Monday, May 18, 2020 Woof Boom Morning Briefs

How hard did banks and credit unions work, in the wake of the Cares Act and the PPP?  In an effort to serve their customers, and help save local businesses, Mutual Bank was in the middle of their conversion to Northwest Bank, and still did seven months of volume in one week.  First Merchants Bank did two years of volume in three weeks.  Some worked twelve hour shifts, around the clock, to serve and save businesses.

The Indiana Primary is one week from tomorrow with pols open 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced Friday that poll workers will be supplied with PPE gear, as well as sanitizing items to allow in-person voting.  In the previous Primary election, about 53,000 voted by mail – as if Friday morning, about 330,000 have already asked for an absentee ballot.  Lawson stated that it will likely take two or three days for final results to be released.  Poll workers are still needed – contact your County Clerk to help.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Friday announced a $3.5 million grant award to the City of Anderson Transit System (CATS) in Indiana as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. CATS will use the funds to operate and maintain the transit system during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The coronavirus caused a drastic change in many students’ school year, including Purdue University graduate Jalen Rice. Rice powered through the school year and became the first African American in the school’s 150 year history to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering.   He still intends to achieve his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut.

All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV) branches will be closed Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.  Branch appointments will resume Tuesday, May 26. As a reminder, all customers are required to have an appointment before visiting a branch.

So many people have filed for unemployment benefits have filed in such a short time; the processing is understandably slower than normal.  Why do claims go beyond 21 days for processing?  3 top Issues:  deductible income, employment status, and voluntary resignations.   The all need to be researched, and is time consuming for each agent.

Is there an Executive Order coming – for garage sales?  The question was posed Friday during the Governor’s Briefing, and he seemed to indicate that wording might need to be added to the Order, as the Governor explained “some of those garage sales can get quite competitive” relating to shoppers that are in close proximity, searching for deals.

The Indiana Primary is one week from tomorrow with polls open 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced Friday that poll workers will be supplied with PPE gear, as well as sanitizing items to allow in-person voting.  May 21 is the deadline to request an absentee ballot, and Lawson requested that “all voters vote absentee” if possible.  Lawson stated that it will likely take two or three days for final results to be released.  Gov. Holcomb stated that he will likely vote in person.

Armed Forces Day was this past Saturday, and even though the coronavirus pandemic has canceled some of the activities normally associated with it, you can always celebrate with a few kind words. Chris Davis reports…

How hard did banks and credit unions work, in the wake of the Cares Act and the PPP?  In an effort to serve their customers, and help save local businesses, Mutual Bank was in the middle of their conversion to Northwest Bank, and still did seven months of volume in one week.  First Merchants Bank did two years of volume in three weeks.  Some worked twelve hour shifts, around the clock, to serve and save businesses.

Ascension/St. Vincent hospitals have decided to cancel all ‘special events’ through the end of the year due to the coronavirus.  That means the Kids Classic golf event that was rescheduled for September 25th has been cancelled.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Friday announced a $3.5 million grant award to the City of Anderson Transit System (CATS) in Indiana as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. CATS will use the funds to operate and maintain the transit system during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The Indiana Primary is one week from tomorrow with polls open 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced Friday that poll workers will be supplied with PPE gear, as well as sanitizing items to allow in-person voting.  May 21 is the deadline to request an absentee ballot, and Lawson requested that “all voters vote absentee” if possible.  In the previous Primary election, about 53,000 voted that way – as if Friday morning, about 330,000 have already asked for an absentee ballot.  Poll workers are still needed – contact your County Clerk to help.  Lawson stated that it will likely take two or three days for final results to be released.

Two weeks from today, Mitch in the Morning moves to 8 – 10 a.m., in an effort to increase audience interaction and serve the community even better.  We’re adjusting our programming offerings to include some more content between 6 – 8 a.m., as well!