MadCo EMA Upgrading Tornado Siren Technology

By next spring the Madison County Emergency Management Agency should have the necessary technology in place to activate most of the warning sirens in the county. The Herald Bulletin reports that the equipment is being upgraded. In January, the Madison County Board of Commissioners asked local units of government to approve a memorandum of understanding to have EMA activate the warning sirens. Anderson, Chesterfield and Lapel are not participating.

MadCo United Way President Speaks Against Farm Bill

Concerns are growing in Madison County over a bill going through Congress. A version that narrowly passed in the U.S. House would impose stricter work requirements for food stamp recipients. The proposed Farm Bill would require 20 hours of work a week from all adults, except for a few groups. United Way of Madison County president Nancy Vaughan believes more people would go to food pantries if there were a work requirement.

National News Of Note

The death toll from Hurricane Florence rises to 37, after the recovery of the bodies of two women from a sheriff’s transport van that had been caught in a washout in Marion County, South Carolina.

Four people, including a police officer, were injured in a shooting at a crowded district judge’s office in southwestern Pennsylvania, and the gunman was shot and killed by police. The DA says the man was carrying a handgun as he arrived at the Masontown municipal building

Search Shifts For Accused Killer

The search is intensifying now for Brady Turner the man suspected in the Monday night stabbing death of Christopher Burgess Jr. Turner was apparently spotted entering a cornfield in south Muncie. The search, which had been focused on the city’s north side Tuesday, has now shifted to the area of 16th Street and Meeker Avenue.

Twilight On The Boulevard Friday

Twilight on the Boulevard is a new benefit event to support Minnetrista’s vision happening Friday. There will be food and beverages provided by local restaurants such as Vera Mae’s, Amazing Joe’s Grill, The Neely House, Minnetrista catering, plus, live music by Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra, Clay & the Chameleons, Paul Reilly, and others, and plenty of activities to win prizes for those on hand. Find out more, Minnetrista.net.

Two Indicted In Sanitary District Probe

Two men indicted on fraud-related charges connected to an FBI probe of the city’s Sanitary District. They say 49-year-old Tracy Barton of Selma, Muncie’s superintendent of sewer maintenance and engineering, is charged in connection with accepting kickbacks for steering contracts to preferred contractors. 57 year old Jeffrey Burke is charged stemming from his fraudulent purchase of the Muncie Flea Market from the Sanitary District.