Woman Gets Jail Time In Dollar Store Hold Up

Seven years behind bars for a New Castle woman for her role in an armed robbery at a local Dollar General store. The Star Press reports 29 year old Christin Pierce had pleaded guilty to aiding, inducing or causing armed robbery. She was charged with driving a getaway car for a robber who held up the Dollar General store at 906 Broad St., last Sept. 14.

Unity In Our Community Event This Weekend

UNITY in OUR Community this weekend Presents Love Fest: Celebrating our Firsts. Organizers say the event celebrates community trailblazers and is happening Saturday, 2pm to 4pm at Minnetrista in Muncie. The event is limited to 50 people and social distancing, masks and other safety protocols will be in place.

Tuesday, 2/23/2021 Woof Boom Radio Morning news

You’ll have to wait another year.  Meridian Health Services has rescheduled the Rialzo Charity Gala;  the new date will be April 9, 2022. This is the event’s second rescheduling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Meridian invites recurring and new supporters alike to select “A Night to Remember – Stay Safe Packages” will allow the general public to support the need at various levels from $50 to a $500 package, on sale now.

More now on the story we told you about first yesterday morning as it was happening:  eight inmates were injured when the power went out at one of Marion County’s jails.  It only took about ten minutes for backup power, and it was during that time frame the inmates were injured.

If you shop at Kroger, your personal information may have been exposed. Kroger is sending letters to customers, explaining that a third party vendor was hacked. That means customer and employee information could have been leaked. Kroger says at least one percent of customers could have been exposed, but that could be a lot of people. The company says people who used money services or their pharmacy are most likely to have been exposed.

An update to a story we told you about a few weeks ago – as of yesterday, only about $6,000 of the needed $32,000 for a Go Fund Me campaign supported by the Dollison’s of Muncie.  They are trying to raise money for Lizzy and Ali Thompson, to reunite the family, and build a small home for them in Jamaica, after the family was displaced by COVID shutting the mother our her job with a cruise ship.  We’ve placed the link on our local news page again this morning.  (https://gf.me/u/zbh4z3)

March 4th is First Thursday in Downtown Muncie.  One of the features will be “Out of the ARCHIVES.  Archival artworks by Debra Gindhart,” local artist-maker and visual arts educator. The Gindhart Collection curated – Meet the artist as well, from 5-8pm in the 2nd floor galleries at Madjax Muncie.

The Ford Motor Company on Monday issued a recall for more than 79,000 2020-21 Ford F-Series vehicles sold in the United States because the windshield wasn’t properly bonded onto the vehicles.  There haven’t been any reports of injuries related to the recall. However, Ford said it would start to notify owners of the recall starting the week of April 6.

This week in 1922, in Indiana History:  24-year-old Marian Anderson was the featured singer in a program at the Simpson Methodist Church in Indianapolis.  She was at the beginning of a long career in which she gained international fame and broke down racial barriers in the arts.  She was the first African American to perform at the New York Metropolitan Opera and the White House.

Yesterday, the White House announced changes to the Paycheck Protection Program to prioritize and further promote what the Biden Administration called equitable access to relief. The US Small Business Administration noted in a release the five reforms being made; one will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 9 am ET, when the SBA will begin a 14- day exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees. All applications already submitted by lenders to the SBA before the start of the exclusivity period will still be processed by the SBA.

Save the dates:  WLBC will sponsor and support two June events in Muncie:  The “Juneteenth Celebration,” June 19th at  Heekin Park, and the “Forward Visions Black Music Month Celebration,” June 26th at McCullough Park.  Both events are open to the public, and intended to bring the community together.  More details when they are formalized.

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced yesterday that $100.8 million in federal transportation funding is being awarded to 54 cities, towns, and counties in rural portions of Indiana to invest in local road and bridge improvements as well as sidewalk and trail projects.

