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Heroes And Helpers Making A Comeback

Heroes and Helpers,” which partners local police and emergency responders with kids for Christmas shopping is back on for 2021. It’s happening 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the south Muncie Walmart store, 1501 E. 29th St. The program is sponsored by Muncie Crime Stoppers, will allow 50 to 80 children to each go on a $100 shopping trip with local first responders.

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Muncie Man Charged With Selling Drugs To Informants

Authorities say not once, but twice, Khiry Hakeen White Sr. of Muncie, sold meth to informants with the Muncie-Delaware County Drug Task Force. The Muncie paper reports the 31-year-old Muncie man was arrested this week, when officers also served a search warrant at his home in the 1600 block of West 15th Street.

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Small Business Saturday In Muncie

Small Business Saturday is happening tomorrow in Muncie and across the country. Locally, more than 100 local businesses and entrepreneurs will be gearing up their stores or setting up booths across town on Nov. 27the offering unique items you can’t get anywhere else, while lending important financial support to local retailers.

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Friday, 11/26/2021 Woof Boom Radio morning news

Friday, 11/26/2021 Woof Boom Radio morning news

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb

One more month.  Indiana’s Emergency Health Order has been extended through December by Gov. Holcomb, after Legislators said they won’t meet Monday to consider limits on vaccine mandates after all.  Legislators still vow to take up a bill, but not until January 4, the regular start of the General Assembly’s work.  Holcomb announced last week he’d end the state’s 20-month emergency declaration if legislators changed state law to avoid losing hundreds of millions of dollars in extra Medicaid and food stamp funding.


Just under half way to their goal:  as of Wednesday, Muncie’s Blood and Fire Ministries was still working on getting to a $5k goal, with an offer by Meijer of Muncie that could mean $15,000 in groceries purchased for those in need.  The donate link is on our Local News page this morning.  https://www.bnfmuncie.com/donate


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A recent exchange at a Muncie Community School Board meeting promoted BSU’s Geoff Mearns to clarify

BSU continues to oversee MCS, but the appointed Board still has a more direct impact into the school system’s day to day operations.


You might remember a Wabash Silver alert we broadcast on November 15th – that 18-year-old Wyatt Engle was found by a jogger who saw an overturned car in a creek.


What a week for BSU:  football wins and will be bowl eligible for the second straight t season, and for the second time in three seasons, Ball State claimed the MAC women’s volleyball title and will be playing in the NCAA Tournament.


Our WLBC Hometown Hero of the Month is the Journey Home Veteran’s shelter in Winchester.  Here’s Eldon Solomon


This Week in Delaware County is a weekly public affairs Radio show on several of our stations.  Dr. Bird from IUBMH, our Hometown Hero of the Month from The Journey Home in Winchester, Congressman Greg Pence, and a replay from a MCS Board Meeting with insider info about a local school’s efforts in language teaching.  The hour-long program first airs at 9 a.m. Saturday’s on 92-5 FM and 1340 AM as well as WXFN.com.


Some called him the Greatest of all times for volleyball.   He was known as the man who brought the sport of volleyball to Indiana. Dr. Don Shondell died Tuesday at the age of 92. Rob Connett reports on Shondell’s legacy in volleyball.


Here’s an update we told you about first on Wednesday morning – cops shot a 51 year old man as they served an active narcotics search warrant – but gun he was holding was fake.  It did not have an orange tip, and was very realistic.  The suspect  is expected to make a full recovery.


86-year-old Joann Morris was killed in a crash late Wednesday afternoon on Ind. 332.  That vehicle’s driver and the other driver were taken by ambulance to the Muncie hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.


CNN says tryptophan is not the cause of your sleepy feeling.  Citing “science and the internet” as sources, CNN says It’s not the turkey’s tryptophan to blame for your post-feast nap. All protein sources, and even vegetables, contain some tryptophan; turkey isn’t at all special in this regard.


The City of Noblesville has numerous events for the upcoming holiday activities in the downtown district.  The newest event this holiday season will be Deck the Hall: A Celebration of Trees.   The “Home for the Holidays Tour” will be headlined by Santa Claus and joined by several city departments including the police, fire, street, engineering, utilities and parks vehicles.


