Anderson meal returns: Friday, 9/17/2021 Woof Boom Radio morning news

After a one-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, plans are moving forward for the return of the traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner in Anderson.  Several changes for the sake of COVID safety: the meal preps will be taking place at the Anderson Zion Baptist Church.  Organizer, and WHBU Radio show host James Warner told the Herald Bulletin Volunteers should be vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days before Thanksgiving.  They hope to raise $20,000 for the annual meal including turkey, deserts and all the side dishes.  Donations can be mailed to: Gospel Highlights, P.O. Box 3066, Anderson, IN, 46018. Checks made payable to Thanksgiving Day Dinner.  Photo credit: The Herald Bulletin.

The decision not to heed the vaccine requirement at IU health has consequences. Chris Davis reports

This week, some volleyball teams had their Senior Nights already, and IHSAA Commissioner Paul Neittig told us about another sport even deeper into their season

Tonight, it’s football night – with homecoming games at Anderson, as well as Yorktown – the Tigers will be the game of the week on the new 92-5 FM, 1340 AM and, plus Woof Boom Radio T.V., free on YouTube – pregame at 7 p.m.

He wants to be tried separately.   Muncie police officer Jeremy Gibson charged in a federal investigation of excessive force allegations wants to be tried separately from his co-defendants.  He is one of four officers set to stand trial Jan. 24.  The Muncie paper writes that several of those counts involve officer Chase Winkle, accused of “kicking, punching, knee-striking and using a taser without justification, (resulting) in bodily injury to the arrestees.”  The U.S. District Court Judge has not scheduled a hearing on Gibson’s motion.  Gibson has also filed a motion asking that one of the three charges against him be dismissed.

Fourteen Indiana colleges will waive application fees during Indiana’s College Application Week, Sept. 20 – 24.  Another 25 colleges have no application fees, according to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.  The following colleges in our area report having free applications year-round:  Anderson University, Indiana Wesleyan, Ivy Tech Community College, Taylor University and University of Indianapolis.

Plans are coming together for the next Muncie Arts Walk, October 7th in downtown Muncie.  Mad Jax, downtown merchants and any others making plans should feel free to email press releases to

Tomorrow is a busy day in the area for Music and events:  the MSO has the music of Billy Joel at Emens – masks required.  Saturday in Yorktown is the 5 p.m. homecoming parade, plus music at Civic Green at 7 p.m., sponsored by WLBC.

First Choice for Women is the September WLBC Hometown Hero of the Month, and Kailee McKnight, Executive Director is pleased to be back in some schools to help young people

Their banquet fundraiser is October 7th at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie.  Tickets at

Boil Water Advisory For Parts Of Southside Muncie

Parts of Muncie’s southside were placed under a 24-hour boil water advisory as valves are being replaced Thursday at 22nd Street and Mock Avenue, along with Mock Avenue and 21st Street. According to the Star Press the project began at 9 a.m., and those in the area might also experience service interruption or low water pressure. The repairs are expected to take eight hours to complete.

Muncie Police Officer Wants His Own Trial

A Muncie police officer charged in a federal probe of excessive force allegations wants to be tried separately from his co-defendants. The Star Press reports Jeremy Gibson is one of four officers set to stand trial Jan. 24th. He’s accused of taking part in the incidents of filing a false police report.

The Old Washington Street Festival Returns

The Old Washington Street Festival returns for its 44th iteration this Saturday and Sunday, September 18th and 19th. A mixture of the past and present of the East Central Neighborhood, The Old Washington Street Festival combines the antiquity of the Emily Kimbrough Historic District with a dash of modern flare. On Saturday there is a car show. There are historic home tours both Saturday and Sunday. Artists, artisans, and craft makers abound. The festival is free and open to all.

