$775K Raised During One Ball State Day

During the third annual One Ball State Day on April 6, Ball State University celebrated its best single day of fundraising ever. The Muncie Journal reports reliminary results show that the University has received more than 9,000 gifts totaling more than $775,000.

Thursday, 4/8/2021 Woof Boom Radio Morning news

Briefings over.  With little or no advance warning, the weekly COVID Briefings by Gov. Holcomb are off.  WLBC reached out for a one on one interview, and his office stated he is not doing those, either.

Are masks a “political thing?”  Indiana Senate Democrats has a press conference this week, opposing the Governor’s end of the statewide mask mandate.  They called on the governor to reinstate it immediately.

Effective immediately, the Pavilion Community Pharmacy, located in the main lobby of IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, will offer the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.  This is the one recommended for patients aged 18 and older. Sign up at ourshot.in.gov or calling 211, for appointments Tuesday and Thursdays between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

With additional deputies in the room, it only took about  two hours for a Madison county court jury to find Orlando Sutton guilty on all five charges in connection with the 2018 murder of Bryce Patterson.  It was two counts of murder, attempted murder and two counts of robbery resulting in bodily injury.  The Herald Bulletin said Judge Andrew Hopper set sentencing for 9 a.m. April 27.

It’s not yet the month of May, but cars will soon be back on track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Nearly a full field of NTT IndyCar Series drivers will participate in an open test at IMS today and tomorrow.

Despite being postponed twice, Rialzo funds are a vital resource to the Maternal Treatment Program and Women’s Recovery Home from Meridian Health Services.  Support Rialzo today with a Night to Remember special packages,  and a book commemorating the first 10 years of Rialzo!  Buy on the Meridian website.  And remember, the Charity Gala is April 9, 2022.

Taylor University officials have announced a return to the regular academic schedule in the fall of 2021. The academic year will begin as scheduled with in-person classes on August 30, and will include a full spring break.

If you are headed to the Muncie Children’s Museum anytime soon, bring your masks.  They have made the decision to follow current Indiana school requirements and continue to require masks for all visitors age 8 and over.  As you may have heard, the state is still requiring schools in Indiana to keep the mandate through the end of this school year.

Madison County has reached a settlement agreement with Catherine Ray, who alleged the county failed to provide her with means to communicate.  Though seeking $30,000, the Madison County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a $9,500 payment to Ray, who was arrested by Anderson Police Department officers in 2018.   She requested to make a telephone call and was provided with a device to help deaf people communicate, but it was not working.

Wanna help show off Muncie to Ball State freshman?  Volunteers are needed for DWNTWN Tours.  COVID-permitting, Vickie Veach from Downtown Development Partnership says they will be hosting 1 bus load of parents each day. Tour dates are in June and July, and they will need tour guides to be available from 2:45-4:30 each day. If you are interested in signing up  please contact cheryl@downtownmuncie.org.  You’ll even get a free t-shirt!

Honeywell Arts & Entertainment announced yesterday the addition of 13 indoor live shows at the Honeywell Center and Eagles Theatre with shows kicking off in August 2021. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, April 16 at 10 a.m. via HoneywellArts.org.

Notre Dame will require all students to be fully vaccinated as a condition to enroll at the university. According to the Observer, Notre Dame’s student newspaper, says the change will affect the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.


Anderson Man Guilty In Shooting Death

In Anderson, a jury found 21 year old Orlando Sutton guilty on all five charges in connection with the 2018 murder of Bryce Patterson. The Herald Bulletin reports Sutton was found guilty of murder, attempted murder and robbery charges. Sentencing is set for April 27th. Police say Patterson’s slaying was the result of a plot surrounding a drug deal.

Man Pleads Guilty In Crash That Killed Children

A plea deal for a Blackford County man whom authorities say caused a head on crash that killed his two children. 37 year old
Robert W. Cook pleaded guilty to five counts of causing death when driving with a controlled substance in system and possession of meth, and a single count of dealing in a narcotic drug in connection with the accident that left 6 year old Justus Wayne Cook and 5 year old Raelynn Michelle Cook, dead. The children lived with their mother in Muncie.

Church Food Giveaway Sunday

The Union Missionary Baptist Church is holding a food giveaway Sunday. The Star Press reports it runs from 12p-5 p.m., or until food runs out. The giveaway will be set up in the church’s parking lot at 1100 N. Macedonia Ave. Each box will contain enough food to feed a family for three to five days, with fruit, vegetables, dairy and a meat product.

Wednesday, 4/7/2021 Woof Boom Radio Morning news

More of the Old Normal coming back.  As WLBC’s been reporting for several weeks, the Delaware County fair will be back this year. The 4-H portion is July 12-21. The Midway open July 19-24.  The Queen contest will be at 7 p.m. June 12 at Muncie Central High School. Applications are available at delawarecountyfair.net.  As we also reported, the Jay County fair is back – and several others will likely follow suit.

