Thursday, 9/24/2020 Woof Boom Morning Briefs

Muncie says, Trick or Treat!   The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called traditional trick-or-treating “high risk,” but the City of Muncie, as well as police in Greenfield Indiana, and others, have decided to move forward – in Muncie’s case, October 31, from 5 – 8 p.m. is the official time – and we are told Muncie Police and Muncie Fire will have a Trunk or Treat at the same time.  On Tuesday the CDC posted guidelines suggesting that people leave pre-made goodie bags on their front porch for kids to get rather than handing out candy themselves or leaving out a bowl for kids to dig through.

Gov. Eric Holcomb yesterday announced the first easing of some COVID restrictions – moving us to Stage 5, after many weeks of sticking at the 4.5 level.  Size limitations for gathering are removed, and restaurants, bars and nightclubs can open at full capacity – still adhering to distancing, mask requirement, and good hygiene.

Yesterday, as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg arrived at the Nation’s Capital for part of the memorial services, 5th District Congresswoman Susan Brooks was there

She spoke to WLBC’s Steve Lindell on the Wake up Crew yesterday morning, just hours before that arrival.

Nearly four in ten Hoosiers are considered obese and that puts them at a higher risk for dying from coronavirus. People who are obese, and even just overweight, run a higher risk of going to the hospital, being put in ICU and dying, than people without the excess weight. Franciscan Health, says they’ve developed new ways to treat overweight and obese people with the virus.  It doesn’t follow any playbook, and that there are still many unanswered questions.

Every city near here is thinking, “glad that didn’t happen here…”

Putnam county is just southwest of Indianapolis.

Elton John was supposed to perform at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis back in March, but his world tour was postponed because of the pandemic. But now…

At yesterday’s Muncie Sanitary District meeting, it was noted that at an annual storm water conference recently, Toni Cecil was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, for her years of service as well as the high quality of service she provided.

Yorktown is taking on some heavy hitters

Town Manager Pete Olson, speaking earlier this week in the WLBC Zoom Room, about the efforts to give people reasons to choose Yorktown, and Delaware County to reside.

12.3 tons of dirt.  That’s what Harvey Wright, Superintendent from the Muncie Sanitary District says three street sweepers cleaned very early in the morning earlier this week, from downtown and Southside streets.  A fourth street sweeper will be hired soon.  All city streets are to be swept twice per year – but COVID restrictions have slowed some of the schedules this year.

Plasma from whole blood donations made through the American Red Cross that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. The Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to schedule an appointment, download the free Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

The latest coronavirus scam is causing the Better Business Bureau Serving Central Indiana to remind you to make sure you aren’t falling for a con before you jump on a deal.

 The Taylor University baseball program will hold an underclassman prospect camp at Winterholter Field on Saturday, October 24th, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. The camp is open to high school students in the 2022-24 graduating classes and is limited to 40 participants.

Habitat ReStore Gets To The Bottom Of Missing Items

Officials say donations left at Habitat for Humanity’s ReSale Store in Chesterfield have been stolen recently. They decided to install a camera and in a span of about six weeks, three instances of theft have been caught on camera. The Herald Bulletin reports because of that footage, tips from visitors to the store’s Facebook page and the work of the Chesterfield Police Department, five suspects have been identified and cited for misdemeanor theft.

Young Wants To Get Ball Rolling On Ginsburg Replacement

Senator Todd Young says he supports the Senate taking a confirmation vote on a nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the November election. The republican, who had been silent since Friday on whether he would vote for Trump’s nominee before the Nov. 3 election, says he’s also seeking a speedy nomination of a new Supreme Court justice. Young said he thinks any of the judges that the president has discussed in recent days “would be an excellent choice.”

Holcomb Announces Move To Stage 5 Saturday

Gov. Eric Holcomb says Indiana will move to Stage 5, the final phase of reopening, on Saturday. What that means is retail stores and malls can operate at full capacity, as can restaurants and bars, personal services and no restrictions on gyms and fitness facilities. Also, events like sports, festivals and fairs can resume and restrictions are lifted on amusement parks and water parks.

Community Foundation Awards Grants To Non Profits

The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. has awarded grants to four non-profit organizations from the Maxon Foundation Fund. A Better Way Services, Inc, Boys & Girls Club of Muncie, Bridges Community Services and
YMCA of Muncie each received $10,000 to carry out their work in the community.

