BSU Partners With Gen.G Global Academy

Ball State University has formed a partnership with Gen.G Global Academy—a high-caliber international esports organization. According to, the partnership expands Ball State’s role in the emerging industry of esports, while offering unique opportunities for student-athletes within Ball State’s esports program in the University’s College of Communication, Information, and Media (CCIM), and for Gen.G’s student-athletes

Area Author Honored

J.R. Jamison of Muncie has been named to the Indiana Authors Awards for the book Hillbilly Queer: A Memoir, The book was nominated in the DEBUT category, one of eight literary categories where awards will be given. reports winners will be announced on Aug. 24th.

Muncie Opens Their Hearts: And Gives Away School Supplies

Photo courtesy of

Photo courtesy of

Help for families tomorrow – The Hearts and Hands United’s Tools for School giveaway is Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.  All Delaware County students are eligible— please provide identification, proof of residence or school IDs at the event. Proof of current address is advisable.

Leaders in Fort Wayne want an Amtrak line through their city. On Tuesday night, the Fort Wayne City Council voted to endorse a proposal that would run a train from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio. Fort Wayne would be one of the stops.

The Dr. Robert Morris Memorial Golf Outing is proud to offer (4) INDY COLTS Autographed Footballs, signed by QB MATT RYAN, donated by Chad Castor of Toyota of Muncie. Tickets are being sold through August 13, for $20/each or 8 for $100.  Message Rick Morris or call 765-749-2479.  Drawing to be held at the conclusion of the golf outing  on Aug. 13.

Alexandria soon may join other nearby communities, including Elwood and Tipton, where military veterans are honored individually along major roads.

Crew Carwash recently held their thirteenth annual Crew for Kids fundraiser.  All 42 locations participated. Some had to deal with heavy weather on the morning of July 23 – but still raised $110,757 in total for Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across Indiana.

Save the date:  June 20 and 21, 2023 – Chamber Cup golf outing for the Muncie Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.  Announced yesterday, they are moving the annual event back to June hoping for cooler weather.

Comedian Jim Breuer brings his Freedom of Laughter Tour to Anderson’s Paramount Theatre tonight at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $25, $35 and $75.

The owner & CEO of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, will exhibit items from The Jim Irsay Collection in Indianapolis Friday, Sept. 9 from 7-10 PM at Lucas Oil Stadium. The free event will feature a special concert by the all-star Jim Irsay Band, along with Heart’s Ann Wilson. Instruments and items owned and used by Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Prince, James Brown, Eric Clapton, Sir Elton John, Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia, Les Paul,  Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, and other icons, as well as Colts items and much more will be at the event.

A Summer Sip & Shop Block Party is coming to Carmel on Saturday at the Shops at Carmel City Center from 11 am to 3 pm. Visit to learn more.

Here’s a Yorktown connection to Premier League soccer:  Gehrig Smalstig is a finance student at Notre Dame, and while studying abroad in London, Smalstig was announced as a Chelsea Football Club Business Operations Intern.

Next Friday, the 91st season of shows kicks-off at Muncie Civic Theatre—with the production of Beauty and the Beast.

The Noblesville Police Department is currently accepting applications for their next Citizens Police Academy classes – through Sept. 6. Visit  for applications. For further information, please contact Lieutenant Bruce Barnes at (317) 776-6340 ext. 1243 or

From ACS Twitter yesterday at about 2 p.m.: There (was) a report of an incident involving a gun in Anderson. According to the Anderson Police Department, the incident took place on West 6th Street and “in no way impacted any of our schools.”

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett is getting ready for another Mayor’s Bike to the Fair Day. Hogsett tweeted that this year’s ride will be on Saturday at 10 a.m.

This week in 1884, Frank Brown Shields was born in Indiana and spent his boyhood in Seymour.  After MIT and work with General Electric, he founded the Barbasol Company in Indianapolis.  The firm became famous for its popular shaving cream and variety of related products. We heard that Mike Rhodes, Editor-in-Chief of is a user and fan of Barbasol products.



