Tuesday, 12/7/2021 Woof Boom Radio morning news

More than 30 degrees different in one day.   It got a lot colder yesterday – and space heaters can be useful, but dangerous

That’s Mike Pruitt from the Bargersville Fire Department from last weekend’s This Week in Delaware County Radio show.

Numbers are up, but some experts say the statistics are unreliable, because of timing.  New coronavirus cases in Indiana in the week ending Sunday, Dec. 5, rose 125.1%. A USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows Thanksgiving significantly disrupted who got tested, how many people got tested, what labs operated and what government agencies reported on time – even Indiana Department of Health didn’t report for several days – making Thanksgiving week artificially low and the latest week artificially high, skewing the week-to-week comparison.

More this morning about that story we aired yesterday about Muncie Police hiring officers:  Officer Chris Deegan shared the funding for these 5 openings comes from the regular City budget.  3 positions are provided by funding from a grant. Apply at CityOfMuncie.com.


One week from this coming Saturday, another group of graduates will move on from Ball State University

President Mearns from last week.

Just Jeepin’ Delaware County and Cruising South Madison will be putting on Muncie’s first “official” Christmas parade in years, this Saturday the 11th.  It starts at 7 pm from southway plaza, and will end at the Muncie mall, on the Outback Steakhouse side.  Santa will be available for pictures and the Muncie Fire Department toys for tots will be there for drop off. 

For the 5th time.  Muncie officers’ excessive force trial again delayed, even though the Federal judge previously seem to state – no more delays for the  four Muncie police officers on charges that stem from allegations of excessive force.  Chase Winkle, Jeremy Gibson, Corey Posey and Joseph Krejsa do not yet have the newest  trial date.  The judge has also rejected a motion by Posey and Gibson to be allowed to stand trial separately from co-defendants.

WLBC’s Steve Lindell interviewed Congressman Pence on 12/6/2021

The entire interview in the Zoom Room is viewable now on the WLBC Newscenter Page on Facebook now.

Gillman Do it Best Home Center officially opened its doors for business in Hartford City yesterday.  The press release on social media says there is still much work to be done, with the staff still in training and displays still being set. As you may know, the Batesville Indiana based Company has also announced a south Muncie location – but only a small amount of site-prep work has been done to date.

People are still talking about Indiana Senator Mike Braun from Meet the Press Sunday.  The Indiana Democratic Party issued a press release yesterday titled ‘Braun is “Perfectly Comfortable” Criminalizing Abortion.”  Here is that question posed by NBC’s Chuck Todd

Braun went on to say

The anchor explained during the interview that he invited the Senator on to discuss vaccine mandates.

Body Found Near Railroad Tracks

Who is it and how did they get there? Muncie police are investigating after a man’s body was found Monday morning near railroad tracks on the city’s west side. It was found along White River Boulevard between Nichols and Godman avenues. 911 dispatchers received a related call at 8:27 a.m., according to the Muncie paper. It’s not clear if that person was struck by a train.

First Merchants Bank Releases Corporate Social Responsibility Report

First Merchants Bank has published its first corporate social responsibility report, “Elevating Communities.” MuncieJournal.com reports it highlights commitment to corporate social responsibility priorities in five key areas: employee empowerment, community investments and charitable giving, financial wellness, community home lending and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Monday, 12/6/2021 Woof Boom Radio morning news

Over $1.5 million since 2004.   That’s the total amount spend on kids and families for Secret Families Muncie, after about  $180 grand was spent on 350 families in Delaware county according to a social media post by Ben Smith who serves as the account each year.  Each family received a decorated live tree, fully wrapped presents for every family member, a $100 gift card for food, and a bible.

6th District Congressman Pence announced the service academy nominations last week.  Nominated for the Military Academy at West Point, John Thomas Hicks, Yorktown High School.  Naval Academy at Annapolis, Payton L. Plank, New Castle High School.  Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs Addison M. Moore, Richmond High School.  Rory M. Powers, Yorktown High School.  A couple of the nominees received more than one recommendation.

This Thursday, a drive through toy drop off event happens at the Middletown Lions Club building on Raider Road – 5:00pm-6:30pm.  They’re trying to fill Toys for Tots boxes to give kids a Merry Christmas.

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Starting pay just under $54,000, funding to your HSA, a $5k signing bonus and many other benefits:  the Muncie Police Department hosting what’s called a Lateral Hiring Transfer Process.  For info, hit cityofmuncie.com.  The release did not state how many officers are being sought, or if these hires are from regular City budgeting.

