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 councils attorney.
A blood drive is planned for Wednesday, January 10 at Center Chapel Church at 900 W. Royerton Road from noon to 6 p.m. The Hoosier Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross sponsors the effort. For more information call 288-9490.
The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library is enjoying a record year in 2006. The library checked over one million items. Its the first time thats ever happened. The one millionth item was checked out last Wednesday.
The Delaware County Center Township Fire Department has new leadership as Marilyn Kay Walker takes over as trustee from Dick Shirey. Retired Muncie Fire Department Battalion Chief Tommy Crawford takes over from Jeff Stigall. Stigalls wife Pam was also fired as Emergency Medical Services director and Assistant Fire Chief Paul Reeder was also terminated.
Grant Countys outgoing clerk will stay employed in the clerks office. Carolyn Mowery has been named chief deputy clerk by new County Clerk Mark Florence, whose retirement from the Grant County Sheriffs Department took effect last Friday.
Ten Madison County officeholders were sworn in Friday. They officially took office Monday. Three took countywide offices while seven took township positions.
The Hamilton County Council has approved pay raises for deputy prosecutors. Prosecutor Sonia Leerkamp requested tiered scale based on their duties. Prosecutors that handle misdemeanors to class D felonies will get just over $44,000 a year. Entry-level prosecutors that handle felonies only will get over $54,000 while the entry level salaries for supervising deputy prosecutors will be over $67,000.
Yorktown officials are reminding residents that live Christmas trees will be picked up for disposal Wednesday, January 3. Trees should be placed by the curbside. If you cant meet tomorrows deadline but still need a tree removed call 759-4003 for an appointment.
Newly-elected Grant County officials were sworn in Monday. Officials from both parties decided to have a bipartisan swearing-in ceremony. They say unity is needed.
A trio accused with robbing an Anderson bank faces up to 20 years in prison. Kornelius Easton, Derrick Burt and Dalisha Caldwell were formally charged Friday in Thursdays robbery of the MainSource Bank on Scatterfield Road.