Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Woof Boom Morning Briefs

What will happen, or not happen, with county fairs this summer will be determined very shortly.  Specifically, the Delaware County Fair Board will meet tonight in regular session, and will consider last week’s guidance given by 4-H last week.  That info cited the Governor’s “Stage 5” with allowances for events such as Fairs and Festivals.

An Italian stainless steel processing company has announced plans to establish operations in Delaware County. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says INOX Market Service will invest more than $15 million to build its North American headquarters in Muncie and create up to 101 jobs by the end of 2024.  Inside Indiana Business reports the company plans to build and equip a nearly 140,000-square-foot facility, which it says will allow for the expansion of its stainless steel slitting and forming operations.  Construction on the facility is expected to begin this summer with production starting in the spring of 2021. The company plans to reach full operational capacity by 2022.

“My mask protects you, and your mask protects me.”  Those, the words yesterday from Dr. Box of the Indiana State Department of Health, regarding the new importance of face coverings – at work, and in public especially when less than 6 feet from others.

Six Hoosier broadcasters will be inducted into the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame, later this year.  Among the inductees, Woof Boom Radio owner J Chapman, and the late Channel 49 artist and public TV star, Bob Ross.  This year’s Hall of Fame class will be inducted later this fall during the annual Indiana Broadcasters Conference.

Two Ball State University professors are developing a text-based messaging service to provide information about maternal and child health to Burmese refugees now living Indianapolis.  The project, which is under the direction of professors in Ball State’s College of Health, will provide tailored health information with around 500 text messages translated into two commonly spoken Burmese languages within the Indianapolis Burmese community.

Kohl’s reopened its Indiana stores Monday.  The retailer made the “careful decision” after considering its options.  The company said it has made “significant enhancements” to the store environment and staff operations to keep both employees and customers safe.  Customers will find several changes, including limited store hours, social distancing measures, and numerous cleaning and sanitization measures.  Kohl’s employees will be required to wear masks and gloves while working. They will also have mandatory wellness and temperature checks before their shifts.

When we spoke to Indiana Senator Todd Young late last week, the vote in the House hadn’t happened yet and already he and other members of the Senate – in both parties – were working on a new version of another stimulus plan……   Hear the entire interview now, on our News Page – look for today’s Woof Boom Morning Briefs.

The Retro Diner on South Madison in Muncie will not be reopening.  Made a little more famous by the cable TV show Restaurant Impossible, they had been making payments on back taxes, expecting to be caught up by the end of summer, but once the quarantine began, they were unable to make them, according to their Facebook post. The State of Indiana decided to move forward with seizing property.  Their head cook has decided to use his savings and has purchased the old Byrd Landing and is in the process of opening a new Restaurant.

An Anderson man was arrested Saturday on a warrant for suspicion of deliberately coughing on a nurse at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital after claiming he might be positive for COVID-19. According to a probable cause affidavit, James D. Walker, 40, 1600 block of Brown Street, was charged with Level 6 felony battery against a public safety officer.

Two Ball State University professors are developing a text-based messaging service to provide information about maternal and child health to Burmese refugees now living Indianapolis.  The project, which is under the direction of professors in Ball State’s College of Health, will provide tailored health information with around 500 text messages translated into two commonly spoken Burmese languages within the Indianapolis Burmese community.

It’s not only the U.S. – More than 100 health ministers from around the world were set Monday to call for an independent evaluation of the World Health Organization’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.