Commencements bring out thousands to celebrate

Thousands of students are graduating this weekend and most are next weekend, so a reminder to drivers about designating a sober driver and pay attention at those rural intersections. Tonight, Blackford and Union Junior-Senior High are turning tassels, and Burris Lab at Ball State will receive their degrees. Tomorrow, Indiana Academy for Mathematics will hold commencement at 11:30 a.m. at Emens Auditorium.

Marsh unveils new renovations

Today, Marsh Supermarkets are celebrating their newly remodeled store on S. Tillotson Avenue. The renovations give shoppers more produce and fruits & veggies at the front of the store. There’s a bigger deli and bakery, more natural and organic food choices and improvements in the seafood and meat departments. The S. Tillotson Avenue store is one of 30 that Marsh will remodel this year as part of their Customer Improvement Plan.

Local hotels filling up with Indy race goers

Regional businesses should be feeling the effects of the Indianapolis 500 this weekend. With about 350,000 spectators expected at the Speedway, rooms all over our area are booked for the race. Many are nearly completely booked. If you’re not going to the Race, you’ll be able to watch the 100th running of the Indy 500 on TV for the first time since 1950!

Pair charged with human trafficking in Muncie

Two people are accused of enlisting a 17-year-old girl into prostitution and are being held in jail. 26-year-old Kendall Hayes and 25-year-old Pooh Black are charged with human trafficking of a minor. They’re being held without bond. Court records show that deputies exchanged text messages with Black who offered the girl to have sex with two women at a Muncie Hotel for $300. Deputies arrested Hayes and Black after the girl was arrested in the sting.

Fire takes Muncie man’s life, 26

A 26-year-old Muncie man died in a fire in his mobile home this morning. The victim has been identified as Edward Hamilton by the Delaware County Coroner. Initial reports were that the fire may have started with a cooking mishap. When firefighters arrived the trailer was fully engulfed. The fire happened in the 1500 block of East McGalliard Rd. about 7 this morning.