Holcomb Announces Move To Stage 5 Saturday

Gov. Eric Holcomb says Indiana will move to Stage 5, the final phase of reopening, on Saturday. What that means is retail stores and malls can operate at full capacity, as can restaurants and bars, personal services and no restrictions on gyms and fitness facilities. Also, events like sports, festivals and fairs can resume and restrictions are lifted on amusement parks and water parks.

Community Foundation Awards Grants To Non Profits

The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. has awarded grants to four non-profit organizations from the Maxon Foundation Fund. A Better Way Services, Inc, Boys & Girls Club of Muncie, Bridges Community Services and
YMCA of Muncie each received $10,000 to carry out their work in the community.

Wednesday, 9/23/2020 Woof Boom Briefs

More positive news for Delaware County.   As we told you first yesterday morning, Yorktown announced a new $6 million development for their downtown area….. Town Manager Pete Olson in the WLBC Zoom Room yesterday.  He also shared some event plans for October, and Christmas – hear the entire interview on our local news page now. 

Jack Surface has won a prestigious Franchisee of the Year award from Midas, an American chain of automotive service centers headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  Surface is a 40-year Midas veteran who purchased his Muncie location in 2011 and the Anderson location in 2016.  The award is presented based upon criteria such as customer relations, sales, community involvement, and peer review by other Midas executives. Read all about it in today’s MuncieJournal.com.

Indiana BMV reminded us last week, Drive exams are now available by appointment only, and must be scheduled a minimum of 48 hours, and maximum of 3 weeks in advance.  Please make sure to review all requirements prior to scheduling a driving test online.

Six in ten Americans say they likely won’t take advantage of a first-generation COVID-19 vaccine.  A new poll finds only 39% of Americans saying they will opt to receive whatever vaccine become available first.  23% said they won’t get the vaccine at all.  There are currently at least eight COVID-19 vaccines in Phase III human trials, some of which have U.S. government backing. 

The Delaware County Retired Teachers Association Luncheon that was scheduled for Wednesday October 21 has been cancelled. Our Steve Lindell was the scheduled speaker – and will be re-booked for a future date, after COVID.

Police say a motorcyclist was killed during a crash involving multiple vehicles in Brown County on Monday afternoon.  WISH TV says police are still unsure exactly how motorcyclist Wendell Bailey was involved in the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene while paramedics flew his passenger, Beverly Bailey, to a nearby hospital. Wendell and Beverly Bailey are the parents of Indiana basketball legend Damon Bailey.

It only took one year for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student from Muncie Cody Brelage to turn his expanding technical skills into being a difference-maker in the ever-changing world of optical engineering.   Through lessons learned in an advanced Automotive Lighting course, Brelage designed creative illumination products for automotive exterior lighting systems that earned outstanding project honors in a Design Competition.  This marks the second consecutive year that a Rose-Hulman optical engineering student has received this national recognition.

Libertarian Presidential Candidate, Dr. Jo. Jorgensen will be making a stop in Westfield, IN as a part of her national campaign tour, “Real Change for Real People.” She will be making her appearance at Grand Park Sports Complex, on Sunday, Sept. 27th from 6-7 p.m.

The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. has awarded $52,000 to seven nonprofit organizations from the Maxon Foundation Fund.  A Better Way Services, Boys & Girls Club of Muncie, Bridges Community Services, and YMCA of Muncie were the benefactors in this round of gifts.

A contract valued at about $2.2 million has been awarded to Fredericks Inc. Contractors to move forward with improvements at Mays Park at 10th Street and Madison Avenue.  The Anderson Parks Board voted unanimously without comment during a special meeting on Monday, according to the Herald Bulletin.

Ball State University will offer multiple opportunities to celebrate the arts Sept. 24-29, including an exhibition of 20th-century women artists, a showcase of musical talent, a dance concert and an orchestra concert.  For the latest information on Ball State’s arts and cultural events, visit bsu.edu/artscalendar.

Pendleton Woman Charged In Murder

Murder charges face a Pendleton woman who, along with a Richmond man, are charged in the murder of a man whose body was found in a ditch in Noblesville back in April. Police found the body of David Fouts on April 24th. 54 year old Katrina Fouts and 64 year old Terry Hopkings are facing charges in the case.

MCS Enrollment Losses Relatively Small

Muncie Community Schools’ enrollment is down only about one percent from the same time last year. The Star Press reports the district counted 4,811 students in the district last Friday, and that number will determine how much state funding they draw. MCS counted 4,865 students at this same time a year ago, indicating a reduction of 54 students.

Muncie Man Charged After His Truck Damages Railroad Tracks

A Muncie man who got his pick up caught on railroad tracks is facing a felony count after damaging the track while trying to dislodge the vehicle. Police say 25 year old Cody Allen Cook broke the drive shaft out from under is truck and that’s what did the damage. This happened Sunday night on Delaware County Road 500-S, between Center and Cowan roads.

