The Herald Bulletin

October 11, 2013

Local Briefs: Oct. 12

The Herald Bulletin

---- — STAR Bank Hosts Third Annual Community Service Day

ANDERSON — STAR Financial Bank employees are picking up paint brushes and getting their hands dirty this Monday on Columbus Day as part of STAR's annual Community Service Day.

One hundred and thirty-five area STAR employees, and more than 600 from Indianapolis to Angola, will be working hand-in-hand with local not-for-profit groups and taking part in different activities including cleanups and tree trimming.

STAR has partnered with several different organizations in the Anderson, Muncie and New Castle communities, including Dove Harbor, United Way, The Animal Protection League, Raintree Habit for Humanity, YWCA of Muncie, The Second Harvest Food Bank and The City of Muncie.

Information: Kristin Marcucilli, (260) 479-2622.

Jackson to present program on Chief Anderson

ANDERSON — The Genealogy Department of the Madison County Historical Society will present a program featuring the life and times of Chief William Anderson, our city's namesake, by Madison County Historian Steve Jackson.

The class will be held on Monday at 7 p.m. in the History Center, 15 W. 11th St. There is no fee to attend the class.

One dies in Fremont house fire

FREMONT — Authorities say one person has been found dead after a house fire in northeastern Indiana.

The Steuben County Sheriff's Department says emergency crews arrived late Thursday to find the rural home outside Fremont engulfed in flames.

The Herald Republican reports residents of the home told crews that one person was still inside, but that the flames were too intense for firefighters to enter the house. The identity of the person who died wasn't immediately released.

Board backs site for Indiana fertilizer plant

MOUNT VERNON — County officials in southwestern Indiana are giving the go-ahead on the site picked for a proposed $2.1 billion fertilizer plant even though some residents question whether it is a good spot.

Posey County's Board of Zoning Appeals on Thursday approved a permit for the project on 219 acres of farmland in an industrial area near Mount Vernon.

Indiana sanctuary now at 100-animal mark

ALBION — A northeastern Indiana exotic animal sanctuary is now housing 100 animals with the arrival of two tigers and a bobcat.

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary director Lori Gagen says its population typically tops out in the high 80s, but more donations in recent years have allowed it to accept more animals.

Gagen tells The Journal Gazette that the two tigers arrived last month from a small zoo in Ohio that had to reduce its number of animals because of that state's new stricter law on keeping exotic animals. The 10-year-old bobcat came from private owners who struggled to pay for its ongoing needs.

Fort Wayne named a 'green community'

FORT WAYNE — The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) has designated Fort Wayne as a “Green Community.” IACT launched the program in 2008 to identify potential cost savings to communities facing budget shortfalls, promote economically competitive quality of life concepts, and to serve as role models for citizens while better protecting the environment.

To be recognized, Fort Wayne had to meet a minimum score on a 49-question survey in the areas of purchasing, operations, measuring success and other factors.