Fishers residents – don't leave us out

Residents in Fishers hope state transportation officials don’t forget about I-69 in their area as consideration is given to the proposed Indiana Commerce Connector, a toll road that would create a second beltway around Indianapolis.  The residents say something needs to be done to help traffic in the rapidly-growing area.

New administration building planned

The Hamilton Southeastern School Board reached a consensus this week that the system needs a new administration building.  It will likely be constructed on land near the intersection of 131st Street and Cumberland Road.  That’s near Fishers Junior High School.

Fatal crash

Madison County police continue to probe an accident that killed a man around 6:20 a.m. Wednesday.  Donald Turner, 59, apparently lost control of his Jeep on Madison County Road 200E.  The vehicle went off the east side of the road, and then the west side of the road after Turner apparently overcorrected.  The Jeep then slammed into a couple of trees.  Turner was pronounced dead at St. John’s Medical Center in Anderson shortly after the accident.  Police want to now if some snow on the road played a part in the accident or if Turner had a medical problem.  Family members told police Turner had suffered some heart difficulties.  Turner was apparently returning home after taking a relative to work in Fortville when the accident occurred.

Mechanic – blood was in truck

The Grant County murder trial of Joyce Hawkins continues.  The Gas City woman is accused with shooting her husband Timmy Ray to death as they sat in the cab his semi tractor-trailer in March of 2004.  A mechanic testified Wednesday that he found what looked like blood, human tissue and hair in the truck while cleaning it out.  Investigators have never found Timmy Ray Hawkins’ remains or a murder weapon.

Sidewalk rules being discussed

The Muncie Board of Public Works and Safety is reviewing plans for new regulations concerning outside seating on sidewalks downtown and in the Village near Ball State. The rules would concern setbacks and placement, since current city code doesn’t contain any specifics.

Child service plan to be discussed

A public hearing is planned by the Delaware County Office of the Division of Family and Children at 1:30 p.m. Friday.  The meeting at the organization’s office at 36-hundred West Kilgore Avenue, Suite 600 will focus on the local plan for provisions of Child Protection Services.  You can see copies of the plan from eight a.m. to four p.m. weekdays at the office.

Jobs decline

New figures from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development show Muncie lost 700 jobs last year.  There are now 53,000 jobs in the Muncie community.  Anderson, Bloomington, Lafayette and South Bend also lost jobs, while Indianapolis, Kokomo and Gary gained positions.

Monday will fund assessment of property

Albany is getting $27,000 from the Indiana Brownfields Program.  An environmental assessment of a former auto and truck repair garage at State Road 67 and Water Street is planned.  A news release says a local business owner is interested in purchasing the property for a possible business expansion.

Neal's attorneys want civil case dismissed

There’s an effort under way to dismiss the civil case against John Neal stemming from last September’s gambling raids.  A decision could come at the end of next month.  Neal and his daughters are also being sued by the state under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization statute.  That law allows the state to seize assets gained through illegal business practices.