Second Harvest Tailgate Draws Huge Crowd

It was bumper to bumper in the Muncie Mall parking lot Thursday as drivers waited in line for the Second Harvest Food Bank tailgate event. Usually those tailgates attract around 250 cars, but according to Second Harvest officials, that number jumped to between 400 and 500.

Why Is That Big Christmas Tree Lit?

Under the direction of Meridian Health Services, and with the partnership of Jay Crew Landscaping and Indiana Michigan Power, Muncie’s tallest Christmas tree was lit again last night. The tree will remain lit every night from dusk until dawn as a symbol of community hope and collaboration in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

New Numbers On Coronavirus In Indiana

State health officials reported three more deaths from COVID-19, raising the state’s total to 17 deaths and incressing the number of cases to nearly 650 statewide. Indiana’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases grew by 170 to 645 across the state late Wednesday, following corrections to the state’s previously reported total cases. The state health commissioner said she’s seeing “positive movements” in availability of ICU beds and ventilators in Indiana.

Indy 500 Postponed

Coronavirus leaves another mark in the world of sports. The Indianapolis 500 has been postponed until August because of the pandemic and won’t run on Memorial Day weekend. It’s the first time that’s happened since 1946. Organizers say the race will instead be held Aug. 23, three months later than its May 24 scheduled date.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 Briefs

Town business continues as usual in Yorktown.  Manager Pete Olson told us yesterday, the best way to contact  — is by email or phone.  They will arrange for an appointment in special cases, but are trying to abide by the Governor’s order.

Today is day 2 of the two week “stay home” order by Governor Eric Holcomb.  Traffic seems much lighter, and many are limiting much activity to try to slow the spread of the virus.

In a story we told you about first – two weeks ago, about 4,000 families were helped  this week when Muncie Community Schools delivered meals to students and families on Monday after 22 new distribution sites were added, and bused out to the new locations.

The Indiana Attorney General’s office is asking you to do homework before making donations, make sure a charity is legitimate, recognize the signs of a charity scam and report if they have been scammed by a fake COVID-19-related charity.  Scams can be reported to the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. Additional information regarding the Office’s Consumer Protection Division is also available at 1-800-382-5516.

Conducted March 20-22, the online survey by Nielson shows consumers hold radio in high regard with 60% of Adults 18+ saying they trust radio to give timely information about the coronavirus. Importantly, 83% of American adults also report spending the same or more time with radio as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Indiana Teachers are thankful for some help coming their way.  District 35 State Representative Melanie Wright, who is also a teacher, appreciates the efforts by Governor Eric Holcomb.

Congressman Jim Banks has announced that the annual Service Academy Day, scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2020, at the Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base, is postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Congresswoman Susan Brooks spoke to Woof Boom Radio yesterday, and spoke of the determination and sacrifice of Hoosiers, and our small business community.  Today is day 2 of the two week stay at home plea by Governor Eric Holcomb.

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) yesterday at their 10 a.m. briefing,  reported 115 new positive cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 477 the total number of Hoosiers diagnosed following corrections to the previous day’s total. Fourteen Hoosiers have died.  A total of 3,356 tests have been reported to ISDH to date, up from 2,931 on Monday.

It is clearly a tough time for small businesses, and Yorktown is no different.  Town Manager Pete Olson is hopeful that Washington DC works together quickly for relief.

Despite restrictions on how nonessential businesses are to operate, the Madison County COVID-19 Task Force is dealing with that not in compliance.  Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, along with Madison County, has provided guidelines for nonessential businesses to remain open by offering carryout or delivery options and to limit public access to their buildings.

The Herald Bulletin reports there will first be a verbal warning, then a written warning by letter and finally up to a $2,500 fine imposed by the Madison County Board of Commissioners in their emergency declaration.

In a story we told you about first – two weeks ago, about 4,000 families were helped  this week when Muncie Community Schools delivered meals to students and families on Monday after 22 new distribution sites were added, and bused out to the new locations.