The Hire Veteran Health Heroes Act of 2021 was signed into law last week – it directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to create a program that will help actively recruit medical personnel, who are within one year of completing their military service, to remain in federal health care in departments like Veterans Affairs.

Another sign of the labor shortage – at Yorktown’s Osborne’s Country Kitchen, they posted on social media last week, “because of being short staffed we have had to make the decision” to limit hours Tuesday through Friday.” They continued that they hope this will be temporary until they can find some employees, and “the owner and cook has been wearing themselves out working 14 hour days.”

Over the weekend, we saw this story:  Hawaii was under blizzard warning as 12 inches of snow and winds up to 100 mph were expected.  Believe it or not, it is not unheard of for the higher elevations on the Big Island to get snow.  We triple checked this story – to make sure no one was pranking us.

Here’s the plan this week for Second Harvest Food Bank Tailgate Food Distribution events.  Tuesday in Marion, Wednesday in North Manchester in Wabash county, Thursday at Muncie Mall parking lot, and Friday in Anderson at the old K-Mart lot.  All are 10 a.m., except Wabash – yours is 12 noon.  All are welcome, regardless of home county or reason for need. No IDs, Proof of Address or Income required.

BSU Football to play Christmas Day


Dec. 5, 2021

Ball State selected to play Georgia State in TaxAct Camellia Bowl

Cardinals set to play in back-to-back bowl games for third time in program history

MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State is going bowling once again as the Cardinals have accepted an invitation to play in the TaxAct Camellia Bowl against Georgia State. The game is set to take place on Dec. 25 in Montgomery, Ala. with a 2:30 p.m. ET kickoff on ESPN and the Ball State Radio Network.

Ball State is slated to take part in a bowl game for the second consecutive season under head coach Mike Neu, something that has only happened twice before in program history: 2007-08 and 2012-13.

In addition, the matchup carries some significance to Neu as Georgia State was his first opponent as the leader of his alma mater Sept. 2, 2016, which was a 31-21 victory in favor of the Cardinals. The two teams have met one other time previously in series history, which was a 31-19 Panthers win in Muncie on Oct. 17, 2015.

With the invitation to this year’s Camellia Bowl, Ball State will make its 11th bowl appearance and its third in the state of Alabama. The Cardinals also took part in the 2009 GMAC Bowl and 2014 GoDaddy.com Bowl, both of which took place in Mobile, Ala.

Ball State (6-6) won its last game of the regular season in dominating fashion with a 20-3 triumph over Buffalo to secure bowl eligibility. The Cardinals are one of eight bowl-eligible teams from the Mid-American Conference, including the entire West Division.

Georgia State (7-5) won six of its last seven games to close the regular season and finished 6-2 in Sun Belt Conference action.

Serving as the only college football game played this year on Christmas Day, the TaxAct Camellia Bowl has been decided by a total of 32 points in its first seven installments. All seven games have been decided in the fourth quarter, with three games decided on the final play.


Tickets for the 2021 TaxAct Camellia Bowl can be purchased online (https://www.camelliabowl.com/tickets). ESPN Zone Tickets are priced at $150 each. Reserved grandstand tickets are $30 each.

Stay up to date with potential event and ticket packages in the coming days through Ball State University at www.BallStateSports.com and through our various social media channels.

BSU women’s volleyball season ends in round 2

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – – The Ball State women’s volleyball team saw its magical season come to an end Saturday evening with a 3-0 (29-27. 25-11, 25-19) loss at top-seeded Louisville in the second round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship.

However, the BSU Cardinals (30-4) did not make it easy for the top ranked UofL Cardinals (30-0), trading body blows in a thrilling opening set which saw the hosts escape with a 29-27 victory.

“I don’t think I learned anything new about our team,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said when asked about playing the nation’s top team. “I think it just reinforced what I do know about this team; that we don’t back down from any challenge. We are excited for opportunities, and I did not think that we played at all tentative, we were ourselves and we play the best version that we could versus a really good number one seeded Louisville team.”

Louisville had three early set-points, pulling ahead 24-21, but Ball State would not go down quietly, starting with a block from junior middle Marie Plitt and freshman setter Megan Wielonski. That pressure forced an attack error on the next rally, while Plitt followed with a kill after a UofL timeout to tie the score at 24.

Louisville scored the next point, for its fourth set point, but graduate student outside attacker Jaclyn Bulmahn found the L&N Arena floor on the next play to even the score. Then, an UofL attack error gave BSU a chance to close out the set ahead 26-25.

BSU could not capitalize on the opportunity, or on another at 27-26, and Louisville went on to win the set at 29-27.

