Dr. Steve Baule, Superintendent of the Muncie Community Schools gave his “State of the Schools” report Wednesday. Dr. Baule gave an overview of the district, told positive stories about MCS and highlighted some of the challenges the school system is facing. You can hear Dr. Baule’s report in its entirety at Muncie Journal.
A Muncie man is in police custody and charged with murder.
Police say 37-year-old Michael Joe Williamson is charged in the early-morning stabbing death of 38-year-old Bilal “Billy” Lipscomb. Police found his body on the floor in the apartment the two shared. Williamson is being held without bond in the Delaware County Jail.
Muncie Police say he jumped the counter and grabbed prescription medication. Witnesses say a black male with a handgun entered the Walgreens pharmacy at Tillotson Avenue and Jackson Street, tucked the gun into his waistband and scooped up bottles of pain pills. Police say pharmacies are a big target – stolen medication brings in big money on the street.
Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith wants to make downtown streets more business friendly, so he’s asking the City Council to increase the time limit on downtown parking to two hours. Right now limits range from 30 minutes to one hour. Many visitors and people who work in the area say that’s just not enough time.
Hackley Street between Willard and Charles in Muncie will be closed during business hours today. Contractors will be working in the quiet zone railroad median and to do so safely, that section of Hackley will be closed most of the day.
The Anderson Board of Works adopting a resolution providing all full-time non-union city employees a $450 bonus for 2016. The City Council is expected to approve the across-the-board salary increase today. Elected officials will not receive the bonus.
Teachers at Daleville Community Schools will receive their first raises since the 2009 school year under a new teacher contract approved by the board of trustees. The teachers will receive 5 percent raises across-the-board, plus longevity increases this year.
The City of Anderson is saving $50,000 on road salt this winter over what was spent last year. The Anderson Board of Public Works approving a contract to purchase 1,500 tons of salt delivered to Anderson. The salt is being purchased through the Street Department’s Local Road & Street fund.
The group has played for the President’s inauguration party, Donald Trump’s New Year’s Eve party, and now they’re coming to Muncie. Party on the Moon will be the headlining act at Meridian Health Services Rialzo 7 – April 9th, 2016 at the Horizon Convention Center. The Meridian Scholars program will be the benefactor of the event’s proceeds.
APPLICATIONS FOR PAID BELL RINGERS are now being accepted at the Salvation Army in Muncie. Visit samuncie.org, or call 289-7924 for more information.