Trying for elected office again

A Muncie man who ran an unsuccessful campaign for Delaware County commissioner last year is throwing his hat into the ring again.  Mike King will announce his candidacy for an at-large Muncie City Council seat at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Democrat Party headquarters.

Renovated library opens

The recently-remodeled Frankton Community Library was unveiled Sunday.  Dozens of community members visited the library, which was expanded from 1,400 square feet to over 5,600 square feet.  Bonds, grants and individual donations totaling $750,000 helped fund the project.

Man accused with burglaries

Portland police have charged a man with breaking into one home and trying to enter another home.  Wayne Lanning, 30, was allegedly looking for money and food during the incidents.  Lanning was released from prison last June after four years of a six-year sentence for arson.  He pleaded guilty but mentally ill in that case.

Man won't face additional jail time

A Muncie man has been sentenced to time served in the Jay County Jail for an alleged kidnapping attempt in February of 2005.  Wayne Melton, 43, admitted to an attempted criminal confinement charge as a result of allegedly trying to abduct a clerk at the Redkey Pak-a-Sak convenience store.  The clerk ran from Melton and threw hot coffee on him in an attempt to flee.

Monday 01/15 sports wrap

The Colts will be at home for the AFC Championship Sunday night.  New England won in San Diego 24-21.  Meanwhile the Bears beat Seattle 27-24 in overtime in the NFC playoffs.  The Bears will host New Orleans Sunday afternoon.

The Arizona Cardinals have named Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt as their new head coach, replacing Denny Green.

The Ball State men’s basketball team looks to bounce back Tuesday night as it hosts Northern Illinois.  The Cardinals were lackluster in a 56-52 loss to Eastern Michigan Saturday afternoon at Worthen Arena.

The BSU women look to continue their torrid pace when they host Northern Illinois Wednesday night at Worthen Arena.  The Cardinals are now 13-2 and 4-0 in the MAC following a 55-46 win at Eastern Michigan Saturday night.

The Pacers have a rare weekday day game Monday as they face the Nets in New Jersey for a Martin Luther King Junior Day contest.

The Ball State women’s gymnastics team lost its season opener to Ohio State.  Meanwhile the men’s tennis team lost to DePaul 4-3 and the men’s volleyball team dropped two weekend matches.

Monday is a big day for the Dunkirk City Public Library.  It celebrates its 90th anniversary today.  Activities sponsored by the friends of the Dunkirk City Public Library and Glass Museum are planned from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

MLK events scheduled

Monday is Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Day, and a number of ceremonies and activities are planned all over the area.  The annual Anderson MLK celebration takes place at noon at the Paramount Theater.  Meanwhile a memorial ceremony is planned for 1 p.m. outside the Buley Community Center in Muncie commemorating Broadway Avenue as Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Way.  The Christ Temple Church in Muncie has a 7 p.m. program scheduled.  Taylor University also has a number of activities planned.  Many government offices are also closed for the day.  Check in advance to see if your destination is open.

Pond mistaken for parking lot

A Marion teen found out the parking lot she thought she was entering early Saturday was a lot more wet than she anticipated.  Braich Kamalpreet, 19, drove her SUV into a pond near 32nd Street and Western Avenue.  She wasn’t hurt and there were no traffic problems despite the time needed to remove the vehicle from the water.

Radios cause problems

Grant County emergency officials say they had trouble with their radios during the house fire that killed Upland firefighter Sidney Hall nearly two weeks ago.  The radios used by emergency medical technicians to contact Marion General Hospital couldn’t get out a strong enough signal.  800 megahertz radios that will eventually become standard equipment but are now being used for practice also didn’t work.  Officials say there was no delay in getting a medical helicopter from Fort Wayne to the scene as a result of the radio problems.