The Delaware County Citizens for Property Tax Repeal have filed a petition against the Muncie Community Schools tax rates for 2008. Representatives of the taxpayer group say that with declining enrollment, the schools’ budget should be decreasing, as should the number of teachers and other personnel.
The city has abandoned its plans to annex property at Indiana 332 and Nebo Road, at least for now. It is feared that the annexation might stop development of land in that area for a proposed medical facility. The annexation would also have included Meijer, Benson’s Motorcycles, Damon’s, and one of two parcels of land needed for the proposed medical facility.
As the result of an apparent argument dispute, an Anderson woman was seriously injured in a traffic crash last night. The Anderson police’s accident fatality team was called to the scene at 20th and Drexel drive around 8 p.m. Injured was Jacquelyn Boulware. According to APD, she was sturck by a care driven by Kiara Smith of Anderson. The two were involved in an argument prior to the accident. Smith allegedly struck Boulware with her car.
Muncie’s long time major employer Maxon Corporation has been sold to Honeywell Corporation. Sale price was $185 million. Both Honeywell and Maxon officials say no changes are anticipated at the Muncie plant, located at 18th and Walnut. One of Maxon’s major customers is General Motors, which used Maxon-made equipment to dry paint on new cars. The company celebrated its 90th anniversary in October 2006.
The Sunday fire in Muncie which took the life of Aliah Brookins was likely caused by a stove fire. The lack of smoke alarms and a blocked back door of the residence contributed to her death, by not allowing her to escape in a timely manner. It appeared she was cooking at the time the fire started. All other occupants of the house escaped serious injury, and her daughter who was taken to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment has now been released.
A house fire yesterday afternoon at 2810 South Monroe Street resulted in the death of several pets. No people were at home. The cause of the fire is currently unknown, although electrical work had just been done at the house.
Wind farms may be coming to Randolph, Jay and Wayne counties. Such developments would required thousands of acres of farm land. The Indiana Farm Bureau is planning a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the possibilities and options. It will be at 7 p.m. at the Randolph County Fairgounds. Wind farms are an alternative source for generating electricity.
A Muncie woman lost her life in an early Sunday morning house fire. Dead is Alihah L. Brookins. The blaze was at a house in the 2000 block of south Jefferson street. Six people were in the house at the time of the fire and were rescued by Muncie firefighters. An eight month old child was later taken to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment. It’s thought the fire was caused by an electric stove being used to heat the house, since the gas supply had been turned off.
A Portland man was arrested on marijuana and methamphetatmine charges after stealing a cigarette lighter. Daniel Donnersbach was arrested initially for stealing a lighter from a tobacco shop. When police went to his apartment, they find evidence of marijuana and materials needed to make meth. The charges could lead to a 50-year prison term for Donnersbach.
The Muncie Mission will serve its 77th annual free Thanksgiving dinner for residents and community guests on Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, Nov. 22. The mission is at 520 S. High St. in downtown Muncie. Individuals or families that need a meal or meals delivered should call the mission at 288-9122, extension 7.