County, AT&T Planning Broadband Project

Delaware County has announced plans for a $2.3 million project with AT&T to build a state-of-the-art network and deliver AT&T broadband to some 1,250 customer locations in parts of the county. The project is contingent upon a final contract between the county and AT&T.

Victorian Holiday Home Tour

The East Central Neighborhood will have its annual Victorian Holiday Home Tour this weekend on December 10 from 4–8 PM and December 11 from 1–5 PM. MuncieJournal.com reports there will be multiple homes on the tour, including the historic Emily Kimbrough home. Everything you need to build a gingerbread house will be provided. The winner of the gingerbread house competition will receive two home tour tickets.

8th Annual I.D.E.A. Conference

The 8th annual I.D.E.A. Conference is happening Saturday, March 4th at Ball State’s L.A. Pittenger Student Center. MuncieJournal.com reports the planning committee is currently seeking proposals from speakers who have experience and information to share that will help improve quality of life in Muncie’s neighborhoods. If you are interested in presenting a session at the event, please submit your information online by December 15th.

It Sounds Like There’s a Democratic Candidate for Indiana Governor

In her own words  –  Why is Jennifer McCormick considering a run for Governor

Though she has said it’ll be January before her exploratory committee is done with their work, yesterday on WMUN’s Delaware County Today, I asked the now-Democrat if she was leaning in a run, or don’t-run direction


Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a potentially debilitating condition, most cases of which are unexplained.  A recent piece of research reported on by MedicalNewsToday has proposed that people under the age of 45 with type 2 diabetes who are being treated with anti-hyperglycemic medications may be less likely to develop MS.  The same study found that those who start treatment with that medication over the age of 45 may be more at risk of developing MS.


At last week’s First Thursday event, WLBC reporter Emily Guffey tracked down a story at MadJax


Thankful public safety people  – Last week was a busy one for Muncie Fire Department.  Smoke filled a building at Ball State University, a possible basement fire, and three residential structure fires all at the same time.  The MFD used social media to thank Delaware County E911 dispatch, Yorktown Fire Department, Liberty Township Fire Department, Cowan Fire Department, and Hamilton Township Fire Department for coverage. They wrote, “Firefighting is a team sport and we all support each other.”


Years of persistence and thousands of small steps together will culminate for nearly 3,000 Boilermakers at Purdue University’s three Winter 2022 Commencement ceremonies Dec. 17-18 in Elliott Hall of Music.


In order to guarantee a response from Santa and his elves, letters must be received by Dec. 17 at Santa’s address: Santa Claus, PO Box 1, Santa Claus, IN 47579.  Please ensure the return address is legible. For more information or to donate and support the museum, visit santaclausmuseum.org.


Faster fiber coming  –  Delaware County, Indiana, yesterday announced plans for a $2.3 million project with AT&T* to build a state-of-the-art network and deliver AT&T FiberSM to some 1,250 customer locations in parts of the county.  The project is contingent upon a final contract between the county and AT&T.  Extensive planning and engineering work for this project will begin immediately once a contract is completed.  The network buildout is expected to be complete within 18 months of contract execution.


The IMS Radio Network and Woof Boom Radio have secured the long standing broadcast rights for the Indy 500, and the Brickyard 400 – you’ll hear the May race on WLBC, WMUN and Oldies 101.  The Brickyard is planned for WMUN and Oldies 101.


Things are looking a little different at the Hartford City fairgrounds.  Last week, we saw on Facebook they are started building the new cattle barn and show arena.   If you’d like to donate to the new building they still have forms available at the Purdue Extension Blackford County office, call 765-348-3213 to have one emailed or mailed to you!


Hiring at the Muncie Boys and Girls Club – here’s Dominic Bordenero

That from Delaware County Today, on WMUN 92-5 FM 1340 AM and free streams, weekdays from 8 – 9 a.m.

Elwood Mayor Wants To Keep The Job

Todd Jones has announced that he will seek a third term as mayor of the second largest city in Madison County. The Herald Bulletin reports Jones, a Democrat, ran unopposed in both the 2019 primary and general elections. In 2015, Jones defeated Marty Bevington in the primary election and defeated Republican Dan Tucker in the general election by a 3-1 margin.

Anderson Working On Water Pollution Control Plant Issues

The city of Anderson has almost completed the required improvements to the water pollution control plant as a result of a reported violation. According to the Star Press, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management found the Anderson Wastewater Treatment plant in noncompliance. For several weeks, area residents have complained about an odor coming for the facility south of the White River.

Winkle Cops Plea To Charges

Former Muncie police officer Chase Winkle pleaded guilty as charged to 11 charges pending against him — five counts of depriving arrestees of their constitutional rights by physically abusing them, and six counts of obstruction of justice. The Star Press reports the obstruction charges stem from allegations Winkle filed fraudulent police reports about those arrests, in most cases falsely claiming the arrestees were resisting at the time he struck or kicked them.

