Inmates At Madison County Jail Test Positive For Coronavirus

14 inmates at the Madison County jail have tested positve for coronavirus and a dozen more will be tested for it Friday. These are the first cases of the illness at the lock up. Back in April, another 14 were tested, but none came back positive. The first inmate to come down with it, spread the virus to others in his cellblock even though he was promptly transferred to another one.

Muncie AMC Theatre To Reopen August 27th

The Muncie AMC theatre is one of more than a hundred the company is planning to reopen at the end of the month. The chain says Thursday, August 27th is the date as the company tries to re-engage viewers with smaller audiences, social distancing, mask wearing and better ventilation. AMC had said earlier this year that it may not survive the pandemic.

Man Charged In Woman’s Murder

A Delaware County man accused of killing a female acquaintance has been formally charged with murder. 36 year old Ashley Marie Bennett was found dead in her apartment on the 600 block of South Council Street on August 3rd. According to the Star Press, 40 year old David Bond Jr. is charged with murder, along with resisting law enforcement and possession of meth over events on Aug. 5, the day Bond was arrested in the killing.

Expanding Support Systems In COVID Landscape

Web of Support: Everybody Succeeds, a mentoring initiative of the Muncie Action Plan, helps youth and adults identify, expand, and strengthen their support systems. This spring, Web of Support Ambassadors participated in a four-week virtual “Deep Dive” series to explore how the Web of Support model can help build resiliency in families and communities during the COVID quarantine. The groups have created sharable postcards and informational videos to spread messages of gratitude and encouragemen

Women’s Equality Day Event

The Coalition of Women’s Organizations will have its annual Women’s Equality Day program at 5 p.m. on Aug. 26th. The celebration will honor six local women who have made significant contributions to the community. The program will be a live virtual event. The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. The passage marked the largest expansion of democracy in the history of our country.

Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 Woof Boom Morning Briefs

Senator Todd Young yesterday was asked about the next COVID stimulus actions – which remains in limbo, aside from the President’s action last weekend with the Executive Orders he issued.  Hear the entire interview on This Week in Delaware County this weekend.

Everyone is working quickly, and the virtual part of the brand new Muncie Community School year has had some bumps – but it will get better.  CEO Lee Ann Kwiatkowski is asking for patience……  Hear the entire interview now, from the WLBC Zoom Room yesterday, on the WLBC Newscenter Facebook page now.

On average, almost half of Hoosiers (47.8%) are spending more than 30% of their monthly income on rent. That’s according to a study done by a home security service.  The moratorium on evictions in Indiana ends August 14.

It was another weekly Governor update yesterday, and we tried to cover Live, but technical problems at the Statehouse caused many troubles.

More from the President Trump interview earlier this week on The MSS in Muncie, on the day before the VP decision by Joe Biden – Clay Travis asked him about the choice…..  our all-sports station is getting ready for high school football season: one week from Friday is opening night.

More changes in the sports world. No fans at Augusta National for the 2020 Masters, and reserved seating only at this year’s Kentucky Derby.

Another Tech Tip for Smart Speaker privacy, from C-NET:  Frustratingly, Amazon still seems by default to opt users into its program using our voice recordings for research purposes.   Turning this feature off is probably the best move.  To disable it, tap More in the Alexa app, then Settings, then Alexa Privacy.   While you’re turning off this feature, you might also consider setting your voice recordings to automatically delete after three months — an option you can find on the same page as Use of Voice Recordings.

Indiana’s team will have its head coach for a while long. The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday that Coach Nate McMillan’s contract has been extended, but are keeping the terms of his contract confidential, per team policy.

We spoke to Congresswoman Susan Brooks yesterday, the morning after Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his running mate…….  Hear the entire interview this weekend on This Week in Delaware County.

This week, the Indiana State Police Peru Post, recognized four ISP employees for their continued excellent service to the community.  Among those honored were Master Trooper Detective Michelle Jumper of Miami County was recognized for 25 years of service. Master Trooper Matt Rogers of Howard County was recognized for 20 years of service.   Jumper and Rogers were also recognized for 500,000 safe driving miles.

Seven Taken To Hospital After Two Vehicle Crash In New Castle

Seven people were taken to a local hospital late Tuesday after a two-vehicle crash in New Castle. The Star Press reports 29 year old Derek Bacon was headed northbound on the 1000 block of North 16th Street when his vehicle was hit by an SUV. At the time of the crash, 10pm, police say Bacon had no headlights on. Bacon and five children in his vehicle ranging in age from 1 to 11 were taken to the hospital, as was the other driver.

