Marion Library Worried About Budget Cuts

Like schools and municipalities, local libraries may be faced with budget cuts if property tax caps are approved by the Indiana General Assembly. “We are just monitoring the situation very closely because it’s going to affect libraries and, therefore, it’s going to affect the literacy of our community,” said Mary Eckerle, director of Marion Public Library. Eckerle, like other area library directors, said cutting a chunk out of the budget could affect the future of the Marion library. Just how, she said, she’s not sure. Recent estimates from the Legislative Services Agency show that tax caps could cut more than $200,000 from the Marion library’s budget starting in 2009.

Disturbance Erupts at Pendelton Correctional Facility

A disturbance broke out at the Pendleton Correctional Facility Friday evening but was contained with slight injuries to inmates, according to Neil Potter, public information officer at the facility. “There was a disturbance in the K5 dormitory,” said Potter. He said the incident involved 50 inmates and was quelled by facility personnel, along with the emergency response team from the Correctional Industrial Facility. He said responders secured the dormitory, and the disturbance didn’t spread beyond that unit. Potter said no staff members were injured, but he thought there were minor injuries for some offenders. Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson said he dispatched his SWAT team for standby. The team was released about 9:30 p.m., according to Richardson.

Fire Damages Anderson Insurance Office

Richland Township firefighters responded to the scene of a fire at Overdorf and Associates Insurance at 5952 Alexandria Pike Road in Anderson on Saturday. A call reporting heavy smoke was taken at 3:15 p.m., and Richland Township soon arrived on scene to find a small fire in the business’ attic.
No one was hurt in the blaze which is being blamed on contact between a recessed light and cellulose insulation in the attic.

Newspaper Report Says Lennington Under Investigation

The Star-Press is reporting this morning that Delaware Circuit Court 5 Judge Wayne Lennington says he is under criminal investigation for his connection to investment properties but denied any wrongdoing. Lennington – a local attorney for four decades before his 1998 appointment to the bench – said he was guilty only of associating himself with an Ohio man he now describes as a scam artist.

McShurley Appoints Superintendent of Public Works

Mayor Sharon McShurley announced Thursday the appointment of Jonathan Morehead as superintendent of the city’s department of public works. Morehead previously worked as an engineer technologist for the Kentucky Department of Transportation. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering technology from the University of Kentucky. He succeeds Doug Brown, works superintendent under former Mayor Dan Canan.

City of Muncie Preparing for Budget and Personnel Cuts

Mayor Sharon McShurley is telling city government department heads to prepare to make nearly $7 million in cuts to next year’s budget if the Legislature passes a property tax reform bill. McShurley said Thursday that the revenue downturn, if it becomes reality, would “absolutely” lead to cuts in the city’s workforce. McShurley and Delaware County Commissioner John Brooke said Thursday it was possible city and county officials would work on merging some local government functions to save money.

Henry County Sheriff Continues to Search for Store Burglars

The Henry County Sheriff’s Department is searching for clues in a farm store burglary that resulted in a loss of $40,000 worth of merchandise. Hoosier Outdoor Power in Knightstown was burglarized sometime before employees reopened the store Monday morning. Detective Stacey Guffey said the burglar or burglars forced their way into the business and removed zero-turn lawnmowers, power washers, air compressors, a large all-terrain vehicle, generators, leaf blowers, weed eaters and boxes of clothing.

Democrat Candidate for Governor Visits Marion

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Schellinger made a brief stop in Marion to talk to retired members of the United Auto Workers Local 977 at a lunch meeting Wednesday. Schellinger spoke for less than 10 minutes to about 200 retired UAW workers and spouses, summarizing his personal history and his plan for the state. The UAW already has endorsed Schellinger as its choice in both the primary and general election.