Radios cause problems

Grant County emergency officials say they had trouble with their radios during the house fire that killed Upland firefighter Sidney Hall nearly two weeks ago.  The radios used by emergency medical technicians to contact Marion General Hospital couldn’t get out a strong enough signal.  800 megahertz radios that will eventually become standard equipment but are now being used for practice also didn’t work.  Officials say there was no delay in getting a medical helicopter from Fort Wayne to the scene as a result of the radio problems.

Taylor getting into mayoral race

A rumored Republican candidate for Muncie mayor officially kicks off his campaign Tuesday afternoon.  David Taylor holds an event from 4 – 5:30 p.m. at Vera Mae’s Bistro on Walnut Street.  There are at least three other confirmed candidates for the job.

Firefighter remembered

A fallen Upland volunteer firefighter was laid to rest Saturday.  Sidney Hall died at a Fort Wayne hospital on January 5, two days after he fell through a hole in the floor while battling a house fire.  Firefighters from all over the state and even from Chicago attended Hall’s funeral.  Fire departments from Delaware, Madison and Huntington counties provided fire protection while Grant County firefighters attended Hall’s services.

Dull wants out

The Muncie man who was the first in Delaware County’s history to receive the death sentence wants to be paroled.  Jay Dull was first sentenced to death nearly 46 years ago in the abduction and death of a taxi driver.  Dull’s sentence was commuted to life in prison in 1975 when the Supreme Court declared old death penalty rules unconstitutional.  Dull was paroled in 1983 but returned to prison eight years later for not reporting to his parole officer.

Plans for street draw concern

Residents along a stretch of 126th Street in Fishers are wary of plans to widen the street into a boulevard thoroughfare.  They say they want less traffic on the stretch rather than more.  Work on the 4.5 mile section would begin next year and be completed by 2010.

Teacher Awarded

A local teacher was recently awarded a Robert P. Bell grant from the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County for the second quarter of the 2006-2007 academic school year.  Richard Grill of St. Mary School, will receive $305 for music students to study ancient Egyptian music.

Web-Based School Alert System

A web-based School Alert system is about to launch in its first school system.  My School Alert, which is designed to send messages from school officials to parents about weather delays, meetings, and canceled team practices, will be tested at The Monroe Central School Corp in Randolph County.  If the test is a success, My School Alert will be implemented in many other schools.


The filming for the Reality Show Armed and Famous finished up yesterday at Muncie City Hall.  As a farewell gift from the Celebrities, the Muncie Police Department was given 3 Hummer H3’s.  The spare tire and roofs were emblazoned with the Armed & Famous insignia, while the sides read Muncie Police. The hummers run around $30,000 a piece, not including all the police accessories that were added.  Winkle said he would meet with other department leaders next week to determine how the Hummers can be best used.

BSU Deadline Approaching

Ball State students have until Friday to meet late registration deadlines at the university.  Ball State’s spring semester began Monday.  After Friday, the university will begin charging a $30 fee to any enrolled student who registers for a class that is not an evening or weekend course.  Also, Tuesday marks the last day for students to withdraw from spring semester and receive a 100 percent refund of registration fees.