Braun for Governor? He had a break in his schedule in Washington — so Senator Mike Braun returned to the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday to discuss the issues with state lawmakers. Kurt Darling reports
Driving 72 in a 60 zone can get you pulled over. What happened next? Indiana State Police Troopers arrested 38 year old Jason Werry, from Howard City, MI – officers allegedly found a handgun, over four pounds of marijuana, approximately 19 grams of meth, prescription medication, drug paraphernalia, a stolen license plate, and a stolen laptop computer. He’s in jail.
You may remember two female guidance counselors were fired from Roncalli High School for being in same-sex marriages. John Herrick reports on why Indiana’s Attorney General Todd Rokita is supporting Roncalli for doing that
On Tuesday, students gathered at the Statehouse to demand action on climate legislation. State Senator Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) released the following statement: “There is no longer time for Indiana lawmakers to drag their feet on passing climate legislation that affects not only our day-to-day quality of life, but our chances of survival.” He continued, “I am proud to offer SB 127, which would study how low-carbon and green industry expansion would promote jobs and bolster Indiana’s economy.”
The Muncie area is busy with development, and no signs of letting up, according to Jay Julian
The Muncie Delaware County Chamber CEO was in studio yesterday – you’ll hear that entire interview on This Weekend in Delaware County.
New leadership voted in this week for Yorktown
That’s Manager Pete Olson from yesterday’s Zoom Room interview.
Beginning Feb. 1, AARP will give free help with income tax returns again this year. Make an appointment in the Muncie area by calling 765-283-9680 and leaving name and phone number. A client facilitator will call back, likely within 24 hours, to set up an appointment.
We’re talking commencement already. June 6th might seem like a long time from now, but that is commencement day for Muncie Central High School
Principal Chris Walker explained one of the benefits of that facility
Last year, the Fieldhouse was used as an alternate venue.
Intersection and Whitinger Strategic Services, have merged. According to a release, the merger was made possible by an unlikely partner: Accutech Systems Corporation. It became effective October 1, but was just announced.
$87 million – that’s the estimated cost presented to the Madison County Board of Commissioners after the study about construction of a new county jail facility that could house over 400. A public hearing is next at 11 a.m. Feb. 1 in the council chambers of the Madison County Government Center.
Meet the new leader of the Yorktown police – with yesterday’s comments from Town Manager, Pete Olson
Final registration for the Spring Semester at Cornerstone Center for the Arts is Jan. 30. Classes begin Monday, Jan. 31 and continue until April 22. Cornerstone is more than 60 classes both in-person and virtually in the categories of visual arts, dance, movement, literature, martial arts, and wellness arts.
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A Pendleton man has been charged with five felony counts including kidnapping, burglary and strangulation. The Herald Bulletin reports 36 year old Prosper Muromo allegedly broke into the house of a woman on the 9700 block of West Constellation Drive where he grabbed a heavy glass candlestick holder and started punching her. Police say the pair had been in a relationship.Continue Reading
The Madison County Board of Commissioners has received the study about construction of a new county jail facility with an estimated cost of $87 million. According to the Herald Bulletin, the commissioners have set a public hearing about the jail study for 11 a.m. Feb. 1 in the council chambers of the Madison County Government Center.Continue Reading
A Delaware County man is facing charges after allegedly beating and threatening to kill his 91-year-old mother. 63 year old
Bryan David Eberle, is free on bond, charged with criminal confinement, domestic battery of an endangered adult, interference with the reporting of a crime and intimidation with a deadly weapon, following an incident at the home the two share in Gaston.
How is the staff doing at IUBMH and other area hospitals – that, the question we asked Dr. Bird last week in our WLBC Radio News Zoom Room. He said, it’s very hard for them…. Today at 12 noon, the weekly color coded map from the State Department of Health is updated – last week, it showed all but 10 counties in the state in the Red zone.
