Township board to meet Tuesday
MARKLEVILLE — Adams Township Advisory Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Adams Markleville Fire Station, 7457 S. 200E.
The agenda includes the group’s annual organizational meeting.
Newspaper to host blood drive
ANDERSON — The Herald Bulletin, 1133 Jackson St., will host a blood drive on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 1 to 4:45 p.m.
The Bloodmobile will be parked in the newspaper’s lower parking lot behind the building. Appointments may be made by going to www.donorpoint.org or by calling Tammy Everitt at 648-4242.
Giant Eagle entering Indiana
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle supermarket chain is expanding into Indiana.
The chain says it has an agreement to build a GetGo convenience store and an upscale Market District grocery store in Carmel, Ind., a suburb of Indianapolis.
Both Indiana stores will be part of a development called The Bridges and are set to open next year.
2nd man pleads guilty in shootings
GOSHEN — A second man has pleaded guilty to murder charges in the shooting deaths of a northern Indiana convenience store’s owner and an employee.
Kevin Moore, 29, of Elkhart pleaded guilty mentally ill on two counts of murder during a court hearing Thursday. He admitted taking part in a Sept. 5 robbery at Saleh’s Market near downtown Elkhart, where Jagtar Bhatti, 55, and Pawan Singh, 20, were fatally shot.
Ports of Indiana cargo up 20 percent
INDIANAPOLIS — The Ports of Indiana handled 8.3 million tons of cargo at its three ports last year, an increase of 20 percent over a year earlier.
Officials with the Ports of Indiana say it was the third highest total of cargo in the organization’s 52-year history and the highest since 2006. They say shipments of coal, steel and agricultural-related products helped lead the increases.
Senate OKs vets’ property tax cut
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Senate has approved a measure that would increase the amount that disabled veterans receive in property tax reductions.
The measure authored by Sen. Doug Eckerty and Sen. Travis Holdman would increase the property value that qualifies for a reduction from $143,000 to $195,000. The measure now heads to the House, where Rep. Woody Burton is the sponsor.
Man arrested in 1998 slaying
TERRE HAUTE — An Iowa man was formally charged with murder Friday in the 1998 slaying of a 19-year-old woman whose body was found in a western Indiana home where she had been housesitting.
Clinton Mackey, 33, of Vinton, Iowa, was being held without bond at the Vigo County Jail in Erika Case’s killing. During Friday’s hearing in Terre Haute, a judge set Mackey’s trial for July 14.
and agreed to appoint an attorney for the former West Terre Haute, Ind., man.
Trial starts over burned music hall
NASHVILLE — Testimony has started in the trial of the former manager of a southern Indiana concert hall on charges he set the fire that destroyed it more than four years ago.
The first witnesses took the stand Thursday in a Brown County court on the arson charges against 77-year-old James Bowyer of Morgantown for the September 2009 fire at the Little Nashville Opry.