Neely House Gets Buyer

Real estate agent Lucius Conner is buying The Neely House, which abruptly closed in early June. The Star Press reports Neely House founder Russell Irving talked to some prospective buyers but wasn’t confident any of them could handle running the establishment. He felt Conner’s background gave him a firmer grasp of the work at hand.

Resource For Rural Property Owners In Delaware, Blackford Counties

Rural property owners in Blackford and Delaware counties can more easily start implementing conservation practices on their land with help from a free program offered through the local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). reports the program is called “First Steps” and involves one-on-one consultation with a local conservation representative to identify conservation goals for the property.

Jordan Named 2022 David Sursa Leadership Award Winner

The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County has announced that Scott Jordan received the 2022 David Sursa Leadership Award to recognize his dedicated service to Orchestra Indiana. reports Jordan was nominated by Orchestra Indiana, formerly Muncie Symphony Orchestra, for his leadership on the Board of Directors.

July Means Marching Band Season

Muncie Central HS marching band is pictured. Photo courtesy MCHS Facebook.

Muncie Central HS marching band is pictured. Photo courtesy MCHS Facebook.

WLBCland high school marching bands are preparing for summer contest season, which begins in mid-July, leading up to the Indiana State Fair contest.  Part of the schedule is on our local news page this morning.

Contests in which local bands will be performing, according to the Central Indiana Track Show Association, are:

July 16, Centerville Archway Classic, 7 p.m. at Centerville High School. Blackford, Yorktown, Winchester, Jay and Muncie Central are among the bands scheduled to compete.

July 22, Jay County Lions Club Band Contest, 7 p.m. at the Jay County Fairgrounds. Randolph Southern, Yorktown, Blackford, Henry County, Muncie Central, Winchester and Jay are among the bands scheduled to compete.

July 23, Muncie Central Spirit of Sound, 7 p.m. at Muncie Central High School. Monroe Central, Jay, Cowan, Muncie Central, Blackford and Yorktown are among the bands scheduled to compete.

July 29, Anderson Tartan Tournament of Bands, 6:30 p.m. at Highland Middle School. Monroe Central, Muncie Central, Henry County and Yorktown are among the bands scheduled to compete.

July 30, Drums at Winchester, 7 p.m. at Winchester High School. Jay, Monroe Central, Blackford, Yorktown, Randolph Southern, Winchester and Henry County are among the bands scheduled to compete.

Aug. 5, Indiana State Fair Band Day, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, Hoosier Lottery Grandstand. Preliminaries begin at 9 a.m.  Finals begin at 8 p.m. Tickets/information:

Additional local news briefs are below…

As cops investigate that July 4th parade shooting in the Chicagoland area, we asked 6th District Congressman Greg Pence for his comments

Yesterday at this time, Muncie cops were looking into an early Tuesday drive-by shooting that left a 15-year-old youth with a bullet wound.  It was South Hackley Street about 12:20 a.m. when the 15 year old was hit in the leg while sitting on the porch.  The Star Press reported on speculation a car involved in a collision at Tillotson Avenue and Jackson Street might be tied to the southside shooting.

Several WLBCland students were noted by U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) last week for participating in the first session of his summer internship program in Washington, D.C.  Alex Kukura, a junior at Indiana University from Westfield; Jared Smith, a recent graduate of Taylor University from Upland; and Rachel Hudson, a recent graduate from Fishers were among the small group.  Senator Young’s office offers internship opportunities year-round, in both his Washington and Indianapolis offices.

Hoosier history:  this week in 1922, one of America’s first automobiles, built by Elwood Haynes, was temporarily removed from the Smithsonian Institution and returned to the inventor’s hometown of Kokomo.

Four recent Ball State University graduates have been chosen for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program—one of the most prestigious and widely recognized international programs. Two of the winners are from our area – Brianna Lopez of Noblesville, Ind.’s host country is Bulgaria.  Alexis Pitchford of Carmel, Ind.’s host country is Greece.

Delaware County’s COVID-19 cases up 14.5%; Indiana cases surge 23.5% – for the week ending Sunday, that was the USA Today deadline posted yesterday, with one death reported in nearby counties.  Statewide, 69 more people were admitted to hospitals COVID likely.

They came from all over the world…India, China, Haiti, and others to be United States citizens. 75 people were sworn in as American citizens over the Fourth of July weekend at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential site in Indianapolis – Azher Khan, an Indy businessman and civic leader…   He came to America from Pakistan encouraged those 75 people to keep love in their heart for themselves, their family, and for their country.

In case you missed this last week – the Madison County Chamber says they came in fourth out of nine Indiana Chambers nominated for Outstanding Chamber of the Year by the Indiana Chamber Executives Association. Zionsville of Boone County placed first.

BSU Parking Services tweeted yesterday morning – Graduate students and seniors who will be living in the residence hall may purchase a 2022-23 residence hall parking permit beginning yesterday.

