Red Gold Has Expansion Plans

Elwood-based Red Gold is spreading its wings. Company officials say they intend to add two new processing lines to the company’s plant in northern Madison County. The initiative is called a multimillion-dollar expansion that will add jobs and expand the company footprint both locally and nationally.

Muncie Man Charged With Threatening Girlfriend

A Muncie man whom police say pointed a handgun at the temple of his girlfriend is charged with domestic battery and intimidation. 48 year old Richard Harless was arrested after the incident at a home on the north-side early Tuesday morning. The alleged victim told Harless to leave the property but he confronted her in the garage several minutes later.

New Castle Man Strikes Deal; Will Plead Guilty

A New Castle man has struck a deal with prosecutors and agreed to plead guilty to killing the man he shared a home with. The Star Press reports that 52-year-old Robert Dunn will plead guilty – but mentally ill – to murder at a Feb. 11 hearing. Dunn was arrested in December of 2018, after he allegedly stabbed his longtime friend, Barry Keith, in their Ross Street home.

Council Tables Salary Hike Request

Madison County Council backburnered a request from county commissioners this week for a 20.8% pay increase for the human resources/risk manager and county administrator. The Herald Bulletin reports the pay hikes were requested for Beatrice Ramey, the human resources/risk manager since 2018 and Tim Westerfield, county administrator since 2019. Both positions currently pay just under $48,000 per year.

Final Arguments In Case Of Injured Infant

Attorneys have issued their final arguments in the case of a Muncie foster parent accused of severely injuring an infant who had been placed in her care. According to the Star Press, 36-year-old Audrey Hannaford is facing up to 16 years in prison after an 11-week-old boy in her care suffered shaken baby syndrome.

Madison County Comprehensive Plan Taking Shape

After more than a year of gathering information, the draft comprehensive plan for Madison County is starting to take shape. The Herald Bulletin reports the draft plan will be presented to the Madison County Planning Commission on Feb. 11. The commission will then send a recommendation to the Madison County Board of Commissioners by March 9.

MadCo FCU To Close Alexandria Branch

Madison County Federal Credit Union says they plan to close the Alexandria location and open a new branch in Pendleton. Credit union officials say there has been a demand for its banking services in Pendleton for some time, but a suitable location recently became available. The new branch is tentatively scheduled to open on June 1, while the Alexandria branch’s last day of business will be Friday, April 3.