Vandals cause problems

Cardinal Greenway officials report vandalism problems along portions of the trail.  Many problems have occurred in the Gaston area, at the downtown trail head and at Rotary Park along Burlington Drive.

Getting their shots

An immunization clinic for children is planned at the Blackford County Health Department Monday.  Hours are 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.  Flu shots for kids ages six months to 18 years cost $2.  A similar clinic is also planned for next Monday.

Special prosecutor request to continue

A hearing in Madison County to appoint a special prosecutor in the John Neal gambling case planned for Monday is on as scheduled.  The attorney for the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission originally planned to withdraw a motion for a special prosecutor early Monday.  However the Herald-Bulletin reports the Indiana Attorney General’s office contacted the attorney to change his mind.

Interchange now safer

Traffic signals are now in place at the I-69/State Road 18 interchange on Marion’s eastern edge.  The signals control traffic exiting and entering the interstate for both northbound and southbound traffic.

Hummer use still undecided

Muncie Police are still trying to figure out how they’ll put three Hummers donated by producers of “Armed and Famous” to use.  Police Chief Joe Winkle says they’re impractical for daily use by the department’s uniform shifts due to their size and how much gas they use.

Winkle also says he doesn’t plan to regularly use one of the vehicles after taking one home last weekend as an experiment.  Deputy Chief Terry Winters also took one home and Mayor Dan Canan drove one around for a short period last week.

The department will likely keep one of the Hummers back for ceremonial uses like parades or transporting officers to training events.  Winkle also says there were only three members of the department who knew about the donation in advance, and he wasn’t one of them.  He’s also surprised that they were able to keep a secret in the department!

Highway foes speak out

The Indiana Department of Transportation held a public hearing Thursday at Anderson University’s Reardon Auditorium to discuss Governor Daniels’ proposed Indiana Commerce Connector.  That’s the name of the toll road the governor wants to build starting in the Pendleton area and around Indianapolis to I-70.  A number of people expressed opposition to the governor’s plan.  The new highway would link four interstate highways, including I-69.

More boiling needed

Alexandria officials have extended the city’s boil order until 6 p.m. Saturday at the earliest.  That’s due to limited Saturday hours at the lab that will test the city’s water.  A water main break Wednesday prompted the boil order.