Honors For Former MCHS Student

Former Muncie Central High School student and 2021 Delaware County Fair Queen 1st Runner-Up Taegan Carpenter was recently awarded the highly competitive Boren Scholarship. The Boren Scholarship is an initiative of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office of the US Department of Defense. Winners receive up to $25,000 for study abroad in areas critical to national security. Carpenter will be studying for one year in Taiwan to improve her Mandarin language skills.

Thursday, May 12, 2022 WBR Morning News

An inscription on the memorial stone in front of the Indiana State Police Peru Post reads, “We Will Remember Them”. Yesterday that promise was kept when people gathered at the Indiana State Police Peru Post as they paid tribute to the 47 ISP employees who have died in the line of duty since the department’s inception in 1933.  The memorial services let the families of the fallen know that the sacrifice made by them, and their departed loved ones will never be forgotten.  For a complete listing of those who died in the line of duty, visit www.in.gov/isp


Free food plans from Second Harvest Food Bank – today 10:00 AM at Muncie Mall,  and tomorrow 10 a.m. in the Old Kmart Parking Lot in Anderson.  Volunteers always needed at the Tailgates, and in the Warehouse.


A sixth-grade student at a Lawrence Township elementary school was arrested Wednesday morning after bringing a loaded weapon into the building.  Nobody was injured in the incident.  The spokesperson told WTHR the student was removed from the building and won’t return to the school.


Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) plans to upgrade the electric transmission network in northwest Muncie beginning in summer 2023 and concluding late 2024 – replacing aging poles and wires that date back to the 1960s with modern equipment. The press release says additional details are available at IndianaMichiganPower.com/TillotsonAvenue.


After a two-year hiatus, the Broad Ripple Art Fair returns with a 50th anniversary celebration! Nearly 15,000 people are expected to visit the outdoor festival hosted by the Indianapolis Art Center during two days packed with visual art, music and food. At the Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E. 67th St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday.


A total lunar eclipse will be visible from the Midwest from late Sunday night to the early hours of Monday morning.  The Indy Star says it’ll last from 11:29 p.m. Sunday to 12:54 a.m. Monday.   To get the best view, a pair of binoculars or even a small telescope would do, but they’re not necessary.  This  eclipse is sometimes known as a “blood moon” due to its orangey-red hue, though Brian Murphy, director of Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium at Butler University, specified that term is not used in astronomy.  The last one visible in Indiana was on Jan. 21, 2019.


Ball State PBS is one of five public broadcast media stations across the United States chosen to participate, and receive $12,000 in funding, in the Ready to Learn Podcast Accelerator—a podcast training program on the development of new educational on-demand audio programming for children and their caregivers.


The Journal Gazette says that the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Council has bought a PepsiCo warehouse for $4.5 million dollars.  PepsiCo plans to sell the warehouse to free up $19 million in a new investment to build a new distribution center close to the Fort Wayne airport.

City of Carmel has a public art sculpture unveiling ceremony of a new stone sculpture that will be installed at the intersection of Main Street and Veterans Way in the Arts & Design District, Saturday, May 14 at 5 p.m. during Allied Solutions’ Meet Me on Main event.  Head to Main Street and Veterans Way, next to the Carmel Chocolate Café.


Community Scan Day Upcoming In Muncie

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. MuncieJournal.com 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.

Ball Foundation Earmarks $400K For Muncie Children’s Museum Campaign

The George and Frances Ball Foundation awarded $400,000 to the Muncie Children’s Museum More to Explore Campaign in 2020, designed to re-imagine and re-invigorate one of the community’s greatest treasures. MuncieJournal.com reports the Muncie Children’s Museum’s first capital campaign in over 25 years will expand some of its long-standing exhibits, while building its endowment and ensuring a future for the next generation.

Wednesday, 5/11/2022 WBR Morning News

A school in Indianapolis has reinstated a mask mandate.  As of Monday this week, Indianapolis Public School’s Center for Inquiry School 84 will require students, staff and visitors to wear masks indoors and on buses.