“Crisis” at IUBMH, and all of the Thursday, 9/16/2021 Woof Boom Radio morning news

Strong words from the Muncie hospital 

Dr. Jeff Bird, President IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, with WLBC’s Steve Lindell yesterday…As we reported previously, records for inpatient care are being set

Bird stressed the importance of getting the shots, for those who have been “on the fence.”

The weekly 2-metric score map yesterday shows NO red counties anywhere near here – but Delaware and most adjacent counties are just a half-point away from that highest threat level for COVID.

Fort Wayne’s mayor is defending his plan to incentivize the coronavirus vaccine among city workers.  Mayor Tom Henry says his 200-dollar incentive program is no different than the support that Fort Wayne offers city employees to get wellness checks or to stop smoking. City council members say they’re the ones who decide how to spend city money.

Jump at the Pumps – still affected by the storm

Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for, attributes the sudden jump in price to “price cycling,” and says it usually lasts about two weeks.

Indiana’s Eli Lilly gets another huge contract:  the U.S. government will purchase 388,000 doses of a COVID antibody therapy that has been authorized for emergency use to treat the virus.  The deal is estimated to generate $330 million in revenue in the second half of 2021.

An Anonymous Anderson University Donor Gifts Endowment for International Scholarships, which will be given to assist students from Latin America, other international students, or students who are immigrants to the U.S.

Its homecoming week at Yorktown High School, and Pete Olson explained why the Saturday parade time has moved from the traditional morning start to 5 p.m. instead

That parade ends as food trucks start up, and a free concert begins at Civic Green at 7 p.m.  The GAME is Friday – with News Castle visiting – and LIVE on the new 92.5 FM, 1340 AM, smart speaker, and on Woof Boom Radio TV – free on YouTube.

It’s being called “sort of a grand opening” of the new Muncie bark park. This was a Girl Scout gold award project started by Sara Groves and a lot of the funding came from Jackie L Michael Foundation.   A Girl Scout troop will be there to help Sara plant flowers and make hand prints inside a wooden Ark play set on Sept 19, 2-4 pm at ARF on Riggin Road.

Dr. Jeff Bird from IUBMH calls it a crisis situation at his hospital, and he says this is not the same as before

He also said yesterday that it is affecting younger people, too

He is pleading with people to make the choice

Anderson residents will have an opportunity to comment on the city’s proposed 2022 budget.  City Council will conduct a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday via Zoom and in-person in the city building auditorium. We’ve placed the link on our Local News Page this morning.  Final approval of the budget is set for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 during a special meeting of council.

When BSU football went to Penn State last weekend, the payday was “just north of a million dollars.”   We also asked President Mearns about the financial arrangement for this week’s game at Wyoming – he told WLBC Radio news that there is no cash payout for this one – it’s a home and home arrangement between the two schools.  Pregame starts at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Saluting educators again – at this week’s Muncie Community School Board meeting – President Jim Williams

You’ll hear a large portion of that meeting on Radio this weekend on This Week in Delaware County, hosted by Steve Lindell.

One of the few remaining survivors of the USS Indianapolis in World War Two has died

Woman Draws Four Year Jail Term In Woodshop Theft

Four years behind bars for an Anderson woman for her role in a Delaware County break-in. The Star Press reports 33 year old Ashley M. Strong pleaded guilty to burglary after she and a co defendant were were accused of breaking into a woodshop, northeast of Daleville, and stealing tools in March 2019. Some of the stuff ended up in Anderson pawn shops, say police.

Education Partnership Announced

Ivy Tech Community College, in concert with the NAACP Muncie Branch and Indiana Michigan Power are launching the Muncie Youth Empowerment Program this week. The Star Press reports it will give 50 minority high school students opportunities in education and leadership training. They hope to expand minority students’ experiences and opening doors to higher learning.

Splash Pad, Playground Soft Opening

The Halteman Village Neighborhood Association (HVNA), the City of Muncie, the Muncie Parks Department, and many individual and local Foundation’s, all are ready to celebrate a soft opening of the public park specifically highlighting the new playground, pavilion and splash pad. It’s happening Saturday morning at 11am.

