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Friday, Jan. 7, 2022 Woof Boom Radio morning news

The Cardinal Campus status.  With as much talk on National media about restrictions and constrictions at some schools around the Country, we asked President Mearns yesterday about BSU’s status

The Ball State women’s basketball game originally scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. ET in Worthen Arena against Miami University has been postponed due to COVID guidelines.  If games cannot be rescheduled, it will be considered a no contest.

A glowing press release, with positive news.  In the first two years of Mayor Dan Ridenour’s Administration, the Muncie Redevelopment Commission (MRC) has avoided borrowing, and has instead focused on paying cash for projects if possible. The result of the Mayor’s first two years (2020 and 2021) show MRC has reduced debt totals by $6.7 million dollars.

Megan Wiles was elected the new president of the Noblesville Common Council following a vote during a reorganization meeting held Tuesday evening. Aaron Smith was elected as vice president.  Wiles is the representative from District 6, which includes a large portion of the east side of Noblesville – and Hamilton Town Center.

The Alliance Magazine, a product of WLBC and Woof Boom Radio in association with Muncie Delaware County Economic Development Alliance is available now, digitally on our MuncieJournal.com.  Read coverage about people and business news positively impacting your hometown.  The link is on our Local News page this morning. http://www.munciejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/2022Alliance_winter2022_FINAL.pdf

More Red, but not everywhere.  Red counties on the weekly COVID map from the Indiana Department of Health are more widespread this week – with Muncie, New Castle, Hartford City, Marion and Portland’s counties still in the lower threat level Orange.  The Red expanded into the Fishers area, as well as Indianapolis and still remains in effect in Madison county.

Due to extreme weather, the Anderson free food Tailgate is being rescheduled to Tuesday, January 11th, at the usual location – the old K-Mart Parking Lot, 2811 W Nichol Ave, Anderson.  Given the reschedule, Volunteers are urgently needed.  Event from 10am-12pm. Please line up no earlier than 8am.

Nine of the top ice carvers from around the Midwest will bring their tools and talents to Carmel this weekend for two days of ice carving competitions and demonstrations as the City of Carmel presents the fifth annual Festival of Ice, starting Saturday in the Carmel Arts & Design District, where the sculpting will take place from 4 – 7 p.m.

What happens, and when?  If the Colts win on Sunday, they will clinch a playoff spot.  We will find out who the Colts play , what day, and what time on Sunday night following Sunday Night Football.  The game could be played on either Saturday, Sunday or Monday night.

If you live in Allen County, big changes could be coming to your local library. The Allen County Public Library board of trustees is considering a near 100-million dollar plan that would sell, renovate and build library branches, reports the Journal Gazette.

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Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022 Woof Boom Radio morning news

Shortage leads to Indiana changes.  The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) is making several changes to testing operations due to high demand and a national shortage of rapid test kits – they will only be available to individuals aged 18 and younger and symptomatic individuals aged 50 and older.  PCR tests, which are the “gold standard” according to the press release, will continue to be offered at all testing sites, with results expected in two to three days.

More now on the issues raised by some Delaware County residents related to the solar farms ordinance.  Commissioner Shannon Henry has attorneys reviewing an amendment to the current wording, looking to add a section requiring large game corridors as well as some other items. The Health Dept. and Planning Commission must be notified immediately along with a written plan of mitigation, and testing of water well in close proximity to any release.  It is not known yet if these changes will satisfy the landowners.

The State Fair Queen Pageant has been postponed due to COVID restrictions – virtual interviews only later this week, and then either February or March for the rest of the competition.  This year’s Delaware County Fair runs July 11 – 23rd, with the county Queen contest June 18.

Madison County circuit courts have temporarily suspended all jury trials, including speedy trial requests, through Jan. 17 because of the surge in the spread of COVID-19.  The order issued Thursday was just shared by the Herald Bulletin yesterday morning.

Plan unveiled to Commissioners, next is City Council.  Thomas Eddington with C.Z.B. – the company hired to facilitate Together DM – a plan for Muncie and Delaware County to work on

That, from Monday’s Delaware County Commissioners Meeting – At least one unnamed member of the audience Monday morning questioned the amount of people that contributed to the plan.  Eddington’s entire presentation will be aired this coming weekend on This Week in Delaware County, and will be given to Muncie Council at this coming Monday’s delayed meeting.

