Indiana American Water Grants $20K To Muncie Children’s Museum

Indiana American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, and the American Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF) today announced it has awarded the Muncie Children’s Museum a State Strategic Grant of $20,000 to help build a new water exhibit at the museum. According to MuncieJournal.com, the project includes incorporating interactive educational activities that explore the White River and local water resources and their significance in East Central Indiana.

High School Hoops Tournament In Muncie Saturday

Muncie’s two high schools, Muncie Central High School and Burris Laboratory School, have teamed up to host a one-day basketball invitational tournament on Saturday, Jan. 28th at the historic Muncie Fieldhouse. MuncieJournal.com reports the 2nd Annual City of Champions tournament will feature the boys basketball teams from Muncie Central, Muncie Burris, Greenfield-Central, and Indianapolis Bishop Chatard.

Do Not Call 911 For Road Conditions

Indiana State Police says – For road and weather conditions, do not call 911 emergency dispatch centers.  Statewide and local road conditions can easily be obtained by visiting the 511IN.org website. INDOT snow plows will be out in full force keeping our highways clear.  Please give them room to work!  If your vehicle becomes broken down, please make arrangements to have it towed immediately, have an emergency kit in your vehicle, and if involved in a crash, it is best to stay belted inside your vehicle until help arrives. (photo credit: Sean Mattingly).


The Muncie Chamber is postponing the event at the Fisher Building this week, to connect people with state and federal contracts.  They are working to get a new date on the calendar.


Girlhood, It’s Complicated – an exhibit coming to Muncie’s Minnetrista, according to Katy Maggert

The Communications Director told us this week on WMUN, there’s also a women of the Ball Family component.


WLBC News Bits:

Chris Stapleton to sing National Anthem at Super Bowl 57.

This Friday night, (Jan 27) at the Bill Green Athletic Arena during the Marion Giants Basketball game, honor Jim Fricke – the most successful Athletic Director in Marion Giant History.


It’s a Presidential Podcast – BSU Pres. Geoffrey Mearns

Best of luck spelling that.


State leader invites all to a February event in Muncie – The Indiana Youth Institute is holding a Youth Workers Café’ event at Muncie’s Suzanne Gresham Center – here’s Clint Kugler from yesterday’s WMUN Delaware County Today

Register info at IYI.org.


WLBC News Bits:

Flooded Vehicles from California Could End Up In Your Community – NICB’s VINcheck is a place to go.

Miss Universe speaks out about allegations the beauty pageant was rigged: ‘Very hurtful.’

Indiana history: this week in 1967, a flash fire aboard the Apollo 1 test capsule took the lives of Hoosier astronaut Gus Grissom and fellow astronauts Edward White and Roger Chaffee.  Grissom grew up in Mitchell, Indiana.


Daleville Receives Grant For Police Body Cams

The Daleville Police Department has received a grant it is using for new body cameras. According to the Herald Bulletin, the money can be used for updating technology, such as body cams or laptops. The grant is for $5,600 to pay for 12 Wolfcom Halo Body Cameras with the money, giving the department 30 body cams total.

Group Gifts Nearly 6,000 Books To Area Schools

Muncie Altrusa Club members have completed the distribution of over 5,800 books to every pre-kindergarten through fifth grade student in the Muncie Community Schools, Burris, St. Michael Catholic School, and Inspire Academy. MuncieJournal.com reports the project was funded in part from a $4000.00 grant from the Altrusa International Foundation and the Muncie Altrusa Club. Classroom Connections of East Central Indiana was also a partner in helping to obtain, store and distribute the books.

Teen Charged With Brandishing Gun In Convenience Store Rip Off

An 18 year old Muncie resident is under arrest, accused of drawing a gun and stealing tobacco products from the Village Pantry at 1524 W. University Ave. Police say Brayden Robben was initially denied when he tried to buy the products because he didn’t have ID. He then produced te weapon and took the items and left the store, and was caught shortly thereafter.

Club Distributes Close To 6,000 Books To Area Schools

Muncie Altrusa Club members have completed the distribution of over 5,800 books to every pre-kindergarten through fifth grade student in the Muncie Community Schools, Burris, St. Michael Catholic School, and Inspire Academy. MuncieJournal.com reports the project was funded in part from a $4000.00 grant from the Altrusa International Foundation and the Muncie Altrusa Club. Classroom Connections of East Central Indiana was also a partner in helping to obtain, store and distribute the books.

Update: Status of AT&T Broadband Upgrade in Delaware County

More on the December announcement of more rural broadband coming to Delaware County – here’s Steve Rogers from AT&T on yesterday’s 765BusinessJournal.com Radio show

The status of this very large project

Hear the entire interview on the Audiocast Button of 765BusinessJournal.com.

More of today’s news, below…


WLBC News Bits:

FBI issues national public safety alert: Increase in sextortion.

Study shows 4.2% of Muncie households are multigenerational – FilterBuy.com had that.


Marta Moody passed away over the weekend.  The Muncie Action Plan Executive Board will gather to discuss how to best celebrate her memory at their Annual Report to the Community meeting next week.


WLBC News Bits:

Referee shortage being blamed on parent abuse.

Eastern Indiana Works is having a Full Board Meeting next Tuesday, January 24th at 9:00 am.

Purdue University is mourning the passing of Bruce White on Jan. 19, 2023. The 70 year old, was founder and chairman of White Lodging, and longtime benefactor of the university.


Save the date for February 2nd “First Thursday” in downtown Muncie – Debra Gindhart Dragoo will feature her Green Glam Studio jewelry at Cornerstone Center for the Arts LOVE BAUBLES – Meet the artist that night on the second floor, Great Hall.


More than just cookies  – It’s far more than a fundraiser

Dawn Fluhler, Communications Director for Girl Scouts of Central Indiana on yesterday’s Delaware County Today Radio show.  You can buy them for yourself, or share with someone you don’t even know

First Responders, and even Military get those boxes – for thanks, and a little piece of home.


The return of random locker checks at Muncie Central School is noting to be alarmed about

Principal Chris Walker, from a recent Delaware County Today Radio Show on WMUN.


WLBC News Bit:

Indiana history – this week in 1934, John Dillinger, bank robber born in Indiana, was captured in Tucson, Arizona.


The annual Reds Caravan is back starting yesterday, and thought the press release said it “has been expanded to travel through Reds Country over the course of six days through this Saturday, January 28, there are no stops in Muncie, or Indianapolis – in fact only one in all of Indiana – at Batesville.


Written and compiled by Steve Lindell, Dir. of News Operations

Muncie Man Charged In OD Death

A Muncie man is charged with murder in the overdose death of a woman he said he got fentanyl for to help alleviate her pain. 44 year old Erick Eugene Smith was also charged Friday in Delaware Circuit Court 1 with dealing in a controlled substance resulting in death, a Level 1 felony carrying up to 40 years in prison, in the death of 41-year-old Laura Fowler.