NYT Report: Muncie Could Become Coronavirus Hotspot

An article in the New York Times says Muncie could become a COVID-19 hotspot. According to the report,
Muncie is in the top 10 for highest daily growth rate of deaths, at about 7%. The deaths in Muncie are doubling every 9.8 days, a much higher rate than Indianapolis. Indianapolis’ deaths are doubling every 83.3 days, reports the newspaper.

Polling Place Changes In Delaware County

In an emergency meeting Friday, Delaware County’s Election Board talked about polling location changes after receiving another location’s notice to withdraw from the election. The Star Press reports, to remedy the loss of the polling location, the election board has combined each with a neighboring location. The sites will still have separate voting machines depending on what precinct a voter is supposed to vote in, but poll workers will be combined.

Eaton Receives Grant For Water Infrastructure Improvements

U.S. Congressman Greg Pence (IN-06) announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Department is investing $281 million in 106 projects nationwide through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. The Town of Eaton will receive over $2.8 million in grant funding from this program to bring modern, reliable water and wastewater infrastructure to the 1,805 residents of Eaton in Delaware County.

White River Lofts Construction Getting Underway

Ground broken Thursday to start of construction on White River Lofts, a mixed-use riverfront building in downtown Muncie that includes 55 residential apartments with high quality finishes and views of the White River. Commercial space will be available on the ground floor. The project is the first phase of the White River Canal District, and will be located at 400 W Washington Street, adjacent to the riverfront, and walkable to shops, restaurants, and offices in Muncie’s central business district, plus a new riverfront plaza and riverwalk.

Friday May 29, 2020 Woof Boom Morning Briefs

As we told you first earlier this week, Ball State University has joined many other colleges in approving plans for face-to-face instruction  beginning August 24……      BSU President Geoffrey Mearns spoke to Woof Boom Radio news yesterday.  To accommodate faculty and students who may be in high-risk populations, the University will offer more online courses.

Facemask contradictions.  Yesterday, a report that wearing a mask reduces your likelihood of contracting COVID19 by 50%.  Nationally syndicated talk Radio host Dana Loesch (LASH) cited studies that show face coverings do little to nothing in shutting down the virus – however wearing something surgical or N95-grade DID help – but, we’ve been asked to reserve those for medical and front line workers.  What everyone agrees on:  wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick.

Yesterday at this time, Muncie police were on scene at a fatal shooting in an apartment house just west of downtown Muncie on west Howard Street.  We now know that Tavis S. Corbin, 42, was being held without bond in the Delaware County jail, preliminarily charged with murder and attempted murder.  Corbin allegedly shot and killed  29-year-old Troy Allan Sandifar, and also allegedly shot a 19-year-old woman who was in the apartment.

The person who fired shots at a mosque on the northwest side of Indianapolis Sunday night has not been found, but Islamic leaders say they have more clues.

Another postponement for the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Hawaii triathlon, from August 15 to November 21.  As we’ve reported several times, the Ironman Muncie 70 dot 3 is still on for July 11, and becomes tied for longest continuous running Ironman event.

Earlier this week, Muncie Community Schools’ (MCS) Board of Trustees approved some new hires – Corey Hartley, who grew up in Muncie and is a Southside High School graduate, will serve as principal of Southside Middle School.  Sarah Shaffer, will be the principal of East Washington Academy.  Additionally, the board approved the hiring of Andy Klotz as the school district’s chief communications officer.

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on June 18th from 11am to 5pm at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Heartland Hall.  For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RedCross or sign up online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code “ballmemorial”.

Raise your utility rates BECAUSE of pandemic losses?  That’s what 11 companies want to do – and the state has agreed to consider the matter.  The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission on Wednesday ordered an investigation into the impact of the pandemic on utilities and ratepayers, opening the next stage in a matter that has gained widespread interest.  It is still unclear how much an average consumer’s monthly bill might increase under the request.

More from our weekly interview yesterday with Ball State’s President Geoffrey Mearns.  As we told you earlier this week on Woof Boom Radio’s Muncie’s Sports Station, no sports are to be cut at BSU……  As we told you first earlier this week, Ball State University has joined many other colleges in approving plans for face-to-face instruction, to begin  August 24, as scheduled.   To accommodate faculty and students who may be in high-risk populations, the University will offer more online courses.  Hear the entire interview now, on our News Page under this morning’s Briefs.

With the June 2nd Primary Election only a few days away, Secretary of State Connie Lawson is reminding voters to return their absentee ballots – and they have multiple options. By mail, drop off at your county clerk’s office prior to Election Day, or  bring to any polling place during early voting, or on Election Day. To do this, a voter will need their unreturned absentee ballot and a photo ID.  Early voting is open until Monday, June 1st in all counties.

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana will be holding virtual meeting this coming week – open to the public by remote access by using the link on our News Page now.   (https://ivytech.zoom.us/j/98688848890).  The regular Trustees meeting will be Thursday, June 4 at 1:30 pm.

Quick reminder:  Sunday May 31 is World No Tobacco Day – quit for a day.