Two more free food chances this week – Jay County Fairgrounds today, and Friday in the Old Kmart Parking Lot Anderson – both 10 a.m. starts.

Camp Red Wing Site Up For Sale

The site of the former Camp Red Wing is for sale again. It was last sold in 2020 and this time around it will be auctioned off on August 16th. The 63-acre tract on the north side of the river is listed for a minimum bid of $450,000, and includes the structures and facilities left from the Boy Scouts’ days there, according to the Star Press.

Teen Injured In Tuesday Drive By In Muncie

Muncie police say a 16 year old was injured in a drive by shooting early Tuesday. They were called to the 2700 block of South Hackley Street about 12:20 a.m., reports the Star Press. The shooting happened as residents were outside shooting off fireworks. The teen was struck in the leg, taken to the hospital, and treated and released. A Chevy Malibu was observed fleeing the scene.

Entrepreneur Buys White River Plaza

Local entrepreneur Scott Mick, owner of The Barking Cow, has finalized the purchase of White River Plaza, which contains approximately 85,000 square feet of retail space. According to, the Plaza has been the home of board game stores, breweries, and food establishments, although it was previously owned by a tax-exempt nonprofit entity.

Nominations For Women’s Equality Day Program

The Muncie-Delaware County Coalition of Women’s organizations is once again seeking nominations of local women to honor during the 30th Annual Women’s Equality Day Program. reports the Coalition invites nominations of women who have made a significant contribution in the arts, education, religion, business, politics, environment, and social or community service by improving the quality of life in our community. Other categories will also be considered.

Upland, IN Runner Wins Yorktown’s 4 for the 4th

Some 4th fun –  Though the exact number of participants is not known from yesterday’s 4 for the 4th Walk / Run event in Yorktown, at least one competitor from California, and one from North Dakota were announced by MC Ted Johnson as they finished.  First place finisher overall was 22 year old Conner White of Upland, first female finisher was 26 year old Taryn Thor from Kokomo.

The Indiana Democratic Party blames Republicans, “Hoosiers Will See Higher Gas Prices, More Crime in Communities – All Thanks to the Indiana GOP.”  Last week in a press release, citing  the July state gas tax increase which is based in part on sales tax, and a new state law allowing any person to carry a gun without a permit, the Dem’s say a rise in crime and high gas prices are Hoosiers’ future, calling “the Indiana GOP’s extremist agenda is solely responsible for it.”

Madison county business news – here’s WLBC’s Bret Busby…

Scott Mick, owner of The Barking Cow, has finalized the purchase of White River Plaza.  It’s been the home of board game stores, breweries, and food establishments, although it was previously owned by a tax-exempt nonprofit entity.   Residents on the Westside can expect to see improvements to both the Greenway and the Plaza in the upcoming months, according to a release from the City of Muncie.

News Nuggets from over the weekend: Dr. Vladimir Zelenko dies at 48 after a long battle with cancer: he was an early COVID Therapeutics Innovator.  You paid 17 Percent More for your July 4 Cookout, according to Farm Bureau.

HE was supposed to be in New Castle last month for donuts and a bout of COVID kept him away, but Indiana’s own Joey Chesnutt claimed his 15th Nathan’s hot dog eating titles yesterday – 63 in 10 minutes.  The female champ ate 40 in 10 – that was Nikki Sudo – she WAS in New Castle, but didn’t win that one.

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. — Authorities had a scare that sent a SWAT team to lead a standoff for hours. 911 Reports of a masked man with a gun in the woods, and the cops used a drone with a camera to investigate. That’s when police found out the man was holding an airsoft rifle.  No charges filed.

The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) announced Friday afternoon that the public can now schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments for children through age 5 by visiting

The summer matching challenge was just announced over the weekend.  Second Harvest Food Bank ECI is trying to raise $100,000 which will be matched – so every gift made in July and August will be DOUBLED, and every dollar you give makes 8 meals possible.

News Nuggets from over the last several days: Last Thursday, Another Indiana county was hit with bird flu, this time a hobby/non-poultry flock in Marion County.  Despite the recent discovery of a rabid bat in Henry County, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health is telling residents to not be alarmed.

A DNR stop that turned out to not be about hunting or fishing

News Nuggets from over the weekend: Holland America Line Removes Pre-Cruise Testing For Select Cruises.   In Mooresville Indiana, another healthy baby was surrendered in a Safe Haven Baby Box – the 20th nationwide.

The Alexandria Monroe Chamber of Commerce has some reminders:  July 8- Alexandria Farmers & Artist Market, July 9- Movie in the Park, July 20- Business @ Breakfast, July 23- L.M. Memorial Car & Bike Show, and several August notable events planned, too.

Chicago Blackhawks’ National Anthem singer, Jim Cornelison, performed at Victory Field on the Fourth of July. He sang the National Anthem, God Bless America, and Take Me Out to the Ballgame. He is the replacement for Jim Nabors for Back Home Again in Indiana at the Indy 500.