 

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Woman Dies In Delaware County Crash

A woman was killed in an accident Wednesday afternoon on Ind. 332 in Delaware County. The call came in at about 4:45pm. Police say a 2000 Toyota Avalon traveling southbound on Delaware County Road 700-W, failed to yield the right of way to a car traveling eastbound on Ind. 332. A passenger in the Toyota, 86-year-old Joann Morris, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Toyota’s driver and the driver of the other car were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

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BSU Women’s Volleyball Headed To NCAA Tournament

Ball State takes home the 2021 Mid-American Conference Women’s Volleyball Championship. The number one ranked Cadinals topped number two ranked Bowling Green for the title and will advance to the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Tournament.

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BSU Opera Theatre Presents Amahl And The Night Visitors

The Ball State Opera Theatre in collaboration with First Presbyterian Church presents Amahl and the Night Visitors on December 3rd at 7:30pm and December 4th at 3pm. According to MuncieJournal.com, each show will be presented in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 1400 W. Riverside Ave. Tickets can be purchased at the door or ahead of time by going to bsu.edu/music/events.

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Indiana Economic Outlook Luncheon December 9th

The annual Indiana Economic Outlook luncheon is coming up on Thursday December 9th at the Horizon Convention Center in downtown Muncie. MuncieJournal.com reports there will be a 2022 economic forecast and a panel discussion on the post COVID-19 work environment. Topics include the size and scope of remote work, changing compensation and supervisory concerns, changes to household location decisions, and the changing requirements for examining and adapting organizational culture.

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Man Charged With Murder In Henry County

Murder charges face a man in connection with a deadly stabbing in Henry County. 43 year old Jerry Allred is accused of stabbing 43-year-old Richard D. Hatton Jr. during a fight late Monday in the home of Allred’s parents, in the 5900 block of East U.S. 35. Allred reportedly admitted that he stabbed Hatton, who he claimed was “trying to kill” Allred’s 75-year-old father.

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Children’s Nutcracker At Cornerstone Center For The Arts

The annual seasonal presentation of the Children’s Nutcracker is set for Dec. 16 -18 at Cornerstone Center for the Arts, 520 E. Main in the E. B. Ball Auditorium. On-line tickets go on sale Dec. 1 at MuncieBallet.org. MuncieJournal.com reports performances will be on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 16 and 17, at 7 p.m. with a matinee at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18.

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Dr. Don Shondell, BSU Grad, Volleyball Pioneer, Dies

Dr. Don Shondell, an iconic figure in the sport of volleyball who founded the men’s program at Ball State University, passed away Tuesday night. He was 92. Shondell, a 1952 and 1956 Ball State graduate, had an illustrious career that was long and varied as a coach, professor, and author. He formed the first men’s club volleyball team at Ball State in 1960.

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Wednesday, 11/24/2021 Woof Boom Radio morning news

In his own words.  IUBMH remains very busy and full, largely due to COVID cases.  Dr. Jeff Bird was on WLBC with Steve Lindell yesterday

He continues to ask all to consider getting not only the COVID vax, but also the seasonal flu shot.  OurShot.IN.gov to make an appointment.


As school dismissed yesterday, it was difficult at first to see the difference between students going home for Thanksgiving break, and those that were part of what was organized as a protest, as part of last week’s situation at Muncie Central High school, reportedly between school resource officers and a student, related to poster-projects hanging in a school hallway. What appeared to be approximately 50 to 75 students gathered with some adult onlookers, stood and spoke in front of the main entrance to the school in a cold, sunny day.  By 1:40 p.m.,  they started their peaceful walk towards City Hall.  See our photos on WoofBoomNews.com.


Madison County employees covered by the county’s health insurance plan will see a $4 per pay period increase on average in rates for 2022, according to the Herald Bulletin.  The Madison County Commissioners Tuesday approved the new rates.


Maker Expo will have a variety of unique homemade gifts or make your own gifts at mini-workshops!   Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission at MADJAX in Muncie, and is joining the DWNTWN Muncie Gobble Wobble for Small Business Saturday.


GasBuddy predicts there will be a continuing decrease in gas prices in the coming days.  Many places in Indiana could get a 10-25 cent drop in the coming week.  If you are driving somewhere for Thanksgiving, you are urged to “shop around.”


One person is dead and another is in the hospital after a shooting early Tuesday morning in Kokomo.  Police were called to a house in the 800 block of N. Ohio Street just after midnight on a report of a shooting in progress.  Officers arrived and found two men that had been shot.  Police found 29-year-old Joshua D. Briscoe dead outside the home.  An arrest was made – anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call anonymously – Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 1-800-262-TIPS.