Down from last Wednesday at IUBMH in Muncie, now only 11 COVID positive inpatients, with only 1 on a ventilator.  They still do have designated COVID units, as opposed to the shut down’s of units at Anderson hospitals.

It didn’t take long for the revived Task Force to make a difference:  five people were arrested last week, three on dealing charges, in a Muncie-Delaware County Drug Task Force investigation.  In the early morning hours of April 2, members of the Muncie Police Department’s SWAT team served a search warrant at a home, in the 900 block of West 14th Street, where Tosha Raynae Lambert and Larry Ken Brooks Jr. had been staying, according to the Muncie newspaper. Investigators recovered 54 grams of meth, nearly 30 grams of a substance believed to be heroin, two handguns, a set of digital scales and about $8,000 in cash.  All suspects are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Jay today, and several more this week – free food distributions by Second harvest Food Bank ECI – all at 10 a.m.:  Thursday at Muncie Mall and the Blackford County Fairgrounds.  Friday its Winchester and New Castle.

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) announced recently that the deadline for homeowners to submit new applications for mortgage assistance through Indiana’s Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) is May 3.  Visit 877gethope.org or call 1-877-GET-HOPE. Indiana was one of 19 states that received money to help homeowners avoid foreclosure because of the 2009 housing crisis.

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb issued a proclamation declaring April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Indiana. April is also Autism Awareness Month, and Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.

It’s a Baby Food Giveaway.  Over 300 boxes of beach nut baby food will be given to families that need it the most. Today at 5 p.m., A Voice for Kids Inc. will be meeting in the empty lot on Madison across from the Muncie Public Housing Authority, at 701 S Madison St, Muncie.

Madison County said no more mandate, but the Anderson Mayor seems to be saying slow down.  He’s finally opening the City Building which has been closed for a year according to the Herald Bulletin, but masks and temperature taking is still required.  There are those that say he’s punishing employees who refuse to get the COVID shot, too – not allowing them paid time off if they get the VID.

Parents and caregivers of young children can enroll their students in Muncie Community Schools’ (MCS) kindergarten and pre-kindergarten programs this week during a series of in-person registration events.  If you aren’t able to attend one of these sessions can still enroll their students online at EnrollinMCS.org.

The NCAA tourney wasn’t the only game in Indy:  BSU’s T-com Lecturer Tim Underhill told WLBC Radio News in an email, he worked for ESPN2 on 72 games in three days of the 3X3U basketball event.  Former Ball State Basketball starter Tahjai Teague is a national champion. His team, the B1GMaction won the whole thing.

They did it before, and they’re doing it again.  Union Missionary Baptist Church, and New Beginnings Church will once again help thousands in a food giveaway scheduled for Sunday, April 11.  From noon-5 p.m., or until food runs out, in the church’s parking lot at 1100 N. Macedonia Ave. Each box will contain enough food to feed a family for three to five days. The two churches hope to continue giving away food every month, and are looking to partner with local grocers in future giveaways.

From a social media post, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office would like to congratulate three members of the Sheriff’s Office for their outstanding service and their promotions. Matt Kubiak was promoted to the rank of Corporal, Dave Williams to Sergeant, and Jason Walker to Lieutenant.

The Holiday Inn Express Muncie is looking for qualified candidates to fill multiple positions. Tomorrow (April 8, 2021) from 10:00am to 4:00pm learn about, and apply for jobs – on the spot interviews will take place for qualified candidates.

City Workers Returning To City Building In Anderson

Employees of the City of Anderson are returning to the city building after being gone for nearly a year. The Herald Bulletin reports there will be limited access to the public at all city-owned facilities starting on April 12. Anderson Mayor Thomas Broderick Jr. is urging all city employees to receive the coronavirus vaccination. Employees that voluntarily choose not to be vaccinated will not be granted paid time off and will be required to use sick and vacation time for work missed because of the coronavirus.

Call It A Comeback; The Return Of The Delaware County Fair

Delaware County Fair is back this year. Officials say the 4-H portion of the fair will take place July 12-21. The Midway will be open July 19-24. Also, the Star Press reports the Delaware County Fair Queen contest, will be at 7 p.m. June 12 at Muncie Central High School. Applications are available at delawarecountyfair.net.

Man Arrested In New Castle Church Incident

A man who showed up at a New Castle church on Easter morning injured a sheriff’s deputy while resisting arrest, say police. The Star Press reports 36 year old Tyler Jacob Gramelspacheris charged with battery resulting in bodily injury to a public safety officer and resisting law enforcement. The incident unfolded Sunday at the Church of God at 3800 S. Memorial Drive.