$5,000 to the Red Tail Land Conservancy of Muncie. The Mountain Dew Outdoor Grants program, selected this Muncie group as one of 40 in the Country to get part of $200,000 awarded for championing the great outdoors across the United States. Grant recipients were selected based on their efforts to protect and preserve the outdoors and how they help people get outside.
The Carmel Symphony Orchestra is postponing five upcoming concerts due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. WLBC’s Kim Morris saw this on social media yesterday.
Boys and Girls Club of Muncie is closed for the rest of this week, because of staff with COVID. They plan to reopen on Monday the 24th, according to a social media post yesterday.
The government launched that free 4-covid-at-home test site a day early – Kim Morris had first word via WTHR. Click the link on our Local News page now, and just fill in the blanks. (http://COVIDtests.gov)
This year’s NCAA Convention starting today, held every year in Indianapolis, will take on more of a constitutional convention feel this year as leaders from all three NCAA divisions, member schools, and even student-athletes will discuss a variety of changes to college athletics moving forward. Over 3,500 people will attend.
Last week, Yolanda E. Taylor, General Manager of Holiday Inn Express, was sworn in to serve on the Muncie Visitors Bureau Commission, replacing Jill Howard. Also, Dale Basham is no longer the interim director, as his contract as Interim expired Dec. 31. A spokesman for the City said they are still looking for a permanent replacement.
The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) has extended its COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway through Feb. 26 and has revised the hours of operation. Tuesdays and Thursdays: Noon – 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The State Strike Team is still in New Castle this week, through Saturday.
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A Muncie woman has been accused of providing a fellow inmate at the Delaware County jail with the heroin that resulted in a fatal overdose. The Muncie paper reports 32 year old Mya Lynn Moody is preliminarily charged with dealing in a controlled substance resulting in death in connection with the overdose death of 37 year old Dianna Rose Pace last October.
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The EMSC Scholars Program has named Natasha Thompson, a family nurse practitioner currently working at the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Emergency Department in Muncie, as one of six scholars. MuncieJournal.ocm reports the EMSC Scholars Program is designed to support early career clinicians and health systems professionals like Thompson in becoming leaders in the pediatric emergency space.Continue Reading
Rodney Cummings is looking to make Madison County history during this year’s elections, as he filed this past week for a seventh term as Madison County Prosecutor. As of Friday, the Herald Bulletin says he faces no challengers from the Republican party, and no Dem’s have filed.
In other recent filing news – Incumbent Republican Mark Dudley has filed for a second term as the judge of Madison Circuit Court Division 6. Republican Kyle Pierce has filed as a candidate for the District 36 seat in the Indiana House. Democrat Terri Austin has announced her intention of seeking another term. Diana Likens is seeking election to the District 2 seat on the Madison County Council. Norman Anderson Jr. has filed for the Democrat Party nomination for Anderson Township Trustee in the primary election and is running against Stephany Mae Stennis. Incumbent Republican Mike Shively has filed for re-election as Anderson Township Trustee seeking a second term in office.
January is National Radon Action Month. But, what is it? EPA explains it as a radioactive gas that forms naturally when radioactive materials break down. The only way to know if you are at risk from radon is to test for it. You can purchase a test kit at a hardware store.
Muncie hospital stats – using data from Spokesman Neil Gifford, comparing Jan. 5, 12, and yesterday:
Total COVID in patients were 71, 85, and now 82.
The numbers in ICU were 19, 22, and now 20.
Indiana University swimmer Emily Weiss, wrote on Instagram, “With the help from the medical staff here at IU, I have made the decision to medically retire” from swimming. The 20 year old Yorktown product won a gold medal in the 50-meter breaststroke in the under-18 World Junior Championships at Indianapolis in 2017, and holds many records.
The 2022 IHSAA Girls Basketball Tournament Pairings Show is set for Sunday, from 5pm-7pm.
An update to a story we reported on in February 2021 – since the official reunification of the Muncie Delaware County Drug Task Force, the following progress was announced last week: 674.09 pounds of illegal substances, 56 illegal handguns and rifles, 66 Arrests, and more than $93,000 seized U.S. currency. Delaware County Sheriff Tony Skinner and Muncie Police Chief Nathan Sloan, as well as County Prosecutor Eric Hoffman explain the primary goal of the effort is to fully investigate and arrest as many alleged suspects as possible.
