Grant application to be discussed

The Ridgeville Town Council holds a public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the library/fire building.  The town is pursuing a $500,000 Community Focus Fund grant to help pay for planned renovations to the town’s wastewater treatment plant.  The council’s regular meeting follows at seven p.m.

Drug trafficking charge filed

An Indianapolis woman visiting an inmate at the Pendleton Correctional Facility last week was arrested on trafficking charges.  Dana Thackston, 28, was arrested after visiting with inmate Bryan Helm.  Corrections officers conducted a routine strip search of Helm after the visit and say they saw a substance that appeared to be marijuana fall from his body.  Thackston now faces a felony charge of trafficking with an inmate and misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Man held after crashes

A Marion man was arrested after allegedly causing and then fleeing from two accidents in a five-minute period Friday afternoon. Delbert Kemper, 36, allegedly hit a stopped car at Miller and Spencer avenues and then hit another car at Miller Avenue and 13th Street a couple of minutes later.  Kemper was later arrested at a nearby mobile home community.  One of the two other drivers involved in the crashes was hurt.

Motel closed by city

The Anderson Board of Public Safety has closed down the Economy Inn at 2400 Scatterfield Road due to unsafe conditions.  Problems with smoke alarms taken out of rooms and two back doors that were chained shut were cited as problems.  Representatives of the motel plan to fight the city’s order to vacate the property.

Changing the grade makeup

Elwood school officials are considering a reconfiguration of grades within the school buildings.  One of the two elementary buildings could be set up for pre-school through second grade while the other elementary building would have third through fifth grades.

Life science jobs on the increase

The city of Muncie hopes that jobs in the life sciences fields will find a home in the community.  In a new survey of life science jobs Muncie ranked fourth in the nation among small cities for research, testing and laboratory employment.  The report also showed those kinds of jobs pay 109% of the area’s average wage.

Hospital reaches new agreement

Anderson Community Hospital has formalized an agreement with Lifeline Critical Care Transport.  The agreement will be able to provide advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support training and credentials to the team at Community Hospital.  Physicians will then be able to make the best decisions possible concerning possible transport of patients to other medical facilities.

"Freedom Bus" promotes civil rights awareness

Muncie’s “Freedom Bus” is now in service.  Pictures of people important in the history of civil rights are on the side of the bus, which will serve as a learning tool for people too young to remember the civil rights movement.  It was on display outside the Cornerstone Center for the Arts over the weekend as part of Black History Month activities.

Health department offerings

The Blackford County Health Department still has flu vaccine for both adults and children available.  Call the department at 765-348-4317, extension 102 for more information.

Meanwhile the department has blood pressure screenings planned.  They take place from 9 – 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Hartford Senior Center, 9 – 11 a.m. Wednesday on the second floor of the Blackford County Courthouse and 2 – 3 p.m. Wednesday at the county highway garage.  Meanwhile an immunization clinic for kids is also planned for 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 -3  p.m. Monday at the department offices on Van Cleve Street.