As part of last week’s situation at Muncie Central High school, reportedly between school resource officers and a student, related to poster-projects hanging in a school hallway, a small protest ended the day yesterday.  What appeared to be approximately 50 to 75 students gathered with some adult onlookers, stood and spoke in front of the main entrance to the school in a cold, sunny day.  Their walk towards City Hall included an individual with a bullhorn chanting “no justice, no peace.”


The Anderson version is shopping for 100 plus families – Secret Families Madison County shoppers will meet at 6:30 a.m. Dec. 4 at Anderson’s Meijer store. To donate money or to sign up to volunteer, visit secretfamiliesMC.org. Money donations also can be dropped off at Re/Max in Anderson.


Muncie-Delaware County Black Chamber of Commerce is having Friday and Saturday Pop Up Shop event  from 10:00am-7:00pm each day at the Heartland Delaware County Fairgrounds.   There will have small vendors selling everything from clothing, candles, perfume, cologne and many other items.

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Muncie Man Dies In Tuesday Morning Wreck

Police say a Muncie man died in a crash Tuesday morning on Ind. 3 outside the city. A driver in a car headed southbound crossed the center line and collided with a Chevy Tahoe. Police say the driver of the car, 58 year old James Brown of Muncie, died in the crash, which happened just after 7am.

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Commissioners Want Other Workers To Get Their Raises

Three Delaware County Commissioners want their $1,000 raises go to others on the county payroll. Commissioners James King, Shannon Henry and Sherry Riggin, reports the Muncie paper, want their raises redirected to office employees Pam McCammon, Jeni Honeycut and David Hill, the county custodian supervisor. It’s up to council to approve the changes.

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IronMan Lifts Muncie Economy In October

The Horizon Convention Center released its economic impact report from October which includes financial data from the Ironman weekend. The total economic impact for Muncie for just the IronMan Weekend was $4.092 million. MuncieJournal.com reports this does not include the positive economic impact to the rest of East Central Indiana since visitors stayed in hotels all across the area.

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MCHS Recognizes Distinguished Graduates

The Muncie Central High School Alumni Association recognized three distinguished Central graduates at its 2021 annual meeting in November. Thomas L. Raisor, a 1954 Muncie Central graduate, was honored for his long-time service to the community of Muncie and the MCHS Alumni Association. MuncieJournal.com reports two other alumnae were recognized posthumously. They were Ruth Chin, who graduated from Central in 1942, and Ida Husted Harper, who was in the first graduation class of Muncie High School in 1868.

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Protest marks the start of Thanksgiving break

Protest marks the start of Thanksgiving break

As school dismissed today, it was difficult at first to see the difference between students going home for Thanksgiving break, and those that were part of what was organized as a protest, as part of last week’s situation at Muncie Central High school, reportedly between school resource officers and a student, related to poster-projects hanging in a school hallway. What appeared to be approximately 50 to 75 students gathered with some adult onlookers, stood and spoke in front of the main entrance to the school in a cold, sunny day. At just before the 1 p.m. dismissal, a handful of people were seen to be walking toward the school, at least one with a small protest sign in hand – it was not known if they were students. The plan was to walk to City Hall and then back to Ball Recreation Field.  By 1:40 p.m.,  they started their peaceful walk towards City Hall.

 

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Woman Sues Muncie Over 2019 Arrest

A Muncie woman who was arrested two years ago and charged with resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct, is suing the city. The Muncie paper reports 31 year old Renee Shelton claims an officer wrestled her to the ground as she and another woman were arguing outside an apartment. Shelton calls it excessive force.

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Muncie Mission Prepares To Feed Hundreds For Thanksgiving

Turkey and all the trimmings for 800. That’s what the Muncie Mission is planning for Thursday. Like last year, those in need can pick up a meal in a drive thru and walk thru set up. They’ll start handing out meals at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 25, in the mission’s parking lot, 1725 S. Liberty St. Meals will also be delivered to homebound individuals by volunteers.

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Ex Head Of Muncie Animal Shelter Cops Plea

A guilty plea Monday from the former director of the Muncie Animal Shelter to having sexual contact with an underage girl.
36 year old Philip H. Peckinpaugh of Muncie copped a plea to sexual misconduct with a minor, reportedly involving an incident with a 16 year old girl. His sentencing is set for January 12th.

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