Touting the new tax plan

The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns is touting “Hometown Matters” in a series of meetings around the state.  The group held a public forum in Anderson Thursday.  The proposal uses a mix of other taxing options to offset property taxes, and is currently up for General Assembly consideration.

Technology upgrade

The Elwood School Board voted this week to upgrade the system’s technology and install fiber optics in all school buildings.  A federal grant will be used to pay down the cost of installation, and the system will end up paying $752 a month over a ten-year contract.

Trying to reach an accord

Work continues on a settlement between Guide Corporation and the United Auto Workers Local 663.  Guide shut down its Anderson operations January 12.  The company’s headquarters in Pendleton also closed, as did a plant in Louisiana.

Long's salaries prompt questions

Questions still remain about the money former Anderson Community Schools Superintendent Tim Long makes from the school system.  He earns $124,000 a year as a construction consultant, on top of the $109,000 a year he now makes as superintendent of the Jay School Corporation.  School board members defend the arrangement, while others wonder about the expense.

Dealership apparently closes

Payton Wells has closed all of its Anderson locations according to the Anderson Herald-Bulletin.  The closure came as a surprise yesterday as cars were used to block the dealership’s entrances.  There is speculation that the closure is temporary.

Woman charged after domestic incident

A Muncie woman faces battery and neglect charges after a Wednesday evening fight with her boyfriend.  Holly Dietz, 21, allegedly grabbed the man by his groin, kicked him in his shins and bit him during an argument.  The couple’s daughter was lying in a room just a few feet away from where the fight occurred, leading to the neglect charge.

Car found in river; driver nowhere to be found

Muncie police are looking for the person or persons whose car ended up in the White River near Bunch Boulevard Thursday night.  The car, with its lights on, was facing upstream in water that nearly covered the tires.  Officials believe the car was southbound on Wolfe Street, crossed Bunch Boulevard and went over the river levee and into the water.  It’s also thought that the people in the car got out and walked away.