You might want to get new District 26 State Senator Sue Errington (D-Muncie) some good track shoes…she’s received four committee appointments in her first General Assembly session. Senators are requested to apply for three committee appointments, and Errington got all three of hers plus a fourth. Errington will serve on the Health and Provider Services, Education, Energy and Environment and Utilities and Regulatory Affairs committees.
The city of Muncie now has an ordinance designed to fight illegal dogfighting. The city council last month passed an ordinance declaring that any animal found inside a vacant house as an abandoned animal. Violators will have 24 hours to take care of an animal once its discovered or the animal will be removed.
The Cowan School Board has cancelled Wednesday nights board meeting. The next meeting is planned for January 17 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Marion police have charged a young man with trying to rob a Tobacco Road convenience store at 2nd Street and Miller Avenue late Sunday night. Daniel Riddle, 21, was found at the Double Deuce Billiard and Arcade in Westwood Square a short time later. He was taken back to the store an identified by the clerks. Police say he later confessed to the crime. Riddle is being held on an attempted armed robbery charge.
A Winchester man was killed early Tuesday in a crash on State Road 32 between Winchester and Union City. Randolph County Sheriff Jay Harris says Gary Bumbalough, 49, died when his car collided with a car driven by Kelly Davis of Union City. Davis, 24, apparently lost control of her car near the bridge over the White River and hit Bumbaloughs vehicle. Both vehicles ended up in a field.
Delaware County Commissioners President John Brooke says it was likely a misunderstanding that led to the shutdown of county offices Tuesday for the National Day of Mourning for former President Gerald Ford. He received an e-mail from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that said federal and county offices and thought that meant local governments should also shut down for the day. That apparently meant county USDA offices.
This Friday is Friends and Family Fun Night at the Muncie Childrens Museum. The museum will be transformed into a tropical paradise from 3 – 7 p.m. Tropical games and crafts will be partnered with limbo and hula hoop contests. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
The Anderson Fire Department now has a merit commission to decide hirings, firings and promotions. The commission held its first meeting last week. The goal is to eliminate politically-motivated changes.
Firefighters from Chesterfield, Richland Township and Daleville were sent to a fully-involved garage fire at 3537 E. Madison County Road 100S before 5:00 a.m. Investigators were also sent to the scene about 90 minutes after the blaze was reported. There’s no word of any injuries at this point.
Winchester officials say a new, upscale apartment complex is planned for the city. Biggs Incorporated, a subsidiary of Suburban Home and Ideal Realty, will work with SMD Winchester LLC to construct Crossings at Sunny Ridge on Sunny Knoll Drive. The Sunny Knoll and Sunny Ridge apartments are also in the same location.