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At the Elwood Glass Festival Parade, one local politician veered from the parade route as light rain began. Do 'runaway' parade entrants pose a danger to spectators?

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If the election were held today, who would get your vote for Madison County Sheriff?

  • Scott Mellinger (Democrat) (39%, 156 Votes)
  • Tim Basey (Libertarian) (37%, 147 Votes)
  • Bruce Dunham (Republican) (20%, 80 Votes)
  • Undecided (4%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 395

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And the Band Played On…

A light rain shower hit just as the Elwood Glass Festival Parade kicked off.

Despite Rain, Elwood Glass Festival Marches On

City Alleys Provide Cover From Rain; Others Drenched

ELWOOD (MCA) – A rain shower moved through just after the start of today’s Elwood Glass Festival Parade.  Now, parade entrants and observers are drying out downtown and in Callaway Park as they await more events this afternoon and evening at the 43rd annual festival.

State Rep. L. Jack Lutz (R) speaks to members of the Madison Co. Tea Party as Lutz campaign supporters look on.

State Rep. L. Jack Lutz (R) speaks to members of the Madison Co. Tea Party as Lutz campaign supporters look on.

Many passed time from the rain by enjoying indoor activities at Elwood Elementary School, Callaway Park shelter house, and at local glass factories in the meantime.

Some parade watchers, along with Madison County Recorder, Linda Smith, sought cover from a rain shower this morning that put a damper on the  Elwood Glass Festival Parade.

Some parade watchers, along with Madison County Recorder, Linda Smith, sought cover from a rain shower this morning that put a damper on the Elwood Glass Festival Parade.

Just after the parade started, a light rain shower hit the parade route, sending some parade watchers and political candidates for dry ground, including Madison County Recorder, Linda Smith (R), who sought cover down  READ MORE

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Popular Elwood Glass Festival Ignites a Weekend of Activities

Elwood Glass Festival brings Joy to Elwood.

Elwood Glass Festival brings Joy to Elwood.

Less than one month after being named Indiana’s 46th safest city by SafeWise.com, Elwood hosts its annual Elwood Glass Festival this weekend.  The third weekend in August festival coincides with the historic late summer arrival home of Elwood native Wendell L. Willkie to officially accept the 1940 Republican Presidential nomination.  Willkie remains the only Hoosier born U.S. presidential candidate nominated by a major party.

Elwood native, and 1940 Republican candidate for President, Wendell Willkie.

Elwood native, and 1940 Republican candidate for President, Wendell Willkie.

A crowd estimated in excess of 100,000 people converged on the northern Madison County city in 1940 to get a glimpse of Willkie and hear his nominating speech.  Willkie’s 1940 quest for the presidency ended in defeat to President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D) less than three months after his famous speech in Elwood.  Willkie’s boyhood home still stands at the corner of North A and 19th Streets.

The city has a long history of glass factories and is located near the center of the now depleted Trenton Gas Field, one of the largest READ MORE

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Eight (Arrested) is Enough

Crime Doesn’t Pay in Madison County

Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson (D).  Madison County residents have something to smile about after Drug Task Force makes huge bust.

Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson (D). Madison County residents have something to smile about after Drug Task Force makes huge bust.

The Madison County Drug Task Force busted what they termed as a huge heroin operation that led from New York, to Castleton, Ind., and finally to Anderson. Police seized several pounds of heroin in addition to cocaine and about $100,000 in cash. Eight individuals from Anderson, Pendleton, Indianapolis, and New York were arrested.

The Madison County Drug Task Force READ MORE

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Debt-Free, Expanding, and NO Vacancies Downtown

Scene from downtown Lapel as vendors worked to prepare for this year's Lapel Village Fair.

Scene from downtown Lapel as vendors worked to prepare for this year’s Lapel Village Fair.

Only one city in Madison County reports to be debt free, and it appears to be on the verge of a take-off.  The Town of Lapel, Ind. has zero debt, according to documents obtained from the State of Indiana by The ALERT.

With long-time Clerk-Treasurer Tom Tudor and President Gary Shuck at the helm, the town is living without a debt burden and is reaping the rewards with new businesses, well maintained roads, a new SplashPad water park, more sidewalks — all while remaining debt free!

Responding to a surprise READ MORE

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Should the recently jailed Madison County Republican councilwoman resign from the council after her latest run-in with police?

  • Yes (76%, 132 Votes)
  • No (24%, 44 Votes)

Total Voters: 174

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Aug. 10, 2014 mugshot photo of Madison Co. Councilwoman Lisa G. Phillips

UPDATE: Cast your vote now in the latest ALERT Poll: ‘Should Councilwoman Resign?’

Last year, Madison County Councilwoman Lisa Phillips sent the following comment in regards to a photograph of her that the ALERT posted in an April 2013 article:

2012 file photo of current Councilwoman Lisa Phillips

2012 file photo of current Councilwoman Lisa Phillips

“If you are going to continue to post my picture on every article, I would rather that you get the copy of the one from human resources for my ID badge. It turned out rather nice!”

Perhaps Phillips’s Sunday morning mugshot photo would be a suitable replacement?

According to a story from the Herald Bulletin, Alexandria police arrested Phillips early Sunday morning on charges of READ MORE

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