Launch Of Delaware County Micro-Business Restart Loan

The Muncie Innovation Connector is pleased to announce the launch of the Delaware County Micro-Business Restart Loan Fund. Independently-owned for-profit businesses located in Delaware County, Indiana with a maximum of five full-time employees may be eligible for a loan up to $2,500 through the Delaware County Micro-Business Restart Loan Fund. Businesses must have been actively in operation with sales in January 2020 to apply.

Naylor To Receive Chamber’s Legacy Award

The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Ronald Naylor will be recognized as the 2020 recipient of the Chamber’s Legacy Award. This year’s Legacy Gala is scheduled for Saturday, August 22, at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 Woof Boom Morning Briefs

Today is Primary Election Day in Indiana.  Polls will be open from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.  It’s likely the tabulation will take as long as 2 – 3 days, according to Secretary of State Connie Lawson, since so many have voted early, or via absentee ballot.  (https://indianavoters.in.gov/)

Muncie Mayor Dan Ridenour is just now finally speaking about the days old rioting and protests around our Country.  Yesterday on Facebook, he stated, “Racism has no place in the City of Muncie.  Not now, not ever.”  There was a meeting yesterday afternoon with some concerned clergy and community leaders, to discuss race relations in the City.

The Indiana Governor spoke yesterday as well – and his tone was clearly stern, and almost angry, at those that caused the destruction of property, businesses, and caused danger and fear to citizens during the events that followed the peaceful protests in Indianapolis.  He clearly supports “the noble cause,” as he put it several times, of peacefully protesting and seeking rightful change.  He directed his comments at those that destroyed, vandalized, and threatened.  He likened those involved to organized crime, and announced the National Guard and State Police remaining on the alert to assist in the protection of Hoosiers.  More than 100 businesses were negatively impacted by riots that happened Friday and Saturday night in downtown Indianapolis, according to Downtown Indy Inc.

The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Ronald Naylor will be recognized as the 2020 recipient of the Chamber’s Legacy Award. This year’s Legacy Gala is scheduled for Saturday, August 22, at Horizon Convention Center in Muncie.

The 2020 Indy Lights season has been canceled, according to a report from TSOLadder.com. Indy Lights is the highest rung on the ladder in The Road to Indy, the developmental series for the NTT IndyCar Series, and many current IndyCar drivers are Lights alums. The report stated that from all indications, the Indy Lights series would return in 2021.

August 3rd sounds like a long time from now, but this is worth saving the date!  A Ribbon Cutting/Open House to celebrate the Grand Opening of Greg Hubler Automotive Group at 6400 W. Hometown Blvd., Muncie,  will have several celebrities there! The UFC’s Bas Rutten and Randy Couture, along with PGA Golfer Fuzzy Zoeller (ZELL-er) at the late morning event.

At yesterday’s Delaware County Commissioners meeting, James King made an impassioned statement about the protests and more. He thanked the peaceful protesters in Muncie over the weekend, and also made it very clear that the now former officer in Minneapolis was completely wrong in his handling, and ultimate death of George Floyd.  King also trains police in proper tactics of arrests, saying “you do not apply pressure to someone’s neck.”  He also suggested the other officers on scene should have intervened, and thinks they should be punished as well.

The Madison County 4-H Association Board of Directors voted to attempt live judging for livestock exhibits this summer.  The announcement was shared on the Madison County Purdue Extension’s Facebook page.  The Purdue Extension has banned all face-to-face events through June 30, but announced on May 15 that local 4-H boards could decide to hold live events in July if they complied with new safety standards designed in response to the pandemic.  Longtime sponsor of the 4-H Fair, the Alexandria Kiwanis, voted unanimously to not hold a fair this summer. This will be the first summer without a fair since it was canceled in 1949 due to a polio epidemic in Indiana.

Many area families have reasons to smile – Arts Place will reopen its doors in mid-June;  Arts in the Parks program will begin July 6.  The regional arts organization will reopen its three centers — in Portland, Hartford City and St. Marys, Ohio — on June 15. By that point, they will have been closed for nearly three months.

Former Ball State baseball standout pitcher Bryan Bullington was one of six individuals announced today as the newest members of the Mid-American Conference’s Hall of Fame.

Second Harvest Food Bank announces the following Tailgate Food Distribution events. Today in Grant County starting at 10:00 AM at Five Points Mall.  Also today in Henry County at First Baptist Church.  Wednesday in Jay County and Wabash County.  Thursday in Blackford County, and in  Delaware County – this time at Muncie Mall.   Friday in Madison County, as well as Randolph County.

The 2020 Indy Lights season has been canceled, according to a report from TSOLadder.com. Indy Lights is the highest rung on the ladder in The Road to Indy, the developmental series for the NTT IndyCar Series, and many current IndyCar drivers are Lights alums. The report stated that from all indications, the Indy Lights series would return in 2021.

Affadavit Reveals More About Deadly Shooting

More details about the murder last week of 29 year old Troy Sandifer of Muncie. An affadavit says 42 year old Tavis Corbin shot Sandifer in a second floor apartment at 422 W. Howard Street, then shot at and wounded a woman trying to flee the apartment, then turned back and shot Sandifer another time as he was on the floor.

Teen Organized Rally Held In Muncie Sunday

A local teen organized a rally Sunday in Muncie in response to the death of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis. According to the Star Press, protesters were outside City Hall, along North High Street. The event was organized by 17 year old Destiny Donati and began at 2:30pm.

