Rezoning on hold

The Madison County Commissioners have tabled a rezoning plan that would allow Irving Materials Incorporated to expand its mining operation along State Road 67 in Pendleton.  There are questions about how state law may affect the proposed expansion.

Errington to go under the knife

Muncie State Senator Sue Errington will have outpatient surgery at Saint Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis Thursday to repair an injury sustained when she was mugged outside an Indianapolis convenience store last week.  Errington has a fractured cheekbone that could cause muscles to droop and nerve damage if it’s not repaired.

Landfill won't be fought, at least officially

JM Corporation will keep its permit to operate the Mallard Lake Landfill without a fight from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.  IDEM officials say they won’t appeal a court decision restoring the landfill permit.  Negotiations continue for a potential buyer for the landfill, and construction could start later this year.

New jobs in Middletown

A Henry County community is back in the pillow manufacturing
business. Ohio-based Down Rite International has opened a pillow factory in
the former West Point Stevens building in Middletown. West Point Stevens
also manufactured pillows in the building until going bankrupt a
year-and-a-half ago. Down Rite currently has contracts to supply pillows
for the Martha Stewart collection along with T.J. Maxx, Dollar General and
Odd Lots department stores. 40-to-60 jobs will be created by Down Rite,
with many filled by former West Point Stevens employees. Down Rite also
received local and state incentives to locate in the building.

Rezoning delayed

The Carmel Plan Commission has delayed hearing a rezoning request by the city’s Department of Community Services. The department wants to rezone some land from industrial to residential. However it didn’t give the 25 days’ notice required by city code.

No prison time for former cop

A sentence of two years of probation has been given to a former Anderson police officer.  Chris Sollars admitted to two counts of official misconduct after State Police say they discovered $46,000 was missing from the bingo fund operated by the Fraternal Order of Police Local 48.  Sollars somehow got over $9,700 in bingo money co-mingled with his personal accounts and refused to plead guilty to theft charges.  He has two weeks to repay $2,000 and a year to repay the remaining amount.  The charges were reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor so that Sollars could keep his mortgage brokers license in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

Looking to expand south side growth

The South Muncie Community Development Corporation holds a 5:30 p.m. meeting Thursday in the organization’s offices at Southway Centre.  Local and state officials will discuss a development district and other incentives to continue growth along 29th Street near the new Wal-Mart store.

Sidewalks desired

The Muncie Board of Public Works and Safety heard from residents of the Westridge neighborhood west of the Ball State campus Wednesday.  They want consideration given to putting sidewalks along Petty Road.  The area currently has no sidewalks and carries a lot of pedestrian and bicycle traffic.  Federal money earmarked to improve air quality could be used for sidewalk construction.

Man charged in jail attack

An October attack with a spoon at the Madison County Jail has led to felony charges against a man.  Jerome Braxton, 35 of Anderson, allegedly attacked Courtney Turner, 25 of Anderson.  What sparked the attack is unknown, but a jail surveillance videotape showed Braxton trying to grab a food tray away from Turner, which then spilled.  Braxton then allegedly used a broken off spoon to cut Turner’s cheek during an ensuing fight.  It’s not clear if the jail-issued spoon broke when the tray spilled or if Braxton had obtained it earlier.