MCS Virtual Learning Enrollees Surpass 1,400

Muncie Community Schools continues to see solid demand for its virtual learning program. As of Tuesday, officials say there were about 1,414 students enrolled. The expectation is more will sign up within the week as uncertainties prompted by the coronavirus pandemic leave some parents concerned about face to face instruction.

DCS Shuttering Middle And High Schools For Two Weeks

Delaware Community Schools, which sent 228 students home to quarantine to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 has shuttered its middle and high schools for 14 days and switched to remote learning. The announcement came Tuesday night that it was closing Delta High School and Middle School for the period. Only seven students from the district’s three elementary schools had been sent home as of Tuesday morning, compared to 68 middle school and 153 high school students.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 Woof Boom Morning Briefs

Governor Holcomb speaks today in his weekly COVID press conference.  Two weeks from today marks the end of the initial mask-mandate for the state – may are interested to heard his thoughts of any progress, or lack of, our fight against the virus as schools and other activities continue to ramp up.

A poll conducted by the American Lung Association and published in the Herald Bulletin shows 70% of the respondents favor a smoke-free environment at public places, including bars and casinos in Indiana.  While on the subject of polls, it is estimated that just 50% of American’s will allow themselves to take the COVID19 vaccine.

Borg-Warner’s name has been on the trophy commemorating the winner of the Indianapolis 500 since the very first race back in 1911.  In 1995, the engine maker wanted to do more to add to the excitement of the race. So they created a “Rolling Jackpot” to be awarded to any driver who can win the iconic race in back-to-back years.  The prize has now swelled to $360,000 with an addition of $20,000 this year.  Last year’s total prize money was just under $13.1 million.  The race is August 23rd, live on WLBC.  Practice is scheduled to begin today.

C-Net has certain features that they think you should turn off – for privacy, with smart speakers.  Alexa’s Drop In feature is a cool way for, for example, friends to connect during continued COVID-19 lockdowns, but it’s easy to forget that virtual visitors once permitted will then have access to drop in anytime, unannounced. Unless you want to risk friends or family members using the feature at inopportune times, you should switch off Drop In until you want to use it.

The University of Notre Dame tested nearly 12,000 students before the start of classes on Monday, and found that only about 33 students tested positive for the virus. That’s less than one-third of 1-percent of the number of students tested.

As the extended summer break comes to an end, students across central Indiana are starting their return to school.  With that return, motorists should expect an increased amount of school bus and pedestrian traffic during the morning and afternoon commutes, and therefore need to plan those commutes accordingly to allow for extended travel time.  Also to be expected, Troopers with the Indiana State Police will be hitting the roads to watch for school bus stop arm violations. High visibility enforcement will be used to encourage motorists to stop for school buses, and  enforcement action will be taken against those who don’t.

MuncieJournal.com reports that Muncie Civic Theatre will present “The Music Man” at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, outdoors at Ball State University’s Arts Terrace.  This has been a tough time for all arts and entertainment venues, but Civic was determined to bring live theater back.  Ball State University President Geoffrey Mearns and Muncie Mayor Dan Ridenour, will appear in cameo roles.  Parking along the Quad, at the Planetarium parking lot or in the parking garage behind Sursa Hall.  As for the rest of the Civic season, all indoor programming has been “paused.”  Tickets for “The Music Man” can be purchased online at www.munciecivic.org

 The award winning WLBC Hometown Hero of the month is Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, a Division of The Villages.  Through the month, free Radio airtime and other benefits will be gifted to the organization to talk about reducing delinquency rates, prevention councils, and safety for kids.

Governor Holcomb speaks today in his weekly COVID press conference.  Two weeks from today marks the end of the initial mask-mandate for the state – may are interested to heard his thoughts of any progress, or lack of, our fight against the virus as schools and other activities continue to ramp up.

A show that WILL GO ON!  A Fishers Labor Day tradition, the 8th annual Fishers Blues Fest returns to the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater, the free, two-night event includes performances by renowned local and nationally award-winning blues artists in a first come, first served, limited-capacity outdoor setting with social distancing measures in place.  Friday and Saturday, September 4-5, from 7-11 p.m.