Ivy Tech Trustee Unhappy with Presidential Selection Process

An Ivy Tech Community College trustee said today that she wants to halt the search for a new president, a process that has been disrupted by complaints of secrecy and political backbiting.  Trustee Kaye Whitehead criticized the search committee’s failure to forward its official list of finalists to trustees, who are expected to vote for a new president next week.   Members of the presidential search committee this week confirmed the names of two finalists: Thomas J. Snyder, chairman of Flagship Energy Systems Center in Anderson, and Air Force Col. Thomas D. Klincar.  Missing from the list was Carol D’Amico, the school’s high-profile No. 2 administrator. D’Amico, a former aide to President Bush, had been viewed as a likely replacement since President Gerald Lamkin announced his retirement plans last fall.

Daleville Vehicle Repair Business Fire was Arson

The late February fire at a Daleville auto repair business has been ruled an arson and a a reward is now being offered.  The fire at the I-69 Truck and Auto Repair service.   According to Daleville police chief James King, a $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to conviction of arsonists.   People having information may call 800-382-4628.

News director Tom Hammond passes away

Backyard Broadcasting has lost an incredibly valued member of our family.  Tom Hammond passed away at about 4 a.m. on March 14 after a brief illness.

Viewing will be Friday from 4 – 8 p.m. at Elmridge in Muncie.  A private service will be held Monday.  Memorials are requested in Tom’s name to Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) and the Muncie Southside Band Boosters.  This is an incredibly sad day, and we are just beginning to understand how many people’s lives Tom touched. 

A TOM HAMMOND NEWS SCHOLARSHIP has been set up by Nancy Carlson at the Ball State TCOM department.  BSU Foundation Acct. # 7450. Checks should be made payable to BSU Foundation #7450 with the words Tom Hammond written somewhere on the check

Project Planned by Muncie Sanitary District

A five million dollar project has been proposed by the Muncie Sanitary District.  The purpose of the project is to reduce flooding and resolve storm water pollution.  The largest project would help the area south of 20th street and east of Hackley street, where there have been flooding problems for years.

Job Fair at New Castle Correctional Facility

A job fair continues today at the New Castle Correctional facility.  They are looking for 230 new employees as a result of that new contract with the state of Arizona.  Over 1,200 inmates will be transferred there.  The first group arrived Monday night.   The job fair is from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

Couple Rescued from I-69 Retention Pond by Passing Motorists

A husband and wife were rescued Tuesday morning from a retention pond along I-69.   Four people helped at the scene of that Madison County crash.   The driver of the vehicle, Stephen Coppess, began choking while driving for an unknown reason.  The car containing him and his pregnant wife went off I-69 between the 20 and 21 mile marker.  Neither could swim.   Four passing motorists stopped and helped pull the couple from the sinking car.

Anderson Woman Injured in Crash at Mall

A crash near the Mounds Mall injured an Anderson woman Tuesday afternoon.  29-year old Jennifer Wray was taken to St. John’s Medical Center after the crash, which occurred at the Mall’s entrance    Guy Murphy of Anderson, was driving the other vehicle northbound on Scatterfield when he failed to stop for the red light.  Murphy told investigating officers he didn’t see the traffic signal because the sun was in his eyes.

Auction Continues at Guide Corporation

Over 1,200 items are up for auction at the former Guide facility in Anderson.   Tuesday was the first of four days of auctioning at the facility.   Another 1,200 items are available for auction today.  Hundreds of prospective buyers crowded the southwest corner of the plant as the auction got under way Tuesday morning.  Guide closed abruptly on Jan. 12, six months ahead of schedule and two years short of the March 20, 2009, expiration date of the current contract with General Motors Corporation.

Anderson School Bus Drivers Want Better Contract Offer from ACS

Anderson Community Schools and school bus drivers are attempting to negotiate a new contract.  The drivers say that ACS is not offering sufficient increases for the new contract offer.  ACS is offering a $4 increase per mileage per year for four years. But, the drivers say they need a $25 increase on their base pay of $149 per day. They said $22 would do if there were a fuel clause of $2 per gallon that ACS reimburses at the end of the year.

Bush Declares Disaster in Some Counties Because of February Blizzard

On Monday, President Bush declared an emergency exists in the State of Indiana and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts in the area struck by record snow and near record snow during the period of Feb. 12-14.  The President’s action makes federal funding available to the State and eligible local governments in Grant and 33 other counties that were hit by the Feb. 13 blizzard and ice storm. For example, Marion recorded 14.5 inches of snow during the blizzard, that hindered travel, canceled schools and closed businesses for several days.