This is day 24 of the partial government shutdown. President Trump has not ruled out declaring a national emergency to fund the border wall. The Senate convenes at 3 this afternoon.
The warnings and advisories are over, but the weekend storm left the area with more than a half foot of snow. Local law enforcement was extremely busy with slide offs and crashes while Indiana State Police investigated more than 100 accidents on central Indiana roadways. They say most of those crashes were due to drivers traveling too fast for the weather conditions.
The Madison County prosecutor has filed charges in the death of a 4-month-old who died from a heroin overdose. According to the Herald Bulletin, the baby’s parents, 29-year-old Tiffany McNutt, and 28-year-old Daniel Jones, are charged with felony neglect of a dependent.
Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler has announced that after serving two terms he will not seek re-election. Tyler made the announcement Friday, stating that he plans to spend more quality time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Police in Kokomo are searching for a pair of robbery suspects who fired a gun at a store clerk. It happened at the One Stop Express on North Washington Street when two men entered the business, with one running out a display case. When the clerk gave chase, one of the men fired a shot at the clerk. No injuries were reported.
Operators of local food pantries are keeping an eye on the federal government’s shutdown in anticipation of possible increased need for food, especially among federal government workers and those receiving public assistance. It was announced Friday that SNAP benefits will be extended through the entire month of February. However, benefits for the month will be issued January 19.
Anderson basketball legend Jumpin’ Johnny Wilson has died. Wilson was a high school phenom, Indians’ 1946 Mr. Basketball, a former Harlem Globetrotter and an ambassador to the community. Wilson died Friday at the age 91 in Virginia after a brief illness.
Although the Anderson Plan Commission approved the rezoning from residential to a business, residents told the Anderson City Council they don’t want a Dollar General store at the corner of Ninth Street and Madison Avenue. The council has voted unanimously to deny it.
The Whitely Community Council will have its monthly community meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. tonight at the Muncie Area Career Center. A small meal and refreshments will be served 5:30-6 p.m. The meeting is open to all Muncie citizens.
The Muncie Arts and Culture Council will host the 2019 Annual Public Reception. Learn more about the work MACC does, such as the Mayor’s Arts Awards, and how to get involved. The reception will be held Thursday, January 17th at 5:30 PM in the Indiana Room at Minnetrista.