Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Local News

November 24, 2012

Public Eye - Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012

Making it personal

The Southeast Annexation battle between the city of Kokomo and Taylor Community Schools took a dramatic turn this week.

During Monday’s caucus of the Kokomo Common Council, city controller Randy Morris passed around a fact sheet to council members and the media. In it, there was a lot of information about the decrease in assessed value for Taylor schools, the loss of 140 parcels with the construction of the new U.S. 31 Kokomo Corridor, and the projected increase in property tax rates.

Morris went on to write that the average salary of administrators at Taylor is $103,000, the highest of any school system in Howard County.

Then the fact sheet turned on Magers, questioning this choice of residency (he reportedly owns property in Henry County but rents in Taylor Township) and his mode of transportation.

“On a side note, Superintendent Magers drives a Toyota Pruis, which raises questions about his support of our local work force, retirees and their families,” the fact sheet stated.

We have to question how that figures into annexation.

Go Irish!

During last week’s meeting of the Howard County commissioners, Tyler Moore extolled the good news that alumni of Notre Dame University were greeted with that morning.

For the first time since 1993, the Fighting Irish were ranked No. 1 in the college football polls and sits atop the BCS rankings to play for the national title.

“It was a good weekend for Notre Dame,” Moore said at the opening of the meeting, an obvious reference to the fact that both Kansas State and Oregon were upset over the weekend.

“We’re looking forward to Jan. 7,” Moore said of the championship game against likely opponent Alabama.

Moore was a cheerleader at Notre Dame University.

Redistricting on hold

Following the 2010 census, the Kokomo Common Council is required by state law to reconfigure the six council districts to ensure equal representation.

Council president Mike Kennedy appointed the three council members elected to at-large seats to serve on a committee to redraw the district lines. Kennedy, Bob Hayes and Kevin Summers will decide how the boundary lines will be drawn.

Kennedy said at Monday’s council caucus that action has to be taken by Dec. 10. He said the intent is to leave the district lines as they’re currently configured. He said the city is waiting on population numbers from the county and work will begin in 2013 on redrawing the boundary lines.

The next city election, when the new district configuration will be utilized, is not until 2015.

Expect a full house

There’ll likely be a large number of residents to the southeast of city limits to be in attendance at Monday’s Kokomo Common Council meeting.

The council will be considering on first reading an ordinance to annex the area along the U.S. 31 Kokomo Corridor. Affected residents have already started a petition drive in opposition to the annexation and Taylor School Superintendent John Magers has been playing a significant role in the discussion. The council meets at 7 p.m. in the council chambers of Kokomo City Hall.

Legislative preview

The Kokomo Chamber of Commerce is hosting “Eggs & Issues,” a preview of the 2013 session of the Indiana General Assembly on Thursday. The event will be 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Casa Bella Room at Pastariffic. Reservations to attend the event can be made by calling 765-457-5301, the cost is $15 for non-members and $10 for chamber members.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Spirits high at Brickyard 400 SPEEDWAY – Despite threatening skies and chances of rain, fans at the Brickyard 400 were not disheartened by the forecast. Brickyard 400 race day dawned with rain and fog, and the sun broke through the clouds at mid-morning. Fans expected the race to

    July 27, 2014

  • NWS - KT072614 - Five Below Grand Opening - pic Five Below opening draws crowds

    Mary Martin is the director of marketing and business development for Markland Mall and, with four grandchildren, she's also a consumer looking for cost-effective deals which still leave her — and the kids — feeling satisfied. Martin was able to purc

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mud battle 01 Mud Battle at Oakbrook Church challenges participants

    Challenges are nothing knew to Army Specialist Anthony Walton. An Afghanistan veteran, who was injured in 2011, Walton has endured some of the worst conditions imaginable. While in Afghanistan, Walton was shot more than 30 times in his left arm durin

    July 27, 2014 3 Photos

  • Indiana fruit crops take another weather beating BEDFORD, Ind. (AP) — The polar vortex that plunged Indiana into a deep freeze in January has taken a toll on the state's peach crop, and an April cold snap has done the same for apples. Orchard owners are bringing in peaches from out of state and sa

    July 27, 2014

  • 931 business 02 Opening of new US 31 appears to have had little effect on local business The new U.S. 31 bypass came with a litany of questions for local businesses. How would the changes in traffic patterns affect sales? How long would it take to see the full effect from that change in traffic patterns? What is the long-term prognosis f

    July 27, 2014 3 Photos

  • 1969 Kokomo grads share space stories On July 20, 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped down the ladder of the lunar module “Eagle” and uttered those immortal words, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”Best friends Dave Hudson and Greg McCauley, who had just graduated f

    July 27, 2014

  • first dirilyte Dirilyte alloy: Definitely not a Kokomo first As with many of the so-called City of Firsts’ inventions, Dirilyte was definitely not a Kokomo first, Dave Broman, executive director of the Howard County Historical Society, said.“Dirilyte is a little more clear-cut,” Broman said of research in the

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ride to help fight breast cancer WABASH — The Moonshine Cowboys Ride for a Cause will be Saturday at Scotty’s Bar, 780 Manchester Ave. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and kickstands are up at noon.The cost is $20 per person, and proceeds will go to fight inflammatory breast cancer. I

    July 27, 2014

  • SCP KT 072714 Innovation Symposium pic IUK Innovation Symposium receives grant for 2015 program A grant from the Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Council will allow more students to participate in IU Kokomo’s Innovation Symposium overseas travel program.The grant will cover travel expenses for eight to 10 students to spend three weeks in

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Continental picnic set for Saturday Former Continental Steel employees and their families will gather from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Rodgers Pavilion in Highland Park for a picnic. It is the 28th year for the get-together.Those who attend may bring a covered dish. Barbecued ribs, hot

    July 27, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries