Anderson City Council is considering overturning a rezoning denial by the city’s Plan Commission. The Herald Bulletin reports council members voted unanimously on first reading of an ordinance approving a request by Grace House to rezone the former Dove Harbor site for a residential drug rehabilitation center in North Anderson. The Plan Commission in February voted unanimously to deny the rezoning request expressing concerns about locating a substance abuse rehabilitation center across the street from a liquor store and a tavern, increased traffic and crime and the impact on surrounding property values.
Anderson City Council has adopted a resolution asking state lawmakers to not expand the school voucher program. The vote was along party lines and the resolution will now be sent to members of the Indiana General Assembly. According to the Herald Bulletin the two-year state budget approved by the Indiana House would expand the program to 12,000 students in the state at a cost of $125 million. The Indiana Senate budget version reduces the amount to $51 million to serve an additional 4,600 students.
A Muncie man whom police say tried to rob a Taco Bell employee at gunpoint is facing charges. 26 year old Devon Smalley is accused of displaying a handgun when he pulled up to the drive-through window at the restaurant at 2201 S. Madison St. about 12:45 a.m. The Star Press reports the suspect apparently drove away without being given money. Police say Smalley was arrested in a traffic stop in the 3600 block of South Burlington Drive a few hours later.
The Ball State University community and members of the public are cordially invited to attend the 26th annual Ball State Student Symposium. The Muncie Journal reports due to COVID-19 considerations, the 2021 Student Symposium is being conducted virtually, with a digital multimedia exhibit featuring students’ creative and scholarly projects launching Tuesday, April 13. Viewers may browse the exhibits at their leisure through Wednesday, April 28 on the 2021 Student Symposium website.
Josef Newgarden was the quickest in an open Indy 500 test session Friday at I-M-S. He feels some changes made to the cars by IndyCar over the winter will make the racing better this year…We are now 48 days away from the Race. Gov. Eric Holcomb and IMS president Doug Boles joined the IndyCar broadcast on Peacock Friday and said they believe fans will be allowed inside IMS May 30.
With the warmer weather we saw last week, people are getting outdoors, and an off road accident killed 20 year old Chase Lynch of Danville Indiana – just west of Indy. Cops said he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The incident is still under investigation.
A subcommittee of Anderson City Council decided no action will be taken against Councilman Joe Newman related to a complaint about his actions at Soulfest last summer, as reported by the Herald Bulletin over the weekend.
Attention Local Employers: a Free Virtual Workshop Opportunity to learn about Eastern Indiana Works how to leverage change and grow your employees, facilitated by James Mitchell. Tuesday (April 13th) from 2:00–3:30 PM. The link to register is on our Local News page now. https://www.shaferleadership.com/events/ebb-and-flow-leveraging-change-to-grow-your-employees/
Spring brings green grass – and property tax statements! Ed Carrol Jr., the county treasurer told us that Delaware County started sending those out last week, and several banks and credit unions are accepting payments. Both the spring and fall amounts are in your mailbox, but only the first portion is due by May 10.
This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Paul Singleton, Executive Director of the Delaware County Emergency Communications Center sent a note and a thank you video on You Tube late last week. https://youtu.be/Lj83Or82Tco
Two Muncie chances to help, coming soon. During National Volunteer Month this April, the American Red Cross is celebrating the blood, platelet and plasma donors who help fulfill its lifesaving mission and urging healthy individuals to join them in giving. All blood types are needed, but especially those with type O blood. Muncie today from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, and the same location April 22 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Let’s start your Monday with some soft news. OnlyINYourState.com says from this Friday through the 25th of the month, the Lyrid meteor shower will brighten up the skies over the Hoosier state, as well as in much of the North America. The shower peaks in the early morning hours of April 22, and the best time to view the shower is right around 6 a.m., just before the sun comes up and when the radiant point of the shower is at its highest position in the sky.
Billy Joel fans – make it 2022 now. He originally had a Notre Dame Stadium date in 2020, which got pushed back to 2021 due to the pandemic. Now, the concert has been postponed again to June 25, 2022.
That Mount Summit, Indiana pizza place got some statewide attention from Inside Indiana Business over the weekend. 1000 Degree Wood Fired Pizza helps the small town of fewer than 400, swell to ten-fold on weekends.
