State auditors say Daleville Community Schools should repay $2.2 million for failing to properly supervise two online charter schools accused of padding their enrollments by about 14,000 students over eight years. The money was doled out as part of an agreement that paid the district up to 3% of their annual state funding for oversight responsibilities as their authorizer under state law. A state audit released earlier this year indicated Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy wrongly received $68.7 million in state payments by improperly claiming students as enrolled between 2011 and 2019 even though they had no online course activity.
NOT the way you want to make National headlines — NBC news chose the words “the first major Conference to cancel:” As we told you first on WLBC when the story broke Saturday morning, Fall sports at Ball State are postponed – at least. Kurt Darling reports
The Pioneer Football League announced the no-football decision Friday morning, affecting Butler and Valparaiso.
BSU Football head coach Mike Neu released a statement over the weekend which read, in part, “We are unquestionably heartbroken we will not be able to take the field this fall to represent our great university.” Neu was to have appeared at the Muncie’s Got Music event Saturday afternoon, but was needed to help his student athletes cope with the decision.
The Christmas Show WILL go on. We were told over the weekend by Al Holdren, that the Secret Families Muncie Christmas gift giveaway WILL go on, “no matter what.” Contingency plans have always been in the works – and the organizer to Woof Boom radio news that the need will be greater than ever, and a very giving community will come together – again.
Anderson is still talking today, about the Anderson Community Schools board of trustees cancelling a hearing for tomorrow about a contract offered to interim Superintendent Joe Cronk, making his position permanent. Cronk informed the board Thursday that he was withdrawing from the proposed appointment.
The leader of the Indiana Senate is warning schools they could have their funding cut if they don’t offer in-person classes
Making sure you know: the U.S. economy added 1.8 million jobs in July, as ANY good news is good to hear – but much more needs to be done, in order to get back to the near full-employment that our Country enjoyed before the COVID situation.
Second Harvest Food Bank announces the following Tailgate Food Distribution events. Today at 10 a.m. in Elwood. Tuesday 10:00 AM at Five Points Mall in Marion, and at the same time at First Baptist Church in New Castle. Wednesday in Jay County and 10am, and 11 am in Wabash. Thursday 10am Muncie Mall. And two Friday at 10 a.m.: Anderson, and Winchester.
Allison K. Bell joined Cornerstone Center for the Arts in Muncie, Indiana as President and Chief Executive Officer earlier this month. We noticed her change of status in Linked In last week, and followed up on this good news story – read more on MuncieJournal.com.
More on President Donald Trump’s action on Saturday, signing executive orders extending the eviction moratorium, additional unemployment benefits, and more. Democrats promised last week to sue but have backed themselves into a corner appearing they are blocking the President’s efforts to help Americans.
As we have previously reported – no one said that people won’t get sick. DelCom experienced their first positive case Friday at Delta High School. Supt. Mann reported via Twitter, “Health department continues to play a pivotal role in our decision making. See you on Monday, DAY 3. Eagle Pride!”
No one seems to be sure how this could happen – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested negative for COVID-19, two days after he tested positive, and he was forced to scrap a scheduled meeting with the President. DeWine’s wife and members of his staff also texted negative, a statement posted to DeWine’s Twitter account said.
There have been several fatal accidents on Central Indiana roadways lately, but this one struck very close to home – as a Ball State graduate his service dog died in a crash on I-465 on the west side early Friday, State Police said. Dustin Gilmer, 29, crashed a van and was pronounced deceased on scene. He was the manager of the disability affairs office for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works. His dog Carver also died in the crash.
Friday afternoon a young man by the name of Malachi Fronczak presented the Indiana State Police Lafayette Post, a check for almost two-thousand dollars that he raised selling his Malachi”s Magnificent Lemonade (MML). The money was raised to assist the family of Trooper Bo Stephen who was killed in a traffic crash October 11, 2019. If you would like to follow on Facebook, his page is Malachi”s Magnificent Lemonade or #malachicares.
A local company threatened to repossess three trucks purchased by Madison County. The Herald Bulletin reports Stoops Freightliner contacted the county to say that without the necessary lease payment the trucks will be repossessed. It turns out county officials were working on getting the needed signature to make the payment. The financing for the purchase of the equipment was approved in April and finalized in June.
Police say a Muncie man is under arrest on a preliminary count of murder in the death of a local woman. 40 year old David Earl Bond Jr.was being held without bond Friday in the Delaware County jail on Friday. The Star Press reports it stems from the death Monday of 36-year-old Ashley Marie Bennett. The slaying took place in the victim’s apartment in the 600 block of South Council Street. Police say she was strangled.