Tools For School Giveaway

The annual Tools For School giveaway is happening Saturday. The Star Press reports it includes Hearts and Hands United’s Tools for School backpack and shoe giveaway 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Backpacks filled with school supplies will be given out at Heartland Hall, while shoes will be given out at the Memorial Building. Families attending should line up at the side of each building.

Two Muncie Men Charged In Home Invasion

Two Muncie men have been accused of forcing their way into a local home. According to the Star Press, 42 year old Michael Abbott is charged with conspiracy to commit burglary with a deadly weapon, criminal recklessness and killing a domestic animal in relation to the incident July 25 th at a home in the 800 block of West Main Street. 21-year-old Quintin Alan Kennedy is also charged in the case.

Learn About Land Stewardship And Conservation Practices

You can learn about techniques in land stewardship and conservation practices from farmers who are on the leading edge of innovation at The Regenerative Agriculture Journey: Stories from East Central Indiana and Beyond. reports the free education day is Aug. 25 at the Delaware County Farm Bureau. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tenth Annual Soup Crawl Upcoming

PrimeTrust Federal Credit Union and Second Harvest Food Bank invite you to the tenth annual Soup Crawl. Held in downtown Muncie, on Thursday, October 6th, from 5 pm to 8 pm, tickets are available now. Tickets are being sold online at reports Soup Crawl attendees can stroll the streets of historic downtown Muncie and sample 20 delicious soups from downtown and area restaurants, caterers, and organizations

Bargain Box A Thrift Shop With Philanthropic Twist

The Bargain Box is a thrift shop in The Historic Kimbrough District of Muncie, located at 607 E. Charles Street. The sorority Psi Iota Xi purchased the Bargain Box and is donating 100 % of the income from its sales (all are donated items) to support local charities, and to make endowment grants/scholarships, particularly in the areas of art, literature, speech and hearing, and music.

Not a Sharknado – a Gustnado

Photo courtesy of the City of Anderson Parks Department

Photo courtesy of the City of Anderson Parks Department

Some thought it was a tornado that uprooted trees this week in parts of Madison County, but the National Weather Service Office in Indianapolis, says it was a ‘gustnado.’  That’s a relatively small whirlwind that forms as an eddy in the outflow of a thunderstorm. They do not connect with any cloud-based rotation and are not tornadoes, even though damage associated with them can be similar to weak tornadoes.

More local news briefs are below…

Another COVID update –  On Tuesday, more than half of Indiana was classified in the high-risk category for spreading COVID-19.  In our area, they include Miami, Howard, Grant, Huntington, Tipton, and Jay counties.  There were also 35 more Indiana counties listed as “medium” risks, all according to a report from WTHR.

The world’s largest QR Code is in Farmland, Indiana.  According to’s Mike Rhodes who was sent information about it, the Yuengling brewing company wanted to recognize the farming community, and have Chalfant Family Farms grow the world’s largest QR code from real, live crops. Carefully planted in May 2022, the crops have now grown to form the world’s largest QR code—measuring roughly a ¼ mile long by a ¼ mile wide—or about the length of 20 football fields.

Last weekend at the Anderson Tartan Tournament of Bands, Muncie Central came in second behind Kokomo.  At the Drums at Winchester contest, Winchester came in second behind Kokomo.   But all of those summer contests leads to the Super Bowl of Band shows:  State Fair Band Day, Friday.  The defending champion is Muncie Central.

This week in 1915, Hoosier History includes the birth of Ruth Lilly, born in Indianapolis, where she was the great-grandchild of pharmaceutical founder Eli Lilly.   During her lifetime she gave away hundreds of millions of dollars in support of the arts, education, health, and environmental causes.

Police Say Suspect In Officer’s Shooting Death Fired 36 Rounds From Assault Weapon

Police say the man charged in the Sunday shooting death of an Elwood police officer fired three dozen rounds from an assault weapon through the windshield of the patrol car Officer Noah Shahnavaz was in. 42 year old Carl Roy Webb Boards II is also charged with resisting law enforcement, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious convicted felony and being a habitual offender.