Boys & Girls Clubs Of Muncie Receive $160,000 Grant

The Ball Brothers Foundation awards the Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie with a $160,000 grant to support the Clubs’ mission to create a safe environment for the youth of our city. The Ball Brothers Foundation grant will allow the Clubs to employ 10 youth development professionals, pay for a portion of the utilities expense and be able to remodel a few rooms within the Madison St. site.

Polling Place Changes In Delaware County

In an emergency meeting Friday, Delaware County’s Election Board talked about polling location changes after receiving another location’s notice to withdraw from the election. The Star Press reports, to remedy the loss of the polling location, the election board has combined each with a neighboring location. The sites will still have separate voting machines depending on what precinct a voter is supposed to vote in, but poll workers will be combined.

Eaton Receives Grant For Water Infrastructure Improvements

U.S. Congressman Greg Pence (IN-06) announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Department is investing $281 million in 106 projects nationwide through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. The Town of Eaton will receive over $2.8 million in grant funding from this program to bring modern, reliable water and wastewater infrastructure to the 1,805 residents of Eaton in Delaware County.

White River Lofts Construction Getting Underway

Ground broken Thursday to start of construction on White River Lofts, a mixed-use riverfront building in downtown Muncie that includes 55 residential apartments with high quality finishes and views of the White River. Commercial space will be available on the ground floor. The project is the first phase of the White River Canal District, and will be located at 400 W Washington Street, adjacent to the riverfront, and walkable to shops, restaurants, and offices in Muncie’s central business district, plus a new riverfront plaza and riverwalk.

Friday May 29, 2020 Woof Boom Morning Briefs

As we told you first earlier this week, Ball State University has joined many other colleges in approving plans for face-to-face instruction  beginning August 24……      BSU President Geoffrey Mearns spoke to Woof Boom Radio news yesterday.  To accommodate faculty and students who may be in high-risk populations, the University will offer more online courses.

Facemask contradictions.  Yesterday, a report that wearing a mask reduces your likelihood of contracting COVID19 by 50%.  Nationally syndicated talk Radio host Dana Loesch (LASH) cited studies that show face coverings do little to nothing in shutting down the virus – however wearing something surgical or N95-grade DID help – but, we’ve been asked to reserve those for medical and front line workers.  What everyone agrees on:  wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick.

Yesterday at this time, Muncie police were on scene at a fatal shooting in an apartment house just west of downtown Muncie on west Howard Street.  We now know that Tavis S. Corbin, 42, was being held without bond in the Delaware County jail, preliminarily charged with murder and attempted murder.  Corbin allegedly shot and killed  29-year-old Troy Allan Sandifar, and also allegedly shot a 19-year-old woman who was in the apartment.

The person who fired shots at a mosque on the northwest side of Indianapolis Sunday night has not been found, but Islamic leaders say they have more clues.

Another postponement for the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Hawaii triathlon, from August 15 to November 21.  As we’ve reported several times, the Ironman Muncie 70 dot 3 is still on for July 11, and becomes tied for longest continuous running Ironman event.

Earlier this week, Muncie Community Schools’ (MCS) Board of Trustees approved some new hires – Corey Hartley, who grew up in Muncie and is a Southside High School graduate, will serve as principal of Southside Middle School.  Sarah Shaffer, will be the principal of East Washington Academy.  Additionally, the board approved the hiring of Andy Klotz as the school district’s chief communications officer.

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on June 18th from 11am to 5pm at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Heartland Hall.  For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RedCross or sign up online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code “ballmemorial”.

Raise your utility rates BECAUSE of pandemic losses?  That’s what 11 companies want to do – and the state has agreed to consider the matter.  The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission on Wednesday ordered an investigation into the impact of the pandemic on utilities and ratepayers, opening the next stage in a matter that has gained widespread interest.  It is still unclear how much an average consumer’s monthly bill might increase under the request.

More from our weekly interview yesterday with Ball State’s President Geoffrey Mearns.  As we told you earlier this week on Woof Boom Radio’s Muncie’s Sports Station, no sports are to be cut at BSU……  As we told you first earlier this week, Ball State University has joined many other colleges in approving plans for face-to-face instruction, to begin  August 24, as scheduled.   To accommodate faculty and students who may be in high-risk populations, the University will offer more online courses.  Hear the entire interview now, on our News Page under this morning’s Briefs.

With the June 2nd Primary Election only a few days away, Secretary of State Connie Lawson is reminding voters to return their absentee ballots – and they have multiple options. By mail, drop off at your county clerk’s office prior to Election Day, or  bring to any polling place during early voting, or on Election Day. To do this, a voter will need their unreturned absentee ballot and a photo ID.  Early voting is open until Monday, June 1st in all counties.

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana will be holding virtual meeting this coming week – open to the public by remote access by using the link on our News Page now.   (https://ivytech.zoom.us/j/98688848890).  The regular Trustees meeting will be Thursday, June 4 at 1:30 pm.

Quick reminder:  Sunday May 31 is World No Tobacco Day – quit for a day.

When you get up Monday, adjust your listening habits for Mitch in the Morning: he is on air from 8 – 10 a.m., with topics, guests and your phone calls.  Each weekday starting at 6 a.m., you get National news and local weather top of hour, plus local news and weather bottom of hour, and great wake up songs – until Mitch arrives at 8!  ON NEWSTALK SPORTS OLDIES 12-40 AM, AND THE NEW 103.7 FM WHBU.