When you get up Monday, adjust your listening habits for Mitch in the Morning: he is on air from 8 – 10 a.m., with topics, guests and your phone calls.  Each weekday starting at 6 a.m., you get National news and local weather top of hour, plus local news and weather bottom of hour, and great wake up songs – until Mitch arrives at 8!  ON NEWSTALK SPORTS OLDIES 12-40 AM, AND THE NEW 103.7 FM WHBU.

Muncie Man Held Without Bond In Murder

A Muncie man is charged with murder in a deadly shooting Police say 42 year old Tavis S. Corbin is being held without bond in connection with an incident in a second floor apartment at 422 W. Howard Street. 29 year old Troy Sandifar was pronounced dead at the scene and a 19 year old was also shot and survived.

BSU Formalizes Return To Campus Plan

Ball State University is ready to welcome students back to campus next semester. The Board of Trustees this week approved a plan that would have on-campus instruction resume Aug. 24 and go online after Thanksgiving. It’s not yet clear how housing and residence life and testing and contact tracing will be handled.

Community Foundation Awards $217 Thousand To 11 Groups

Eleven non profits around Delaware County better off financially thanks to the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County. The foundation awarded $217,716 collectively to groups for their work in the areas of arts and culture, human services, economic development, education, and community betterment.

Thursday, May 28, 2020 Woof Boom Morning Briefs

Delaware and Madison county cancelled theirs, but Jay county said no way!  Four days, free gate admission, Farmer’s Building concerts, a demolition derby and, of course, food.  Those are the basic details of what the Jay County Fair will look like this year, according to the Commercial Review.  Originally scheduled for nine days, it will instead be slimmed down to Wednesday, July 15, through Saturday, July 18.  Many of those details remain up in the air as board members work with performers and entertainment providers to schedule shows and modify contracts on short notice.

A Canada-based company that makes radiopharmaceuticals for cancer treatments is putting its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Indianapolis.

 

Georgia-based battery maker Exide Technologies has notified the state it may be laying off a number of workers or close its recycling facility in Muncie, affecting as many as 180 employees.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said Indianapolis is ready to move toward Stage 3 of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s “5 Stages to get Indiana Back On Track.”  Movie theaters, live performance venues and tourism and cultural events and venues will remain closed. This includes bowling alleys, arcades and bars, and again, this is for Marion county only.

The Healthy Lifestyle Center in Muncie is open to all.     Dr. Lynn Witty is a retried pulmonary critical care physician…  she explained there are two locations – one on campus at Ball State, and another on Tillotson at Meridian Health Services.  HLCMuncie.com

Nearly one-third (30%) of people said they used their stimulus checks to pay bills, according to a survey released this week.  Those bills — including for cellphones, utilities, cable TV and rent — are the No. 1 priority, even more than purchasing essentials and “relief spending” on apparel, televisions, video games, sporting goods and toys.  The study, distributed this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research, provides another look at those making lower incomes.

Westfield is the latest city in the Hoosier state to cancel its annual Fourth of July celebration event. The “Westfield Rocks the 4th” event was canceled due to public health and financial concerns

Eli Lilly’s CEO says the partnership between the health industry and federal government is crucial in beating the pandemic.

 

Indiana Senator Todd Young is back in Indiana talking with business owners about his bill that he says would be an improvement on the Paycheck Protection Program. Kurt Darling reports…

 

State Representative Sue Errington (D-Muncie) calls for a salary history ban in Indiana. When employers request an applicant’s salary history as part of the hiring process, it forces some applicants to carry past pay discrimination or lower earnings from job to job.

Purdue’s West Lafayette campus will come back to life this August, as it prepares to welcome a record freshman class and implement many restrictions and changes to daily activities, including mandatory masks for anyone going into a building on campus or going into an outdoor crowded space.  The fall academic semester will consist of traditional classroom instruction from Aug. 24 to Nov. 24, with the rest of the semester completed remotely after Thanksgiving.   These guidelines approved by the Purdue trustees Tuesday, will apply to anyone who steps foot on campus – including visitors, students or those working.

After closing dine-in services for more than a month, Queer Chocolatier co-owner Morgan Roddy shared concerns online May 4 about the business’ financial situation. In response, community members raised more than $10,000 in donations for the store according to BallStateDailyNews.com.

Delaware County 4-H announces plans for Del Co events

(from their Facebook page, 5/27/2020, 4 p.m.)

The 4-H Council voted last night to move forward with planning for an in person 2020 Delaware County 4-H Fair. There will be a virtual fair option as well for any 4-H member who chooses to not participate in a in person fair. Every 4-H member will be asked to upload photos to fair entry. The 4-H Fair will undoubtedly look different this year, our priority is to give all 4-H members the opportunity to exhibit their projects while ensuring the health and safety of our volunteers and participants.
This year’s fair will have its challenges but with the help of our volunteers, 4-H families, and Extension staff the 4-H Council believes an in person fair is the best course of action for Delaware County. Delaware County 4-H is going to need an all hands on deck to make this year’s 4-H fair a success.  I urge each and every one of you, if possible, to reach out to your project leaders and our Extension office to see how Volunteering your time could help give our youth the best experience possible. We will need more volunteers than ever this year, our hope is that by volunteering your time this year you will become a valuable member of Delaware 4-H and we can continue to grow     4-H.