Filling Your Tank’s Getting More Expensive – Here’s Why

Going up again  – Indiana’s gas tax is going to go up again next month. Harrison Silcox reports

This Saturday, 5th District Congresswoman Victoria Spartz will hold a Town Hall meeting in Muncie

it starts at 11 a.m. at Muncie City Hall’s auditorium.

$1.7 million from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority has been awarded to six Indiana not-for-profit entities to administer the HOME-funded Tenant Based Rental Assistance (HOME TRBA) program. The organizations will assist income-eligible households with at least one member who was formerly incarcerated.

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Holding hands can ease pain:  researchers  say (University of Haifa) that holding the hand of someone can reduce their pain.

Purdue say Colorful sidewalks move tourists, with those polled more apt to walk around the city if the paths leading them to a museum or historic site were clearly marked and decorated.

Here’s how Justin Gillespie found out

This brave young man wanted to graduate

A mom’s nightmare – a son needing a transplant, now.  Here’s Muncie’s Garnisha Mason talking about the bravery of Justin

There’s online info and a way to donate, plus an event at Tonne Winery this Saturday from 4 – 7 p.m.

He says it’s a good thing  – The Muncie Mayor continues to say, the Muncie Mall being sold is good news.  He shared that with us many months ago, and the recent tax sale announcement is part of legal steps that the bank must take, to be allowed to sell to new owners – and sometime this year, he says it is likely to change hands.  Watch his Facebook post from yesterday for more.

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Use smaller words in memo – a study (Stanford University) concluded that people who use complicated language when simple words will do, tend to be viewed as less intelligent than those who use a more basic and understandable vocabulary.

Children’s medication, antibiotics and treatment for ADHD are among a number of drugs that have been in short supply in recent months — and NBC reports these shortages of critical medications are only rising, from a new report prepared by Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Project 50 is a collaboration between Forward Visions, Muncie Black Expo, Muncie-Delaware County Black Chamber and Muncie NAACP.  This is a non-partisan campaign trying to get 50% of registered voters to vote in the election this year.   In Delaware County, we’ve had some of the lowest voter turnouts in the State of Indiana in the last couple of elections.

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Watch out for unsolicited texts asking if you made a recent purchase. This fraud tactic is known as “Smishing” or “SMS phishing”.  Old National Bank told customers recently to simply ignore the text.

May 6th will be a big day in Muncie – BSU Spring Commencement, and the Rialzo fundraiser.  The Cardinal plan is posted on our Local News Page this morning, and the Meridian event starts at 6 p.m.

10 a.m. – Main, university-wide ceremony in the Quad

*This is a ceremony and celebration for all graduates that features a speaker, an address from President Mearns, the hooding of doctoral students, the conferral of master’s and undergraduate degrees, and a special performance. Master’s and undergraduate candidates will not be individually recognized at this ceremony. They will walk across the stage as their name is called at their assigned college ceremony below.

12:30 p.m. – R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning Ceremony at Emens Auditorium

12:30 p.m. – College of Fine Arts and College of Sciences and Humanities Ceremony at Worthen Arena

4 p.m. – College of Health and Teachers College Ceremony at Worthen Arena

7:30 p.m. – Miller College of Business and College of Communication, Information, and Media Ceremony at Worthen Arena

Anderson’s Toast Cafe Closed Until Further Notice

It’s being called a renovation and a re-evaluation of the business. Anderson’s Toast Cafe is closed, just four months after new owners purchased it. The Herald Bulletin says a note on the door states the Toast is closed until further notice. One of the new owners saying he expects The Toast to reopen again in the future.

Anderson Paving Work Goes To Lowest Bidder

The Anderson Board of Public Works has awarded a $1 million contract for paving work to be completed by July. The Herald Bulletin reports the board Tuesday awarded the contract to DC Construction for $1,036,784, the lowest of the four bids received. The work includes paving on Charles, Main and 38th streets plus Virgil Cook Boulevard. They hope to have the work completed by July.

School Sign Labeled Transphobic By Some

A teacher-approved activity involving a classroom litter box has caused a stir at Bloomington High School North in an incident one student described as “deeply upsetting” and transphobic. The sign surfaced Monday reading, “Litterbox now available in Adams’s room. All animal identifying students welcome.” The Star Press reports in an email to parents, North principal Matt Stark characterized the incident as “a disruptive student social experiment.”

