MCHS Honors Grad As Distinguished Alumnus

The Muncie Central High School Alumni Association recognized a 1956 Central graduate as its 2022 distinguished alumnus at its annual meeting in November. MuncieJournal.com reports the honoree was Raymond O. White Jr., a Native American who was a lifelong resident of Muncie and was chosen by his tribe for its highest honor – chief of the Miami Nation of Indians of the State of Indiana.

Lawyer Wants Off Muncie Murder Case

An attorney for 33 year old Jason Harris, charged with fatally shooting 28 year old Erik Sparks last February in Muncie, wants off the case. According to the Star Press, Mark Nicholson of Indianapolis, filed a motion asking Judge Thomas Cannon Jr. to allow him to leave the case citing a breakdown in the attorney-client relationship.

Election Board Approves Election Night Tallies

After reviewing challenged votes and provisional ballots, Delaware County Election Board approved a final tally for the 2022 general election that did not alter the results as they were known election night. The Star Press reports the board reviewed 16 challenges to votes, based on errors such as a failure to sign an absentee ballot and signatures failing to match.

Delaware County Judge Sentences Man to 50 Years in Prison

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On Wednesday afternoon, the Honorable John M. Feick, Judge of the Delaware County Circuit Court No. 4 sentenced Chase Adams to 50 years in prison. On April 7, 2022, a Delaware County jury deliberated for approximately seven hours before convicting Adams of Murder, Obstruction of Justice, and two counts of Criminal Mischief.  Adams stabbed his victim 3 times with an 11 inch knife and then fled the scene.

More local news briefs below…


The Star Press reports a Muncie mother has filed a lawsuit over an injury her son suffered while attending a local charter school. In her Delaware Circuit Court 3 suit, Morgan Weans contends her son was injured at Inspire Academy on Sept. 13. The suit says that when another student pushed “a heavy fire door” closed, Weans’ son’s finger “was caught in the door,” resulting in “a partial amputation of the digit.” The suit  alleges negligence, and seeks damages for the boy’s “pain, suffering and mental anguish.”


A physical confrontation at Frankie D’s flea market in March has resulted in a criminal charge against one of the participants, who has also filed a related lawsuit. 25 year old Avery C. Bowden, is charged with battery resulting in bodily injury, a Class A misdemeanor carrying up to a year in jail. Bowden’s suit, seeks damages for battery, “intentional infliction of emotional distress” and negligence according to a Star Press report. Bowden’s trial, in Muncie City Court, is set for Jan. 24.


Property taxes have been going up and Indiana House Republican Todd Huston says the House will have a discussion about it in 2023. Huston says No property taxes go to state government. It all goes to local government and the House will work with local government partners to figure out how we can provide some relief.


How many steps would it take to walk off the calories of some popular Thanksgiving foods? 2 tbsp of Ranch Dip will take 1,569 steps. 1 dinner roll? 1,928 steps. 4 slices of roasted turkey? 4,259 steps. And one cup of stuffing will set you back a whopping 7,958 steps according to a report by the brand, KURU.


The Alpha Chapter of Psi Iota Xi who runs The Bargain Box, located at 607 E. Charles in Muncie will have its Holiday Boutique sale at the Bargain Box November 30th through Saturday, December 17th.  All proceeds are donated locally to benefit Muncie and Delaware County residents.


Indiana American water company wants to remind customers not to pour fats, oils or grease down your drains. The day after thanksgiving is called brown Friday by plumbers due to all the fats, oils and grease folks pour down their drains, causing clogs, sewer overflows and backups. Neither dishwashing detergents nor garbage disposals can properly break down these materials, which build up over time. This buildup of grease can restrict the flow of wastewater, or worse yet, block the homeowners’ or utility’s sewer pipes.


A Delaware County judge has granted a motion to review the competency of a Delaware County man accused of shooting and killing his neighbor over an alleged utility dispute.