Wednesday, 9/23/2020 Woof Boom Briefs

More positive news for Delaware County.   As we told you first yesterday morning, Yorktown announced a new $6 million development for their downtown area….. Town Manager Pete Olson in the WLBC Zoom Room yesterday.  He also shared some event plans for October, and Christmas – hear the entire interview on our local news page now. 

Jack Surface has won a prestigious Franchisee of the Year award from Midas, an American chain of automotive service centers headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  Surface is a 40-year Midas veteran who purchased his Muncie location in 2011 and the Anderson location in 2016.  The award is presented based upon criteria such as customer relations, sales, community involvement, and peer review by other Midas executives. Read all about it in today’s

Indiana BMV reminded us last week, Drive exams are now available by appointment only, and must be scheduled a minimum of 48 hours, and maximum of 3 weeks in advance.  Please make sure to review all requirements prior to scheduling a driving test online.

Six in ten Americans say they likely won’t take advantage of a first-generation COVID-19 vaccine.  A new poll finds only 39% of Americans saying they will opt to receive whatever vaccine become available first.  23% said they won’t get the vaccine at all.  There are currently at least eight COVID-19 vaccines in Phase III human trials, some of which have U.S. government backing. 

The Delaware County Retired Teachers Association Luncheon that was scheduled for Wednesday October 21 has been cancelled. Our Steve Lindell was the scheduled speaker – and will be re-booked for a future date, after COVID.

Police say a motorcyclist was killed during a crash involving multiple vehicles in Brown County on Monday afternoon.  WISH TV says police are still unsure exactly how motorcyclist Wendell Bailey was involved in the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene while paramedics flew his passenger, Beverly Bailey, to a nearby hospital. Wendell and Beverly Bailey are the parents of Indiana basketball legend Damon Bailey.

It only took one year for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student from Muncie Cody Brelage to turn his expanding technical skills into being a difference-maker in the ever-changing world of optical engineering.   Through lessons learned in an advanced Automotive Lighting course, Brelage designed creative illumination products for automotive exterior lighting systems that earned outstanding project honors in a Design Competition.  This marks the second consecutive year that a Rose-Hulman optical engineering student has received this national recognition.

Libertarian Presidential Candidate, Dr. Jo. Jorgensen will be making a stop in Westfield, IN as a part of her national campaign tour, “Real Change for Real People.” She will be making her appearance at Grand Park Sports Complex, on Sunday, Sept. 27th from 6-7 p.m.

The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. has awarded $52,000 to seven nonprofit organizations from the Maxon Foundation Fund.  A Better Way Services, Boys & Girls Club of Muncie, Bridges Community Services, and YMCA of Muncie were the benefactors in this round of gifts.

A contract valued at about $2.2 million has been awarded to Fredericks Inc. Contractors to move forward with improvements at Mays Park at 10th Street and Madison Avenue.  The Anderson Parks Board voted unanimously without comment during a special meeting on Monday, according to the Herald Bulletin.

Ball State University will offer multiple opportunities to celebrate the arts Sept. 24-29, including an exhibition of 20th-century women artists, a showcase of musical talent, a dance concert and an orchestra concert.  For the latest information on Ball State’s arts and cultural events, visit

Pendleton Woman Charged In Murder

Murder charges face a Pendleton woman who, along with a Richmond man, are charged in the murder of a man whose body was found in a ditch in Noblesville back in April. Police found the body of David Fouts on April 24th. 54 year old Katrina Fouts and 64 year old Terry Hopkings are facing charges in the case.

MCS Enrollment Losses Relatively Small

Muncie Community Schools’ enrollment is down only about one percent from the same time last year. The Star Press reports the district counted 4,811 students in the district last Friday, and that number will determine how much state funding they draw. MCS counted 4,865 students at this same time a year ago, indicating a reduction of 54 students.

Muncie Man Charged After His Truck Damages Railroad Tracks

A Muncie man who got his pick up caught on railroad tracks is facing a felony count after damaging the track while trying to dislodge the vehicle. Police say 25 year old Cody Allen Cook broke the drive shaft out from under is truck and that’s what did the damage. This happened Sunday night on Delaware County Road 500-S, between Center and Cowan roads.

$6 Million Mixed-Use Project Coming To Yorktown

The Town of Yorktown’s Town Council paved the way for a $6 million commercial investment along the new Civic Green by approving an economic development agreement with Rebar Development at a Council meeting on Monday night. The Oliver project meets several of the goals outlined in Yorktown’s Downtown Redevelopment Plan by bringing high-quality, multi-generational places for residents and visitors to live, do business, and be entertained