It was a busy year for New Castle-Henry County Emergency Medical Services – and increase of 26% of runs year over year, according to a recent social media post.

Ball State men’s basketball played LAST night – they ended up losing that one on a last second shot.  The women’s team have a 1 p.m. tip time with Miami in town Saturday.

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Tuesday, 12/28/2021 Woof Boom Radio Morning News

Tuesday, 12/28/2021 Woof Boom Radio Morning News

The INOX Market America facility located in the industrial center. Photo by Mike Rhodes

The INOX Market America facility located in the industria center. Photo by Mike Rhodes

The Inox Market America building in the industria center is very close to completion. A message on the home page of their website indicates the facility will open in the first quarter of 2022 and that applications are now being accepted. Inox is a global leader in the production and distribution of innovative stainless steel solutions and will be one of Muncie’s newest manufacturers. Learn more at  inoxmarketamerica.com

Roche Pharmaceuticals said on Friday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorization to its COVID-19 at-home rapid test that can be used by people as young as 14. The test, which uses a anterior nasal swab sample, is “able to produce accurate, reliable and quick results in as few as 20 minutes” for COVID-19 and all variants of concern, including Omicron.

A Parker City woman faces a felony charge after allegedly making a false accusation of rape. Hanna R. Gilkison, 24, was charged last week in Randolph Superior Court with obstruction of justice, a Level 6 felony carrying up to 30 months in prison. Randolph County sheriff’s deputies reported that Gilkison told them a male acquaintance, armed with a knife, had confronted her outside her home, abducted her and drove her to a camper, where he sexually assaulted her.

A rural Muncie man has been arrested on allegations he entered a female acquaintance’s home,  stole her credit cards and later damaged her car. Nickolas Dametrey Hatfield, 29, of Liberty Township, was arrested on preliminary counts of residential entry, theft, criminal mischief and invasion of privacy.

With no big winner in Saturday night’s drawing, the Powerball jackpot is growing again. The prize for Monday night’s Powerball drawing is $416 million dollars. If someone matches all five numbers and the Powerball tonight and chooses the cash payout, they would take home just under $300 million. No one has won the Powerball jackpot since Oct. 4th, when a single ticket won $700 million. The odds of winning the big jackpot are 1 in 292 million.

The Spring 2022 line-up from Shafer Leadership Academy includes:

  • Hope – a Critical Leadership Competency
  • Leadership Results: What You Create and What You Allow
  • Leaders are Inclusive: Fostering a Welcoming Workplace
  • From Languishing to Flourishing: A Leadership Journey to Navigate These Extraordinary Times
  • Staying Relevant as an Employer in 2022

For more information on these seminars visit www.shaferleadership.com

Local teachers can be a part of the “Madjax Educator Maker in Residence Program.” This year-long program is open to K–12 educators teaching in any subject area. There are a number of benefits to the residency including a $2500 stipend. To learn more about the program  and apply, visit  www. Sustainablemuncie.org/educator

The Muncie Action Plan’s  Annual Community Meeting will take place on January 26th and will be open to the public and also streamed on Facebook Live. Each of MAP’s five task forces will share the work completed during 2021. Learn more at MuncieJournal.com

The Muncie newspaper reports a Muncie woman with two robbery convictions has pleaded guilty to a third after striking a deal with prosecutors. Conyale Denise Ingram, pleaded guilty to robbery resulting in bodily injury, a Level 3 felony carrying up to 16 years in prison, in Delaware Circuit Court 2. Ingram also admitted to being a habitual offender, a status that could add to the length of her sentence.

Two central Indiana police dogs are being credited for helping save the life of an 84-year-old man who had a statewide Silver Alert issued for him on Christmas Day. Allen Jefferis, 84, of Union City, was reported missing by family on Christmas Eve. Bloodhounds from the Hamilton County Sherrif’s office and Boone County Sheriff’s office were enlisted to help attempt to locate Jefferis.  The bloodhounds quickly picked up on his scent and found Jefferis laying on the ground in a wooded area near a creek. He was “clothed, wet and, most importantly, alive,” according to the Boone County Sherriffs office.

