Saturday’s from 8:30 – 9 a.m., we hear Perspective with David Burnett – one of Woof Boom Radio’s newest Reporters. REPLAY THIS WEEKEND’S NEW SEGMENT HERE
Wednesday morning, we welcomed Town Manager Pete Olson into WLBC Master Command for a monthly update on all things Yorktown, Indiana. HERE THAT CONVERSATION HERE.
The Town of Lapel has adopted an measure to regulate the use of fireworks. Council has passed a bill setting days and hours for the use of fireworks. The Herald Bulletin reports the ordinance allows the use of fireworks from June 29 through July 9 from 5 p.m. to two hours after sunset. Fireworks are allowed on July 4 from 10 a.m. to midnight and on Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. until 1 a.m. on Jan. 1.
A recent Ball State University graduate has been recognized by one of the nation’s top collegiate journalism awards programs. The Muncie Journal reports Rebecca Slezak, who in May graduated from Ball State’s College of Communication, Information, and Media, recently was awarded second place in the photojournalism category of the 61st annual National Hearst Journalism Championships for her work, “Chaotic Normalcy.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie is honored to have received a grant from the Ball Brothers Foundation totaling $300,000 over two years. The Muncie Journal reports the grant will be used to equip staff with tools, resources, and professional development training needed to foster skill building. The Clubs will also build staff capacity to better engage our youth and promote education, character-building, and healthy lifestyles.
Tuition increases to be discussed today at BSU – for WLBC News, I’m Sidny Grow. They’ll discuss costs at today’s Trustee’s Meeting, but the possible increases aren’t all that bad. HEAR President Mearns in the WLBC Radio news zoom room from yesterday HERE.
The Anderson Board of Public Safety Wednesday approved the hiring of 11 firefighters which brings the department to 111 members. The Herald Bulletin says the Department is budgeted this year for 110 members. Chief Dave Cravens said 70 applicants were interviewed and he described all of them as extraordinary candidates
NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon was at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway dirt track yesterday afternoon…The Pittsboro, Indiana native was back in a sprint car for the first time in 30 years, promoting the BC39. The race on the IMS dirt track will take place August 18 and 19.
Cop hurt trying to catch a bad-guy, and they got away. Kokomo Police Department was chasing a white Dodge Charger with no license plate at the intersection of Wheeler and Locke streets shortly after 12 a.m. Wednesday. Two people in the car were hurt, as was the officer. They need to find that Charger, and the driver – contact Officer Greg Smith at email@example.com or the KPD Hotline at 765-456-7017.
New segment alert: with WLBC’s David Burnett. Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. on 102.9 FM 1340 AM and WXFN.com, plus the podcast replay on WLBC.com – PREVIEW THE SHOW HERE
This weekend, on This Week in Delaware County, our hour long community affairs Radio program, Steve Lindell welcomes BSU President Mearns, Yorktown Manager Pete Olson, more with the new Queen of the Delaware County Fair, insight on the new CANPACK jobs announcement for Muncie, and an interview about a Black Music Month celebration schedule for NEXT weekend. That show airs weekends on several of our Woof Boom Radio stations – including Saturday 9 – 10 a.m. on 102.9 FM, 1340 AM and WXFN.com.
Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams will join WISH-TV’s medical reporting team as a Medical Expert. Prior to becoming surgeon general, Dr. Adams worked as an anesthesiologist in Muncie, practicing at Ball Memorial Hospital.
Almost two years after purchasing the Mounds Mall, the new owner told the Herald Bulletin he is hopeful to reopen the Anderson landmark by the end of 2022. The plan is to convert the mall into an event and entertainment center, with a food court concept to have small businesses that can’t afford a standalone location have space in the mall. The Sears building could be used for conventions and in the winter there will be a children’s playground, miniature golf and a climbing wall.
$10,000 on the line for Christian Ministries Muncie – go to any checkout lane or the customer service desk to purchase food donation cards at Meijer on Saturday, June 19 and your donation will be double matched, up to $10k.
A car show will be held during the Kiwanis Madison County 4-H Fair on Saturday, July 24. The Larry Maynard Memorial Car & Bike show is in memory of the lifelong Alexandria resident. He was a great car builder and painter as well. Free Registration begins 11:00 a.m. Awards will begin at 5:30 p.m.
The Anderson Board of Public Safety Wednesday approved the hiring of 11 firefighters which brings the department to 111 members. The Herald Bulletin reports the fire department budget this year is for 110 members. 70 people applied for the openings. Those hired will take part in a 12 week fire department academy to receive training to get certification.
The man who purchased the Mounds Mall is hoping to have the Anderson property open by the end of next year. The mall closed for good in 2018 and Mark Squillante purchased it at a tax sale in 2019. He tells the Herald Bulletin he’s disappointed the mall isn’t open already, but points to the pandemic as a major reason for the delay.
A Muncie resident is under arrest and charged in the serious assault of another man. 50 year old Brad Davis is charged with aggravated battery after an incident at an apartment on the 600 block of West Eighth Street. Police arrived there and found a 52 year old man severely injured. He had to be resuscitated several times. If convicted, Davis could be sentenced to up to 16 years in prison.
Here comes some more summer. Today is an Air Quality Action Day (AQAD) today for Delaware, Hamilton, Hendricks, Howard, Madison county and south from there. On days like today, you can drive less, avoid refueling or using your lawn equipment until after 7 p.m., and conserve energy by turning off lights and setting the thermostat to 75 degrees or above. Children, the elderly, and anyone with heart or lung conditions should reduce or avoid exertion and heavy work outdoors.
Back to BLUE for Muncie and almost all counties in Indiana. The weekly COVID status map showed the lowest threat level for all but 7 counties in the state – those, are Yellow – the second lowest problem areas.
Fishers fish kill – WLBC was notified yesterday that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are currently responding to a discharge of domestic sewage and reports of dead fish in Cheeney Creek near 106th and Eller Rd. in Fishers. Avoid the area while the investigation is ongoing.
Researchers at Ball State University have found that Indiana’s school choice options resulted in a savings of almost $90 million in the 2019-20 school year. Charter and voucher programs allow students to attend schools other than the traditional public school in the school district where they live, while open enrollment allows students to attend a traditional public school outside of their home district. Districts losing students experience a decrease in state funding, for example, but can offset some or all of those losses by accepting transfer students from other school districts, according to the release from BSU.
Second Harvest Food Bank Food Distribution Tailgate events: Today there are two at 10 a.m. – Muncie at the regular spot at Muncie Mall and Hartford City at First Church of Nazarene. Friday, there’s two at 10 a.m. – New Castle and Winchester. Volunteers are always needed.
Fishers lands big life sciences investment. Italy’s Stevanato Group, one of the world’s largest providers of containment and delivery systems for biopharma sector says it will invest $145 million in new plant and create more than 230 jobs, according to Inside Indiana Business.
The weekly COVID status map from the Indiana State Department of Health showed the lowest threat level for all but 7 counties in the state – those, are Yellow – the second lowest problem areas. Delaware county and a few nearby were elevated to Yellow status previously, but that’s gone for now.
Pendleton and Anderson blood drives are coming, to help the American Red Cross with a severe blood shortage. Donors of all blood types — especially type O and those giving platelets — are urged to make an appointment as soon as possible. Upcoming drives include: Monday, June 21, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church Pendleton. Friday, June 25, noon to 6 p.m., Madison Park Church of God, and Tuesday, June 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Anderson University. Schedule an appointment to give blood by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org.
Three swimmers from Indiana will be representing the U.S. at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. One from Evansville, and two from Carmel qualified for the Games as well.