COVID Leaving A Mark In Madison County Jail

Coronavirus may be calming down in many areas, but close to 50% of the inmates at the Madison County Jail are either in isolation or quarantine because of it. The Herald Bulletin reports of the 249 inmates at the jail Tuesday, 51 were in isolation and 73 in quarantine for 14 days, according to the sheriff, who says they’re at a critical stage in terms of space at the lock up.

Woman Draws 55 Year Prison Term In Man’s Shooting

55 years behind bars for a Portland woman charged with arranging the killing of her daughter’s father. 30-year-old Esther Jane Stephen was found guilty of murder in the January 2020 slaying of Shea Michael Briar. The Star Press reports testimony during her trial indicated Stephen lured the 31-year-old Briar to the scene of his shooting, on a northern Jay County roadway where Briar was shot in the back.

Wednesday, 5/5/2021 Woof Boom Radio Morning news

Muncie is looking for a new City Engineer

Brian Stephens Hoetopp made that announcement this week at the Council meeting.  Mayor Ridenour shared yesterday on social media

That position has already been posted, and qualified applicants are being sought.

It’s been too long – but we’re back to some Old Normal:  Ball State University will hold a series of smaller, outdoor Commencement ceremonies for all members of the Class of 2020 and for Spring 2021 graduates. All ceremonies will be held outdoors at Scheumann Stadium, rain or shine.  Each graduate who registers received four complimentary guest tickets. All ceremonies will be livestreamed and available on the Commencement website. All graduates and attendees of our Spring Commencement exercises will be required to wear masks.

Other places of learning have their plans set, too:  Purdue Polytechnic’s 14 graduation candidates will have an in-person ceremony outside 6 p.m. Friday, May 7, at the Dickmann Town Center.  Anderson University’s commencement will take place 2 p.m. May 8.  The Herald Bulletin says Ivy Tech will host four ceremonies with 30 graduates each at 10 and 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Saturday, May 15, in the Rickers Commons Area.

For the first time since August 2020, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre will present a show, as it reopened this week.  Audiences will be limited to 250 people, and all parties will be social distanced.  Masks are required unless actively eating or drinking at a table.  The theater’s traditional buffet has been suspended for this show. Plated meals will be served.

The rules for hiring young people are getting a bit easier in Indiana. Chris Davis reports on a new system for hiring people under 18

Muncie Animal Care and Services has received a $25,000 grant from the newly named Petco Love to support its lifesaving work for animals in Muncie and Delaware County.  Since its founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, Petco Love has empowered organizations with nearly $300 million invested to date in adoption and other lifesaving efforts, according to a release.

This fall, St. Michael Catholic School will open.  St. Mary and St. Lawrence’s unified school will officially open on June 1 at 2301 W. Gilbert St., the current location of St. Mary School and Pope John Paul II Middle School.  The release also mentioned St. Francis church associated with the effort.

The Supreme Court says no.   Monday, the United States Supreme Court issued an order declining to hear convicted killer Larry Newton’s appeal of the denial of his post-conviction relief petition.  The Defendant has claimed that he should be given leniency due to his age at the time of his crime.   According to a release from the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office, on September 25, 1994, Larry Newton executed Christopher Coyle in cold blood – and the State announced their intent to seek the death penalty.  On December 29, 1995, the Court accepted a Plea Agreement and sentenced the Defendant to life in prison without the possibility of parole.   Now that the High Court has made this decision, Newton will live out the rest of his natural life behind bars.


That’s Muncie Mayor Dan Ridenour, from a social media post yesterday.  The events he mentioned are running between 11 a.m. and 12 noon.

TV or not, Radio WILL have the Race.  The Indy Star wondered if the Indianapolis 500 would lift the local television blackout.  The series has not commented further on the status, but WLBC and several Woof Boom Radio stations will have the entire event – live.  If you are asking whether or not they can increase the number of people that can attend the Race, the answer is no.  This year’s attendance for race day and all track activity throughout the month of May has been capped in order to stay in compliance with local COVID restrictions.

Meridian Health Services recently announced the upcoming retirements of Bob Coles, regional vice president, and Kirk Shafer, chief administrative officer, according to a release.

Undrafted, but they got gigs!  Ball State players Caleb Huntley signed with the Atlanta Falcons while Antonio Phillips signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. Both were undrafted rookie free agents and the news of their signings was announced following the 2021 NFL Draft.

MercyMe has announced their fall 2021 tour. Hitting 30 cities across the U.S. they will visit Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 7 p.m.

Non-profits that serve Indiana Veterans:  Grants for Veterans Services (GVS) is back!   The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. June 14, for amounts ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 given starting July 1, depending on need, the availability of funding, and volume of eligible applicants.   For the full solicitation, hit our Local News Page right now.



