We’re promised it will be more civil. The first of two debates among the candidates for Indiana governor is tonight at 7 p.m. WLBC plans to carry the debate Live, anchored by Steve Lindell.
Another in our series of stories saluting the winners of awards at the Muncie Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting last week – the Outstanding Contributions to Education award, for the partnership between BSU and MCS, was received by Jim Williams, Muncie Community School Board President
The Delaware County Prosecutor filed formal charges on 7 felony counts yesterday against 24 year old Antonio Riviera-Manship. He is currently being held in the Delaware County Jail under a $160,000 bail. On October 8, MPD responded for a call of a 3-year-old boy who was ultimately air lifted to Riley Children’s Hospital due to the severity of his injuries, alleged to have been caused by the suspect.
The Indianapolis Colts will allow up to 12,500 fans to attend the Nov. 8 game against the Baltimore Ravens, the team announced Monday. The attendance number for the game was determined after discussions with the Marion County Public Health Department and were set to meet local, NFL, and CDC coronavirus guidelines.
With the “NOW normal” of high school athletics, and limitations on attendance this season, Radio stations like The MSS from Woof Boom Radio have experimented with streaming video to accompany their Radio broadcasts – not any more. Yesterday, a notification sent said, “The IHSAA will be exercising their right to video exclusivity at all four locations of the Soccer Semi-State and all four locations of the Volleyball Semi-State. No other video broadcaster will be permitted, however, if capacity is available, a radio broadcaster may submit an application to do audio only.”
The jury trial for a Gas City woman, accused of murdering her stepdaughter last year, began yesterday. 34-year-old Amanda Carmack is accused of the strangulation death of 10-year-old Skylea Carmack. The six other children told police that Carmack was physically abusive to them. Carmack attempted to use mental illness as a defense, but she was found competent to stand trial back in January.
The Supreme Court said Monday that it will hear a challenge to the Trump administration’s use of Pentagon money to build the southern border wall and also its appeal of a ruling that blocked the sending of asylum seekers to Mexico while they wait for their appeals to be heard.
A publication called Your Black World News reported yesterday, that recent harassment and racial slurs could force Jeannine Lee Lake to suspend in-person campaigning. She has also reportedly written “I WILL NOT QUIT” on her Facebook page as recently as mid last week. The Muncie Police Department is currently investigating what was reported as shots fired downtown last week, though no evidence has been recovered. If you have any information about the alleged shots fired, or any other harassment of Lake, please call MPD at 765-747-7878.
The handoff of the new Delaware County Jail is slated to happen in mid November, reports the Star Press. That would put the project right on time. Work has been taking place to turn the former Wilson Middle School into a 500 bed jail, costing the county around $3 million a year for twenty years. Court and law enforcement offices have to be moved out of the downtown Justice Center.
The Muncie company that was raided last week and its owner arrested on immigration related charges was planning a move to Yorktown. The Star Press reports as part of an abatement application, All Steel reported that it would be moving its Muncie operations, including 48 workers — 32 of whom were minorities — to the Yorktown facility on Ind. 332. Unknown whether the arrest of owner Ignacio Chavez-Castillo will alter those plans.
Financial aid professionals from all across Indiana will be volunteering to help collegebound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday. The event is set for 2 p.m. (EDT), October 25th, 2020. The free program assists Indiana students in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information about College Goal Sunday visit CollegeGoalSunday.org.
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GOOD news to start your day, an actual CONCERT happened! With what some are calling the “now-normal,” singers Levi Driskill, and Uncle Kracker performed a live in-person concert in Winchester Saturday night. The Hummel Drive In sold car-load passes, for safe and socially distanced fun.
Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued the following statement after allegations that Congressional candidate Jeannine Lee Lake has been the repeated target of rising threats and racist messages, as reported in the Muncie newspaper. “We stand with Jeannine and against the racist threats deployed to intimidate and silence her. We cannot and will not tolerate this ugly style of coercion and we call on the Indiana Republican Party and Congressman Pence to join us in condemning it.” The paper included a statement from Greg Pence not only condemning such actions, he asked the Delaware County Prosecutor to investigate. Eric Hoffman, for his part explained in a release last week stating that investigations are a matter of law enforcement, and are out of his purview.
The Yorktown Council will meet today at 5:30 p.m. Among the agenda items, resolutions regarding the Library Budget, Reimbursement from CARES Act Funding, Establishment of CARES Act Fund, and more.
The rule saving Hoosiers from utility shut-offs expires today. The Indy Star reported that not every utility plans to stop offering extended payment plans so soon. Vectren, Duke Energy and others will continue similar policies – it is always best to contact those that you owe, and make payment arrangements before the due date.
