Clean off the fire plugs

The city of Anderson is calling on residents to help the city’s fire department by keeping the snow off fire hydrants.  The call for help comes from the city’s fire chief after he saw how Shelbyville firefighters struggled Friday while fighting a devastating blaze as a fiberglass insulation factory.  Muncie firefighters are making similar requests.

Short day in the Jay schools

Students in the Jay School Corporation will be dismissed early Thursday so teachers can participate in staff development activities.  The elementary buildings will dismiss between 11:30 and 11:50 a.m., East Jay Middle School at 12:30 p.m. and West Jay Middle School at 12:40 p.m. and Jay County High School at 12:45 p.m.

Remembering Dr. Reardon

Anderson residents paid their respects to Doctor Robert Reardon at Park Place Church of God Saturday.  The long-time president of what was then Anderson College and now Anderson University passed away the previous weekend.

Another building collapse

The roof of Muncie’s South View Elementary School wasn’t the only one to collapse Friday.  The roof at the Gaston Skating Rink also fell under the weight of the heavy snow.  The collapse also caused a gas leak that prompted temporary evacuations around the building.

Muncie Gras well-attended despite weather

Cold temperatures didn’t stop Muncie Gras Saturday night.  Music lovers gathered around two stages in a light snowfall to enjoy bands, food, adult beverages and a museum of curiosities.  Some bands played indoors, while others were in a heated tent.  Muncie native Jennie Devoe opened the night.  Tables scattered about Walnut Street were outfitted with furnaces.

Vendors at Muncie Gras estimate the crowd at about half of what is normal during Saturday night’s event along Walnut Street downtown.  That would still put the crowd at around 5,000.

Officials to make a road trip

The Randolph County Council and the Randolph County Commissioners will tour the Henry County court facilities this Saturday.  Randolph County officials are compiling ideas as they consider renovations to the 120-year-old Randolph County Courthouse.

Man to admit to charges

A Muncie man is expected to plead guilty to charges of crimes against children in a Madison County court Monday.  Elzie Harty, 26, allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl at the Anderson Center from April of 2005 to April of last year.

Fatal crash leads to charges

An Anderson man is charged with suspicion of drunk driving after being involved in a fatal accident along I-69 in Fishers Thursday night.  Roger Buell, 48, is accused by authorities with causing a crash that killed Kevin Minglin, 47, of Lebanon near the 116th Street interchange.  He was allegedly driving aggressively when he cut between two semis in the middle lane.  The driver of the leading semi apparently didn’t see Buell’s care and started to move into the right lane, cutting off Buell’s path.  Buell lost control, shot across three lanes of traffic and then vaulted the concrete divider, where he crashed into Minglin’s car head-on.   Buell and his wife suffered serious injuries.