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Local Muncie NAACP President Dies Unexpectedly
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - Muncie schools blended administrators for the single high school in 2014-15, leaving veteran administrator Tom Jarvis in charge at Central.
Joining him will be Southside associate principal Gerry Moore, and Wilson Middle School principal Charles Reynolds that makes up the all male, front office team at Central.
The recommendation by Muncie Supt. Tim Heller and approved unanimously by the Muncie Community School Board raised eyebrows of the predominately female Muncie Teachers Association. Rebecca Thompson is now principal at Southside that is being consolidated with Central and will be a middle school.
The school board wasted no time putting together the new administrative team after deciding to go with one school next month.
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - Indiana lawmakers talked about same sex marriage, Sunday liquor sales and declining state revenue amid projections of a slow economy in 2014.
The gathering was the Noon Rotary Club lunch along with members of the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce at the Suzanne Gresham Center.
State Reps. Sue Errington, D-Muncie, Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City, and Jack Lutz, R-Anderson along with Sen. Doug Eckerty, R-Yorktown, had plenty to say about the upcoming short session where all 100 House members and half the 50 member Senate will face re-election.
Top of their list was giving Hoosier's a vote on an Indiana Constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage - which would include a clause to stop civil unions.
Lutz, a member of House Public Policy Committee, anticipated a vote in both houses to put that on the ballot. in November 2014. Eckerty said he would give voters the right to decide if the constitution should be amended.
Community overwhelmingly opposed to ending yellow buses
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - Muncie school leaders found a community opposed to their plan to end school bus service based on their claim of no money to pay for it.
Actually, the Indiana Department of Education heard several ways Monday night, like restructuring school debt, using Rainy Day funds and even having MITS (that now provides rides for 7-12 students) do more. A public hearing Monday was held to consider public testimony on the school's plan to waive the law and end bus service next year. The state will rule on that petition in a month.
The bottom line is that Mark Burkhart, Muncie schools chief financial officer, insists that robbing the school system of its transportation fund is only a one year problem, according to representatives of the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance.
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MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) – Looking for something fun to do this winter break? Have a Minnetrista adventure with Winter Fun activities and programming!
Minnetrista is introducing a brand new family program this winter break. Parents and children are invited to visit Minnetrista each day this holiday season to discover fun family activities—from Ball jar creations, to games and crafts, to scavenger hunts. Families can get creative together with fun crafts, children’s art, holiday-inspired projects, and exhibit exploration.
“Minnetrista Winter Fun gives families something to do over the holidays and provides new ways to experience Minnetrista,” said Minnetrista Education Manager, Ashley Lichtenbarger. “There is a new way for kids and parents to learn and discover together each day.”
Minnetrista Winter Fun will take place December 23 through January 3, with daily activities beginning at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., excluding Christmas and New Year’s Day. Families can participate in daily activities and experience Minnetrista’s exhibit galleries for a general museum admission fee of $5. There is no charge for members and children age three and under. A complete list of daily programming can be found at minnetrista.net. Activities are geared toward families and children in preschool through fifth grade.
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - A great feeling of community spirit overcame DWNTWN Sunday afternoon during the 77th annual community Christmas Sing followed by a parade to light the community Christmas tree.
Whether it was the hundreds of Muncie students singing and dancing at the Fieldhouse or group of youth from Motivate Our Minds who smiled when the Christmas tree was lighted in Canan Commons, the great feeling of community was in the minds of those who attended.
More than a dozen music groups entertained and enlightened the crowd after months of conflict over closing Southside High School. It was great to see the championship Spirit of South Marching Band on center stage at the end of the sing.
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, INDIANA (SPORTS) - Ball State football coach Pete Lembo was excited hearing that the record breaking Cardinals led by quarterback Keith Wenning will play in the GoDaddy Bowl on Jan. 5, a day before the BCS championship bowl between Auburn and Florida State.
Already being recruited by BCS schools, Lembo said he had not seen the tape of Arkansas State that beat Kent State in last year's GoDaddy contest. But he was confident that the 10-2 Cardinals would be prepared to play the 7-5 Red Wolves in Mobile, Alabama. Lembo will be in Mobile Wednesday with Red Wolves coach Bryan Harsin to kick off the bowl extravaganza.
Ball State played in the GoDaddy that was then known as GMAC in 2008 and was defeated 45-13 by Tulsa.
Bill Scholl, Ball State athletic director, was very excited by the GoDaddy invitation, since it comes just before the national championship game and is the only game on Jan, 5 broadcast on ESPN.
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - Al Holdren can always get a crowd together for a good cause and Secret Santa is among his favorite ways to give back to the community.
It's about the giving of time and community to help those in need that the local Salvation Army and other philanthropy always finds.
More than 1,200 volunteers assembled at west marketplace of Meijer and Toyota of Muncie Saturday morning to help 260 families with a secret Christmas visit. Holdren, who has done the Secret Santa gig for a decade, continues to see growth, about 30 percent a year, whether it's need or volunteers.
"This is demonstrating giving and community," said Holdren, a businessman and community leader.
MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - In the months of November and December Firefighters of Delaware County work with the Salvation Army to help families be able to enjoy Christmas. Local businesses give donations, fundraising events happen and Santa’s list is made.
But the work for that goes into Toys for Tots happens all year long. Chief Ed Bell said the men of the fire department take a lot of their own time to fix and clean the toys.
“It’s a labor of love for the guys, they really do so much work,” Chief Bell told the Muncie Free Press.
The fire department collects gently used toys at any of the firehouses all year long. So when you’re cleaning out your kid’s toy boxes in May, you could be making a child’s Christmas in December.
The Salvation Army collects applications at the end of October and beginning of November. The non-profit organization then gives the fire department a list of families that fall into the specific guidelines. These guidelines and the dates the applications are being accepted are posted on the Salvation Army website. This year, there are already 534 families registered. After making this list, the department checks it twice with their referral system to make sure as many families as possible are able to participate.
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - Millions of dollars could be spent over the next few years to make Muncie a more pedestrian friendly community.
Sidewalks and their compliance with the law was the topic Thursday at Muncie's Redevelopment Commission gathering that is usually spent on economic development and creating jobs in the community.
Following the death of a teenage pedestrian near a busy commercial corner of northwest Muncie, Mayor Dennis Tyler again reaffirmed his commitment to build more sidewalks whether along northwest commercial routes or in south Muncie neighborhoods near elementary schools.
At a cost of about $25,000 a block for concrete, the work will take the resources of local and state government besides others that provide transportation, and sanitation.