Employees sue over longevity pay

Two investigators in the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office have sued the county in a dispute over longevity pay.  Jerry Cook and Jerry Golden both say they were entitled to over $4,800  in compensation last year, but were only given $2,000 each.

Fire stikes Daleville business

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Salem Township firefighters were on the scene over five hours after the blaze as the investigation unfolded

Fire heavily damaged a truck repair center along I-69 in Delaware County Wednesday morning. Firefighters were sent to “Keep it Moving Truck Service and Trailer Repair” in Daleville shortly after 4:30 a.m. to find the blaze had a big head start on their efforts to put it out. The flames had already broken through part of the building’s roof and heavy smoke was visible. An Anderson Fire Department aerial unit was called to the scene to attack the flames from above. A number of vehicles inside the work area were destroyed
by the fire. Two owners of the company were sleeping in the front of the structure and were awakened by the smell of smoke and were able to escape safely. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The state fire marshal’s office is assisting in the probe.

House votes down cigarette tax increase

The Indiana House Tuesday rejected Governor Mitch Daniels’ request for a 25-cent-per-pack increase in taxes on cigarettes.  The additional revenue would’ve funded insurance for Hoosiers with no health coverage.  A number of East Central Indiana lawmakers voted against the plan.

Money to work with

The Delaware County Commissioners learned Tuesday the county has a $625,000 surplus in pensions for emergency medical workers. Some of the money will be spent on health-related expenses, including automatic external defibrillators under an ordinance introduced by the commissioners.

Purdue official speaks

The dean of Purdue University’s College of Technology visited Anderson Tuesday.  Dennis Depew spoke to the Anderson Rotary Club and talked about educational partnerships and how Purdue could partner with the city to create future opportunities.

Changing the goal

Grant County United Way officials are re-evaluating their fundraising efforts.  They’re far short of the $1 million goal at $550,000.  They now want to beat last year’s final amount of $610,000.

Judge – no sentence reduction

Madison Circuit Court Judge Frederick Spencer has denied a request from a former Marion firefighter to shorten his sentence on charges of crimes against children.  The attorney for Josh Cunningham claimed nothing more than a four-year presumptive sentence was needed in this case.  Spencer ruled that the appellate court system should be allowed to take its course.

Bond issue defeated

A remonstrance petition drive in Sheridan against a $25 million bond issue for the school system has succeeded in stopping the project.  The money would’ve paid for a new elementary school and renovations to the middle and high schools.