Indiana’s secretary of state is stepping aside from her role within the state’s Republican Party. Secretary of State Holli Sullivan has also been the vice chair of the Indiana GOP since 2019. She says she’s stepping down from that role — in order to focus more of her time on her job as Secretary of State. Sullivan was appointed to that job by Governor Eric Holcomb back in March replacing the retiring Connie Lawson.

TODAY IN HISTORY… On December 28, 1958, the Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants, 23-17, in overtime in the NFL Championship Game—a back-and-forth thriller that later was billed as “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” The nationally televised championship—the league’s first overtime contest—was watched by 45 million viewers. The star of the game was Colts quarterback and future Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas, who completed 26 of 40 passes for 349 yards.

The mother of missing Anderson teenager Jayda Johnson posted on Facebook Sunday that her daughter has been found in California. The post by Kristen Johnson said her daughter is safe with a police department and that she is flying to California to bring her daughter back to Anderson. Caleb McKnight, public information officer for the Anderson Police Department, said Monday that Jayda Johnson sent a message to her mother that she was okay and had lost her telephone.

The Herald Bulletin’s George Bremer and Rob Hunt and WHBU’s Zach Johnson talk about area boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, including the Daleville boys team that is raising eyebrows with their play in the latest Podcast episode of “Not 4 Print.” Visit the heraldbulletin.com to listen to the podcast.

The annual Best of Madison County contest opened yesterday. You can nominate your favorite local restaurants, businesses, people and entertainment options in all 93 categories at heraldbulletin.com through Jan. 14. Just click on the Best of Madison County headline on the homepage. The five most-nominated in each category will be placed on a ballot for the final round of voting Jan. 15-28 at heraldbulletin.com.


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Man, Woman Charged In Connection With Baby’s Injuries

A man and woman are charged with neglect after their 2 month-old son was found to have multiple rib fractures Christmas morning. 21 year old Faith Sharrock reportedly admitted to squeezing the boy hard with both hands while becoming frustrated with him. The baby was brought to the hospital. 32 year old Jason Wade Gregory is also charged in the incident.

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Muncie Mission Adding To Addiction Recovery Services

Muncie Mission is in the process of building five new homes near its facilities at 1725 S. Liberty Street as an extension of its addiction recovery program. The Muncie paper reports previously, the Mission remodeled six houses on the block for 12 men who have been moving through the program meant to help them live independently.

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Man Charged With Stealing From Female Acquaintance

A rural Muncie man is accused of stealing credit cards from a woman and damaging her car. Police say 29 year old Nickolas Hatfield knows the alleged victim and the incident happened last month. They say the woman confronted Hatfield about the theft and he reportedly threatened her and struck her car with his pick up.

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Early Morning House Fire In Delaware County

An early morning fire, strengthened by a stiff wind, burned a home along Delaware County Road 300-W south of Ind. 67 Thursday. The Muncie paper reports as much as 70 percent of the split-level home had been destroyed by the fire. The people who live there moved in only this week and got out OK. No word no an exact cause.

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Nationwide Search For Missing Anderson Girl

A nationwide search is being conducted by several police agencies investigating the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl Anderson girl. According to reports, Jayda Johnson was last seen by family members on Dec. 8 when she was believed to have been lured or sneaked out of her mother’s home. Her family reported her missing Thursday, Dec. 9th.

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Anderson Woman Found Shot To Death

Anderson Police are investigating the Tuesday shooting death of an Anderson woman. The Herald Bulletin reports 37 year old
Andrea Aguirre was found inside a home on the 2900 block of East Fifth Street by her estranged husband who was checking on her and their children because there was no response when he attempted to contact her. Aguirre was found on the floor of her bedroom with an apparent gunshot wound.

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Ginnan Appointed As Town Marshall In Yorktown

A 20-year law enforcement veteran has been named Town Marshal for the Town of Yorktown.Shane Ginnan, who most recently was Deputy Chief of Police for the City of Noblesville, assumes his new role Jan. 7. MuncieJournal.com reports
Ginnan, who comes from a family of law enforcement officers, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Bowling Green State University and graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2014. He graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2001.

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