The Muncie Central High School Alumni Association’s Memorabilia Room Open To Public On Certain Dates

The Muncie Central High School Alumni Association’s Memorabilia Room will be open to people attending Central home boys basketball games through January 2023. MuncieJournal.com reports the Memorabilia Room will open 30 minutes ahead of each boys varsity game and will close after halftime. The room will be open on Saturday, Dec. 17; Wednesday, Dec. 21; and Tuesday, Dec. 27. In 2023, the room will be open on Friday, Jan. 6; Friday, Jan. 13; and Friday, Jan. 20; Jan. 28; Saturday, Feb. 8; and Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Boosting: When, and Who? In The Words of Dr. Bird from IUBMH

In his own words – Dr. Jeff Bird, President IUBMH had some good news about COVID improvements

I asked him Friday on WMUN’s Delaware County Today Radio Show, when’s the time to get booster, or re-boosted


People are still smiling today – 345 families served in Delaware County, with over $131,000 raised and spent Saturday for Secret Families Muncie Christmas Charity event.  Volunteers swarmed Muncie Meijer, and Toyota of Muncie to purchase, and wrap the gifts as delivery teams spend the day bringing to homes all around Delaware County.


WLBC News Bytes:

Geoff Esper wins St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail Eating Championship over the weekend – even beating Indiana’s own and defending champion, Joey Chesnutt.

Fishers last week swore in in their first Black female firefighter – Lauren Gray told WTHR she was inspired in her career choice by her father, a policeman.

Visit an Indiana State Park Inn this winter and Save!  Now through March 2, 2023.  Stay two nights, Sunday–Thursday, and your second night is FREE.


Reds Fest happened over the weekend in Cincy – back after a COVID hiatus.  And, we’re hearing that the Reds Winter Caravan might be re-started, in a smaller version.  We’ll let you know what we hear.


Even the Gov gets sick – Your governor was in the hospital. Jaden Arnold explains why

WTHR says he was released after a two day stay.


A Muncie firefighter, believed to have suffered second-degree burns to his hands, was released following treatment at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.  Three houses in an eastside Muncie neighborhood were severely damaged by the fire on Saturday morning.  Paul Sykes, a battalion chief, told Star Press the blaze was believed to have started in a house that had most recently been lived in by “squatters.”


WLBC News Bytes:

Student filmmakers at Taylor University have earned nine awards including four first place awards and two second place awards from the College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) for their work on television, radio, podcast, and film projects.

MercyMe concert coming to Muncie, Mar 18th, 2023 at Emens Auditorium.

The Indianapolis Zoo revealed a $53 million expansion proposal for its entrance downtown in White River State Park on Thursday night.


Muncie cops, fire and public safety personnel did it again

Each child was given a $100 gift card to Christmas shop.  Muncie, Delaware County, Ball State, ISP, Selma, Yorktown police departments represented as well as Cowan Fire Department. They thank Muncie Target and corporate Target for sponsoring this event along with many others.


When I spoke to Dr. Jeff Bird, President IUBMH Friday on WMUN’s Delaware County Today, I asked about that Narcan vending machine

The overdose life-saving medicine is in a sort of vending machine for free, near the ER entrance to the Muncie hospital – when they can keep it stocked.


Some are wondering, what will it be?  The structure in Daleville will be a Frito Lay warehouse and distribution center, around 17,000 square feet and is expected to initially employ 12 people according to Traci Lutton of the Muncie Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.


People are still talking, about a gag order –  Police, attorneys and family members will have to be quiet about the Delphi case. Judge Fran Gull issued a temporary gag order Friday morning, following a three-page statement from Richard Allen’s attorneys pontificating about the actions of police and the prosecution and proclaiming their client’s innocence.


Last week, I invited Cheryl Crowder from Muncie Downtown Development Partnership on to WMUN’s Delaware County Today Radio Show, and asked her to review 2022 – one of the many success stories was Fire Up Downtown

And, later in the interview she released new news

Reserve the date.


WLBC News Bytes:

Jingle Bell Rock was recorded first in 1957 – and maybe we’re the last to know, but Bobby Helms was a Bloomington, Indiana native, living in Nashville, Tennessee at the time making a name for himself as a Country music singer.

The Ball State men’s basketball team fell on a buzzer beating 3-pointer, 78-77.  Road again Wednesday with Eastern Illinois at 8 p.m. on 96.7, 102.9, 104.9 and free streams.


Pastor James Warrner took to social media last week to thank everyone for what they did for the annual Anderson Thanksgiving meal.  1,137 dinners were served and the list of accolades included the City of Anderson and Anderson Police Department, Gospel Highlight Board Members, and Oldies 101 Radio.


Still more chances to support Civic, and enjoy a Christmas classic

Anderson Man Convicted In Stabbing

An Anderson man representing himself on a charge of attempted murder has been convicted on the lesser offense of aggravated battery. The Herald Bulletin reports Michael McCune was charged in 2020 with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a friend, Laverne Pflugh, 13 times after a birthday party.