Contract with Government ends – so do the free tests – Yesterday was the final day – as reported first in our free MuncieJournal.com earlier this week, Open Door Health Services’ no-cost COVID-19 testing site offered its final day of testing Thursday, June 30. Their state-contracted community testing site status ended.
Community members seeking testing can continue to view no-cost community testing at https://scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov/Home/LocationSelection.
Households may request at-home tests from the federal government by visiting https://www.covid.gov/tests.
The CDC continues to emphasize the importance of testing after exposure to COVID-19 or for those with symptoms. Those with symptoms should test immediately and follow quarantine guidance until they know their results. Those with close contact exposure to someone who has COVID-19 should test at least 5 days after exposure.
More local news briefs below…
As you head outdoors this weekend, be aware State health officials are urging Indiana residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites following the detection of the first West Nile virus case of 2022 in a Lake County resident. Know that mosquitoes are active especially late afternoon, dusk to dawn and early morning, and use an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET or similar. The critters breed in standing water, so look around your property, clean out clogged gutters and even keeping grass short can help.
BSU Men’s basketball is headed to the Bahamas! 20 men’s and women’s teams play this Thanksgiving – The Cardinals will be making their first trip to The Bahamas, with the first game of the tourney against Vermont on Friday, November 25 at 12 noon. The men’s tournament, which is designed strictly for mid-major NCAA Division I programs, is in its fifth iteration after launching in 2017. All BSU Men’s games are on Woof Boom Radio’s 96-7, 102-9, and 104.9 FM. As an aside, some are saying that an offer might be finally made next week for the new Radio Voice of the Cards, replacing Joel Godett.
Camp Red Wing is for sale again. The former Boy Scout site in Muncie on 137 acres on the White River was purchased last year by a real estate developer investor who’s plan was not to operate the property, but to create two separate tracts divided naturally by the White River then market the property and sell it. Michael A. Fine, of Fine and Company says the auction will take place on August 16th. Some are hopeful that a new buyer might allow Scouts to camp again there someday.
Senator Mike Braun took issue with the Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday saying in a release, “President Trump’s Remain in Mexico policy worked to reduce the surge at the southern border… From day one, President Biden has tried to remove every tool we have to stop this chaos, hanging a ‘WELCOME’ sign on our southern border.”
Meth, Coke and more— twelve people accused of working for a drug trafficking operation based in Evansville have been arrested on felony drug charges saying members of the drug ring were already convicted on felony gun charges as well. Investigators also seized about 35 pounds of meth, 45 grams of cocaine and 4 guns.
Ascension Medical Group St. Vincent has closed immediate care centers – 11 overall – including locations in Anderson, Elwood, Frankfort, and Kokomo. The story from WTHR did not specify the reason, but a spokesperson said impacted associates are being offered a comparable position at one of its other sites.
The City of Muncie will celebrate America’s Independence Day with two spectacular fireworks performances.
The first show will be displayed at Prairie Creek Reservoir on Saturday, July 2nd, at 10pm. You may listen to the music accompanying the reservoir fireworks on 104.1 HD1 WLBC. The official City of Muncie show will be aired by 104.1 HD1 WLBC with accompanying music, and will take place on the grounds of Muncie Central High School by the levee. The show will kick off at 10pm on Monday, July 4th.
Will a food dessert in Anderson be getting a drink? It will if a Marion man is able to develop the former Marsh store on Nichol Avenue into a shopping center. Liam Barnes III has been working on a project for the past three years in hopes of opening a grocery store and converting a portion of the building for other retail outlets. Barnes said he is working with Save A Lot and financial resources to purchase a building as part of a five-year plan for the area. Greg Winkler, executive director of the Anderson Economic Development Department, told the Herald Bulletin that Barnes has several hurdles to cross.
Taiwanese MediaTek, the fourth largest semiconductor company in the world, has announced a partnership with Purdue University. MediaTek wants to work with Purdue to create a new chip design focus in their education, also to jointly research next-generation computing and chip design.
Tuesday is the trial date for a Marion man charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting that took place in 2020. Tevin King, 29 is charged in the shooting of Antonino Thompson. King said after seeing Thompson with a gun on the morning of Aug. 16, King shot first, he said, because he felt that Thompson was getting into a position to shoot him.
Ball State and Iowa are scheduled to play in Iowa City, Iowa on Sept. 4, 2027. The Cards have played there three times in program history and will be looking for their first win against the Hawkeyes. Ball State has faced a team from the Big Ten 34 times in program history, including seven of the last eight seasons – and you’ve heard them all on WLBC.
Driving safety, headed toward the holiday weekend – The Fourth of July is one of America’s most iconic holidays, but it’s also one of the deadliest times of the year to be on the road. Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) says most deaths and injuries due to crashes are avoidable if drivers and members of the public exercise caution and follow the rules of the road: slow down, wear a seat belt, pay attention and drive sober.
Sleep in children and teens has become a topic of concern, especially in recent years. In some cases, this means turning to sleep supplements. The Associated Press reports that melatonin poisonings in children have increased dramatically in recent years, especially during quarantine. It’s a hormone that can be purchased in over-the-counter forms and used to help people sleep but these sleep supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
We hope we’ve made you aware of fireworks shows in Muncie, Anderson, and many others – but since we reach so MUCH of WLBCland, here’s more: Downtown Indy, Noblesville, Cicero, and Carmel has CarmelFest. Remember, Muncie has a smaller show Saturday night at Prairie Creek, and then the big one is Monday at Muncie Central – most shows go at 10 p.m.
According to the U.S. Census, 12% of Madison County residents 18 years and older lack a high school diploma. The Excel Center allows students to pick up where they left off in school, providing wraparound support – such as flexible scheduling and free, on-site child care – to meet their goals. This free high school for adults, will recognize its newest class of graduates today 5:30 p.m. at Madison Park Church of God in Anderson. With 15 campuses located across central and southern Indiana, The Excel Center has graduated more than 6,000 adults with an Indiana Core 40 high school diploma.
Network Huddles, to support nonprofit organizations serving Muncie and Delaware County, are peer group meetings hosted and facilitated by the Nonprofit Support Network, a newly established organization. The first Huddle on Monday, July 18, is from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Mitchell Early Childhood and Family Center. Nonprofit staff in the roles of executive director, staff accountant, board chair, or similar positions are encouraged to attend. A second called Development Huddle, will provide a space for dedicated work on fundraising plans – set for the first time on Monday, July 25 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Innovation Connector. More info at muncienonprofits.org.
We hope we’ve made you aware of fireworks shows in Muncie, Anderson, and many others – but since we reach so MUCH of WLBCland, here’s more: the Star-Spangled Symphony is back at Conner Prairie! The event runs July 1st to July 4th. Remember, Muncie has a smaller show Saturday night at Prairie Creek, and then the big one is Monday at Muncie Central – most shows go at 10 p.m.
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