Anderson and Madison County road crews are attacking the thousands of potholes throughout the area. Anderson is going to spend $1.7 million in paving projects, compared to the $65,000 which was spent in 2004. Nick Vores of the Anderson Street Department, says it would cost as much as $12 million to get the city’s street’s up to an acceptable level. The city has also established a Pothole Hotline — 648-6445.
Members of the Elwood City Council are applying for funds to improve that city’s water treatment plant. The ordinance passed last night will let a project to begin to meet Enviornmental Protection Agency mandates. The plan is to sell $1.4 million in bonds to cover the project.
An Anderson man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for the shooting death of an Anderson woman, struck by gunfire on August 25th. 18-year old Desmond Edmonds was charged in the killing of 43-year old Lorene Tami Love. She was hit by gunfire while sitting on the porch of her home on Fulton Street.
The Madison-Grant School Board has begun a full search for a new superintendent. Four months ago, the contract of the existing superintendent Fred Herron was not renewed. Both Herron and the board have not commented on the reason for that non-renewal. Applications are being accepted through April 24th.
A statewide tornado drill is scheduled for tomorrow, with schools and businesses expected to participate. There will be two drills: one from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. and the other from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. In many communities, warning sirens will be sounded as part of the test.
Charges are expected to be filed today in Grant County against 49-year old Theron Lee Bailey. He allegedly shot 47-year-old Rita Sharon-Underwood at a Marion diner on Saturday night. She remains in critical condition and on life support in a Fort Wayne hospital. Bailey was captured soon after the shooting.
State Senator Sue Errington of Muncie will be speaking at the YWCA on Friday morning, March 24th. She will be speaking on the topic of “Women of the Indiana General Assembly.” The event which begins at 10 a.m. is part of an open house which starts the organization’s annual fund raising campaign.
The Bureau of Motor Vehicles says it has mailed renewal notices to all those whose license plates expire this month. It is not necessary to have the advance notice, however, in order to renew your plates.
A former Randolph County sheriff’s officer has entered a guilty plea to a theft charge dating back to the January 2005 ice storm. 39-year-old Sean Webb was indicted on charges regarding the theft of two generators owned by CSX Railroad. Webb lives in Winchester.
Sandbagging which had been scheduled in Anderson for Saturday was cancelled, when the White River began receding. Frank Dick, director of Anderson Emergency Management, said the river started slowing down. Many volunteers arrived to assist with the operation, but were told their services were not needed. Individuals needing sandbags can contact the agency directly for assistance.