Three current members of the Muncie City Council have announced plans to run for re-election. At-large councilman Bill Shroyer, District One councilman Sam Marshall and District Three councilwoman Mary Jo Barton held a joint announcement at Delaware County Democratic Party headquarters.
The Hamilton County 4H Council will open a new, 10,000 squarefoot multipurpose building at the county fairgrounds by summer. The county council has approved the $154,000 project that is being paid for through donations. It will primarily be used for llamas during the county fair, but other programs can also be held in the building.
Carmel police were led on a chase Tuesday morning. They initially stopped Jeffrey Banziger for speeding on Carmel Drive. He then allegedly refused to get out of his car and led police on a chase that ended with his car hitting a couple of trees along Gray Road. Banziger only suffered minor injuries, and police claim he refused a breath test. He was then taken to a hospital for a blood-alcohol test.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has appointed a familiar name as a new member of the Ball State Board of Trustees. Former Ball State basketball player Rick Hall is now a partner in the Barnes and Thornburg law firm.
The Indiana Department of Transportation has reduced the scope of plans to reconstruct State Road 32 east of Winchester. The move came after property owners in the area voiced opposition to giving up their land. A mile stretch from U.S. 27 to Randolph County Road 100E will be widened to three lanes, while turn lanes will be added in a couple of other locations.
Wednesday marks the start of filing for the May primary elections. The filing period ends February 23. Municipal elections are on the docket this year, including many town council, city council and mayoral positions.
The Anderson School Board is considering a smoking ban for all school property. Smoking is currently banned inside school buildings. Action could come during the February 13 board meeting.
A Hamilton County murder trial is under way. Willie Dumes, 32, of Indianapolis is accused with shooting and killing Stephanie Gillum, 20 of Fishers, outside a Carmel apartment complex in August of 2004.
A crash along a Jay County road Monday knocked out power to about 50 people. Indiana-Michigan officials say power was restored about two-and-a-half hours after the accident. The driver of the car, Nathan Crisler, 19, wasnt hurt.
Madison County government will borrow nearly $5.5 million to make ends meet between property tax draws. The county council authorized plans to take out a loan during an emergency meeting Monday. The final amount is less the county officials feared. The Indiana Bond Bank will provide the loan.