Library cuts to be discussed in August
ANDERSON — Budget cuts that could include closing the Lapel Branch will be discussed next month at a special meeting of the Anderson Public Library Board.
The board met Wednesday but took no action on cuts. Executive Director Sarah Later said the recent special session of the Indiana General Assembly resulted in a budget calendar that gives the library a one-month extension, until October, to pass a budget.
The board’s special meeting will be Aug. 12 at 4:15 p.m. at the Anderson library.
Bowling fundraiser set for July 25
ANDERSON — The Austin Keesling Bowling Fundraiser Party will be held July 25 at Cooper’s Sports Bowl, 1920 E. 53rd St. All proceeds will benefit the Austin Keesling Music Scholarship Fund, named as a memorial to the Ball State freshman who died May 3 from an enlarged heart.
Participants can bowl three games for $10 per person; the price includes shoe rental. Tickets must be purchased at Cooper’s or The Toast Cafe.
Middletown Alumni dinner July 27
MIDDLETOWN — The Middletown Alumni annual covered dish dinner will be Sunday, July 27, at Shenandoah Elementary School.
Doors will open at noon and dinner will be served at 1 p.m. The class of 1959 will celebrate 50 years.
For more information, call 354-2134 or 378-0244.
Trash fee discount booth to be at mall
ANDERSON — Senior citizens over age 65 and those with permanent disabilities can visit a city booth set up 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday July 20-31 in the center of Mounds Mall to apply for a $3 a month discount to the city’s recently passed trash pickup fee.
Applicants also will be asked to fill out a short information form.
The $3 discount is on the $10.70 a month trash pickup fee that was approved by the Anderson City Council on Thursday. The fee will begin in August.
Library cuts to be discussed in August
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Police arrest suspect in Speer homicide
Police believe they have the man responsible for terrorizing a family and small community with a brutal and confusing crime. George Arthur Knotts Sr., 68, of Elwood was transferred to the Madison County Jail on Friday, facing preliminary charges of murder, strangulation, criminal confinement and aggravated battery in connection with the homicide of 66-year-old Linda Speer.
Airman's remains return to Elwood
Hundreds turned out Thursday to welcome Air Force serviceman Howard Martin home 62 years after he died. Martin’s remains were returned to Elwood after being flown back to Indiana from Alaska, where he was killed during the Korean War when the C-124 Globemaster he was riding in crashed into a mountain while traveling to an Air Force base near Anchorage.
Ex-husband of Elwood homicide victim says she was a nice person
The ex-husband of an Elwood woman who was found dead on Tuesday said he hadn't spoken to the woman in years, but he can't imagine why anyone would've wanted her dead. Linda Speer, 66, was found in her home in the 1800 block of North C Street in Elwood by her daughter late Tuesday night.
South Madison school board praises Superintendent Buck’s leadership
The only comments at a public hearing Thursday on the proposed new three-year contract for South Madison Community Schools Superintendent Joe Buck were positive, and those came from members of the board of trustees.
City Council gives dispatch center initial OK
With plenty of questions remaining about a combined dispatch center, the Anderson City Council approved an ordinance on one of three required readings.
- Military to restore equipment program for fire departments An agreement has been reached to keep surplus military equipment rolling into rural fire department bays.
- Program's return good news for Frankton After a lot of push-back from rural fire departments, the U.S. Department of Defense decided not to cancel its program of giving used military trucks to small fire departments.
- City to demolish 14 houses Three years after the Anderson Police Department discovered 19 dogs and nine cats filling a home on Kerrwood Drive, the structure is being demolished. The house at 2025 Kerrwood Drive is one of 14 in poor condition that the Anderson Board of Public Safety voted to demolish using federal grant funds.
- Council approves rezoning for P.A.C. Development After months of discussion, the Anderson City Council has approved a rezoning request for 66 acres of land along Columbus Avenue that was recently annexed into the city.
- ACS free/reduced meals, textbook applications available Anderson Community Schools free/reduced meals and textbook applications for the 2014-15 school year will be available and accepted at Anderson High School (gym commons area) at 4610 S. Madison Ave.
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