Wednesday, 9/15/2021 Woof Boom Radio morning news

Indiana Supreme Court establishes Eviction Task Force.  A nine-member task force is working to provide landlords and tenants a fair chance to resolve their disputes and access federal rental assistance resources.  Through the newly created task force, the Indiana Supreme Court is working to foster economic and housing stability for both tenants and landlords and create a better outcome for all, including local communities. For more information, click the link on our Local News page this morning.  www.

Teacher pay at Muncie Community Schools is higher than some other school systems in the area, like Burris for instance

Dr. Lee Ann Kwiatkowski told WLBC’s Steve Lindell last week, the Board has made it a priority to give educators and support staff increases first.  Administrative pay will be looked at next.

The Anderson Police Department received approval Monday from the Anderson Board of Public Safety to hire two new officers, according to the Herald Bulletin.  The hiring brings the total to 103 of the budgeted 110 members.  The department is hiring Spencer Pettit, 34, a graduate of Highland High School and Anderson University, and Roderick Stanback, 31, a graduate of Ben Davis High School.

The City has changed how they are discussing next year’s budget, Muncie Mayor Dan Ridenour explained yesterday

In the WLBC studio with Steve Lindell, he explained the three dates for public discussion – all at 6:30 p.m. – September 27, October 11 – and then October 18th for the actual Council vote.

Amazon says it will be adding more than 3,000 positions in the Indianapolis area as the e-commerce giant continues to open new fulfillment centers.  It will hold a virtual career day today to help fill some of the positions, which are both full and part time.

Woof Boom Radio MOVED one of our stations yesterday:  Muncie’s Sports Station is now heard on 92.5 FM, as well as 1340 AM.  The new FM frequency makes it easier to hear in Muncie and Delaware County.

Help make a plan for the future.   TogetherDM is the development of the new Delaware-Muncie Comprehensive Plan—a long-range planning document that will provide Delaware County and the City of Muncie, to replace the previous comprehensive plan, which was adopted in 2000.  Their second online survey is open through Friday (September 17th) with the link on our Local News page this morning.   www.

From Delaware County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Hoffman – this past Sunday, Muncie Police Officer Damon Stovall was arrested by ISP for the offense of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, a Class A Misdemeanor.  Hoffman noted that when MPD Chief Nathan Sloan learned of this, he made the decision to call the Indiana State Police to investigate and handle the case.  The Prosecutor wrote that “Chief Sloan should be commended on his decision to bring in an outside agency to handle the matter.  It is important to remember that the filing of a criminal charge is simply an allegation and is not evidence of guilt.”

The Mayor’s preferences towards spending money on city parks takes another step at Halteman Park on Saturday

Dan Ridenour says this is the last one for the year – the next park work will be in 2022 at Riverview Park near Bunch Boulevard.  He also asked City Council for more money at Monday’s meeting for Prairie Creek for what he called “infrastructure work.”

Public hearings on a proposed increase in Madison County’s local income taxes to fund construction of a new jail and operating expenses is set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of the Madison County Government Center.

An App development contest

Congressman Greg Pence from the WLBC Radio News Zoom Room Monday.  Pence.House.Gov for more info.

Comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Norm Macdonald died Tuesday after a private battle with cancer.  He was 61 years old.

MCS Board Meeting includes a brief disagreement from audience

With a handful of viewers on the YouTube feed, and several masked people in the room, the Muncie Community School Board met in regular session last night.  About 30 minutes into the meeting, Board President Jim Williams reminded those gathered that the policy for public speakers is that sign in is required between 4:30 and 5 p.m., and is limited to three minutes per person.  One member of the audience seemed to take issue with the policy, but was not identified. You can HEAR the exchange HERE:

The ENTIRE Board meeting, as posted on the District’s YouTube page HERE: