Calvary Baptist Marks 150th Anniversary

Muncie’s oldest Black Baptist church is celebrating its 150th anniversary this month. According to the Star Press,
Calvary Baptist Church, 1117 E. Jackson St., will celebrate a century and a half of worship and history during a service at 10:45 a.m. May 22. Pastor Maurice Reed of Bethel AME Church will be guest preacher for the service and Judge Robert Wilkins of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will be guest lecturer.

MCS Gets Next Generation School Improvement Grant

Muncie Community Schools (MCS) has received a Next Generation School Improvement Grant from the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) that will provide the district with more than $8 million over the next four school years. reports the grant is designed to help transform the traditional educational experience into one that better aligns to students’ needs. The schools awarded the grant funding have been identified as needing additional support. MCS applied for, and received, the grant for three schools: South View Elementary, Grissom Elementary and Longfellow Elementary.

Monday, 5/16/2022 WBR Morning News

Photo by Mike Rhodes

Photo by Mike Rhodes

Indianapolis resumed direct flights to Toronto on Sunday, for the first time in two years.  Air Canada operated two flights a day to Toronto until the pandemic hit.

Ticket sales for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 are strong — so says Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles…    Carb Day ticket sales are also rebounding after being down in the years before the pandemic.

As she left her job for a gig with a cable news network, White House press secretary Jen Psaki says the hardest part of the job has not been the daily sparring with reporters but enduring threats against her and her family.  Public officials across the country have reported an increasing number of threats over the past couple of years, and worry the threats could even jeopardize the running of this year’s midterm elections.

Court documents obtained by WANE 15 indicate the city of Fort Wayne will pay $100,000 to the ACLU of Indiana to settle a federal lawsuit stemming from 2020 protests over police brutality.  Fort Wayne is supposed to make the $100,000 payment within the next three weeks.

Mecum Auctions is back at the Indiana State Fair Grounds.  The collector car auction is underway now through May 21. An estimated 3,000 cars and 2,400 road art and memorabilia items are set to cross the auction block.

Art In Bloom At BSU

Art in Bloom is an annual celebration of the David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA) through innovative floral interpretations created by regional designers. This floral exhibition of arrangements will be on view for the public May 14 and 15 at Ball State University with no admission fee and extended hours of noon – 5:00 p.m. both days.

‘Community Scan Day’ Saturday

Ball State University Libraries, along with a few area partners, are hosting a community scan day—an opportunity for community members to have their family photographs and documents digitized, at no charge, in an effort to preserve local history. reports the event, “Preserving Local History: Community Scan Day,” will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on May 14 in the cantina at Minnetrista Museum & Gardens, 1200 North Minnetrista Parkway, in Muncie.

Yorktown Town Marshal Resigning

After only a few months on the job, Yorktown’s town marshal has resigned. Shane Ginnan submitted his resignation effective June 10th, noting in his letter that he made the decision to leave, reports the Star Press, after “some of the people who use Facebook as a weapon tried to contact my wife and daughter.” That, said Ginnan, crossed the line.

Friday, May 13, 2022 WBR Morning News

Originally targeted mid-2020 for work to begin on the project, but COVID stopped it all – Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson made it official Thursday, holding a formal groundbreaking ceremony for a planned $39 million expansion to the facility’s gaming floor, according to a report in the Herald Bulletin.

Frankton is joining a growing number of communities, including Alexandria and unincorporated areas of Madison County, that are putting limits on days and hours residents can set off consumer fireworks within the town limits.  The measure is expected to be scheduled for a second vote at 6 p.m. June 13.

4 Indiana cities have cracked the top 50 friendliest cities for remote work.  The study researched cities nationwide that had affordability, Internet connections, quality of life, and access to green spaces. Muncie, ranking 12th best in the nation, sat alongside other Indiana cities like Fort Wayne, Lafayette, and Evansville.  Homeowner app, Ownerly ran the survey.

If you become a lifeguard at Holiday World & Spashin’ Safari, you could get up to $1,000 in bonus money.  Training and loyalty gets cash, and in addition, they double their bonus to $1,000 by working Labor Day  and having three or fewer absences.  Splashin’ Safari opens next Thursday.

BSU baseball has their final home regular season series today and this weekend – Coach Rich Maloney was a guest on yesterday’s Power Hour on The MSS.

If you want to get the kids out of the house this weekend or sometime soon, Andy Parrish, with Andy Parrish Outdoors, suggests hiking or camping…  He tells Indiana Outdoors radio that Facebook groups are a good way to find people to hike with.

No New Attorney For Suspect In Henry County Murder Case

A man looking to get a new attorney in the murder case against him in Henry County has failed. 53 year old Jerry Allred s accused of fatally stabbing 43-year-old Richard D. Hatton Jr. last Nov. 22 during a fight at the home of Allred’s parents, reports the Star Press. Hatton had four knife wounds. Allred’s been held without bond.

2022 Summer Film School At MPL

Teens in grades 9-12 are invited to learn about videography and editing using state-of-the-art equipment at the 2022 Summer Film School at Muncie Public Library (MPL). This free program provides two weeks of hands-on production experience and classes related to film production and will take place at Connection Corner, MPL’s technology center. reports The Summer Film School will take place each day, Monday through Friday, during June 6-June 17 from 1-5 p.m. at Connection Corner, located at 1824 E. Centennial Avenue.