Gas Theft Charge Costs Muncie Man Police Job

A Muncie man has lost his job as an officer with the Chesterfield Police Department over allegations he stole gasoline. The Star Press reports 27 year old Harley J. Pagel, 27, is accused of pumping gasoline charged to the town of Chesterfield into his personal vehicle at a Yorktown convenience store in December. He was charged with official misconduct, obstruction of justice and theft.

Senator Young “Talks The TikTok.”

Your Senator talk the Tik Tok – To some, TikTok is just an app on your phone, but Senator Todd Young told me recently there’s a lot more to it

National conversation continues about that story.

WalletHub, a personal finance website, recently ranked Indiana as one of the top states for practicing medicine. According to their report, Indiana ranks 10th overall, 5th for opportunity and completion, and 4th for the highest average annual wage for physicians adjusted for the cost of living.

WLBC continues to assist some remarkable organizations in making a difference in our community, with our Hometown Hero grants.  This week, 12 more monthly winners were announced – see the list on our Local News Page right now.

The following organizations were chosen to receive the WLBC Hometown Heroes Grant:

  • Delaware County Special Needs Prom/Events, April
  • American Legion Post 321, May
  • Delaware County CASA Program, June
  • Open Door Health Services, July
  • Roo’s Relief, August
  • ecoREHAB, September
  • Hillcroft Services, Inc., October
  • Guardian Scholars, November
  •, December
  • Classroom Connections of East Central Indiana, January 2024
  • Animal Rescue Fund, INC of Muncie, February 2024
  • Soup Kitchen of Muncie, March 2024

A new way to live eco-friendly  – Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) is hosting free public tours of an affordable, net-zero energy, eco-friendly duplex family home in Indianapolis designed by a team of Ball State’s CAP students and faculty. Referred to as “Alley House”—eventually will be home for two families.  Public tours highlighting the sustainability and renewable energy aspects of Alley House will be given April 4-18, except Easter Sunday (April 9) and a few days set aside for private tours.

Easter Egg Hunt for children this Sat., March 25, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  Kids and their families are invited, and the event is free — including refreshments for all at Beaumont Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, 1345 N. Madison Ave., Anderson, Ind.

This coming Friday, in 1930 Terrance Steve McQueen was born in Beech Grove, Indiana.  Also known as “The King of Cool”, he acted in 45 movies , including Le Mans, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt and Papillion.

She says they need to be addressed  – Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch told me yesterday on WMUN’s Delaware County Today Radio show she thinks property taxes need to be dealt with at the Statehouse

Several years ago, when she was a county auditor

Hear the entire conversation on, right now.

For The First Time In History, AM/FM Ratings Overtake TV Among Persons 18-49.

Congresswoman Victoria Spartz to Host Town Hall in Delaware County on Saturday, March 25 at 11 AM at Muncie City Hall’s Auditorium.

This comes as a shock to nobody — especially moms: women worry more than men. A study discovered that women were more likely than men to feel nervous, anxious and worried — 22% to 16%. Younger and middle age men and women seemed to be the most stressed. The good news: the older you get, the happier and less stressed.

A Push To Boost Per-Pack Cig Taxes

Minority Health Coalition of Madison County and Intersect Inc. representatives met at the Statehouse recently to advocate for changes regarding tobacco. The Herald Bulletin reports those changes include increasing the tax on each pack of cigarettes by $2 from its current 99.5 cents. Intersect works to promote healthy living in Madison County.

Pair Charged With Neglect Of A Dependent In Henry County

A six year old boy, found home alone in Henry County and now two adults face charges. Police say 39 year old Brandi Nicole Hall-Burton and 47 year old Steve Gossett were charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent. The pair were arrested late last week after the child was inside a Knightstown home with no electrical service or running water.

Two Teens Under Arrest In Muncie Shooting

Two Muncie teens under arrest after another teen was shot in Muncie Monday. 18 year olds Arjay Junior Graham and Justyn MyKel Johnson are charged with aggravated battery and criminal recklessness, following the incident in the area of 16th and Ebright streets. The victim was found on the 2200 block of South Hackley Street. The 19-year-old victim was transported by ambulance to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, where he was reported to be in stable condition Tuesday.

Students Rise To The Occasion In Regional Spelling Bee

Craig Ulrey, a seventh grader from Heritage Hall Christian School in Muncie, is the champion of the 2023 Ball State PBS Regional Spelling Bee. Ulrey’s winning word was “condensation.” rpeorts the competition, involving 37 spellers from 29 area school systems, lasted 19 nerve-racking rounds. The first runner-up is Joshua Thorpe from East Washington Academy in Muncie.