Brooke-we made a mistake

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.

Apartment complex planned

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.

Prisoner transfer won't take place

A deal between California and Indiana to transfer 1,200 prisoners to the New Castle Correctional Facility has apparently fallen through.  A lawsuit against California to move the inmates and a lack of inmates willing to volunteer for the transfer are blamed as the reasons.  The Department of Correction is now working on a deal with another unnamed state.

Suspicious device causes concern

The Delaware County Bomb Squad blew up a suspicious package outside the Grant County Jail in downtown Marion Friday afternoon.  Someone discovered the beeping box outside the jail and notified authorities.  The area was evacuated as sandbags were placed around the box.  It was then blown up.  Investigators say it was likely a cell phone beeping as it lost power.

Brooke elected Delaware County Commissioners president

The Delaware County Commissioners reorganized for the new year Monday.  Democrats John Brooke and Larry Bledsoe were elected president and vice president, respectively.  The Democrats also announced department heads, including Steve Knote as highway superintendent and Steve Murphy as county attorney.  Many other department heads were retained from the previous commissioners board.  Meanwhile the county council elected Democrat Brad Bookout as president and Democrat Mary Chambers as vice president.  Donald Dunnuck was named as the council’s attorney.