Anderson Black Chamber Grows

Anderson’s Black Chamber of Commerce continues to grow. According to the Rev M. Lewis Hunt, the chamber board president, two more board members have been added. Plans are also being made for monthly information sessions, beginning this month and running until October. The purpose of the new chamber is not to compete with Anderson’s current chamber, but to work with it.

Brownfield Grant Coming to ECI

The city of Anderson has received notice of a quarter million dollar brownfield grant. The purpose of the grant is to pay for redeveloping brownfield sites suspected of being contaminated with petroleum products. Anderson will be competing with Muncie and Richmond to obtain specific project funding. Grants are often used to clean up sites of former gas stations.

Horses Survive Barn Fire

A barn fire in Randolph County destroyed the structure on Sunday. The blaze was in Saratoga, at 5284 N. Randolph County Road 100-E. The barn was totally destroyed, but 10 horses housed in the barn were all rescued by the owners, Vic and Mary Culy.

State Senator Dies

State Sen. Anita O. Bowser, a constitutional scholar sometimes called “the conscience” of the Senate, died Sunday after a battle with breast cancer. Bowser, who was 86, died peacefully in her sleep about 6 a.m. in Indianapolis with a friend at her side. She had been under medical care for the past two weeks, but was released last week to hospice care as her condition worsened.

New Grant County Republican Chair

Jerry Shull has been elected chairman of the Grant County Republican Party. He’s been an active member of the party for 35 years. He says the most important issue facing the party is getting voters to the polls for the May 8th primary election.

Coroner Training Bill Introduced

A bill moving forward in the state legislature would require all coroners to be state-trained and certified as death investigaors. The bill’s sponsor, State Senator Patricia Miller of Indianapolis, says all coroners will be forced to get the training or see their pay docked. Grant County Coroner Stephen Dorsey supports the measure, particularly in review of the tragic mixup of identity involving two Taylor University students involved in an I-69 traffic crash last April.

Marion Shooting Victim on Life Support

A Marion woman shot in the head Saturday night remains in critical condtion at a Fort Wayne hospital. Rita J. Underwood was shot in the head with a 22 caliber pistol at the Southside Diner in Marion. Police say Theron Lee Bailey shot Underwood and then went to a bar where he forced a man to drive him to Deerwood Trailer Park. Bailey was arrested by police and sheriff’s officers at the park.

Wal-Mart Donates to Hopewell Center

Wal-Mart has donated an industrial baler to Anderson’s Hopewell Center. It will enable the center to complete more shredding jobs. Board member Mickey Lowe said the value of the equipment was $10,000. Hopewell provides jobs to people with disabilities to assist them with independence.

New Madison County Republican Chair

Madison County has a new Republican Party chairperson. Darlene Likens was elected to the position during a Saturday meeting. Likens has served as Madison County Treasurer for the past five years, and has been a member of the County Council for 16 years.