Tuesday, 9/15/2020 Woof Boom Briefs

Dan Ridenour:  In a room filled with local business leaders, realtors, bankers, and Woof Boom Radio news, the Muncie Mayor wanted to share – Muncie / Delaware County is #1.  In recent information from the Indiana Association of Realtors, his city, and the county it resides in ranks number one for increase in median sales – that’s residential family, condo, and town home dwellings.  He began the upbeat presentation, clearly asking the leaders gathered to help spread the good news.   Hear the entire presentation on our Local News Page now.  https://soundcloud.com/wlbcwakeupcrew/muncie-mayor-real-estate-press-conference-sept14mp3

Now, we continue a series of voting information stories, with info from IN.gov: You have the right to vote in Indiana if:  You are both a U.S. citizen and a resident of Indiana; and You will be at least 18 years of age on or before the Election, and You are not currently in prison after being convicted of a crime; and You have lived in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election; and You are registered to vote.  Register to vote online by visiting http://www.indianavoters.com/.

This week, we’re sharing positive stories about educators – MCS CEO Lee Ann Kwiatkowski told us last week about two teachers’ efforts at Southside Middle School…  More of these stories all week on Radio, and our Local News Page.

Second Harvest Food Bank Tailgate Food Distribution events this week include:  today in Marion at Five Points Mall, and in New Castle at First Baptist Church – both 10 a.m.  Wednesday at Jay County Fairgrounds in Portland at 10 a.m., and then at 1 p.m. in North Manchester.

The Indiana Supreme Court and Office of Judicial Administration confirm Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush has tested positive for COVID-19. The Chief Justice tested positive on September 13 after a family member tested positive.  She immediately self-isolated, has been working remotely, and has not been to the State House since September 1.  The Indiana Supreme Court and Clerk’s Office remain open, with continued adjustments in place to protect the health and well-being of employees and the community.

The American Red Cross needs volunteers, and is asking for more help from Indiana.  Hurricane Sally, as well as the effects of hurricane Laura and the West Coast wildfires, have overwhelmed the organization.  If you decide to sign up as a volunteer, you will receive free, fast training to ensure quick deployment. There are virtual training options and volunteers must be at least 18 and have a valid driver’s license to volunteer. More information can be found at redcross.org.

Tonight and tomorrow are the first two Forums for some WLBCland political races, to help you make an informed decision:  the Delaware County Commissioner Candidates tonight  from 7-8 pm, and then tomorrow the Delaware County Council Candidates from 7-8:30 pm.  These are on-line events, via Zoom – and the link will be available on our social media.

For the first time in 130 years, The Salvation Army is starting its annual holiday fundraising campaign early across the country in order to rescue Christmas. The funds raised through our iconic red kettles are at risk this year due to COVID-19 while requests for services are at an all-time high.  Now more than ever, they’re making it safer and simpler to donate in order to support the most vulnerable in Indiana:  the best way to ensure that these vital services continue is to enlist in Love’s Army with a sustaining monthly gift of $25 per month.  Visit SalvationArmyIndiana.org/Rescue-Christmas to donate or learn more about how you can help The Salvation Ar rescue Christmas this year.

Anderson / Madison County are tied for 5th statewide for increase in median real estate sales.  In recent information from the Indiana Association of Realtors, this positive information seems to show an interest in purchases of single dwelling, condo and town home dwellings.  Lower prices and higher availability certainly are factors, but this sort of an increase in the midst of the economic situation we are currently in, is certainly great news for our immediate area.

Mobile Health Clinic In The Works For Madison County

The Madison County Health Department is taking it on the road with a mobile health clinic. The build and purchase of the vehicle will cost about $450,000. will be purchasing a mobile health clinic vehicle to aid in the continuing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Herald Bulletin reports county attorney Jonathan Hughes said the county needs to work on financing the purchase, which has already been approved by the Indiana Finance Authority.

Muncie Drug Dealer Getting Early Release From Prison

A Muncie man sentenced to 10 years in prison in October 2017 is getting out. 39 year old Rashid Ross was convicted of dealing narctoics, and late last week, a judge agreed to suspend the remainder of his sentence. Ross will, however, be on probation until 2024. He completed a treatment program for substance abusers while incarcerated, reports the Star Press.

Henry County Woman Found, Questioned In Deadly Hit And Run

A Henry County woman who faces a felony charge over her role in a fatal car-pedestrian accident managed to evade capture by deputies. Police say Vickie Sue Horton-Wasson fled out a back door after police showed up at her residence to question her. They say she was at the wheel of a vehicle that struck and killed 34 year old Benjamin J. Coleman. She was tracked down at a nearby home.

Muncie Mayor says “we need to take charge of our story.”

In a room filled with local business leaders, realtors, bankers, and Woof Boom Radio, Muncie Mayor Dan Ridenour wanted to share some positive news during a press conference on Monday (9/14/2020) – Muncie / Delaware County is #1.  In recent information regarding the real estate market, his city and the county it resides in ranks number one for increase in median sales – that’s residential family, condo, and town home dwellings.  Avon ranks second, Greenfield third, then Indianapolis, New Albany and Anderson round out the top 6.  He began the upbeat presentation, clearly “cheer leading” the room to cite the positive facts that he was presenting – and asking the leaders gathered to help spread the good news.   HEAR THE ENTIRE PRESENTATION HERE, covered by Woof Boom Radio News.