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A Muncie man who lead police on a three county chase is facing charges. The pursuit with 45 year old Gregory Fields started in New Castle and ended after he ran over not one, but two sets of stop sticks in northern Madison County. He’s charged with resisting law enforcement, maintaining a common nuisance, obstruction of justice and reckless driving.
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A woman who OD’ed in Hartford City last week and survived is now facing charges. 28-year-old Sierra N. Sapp told police she had snorted heroin and both that drug and methamphetamine was fuond in her roooom. She’s charged with dealing in meth, a Level 2 felony carrying up to 30 years in prison.
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134 students from all MCS schools, Burris Laboratory School, St. Michael Catholic School and Inspire Academy received Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Citizenship Awards Monday. The students are nominated by teachers and other school leaders and aren’t told ahead of time they are receiving the award.
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For today’s Federal Holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Fed and State government offices are closed, as are Local county and city government offices, there’s no regular mail delivery, most Schools, Courts and Libraries are closed, too.
134 students were honored with MLK Youth Citizen Awards, selected as award winners by the Dream Team from all MCS schools, Burris Laboratory Schools, St. Michael Catholic Schools and Inspire Academy Schools. A complete list of award recipients can be found here, provided in a release from Andy Klotz:
Muncie Area Career Center
Esli Velazquez Flores
Muncie Central High School
Northside Middle School
Southside Middle School
East Washington Academy
Cynia Coleman, 3rd
Grissom Elementary School
Longfellow Elementary School
North View Elementary School
South View Elementary School
West View Elementary School
Burris Laboratory Elementary School
Burris Middle School
Burris High School
Inspire Academy Elementary School
Inspire Academy Middle-High School
St Michael Catholic Elementary School
St Michael Catholic Middle School
Indiana Michigan Power let us know over the weekend that they sent more than 200 employees and contractors from Fort Wayne, Muncie/Marion, and more to stage in Virginia and West Virginia ahead of the winter weather expected yesterday.
Friday, we aired a story asking IUBMH for a comment as to how Thursday’s Supreme Court decision, allowing the mandate for COVID vaccines for health care workers, might impact future dismissals. Spokesman Neil Gifford wrote “…we don’t anticipate the supreme court decision will have future impact.” We also asked for how many Muncie hospital workers have been terminated – he said no local breakdown is available. System wide, IU Health has termed 125 as of last Thursday.
The Indiana Department of Health is hosting a free mobile testing and vaccination clinic as part of its ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. From Noon til 8:00 pm, this Wednesday through Saturday in New Castle at the old YMCA gym, 1201 Church Street, Register online at ourshot.in.gov or call 211, but walk-ins are accepted.
Add another candidate filing: Judi L. Calhoun, former Chief Deputy Prosecutor, announced her candidacy for Delaware Circuit Court #1 Judge.
The Board of Directors for the Grant County Economic Growth Council has announced Charity Bailey, as the organization’s new Executive Director.
Events for BSU’s Unity Week 2022, includes today’s MLK Celebration, Emens Auditorium, 9:30 a.m., and Unity March, Emens Auditorium, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Speaker, Brandon Pope, Pruis Hall, 7 p.m. (This in-person event will also be livestreamed.)
BSU sports: men’s basketball play on the road tomorrow night after Friday’s loss at home. Women lost, too – home Wednesday night. Men’s volleyball started the season 2 – 0 – road this coming week.
Free things to do today. White River State Park (WRSP) and major attractions will offer free admission and parking to visitors in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, today. The following FREE activities: Indiana State Museum, The Indianapolis Zoo, NCAA Hall of Champions, and even the IMAX® Theater for “Asteroid Hunters” at 11:30 a.m, 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. – IMAX tickets on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is met.
