Condos Coming To Former County Courts And Justice Center

Construction has begun downtown on the site of the former Delaware County Courts and Justice center. MuncieJournal.com reports the renovated building, when completed, will include 148 indoor parking spots and 15 luxury condos. Delaware County turned the building over to the City of Muncie for development after moving the courts to their new location on the southside of Muncie.

Tuesday, 11/30/2021 Woof Boom Radio morning news

Yesterday stats from IUBMH in Muncie:  of the 68 in patient COVID cases, 9 are under the age of 50, and 18 of the total are in ICU.  That is a marked increase as compared to early in the month of November.


State Rep. Sue Errington (D-Muncie) will host a Community Talking Circle in Muncie Monday (Dec. 6) to hear public feedback on legalizing medical cannabis in Indiana.  Last week, the Indiana State Democratic Party announced its support to legalize pot and its intent to push for recreational use for those 21 and older.  The gathering is Monday, December 6 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM (ET) at Pizza King on Macedonia Ave., Muncie.


Muncie welcomed a 9th family last week, according to a social media post for The Muncie Afghan Refugee Resettlement Committee.  27 new neighbors need help from Volunteers willing to help with having homes ready, to Drivers to bring New Neighbors to local appointments.   There’s an email and website posted on our Local News Page this morning.   MARRCFundraising@gmail.com if you can help.  https://www.awakeninc.org/marrc


Today is Giving Tuesday – a day to consider making a donation of money or time to your favorite not for profit.  Many have special offers, and some have generous matching donations to make your donation count even more – search website or social media for trusted agencies that you wish to support.


Indiana history:  this week in 1942,  Gas rationing went into effect across the nation.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Americans to conserve fuel and rubber for use in World War II.


70 grand raised for Teachers.  The annual Anderson Mayor’s Ball set a record for funds raised.  Since it started, the ball has raised $235,000.  The Herald Bulletin said the deadline for teachers to submit applications was Nov. 15, and the 45 applications could all be funded, with remaining money to be used in 2023.


Yesterday at about this time, we had an active Silver Alert from Noblesville – just before 2 p.m., Jayla Breland had been located.


The Alexandria BMV is changing their hours:  they will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday effective immediately.  That also means the branch no longer will close at lunchtime.  The staff in Alex will be shared with Tipton, where they are assigned to work on Tuesday and Thursday.  The changes are among several made recently statewide by the BMV, including the recent closure of the Pendleton branch.


As we reported last week, Scott Alexander is running for Republican nomination for State Senate in the 26th district.  The newly drawn District played a part in his decision to run.  He wrote to WLBC Radio News that he was, “approached by many, including current senator Mike Gaskill and past senator Doug Eckerty, about running for this seat.” He is President of the Delaware County Council, now in his third term, and says he will stay in the seat as he runs for Senate – if he wins, a caucus would choose his replacement.


Today is the final day for special pricing for the Yorktown Four for the Fourth run/walk event.  Set for Monday, July 4, 2022.  Just $17.76 per runner – the link is on our Local News page this morning.  https://runsignup.com/Race/IN/Yorktown/444th?rsus=100-200-404089ad-bb66-40b2-aa6c-b4cbcf29b00c


Anderson Elementary: 1,706 pairs of socks donated by students during Socktober.  The Herald Bulletin reported that Principal Buchanan will get covered in silly string, AES bookkeeper Donna Sloss will have to kiss a pig, six male staff members will have 30 whipped cream pies thrown in their faces.   One Teacher said she’d dye her hair blue, unfortunately they feel just shy of that goal.  All of the socks donated during the sock drive were donated to the Christian Center.

Anderson’s Mayor’s Ball Sets Fundraising Record

The annual Mayor’s Ball in Anderson raised a record amount of money earmarked for local teachers. Five years ago, Mayor Thomas Broderick Jr. began using the funds from the annual event to provide grants to local teachers for special projects. The Herald Bulletin reports since its inception, the charity ball has raised $235,000 to be awarded to local teachers. This time around it raised $70,000.

Muncie Man Sentenced In Residential Robbery Case

A Muncie man gets time served for his part in a home invasion from nearly four years ago. Police say 49 year old Brian Matthews took part in a residential robbery near Thomas Park back in 2018. The people inside, two men and a woman, were held at gunpoint and robbed of cash and various items, according to the Muncie paper.