With the warmer weather and summer storms, roofing scams become more common. This spring, BBB Scam Tracker is already receiving reports of shady “free” roof inspections. Most scams begin with a contractor who “just happens to be in the area.” Research roofing companies before you hire. To learn more about hiring a roofing company, see BBB.org/Roofers.
A new Gold Star Families Memorial Monument (GSFMM) honoring the families of servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military is currently being planned in Indianapolis. The memorial dedication event is 1:30 p.m. May 1. See more information at IndianaGoldStar.org.
A year after proms were canceled and graduations were altered and delayed because of COVID-19, Frankton-Lapel Community Schools and the South Madison Community School Corp. are planning proms and hopeful graduation ceremonies will feature a more traditional format.
Up to $1,500 in rental and/or utility assistance is available to eligible households through the COVID-19 Urgent Need Housing Assistance Program as part of the CARES Act funds. The Herald Bulletin reports information about eligibility can be found by contacting Lelia Kelley at 765-648-6096 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Area Universities received some money. As we told you yesterday, it was a record setting year for One BSU Day. President Mearns explained how the funds will be used. You can SEE that entire WLBC Zoom Room interview now, on the WLBC Newscenter Facebook page.
Upland’s Taylor Athletics Day of Giving on February 24, showing a 30-percent increase in funds raised and a 24-percent jump in individual donors in the second year of the initiative – with 355 total gifts coming in from 315 individuals.
A man who took part in protests and riots in Fort Wayne last year wants charges brought against police. Balin Brake lost an eye after he was hit in the face with a teargas canister in May of last year. He and the ACLU are already suing the city in civil court claiming officers used excessive force in trying to disperse the crowd.
Former Vice President Mike Pence is shifting from politics to books. On Wednesday, Simon and Schuster revealed that the former Indiana governor has signed a double-book deal with the publisher. The first book will be Pence’s autobiography, which at the moment is scheduled to hit book shelves in 2023.
Anderson Paramount Theatre is excited to announce the addition of six live shows to its live schedule in 2021. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, April 16 at 10 a.m., via AndersonParamount.org. These shows are presented in partnership with the Anderson Paramount Theatre and Honeywell Arts & Entertainment.
The chairman of the Delaware-Grant-Madison County chapter of the Indiana Democrat African American Caucus has moved on to become the statewide organization’s president. Lindsay Brown, who was chapter president for four years, was unanimously voted president of the state’s IDAAC a couple of weeks ago, according to the Herald Bulletin.
The Madison County Coroner’s office has released the name of the driver who died in a single-vehicle crash early Thursday morning. The Herald Bulletin said Archie Boyett, 44, Anderson, died as a result of the crash. An autopsy has been scheduled for today at Ascension St. Vincent Anderson Hospital.
How often do you think you sit a day? The American Heart Association says one in four adults are sitting longer than eight hours a day, which can affect both your physical and mental health.
First Choice for Women’s Walk for Life will be a hybrid event this year. They will host it virtually Thursday May 20 thru Saturday May 22. They will hold a live event Saturday May 22 at Mounds State Park at 10am.
Everyone’s talking about masks, shots, and more. WLBC’s Listening – and our guest this morning at 8:50 a.m. is Dr. Lynn Witty from the BSU Healthy Lifestyle Center.
Taylor football has announced that is has added a game against NCAA Division III Wittenberg for Saturday, April 17 at 7:00 pm inside Turner Stadium. TU’s new season finale will now be the 17th and the Trojans will plan to honor their 17-man senior class prior to the game’s start, with a Senior Day ceremony starting at 6:40 pm.
An Anderson man died in a crash Thursday morning. The Madison County Coroner’s office says 44 year old Archie Boyettdied when his vehicle left County Road 300 North and left the south side of the roadway striking and uprooting a tree before coming to a rest. Boyett was pronounced dead at the scene, and a passenger was taken to the hospital.
Henry County Memorial Park is going on the National Register of Historic Places and Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures. There will be an event to mark the announcement at 2 p.m. April 18 in the park at 2221 N. Memorial Drive.
Henry County Memorial Park is the largest living war memorial park in the state of Indiana, according to a release.
A Muncie woman, whose home police had responded to on a battery report, has been charged with five counts of neglect of a dependent over living conditions in her southside apartment. The Star Press reports the incident involving 28 year old Samantha Moore dates back to March 31st at her residence on South Pinewood Drive where officers said they found Moore and her five young children living in filth.