Cy Alley’s defense is arguing the defendant is insane and wants further psychiatric evaluations before the case moves forward. The move means the jury trial scheduled for December is now canceled. Alley’s public defender argued his client was “not responsible by reason of mental defect” when he shot and killed his neighbor, Gary Copley, at the end of August. The defense is asking the court to appoint two physicians to examine the 29-year-old. On Monday, Judge Marianne Vorhees ordered and named two doctors to evaluate Alley.


Prosecutors say an Arizona man has been stalking, harassing and threatening an Indianapolis woman, and later her husband, for more than two decades — calling them hundreds of times, sending packages with poison in them and saying they should die.


How many steps would it take to walk off the calories of some popular Thanksgiving foods? 1/2 cup of Olives will take 1,726 steps. 2 tbsp of whipped cream? 2, 309 steps. 2 tbsp of Cheese Ball? 5,515 steps. And one piece of pumpkin pie will set you back a whopping 7,214 steps according to a report by the brand, KURU.


Patrick Kearney, 40, of Saddlebrook, Arizona, was indicted by a federal grand jury and faces charges of interstate stalking, transmitting threats via interstate communications and making harassing telephone calls to the Indianapolis couple. Court documents say Kearney began stalking and harassing the woman in the early 2000s, when he and the woman attended college together. Kearney was arrested and appeared in federal court in Arizona on Oct. 12, before being transported to Indiana according to the WTHR report.


Two people were shot Wednesday afternoon near a Kroger in the city’s Near Northside neighborhood, police say.  An IMPD spokesperson said officers found the first victim near the intersection of Broadway and East 16th streets, which is only a few blocks away from the store. Sometime later, officers located a second person shot in the 1600 block of North Park Avenue, right across the street from the store. IMPD says both victims are believed to be stable.


Hoosiers may experience sticker shock after seeing their heating charges after their first taste of winter in the region and may be eligible for financial assistance to help pay the bills.


The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, is a federal service administered by state and local entities that helps qualified households pay their bills and avoid utility shutoffs, especially during winter months. Applications are available through a state government website which can be found at eap.ihcda.in.gov.  Click the “Apply now” box at the top of the page to create an account and submit the application.


The Alpha Chapter of Psi Iota Xi who runs The Bargain Box, located at 607 E. Charles in Muncie will have its Holiday Boutique sale at the Bargain Box November 30th through Saturday, December 17th.  All proceeds are donated locally to benefit Muncie and Delaware County residents.


A Muncie teenager donated hundreds of meals to the homeless for Thanksgiving. WRTV reports 13 year old Madden Moore came up with over 350 rotisserie chickens to give away by enlisting local restaurants and businesses to help. On Wednesday, he handed out more than 300 hot meals to those in need. Moore says he saw in our community people who were less fortunate. He saw people who were living out on the streets without enough to eat and he wanted to help those people.


For the second day in a row, investigators in Hamilton County have connected an Anderson man to a road rage shooting. 24 year old Trevor Dahl, was charged on Tuesday for attempted murder after being accused of shooting a man on Nov. 17 following a confrontation while driving. On Wednesday, the Noblesville Police Department ALSO linked Dahl to a road rage case that occurred on the evening of Nov. 14. at Reggie’s Motor Works. A search of the plate revealed that the vehicle was owned by Ed Martin Acura in Indianapolis. Staff at the dealership said the vehicle was being rented out to Dahl. Online court records indicate he had an initial appearance in court on Wednesday afternoon where his bail was set at $1 million and he was appointed a public defender.


It is time for the Circle of Lights in downtown Indy.  This popular celebration will kick off at 6:30 p.m. today, with vendors opening at 5:30. If you’re interested in checking it out, head to Monument Circle to experience live performances, buy goods from vendors, and see the Monument light up like a Christmas tree. Parking will be at a premium, so you may want to allow extra time to find a spot. This year marks the event’s 60th anniversary. Learn more at downtownindy.org.


This holiday season, Central Indiana Scouts will be giving service men and women some thanks…in the form of popcorn. More than $100 thousand dollars’ worth of popcorn will be given to Indiana Army National Guard troops on Tuesday morning.


