Park, walking trail closed until 2014
ANDERSON — Edgewater Park and the walking trail from the park to the Truman Bridge is now closed through the end of the year for the levee project.
The Army Corp of Engineers is in charge of the project.
Sale, cookout to benefit AAU team
ALEXANDRIA — The eighth grade AAU Netter-Warriors boys basketball team will host a garage sale and cookout today and Saturday at the corner of Ind. 28 and Ind. 9 across from Ricker's gas station. The rummage sale will begin at 8 a.m. and cookout at 10:30 a.m.
All proceeds will benefit the travel expenses for the upcoming Nationals Tournament in Orlando, Fla. The team will leave July 10.
For more information, call Kylie Brubaker, 765-661-5715, or Angie Remington, 765-425-4163.
Truck hits bridge after project announced
INDIANAPOLIS — A truck struck a low overpass on Interstates 65-70 in downtown Indianapolis one day after Indiana highway officials announced a 90-day closure of the key freeway to lower pavement and prevent future truck strikes.
Frequent truck strikes on seven low bridges over the freeway led the Indiana Department of Transportation to announce Wednesday it would close the key freeway serving downtown Indianapolis for up to 90 days this fall to lower the pavement below seven bridges at the South Split.
Furloughs near at Crane base
CRANE — Officials at southern Indiana's Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center say one-day-a-week unpaid furloughs are about to start for its thousands of civilian workers.
Base officials say the furloughs caused by automatic federal budget cuts will start the week of July 8 and continue through September. The base's nearly 3,100 Navy employees and 800 Army workers will see a 20 percent pay cut during that time.
The American Federation of Government Employees local that represents Crane workers argues the furloughs won't save money and will hurt projects done at the base southwest of Bloomington.
Work at Crane ranges from defusing old bombs to developing jamming devices.
Couple survives coal truck encounter
LYNNVILLE — Indiana State Police say a couple walking along southwestern Indiana highway avoided life-threatening injuries when a truck overturned and spilled coal.
Police say 75-year-old Jerry Claridge and 74-year-old Phyllis Claridge of Lynnville were walking along Indiana 61 near the Pike/Warrick county line Thursday morning when the truck entered the curve and its load shifted, sending the vehicle onto its side.
Police say coal from the trailer struck Phyllis Claridge and the impact swept her off her feet and under a metal fence along the highway. Her husband was able to pull her out and walk her to a neighbor's house.
She was airlifted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Indiana office to promote small business
INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence has restructured Indiana efforts to help small businesses, in a bid to create more jobs and startups.
Pence on Thursday created the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He said it will focus on consulting, specialty programming, and integrating universities, private businesses and government agencies. Also, a new ombudsman position is designed to cut through government red tape for small businesses and start-ups.