One of the signs of the Christmas season in Gibson County will be missing this year. The strings of lights that run from the top of the courthouse down to each corner of the square and are visible for miles around will not be hung. Since 2006 those lights have been hung by firefighters from the Princeton Fire Territory, and a statement posted on their union local's Facebook Page Wednesday night indicated that the already precarious climb to the top of the courthouse has been made dangerous because some of the anchors holding a 25 foot ladder to the wall are pulling away from the structure. The situation had been reported to county officials and commissioners have since advised firefighters that the situation is unsafe.
Legislators from Indiana and more than 30 other states gather in Washington in December for the next step in a push for a constitutional convention. The Assembly of State Legislatures, which formed to lay groundwork for a convention, last gathered in Indianapolis in June to assign committees to hammer out rules for delegate selection and the convention itself. Senate President Pro Tem David Long says they‘ll discuss those drafts December 8 and 9, in hopes of being ready to finalize the convention call next year in Salt Lake City. It takes 34 states to force a convention. Long says 25 states, including Indiana, have already requested a one to consider a balanced-budget amendment, but the meeting will review those resolutions to make sure there are no issues about their wording or when they were adopted. Long believes more than 40 states will eventually endorse the call for a convention.
Officials with the Princeton Street Department say crews will be picking up loose leaves next week. The plan is for crews to work Monday on Hart Street, Tuesday on West Street, Wednesday on Pinkney and the 500 block of south First, then Thursday Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky from Main to Stout and Friday leaves will be picked up on Stormont and Stout streets. Residents along those streets should rake leaves between the sidewalk and the curb for pickup. If you have bagged leaves anywhere in the city you can have those picked up by calling 385-3343.
The Indiana Department of Transportation says a big change at the state road 64/65 junction will take place the first of next week. Crews will activate the new traffic signal that's been installed installed as part of the intersection renovation Monday, and then any remaining barricades will be pulled back. With that the project will be fully open to traffic for the winter - with only touch-up work and inspections left for the Spring. IN-DOT says drivers should watch for other vehicles as they adjust to the new traffic pattern.
Police in Mount Carmel say a reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever was responsible for a burglary there Monday night or Tuesday morning. 4 laptops were taken from the WAVE office on 3rd street. The break-in happened sometime between 7 PM Monday and 7 AM Tuesday. Authorities are asking anyone who may have seen something suspicious to contact them. The crime-stoppers reward for information is $300, and the number: 262-HALT.