Recently, there was a $58 million request is state money for BSU building renovations. This, on the heels of a recent staff reduction
President Geoffrey Means from last Thursday, in the WLBC Zoom Room with Steve Lindell.
An update now on a WLBCland athletic director from WANE-TV. Tony Uggen found out he was COVID positive on Aug. 31. Sept. 3 he went to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and found out he had COVID-related pneumonia in all five lobes of his lungs, all in all, he spent 26 days in the hospital, including nine days in the ICU. He said since he’s been home from the hospital he’s seen “crazy improvement.” His biggest piece of advice is to take the virus seriously and wear a mask. “An article I read said the masks will help 17% reduce your chances. I know 17%, is not very much, but if that would have prevented me from going through what I’m doing right now, I’ll wear 10 masks.”
Today marks the beginning of the Strong Challenge from the Muncie Family YMCA. From Friday’s Wake Up Crew, here’s Steve Lindell as he heard the Facebook Live from the Y
We could not identify the speaker – he was masked up.
Democratic nominee for governor Woody Myers says Indiana should resume restrictions on bars and restaurants, and not stop there
Gov. Holcomb says he’ll reevaluate the lifting of capacity restrictions again next week, but says the explosion of new cases has mainly come not from bars, but from family gatherings where people refuse to wear masks or observe social distancing.
POET bio refinery in Madison County is about to undergo a $25 million renovation as the facility converts from the production of ethanol to industrial alcohol used in the fight against COVID-19. South Dakota-based POET says it will break ground Thursday on what the biofuels company calls a significant expansion of its plant in Alexandria.
We begin a series of stories today, about the honorees at last week’s Muncie Chamber annual dinner meeting and awards. The Spirit of Small Business award went to Hillcroft Services
Debbie Bennett, President and CEO.
The driver of a pickup truck that crashed near Pendleton was taken by helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital early Saturday morning. Madison County sheriff’s department, said the person was driving on county road 500 South when the pickup left the north side of the road, rolled several times before striking a utility pole. The driver was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, suffering multiple injuries. There were no other occupants of the pickup and no witnesses of the crash.
Were shots fired last week in downtown Muncie? Democratic candidate for the 6th District Congressional seat thought so – but as of a Saturday morning release from the Muncie Police Department, the on-going investigation has shown no evidence. The Muncie newspaper cited sources that claimed to believe that several bullets had flown over her car – though it is not known how someone could see bullets in flight. They are asking anyone with information to contact the MPD. 765-747-4867.
Details regarding that raid of a Muncie business last week are being released. Donnie Burgess reports
You’ve heard about contact tracing being an effective way to fight the coronavirus, but if people don’t cooperate, the state department of health says that makes the spread of coronavirus worse.
Adding more coronavirus precautions for Tuesday’s Indiana Governor debate?
NBC reports that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Sunday accused President Donald Trump of inciting “domestic terrorism.” The President has gone on record countless times, denouncing hate groups, and well as what he calls the “radical left.”
Chris Wallace said Friday on Fox News that Facebook, and Twitter limits on Hunter Biden story smack of ‘Big Brother,’ and that he’s got a “real problem” with limiting users from sharing a controversial New York Post article on Hunter Biden.
One less, 5 more: since the Friday update at IUBMH, there are currently 47 positive COVID inpatients (one fewer), with 22 pending test results (5 more), and 75% capacity of ICU beds.
On Thursday evening at a Muncie Chamber event. Dr. Jeff Bird told those gathered, that be believed that day, that IUBMH had the most COVID inpatients of any hospital in the state of Indiana. He did not cite his source, but it was believed to be via the Indiana Hospital Association.
The owner of All Steel Carports, Ignacio Chavez-Castillo, has been arrested on charges that he conspired to “entice and harbor illegal aliens to work for him and laundered money through personal and company bank accounts. The Star Press reports federal agents allege that the vast majority of his employees are illegal aliens, brought here to work at All Steel.
A guilty verdict for a Muncie man charged with a hammer attack on a woman. 46 year old Corey Garrett was convicted of attempted murder. Authorities had alleged that Garrett struck Sharika Taylor multiple times outside her West Jackson Street home in September of last year. Sentencing is set for November 16th.
YWCA Central Indiana is proud to celebrate the success of their 2020 Put Yourself In Her H.E.E.L.S. virtual event. In the midst of a global pandemic, YWCA staff and board members were concerned with the outcome of a fundraising event, but they were determined to continue making a difference in the lives of women and children. Organizers say they managed to meet their $20,000 fundraising goal.