Last night was the first of several “Community Conversations: COVID Vaccine information with Q&A: The CDC guidelines explained so you can understand them.”  The IU School of Medicine and the Healthy Lifestyle Center has more planned:  Wednesday12-12:30pm on Face Book Live, Friday 8-8:30am on Zoom and again Saturday from 10-10:30am Face Book Live.  The links, and login info all posted on our Local News Page now.

March 2nd 6-6:30pm FB Live

March 5th 12-12:30 pm ZOOM

March 8th 9-930am ZOOM

March 11th 6-6:30 pm FB Live

March 13th 10-10:30 am FB Live

ZOOM Meeting ID: 859 6371 5035 PSWD: vaccine21

FB LIVE: https://fb.me/e/3ziSV22cu Health, Well-th and Wisdom for Life FB page (lwittymd1)

Out of 116 cities across America, Wallethub ranked two cities from Indiana in the top 70 in their latest “Hardest Working Cities in America” study. Fort Wayne was ranked 66th and Indianapolis was 43rd. Their data ranges from the employment rate to average weekly work hours to the share of workers with multiple jobs. Anchorage, Alaska was ranked #1 in the study.

When you see flags at half-staff, President Biden will order U.S. flags lowered for 5 days in memory of those in the US who have lost their lives due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The first of four meetings to get input on Madison county’s intention to implement vote centers by 2022 has been set – 2 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers of the Madison County Government Center.

Henry County Drug Raid Nets Two Arrests, Meth Seizure

The Henry County Area Drug Task Force conducted a pre-dawn raid Sunday and seized more than 50 grams of crystal meth.
Authorities say it happened about 6 a.m. at 9115 N. Raider Road. Arrested at the scene were 40 year old Jason Bedford Noble and 29 year old Sunset R. Hardegen. The Star Press reports they were charged with various drug counts and sent to the Henry County Jail.

Teen Charged With Obstruction In Case Of Three Men Found Dead

A young woman who reported the fatal shootings of three men in a Muncie apartment has been arrested for obstruction of justice. The Star Press reports 18 year old Juniyah Yvette Simmons was living at the Elgin Manor Apartments complex where three men were killed Friday morning. Police say her call to dispatchers came from Anderson, where she had traveled after the killings happened.

Non Profits Benefit From Community Fund Generosity

The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. awarded $597,500 to 14 non-profit organizations during the first Quarterly Competitive Grant cycle of 2021. Distributions are given to the community in the form of grants to non-profit organizations and agencies. To date, more than $57 million has been awarded to enrich the lives of the residents of Muncie and Delaware County.

YMCA Of Muncie Launching Fundraising Campaign

The YMCA of Muncie is launching its annual fundraising campaign on February 24, via Zoom, to help ensure everyone in the community has access to vital community programs and resources – especially during these challenging times This year, the YMCA of Muncie hopes to raise $215,000, which will support early childhood education, outdoor education, chronic disease prevention and safety around water programming.

Monday, 2/22/2021 Woof Boom Radio Morning news

Road to recovery.  About 6 months ago, Eli Burke from Yorktown was injured at a race in Indiana.  Saturday, the 7 year old competed in the KTM Junior Supercross in Orlando.  His dad reported on Facebook, “there was a four bike pile up at the end of the start and Eli was in it. Someone tipped over and he just couldn’t get stopped.  Rode hard after the wreck to finish 13th. He was smiling from ear to ear the entire night.”  







Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc. Sean Brennen, Public Relations Manager wrote to WLBC News, “So glad to see Eli back on the bike.”

A Johns Hopkins doctor says he believes COVID-19 will be “mostly gone” by April, saying herd immunity could be reached by then, allowing normal life to resume – President Biden stated recently that it might be Christmas before we reach that situation.  Dr. Marty Makary  added in his Op Ed that many scientists are reluctant to publicly acknowledge his conclusions, as public health experts do not want Americans to become complacent in their mitigation efforts – in a series of interviews over the weekend, he DID continue to support the continued vaccination efforts Nationwide.

