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Blue River celebrating Frankenstein’s birthday

Blue River Valley Schools received a grant from Indiana Humanities to promote a calendar of events in 2018 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelly’s novel, “Frankenstein.”

There will be a free community “Happy Birthday Frankenstein” party at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 in the Blue River Valley High School choir room, 4741 North Viking Trail. 

In case of inclement weather an alternative date will be made available.

Free copies of the novel will be given out, along with free popcorn, soda, and “special bling.”

The birthday party is free and open to the public.

The New Castle-Henry County Public Library will also host Frankenstein-themed events in October. #ItsAlive!

– Information provided by Sonya Paul

2 bills address school district financial distress

MUNCIE (AP) — Two Indiana lawmakers are sponsoring bills to create an early warning system for school districts headed toward financial distress in attempt to avoid a state takeover.

To date, Indiana has taken over the financially troubled school districts in Gary and Muncie. Some lawmakers warn that more school districts will have budgetary distress in the coming years.

Republican Rep. Tim Brown tells the Star Press that his legislation would create a financial-condition indicator dashboard summarizing data on each school district. Brown planned to file the bill Monday.

Sen. Eddie Melton of Merrillville has filed a bill that coordinates the effort to identify a school district’s financial condition. Melton’s legislation would create technical assistance teams with representatives from state agencies to conduct district reviews and make recommendations.

Indiana lawmaker proposes bill to count dead people’s votes

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican state senator wants the votes of dead people to count.

Columbus Sen. Greg Walker is sponsoring a bill that would require election officials to count absentee ballots “marked and forwarded” by a voter who subsequently dies before Election Day.

The bill was approved Monday by the Senate Elections Committee on a 9-0 vote. Walker chairs the committee.

Supporters say it is burdensome for county-level elections officials to track whether absentee voters have died. But questions have been raised over whether Walker’s proposal is allowed under Indiana’s constitution.