Fire Up DWNTWN Details

Things are heating up in downtown Muncie in anticipation of Fire Up DWNTWN: A Summer Streetfest on August 6th.
Pre-festivities kick off on Friday, August 5, at 7pm when Par Tee, the golf ball special shape hot air balloon inflates in The Clubhouse At Accutech parking lot. On Saturday, August 6, Walnut Street will transform into a pedestrian-only street festival between Main Street and CananCommons and Mulberry to Charles. Fire Up DWNTWN begins at 1pm and there is no entry fee.

Everything Costs More: Even School Books

School book prices heading up for students. Photo by storyblocks

School book prices heading up for students. Photo by storyblocks

MCS has some adjustments to text book fees – Chuck Reynolds shared this with the Board earlier this week

The fees were approved by unanimous vote – hear the entire meeting on This Weekend in Delaware County, first airing Saturday 9 a.m. on WMUN 92-5 FM and 1340 AM.

More local news briefs are below…

More on Fire Up Downtown Muncie, August 6th  – Vickie Veach talks about the LIVE music happening at the event.

Park anywhere free, and use shuttle service, too.  Info on the Muncie Downtown Development site, Facebook and this article.

The longstanding prohibition on news outlets broadcasting Indiana court hearings may soon come to an end.  The Indiana Supreme Court recently announced it is considering lifting its near-total ban on cameras in the courtroom in favor of allowing each local judge to decide whether to permit the news media to air court proceedings live and/or record them for later use.  Hoosiers are invited to comment on the cameras in the courtroom rule by mailing their opinions on the proposal before Aug. 1 – Office of Judicial Administration, Indiana Office of Court Services, 251 N. Illinois St., Suite 800, Indianapolis, IN 46204.  Feedback also may be submitted electronically by searching “rules July 2022” at

One week from today is First Thursday in Muncie, and Cornerstone Center for the Arts will open a joint art show.  At a reception from 5-8 p.m. August 4th, paintings inspired by fantasy lore and fairy tales by  Leon Crosby – Cornerstone’s Education Coordinator, and his wife Laura – a clinical supervisor at Meridian Health Services.  For additional information go to or call 765-281-9503.

A retirement announcement from MCS this week – Board President Jim Williams

Add the County Council to opposition – INDOT wants to remove a crossover for Riggin Road/Delaware County Road 300-N at the Muncie Bypass/U.S. 35 and the Delaware County Council passed unanimously a resolution in opposition to INDOT’s proposal.  INDOT is taking public comment on the proposal through Aug. 22.

Susan Fisher with Muncie Public Library was speaking for the MLK Dream Team at the MCS Board Meeting this week

You’ll hear that entire presentation on This Weekend in Delaware County on several of our Radio stations – first airing Saturday 9 a.m. on WMUN – 92-5 FM and 1340 AM.

A Netflix project based on a notorious round of supernatural happenings in Gary will be called “The Deliverance.”   It will be based on the experiences of Latoya Ammons, who first shared her story with IndyStar in 2014.  She reported seeing her children levitate and walk backwards up walls.  Eventually, a Merrillville priest performed on exorcism on Ammons and her family.  The film does not yet have an official release date.

Muncie Animal Care and Services has been given a $10,000 grant from the BISSELL Pet Foundation for spay and neuter procedures at veterinarian clinics for adoptable animals.  Separate note about the shelter: Mayor Ridenour disclosed yesterday that last weekend’s 24 hour adoption event placed a total of 10 dogs.

The City of Carmel and IU Health partnered to send 20 pallets of emergency medical supplies to hospitals in Ukraine and Latvia, one of Carmel’s new international Sister Cities. IU Health provided the supplies and Carmel Professional Firefighters Local 4444 made a generous donation to cover the $4,000 cost to ship the supplies.

A representative from Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita’s office will be at Kennedy Library, 1700 W. McGalliard Road, 10:30 a.m.-noon Monday, Aug. 1, to meet with local residents.



Baby Box Installed In Elwood Fire Department Building

Elwood on Tuesday became the first Madison County community to put a Safe Haven Baby Box into operation in the fire department building. The Herald Bulletin reports baby boxes allow mothers to surrender their unharmed babies without the threat of arrest or prosecution within 30 days of birth under the state’s Safe Haven Law.

Man Involved In Police Stand Off Facing Charges

A week after a Delaware County man collapsed following a standoff with police, he’s been charged. The incident happened on July 18th at the Daleville home of 38 year old Colby Seth Manzo. He’s now charged with being a serious violent felon in possession of a firearm, theft of a firearm, obstruction of justice, maintaining a common nuisance, theft and three counts of confinement. Witnesses told police Manzo ingested fentanyl prior to collapsing.

Ivy Tech Muncie-Henry County Touts Banded Tuition, Free Books

Ivy Tech Muncie-Henry County is offering a structured schedule along with banded tuition that it says can save students money. reports banded tuition allows students taking 12 or more credit hours to pay only $2,495 per semester. Ivy Tech also saves students money by continuing to offer free textbooks for the 2023 academic year. Many courses are offered in 8-week time frames allowing students to graduate sooner by taking more classes at no additional cost.

Top Young Organists Coming To BSU Campus

Six of the country’s top young organists will perform in the Sursa American Organ Competition on the Ball State University campus September 9-11. According to, the musicians will perform in Sursa Performance Hall. All events throughout the competition are free and open to the public. The final round will be held that Sunday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., and audience members can listen to the organists and vote for their favorite player.

