Looking back on 2012 in South Madison County, one thing can be said with certainty: it was not a slow news year. In those 12 months, there were developments and events ranging from the positive to the horrific. In line with the growing concern about gun violence nationwide, there were two high profile local cases – one in Pendleton and one in Lapel – where men used firearms in domestic violence circumstances ending in death for the shooters and others. In big state news, education issues often took center stage, and likewise they did so here, especially in Pendleton, where the school board has been working through issues dealing with the fate of an historic school building, as well as whether to jump on the bandwagon and shift from the traditional school calendar year to one with a shorter summer break but longer breaks during the year.
Then there were questions of taxation, with the decision by the Madison County Council to eliminate the county’s wheel tax, which put a strain on many local government budgets, as well as the move by the Pendleton Community Public Library to ask Adams Township residents to pay more taxes for the library services or lose their library cards. Then there was Ingalls, which, after many residents complained, dug into its rainy day fund to pay to resurface a stretch of severely pot-holed roadway. On the all-around positive side, Markleville celebrated its 100th birthday, a local YMCA was established, providing another way for residents to try and keep their New Year’s resolutions, and Lapel parks have seen a confluence of developments in the form of donations, both of money and land, as well as park board initiative, all of which bodes well for the quality of life in town.