Muncie Animal Care and Services is offering reduced adoption fees through August 31, 2020. Adoption fees will be: Dogs- $50 and Cats- $30. They accept cash or check ONLY. All of the adoptable animals are spayed/neutered, have had age appropriate vaccines and testing Available dogs are also posted on Petfinder.com.
Law enforcement, doing GOOD: Kenny West wants to stop generational crime. That’s why the sheriff’s deputy started “Second Chance Dads” four years ago — a program that helps find jobs for convicted felons after they serve their time. WTHR reports that Delaware County Sheriff Tony Skinner is looking to expand this successful program into other communities — quite the compliment for West, who simply started this program to protect his own family, and city.
Gov. Holcomb was challenged by a reporter this week, regarding safe voting – he reminded of the safe Primary Election, for those that chose to vote in person….. There are several ways to vote early in Indiana, and he asked for Hoosiers to plan ahead.
Look for the “Stuff the Bus” campaign event – shoppers visiting select Walmart locations this weekend can purchase and drop off requested items at Salvation Army collection bins at the front of each store, and provide new school supplies to the thousands of Hoosier children in need of a fresh start to the school year.
The Indiana Independent Venue Alliance (IIVA) is calling for a community Day Of Action today in its continued effort to keep Indiana’s live music venues open as the effects of COVID-19 continue to take its toll on the industry. They say without a major intervention, it is estimated that 90% of these small businesses across the U.S. will close in the next 60 days. To help its member venues visit SaveOurStages.com.
Parents – the schools need your help, too. More Facts, not Fear: as we have reported, people will continue to contract COVID19 for the time being, but we CAN safely continue to open up schools – as Dr. Box from the State Department of Health said, it’s up to US to be watchful….. Hear the entire State Briefing on This Week in Delaware County this weekend on several Woof Boom radio stations.
Elwood Community Schools officials notified parents by email yesterday that a second student at Elwood Jr.-Sr. High School has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Superintendent Joe Brown said the student was a close contact of the student who was identified last week as testing positive. Close contact is considered to be within 6 feet of someone who has tested positive for more than 15 minutes.
Unprecedented. That one word sums up Fiscal Year 2019-2020 most succinctly, according to Jeni Marsh, CEO of United Way of Delaware, Henry and Randolph counties. She cited the third year in a row surpassing the campaign goal, increasing grants by 15% to 34 programs supporting children, while providing wrap around support for their families, too, and more, from a very generous community – make that COMMUNTIES that they serve.
For 37 years, volunteers have worked together to provide a free Thanksgiving Day meal to Anderson residents – Annual Thanksgiving Day meal at Geater Center has been canceled. Organizer James Warner announced Tuesday that it will return in 2021.
Some colleges across the country will not be reopening their campuses this fall to help enact social distancing. Natural Light beer is introducing the Dorm From Home – a “Nattified” mobile dorm that’ll be parked right in the backyard or driveway of one lucky 21+ student this fall. Fans 21+ can post a photo on social using #DormFromHome and #contest to make the case why they deserve to Dorm From Home this semester.
Sen. Ted Cruz condemned comments that media mogul Oprah Winfrey made about White privilege and succeeding as a person of color on her new Apple TV+ series, saying in a tweet early Thursday morning that her points were “utter, racist BS.”
Just over 20%, or about 1,000 students, have signed up for virtual learing in Muncie Community Schools so far. Officials say that’s not an unusual percentage statewide. According to the Star Press, the head of the teachers association predicts some virtual students will switch over to traditional school once their parents discover the online curriculum won’t be “loose and unstructured” like last spring.
A Randolph County man who ended up being shot during an exchange of gunfire with Delaware County Sheriffs deputies has been charged with attempted murder. 38 year old Benjamin Brooks; run in with the law started with reports of an intoxicated driver on June 26th in the 3100 block of North Wheeling Avenue.
If you owe parking ticket money to Muncie, you may find your vehicle booted next month. Some changes under consideration, according to the Star Press, include increasing some parking fees and allowing the city to begin booting and towing vehicles. Right now, Muncie has two officers handling parking enforcement issues across the entire city.
Cornerstone Center for the Arts and Muncie Artists Guild are partnering to provide the community with their Intuitive Drawing Workshop Saturday, August 22 10:15am. This $30 event embraces the drawing and painting techniques of 1920’s surrealist artist, Max Ernst. Students must be 18 years or older to participate and may enter the meeting room up to 15 minutes prior to the workshop. Claim your spot at cornerstonearts.org and receive your Zoom link.