Bloomington resuming farmers market after alleged threats
BLOOMINGTON (AP) — Bloomington officials say Saturday farmers markets are resuming this weekend with increased security after being suspended due to alleged threats of violence.
Mayor John Hamilton last month suspended the market for two weeks after learning of "threats from individuals who have connections to past white nationalist violence." Officials said this week some nearby streets will be closed and more police will be on hand.
Hamilton says in statement the community needs to "confront the remaining challenges of racism and bigotry."
Bloomington cited public safety concerns amid escalating tension between protesters and a vendor alleged to have ties to a white supremacist group. One protester was escorted out of the market by police after she didn't comply with requests to move to the market's designated protest area.
Democratic mayoral candidate kicked off ballot
DECATUR (AP) — A Republican-controlled election board has kicked a Democrat mayoral candidate off the ballot in northeastern Indiana.
The Adams County Election Board voted 2-1 along party lines Tuesday to disqualify Daniel Rickord as the Democratic Party nominee for mayor of Decatur. That decision leaves Republican Mayor Kenneth Meyer unopposed in November's city election.
The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette reports Republicans maintained that Rickord failed to declare his candidacy in writing before the state's June 30 deadline to fill the ballot spot after no Democrats ran in May's primary.
County Democratic Chairwoman Barb Engle argued the necessary paperwork was submitted to the county clerk before a different July 3 deadline. She called the challenge to Rickord's candidacy "a political game" to prevent a contested mayoral election.
Amazon hiring for new facility at Greenwood
GREENWOOD (AP) — Online retail giant Amazon is hiring more than 1,000 full-time workers for a packaging center in suburban Indianapolis.
Seattle-based Amazon is preparing to open the so-called fulfillment center after last year signing a lease in Greenwood, where a FedEx distribution center was planned before that company backed out. The Amazon facility is expected to open in September. Online job applications are being accepted.
Greenwood's council approved tax breaks on property taxes for the building and equipment.
The company has said it planned to invest $45 million in property improvements and $35 million in equipment, and could bring about 1,250 jobs to the area in the coming years.
Late actor to be honored with historical marker
GARRETT (AP) — A Hoosier who became one of Hollywood's top silent movie actors will be honored with a historical marker in his hometown.
The marker recently approved by the Indiana Historical Bureau will be installed next year for John Bowersox in the DeKalb County city of Garrett.
Bowersox was born and raised in the northeastern Indiana city. He enjoyed a successful stage career before starring in more than 90 Hollywood movies under the stage name John Bowers.
His wife, Maurgerite de la Motte, was also a star. They separated when Bowersox's career slumped. He died in 1936.
DeKalb County historian John Bry tells The (Auburn) Star Bowersox's sad ending is believed to have been an inspiration for the main character in the original "A Star is Born" film.
Explosion at business injures 3 workers
EAST CHICAGO (AP) — An official says an explosion at a chemical tank cleaning business in northwestern Indiana injured three workers.
The blast happened about 7:20 a.m. Wednesday at T.A.C. East Inc. in an industrial area of East Chicago. City Fire Chief Anthony Serna tells The (Northwest Indiana) Times that three employees suffered first-, second- and third-degree burns to their arms and legs and were taken to a hospital in stable condition.
Serna says the explosion happened in the garage portion of the business, with fire spreading to its office area.
Television helicopter video shows the roof collapsed on part of the two-story building and some large overhead doors blown out from the blast.