Thousands of people are expected to attend today’s funeral services for Delaware County Sheriff Mike Scroggins. Scroggins died unexpectedly last Friday. Those wishing to attend the funeral service should park at the Fairgrounds and take MITS shuttle buses to the Fieldhouse. There will be no cemetery services today; the procession will leave the Fieldhouse and proceed to the fairgrounds after the funeral. Drivers should anticipate a long procession along the route that will follow Wysor Street, Wheeling Avenue, White River Boulevard, Washington Street, Walnut Street and Centennial Avenue to the fairgrounds.
Today’s funeral proceedings will have an impact on Muncie drivers. Commuters will need to remember that some city streets will be closed between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. including Walnut Street between Columbus Avenue and Washington Street; High Street between Washington Street and White River Boulevard; and White River Boulevard between Washington and Walnut.
A reminder, The Delaware County Building and the Delaware County Justice Center are closed today in honor and remembrance of Sheriff Scroggins.
A special caucus will be held on Thursday June fourth to select a successor for Delaware County Sheriff Mike Scroggins. The caucus, set for 5 p.m., will be held at Democratic Party Headquarters on Walnut Street. Prospective candidates can deliver letters of intent to Democratic Headquarters no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, June 1. The new sheriff will serve the remainder of Scroggins’ term, through December 2018.
Its Little 500 Weekend: Today is Little 500 Bump Day, with qualifications taking place from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and then tomorrow it’s the “greatest short track race” in America – the 67th running of the Pay Less Little 500 presented by UAW/GM with 33 sprint cars competing for 500 laps on Anderson Speedway’s famed quarter-mile track. Pre-race festivities begin at 7 tomorrow night, the checkered flag drops at 8. The race can be heard on Woofboom station 1240 AM, WHBU.
Regardless of who takes the checkered flag in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, EC Indiana will be well-represented in the winner’s circle. Muncie-area dairy farmer Alan Wright of All Right Farms will be one of two Hoosier dairy farmers presenting the traditional Bottle of Milk to the winner of the 500 Mile Race.
The tradition dates to 1933 when Louis Meyer – the race’s first three-time winner – pulled into Victory Lane and asked for a glass of his favorite beverage. In 1956, the Bottle of Milk became a permanent part of Victory Lane festivities.
The State Attorney General’s Office has launched a campaign to deal with illegal sex trafficking during the Indy 500 this weekend. Experts say young girls will be brought to central Indiana this weekend and sold for sex. The combination of large crowds, a party atmosphere and an event that caters mostly to men is when sex trafficking spikes. The Attorney General’s office is fighting back through an awareness campaign titled, “Indiana’s Not Buying It.”
Triple A says more than 37 million people are expected to travel more than 50 miles from home over the Memorial Day weekend. Cheapest gas prices for your holiday weekend travel plans right here in Indiana and Illinois. In fact, gas prices here at the lowest in five years heading into Memorial Day. In Indiana, gas prices average $2.50 per gallon, down from $3.63 this time last year.
Police in Florida say the Indianapolis based Simon Property Group was bilked out of $20 million in an elaborate racketeering scheme in Florida. Prosecutors say Simon, the nation’s largest shopping mall operator, didn’t detect the scheme for five years. Eight people arrested charged with racketeering and grand theft.
Ontario Systems has kicked off its 2015 summer internship program welcoming a dozen students from Ball State, Purdue, and Anderson University, as well as the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. The program gives the students real-world experience and helps Ontario Systems build a diverse workforce. The company accepts internship applications starting in the fall of each calendar year. This year, Ontario Systems received more than 200 applications, doubling last year’s numbers.