2024 Trial Date Set In Officer Shooting Death Case

The trial of Carl Roy Webb Boards II in the shooting death of Elwood Police Officer Noah Shahnavaz will likely take place in 2024. The Herald Bulletin reports the 42 year old Boards of Anderson, had a hearing Friday in which the judge proposed the trial to start in August next year with proceedings expected to last about a month.

Randolph County Father Charged With Neglect Of Son’s Care

A Randolph County father faces a felony charge over the level of care provided to his adult son, who is mentally disabled. Authorities say 64 year old Carl Austin Sr’s son — who is in his 30s — was determined to have ingested “benzodiazepines, cannabinoids and oxycodone” before he was taken to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in mid-January. The man would be unable to take those on his own, authorities allege.

Trial Delayed For Two Men Charged In Drug Ring

A trial for three Muncie residents charged in an interstate drug ring — which had been scheduled to begin Monday — has been postponed. According to the Star Press, now the trial of Jamarr Hill, Terry Hill and Lance McGee will be held June 27. The pair are charged, along with Sarah Barnes in a drug ring that brought controlled substances from San Diego to our area.

Spartz “Will Not Run for Office in 2024.”

February 3, 2023
Noblesville, IN – Today, Rep. Victoria Spartz (IN-05) issued a statement below on her potential run for office in 2024.

Congresswoman Victoria Spartz said, “It’s been my honor representing Hoosiers in the Indiana State Senate and U.S. Congress and I appreciate the strong support on the ground. 2024 will mark seven years of holding elected office and over a decade in Republican politics. I won a lot of tough battles for the people and will work hard to win a few more in the next two years. However, being a working mom is tough and I need to spend more time with my two high school girls back home, so I will not run for any office in 2024.”

Victoria Spartz is a member of the U.S. House, representing Indiana’s 5th Congressional District. She assumed office on January 3, 2021. Her current term ends on January 3, 2025.  Spartz (Republican Party) ran for re-election to the U.S. House to represent Indiana’s 5th Congressional District. She won in the general election on November 8, 2022.

Indiana’s Getting Less Healthy

We are getting less healthy  – Indiana state health commissioner Dr. Kris Box

A bill being discussed in a committee would provide additional state funding to county health departments that opt into a new program to help with that.   Among other things, the bill is also intended to stomp out political influence within health departments.  The DOH has awarded nearly $8.5 million in grants to organizations working to improve Hoosiers’ health as part of the Health Issues and Challenges program, which was established by the Indiana General Assembly in 2021 with funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. This is the second round of grants through the program and follows $35 million that was announced last June.

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Political journalist and Indy radio talk show host, Abdul Hakeem-Shabazz, has decided to file the paperwork to run for Indianapolis mayor as a Republican.

William Shatner, the Emmy® Award-winning actor who came to fame portraying Captain James T. Kirk on the original “Star Trek” television series, announced he has signed on to provide special co-narration for the all-new concert tour, “Our Planet Live in Concert.” Based on the Netflix original documentary nature series, the tour will perform in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 8 at Old National Centre.

Chamber Bowl 2023 sponsored in part by WLBC, IS February 25, 2023 a Saturday afternoon at Clancy’s Village Bowl.  Networking starts at 12 noon and the tournament kicks off at 1 p.m.  A team of 5 bowlers for only $175.   Contact Brenda Brumfield or call 765-751-9127.

Kind words from a respected local leader –  Ball State President Gregory Mearns on our newest Woof Boom Radio effort called WMUN – The new Talk of Muncie

He’s a guest on This Week in Delaware County, airing first on Saturday’s each weekend on 92-5FM 1340 AM and free streams from 9 – 10 a.m.

Gary wants school control back – Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee heard legislation concerning the transition of the Gary Community School Corporation back to local control.  Senator Eddie Melton released the following statement: “…We are thankfully approaching the end of the distressed status, and it’s important that we have a governing structure in place to make the smoothest transition back to a local governing body and identify a superintendent.”   Some will wonder if a similar change will happen for Muncie Community Schools – but when we asked Gov. Holcomb last year about that possibility

Ball State sports plans:  remember, though your tickets might say Saturday – it’s a tonight game at home for the Card Men’s basketball game.  And, the women’s team has a matinee Saturday home game, plus the other half of the men’s volleyball two-fer with BYU, after losing Thursday night.  Hoops on regular Radio channels and streams from Woof Boom Radio.

For February Black History Month, we wondered during a yesterday conversation with Pres. Mearns if BSU has plans

He noted a today event

Republican candidate for Mayor of Zionsville John Stehr says he has a three-part comprehensive plan for Zionsville over the next 15 years if elected. He calls it “Zionsville 2040.”