$6 Million Mixed-Use Project Coming To Yorktown

The Town of Yorktown’s Town Council paved the way for a $6 million commercial investment along the new Civic Green by approving an economic development agreement with Rebar Development at a Council meeting on Monday night. The Oliver project meets several of the goals outlined in Yorktown’s Downtown Redevelopment Plan by bringing high-quality, multi-generational places for residents and visitors to live, do business, and be entertained

Muncie Doc Elected President Of Indiana State Medical Association

Dr. Roberto Darroca has been elected president of the Indiana State Medical Association, a federation of county and district medical societies across Indiana. Darroca is a native of Richmond, Indiana. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, with a B.S. in Biology and earned his medical degree from the IU School of Medicine. He completed his family medicine residency at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie

Tuesday, 9/22/2020 Woof Boom Morning Briefs

Fieldhouse nearing completion, again!   The remaining work on the North Walnut Street Fieldhouse is nearing completion

That’s Central High School Principal Chris Walker last week in the WLBC Zoom Room.

More Facts, Not Fear: despite what you may hear on National news sources, Indiana is much better off than many states.  Gov. Holcomb from last week’s mid-week briefing

The newest data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that number has fallen even further, to 6.5%.

If gas prices go up this week

Two of the three people who died in Sunday’s plane crash in Kokomo were teenagers. Rob Connett reports.

The students of the Youth Voting Initiative of Delaware County are working hard to register, prepare and engage all youth voters for the upcoming 2020 election. All are invited to attend Block Party on September 25th, from 4pm-6pm outside of the Downtown YMCA.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention withdrew information on Monday that was posted on its website just three days ago. The guidance stated that Covid-19 can spread through aerosolized droplets.  The CDC now says Friday’s guidance was posted “in error,” and new information would be issued shortly.

The old Cintas delivery truck is a near-downtown Muncie fixture – and it has been redesigned.  See the changes in person at the Madjax facility, or look for the picture from Reporter Sean Mattingly, on our Local News page now.

Ball State University economics professor Steve Horwitz will be honored Sept. 30 by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) for his dedication to his field.   Horwitz is the director of the Institute for the Study of Political Economy and Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise in the Miller College of Business at Ball State.

Second Harvest Food Bank announces the following Tailgate Food Distribution events.  Today at 10 a.m. at Five Points Mall in Marion, and at the same time at First Baptist Church in New Castle.  Wednesday at 10am at Hudson Family Park in Portland – then at 11:00 am in Wabash.  If you are walking up or coming via a vehicle too small to carry a load of food, please plan to arrive an hour after the tailgate starts.

Why the Muncie Mayor was dismayed.   Dan Ridenour was disappointed, again, at the Muncie newspaper’s spin of the positive news he shared last week, about Muncie Delaware County being #1 for percentage increase in median real estate sales

He told WLBC’s Steve Lindell over the weekend, that he will continue to share good news.

Making sure you heard the good news from last Friday – four grants totaling $825,000 will allow Muncie Community Schools (MCS) to improve young students’ literacy, help train teachers and increase security at MCS facilities.   Among the grants:  the one from the Department of Justice will allow new, high-quality security cameras to be installed in strategic locations across all MCS campuses. And another grant will allow MCS teachers to participate in Ball State’s remote learning and help develop anti-racist social studies curriculum to meet the district’s civic engagement initiative.

Crane plans to hire several hundred people. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division has gotten over $1 billion in contract work for the military in 2020, and the benefit to Hoosiers is the need for more workers.  The installation plans to hire around 300 people, and will hold a virtual job fair on Oct. 22.  Crane’s workforce is focused on science and technology, hiring electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, computer engineers, and computer scientists.

When the Big 10 Conference reversed course last week, and decided to re-start football this Fall, we wondered what the Mid-American Conference might do.  BSU President Geoffrey Mearns said the Conference Presidents need to evaluate certain things

Candidate Forums continue for District 32, 33, 34, and 35 State Representative Candidates tonight from 6:30-7:30 pm, via Zoom, and streamed Live on the WLBC Facebook Page.

During the pandemic, searching for a job may seem like an impossible task.  To help in this overwhelming time, Indiana Black Expo has teamed up with sponsors to create the Hiring Hoosiers Employment Opportunity Fair, featuring three virtual career fairs throughout 2020. The next one is September 22nd, register now!

Anderson Deals With Aftermath Of August Shootings

13 shootings in Anderson last month is being labeled alarming by a local pastor. Rev. Anthony Harris of the Church Upon On Rock on East 29th Street said one shooting is too many in Anderson. According to the Herald Bulletin, twelve incidents involved shots being fired at either people or vehicles. Four local men have been arrested on attempted murder charges. A homicide committed after three men forced entry into a West 25th Street residence remains unsolved.