Monday, 9/14/2020 Woof Boom Morning Briefs

Another tradition to be tweaked.   In an interview with WLBC’s Steve Lindell Friday morning, he asked about the Community Christmas Sing

MCS CEO Lee Ann Kwiatkowski went on to say that alternate plans are in progress

Hear the entire interview on our Local News page now.

A man in New Albany tried to run over a police officer, twice

In Alexandria Saturday, a small group seeking continued awareness of social justice, police reform and issues of equality was met by a small crowd of protesters.  It’s Up There, based in Anderson, organized the event.  About 50 yards away, gathered behind barriers along Church Street, a group supporting President Donald Trump gathered with occasional shouts of “Four more years!” punctuated the atmosphere, according to the Herald Bulletin.

With information over the weekend received from organizers, here are the revised plans for the series of Candidate Forums: as of Sunday morning, only 11 of the 20 candidates are shown as confirmed participants, according to the event website.  Dr. Chip Taylor of the BSU Bowen Center for Public Affairs, told us Saturday that the State Rep forums will now be consolidated on Sept 22 at 6:30pm.  The first two forums will be tomorrow and Wednesday – and due to the limited amount of participation, it was decided by organizers that Radio broadcast would not be equitable.  The video stream feed will be available through many sources, including our Local News Page.   Here is the latest plan for dates and times:

Delaware County Commissioner Candidates, September 15th, 7-8 pm

Delaware County Council Candidates, September 16th, 7-8:30 pm

District 32, 33, 34, and 35 State Representative Candidates, Tuesday, September 22, 6:30-7:30 pm

6th District Congressional Candidates, September 30th, 7-8 pm

Progress continues in the downtown Muncie area at the White River

That’s Jay Julian, CEO of the Muncie Delaware County Chamber from our Zoom Room interview.

Indiana’s online and retail sportsbook generated $169 million in wagers in August, as the fourth-largest legal market in the U.S., according to PlayIndiana.

More Facts, not Fear – we continue to see a dramatic reduction in the mortality rate due to COVID19 – five more Delaware County deaths, over the past two weeks – adding proof to the reality that older people are most susceptible – with two of those over the age of 80, and two over the age of 90.

In an interview on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said he remains confident there will be a vaccine available by the end of this year or early 2021. But he said it’s unlikely the majority of the population will receive the vaccine right away.  In earlier reporting, 50% or fewer Americans surveyed said they’d get the shot.

Detectives from the Indiana State Capitol Police are investigating the theft of property from the White River State Park. The theft occurred July 31st.  Anyone with information about the identification of the male or the maroon Chevrolet Avalanche with damage is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477. Your call can remain anonymous.

Daniel Stallings recently received 2020 Ruth Freund Award – recognizing a volunteer who has made an extraordinary volunteer commitment to continue the mission of Motivate Our Minds.

Madison County attorney Evan Broderick’s license to practice law has been suspended for at least a year.  The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission issued the decision Thursday.  Broderick, the son of Anderson Mayor Tom Broderick, has been arrested twice in the past two years on charges of driving a vehicle while intoxicated. A case related to a July arrest is still pending in Madison County.  The suspension of his license will start Oct. 22. There is no automatic reinstatement.

Investigation continues from a mall shooting over the weekend

BSU President Geoffrey Mearns and his staff continue to watch closely after the health and safety of their students and staff, but he wants you to be certain to know all the facts

The Ball State dashboard is available on their website, and is frequently updated.

Teachers and staff members at our schools are doing extra duties, especially now.  Here’s MCS CEO Lee Ann Kwiatkowski earlier, when we asked her to share some of her pride

We have several more of these good news stories all week long on Radio, and our Local News Page.

On Friday, the Indiana State Police Lafayette Post will hold a memorial service to honor the Troopers we have lost in the line-of-duty. Unfortunately, due to restrictions and guidelines, the invitation will not be extended to the general public.

Today, what Mayor Dan Ridenour is calling a “real-estate market briefing” will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Courtyard Marriott in Downtown Muncie.  WLBC’s Steve Lindell will be there to cover.

From MuncieJournal.com’s Mike Rhodes, The MADISON COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION is now accepting donations for the MALONE SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION – benefiting an ANDERSON UNIVERSITY student, majoring in Music Theatre – each year. Simply go to the MADISON COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION  website



Ride For The Mounds Goes Virtual

Like many other in-person events, this year, the 6th Annual Ride for the Mounds is changing course. The event to benefit the proposed Mounds Greenway will take place virtually this year, with cyclists invited to ride on their own between Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sept. 27, according to a release from the Hoosier Environmental Council. The Star Press reports riders are invited to share posts on social media and show support for local businesses and organizations over that two-week period.

Kiwanis Club Launches Reading Oasis Project

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Kiwanis Club of Muncie took on a huge service project to benefit local students and literacy efforts by providing a Scholastic Reading Oasis at every Muncie Community elementary school. The Reading Oasis at each of the seven schools will house more than 500 books, for a total of 3,500 books made available to local schools and their students.

Muncie Community Christmas Sing “will look different” for 2020

In an interview with WLBC’s Steve Lindell Friday morning, MCS CEO Lee Ann Kwiatkowski shared that the annual Muncie Community Christmas Sing “will not look like it has” in previous years.  We asked, specifically, “will there be an in person event,” typically held at the North Walnut Street Fieldhouse, and she said unfortunately no, not for 2020.  Hear the entire interview here.  SEE the video of the interview HERE.

She also shared some amazing Teacher stories at the end of the interview.