Anderson City Council Approves Resolution to Bring Jobs

After 3 1/2 hours of debate last night Anderson City Council unanimously approved a resolution to help First Realty LLC bring 500 jobs to Anderson.   These are the jobs announced earlier in the week by state and local officials.  The positions are in a call center to be operated by Affiliated Services.   Originally, the council was set to vote on an ordinance that would allow issuance of a TIF bond to First Realty LLC in the amount of $850,000.  Mayor Kevin Smith’s administration presented the council with a resolution to give the company $640,000 from the food and beverage fund over a five-year period instead. It would pay the interest on bonds that broker First Realty takes out to make the upgrades to the property on Enterprise Drive.

Teens File Lawsuit Against Alex Man in Shooting Incident

Two Delaware County teens have filed a lawsuit against an Alexandria man who fired a shotgun at their car — wounding one of the teens — after they mistakenly drove on his property in July.   That suit was filed against Bobby L. Eden, 60, on behalf of Kelsey L. Beatty, Muncie, and Kristin M. Waechter of Daleville. Also named as a defendant in the lawsuit is Eden’s wife, Sharon L. Eden.  The two teens were looking for a friend’s home in Alexandria when they became lost and drove into the Edens’ driveway.  Beatty, who was driving told police she saw a man, later identified as Bobby Eden, walk up and fire a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun several times at the car, shattering the car’s passenger and rear window.  Waechter ducked when Eden opened fire, but Beatty was struck in the arm by several buckshot pellets, according to the sheriff’s department report. The teens quickly drove away and used a cell phone to call 911.

Murder Charges Filed in Teen's Death

The Madison County Prosecutor’s Office filed a formal charge of murder against Jesse Lee Pitts on Wednesday for allegedly killing 14-year-old Amanda Brinker last week.  Her body was found in Anderson’s Edgewater Park.  Investigators have said Pitts and Brinker had known each other for several months.   Pitts could face up to 65 years in prison if convicted.

Bond Reduction Denied in Child Death Case

Madison Superior Court 1 Judge Dennis Carroll will not lower the bond for a man accused of fatally injuring a 17-month-old boy in August.  Cody D. Marling had asked Carroll to lower his $50,000 full-cash bond during a Monday hearing. On Wednesday, the judge denied that request. Marling is accused of severely shaking 17-month-old Noah J. Brown-Smith on Aug. 21.

Another Hearing Scheduled on Proposed Madison County Airport

Madison County Commissioner Paul Wilson has scheduled a public meeting to discuss a proposed airport project aimed at the southwest corner of the county.  The meeting will be held 7 p.m. Monday at Trinity Life Center.  It is the third such meeting Wilson has organized and the first two drew an estimated 250 and 350 people.  At issue is the relocation of Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport from Fishers to southwest Madison County.  In May, aviation consulting firm Aerofinity Inc. undertook a feasibility study on behalf of Fishers. The study, released Aug. 10 and available to the public, called the area “capable” of supporting such an airport, but also called for further study.

Bridge Painting to Affect Section of I-69

Beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, Oct.1, Interstate 69 will be restricted to single lanes in each direction for bridge painting two miles north of State Road 18.  Crews will be painting the CR 200N bridge over I-69. Weather permitting, the project should be complete by mid-October.  INDOT encourages motorists to be aware of the restrictions and to proceed with caution while traveling through work zones.

Liberty-Perry Scales Back Building Project, Sets Meeting

The Liberty-Perry Community School Board has reduced the scope of a planned building project in an effort to appease local taxpayers who felt $13.4 million was too much to spend.  The board will present plans for a revamped $6.9 million project at a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Wapahani High School auditorium.  Plans for a shared kitchen and cafeteria between Selma Middle School and Wapahani, building an addition to Selma Elementary School and closing Perry Elementary School were scrapped, Supt. James Craig said. Instead, the board will focus on infrastructure needs at the middle school and high school and Perry will remain open. Repairs to Perry will come from the capital projects fund, Craig said.

Problems Continue at Walnut Manor Apartments

Problems continue for residents of the Walnut Manor apartments.   Hit by a major fire a few weeks ago, and another blaze previously, the complex now has no water, since the owners have not paid the water bill.   Indiana American Water cut the water supply to much of Walnut Manor Apartments on Tuesday morning after the northside complex had failed to pay its bill for the past three months, water company Supt. Dan Allen said Wednesday. The situation continued into Wednesday, sparking widespread complaints from affected tenants and inspections from both the Delaware County Health Department and Section 8 housing officials.

Muncie Ranks Low in Commerce Department Study

Muncie’s economy continues to suffer.  The U.S. Department of Commerce report released Wednesday ranked the city 336th among 363 metropolitan areas in Gross Domestic Product.  Indiana cities didn’t fare very well in the rankings, which noted most of the growth in the market value of goods was in western and southern states. Anderson ranked 361st, while Indianapolis could only muster a ranking of 290.  In recent years, local manufacturing operations have ended at Manual Transmissions — the former longtime Chevrolet plant — and Indiana Steel and Wire, and employment numbers have dwindled elsewhere. Anderson has lost thousands of manufacturing jobs in recent years.

Woman Found Guilty of Only One Count in Shooting at Police

A Muncie woman was found guilty of just one count of criminal recklessness for shooting at a sheriff’s deputy in 2004.  Teresa Hittson was found innocent on the other charges.   The jury debated for about six hours yesterday.  Sentencing on the Class D felony will take place on October 22nd.   The incident happened as county police approached the woman’s Cowan home, trying to check on her welfare.