“I think our first set speaks to the competitiveness of our group,” Phillips said. “It doesn’t matter who’s on the other side of the court, we belong because we’ve earned the right to be in this position. We feel confident in who we are. It takes a lot of people, a lot of time, and a lot of hard work to be in the position that we’re in. We were going to enjoy it and we did that. And certainly, we’d like a different outcome, but with all things considered, we competed. That’s the type of people we have in this program; ultimate competitors not afraid of whatever challenge is going to be ahead.”

Unfortunately, Ball State could not quite capture the opening-set magic the rest of the night as Louisville won the next two frames to snap BSU’s winning streak at a program-record tying 20 matches.

Despite the season-ending loss, Ball State finished the year with 30 wins for just the fourth time in program history and set a program record with a .882 (30-4) winning percentage. It was a solid year for the Cardinals, who look to return all but three players from this season’s squad.

“We’re returning a large group and they are still in a position where we’re just not satisfied with being here,” Phillips added. “We want to continue to get better, but they have a great perspective and the ability to soak in a moment and enjoy it. They understand we want to get better, we want more, and we’ll continue to fight for more. Our goals will continue to be high, and we will continue to push the envelope and raise our goals every single year.”

One night after smashing a career-high 20 kills in a five-set win over Michigan, BSU’s second over a Big Ten opponent this season, Plitt once again led the offense with seven kills. She also tallied a team-best three total blocks and a pair of digs.

While Louisville was able to limit the Ball State attack to a .057 (29-23-105) attack percentage in the match, it did not stop BSU from finishing the season with a program-record .265 attack percentage.

Leading the way was sophomore middle Lauren Gilliland who finished the season pacing the Mid-American Conference with a .364 attack percentage. Gilliland added six kills in Saturday’s match versus UofL. Pitt was not far behind, ranking second in the MAC with a .360 rate of success on the year.

Rounding out Ball State’s top contributors on offense versus Louisville were junior opposite Natalie Mitchem with six kills, Bulmahn with four and sophomore outside Cait Snyder going a perfect 3-for-3.

On the defensive end, Ball State turned in another solid effort by limiting the nation’s fourth-ranked offense to a .240 (39-16-96) rate of success. UofL entered the tournament with a .303 attack percentage.

Junior libero Maggie Huber led the way with 10 digs, while junior outside Natalie Risi was second on the squad with eight to go along with her two kills.

Wielonski was right behind with seven digs, including six in the opening set which saw BSU force 12 UofL attack errors and hold the hosts to a .128 (18-12-47) hitting mark.

Wielonski also dished out 26 assists and added three more service aces to her season total, finishing the year with 58. The total ties as the sixth-best single season mark in program history.

Despite the strong defensive effort, Aiko Jones led the top-ranked Cardinals with 10 kills, while Anna DeBeer was right behind with nine. UofL libero Elena Scott added a match-high 15 digs.

The Ball State women’s volleyball team ends the season as the MAC regular season and tournament champions and earned just the third NCAA tournament victory in program history Friday versus Michigan.

BSU Volleyball still dancing!

Dec. 3, 2021 (press release)
Ball State Women’s Volleyball Is Still Dancing; Tops Michigan 3-2
Marie Plitt’s 20 kills; solid all-around defensive effort guide Ball State to the third NCAA Tournament win in program history and its first since 1995

LOUISVILLE, KY – – We’re going to round two!


Win No. 30 for the Ball State women’s volleyball team was a big one. In fact, it was the biggest in nearly 30 years as the Cardinals (30-3) picked up their 20th-straight victory with a 3-2 (25-17, 22-25, 25-18, 25-27, 15-8) triumph over Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship.


“It’s hard to put into words how we’re feeling right now,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “I’m just super proud of my team. We came out and played how we have all year, and I think that’s what I’m most proud about. They just really embraced the moment and found joy in it.”


It was the third NCAA Tournament victory in program history and the first since the Cardinals swept Loyola in the opening round of the 1995 event in Worthen Arena.


Leading the way for the explosive Ball State offense, which hit .237 for the night, was junior middle Marie Plitt who smashed a career-high 20 kills and led all players with a .515 (20-3-33) attack percentage.


In all, four Cardinals reached double figure kills to help the Cardinals tie the longest winning streak in program history. Graduate student outside hitter Jaclyn Bulmahn was second on the squad with 15 kills, while junior middle Lauren Gilliland and junior opposite Natalie Mitchem added 11 apiece.


