Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 Woof Boom Radio morning news

Rodney Cummings is looking to make Madison County history during this year’s elections, as he filed this past week for a seventh term as Madison County Prosecutor.  As of Friday, the Herald Bulletin says he faces no challengers from the Republican party, and no Dem’s have filed.

In other recent filing news – Incumbent Republican Mark Dudley has filed for a second term as the judge of Madison Circuit Court Division 6.  Republican Kyle Pierce has filed as a candidate for the District 36 seat in the Indiana House.  Democrat Terri Austin has announced her intention of seeking another term.  Diana Likens is seeking election to the District 2 seat on the Madison County Council.  Norman Anderson Jr. has filed for the Democrat Party nomination for Anderson Township Trustee in the primary election and is running against Stephany Mae Stennis.  Incumbent Republican Mike Shively has filed for re-election as Anderson Township Trustee seeking a second term in office.

January is National Radon Action Month.  But, what is it?  EPA explains it as a radioactive gas that forms naturally when radioactive materials break down.  The only way to know if you are at risk from radon is to test for it. You can purchase a test kit at a hardware store.

 Muncie hospital stats – using data from Spokesman Neil Gifford, comparing Jan. 5, 12, and yesterday:

Total COVID in patients were 71, 85, and now 82.

The numbers in ICU were 19, 22, and now 20.

Indiana University swimmer Emily Weiss, wrote on Instagram, “With the help from the medical staff here at IU, I have made the decision to medically retire” from swimming.  The 20 year old Yorktown product won a gold medal in the 50-meter breaststroke in the under-18 World Junior Championships at Indianapolis in 2017, and holds many records.

The 2022 IHSAA Girls Basketball Tournament Pairings Show is set for Sunday, from 5pm-7pm.

An update to a story we reported on in February 2021 – since the official reunification of the Muncie Delaware County Drug Task Force, the following progress was announced last week:  674.09 pounds of illegal substances, 56 illegal handguns and rifles, 66 Arrests, and more than $93,000 seized U.S. currency.  Delaware County Sheriff Tony Skinner and Muncie Police Chief Nathan Sloan, as well as County Prosecutor Eric Hoffman explain the primary goal of the effort is to fully investigate and arrest as many alleged suspects as possible. 

Muncie Man Arrested, Charged After Three County Chase

A Muncie man who lead police on a three county chase is facing charges. The pursuit with 45 year old Gregory Fields started in New Castle and ended after he ran over not one, but two sets of stop sticks in northern Madison County. He’s charged with resisting law enforcement, maintaining a common nuisance, obstruction of justice and reckless driving.

Monday, Jan. 17, 2022 Woof Boom Radio morning news

For today’s Federal Holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,  Fed and State government offices are closed, as are Local county and city government offices, there’s no regular mail delivery, most Schools, Courts and Libraries are closed, too.

134 students were honored with MLK Youth Citizen Awards, selected as award winners by the  Dream Team from all MCS schools, Burris Laboratory Schools, St. Michael Catholic Schools and Inspire Academy Schools.   A complete list of award recipients can be found here, provided in a release from Andy Klotz:

