Big job announcement

A Winchester pant will undergo a $20 million expansion and add 125 jobs.  Tomasco Indiana LLC officials made the announcement Monday.  The company has already grown from 50 to 180 employees in the last year.  Parts for Honda vehicles assembled in East Liberty, Ohio and at the new Honda plant in Greensburg will be produced at the Winchester facility.

Things going well for Sallie Mae

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Muncie Mayor Dan Canan and other officials will tour the Muncie Sallie Mae facility Tuesday afternoon.  Company officials say they’ve already hired 530 people, well ahead of the pace originally expected.  700 total jobs were expected when Sallie Mae announced plans to locate in the Airpark Industrial Park last year.

Board hires instructors

The Delcom School Board has approved the hiring of five remediation instructors.  The instructors will help Delta High School students struggled with math and language arts this spring.  Meanwhile the board tabled a plan from Superintendent Steve Gookins to purchase four 66-passenger buses, one at a time.  The board could renew consideration of that plan later this week.

Nasty fire

It’s been a very busy Monday morning for Madison County firefighters…they’re on the scene of a working house fire at 8341 West Madison County road 150N in the Lapel area. The house was reportedly fully involved when firefighters arrived around 4:30 a.m.

Building collapse

The heavy snow dumped by last week’s blizzard caused significant structural damage to Muncie’s South View Elementary School.  A section of the roof in the center of the building shifted according to a report given to Muncie Community Schools Supt. Marlin Creasy.  That caused ceiling joists and I-beams to fail.  Over 460 students at the school will be transfered to four other school buildings, perhaps for as long as the rest of the school year.

Man rescued by firefighters

Two Muncie firefighters are credited with saving the life of a man from his burning apartment last week.  Scott Hahn and Mike Murphy used an infrared camera to save Anthony Bunger, who hid in his bathroom after his only window and only door were blocked by flames at 746 North Elm Street.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Teen held after drug bust

The Marion-Grant County Joint Effort Against Narcotics or JEAN Team arrested a 15-year-old boy Friday night on charges of conspiracy to deal cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.  Officers received information that the boy had plans to sell the cocaine to some other people.

Clean off the fire plugs

The city of Anderson is calling on residents to help the city’s fire department by keeping the snow off fire hydrants.  The call for help comes from the city’s fire chief after he saw how Shelbyville firefighters struggled Friday while fighting a devastating blaze as a fiberglass insulation factory.  Muncie firefighters are making similar requests.

Short day in the Jay schools

Students in the Jay School Corporation will be dismissed early Thursday so teachers can participate in staff development activities.  The elementary buildings will dismiss between 11:30 and 11:50 a.m., East Jay Middle School at 12:30 p.m. and West Jay Middle School at 12:40 p.m. and Jay County High School at 12:45 p.m.