Add all five Delaware County’s Circuit Court judges ordering face coverings when in the county’s court facilities. Thursday, WLBC first reported that the judges ruled no jury trials will be conducted in those courts through Jan. 31.
Evansville’s school board is hoping cash talks – they approved a 40-dollar per-day pay increase for substitute teachers. Like most schools in the state, Evansville schools are having a tough time finding enough substitutes – School leaders say they will continue to offer the extra cash until things “get back to normal”.
Ball State Universities Staff Council is hosting their Angels For Life Blood Drive Tuesday, January 18th in the Student Center Ballroom from 9-3:00pm, and Wednesday, January 19th at Pruis Hall from 9-3:30pm. The links to make an appointment are on our Local News page right now.
City of Carmel presents 4th annual MLK Day event at 6 p.m., at the Tarkington Theater at The Center for the Performing Arts. The release stated the event is free and open to the public; current COVID guidelines will be strictly enforced: must show either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours. Masks must be worn at all times, even when seated in the theater. Also streaming live
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One of two teens who held up a Muncie convenience store has been handed six years behind bars. 19-year-old Zachary Allen Leste had pleaded guilty to armed robbery, criminal confinement and pointing a firearm, reports the Muncie paper, for the January 22nd, 2019 gunpoint heist at the Riggin Mart on N. Broadway.
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State Rep. Sue Errington has introduced a bill which would require state-accredited schools to provide age-appropriate, medically- and scientifically-accurate sexual health education to their students. MuncieJournal.com reports the measure also outlines 11 points of criteria that the instruction must cover, including understanding consent.Continue Reading
The Community Foundation awarded more than $3.75 million in grants to organizations serving Muncie and Delaware County. MuncieJournal.com reports grants were awarded in five broad areas; arts and culture, community betterment, economic development, education, and human services.
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Red, almost everywhere. The weekly COVID map-tracker from the Indiana State Department of Health shows the highest threat-level in all but 10 counties in the state. Dashboard and map here.
More delays, this time for trials. As we told you first yesterday, jury trials for Delaware County Circuit Court 1 are postponed through Jan. 31.
The Marion Post Office and surrounding post offices are hosting a job fair to fill immediate openings for Rural Carrier Associates and Assistant Rural Carriers at $19.06/hr., plus benefits: Thursday, January 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Marion Post Office, 202 W 3rd Street.
Demolition of the old Marsh building at 12th and Burlington started this week in anticipation of Riverbend Flats.
Daleville Town Council elected a new president – Tom Roberts served as vice president of the council last year and has previously been president. They also elected a new vice president, Adam Jones. In 2021, Jones was the council’s president.
Taylor University will observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, on Monday, with worship services, music, and workshops. The events are not open to the public due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Chamber Bowl at Clancy’s Village Bowl is set for Saturday, March 5th from 12-4pm. Five-Member team is $150 if you get your reservations in by February, 2nd. Team WLBC is the defending Team champion.
Number cruncher says we’re in good shape. More from my conversation earlier this week with Dr. Lee Ann Kwiatkowski, CEO of the Muncie Community Schools – at the Board meeting Tuesday, the financial report
And, always helpful for finances – when you can win grants, one of which was approved recently
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says they are still processing around six million tax filings for the year 2020, which means many Hoosiers are still waiting on a tax return from the last tax season. Avoid paper if you can – file electronically, and do direct deposit if you get a refund. Expect a long wait if you call the IRS to have a question answered about your taxes.
The Yorktown Kiwanis Club provides a free income tax service to low income individuals throughout Delaware and Madison County. Call 765-405-7165 to request an appointment, according to a post on social media.
State Rep. Sue Errington (D-Muncie) has introduced House Bill (HB) 1047, which would require state-accredited schools to provide sexual health education to their students. The press release says the Muncie Rep remains determined to help students understand their sexual health as Indiana ranks 4th highest in the nation for the number of reported rapes among high school girls.