Muncie Area Career Center

Dawson Brooks

Mahayla Clark

Riley Cox

Nataleigh Daugherty

Esli Velazquez Flores

Noah Kitterman

Alexandra McGrath

Ariel Newman

Jack Racer

Samantha Troxell

Charity Wright


Muncie Central High School

Dylan Beard

Jordan Dildy

Kaden Foster

Brandon Garrett

Zion Hamilton

Paijai Hawkins

Thomas Johnson

Angelina King

Brandon Musick

Timothy Shaffer

Keyniah Sharp

Michael Thomas

Yvan Vandenberg

Dion Welch

Triston Whitney


Northside Middle School

Brendon Barker

Quinton Butler

Jayleigh Cole-Westbrook

Thaily Cortez-Rios

Karissa Dunn

King Hart

Dreamah Patterson

Ja’Relle Rhodes-Hill

Learah Rollins

Draedon Sevion

Trenton Smalling

Knowledge Smith

Jhanyah Strong

Jonathan Wills


Southside Middle School

Trevon Anthony

Ava Brown

Paeton Corbin

Brieonna Easton

Mylaya Gaines

Trevon Hill

Brandi Jones

Frederick Lewis

Doris Malloy

Annabell McCord

Karaline Taylor

Adrian White


East Washington Academy

Cynia Coleman, 3rd

Myla Crittenden

Mia Hill

Josiah Person

Nestor Romero

Owen Shroyer


Grissom Elementary School

Marcel Dunlap

Nicholas Grill

Hunter Johnson

Nova Jones

Khylan Kennedy

Myanna Sevion


Longfellow Elementary School

Nyiema Blackmon

Jaxson Ferrer-Riley

Ry’Ana Graham

Victoria Moore

Rhiley Thomas

Marsadie’ Whiting


North View Elementary School

Charlotte Hess

Carlaina Johnson

Landen Moore

Camden Newhouse

Unnabh Shrestha

Trevor Smalling


South View Elementary School

Grace Layne

Angelina Gilland

Ja’Zyah McCray

Lillian Mullenix

Addleigh Rain

Arielle Woods


West View Elementary School

Douglas Acherekoh

Isabella Bergan

Willow Craig

True Gordon

LaHaley Heuchan

Kiranpreet Kau


Burris Laboratory Elementary School

Helen Fan

Evelynn Glidde

Alonna Mitchell

Aaron Nguyen

Lydia Rutherford

Marlowe Shermeta


Burris Middle School

Dorothy Eads

Elva Gu

Sydney Jackson

Dylan Mitchell

Ericka Rosado

Danyal Syed


Burris High School

Dutsika Campa

Laylianna EDeeb

Jackson Littlejohn

Brandon Milleman

Bentley Miller

Gerry Moore

Faith Shroll

Moses Smith


Inspire Academy Elementary School

Viktoria Kress

Ethan Ligene

Asher Mann

Rylan Showalter

Logan Smith

Aidan Sylla


Inspire Academy Middle-High School

Kazte Baugues

Riley Baugues

Frederik Carpenter

Am’ah Carter

Amina Carter

Lilah Carter

Zaden Fletcher

Amari’Yonna Jefferson

Isabel LeGraff

Kaleb Rose

Joesiah Taylor


St Michael Catholic Elementary School

Ayriel Bond

Grace Dessing

Shiloh Ernstberger

Ava Hayes

Hannah Koontz

Cayliegh Lindsey


St Michael Catholic Middle School

Emily Doerner

Noemi Galan

Elijah Hagans

Indiana Michigan Power let us know over the weekend that they sent more than 200 employees and contractors from Fort Wayne, Muncie/Marion, and more to stage in Virginia and West Virginia ahead of the winter weather expected yesterday.

Friday, we aired a story asking IUBMH for a comment as to how Thursday’s Supreme Court decision, allowing the mandate for COVID vaccines for health care workers, might impact future dismissals.  Spokesman Neil Gifford wrote “…we don’t anticipate the supreme court decision will have future impact.”  We also asked for how many Muncie hospital workers have been terminated – he said no local breakdown is available.  System wide, IU Health has termed 125 as of last Thursday.

The Indiana Department of Health is hosting a free mobile testing and vaccination clinic as part of its ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. From Noon til 8:00 pm, this Wednesday through Saturday in New Castle at the old YMCA gym, 1201 Church Street, Register online at ourshot.in.gov or call 211, but walk-ins are accepted.

Add another candidate filing:  Judi L. Calhoun, former Chief Deputy Prosecutor, announced her candidacy for Delaware Circuit Court #1 Judge.

The Board of Directors for the Grant County Economic Growth Council has announced  Charity Bailey, as the organization’s new Executive Director.

Events for BSU’s Unity Week 2022, includes today’s MLK Celebration, Emens Auditorium, 9:30 a.m., and Unity March, Emens Auditorium, 11:30 a.m.  Tuesday, Speaker, Brandon Pope, Pruis Hall, 7 p.m. (This in-person event will also be livestreamed.)

BSU sports:  men’s basketball play on the road tomorrow night after Friday’s loss at home.  Women lost, too – home Wednesday night.  Men’s volleyball started the season 2 – 0 – road this coming week.

Free things to do today.  White River State Park (WRSP) and major attractions will offer free admission and parking to visitors in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, today.  The following FREE activities:  Indiana State Museum, The Indianapolis Zoo, NCAA Hall of Champions, and even the IMAX® Theater for “Asteroid Hunters” at 11:30 a.m, 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. – IMAX tickets on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is met.

Add all five Delaware County’s Circuit Court judges ordering face coverings when in the county’s court facilities.  Thursday, WLBC first reported that the judges ruled no jury trials will be conducted in those courts through Jan. 31.

Evansville’s school board is hoping cash talks – they approved a 40-dollar per-day pay increase for substitute teachers. Like most schools in the state, Evansville schools are having a tough time finding enough substitutes – School leaders say they will continue to offer the extra cash until things “get back to normal”.