MSO Holiday Pops Concert Saturday

Muncie Symphony Orchestra is inviting families to ring in the holiday season during its Indiana Trust Pops Series “Holiday Pops” concert on Saturday, Dec. 4. MuncieJournal.com reports “Holiday Pops” will feature a mix of modern and classic Christmas songs, including selections from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Polar Express,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “White Christmas,” and more. It starts at 7:30pm that night.

Monday, 11/29/2021 Woof Boom Radio morning news

Back to work, back to school – and maybe more shopping.  Today is Cyber Monday – when retailers use their digital platforms to add to their holiday opening weekend sales figures.  Many local retailers also have online portals – and Chambers and other area supporters are encouraging you to consider supporting those businesses, before you go to the chain stores.  Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, a day created for not for profits to ask for your support – usually digitally but one in-person chance to help is at the Red Kettles for the Salvation Army – from tomorrow through Dec. 4, cash donations will be doubled thanks to a generous $10,000 matching gift from a local supporter.


There’s no mention of the new Omicron variant yet, but COVID-19 continues to be on the rise according to a social media post from a local health department.   In Delaware County,  47.3% of the county’s eligible population are vaxxed.  Visit OurShot.in.gov or call 211.


The Circle of Lights is back, after a pandemic cancellation last year.  Indianapolis still transformed the Soldiers and Sailors Monument into a gigantic Christmas tree last year, but without the thousands of spectators who traditionally fill Monument Circle to watch the lights flick on.  Friday, many braved a cold night to take in the festivities.


Cops are still trying to figure out what happened when 44 year old Dustin Porter of Alexandria was struck and killed by a vehicle on Nov. 11 on Ind. 32, east of the intersection with County Road 675.  Later that same day, deputies found his car elsewhere.  Maj. Joey Cole with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department said the accident remains under investigation.  According to a press release, at the time of the accident Porter was walking in the traffic lane on the north side of the state highway.


If you’re looking for trees near Muncie Central – no go for a second year.  As we have previously reported, the Kiwanis canceled their Christmas tree lot again this year – this time mostly because they couldn’t find trees from suppliers.  They are selling nuts and pretzels instead, to fund their kids programs.  While there were still some concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the biggest issue was that trees are not available.


It’s beginning to look a little like golf season:  Anderson Board of Parks and Recreation took the two bids under advisement on Wednesday for 55 new golf carts for Grandview.  Once the winning bid is approved, the existing carts will either be used as trade-ins or sold at auction.


Red near here.  Grant and Jay counties are in the Red on the weekly COVID map, but the largest concentration of Reds is in six northeast Indiana counties.   Red is the most serious of virus spread on the state’s map. The vast majority of the state are in the Orange designation.  Due to the holiday, the state will not release the next set of updated numbers until later today.


He stole a semi – but ISP got him.  Over the weekend near West Lafayette,  they tried stop sticks after 33 year old Jonathan Cain hit a couple of cars and kept going.   He eventually left Interstate 65 into the rest park and went off the road. After he failed the field sobriety test they measured he had a blood alcohol content of .095%.


Wednesday, troopers working from the Indiana State Police Peru Post conducted a saturation patrol targeting aggressive and impaired drivers on I-69, U.S. 31, State Road 37, and U.S.24.  40 traffic citations and 118 written warnings were issued – 31 were for speeding. They also made five criminal arrests and arrested one impaired driver.


Procter & Gamble is recalling certain aerosol spray cans of Secret and Old Spice antiperspirants because they contain benzene, a chemical known to cause cancer.   All of their other products are safe, says the FDA.  Anyone with questions can contact  888-339-7689 from Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.


Heroes And Helpers Making A Comeback

Heroes and Helpers,” which partners local police and emergency responders with kids for Christmas shopping is back on for 2021. It’s happening 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the south Muncie Walmart store, 1501 E. 29th St. The program is sponsored by Muncie Crime Stoppers, will allow 50 to 80 children to each go on a $100 shopping trip with local first responders.

Muncie Man Charged With Selling Drugs To Informants

Authorities say not once, but twice, Khiry Hakeen White Sr. of Muncie, sold meth to informants with the Muncie-Delaware County Drug Task Force. The Muncie paper reports the 31-year-old Muncie man was arrested this week, when officers also served a search warrant at his home in the 1600 block of West 15th Street.

Small Business Saturday In Muncie

Small Business Saturday is happening tomorrow in Muncie and across the country. Locally, more than 100 local businesses and entrepreneurs will be gearing up their stores or setting up booths across town on Nov. 27the offering unique items you can’t get anywhere else, while lending important financial support to local retailers.