Local News Headlines: November 14, 2023

Former IU standout purchases Evansville cleaning business
Former Indiana University Basketball star and Indiana’s 1990 Mr Basketball Damon Bailey is the new owner of Kor-X-All cleaning, a long-time Evansville industrial cleaning business. Bailey says he doesn’t plan to cut any jobs and hopes to expand operations, getting into local school districts. Bailey says the current owner will stay on staff while the sale transition takes place.

Repeat Felon sentenced to over thirteen years for Drug Trafficking and Illegal Possession of Firearms and Glock Switches
Phillip Bonds, 39, of Indianapolis, has been sentenced to 160 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to court documents, on three separate occasions between April 17 and May 10, 2023, Phillip Bonds sold a total of approximately 364 grams of a substance containing methamphetamine to another individual.

On May 19, 2023, Drug Enforcement Administration agents executed a federal search warrant at Bonds’ home and found approximately 115 grams of methamphetamine and 70 grams of cocaine; 620 grams of marijuana; 10 firearms; ammunition; Glock switches and various drug cutting agents. In pleading guilty, Bonds admitted that he intended to sell the drugs he possessed.

Bonds is prohibited from legally possessing a firearm due to his three previous felony convictions for crimes related to illegally possessing guns and ammunition. At the time of his arrest on May 19, Bonds was on probation for the felony offense of Carrying a Handgun without a License in Marion County.

Indiana Opens 37th Consecutive NCAA Tournament at Home
Indiana men’s soccer will host Lipscomb in the first round of the NCAA Tournament as announced on the NCAA Selection Show on Monday (Nov. 13).

IU returns to the NCAA Tournament for the 48th time in 51 seasons while making its NCAA-record 37th consecutive appearance. Indiana and Lipscomb will play their first-round match Thursday (Nov. 16) on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Kickoff time is TBA.

The Hoosiers won the Big Ten Championship Double despite a 3-3-4 start to the season. Since then, Indiana has won nine of its last 10 including four of five Big Ten matches. With the run, Indiana secured its 12th Big Ten Championship Double, winning a share of the regular season title before beating co-champion Penn State in the tournament final.

The 2023 championship field consists of 48 teams with the tournament running from Nov. 16 through Dec. 11. The NCAA College Cup, consisting of the national semifinals and final, will be held in Louisville, Kentucky. Indiana has appeared in the College Cup 22 times, including four of the last six, and has won the national title on eight occasions.

City of Bloomington’s Community Advisory on Public Safety (CAPS) Commission to host event History Center
The CAPS Commission would like to inform you about an event it is hosting with the Monroe County History Center (MCHC), called “Know Your Story: Black Ancestry Day.” Here is a Flyer with details about the event. The event features Professional Historian and Genealogist Ja’el Gordon and will be held at the MCHC Education Room on Saturday, November 18th from 1-3pm at 202 E. Sixth Street, Bloomington IN 47408. Refreshments will be provided. For remote attendees, the event will also be live streamed and available over Zoom.

This Week in Hoosier History


1915 – The Root Glass Company of Terre Haute received a patent for its design of the Coca-Cola bottle.  It is now one of the most recognizable objects in the world. The original patent is currently on display at the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C.

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