One of your elected officials will not run for re-election. Republican Congressman Trey Hollingsworth believes he has spent too much time fighting Washington politics, and not enough time serving you. That’s just one of the reasons Hollingsworth gave in an editorial article in the Indianapolis Star.
Ball State University’s Multicultural Center has announced the schedule of events for Unity Week 2022, which kicks off on Jan. 17—the official observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. All events are free and open to students, faculty, staff, community members, and media members.
Big Lots will open 500 stores. They’ll open around 50 new stores in 2022 and then 80 or so annually, according to CNN Business. They already have about 1,400 stores in 47 states.
Cards are home tonight – special 6 p.m. tip time for the men’s basketball team – on Woof Boom Radio’s 96.7 FM, 102.9 FM, 104.9 FM, WLBC HD2, and the free streams. The Northern Illinois that was postponed has been set for Thursday, Jan. 27, in Dekalb, Illinois. A couple of women’s games were also rescheduled – see the Ball State website for those dates and times.
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Anderson Community Schools are virtual today and they will be again on Friday. The Herald Bulletin reports the e-learning days are due to a “high number of COVID-19 related bus driver and staff absences. They also had an e-learning day Tuesday due to a high number of staff absences related to COVID-19.
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Red-tail Land Conservancy has launched a plan that will guide their work to preserve land in east central Indiana for the next 10-15 years. MuncieJournal.com reports the Strategic Conservation Plan prioritizes ecological biodiversity, natural area connectivity, water quality, carbon trapping, and public accessibility. Red-tail serves Delaware County and is headquartered in Muncie.Continue Reading
Ball State University’s Multicultural Center has announced the schedule of events for Unity Week 2022, which kicks off on Jan. 17—the official observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. MuncieJournal.com reports one of the highlights of Unity Week 2022 will be featured speaker Brandon Pope, an award-winning television host, media critic, and columnist.Continue Reading
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She also said that even before they have that report, they have tried to be responsive to the concerns
That entire interview will be part of This Weekend in Delaware County on several of our Woof Boom stations.
WRTV reported on Jennifer Moreno, Anderson native is a single mother of five who says she never intended on fostering children. Now, she currently has four – and when she was short of supplies, she turned to Katie’s Closet to bridge that gap. Tracy Walters and her husband started Katie’s Closet in August 2021. The closet is an extension of their non-profit Turn Away No Longer . Their mission is to positively impact the lives of children in the foster care system.
Indiana History: this week in 1951, Brenda Gail Webb was born in Kentucky. At the age of four, her family moved to Wabash, Indiana. The younger sister of singing star Loretta Lynn, she began a career of her own and, as Crystal Gayle, has had at least 20 number-one records.
The Indiana House has voted to let you carry a gun without a permit. On a near party-line vote, the House voted to join 21 states which have abolished permit requirements to carry handguns. It’s the second straight year the House has voted to get rid of gun permits — last year’s bill didn’t get a vote in the Senate.
The Star Press is announcing a change in print delivery frequency beginning March 5 – in a press report, they say they will cease home delivery on Saturdays.
The Madison County Plan Commission is recommending an extension of the moratorium on large scale solar energy development through the end of the year. The current moratorium on solar energy projects of 50 acres or more is set to expire in March.
What killed so many of Indiana’s songbirds? In the late spring and summer of 2021, Hoosiers flooded the Indiana Department of Natural Resources with reports of dead and dying songbirds. More than 700 reports of dead birds in 76 of Indiana’s 92 counties, and the cause is still unknown, and the DNR can’t rule out an outbreak in 2022.
Madison county’s Carl Erskine would be proud: Celebrating Dreams 2022 – a Virtual Awards and Fundraiser is 2/24 at 7p. They are celebrating the employment dreams of EGTI students that have been realized, honoring the individuals who help make those dreams a reality, & having some Mardi Gras fun!
Quick note first shared by Kim Morris: the Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie will be CLOSED this Friday, 1/14 for Professional Development. Kim also noticed that the One America 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is on May 7! Register today at IndyMini.com/Register.
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