The Indiana Attorney General’s office is asking you to do homework before making donations, make sure a charity is legitimate, recognize the signs of a charity scam and report if they have been scammed by a fake COVID-19-related charity.  Scams can be reported to the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. Additional information regarding the Office’s Consumer Protection Division is also available at 1-800-382-5516.

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) yesterday at their 10 a.m. briefing,  reported 115 new positive cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 477 the total number of Hoosiers diagnosed following corrections to the previous day’s total. Fourteen Hoosiers have died.  A total of 3,356 tests have been reported to ISDH to date, up from 2,931 on Monday.

Indiana Teachers are thankful for some help coming their way.  District 35 State Representative Melanie Wright, who is also a teacher, appreciates the efforts by Governor Eric Holcomb.

Despite restrictions on how nonessential businesses are to operate, the Madison County COVID-19 Task Force is dealing with those not in compliance.  Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, along with Madison County, has provided guidelines for nonessential businesses to remain open by offering carryout or delivery options and to limit public access to their buildings.

The Herald Bulletin reports there will first be a verbal warning, then a written warning by letter and finally up to a $2,500 fine imposed by the Madison County Board of Commissioners in their emergency declaration.  There is also a concern with the inmate population at the Madison County Jail and in all counties – if there were to be an outbreak there, it would be difficult to contain.

Conducted March 20-22, the online survey by Nielson shows consumers hold radio in high regard with 60% of Adults 18+ saying they trust radio to give timely information about the coronavirus. Importantly, 83% of American adults also report spending the same or more time with radio as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Congressman Jim Banks has announced that the annual Service Academy Day, scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2020, at the Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base, is postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.

The Indiana Attorney General’s office is asking you to do homework before making donations, make sure a charity is legitimate, recognize the signs of a charity scam and report if they have been scammed by a fake COVID-19-related charity.  Scams can be reported to the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. Additional information regarding the Office’s Consumer Protection Division is also available at 1-800-382-5516.  If reached by phone, do not agree to donate money without further research into the organization.   Do not share personal information or financial information in response to unsolicited emails, texts or phone calls.  Go to a charity’s verified website and consider donating directly through the website. Legitimate donation websites should begin with “https” rather than just “http.”

Secretary of State Connie Lawson, and the leadership of Indiana’s major political parties, the Indiana Election Commission has issued an order making it easier for Hoosiers to vote in the June 2nd Primary Election.

Muncie Man Found With Loaded Gun, Drugs During Traffic Stop

A Muncie man was allegedly caught with guns and drugs during a traffic stop in Madison County. 20 year old Spelmon Allen was pulled over on Ind. 67 for reportedly going 68 in a 45. Police say they found a loaded ,22-caliber handgun in a back-seat pocket near Allen, and a backpack containing 27 Oxycontin pills, more than an ounce of marijuana.

BSU Residence Hall Population Down To 108

Ball State Unversity’s residence halls can hold about 6.600 on a regular school day. As of Wednesday morning, there were 108 students on campus. Those students got permission to stay because they may be international, homeless, or housing insecure, or might not have a safe place to go at this time. According to the Star Press, students are consolidated into the one building in single-room accommodations.

Delaware County Coronavirus Count At Seven

The coronavirus count in Delaware County ha reached seven according to the county Health Department . The three new positive tests , plus, one of the seven cases resulted in a person’s death. The Star Press reports the Delaware County coroner’s office announced Monday morning it had been made aware of another possible COVID-19-related death in Delaware County, but the cause of death has not been confirmed as officials await official testing.

Cases Climb As Stay-At-Home Order Takes Effect

The new state at home order takes effect Wednesday as state health officials predicted that the state’s rapid jump in coronavirus cases will only go up. Indiana saw its number of confirmed COVID-19 cases grow to 365 on Tuesday — more than 12 times what state health officials reported a week earlier. Indiana’s coronavirus-related deaths have gone from two to 12 during that time.