Man Charged With Weekend Shooting

A man charged in a weekend shooting in Anderson told police he did it because the victim got in his face. Dmicah Larand Beard is charged with murder in the death of 33 year old Sharmice Boyd. Police say Boyd was at home with her three daughters, ages 12,9 and 3 when the incident happened.

Report: West Riverside Avenue Trail Making Headway

The Star Press reports the West Riverside Avenue trail is still coming after a slight delay, while the City of Muncie and concerned residents work together to adjust the trail plan. It will run mostly along the south side of Riverside Avenue from Jackson Street to Christy Woods, and along a stretch of Jackson from the Morrison Road roundabout to Riverside.

St. Michael Catholic School To Open June 1st

Effective June 1, 2021, the unified St. Michael Catholic School will open at 2301 West Gilbert Street, the location of the current St. Mary School/Pope John Paul II School. St Michael Catholic school will serve students from Pre-K through 8th grade. The Muncie Journal reports Missionary Pastor Rev. Eric Underwood “believes the decision to have a unified Catholic school enables it to provide the highest quality Catholic education for all children.”

Heather Williams Named ‘Citizen Of The Month’

Heather Williams was presented with the “Citizen of the Month Award” at the Muncie City Council meeting Monday night. The Muncie Journal reports council president Jeff Robinson said, “Heather Williams serves as an associate director in Ball State’s Office of Community Engagement and also as the Building Better Neighborhoods program manager working directly with the city’s neighborhood associations to help build capacity and make connections with Ball State faculty, staff, and students and programs.”

Tuesday, 5/4/2021 Woof Boom Radio Morning news

Muncie, helping fire victims.   The Indiana Region of the American Red Cross is partnering with Muncie Mission to provide long-term recovery items to help families affected by the apartment fire at The District Apartment on Bethel Ave.  74 residents were displaced by the fire last Monday night.   Community members who want to help those affected by the fire can donate gently used clothing and household items to Muncie Mission at 400 W Memorial, Muncie.

For Virtual Learners, area schools need you to register for next year, even if you’re not sure yet whether you’re staying in the VLP or returning to in-person learning. That was the message from Muncie Community Schools last week via social media – but it’s safe to assume that all WLBCland schools need that same information, to plan for Teachers for the next school year.

We’re beginning the 4th day of Race Month – and going to the Indy 500 can be impressively done with a ride from Sweet Helicopters.  Several park and fly locations are available, and to quote the press release, “ rides start at just $650 per person.”  We’ll carry the race on WLBC – no charge.

Three-time Indy 500 winner Bobby Unser has died.  He won again in 1975 and 1981. Between him, his brother Al Unser, and his nephew Al Unser Jr, they are the winningest family at IMS, with nine total Indy 500 victories.

The Muncie Area Career Center and Muncie Central High School are collaborating to create a virtual career and college fair! There will be no live component to the fair, but visitors will be able to navigate the interactive site based on their interests and goals.  Email

The identity of a 33-year-old mother shot to death inside her Anderson residence has been released by authorities.  Sharmice Boyd was found shot multiple times near her front door, according to a press release from the Anderson Police Department. Her three children were home at the time of the shooting.  Dmicah Beard, 29, of Marion was located and taken into custody by Anderson police. He was charged with murder.

The Indiana Department of Transportation will intermittently close lanes on U.S. 40 for paving in eastern Henry and Wayne counties between now and October.  Crews will be working to repave sections of eastbound and westbound U.S. 40 from Dunreith to East Germantown

Victoria Spartz announced yesterday via email that she will seek re-election as the House 5th District Representative.   She wrote, “There is a lot at stake for our country…the greatest place in the world, and despite our challenges and divisions, I am sure our future is bright.”

Grocery delivery by drone?  Kroger and Drone Express are working together to deliver grocery packages based on the customer’s smart phone location. Kroger says this will let users order wherever they are, be it the backyard or the beach. Testing starts this week at a Kroger in Centerville, Ohio.

Christian author, William Clark, will be in Muncie and Yorktown, May 14th, for two book signings for his brand new short story collection, “A Walk on the Sunny Side”. Clark is a native of Muncie and a graduate of Central and Ball State.

 Anderson University is excited to join a statewide initiative to make textbooks more affordable for college students. The university’s new Dean of the Seminary, Dr. Nathan Willowby, has been selected to write an open textbook through the PALSave Textbook Creation Grant.

There’s an Indiana connection to a famous shoe, and our David Burnett has that story.  Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. on 102.9FM 1340 AM and, from Woof Boom Radio’s The MSS.

Woman Shot And Killed In Anderson, Suspect In Custody

Police say a woman was shot and killed Sunday in Anderson and a person is under arrest. Officers were called to the 1500 block of Walton Street just before 1 p.m. after reports of shots fired. Officers found a woman suffering from multiple injuries. She died at the hospital. A suspect is in custody and the investigation continues.