The Indiana House had three days to regroup after a day marred by walkouts and shouting matches:

Anderson Mayor issues a veto.  WLBC’s Peter Killeen has that story and more, now…

The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. awarded nearly $600,000 to 14 nonprofit organizations during the first Quarterly Competitive Grant cycle of 2021.  Muncie Children’s Museum, Project Leadership, Shafer Leadership Academy, Urban Light CDC , and YWCA Central Indiana were among the latest recipients.

Every member of a school board in Northern California resigned on Friday after a video revealed they mocked parents during a virtual public meeting about reopening schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Daily Mail reported they were caught on video during a meeting saying parents treated teachers as their ‘personal babysitters’ and they only wanted classrooms to re-open so they could smoke pot ‘uninterrupted’.

This week in 1889 in Indiana history:  Benjamin Harrison left his home in Indianapolis to go to Washington, D. C.,  to take the oath as the 23rd President of the United States.

Are there any left?  Saturday, 1,000 general admission tickets for the Muncie Burris and Blackford boys basketball game this Wednesday, at Ball State’s Worthen Arena went on sale.  The game will feature two of East Central Indiana’s top boys basketball players in Blackford’s Luke Brown, who is currently fifth on the state’s all-time leading scorers list, and Burris’ senior Grant Jones, a four-year starter who is approaching 1,000 points on his career.

The investigation continues:  WLBC’s Peter Killeen has that, and more now

The NCAA said Friday they will allow fans at March Madness this year. Rob Connett reports on the limitations.

Improvements for the Kenmore Neighborhood Underground Construction project will close some streets starting today, according to the Muncie city engineer’s office.  AEP will do work for underground lines.  Partial closing of West Jackson Street at Riley Road is supposed to happen today.  See the entire plan below:

Riley Road closed from Jackson to Main Street until March 26.

Intersection of Riley Road and West Main Street closed March 19-26

West Main Street closed from Riley Road to Alden Road, March 19-April 9

Alden Road closed from West Main Street to West Gilbert Street, April 2-July 2

Alden Road closed from West Gilbert Street to West North Street, April 2-July 2

Alden Road closed from West North Street to University Avenue, April 2-July 2

Alden Road closed from West University Avenue to West Ashland Avenue, April 2-July 2

Alden Road closed from West Ashland Avenue to West Beechwood Avenue, April 2-July 2

Partially closing West Jackson Street at Riley Road March 26-July 9

Several area swimmers have advanced to the State Finals in Indy this coming weekend.  Best of luck to all.

Toro is recalling around 6,700 Toro Power Max 826 OHAE Snowthrowers with the model number 37802 because of an amputation hazard, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.  They were sold by Home Depot, Ace Hardware and Toro authorized dealers between November 2020 and January 2021. 

Unity in Our Community presents Love Fest: Celebrating our Firsts.  According to the Facebook page for the group R.A.C.E., the event will showcase community trailblazers who were the first in job position, community action, academic achievement, and more. If you know of a first, please share.   RSVP for the event this Saturday, or send questions to 765-876-8055 – text or call.

The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. awarded nearly $600,000 to 14 nonprofit organizations during the first Quarterly Competitive Grant cycle of 2021.  A Better Way Services, Inc., Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie, Cardinal Greenway Inc., Cornerstone Center for the Arts, and Greater Muncie Indiana Habitat for Humanity, Inc., were among the latest recipients.

Love em or hate em, there’s no denying that advertising jingles have been a part of marketing culture for a very long time.   To explore the staying power of advertising jingles, Quality Logo Products recently surveyed 735 U.S. consumers.  The repetitive jingle for Liberty Mutual tops both the most hated and the most annoying lists — but is also in the top 10 for the most catchy.

Muncie Police need help from public

We now know more about a story WLBC’s Peter Killeen told you about first on Friday: it was three men from Michigan that were found dead in a Muncie apartment.    Autopsies will be done this weekend.   Anyone with information was asked to call Muncie police detectives at 765-747-4867 or Muncie Crime Stoppers at 765-286-4050.