Historical Society to hold February meeting

ANDERSON — On Monday at 7 p.m., the monthly meeting of the Madison County Historical Society will feature Christy Jones, a specialist with the Anderson Police Department Victim Assistance Unit, and Stan Young of APD as the speakers who will discuss black history in Madison County.

The meeting, in the Madison County History Center at 11 W. 11th St., is open to the public. There is no charge to attend this or any event in the facility.

Information: 683-0052.

Gas leak closes local road briefly

FRANKTON — Madison County Emergency Management officials closed Indiana 13 briefly Wednesday because of a gas leak.

According to EMA assistant public information officer Rodney Connor, the road was closed from county roads 400 to 500 North after EMA received a call for assistance from Frankton Fire Department, which initially discovered the leak at about 5 p.m. The leak was near the intersection of 13 and 400 North, on the Hamilton County border.

High court suspends troubled Clark court

JEFFERSONVILLE — The Indiana Supreme Court has suspended a troubled southern Indiana drug court that's facing a federal lawsuit over the mistreatment of participants including some left incarcerated for months more than their sentences.

The immediate suspension ordered in a letter dated Friday and made public Wednesday bars the Clark County Drug Court from accepting new participants and to develop a plan for the future supervision of current participants.

New owner plans to reopen RV factory

ELKHART — The new owner of a northern Indiana recreational vehicle factory that suddenly closed last week plans to reopen it in the coming months.

Thor Industries announced Tuesday it was buying the Elkhart factory from Monaco RV. Bob Martin, the president and CEO of Elkhart-based Thor, said he expected production of motorhomes at the 220,000-square-foot factory this spring or summer. He said Thor will consider hiring those who worked for Monaco.

State favors Dutch team for next I-69 section

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana board favors a Dutch-led team to build and privately operate a section of the Interstate 69 extension between Bloomington and Martinsville.

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that the board of the Indiana Finance Authority has preliminarily selected a team called I-69 Development Partners and led by Isolux Infrastructure Netherlands B.V. for the $325 million, 21-mile Section 5 of the extension.

Snow blamed for roof collapse at mall

FORT WAYNE — Officials are blaming the weight of snow for causing a corridor roof to collapse at a Fort Wayne shopping mall.

The collapse that happened about 2 a.m. Tuesday at Glenbrook Square left debris and snow in a corridor near its Sears store and inside part of a restaurant. A structural engineer deemed the rest of the mall safe and it was open Tuesday.

Lafayette pedestrian killed in hit-and-run

LAFAYETTE — Police in Lafayette say investigators believe a man found fatally injured in a street was the victim of a hit-and-run collision.

Police say officers arriving Tuesday night found the man on a busy street east of the city's downtown with injuries to his head and elsewhere. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. Some pieces of car body work were left at the scene,

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