Flower & Patio Show This Weekend

If you’re ready for all the flowers and greenery, but Mother Nature won’t cooperate, you may want to check out the Indiana Flower & Patio Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Outdoor living experts and displays will fill the West Pavilion and Exposition Hall at the fairgrounds. The event runs through Sunday.

Muncie St. Patty’s Day Celebrations

Shamrock Shuffle 

America Multi-Sport will host its Shamrock Shuffle, which starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Scotty’s Brewhouse in The Village near Ball State University. The event includes a 5K, 10K, and new this year, a half-marathon distance. (You know, for those who really want to burn off the calories before drinking lots of green beer.)

Race day registration is welcome. This event is open to all those over 6 years old. For more information, visit americamultisport.com.

Live music with Muncie Public Library

No library card required for this event. The Chords of Friendship group will perform live traditional Irish and American folk music at Kennedy Library, 1700 W. McGalliard Road. This free event runs 2-3 p.m. Saturday, and is open to all ages.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Get your kids and their candy bags ready. Muncie’s 33rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will kick off 6 p.m. Saturday, according to its Facebook page. The parade lineup will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Muncie Fieldhouse parking lot and will run south on Walnut Street, east on Charles Street and return via Mulberry Street.

Heorot St. Patrick’s Day celebration

The Heorot Pub, located at 219 S. Walnut Street in downtown Muncie, will offer “an evening of Celtic music” 7:30-11:30 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. The event will feature music from the Ramblin’ Rovers.

Hair Toucher Sought By Police

A man has been going around to local stores an touching women’s hair and police want help finding him. Since December, the suspect has surfaced at stores like Meijer, Walmart and Target. He walks up to women, makes small talk and then touches their hair, pretending to remove something in it. There is video surveillance for police to work with.

BSU/MCS Bill Fails To Be Heard Before Session Ends

A bill that would have given Ball State University governance over Muncie Community Schools fell away in the final day of the 2018 legislative session. House Bill 1315 was scheduled to be heard in both chambers, but time ran out and it did not get to either floor ahead of a midnight deadline. The Governor had issued an order to extend the session to 1am Thursday but leaders on both sides adjourned anyway.

German Auto Parts Maker Eyes Fort Wayne

A German-based auto parts supplier plans to build a factory in For Wayne that’s expected to create up to 150 new jobs. ElringKlinger announced Thursday that its 60,000-square-foot factory will produce aluminum shielding systems for acoustic and thermal protection in passenger cars and commercial vehicles. That plant will be its first in Indiana and is expected to create up to 150 new jobs by 2022. ElringKlinger plans to begin production there in September.

Rough Ending To The Indiana Legislative Session

A struggle in the final minutes of Indiana’s legislative session. GOP lawmakers had difficulties passing bills ahead of the midnight deadline. That killed a number of key bills in a session that was more notable for big ideas deferred and bills that lawmakers pulled the plug on than for big-ticket legislation.
Still, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed some noteworthy legislation into law. And lawmakers sent several bills to his desk before they adjourned for the year to focus on campaigning in November’s elections.

SPECIAL REPORT: 2018 Legislative Session Ends – BSU/MCS Bill Dead

Legislators have wrapped up their work for the year — without a BSU/MCS bill.

The House reached the midnight deadline without voting on five bills, including two sought by Governor Holcomb: extra funding for school safety and a framework to regulate self-driving cars. House Speaker Brian Bosma complains the Senate adjourned at mid-afternoon on the next-to-last day and put things behind. Senate President Pro Tem David Long says everyone needed for negotiations stuck around — he says there were just some difficult issues, and some difficult people. He singles out Valparaiso Representative Ed Soliday, House Republicans’ negotiator on self-driving cars and two other bills — he says senators complained to him that Soliday had “a meltdown” and delayed the process.

Long says a special session is a possibility, but Bosma says while the bills which died are important, “the Republic will survive.” One of the bills that died was the proposed bill that would enable Ball State University to take control of the financially-troubled Muncie Community Schools.

As the clock ticked down, Holcomb drafted an order to extend the midnight deadline by an hour, but Long and Bosma both say they’d never heard of the law he based that order on, and didn’t want to trot it out for the first time in the heat of a contentious session.

Legislators did pass two job-training bills, the legalization of cannabis oil and a boost in school funding. on the session’s final day.

Democratic Senator Tim Lanane of Anderson is questioning the priorities of the Republican supermajority in the 2018 legislative session. Sunday alcohol sales, increased gun access and the banning of eyeball tattoos – Lanane asks, “Are those really the things Indiana should be prioritizing?” The Senator expressed frustration that Republicans defeated Democrat bills at every step of the process.

Local Students Walk Out To Honor Lives Lost

Students from Lapel Jr.-Sr. High School were among thousands nationwide who walked out of their classrooms Wednesday. The students observed silence for 17 minutes, one minute for every person who died at Stoneman Douglas High School. Students at Alexandria-Monroe Jr.-Sr. High School held an in-school silent protest.

Muncie Central High School was one of almost 3-thousand schools who participated in the National School Walkout. The 17-minute remembrance of the 17 victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida was followed by talks from Muncie police chief Joe Winkle and Delaware County Sheriff Ray Dudley.