On Monday January 20th, the City of Bloomington’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration was held to honor and uphold the legacy of the famed activist. The keynote speaker for the Celebration was Freedom Rider Hank Thomas, who spoke on “A Freedom Rider’s Journey.” A Nineteen-year-old Hank Thomas joined the 1961 Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) Freedom Ride. Thomas overcame an impoverished childhood in southern Georgia to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he was active in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC.) This event was recorded on location at the Buskirk Chumley Theater by Community Access Television Services for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.
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This week on The Strike Mic, an anonymous source offers speculation on the recent news that Indiana University will no longer offer a summer tuition discount for its Bloomington campus; Work will begin on the new interstate that will traverse Bloomington and Monroe County as soon as weather allows; On February 10th the Bloomington Plan Commission approved a plan for a new building downtown that would include a convenience store.
Hoofin’ it to San Diego
Edgewood High School’s Student Newspaper “The Hoofbeat” 6th edition is hot off the presses this week. News Director Alycin Bektesh visited with the newspaper’s student staff and their advisor Joel Sanders yesterday to bring us this WFHB feature exclusive.
IN AND OUTS OF MONEY
Did you know 18.6 billion dollars are spent every year on Valentine’s Day? Ashley and Sarah break down where all that money goes and offer some ideas to help you stay romantic within reason.
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Nick Tumino
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County
Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer and editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.
Edgewood Highschool’s Student Newspaper The Hoofbeat 6th edition is hot off the presses this week. Yesterday WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh visited with the paper’s student staff and their advisor Joel Sanders about the reports they’ve done this year, the education they’ve gained in newspaper class, the continued importance of print journalism, and their fundraising efforts to attend this year’s national high school journalism convention in San Diego. The students have currently raised about 25 percent of their fundraising goal of two thousand dollars. On February 21st there will be a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at Edgewood high school from 5-9pm, coinciding with senior night basketball game and armed forces night. The students are also raising funds on the following webpage.
Tonight on Interchange host Doug Storm is joined by Jason Baird Jackson, Director of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures at Indiana University and Eric Sandweiss a professor in the Department of History at Indiana University to try to answer the question “What are museums for?” by examining the ways these institutions work to create and define the culture they are said to represent. The program also looks at the way a museum works by leaving space for personal self-discovery while also undermining common stereotypes and common ideologies. The museum, not just a book on a wall.
On Feb. 10 the Bloomington Plan Commission approved a plan for a new building downtown that would include a convenience store. The four-story building would also contain three apartments and room for additional businesses.
The new structure is planned for the southwest corner of 3rd and Washington streets, on a site that has most recently been the location of a laundromat, CrossTown Cleaners. Doug Bruce, who has done architecture work on the project, said the owner’s idea is for the convenience store to serve people waiting for buses downtown.
The building is owned by Song Kim, who also owned the laundromat. It is just north of the current Bloomington Transit building, and it’s just east of the new Transit building under construction at 3rd and Walnut streets. Commission member Pat Williams asked how deliveries to the convenience store could affect nearby traffic.
The site is smaller than most downtown lots, and Bruce said there would be no room for large trucks to pull in. Williams said she is skeptical about the delivery plan.
Trish Sterling, who owns a commercial building just southeast of the proposed store, said she is also concerned about the building’s effects on traffic and parking. The plan for the four-story building includes seven parking spaces. Sterling said her building’s spaces are already used frequently by other businesses.
A lack of parking in the area caused the failure of a recent project just two blocks east of the proposed store. The owners of the Taste of India restaurant on 4th Street tried to relocate to 314 East 3rd Street, but the commission rejected the plan largely because there wasn’t enough parking. Commission member Chris Smith addressed Sterling’s concerns, but said the city would like to see the site developed and they have limited options.
The commission later voted to approve the building, including six different waivers from the city’s zoning rules.
Work will begin on the new interstate that will traverse Bloomington and Monroe County as soon as weather allows.
According to Cher Elliott, Indiana Department of Transportation spokesperson at its Vincennes regional office, contractors are to remove trees and other natural obstacles, with attendant remediation, on the right-of-way along section 5 of I-69 before March 31. The section 5 corridor runs from the south, where section 4 of I-69 will intersect with 37 at that road and Fullerton Pike, north to just south of the Highway 39 turn-off near Martinsville.
However, the current tree clearing contract is for the portion from the end of section 4 up to the Walnut Street and Old Highway 37 interchange. The construction phase is slated to begin during late summer of this year, with substantial completion of section 5 by late 2016.
Will Wingfield, at the head office of the Department of Transportation in Indianapolis, said the 21 miles of existing state road 37 will be updated to interstate standards.
“What these changes mean is that traffic entering or exiting will now be on ramps,” Wingfield says, “Four new interchanges will be built. In addition, to provide additional local access, there will be four new exchanges across the interstate.”
For properties that currently have direct access to Highway 37, the department will either purchase them outright or build some other means of vehicular access for them. Wingfield describes lane capacity along various parts of the highway, as it skirts around Bloomington’s west-side.
“There will be added lanes on what is now 37, at the south-end of the project near the Bloomington area based on the forecasted need in urban Bloomington,” Wingfield says
The department has already received proposals from four private sector consortia to design, build, operate, and maintain section 5 of I-69.
INDOT spokespeople have promised that this so-called public-private partnership, or P-3 arrangement for section 5, does not allow the private operator to establish tolls.
“It will generally follow the state road corridor,” Wingfield said, “We are hoping to extend the life of this corridor and road.”
During the construction phase, the route will remain open to public traffic, but with periodic lane closures, delays, and diversions. INDOT and the private sector group responsible for this sector will also be responsible for informing the public of these obstructions.
- Brown County School Corporation on a two-hour delay.
- Mitchell Community Schools on a two-hour delay.
- Monroe County Community School Corporation on a two-hour delay.
- North Lawrence Community Schools on a two-hour delay.
- Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation schools on a two-hour delay.
- Spencer-Owen Community Schools on a two-hour delay.
- St. Mark’s United Methodist Church on a 1 1/2 hour delay.
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