Muncie Boy Shoots, Kills Five Year Old Sister; Parents Charged

6-year-old boy fatally shot his 5-year-old sister in their Muncie home and their parents have been arrested in the killing, police said. Jacob Grayson told investigators his 6-year-old son removed one of two loaded handguns from a safe and shot his sister. Grayson, 28, and his 27-year-old wife, Kimberly Grayson, were preliminarily charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death and three other counts of neglect.

Open Door Muncie: Helping Fight Yellow Level for COVID

Open Door's 333 S. Madison St. location in downtown Muncie. Photo by: Mike Rhodes

Open Door’s 333 S. Madison St. location in downtown Muncie. Photo by: Mike Rhodes

With Delaware County in yellow transmission for Covid, Open Door has two events this week:  Free at-home test kits will be handed out today and tomorrow (Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28) from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Open Door’s administrative site, at 220 S. Walnut St. in Muncie.  Free Covid vaccinations, including boosters, are available Thursday, (July 28) from 2-5 p.m. at Open Door’s downtown Muncie health center, 333 S. Madison St. No appointment is necessary, and ages 6 months or older are eligible.

Additional local news briefs are below…

Thinking “school starts” already  –  It’s back to school time soon—Elwood starts tomorrow already —and they see it on TV, hear it on radio and it’s likely all over their devices. Chris Davis reports on what the experts say about sending kids back to school and being safe

By the end of the day yesterday, all 32 NFL teams have reported to training camp. Colts have theirs at Grand Park in Westfield —with the first practice open to fans today at 12 p.m. The final open practice will be Thursday, Aug. 25th.  There is no charge to attend, but you need a free ticket at to enter each day.

In the Mid-American Conference football preseason media poll, Ball State picked to finish last in the MAC West Division.   This comes after a season in which saw Ball State appeared in its second straight bowl game.  Northern Illinois was picked to finish first ahead of Toledo and Central Michigan in the division.

The Journey Home in Winchester is starting to have rummage sales the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month starting August 6th from 10am to 3pm. All proceeds will be going back into their mission to help Veterans.

Hoping this will last –  This might sound like music to your ears. Gas prices keep going down.

The Delaware County Fair ended last Saturday, and overall attendance and financial info won’t be known for about a month, but Fair Board member Mark DiFabio said it was down from last year, and comparable to 2018 or 2019 levels – with 2 severe weather days, and exceedingly hot weather all week.  It is not known if available spending money and the economy in general played a role.  The Grand Stand’s three best attended events – in order: the Demo Derby #2, the Auto Cross, and the Rodeo.

Grissom school in Muncie needs help. A tweet this week from the principal says a call to the school office at 747-5401 is needed, if you moved over the summer. They have no way of knowing that they need to transfer your registration.

Beaumont Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center will hold a Family Fun Night on Friday, August 5, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The FREE event is open to the public and will be held at the skilled nursing facility grounds at 1345 North Madison Ave., in Anderson, Ind.

Welcome back to school tomorrow:  it’s the last day of summer vacation for kids in Elwood schools.

More Muncie Fair review –   The Delaware County Fair ended last Saturday, and overall attendance and financial info won’t be known for about a month, but Fair Board member Mark DiFabio said the 22 member volunteer Board created a schedule of new entertainment on the South Stage, some old favorites, and even tried a nightly TV giveaway to generate interest.  The Fairgrounds remains active year round, and the future prospects for the venue remain strong.

FSSA’s Division of Family Resources issued Summer 2022 pandemic EBT or “P-EBT” last  Monday, July 18, to provide payments to families with children who receive free and reduced lunch at school.  Marni Lemons, Deputy Director Communications provided the information saying because of the overwhelming number of requests and duplicate request FSSA’s online system has been receiving, the system is working very slowly.   The program provides food assistance to families who would have received free or reduced lunch while attending school but are not in school due to COVID-19 restrictions.   In Indiana, they issue P-EBT benefits on a quarterly basis, and all payments are in arrears, or “back payments.”

The southern Indiana judge that was suspended after being charged with a felony will be resigning.  Sabrina Bell, the Crawford Circuit Court Judge, was suspended in May after she was arrested for domestic battery in the presence of a minor.

Indiana Black Expo’s Anderson Chapter returns this week with a Friday start —an ecumenical service bringing together several of the city’s Black churches for communal worship.

Scam alert from Detectives from the Indiana State Police:  a text message comes from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and says you have unclaimed money from the state. The message gives instructions to click a link.  But the State says they WILL NOT send a text or email message asking individuals to click a link to receive benefits or any type of payment.  You should NEVER provide any information to an unknown sender.



Muncie Man’s Apparent Drowning At His Home

A Muncie man apparently drowned Sunday evening in a bizarre accident outside his home. 63 year old James Vance Jr. was found stuck face down in a “water meter access hole” with his head below the water line. The Star Press reports police say the victim’s head was wedged between the water meter pipe and the hole’s wall.

Former Sheriff’s Deputy Gets 15 Years For Murder

53 years behind bars for a former Jay County sheriff’s deputy sentenced for a murder conviction. The Star Press reports 36 year old Roger L. Boyd Jr. was found guilty in the September 2020 shooting death of James P. Miller, a 49-year-old Montpelier resident. Boyd told authorities he shot Miller in self defense after finding the Blackford County man in his garage. Video surveillance showed the men entering the garage together.