BC-IN--Indiana Weekend Digest, IN
AP-Indiana stories for the weekend of Nov. 24-25. May be updated. Members using Exchange stories should retain the bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the AP-Indiana bureau at 317-639-5501, 800-382-1582 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXCHANGE-SCHOOL BUS SAFETY
TERRE HAUTE — A fatal accident in northern Indiana that claimed the lives of three children attempting to board a school bus has been a wake-up call to Hoosier school districts, including those in rural areas, which are doubling up on safety awareness. “This was right here at our back door ... among Indiana people and in areas where you wouldn’t think it would happen,” said David Henry, South Vermillion School Corp. transportation director. “That did not happen in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne or Evansville. It happened in a smaller, rural area.” Stop arm violations “are a huge concern for us,” said Henry. His office has on file 15 written reports of stop arm violations over a nine-week period so far this year. By Sue Loughlin. SENT: 1,800 words, photos requested.
EXCHANGE-BUZZ OFF BULLIES
HAMMOND — When Hammond fifth-grader Sean Greenleaf saw his friend getting bullied because of his haircut, he couldn’t just stand by and watch. Instead, the 11-year-old student took action into his own hands, switching around a hairy situation with a pair of clippers. Yolanda Bracey, principal at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Hammond, said Greenleaf witnessed another fifth-grader being bullied at recess because of his new buzz cut. By Anna Ortiz. The (Northwest Indiana) Times. SENT: 400 words, photos requested.
EXCHANGE-CIVIL WAR TROVE
KOKOMO — Kokomo resident John N. Underwood was among the troops served under Civil War Gen. Thomas J. Harrison’s command in the 39th Indiana Infantry, 8th Indiana Cavalry. Underwood — who later became the treasurer of Howard County before his untimely death — detailed his war experience in his original 90-page diary. The 18-month account was miraculously found on Ebay by Randy Smith, assistant curator at the Howard County Historical Society. The pocket-sized book is much too frail to be handled by all of the history buffs in Howard County, but now, for the first time, residents will have access to these rare letters and other Civil War documents online, thanks to an $11,000 grant to the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library. By Haley Cawthon. Kokomo Tribune. SENT: 750 words, photos requested.
EXCHANGE-NAVAL ARMORY SCHOOL
INDIANAPOLIS — When it was decommissioned in 2015, the near northwest side wasn’t sure what would become of the Heslar Naval Armory. The large white building perched on the edge of the White River at 30th Street could have become a blight on the area — another abandoned building. Instead, a high school is breathing new life into the building and restoring it to the building’s original purpose: education. Not only is Riverside restoring the building to its original purpose, it’s also preserving many of the building’s unique touches - from the compass inlaid on the floor to the submarine training room. By Arika Herron. SENT: 550 words, photos requested.