The Muncie Sanitary District administrator has been placed on leave after being arrested this week by the FBI. 44 year old Debra ‘Nikki’ Grigsby is alleged to have obtained fraudulent bids to demolish houses as part of Muncie Sanitary District infrastructure projects. Arrested on the same day was 60 year old Tony Franklin, owner of Franklin Building and Design LLC. Grigsby is not being paid while on leave.
Matt Howell, member of the Muncie Rotary Club, received the Merrill Greene Award for 2019. The award honors Merrill Greene, CPA, long-time Muncie Rotarian and volunteer who served as Club treasurer for over two decades. The award recognizes a member for their outstanding volunteer efforts for the Club and the community.
Ball Brothers Foundation is accepting nominations for its annual John W. and Janice B. Fisher Governance Award, which recognizes and honors the efforts of a board member of a Delaware County non-profit organization. The deadline to nominate someone is 4 p.m. August 15. The winner will be announced at the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce 2019 Annual Meeting Oct. 24. As part of the recognition, Ball Brothers Foundation will grant $10,000 to the winner’s respective organization.
The Randolph County Second HarvestTailgate scheduled for the Goodrich Park, Winchester location Friday from 1pm- 3pm, has been cancelled due to unsafe temperature levels Alternative resources can be found at curehunger.org.They plan to resume their normal schedule, weather permitting, next week.
A warning about today’s expected blast of hot summer weather: Temperatures over the next few days will be in the upper 90s, with a heat index reaching 105 to 110. And with the excessive heat your vehicle’s interior can reach lethal temperatures, quicker than you may realize. Keep kids and pets out of the car and someplace cool today. The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch, which is effective from 2 o’clock this afternoon through Sunday. The combination of high humidity and hot temperatures could create the possibility of heat illness. Cooling centers include: All 7 Muncie fire stations and City Hall, the Anderson Public Library, the Christian Center in Anderson, Community Hospital and St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital and St. Vincent Mercy Hospital in Elwood.
Anderson residents have landed jobs paying more than $900,000 annually. That’s the word from the Anderson Advanced Manufacturing Program. The job training program started earlier this year, and 30 of the 33 people who have completed it have secured employment with Madison County companies. Three classes of local residents have graduated from the AAMP. According to the Herald Bulletin, the next training class is scheduled to begin on September 3rd.
A teen volleyball player, who helped announce the 2019 Colts draft picks, has died. 17-year-old Madi Moore was diagnosed with leukemia in January of 2018. In April, Moore was one of three Riley patients chosen to help announce the Colts’ fourth and fifth round picks at the NFL Draft.
Battery and strangulation counts face a Muncie man accused of choking his pregnant wife. Police say 28 year old Kody Tyler Mathis was arrested after grabbing the victim by the throat til she couldn’t breathe. Police say Mathis’ blood alcohol content at the time was more than twice the legal limit. He’s been convicted of pervious battery, disorderly conduct and public intoxication charges.
The Alexandria City Council is considering an ordinance that would limit the dates and times fireworks can be set off. The Herald Bulletin reports the issue was brought before the council by Alexandria residents, and the ordinance presented is similar to Anderson’s. Currently in Anderson, residents are allowed to light off fireworks from 5 p.m. to two hours after sunset from June 29 through July 3rd and from July 5th through July 9th.
It Was One Of Mankind’s Greatest Achievements: The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission will be marked this weekend at the Charles W. Brown Planetarium on the campus of Ball State University. It happens Saturday, July 20th at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Hands-on activities will start at 2pm in the Brown Planetarium Lobby. Recommended for all ages 8 and up. Programs are free on a first-come, first-served basis.