An Anderson day care is under investigation and the owner’s brother charged with child molestation. Last week, Frankie Thimothus, whose sister Evelyne owns Evelyne’s Day Care, was arrested for allegedly having contact with a three year old boy and 14 month old girl at the facility. An investigation is underway to determine if any licensing violations had been committed.
Charges face a Hartford City woman prohibited from possessing firearms. 38 year old Natasha Sheets is accused of stealing a shotgun from her uncle’s home. When police investigated a report that a woman had threatened to shoot a man during an argument in an East Fifth Street apartment, they say Sheets was fidgeting with something in the couch cushions and that’s when they found the firearm.
The fourth annual Delaware County State of the Child, presented by the Indiana Youth Institute, will focus this year on using data to advance equity. Sponsored by the United Way of Delaware, Henry and Randolph Counites and Ball State University, the virtual summit is set for 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 12.
INDOT has awarded the City of Muncie $4.6 million of Federal Highway Administration construction and inspection funds for local projects. The projects that were funded include Tillotson from Kilgore to McGalliard, McGalliard from Tillotson to Wheeling and McGalliard from Martin Luther King Junior Blvd to the 67 bypass, east of Muncie Mall. The Tillotson to Kilgore construction was awarded $2,116,000.
60 plus. As we told you first, yesterday morning, the Indiana State Department of Health is allowing Hoosiers 60 plus to sign up for the COVID vaccine. They are asking for patience, as this new group is a large amount of the population, and high demand is expected to continue. We fully expect more guidance from the State later today – during the weekly COVID briefing, at 2:30 p.m.
$4.6 million from INDOT will improve parts of Tillotson, and McGalliard using Federal funding. The press release from the City did not specify when the work will begin, or the bidding process timeline.
The Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission, a diverse and multi-partisan group of Indiana residents, says it will hold public meetings on community maps in every congressional district through the end of March. Like most states, Indiana puts the state legislature in charge of redistricting. The Virtual Meetings for our part of the state are as follows: for Congressional District 5: March 3, 7 – 9 p.m., and for Congressional District 6: March 16, 7 – 9 p.m. The links to register are on our Local News Page now.
The corduroy jackets are being honored at the Indiana Statehouse. In celebration of National FFA Week the Indiana FFA Association received a house concurrent resolution recognizing FFA and all of its work to advance the quality of agricultural education both locally and nationally. National FFA Week continues through Saturday.
When the new EA Sports college football video game comes out, you may not see the University of Notre Dame in it. Notre Dame’s Athletic Director says his school will not provide its name, logos, and other branding property to EA Sports for the game until new rules determine whether athletes will be able to receive a cut of the game’s profits are finalized.
Last year, nearly 1.8 million Hoosiers may have missed out on free electronic tax filing by not taking advantage of the Indiana Department of Revenue’s (DOR) Indiana free file (INfreefile) program to file their individual taxes. Indiana individual income tax return filers with an adjusted gross income of $72,000 or less may qualify to file both their state and federal taxes for no cost with INfreefile.
An Upland connection to space. A launch of two small satellites, Taylor Sat8 and Taylor Sat9, which were designed and built at Taylor University, successfully blasted into near-space orbit last Saturday. It marked the eighth and ninth times satellites were developed at Taylor. NearSpace Launch, Inc., an enterprise based in Upland works with government, labs, and universities around the nation to create small satellites which have previously launched and contributed to communications networks and the measurement of weather in the low-space realm.
$500 youth music scholarships for Muncie kids. Forward Visions, a community organization designed to support local citizens, is asking for essays from any child enrolled in MCS – and five will be selected winners, with the money intended to purchase, or pay for maintenance on a band instrument. To apply or ask questions, email Chanard3@gmail.com
Yorktown Library Building Addition and Remodeling project update: according to Director, Liz Rozelle from a social media post last week, Friday, February 26 should be completion date – but they won’t be visitor ready right away. Staff will need about two weeks to get everything back in place. The other good news? No due dates or fines, until they get back up and running.
Jennie DeVoe will be singing the National Anthem at tonight’s Pacer game, in front of no more than 2,000 fans. She wrote on social media this week, that it’ll be the first time she’s sung with a mask on!
Indiana history lesson: this week in 1925, the Duesenberg Motor Company filed incorporation papers with the Indiana Secretary of State. The firm was being moved to Indianapolis from New Jersey by brothers Fred and August Duesenberg. Their luxury automobiles were not only beautiful but powerful, performing well on the Speedway track. The company ceased production in the mid-1930s, but the cars are still highly prized by collectors.
He was just trying to catch some zzz’s in the middle of a Portage cornfield. Madyson McGill reports on how the Chesterton man got there.
Anderson police will provide security at a new COVID vaccine distribution facility in the city. The site at the Work One Building, 222 E. 10th St., is being offered up by Mustin Builders at no cost to the county. Officials say the officers being used for security there will not have an effect on patrols in the city. The Madison County Health Department is seeking grant funds to pay for the officers to provide security.