Gilliland, who also tallied a team-high five total blocks, would provide the biggest blast of the night by ending the match and setting off the Ball State victory celebration.


As strong as BSU’s offense was, the defense was just as good, limiting the nation’s 38th-ranked offense to a .158 (51-25-165) hitting mark. The Wolverines (18-12) entered the night hitting .254 as a team.


“There were times this match mimicked a lot of different situations we were in all year, and I felt like we responded just like we had all year,” Phillips said. “That’s a mark of great leadership, good experience and just really mentally tough players. It feels awesome to be in this position and I’m really proud.”


Leading an impressive performance in the backcourt, which saw the Cardinals out-dig Michigan 84 to 64, was junior Havyn Gates who tied for match-high honors with a Ball State career-high 20 digs.


Junior libero Maggie Huber added 19 digs and served up three of BSU’s five aces, while junior outside Natalie Risi and senior defensive specialist Cathryn Starck registered 17 and 12 digs, respectively.


Connecting it all was Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year setter Megan Wielonski, who dished out 52 assists to guide BSU to its 32nd match hitting above .200 this season in 33 total contests. She also tallied nine digs, three kills, an ace, and a block assist in another solid all-around performance.


The Michigan attack was paced by Paige Jones who tallied a team-best 16 kills. Jess Mruzik was second on the squad with 13, while Hannah Grant tied for match-high honors with 20 digs.


The Wolverines were able to out-block (11 to 8) and out-ace (10 to 5) the Cardinals, but BSU’s tenacious defense and solid offense countered nearly every Michigan blow in the match.


The Ball State women’s volleyball team will play the winner of No. 1 Louisville vs. UIC in Saturday’s 6 p.m. second round match at UofL’s L&N Federal Credit Union Arena.

Charges Against Anderson Man Upped In Crash

A Muncie man is charged with causing the death of another man in a three vehicle accident that happened three months ago. 56 year old Antonio Elmore ultimately died of his injuries a week after the crash. Now, 58 year old Glen Dent, who had been charged with OWI, is facing other charges in the accident that happened at the intersection of 67th Street and MLK Jr. Boulevard on Aug. 10.

Friday, 12/3/2021 Woof Boom Radio morning news

Delayed, again.  Phil Nichols’ trial on corruption-related charges has been rescheduled for June 6.  The former Democratic Party chairman in Delaware County, had most recently been scheduled to stand trial Jan. 3.  His attorney said the COVID-19 pandemic had hampered his ability to investigate allegations of bid rigging on MSD projects.  Seven other defendants who have negotiated plea agreements.  Regarding Dennis Tyler: as far as we know, he has not yet been ordered to surrender to serve his jail term after his guilty plea last month.

The administration of Anderson Mayor Broderick has announced a plan for the spending of $23.1 million in American Rescue Plan funds.  City Council has the proposal  for spending in 12 specific areas.   The city council and mayor will each appoint three members from the community, three members from the administration to include Community Development and Economic Development departments and two members of the city council.    A community meeting, hosted by several organizations, was planned for last night for public input on the spending of the federal funds.

Secret Families Christmas Charity is a title used for similar efforts in WLBCland: next Saturday, the Henry County version happens, tomorrow it’s the Anderson version AND the Muncie one – the latter happens at Toyota of Muncie and the Meijer across the street.  If you’d like to help fund any of the efforts, please look for the various websites.  We have them linked on our Local News Page this morning.




Inmates have a problem, and it’s not COVID this time.  An outbreak – 3 confirmed, and 2 probable cases – of Legionnaire’s disease at Pendleton Correctional Facility.   It’s a bacterial lung infection that is spread via aerosolized water droplets, such as through a mist or steam, and not through person-to-person contact, IDOC said.  Prison officials said all five incarcerated individuals are hospitalized for treatment. Any other individuals who exhibit symptoms will also be tested and treated as needed.

From Bob Ball at Blood and Fire Ministries Muncie: their triple match goal was EXCEEDED on Monday! In just a few days, they raised $5000 to address short-term food insecurity in our community!  They will go into the new year with a fully-stocked pantry ready to serve those in need.  If you wish to support their efforts, please reach out to bnfbob@gmail.com.

Big weekend sports plan on Woof Boom Radio:  tonight, Lapel at Pendleton Hts. 7:30pm on Oldies 101, and Monroe Central at Daleville on The MSS and Woof Boom Radio TV at 7:00 PM.  Tomorrow, Elwood at Daleville on the 101 at 7:30pm, and  Ball State women’s basketball home on The MSS at 12:40 PM.  Colts are on at 12pm Sunday on MAX and The MSS.