Alex setting goals

The Alexandria City Council is setting about the task of getting a number of city projects accomplished.  Discussion and an action plan are being organized.  Among the projects is a city-oriented web site that will be used to promote the community.

Freezing fog causes problems for Delcom

Imagine you’re a golfer who hits a great shot onto the green, only to have a bird steal the ball.  That’s kind of like the situation Delaware Community Schools Supt. Steve Gookins faced Wednesday.  He placed the Delcom schools on a two-hour delay due to the freezing fog, only to have the weather worsen as about 50% of the system’s buses were on the roads picking up students.  Gookins ordered bus drivers to use their best judgement and instructed them to pull over if they believed driving wasn’t safe.  Many students ended up being late to school as a result.  Gookins says student safety was his first priority, and he apologizes for any inconvenience to parents.  He could’ve ordered buses to turn around and take kids home, but he was concerned that some may have been locked out of their homes by parents already at work.  Some parents ended up taking their kids to school, while some bus drivers picked up students not on their normal routes.

Open meetings law violated

The Cicero Town Council attorney admits the city violated Indiana’s Open Door Law when it interviewed engineering firms during closed-door sessions.  A court ruling says that since contractors aren’t public employees, the interviews must be done during public meetings.

Ice fog causes big problems

School closings and delays returned Wednesday as a result of ice fog that developed during the overnight hours.  The fog was caused by the moisture from the melting snow, combined with cold air temperatures and little or no wind.  Visibility was also poor on the roads, and that factor combined with black ice made things a little hairy during the morning commute.

Sallie Mae celebrates

Governor Daniels joined with Muncie and Delaware County officials Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the one-year anniversary of a major economic development announcement. It was just over a year ago that Sallie Mae announced plans to open a new call center in a shell building in Muncie’s Airpark Industrial Park. Construction was completed last fall and company officials originally planned on hiring 300 employees the first year and 200
in each of the next two years. Sallie Mae has far exceeded those expectations as 530 people are already on the company’s Muncie staff. Governor Daniels appreciates Sallie Mae’s investment in Indiana through its Muncie center and a larger facility in Fishers. He also says that while the Muncie center would’ve been welcomed anywhere in the state, he was thrilled that the company chose Muncie.

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Muncie Mayor Dan Canan

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Recent Ball State graduate and Sallie Mae manager Jon Downing

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Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels

Burton faces primary battle

Former Marion County Coroner John McGoff will challenge Congressman Dan Burton (R-5th) in the Republican congressional primary next year.  Rumors have been flying since Burton skipped 19 house votes to play in a celebrity golf tournament last month.  Reports indicate Burton also was the only representative to vote against lobbying reforms.  The 5th congressional district includes Grant County.

Sister of Colts coach speaks

The sister of Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy spoke in Anderson Tuesday.  Dr. Lauren Dungy-Poythress is the medical director for internal-fetal medicine for the Community Health Network.  She spoke to students at Anderson’s North Side Middle School about preparing for excellence and making the necessary plans for success.