Anderson/Madison County Getting Many Business Inquiries

The city of Anderson and Madison County officials are noticing a jump in the number of inquiries from companies expressing interest in relocating to the local area.  Mary Starkey, executive director of Corporation for Economic Development, said last year was the county’s most significant year for business activity in decades with hundreds of millions of dollars being invested in the county.  Nestle alone was at the top of the list at $369 million and will provide 300 new jobs.

Anderson Woman May Face Long Prison Term

A 21-year-old Anderson woman faces 20 to 50 years in prison for her role in a robbery that left a woman severely injured. Crystal Ann Weber made an initial court appearance Monday on charges of aiding in robbery causing serious bodily injury, a Class A felony, that carries an advisory sentence of 30 years behind bars.  The charges resulted from the robbery of an Anderson woman at the local Target store in December.

Anderson Home Damaged by Fire

A Monday evening fire caused damage to a home on Anderson’s Cross Street.   One occupant of the home was taken to Community Hospital for treatment of burns.  The fire reportedly started in the kitchen and spread into the ceiling and walls. The homeowner told firefighters that her daughter was home alone and was cooking when flames came out from behind the stove.

Marion Dollar General Center Should be Unaffected by Pending Sale

The proposed $6.9 billion buyout of Dollar General by Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co. would be the biggest deal in history for a U.S. retail chain.  Potential impact on the Dollar General distribution center in Marion was unclear but Tom Lehman, econiomics professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, said he doubted the buyout would mean much locally in the next few months. Dollar General, based in Goodlettsville, Tenn., has more retail stores than any other chain in the United States, in mostly rural towns. 

Grant County Jail Inmate Sues

The Grant County Jail inmate suing the county for overcrowding at the jail is set to have one of his criminal trials start Monday.  Richard Tyson who is 30, is set to stand trial on charges of armed robbery, criminal confinement, intimidation and resisting law enforcement.  Tyson, through the Indiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, sued the Grant County sheriff and the Grant County Commissioners in January for conditions at the jail.

New Castle Correctional Facility Hiring

230 new employees are going to be hired by the New Castle Correctional Facility.  The additional staff members are needed to handle the inmates being transferred there from Arizona.   Those new jobs are in addition to those announced recently for a new plant in New Castle.  That facility will produce parts for Honda vehicles and send them to the new Honda plant in southern Indiana.

BSU Clearing Houses for New Dorm

Ball State University has begun demolition of eight homes they own.   The houses are on Marsh Street and Neeley Avenue.   Eventually, about 20 homes will be demolished.  The space is needed for construction of the new “North Residence Hall.”   It is expected to be ready for use by 2010.

Some INDOT Area Projects Delayed

The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced the delay of several local highway projects.   According to the City-County Planning Commission, lack of funding is the reason for the postponements.  Among the projects being put on hold is an overpass to carry Centennial Avenue over the Muncie By-Pass.   That is a scene of frequent personal injury accidents.

Downtown roundabout

The intersection of Walnut and Seymour streets in Downtown Muncie will close starting today as construction begins on a roundabout. In addition to the roundabout construction, the Passing of the Buffalo statue will return to downtown. The city has plans in place to ensure traffic access to local business in the affected area, including T&H Sweeper, The Star Press distribution center and Delaware Machine & Tool. The project is being funded by federal funds initially secured by former representative David McIntosh. Project completion is targeted for the fall.