Seven years behind bars for a New Castle woman for her role in an armed robbery at a local Dollar General store. The Star Press reports 29 year old Christin Pierce had pleaded guilty to aiding, inducing or causing armed robbery. She was charged with driving a getaway car for a robber who held up the Dollar General store at 906 Broad St., last Sept. 14.
UNITY in OUR Community this weekend Presents Love Fest: Celebrating our Firsts. Organizers say the event celebrates community trailblazers and is happening Saturday, 2pm to 4pm at Minnetrista in Muncie. The event is limited to 50 people and social distancing, masks and other safety protocols will be in place.
You’ll have to wait another year. Meridian Health Services has rescheduled the Rialzo Charity Gala; the new date will be April 9, 2022. This is the event’s second rescheduling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meridian invites recurring and new supporters alike to select “A Night to Remember – Stay Safe Packages” will allow the general public to support the need at various levels from $50 to a $500 package, on sale now.
More now on the story we told you about first yesterday morning as it was happening: eight inmates were injured when the power went out at one of Marion County’s jails. It only took about ten minutes for backup power, and it was during that time frame the inmates were injured.
If you shop at Kroger, your personal information may have been exposed. Kroger is sending letters to customers, explaining that a third party vendor was hacked. That means customer and employee information could have been leaked. Kroger says at least one percent of customers could have been exposed, but that could be a lot of people. The company says people who used money services or their pharmacy are most likely to have been exposed.
An update to a story we told you about a few weeks ago – as of yesterday, only about $6,000 of the needed $32,000 for a Go Fund Me campaign supported by the Dollison’s of Muncie. They are trying to raise money for Lizzy and Ali Thompson, to reunite the family, and build a small home for them in Jamaica, after the family was displaced by COVID shutting the mother our her job with a cruise ship. We’ve placed the link on our local news page again this morning. (https://gf.me/u/zbh4z3)
March 4th is First Thursday in Downtown Muncie. One of the features will be “Out of the ARCHIVES. Archival artworks by Debra Gindhart,” local artist-maker and visual arts educator. The Gindhart Collection curated – Meet the artist as well, from 5-8pm in the 2nd floor galleries at Madjax Muncie.
The Ford Motor Company on Monday issued a recall for more than 79,000 2020-21 Ford F-Series vehicles sold in the United States because the windshield wasn’t properly bonded onto the vehicles. There haven’t been any reports of injuries related to the recall. However, Ford said it would start to notify owners of the recall starting the week of April 6.
This week in 1922, in Indiana History: 24-year-old Marian Anderson was the featured singer in a program at the Simpson Methodist Church in Indianapolis. She was at the beginning of a long career in which she gained international fame and broke down racial barriers in the arts. She was the first African American to perform at the New York Metropolitan Opera and the White House.
Yesterday, the White House announced changes to the Paycheck Protection Program to prioritize and further promote what the Biden Administration called equitable access to relief. The US Small Business Administration noted in a release the five reforms being made; one will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 9 am ET, when the SBA will begin a 14- day exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees. All applications already submitted by lenders to the SBA before the start of the exclusivity period will still be processed by the SBA.
Save the dates: WLBC will sponsor and support two June events in Muncie: The “Juneteenth Celebration,” June 19th at Heekin Park, and the “Forward Visions Black Music Month Celebration,” June 26th at McCullough Park. Both events are open to the public, and intended to bring the community together. More details when they are formalized.
The Indiana Department of Transportation announced yesterday that $100.8 million in federal transportation funding is being awarded to 54 cities, towns, and counties in rural portions of Indiana to invest in local road and bridge improvements as well as sidewalk and trail projects.
Last night was the first of several “Community Conversations: COVID Vaccine information with Q&A: The CDC guidelines explained so you can understand them.” The IU School of Medicine and the Healthy Lifestyle Center has more planned: Wednesday12-12:30pm on Face Book Live, Friday 8-8:30am on Zoom and again Saturday from 10-10:30am Face Book Live. The links, and login info all posted on our Local News Page now.
March 2nd 6-6:30pm FB Live
March 5th 12-12:30 pm ZOOM
March 8th 9-930am ZOOM
March 11th 6-6:30 pm FB Live
March 13th 10-10:30 am FB Live
ZOOM Meeting ID: 859 6371 5035 PSWD: vaccine21
FB LIVE: https://fb.me/e/3ziSV22cu Health, Well-th and Wisdom for Life FB page (lwittymd1)
Out of 116 cities across America, Wallethub ranked two cities from Indiana in the top 70 in their latest “Hardest Working Cities in America” study. Fort Wayne was ranked 66th and Indianapolis was 43rd. Their data ranges from the employment rate to average weekly work hours to the share of workers with multiple jobs. Anchorage, Alaska was ranked #1 in the study.
When you see flags at half-staff, President Biden will order U.S. flags lowered for 5 days in memory of those in the US who have lost their lives due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The first of four meetings to get input on Madison county’s intention to implement vote centers by 2022 has been set – 2 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers of the Madison County Government Center.