort.

New BSU Traffic Plan for Football Stadium Works Well

Ball State’s new football parking and routing plan seemed to work out well for last night’s season opener.   Attendees were able to get into their seats quickly, and access to the tailgating area was also improved.   Ball State’s police department said there were no accident reports in the pre-game period, and traffic moved smoothly.