Getting kids their shots

The Blackford County Health Department has an immunization clinic for kids scheduled Monday.  It takes place from 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m. at the department offices on Van Cleve Street.  Flu vaccinations will be offered for two-dollars each.

Short sentence in drug case

A New Castle man who pleaded guilty to drug charges has received a two-year prison sentence.  Robert Kilgore, 38, was arrested after allegedly selling OxyContin to a member of the Henry County Area Drug Task Force last April.

Judge steps down

The New Castle City Court judge has resigned.  Jim Small plans to seek the Republican nomination for New Castle mayor during this year’s primary election.  He’s the second New Castle City Court judge to resign in as many years to seek another office.

Muncie reality show canned by Eye network

CBS has cancelled “Armed and Famous” according to Variety.  However www.tvguide.com indicates the show has been picked up by VH-1 and will begin airing next weekend, including the shows that never aired on CBS.  By the same token the VH-1 website carries no mention of the show at this point.

Blaze strikes Madison County residence

Fire heavily damaged a rural Lapel home Saturday night.  The blaze broke out at 1009 Cardinal Way, not too far off the intersection of State Road 32 and Madison County Road 500W.  There were initial reports of a woman trapped, but she was able to escape.  Edgewood and Frankton firefighters assisted Lapel firefighters at the scene.

Heading to the nation's capital

Marion and Grant County officials will take part in the “D.C. Fly-in” sponsored by the Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce March 6 – 8.  They’ll visit Washington D.C. to look for potential federal funds for projects.  Officials aren’t sure how much success they’ll have in the search for funding, but they do hope to strengthen congressional ties.

Man killed when truck rolls over

A Madison County man died in a crash near Markleville early Friday morning.  Police say James Stewart, 32, was southbound behind another vehicle on County Road 300E when he hit an icy patch.  His pickup truck left the road and rolled over near County Road 800S.  Stewart was ejected from the truck and died at the scene.

Neal admits false statements about income

A federal court heard Friday that accused gambling kingpin John Neal lied about his income from illegal video gambling machines located throughout the area.  His attorney told a judge that Neal no longer leads the organization.  Federal prosecutors are trying to get his parole stemming from previous charges years ago revoked.

Dull remains imprisoned

The Indiana Parole Board ruled against a parole request by Jay Dull, a Muncie man convicted in the robbery, beating and death of a Muncie cab driver 47 years ago.  Dull was originally sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life in prison when the Supreme Court ruled old death penalties were unconstitutional.  Dull was released in the early 1980’s but then taken back into custody in 1991 for not reporting to his parole officer.

MGH services going to private firm

Marion General Hospital officials have decided to out-source operations in two departments.  Services in the engineering and biomedical engineering departments will be assigned to Crothall Facilities Management.  19 hospital jobs will be lost as a result of the change.  The employees will get first crack at a position with the new firm, or they can apply for transfers to other departments at the hospital.