The proposed $6.9 billion buyout of Dollar General by Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co. would be the biggest deal in history for a U.S. retail chain. Potential impact on the Dollar General distribution center in Marion was unclear but Tom Lehman, econiomics professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, said he doubted the buyout would mean much locally in the next few months. Dollar General, based in Goodlettsville, Tenn., has more retail stores than any other chain in the United States, in mostly rural towns.
The Grant County Jail inmate suing the county for overcrowding at the jail is set to have one of his criminal trials start Monday. Richard Tyson who is 30, is set to stand trial on charges of armed robbery, criminal confinement, intimidation and resisting law enforcement. Tyson, through the Indiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, sued the Grant County sheriff and the Grant County Commissioners in January for conditions at the jail.
230 new employees are going to be hired by the New Castle Correctional Facility. The additional staff members are needed to handle the inmates being transferred there from Arizona. Those new jobs are in addition to those announced recently for a new plant in New Castle. That facility will produce parts for Honda vehicles and send them to the new Honda plant in southern Indiana.
Ball State University has begun demolition of eight homes they own. The houses are on Marsh Street and Neeley Avenue. Eventually, about 20 homes will be demolished. The space is needed for construction of the new “North Residence Hall.” It is expected to be ready for use by 2010.
The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced the delay of several local highway projects. According to the City-County Planning Commission, lack of funding is the reason for the postponements. Among the projects being put on hold is an overpass to carry Centennial Avenue over the Muncie By-Pass. That is a scene of frequent personal injury accidents.
The intersection of Walnut and Seymour streets in Downtown Muncie will close starting today as construction begins on a roundabout. In addition to the roundabout construction, the Passing of the Buffalo statue will return to downtown. The city has plans in place to ensure traffic access to local business in the affected area, including T&H Sweeper, The Star Press distribution center and Delaware Machine & Tool. The project is being funded by federal funds initially secured by former representative David McIntosh. Project completion is targeted for the fall.
Brothers from Winchester are facing charges of burglary, theft and resisting officers after a break-in last month at Four Star Storage in New Castle. Jeremy Peace and Isham Peace will face trial on June 18th in Henry County Circuit Court. The duo is accused to have possessed $15,000 in stolen property and of resisting arrest by leading pursuing officers on a foot chase in the February 23rd burglary. Isham Peace also is facing a theft charge in Delaware County. Isham Peace will stand trial on May 10th in Delaware Circuit Court 1.
Allegations of road rage with a handgun have brought charges against a Muncie man. Ronald Potter is accused of threatening a West Virginia motorist in a March 1st incident on Interstate 70 and State Road 3 south of New Castle. The West Virginia motorist reported being tailed by Potter, who had allegedly flashed his headlights and honked his horn before brandishing the handgun and pointing it at the motorist. Potter was arrested a short time later and bonded out of jail. He is now facing a June 13th trail date in Henry Superior Court 2.
Spurred by the arrival of the new Nestle development and other business inquiries, the Madison County Corporation for Economic Development says 2006 was the most significant business activity year in decades, and 2007 shows signs of being another momentous year. The corporation points to advanced manufacturing as a strong interest in Madison County, thanks to the existing work force. With the largest investment coming from Nestle, hundreds of millions of dollars are being invested into Madison County. City of Anderson officials hope to utilize the Nestle momentum and the availability of former GM facilities to market the city, a strategy that appears to be working well. The city has experienced a 50% raise in economic development inquiries this year over the same period in 2006.
The Blackford County commissioners want the publics opinion on a potential smoking ban. A hearing has been scheduled, but theres one problem: it doesnt have a location yet. After unanimous backing for a ban ordinance from the Blackford County Health Department, the county commissioners set an April 12th hearing date to solicit public opinion. However, fearing a crowd larger than the courthouse can accommodate, the commissioners have yet to select a suitable location. The commissioners advise not to expect any quick action even once a location is selected as any public opinion solicited will be taken under advisement for a vote to be held later, if at all.