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Energy Assistance Available

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, is a federal service administered by state and local entities that helps qualified households pay their bills and avoid utility shutoffs, especially during winter months. Applications are available through a state government website which can be found at eap.ihcda.in.gov.  Click the “Apply now” box at the top of the page to create an account and submit the application.

Muncie Woman Files Suit Over Son’s Injury At School

A Muncie mother has filed a lawsuit over an injury her son suffered while attending a local charter school. The Star Press reports Morgan Weans claims her son was injured at the Muncie Public Charter School of Inquiry when another student pushed “a heavy fire door” closed and Weans’ son’s finger “was caught in the door,” resulting in “a partial amputation of the finger. The lawsuit says Weans did not realize the full extent of her son’s injury until he was examined by a doctor.

Enchanted Luminaria Walk At Minnetrista

The Enchanted Luminaria Walk at Minnetrista happens on December 2 and 3 from 5–9 p.m. each night. MuncieJournal.com reports the free community event is Minnetrista’s give to the community with Minnetrista apple cider, winter craft kits, holiday shopping, enchanting lights, and more in celebration of the season. Get a head start on your holiday shopping at The Orchard Shop and the Holiday Artisan Market during the event.

Ball Brothers Foundation Awards Over $5 Million in Funding for 39 Projects

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The Ball Brothers Foundation approved over $5 million in funding for 39 projects during its second round of grantmaking in 2022. The grants included funding to support efforts that further bolster school counseling programs and expand outdoor learning throughout schools in the heart of Muncie. View the grant recipients at munciejournal.com


Madjax is currently accepting applications for the 2023 Maker Cohorts including Makers in Residence, Educator Makers in Residence and Fab Lab Fellows. These year-long fellowships provide the opportunity for makers, artists, students, and educators to contribute to the Madjax Maker Force community by leading workshops and developing artistic and placemaking projects. The fellowships provide membership access to the Design and Fabrication spaces at Madjax, a stipend, and access to training and networking opportunities. To apply visit www.madjax.org/fellowships.


When you order something from Amazon, whether it’s a Christmas gift or an everyday item, your order is likely being processed by some of the 24,000 Hoosiers who work for the company. An Amazon spokesperson says they’re ready to deliver this holiday season. Woodson was speaking at the Greenwood fulfillment center, which he described as a sub-same-day fulfillment center, which has “hundreds of thousands of items that they can deliver to customers in two hours or less.” He said that’s part of how the company hopes to fulfill holiday orders quickly. In Indiana we have over 22,000 small to medium-sized businesses that continue to sell on our marketplace and platforms to reach millions of customers across the globe,”


The Indiana Pacers have won five games in a row. They beat the Orlando Magic Monday night 123-102 and outscored the Magic by 10 in both the second and third quarters. The Pacers were led in scoring by Benedict Mathurin who had 22 points. In total, they had six players finish in double figures. Their record is now 10-6, which puts them two games out of first place in the Central Division. The Pacers take on the 9-8 Minnesota Timberwolves tonight.


The Indianapolis Colts are dedicating their home Monday Night Football game on Nov. 28 vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers to mental health awareness and Kicking The Stigma, the Jim Irsay family initiative to raise awareness about mental health and remove the stigma too often associated with mental health disorders. During next Monday night’s game, fans will learn more about Kicking The Stigma, other ongoing efforts surrounding mental health in local communities and what fans can do to help or contribute.


On Saturday, Dec 3, the flute ensemble from America’s Hometown Band will open Minnetrista’s Enchanted Luminaria Walk — the annual indoor/outdoor holiday celebration weekend located at 1200 N Minnetrista Parkway in Muncie. The twelve-member group of flautists, known as the Central Indiana Flute Choir, is the first of the music performance groups for the first evening and will be situated on the second-floor balcony of the main Minnetrista building from 5:00 to 5:50 pm.


The NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four is returning to Indianapolis. The City will host the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four in 2028 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. It is scheduled for March 31 through April 2 of 2028. Indianapolis has also hosted the women’s final four in 2005, 2011, and 2016. In 2016, when the event was held at what was then Bankers Life Fieldhouse.


What you pay for healthcare will be discussed when the state legislature convenes in January, says Indiana’s Speaker of the House Todd Huston. Huston says he believes the answer is to create more competition. Huston was speaking at an event put on by the Indiana Chamber Monday. Hospital bills can be through the roof for simple procedures and visits to the ER. That’s why the Indiana General Assembly plans to take up the issue in January.


The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is providing FREE admission to all of its properties on Black Friday. The DNR is also encouraging all visitors to share photos of their visit on social media.


The StarPress reports that a new Yorktown town manager could be hired in December. Lon Fox, president of the Yorktown Town Council, said  that the number of candidates had been narrowed to two finalists and a decision about the hiring is expected to be made at the last council meeting of year on Dec. 19.


Second Harvest Food bank will hold a tailgate food distribution event on Thursday December 1st at the Blackford County Fairgrounds  beginning at 10am. On Friday December 2nd, they will hold another food distribution event in Madison County at the old Kmart Parking lot beginning at 10am.


Founder and Owner of Rosebud Coffee House, Tiara Hicks recently received the 2022 Community-Impact Entrepreneur of the Year Award at this year’s Entrepreneur Showcase Week hosted by the Innovation Connector. In 2020, Hicks opened Rosebud Coffeehouse in Muncie at the corner of Memorial and Hoyt.


No decision was made yesterday in the case of the Delphi murders to unseal documents relating to the arrest of Richard Allen. Judge Fran Gull decided to take the motion to release the documents “under advisement,” and will make a decision at a later date. A bond hearing for Richard Allen, the 50-year-old Delphi man charged with the murders of Abigail Williams and Liberty German, has been set for February 17th, 2023. Allen’s legal team filed a motion Monday requesting Allen be let out of jail while awaiting trial. They asked for a “reasonable” bail amount.


Small Business Saturday is November 26th. Local merchants and retailers in our area encourage you to take advantage of their Small Business Saturday discounts and special offers.  Small Business Saturday is an initiative created and promoted by the American Express credit card brand to encourage holiday shopping on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.


The “Magic of Lights” display is open at the Ruoff Music Center. The “Magic of Lights” is a 2 mile drive-through course, and features state of the art holiday  LED displays. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 5:30 pm to 10 pm, and Friday through Sunday, 5:30 pm to 11 pm. Visit magicoflights.com for more information and ticketing.


The Enchanted Luminaria Walk at Minnetrista will take place on December 2 and 3 from 5–9 p.m. each night. This free community event is Minnetrista’s give to the community. Enjoy warm hot chocolate and Minnetrista apple cider, winter craft kits, holiday shopping, enchanting lights, and more in celebration of the season. For more information, visit minnetrista.net


The Eaton Police Department is offering a free Project Safe gunlock for guns in order to protect the children in town according to a Facebook post from Eaton Police Chief Jay Turner. If you are an Eaton resident and need a gunlock, stop by the Eaton Police Department between the hours of 8am and 1pm.


An Anderson man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to being a Felon in possession of a firearm. 50 year old Detreck Wilson admitted to officers that he had two prior felony convictions and possessed the handgun found on a nightstand of the Anderson Inn where police found him.  Wilson was previously convicted of strangulation and nonsupport of a dependent in Madison County, according to the Herald Bulletin.


A new nonprofit has taken over operations at the former Stepping Stones facility in Anderson. Cindy Goad started the nonprofit Finding Recovery Options for Growth earlier this year and took over Stepping Stones operation on May 1st of this year.

 

 

Madjax Accepting Applications

Madjax is currently accepting applications for the 2023 Maker Cohorts including Makers in Residence, Educator Makers in Residence and Fab Lab Fellows. These year-long fellowships provide the opportunity for makers, artists, students, and educators to contribute to the Madjax Maker Force community by leading workshops and developing artistic and placemaking projects, reports MuncieJournal.com.