Ball State Universities Staff Council is hosting their Angels For Life Blood Drive Tuesday, January 18th in the Student Center Ballroom from 9-3:00pm, and Wednesday, January 19th at Pruis Hall from 9-3:30pm. The links to make an appointment are on our Local News page right now.

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Wednesday link:

City of Carmel presents 4th annual MLK Day event at 6 p.m., at the Tarkington Theater at The Center for the Performing Arts.  The release stated the event is free and open to the public; current COVID guidelines will be strictly enforced:  must show either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours.  Masks must be worn at all times, even when seated in the theater.  Also streaming live

Teen Sentenced In Muncie Convenience Store Hold Up

One of two teens who held up a Muncie convenience store has been handed six years behind bars. 19-year-old Zachary Allen Leste had pleaded guilty to armed robbery, criminal confinement and pointing a firearm, reports the Muncie paper, for the January 22nd, 2019 gunpoint heist at the Riggin Mart on N. Broadway.

Errington Introduced Sex Health Education Bill

State Rep. Sue Errington has introduced a bill which would require state-accredited schools to provide age-appropriate, medically- and scientifically-accurate sexual health education to their students. MuncieJournal.com reports the measure also outlines 11 points of criteria that the instruction must cover, including understanding consent.

Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 Woof Boom Radio morning news

Red, almost everywhere.  The weekly COVID map-tracker from the Indiana State Department of Health shows the highest threat-level in all but 10 counties in the state.  Dashboard and map here.

More delays, this time for trials.  As we told you first yesterday, jury trials for Delaware County Circuit Court 1 are postponed through Jan. 31.

The Marion Post Office and surrounding post offices are hosting a job fair to fill immediate openings for Rural Carrier Associates and Assistant Rural Carriers at $19.06/hr., plus benefits: Thursday, January 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Marion Post Office, 202 W 3rd Street.

Demolition of the old Marsh building at 12th and Burlington started this week in anticipation of Riverbend Flats.

Daleville Town Council elected a new president – Tom Roberts served as vice president of the council last year and has previously been president.  They also elected a new vice president, Adam Jones. In 2021, Jones was the council’s president.

Taylor University will observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, on Monday, with worship services, music, and workshops.   The events are not open to the public due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Chamber Bowl at Clancy’s Village Bowl is set for Saturday, March 5th from 12-4pm.  Five-Member team is $150 if you get your reservations in by February, 2nd.  Team WLBC is the defending Team champion.

Number cruncher says we’re in good shape.  More from my conversation earlier this week with Dr. Lee Ann Kwiatkowski, CEO of the Muncie Community Schools – at the Board meeting Tuesday, the financial report

And, always helpful for finances – when you can win grants, one of which was approved recently

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says they are still processing around six million tax filings for the year 2020, which means many Hoosiers are still waiting on a tax return from the last tax season.   Avoid paper if you can – file electronically, and do direct deposit if you get a refund.  Expect a long wait if you call the IRS to have a question answered about your taxes.

The Yorktown Kiwanis Club provides a free income tax service to low income individuals throughout Delaware and Madison County.   Call 765-405-7165 to request an appointment, according to a post on social media.

State Rep. Sue Errington (D-Muncie) has introduced House Bill (HB) 1047, which would require state-accredited schools to provide sexual health education to their students.  The press release says the Muncie Rep remains determined to help students understand their sexual health as Indiana ranks 4th highest in the nation for the number of reported rapes among high school girls.

One of your elected officials will not run for re-election.  Republican Congressman Trey Hollingsworth believes he has spent too much time fighting Washington politics, and not enough time serving you. That’s just one of the reasons Hollingsworth gave in an editorial article in the Indianapolis Star.

Ball State University’s Multicultural Center has announced the schedule of events for Unity Week 2022, which kicks off on Jan. 17—the official observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.   All events are free and open to students, faculty, staff, community members, and media members.

Big Lots will open 500 stores.  They’ll open around 50 new stores in 2022 and then 80 or so annually, according to CNN Business.  They already have about 1,400 stores in 47 states.

Cards are home tonight – special 6 p.m. tip time for the men’s basketball team – on Woof Boom Radio’s 96.7 FM, 102.9 FM, 104.9 FM, WLBC HD2, and the free streams.  The Northern Illinois that was postponed has been set for Thursday, Jan. 27, in Dekalb, Illinois.  A couple of women’s games were also rescheduled – see the Ball State website for those dates and times.