If that voice sounds familiar – yes, it’s that John Stehr – from WTHR anchor fame.

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Changing Views: The Photography of Dorothea Lange will allow you to see many of the photos taken by the woman, as well as those of other photojournalists at the Eiteljorg Museum.

Carmel Bike Share sees record growth in 2022.

Electric vehicles more expensive to fuel than gas-powered cars at end of 2022: so says a consulting firm in a Fox News report.

Every weekend, This Week in Delaware County reviews great news and info that you need to know.  On this weekend’s show, reviewing the economic development tool called Brownfields, the Honor Guard, free tax help in Yorktown, ISP with safety info, and the entire new interview with BSU Pres. Mearns – including the controversy of the on campus round about that has a stop sign.  First airing Saturday’s 9-10am ON the new WMUN – the talk of muncie on 92-5 FM 1340 AM and free streams.

Written and compiled by Dir. of News Operations, Steve Lindell

Search On For New Head For Paramount Theatre In Anderson

Randy Hammel, executive director for the Paramount Theatre in Anderson, officially retired this week after more than eight years of service, according to a news release. Sometime in October, Hammel informed the board of his plan to retire at the end of January. The board will begin searching for a new executive director next week.

Muncie Marine Faces Misdemeanors In Capitol Uprising

A Marine from Muncie has been ordered to remain in California as he awaits court proceedings stemming from the riot — on Jan. 6, 2021 — at the U.S. Capitol. According to the Star Press, 22 year old Micah Coomer was one of three active-duty Marines charged Jan. 17 with participating in the uprising at the Capitol. He faces misdemeanor counts of in connection with the events that day.

BSU Ranked In US News & World Report Online Programs List

Newest rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report showcase Ball State University’s national standing as a top provider of affordable online degree programs in high-demand fields. MuncieJournal.com reports Ball State earned 12 top-25 rankings in U.S. News’ 2023 “Best Online Programs” list, an annual assessment of nearly 2,000 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs offered by institutions across the country.

Prime Trust Federal Union Names Pierce President And CEO

PrimeTrust Federal Union, serving Delaware County, Indiana, is proud to announce Tim Pierce as its new president and chief executive officer. Pierce’s career includes Indirect Lending Manager at TCU, Vice President of Operations and Lending at Ball State Credit Union, and most recently Assistant Vice President of Compliance and Education at the Indiana Credit Union League.

Indiana’s Hands Free Law: It Seems Simple!

It seems to be one of the most broken laws in our state – it’s called Hands Free

That’s Sgt. Scott Keegan, PIO from the Indiana State Police from yesterday’s Delaware County Today Radio show.  Hear the entire segment on WMUNmuncie.com.

One opponent, two matches for Ball State – tonight, coach Donan Cruz

Same team Saturday, too, making the trip all the way from Utah.

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Snacks eaten by Americans watching the Super Bowl will contain 4 million pounds of fat.

Today is Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil began his weather forecasting in 1896 at Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, about 90 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

30 years ago in February, Groundhog Day the movie was released.

Today is First Thursday / Arts Walk in downtown Muncie.  From 5 – 8 p.m., stores, restaurants, galleries and various attractions welcome you – free parking all over the place.

Why so high?  –  Prices for heating and utility bills have gone up this Winter, and it’s not just from the recent weather Indiana had.  2022 had some of the highest sustained costs across multiple energy companies due to the weather, but also increased fuel prices worldwide. Compared to 2021, Citizens Energy Group had an increase of 43% for their prices, and Duke Energy increased 29%.

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President Donald Trump Endorses Jim Banks for Senate.

Autonews.com says Toyota sold 10.5 million vehicles in 2022, defending its title as the world’s top-selling automaker for a third straight year.

BSU Grad Students have a deadline of this Wednesday to apply for spring commencement.

We’ve been asked for more about the Delaware County Honor Guard since our interview earlier this week.  Volunteer Mark DiFabio told me how meaningful their work is

The volunteers make funerals of fallen service people more complete.  Hear that segment on WMUNmuncie.com, scroll down to look for Honor Guard.

It’s Identity Theft Awareness Week and Better Business Bureau has some tips to keep you safe.  Review your bank account and credit card statements regularly. Look for unfamiliar charges, accounts, or withdrawals. Check your credit reports regularly for unauthorized inquiries and accounts. In the U.S., you have the right to check your credit report with each of the three major credit bureaus once per year at AnnualCreditReport.com. This is the only free crediting reporting service authorized by the Federal Trade Commission. Protect yourself against hackers:  Use strong passwords or phrases. Change your passwords frequently. Use different passwords for each online account or website.  To report a scam, go to BBB Scam Tracker.