Attorney General Todd Rokita is leading an 18-state coalition fighting the Biden administration’s latest efforts to derail a Texas law that prohibits abortion when doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat.   The Indiana AG led an 18-state amicus brief filed Monday in the Fifth District U.S. Court of Appeals.


As our weather has heated up a little, let’s talk Christmas!  Honeywell Arts & Entertainment announced the addition of two holiday shows to the Honeywell Center entertainment lineup. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas – Sunday, Dec. 18, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Deck the Halls with Disney featuring DCappella – Thursday, Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m. – both at their venue in Wabash Indiana.


The Mid-American Conference announced its weekly Player and Pitcher of the Week -Tyler Schweitzer was named the MAC Co-Pitcher of the Week after a stellar outing on the mound for Ball State.  BSU returns to action on Friday, May 13, for their final home series of the season. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.


At the 11th hour — the Indianapolis 500 will have 33 cars taking the green flag on race day. Stefan Wilson will pilot a car as part of a brand new partnership between Cusick Motorsports and DragonSpeed.  The Race is LIVE on WLBC Sunday May 29.


Some families may find they need to move their basketball goals after the Frankton Town Council on Monday voted to pass on first reading an ordinance that would require them to be kept off the streets and sidewalks.  The council is scheduled for a final vote on the matter at its next meeting 6 p.m. June 13.


It’s a sold out event for the 12th annual Rialzo for Meridian Health Services Saturday.  Hannah Dunkel says preregistering this week will allow you more time to enjoy the event…  Gov. Holcomb will finally receive the Spirit of Meridian award – delayed by a couple of years by COVID cancellations.


Anderson’s citywide cleanup campaign is returning Saturday, May 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the city providing gloves and trash bags.  The Anderson Police Department is providing a free lunch for volunteers at the 25th Street location starting at noon.  Athletic Park will be open at 8 a.m. with vendors on hand to collect tires, paint and TVs for a fee.  The city will also once again be offering heavy pick up service, limited to two items.  The deadline to be placed on the pick-up list is Friday, May 20th at 2 p.m. Call 765- 648-6445.


Pace car news:  Sarah Fisher will bring the 2023 Chevy Corvette 70th Anniversary Edition Pace Car to life on Indy 500 Race Day.  The 32nd time Chevy has paced the 500.


The Indiana Run For The Fallen is this weekend.  Stops in our area will be from Saturday morning to late Saturday afternoon.   Give the caravan plenty of space, with cops helping with traffic.   A map of the run and the stop schedule can be found on the Indiana Run For The Fallen Facebook page.

Citywide Clean Up Returning In Anderson

After being canceled two years in a row due to the pandemic, the annual Anderson citywide cleanup campaign is returning Saturday, May 21. The Herald Bulletin reports the 35th annual Citywide Cleanup honoring the Rev. J.T. Menifee is returning.
The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the city providing gloves and trash bags.

Boys & Girls Clubs Of Munice Seek Summer Snacks

Area Boys & Girls Club members can go through over 12,000 snacks over the course of the Summer. That’s why they’re running a Snack Drive from May 9th through May 29th. They’re seeking any donations to the Clubs, which can be done by purchasing from our Amazon Wishlist or by donating online and typing SNACKS in the additional information box.

High Court Won’t Hear Killer’s Appeal

The Indiana Court of Appeals won’t hear a final appeal from a man convicted of killing a Muncie woman back in 1993. 70 year old Jess David Woods is trying to overtun to murder conviction in the death of Teresa French. He was hired by French’s then estranged husband to kill her. The 29-year-old was shot to death in the garage of her family’s Cromer Avenue home.

Solar Field Plans Land Before Council

Plans to put a solar field on acres of concrete where a General Motors transmission plant stood has gone before the Muncie City Council. According to the Star Press, The solar array would cover 53 acres above contaminated ground where the former factory stood, with more than 16,000 solar panels initially producing as much as 8,760 kWh of electricity its first year.