The Herald Bulletin

March 12, 2014

Local briefs: March 12

The Herald Bulletin

---- — March 16-22 is weather prep week

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence has proclaimed March 16-22 as severe weather and flood safety preparedness week in Indiana.

The National Weather Service will conduct a statewide test of communication systems on March 20 between 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and between 7:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

The weather service recommends that all Indiana residents plan for and be ready to respond to extreme weather events.

AHS Class of 1947 to meet

ANDERSON — The Anderson High School Class of 1947 is holding its monthly luncheon Thursday at 11:30 a.m at Perkins Restaurant on Scatterfield Road. The St. Mary’s Class of 1947 is invited to join them. All classmates and friends are welcome.

Madison County tea party to meet

ALEXANDRIA — The tea party of Madison County will meet Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Emery Lee Auditorium at Beulah Park, 420 E Fourth St.

Mike Miller, Republican candidate for Madison County recorder, and Republican sheriff candidates Bruce Dunham and Tony Boze will be the featured speakers.

AHS Class of 1960 sets lunch

ANDERSON — The Anderson High School Class of 1960 will have its monthly luncheon on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon will be held at Shouts at Coopers Sport Bowl, 1920 E 53rd St.

Volunteers still offering help

KOKOMO — Volunteers in the Kokomo area are trying to get word out that they are available to help people still trying to recover from two tornadoes and severe storms that hit the city in November.

The volunteers are part of the long-term recovery team established after the Nov. 17 tornadoes to help clean-up and aid people in need. United Way of Howard County communications director Beth Rattray says people needing help should call 211. Rattray says there is still a lot of work to do, saying volunteers are still seeing homes with tarps on roofs.

Gary to hold school improvement meeting

GARY — The city of Gary plans to work with residents and other agencies to come up come up with strategies to improve schools and education in the city.

The city of Gary will host a community conversation about creating a network of support for the kindergarten through 12th grade education system in Gary. The support network will include afterschool programs, mentoring programs, summer programs and other efforts that would help students do well in school.

Judge wants dead man’s dad to stop posts

EVANSVILLE — A southern Indiana judge has instructed prosecutors to ask the father of a man killed in crash while fleeing a burglary to stop posting comments on Facebook about the case of a man charged with murder in his death.

Ira Beumer of Evansville is facing charges of murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery stemming from a car chase that began after being robbed at gunpoint in his home by four men. Authorities say the chase ended when Beumer rear-ended the men’s car, killing 22-year-old Antuan Jenkins. His father, Steve Jenkins of Milwaukee, has made Facebook posts urging others to join him at the trial.

Insurance enrollment jumps 36 percent

INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly 65,000 Indiana residents have signed up for private insurance under the federal health care law, but the number is still far short of initial projections as the open enrollment deadline nears.

Federal officials said Tuesday that 64,972 Indiana residents had signed up as of March 1. That’s an increase of about 17,700, or 36 percent, from the previous month but is well short of the 100,000 people originally expected to have signed up during the first five months of enrollment.