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Feb 17, 2015 |
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By Heather Collins MUNCIE, INDIANA (ENTERTAINMENT) - The Tony® award-winning Broadway musical, Million Dollar Quartet will premiere at Emens Auditorium on Wednesday, February 17th at 7:30 p.m. The musical is inspired by the iconic night in rock n’ roll history when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins joined together for the first and only time to create an electrifying off-the-cuff recording...
Feb 17, 2015 |
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Glenda Ritz opens doors, wants agreement on testing, policy By Rick Yencer INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (NEWS)  - Public educators in Indiana were heard loud and clear by the governor and Republican lawmakers as school chief Glenda Ritz proclaimed, "I am an educator and I know what we need in schools." More than 1,000 teachers, parents and even students gathered at the Indiana Statehouse on President's...
Feb 11, 2015 |
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Portland man charged with killing Hartford City man, daughter By Rick Yencer HARTFORD CITY, INDIANA (NEWS) -  Charles R. Whittington hid his face and would not speak after appearing in court Monday on charges that he shot Shane Williamson, and his 14-year-old daughter, Katelin.  Blackford Circuit Court Judge Dean Young read charges by Blackford County Prosecutor Kevin Basey that Whittington...
Feb 02, 2015 |
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Racism is public schools among the discussion By Rick Yencer MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - A Central High School student  offered insight into racism at public schools ranging with other students using the N word. "I really don't want to be in the class with them,' said the student who is black. Reports of bias and racism in the community were again the topic of discussion Thursday by activists and...
Jan 28, 2015 |
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Peter and the Starcatcher is the story of The Neverland you never knew…until now. By Heather Collins MUNCIE, INDIANA (ENTERTAINMENT) - The Tony award winning play Peter and the Starcatcher will premiere at Emens on Wednesday, February 4th at 7:30 p.m. The play is an adaption of the the book Peter and The Starcatcher written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. David “Dave” Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-...
Jan 21, 2015 |
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By Heather Collins MUNCIE, INDIANA (ENTERTAINMENT) - Tara Tagliaferro, who plays Mary-Martin-of-Tours and in the ensemble in Sister Act, talks with the Muncie Free Press about glitter, Cher, a day in the life in a touring show, yoga, heart-warming moments and Domino’s pizza. Read the fun and quirky interview with Tara Tagliaferro! Direct from Broadway and coming to Emens Auditorium is the musical...
Jan 16, 2015 |
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Sirmax North America announce plans at Detroit car show By Rick Yencer ANDERSON, INDIANA (NEWS) -  An Italian based global manufacturer of plastic and resin is building a new plant and making a $25 investment to create more jobs in the once proud automotive community. Mayor Kevin Smith joined Sirmax CEO Massimo Pavin and Gov. Mike Pence  announcing the new auto interest coming to the Hoosier...
Jan 14, 2015 |
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The musical is based on the 1992 hit comedy starring Whoopi Goldberg By Heather Collins MUNCIE, INDIANA - Direct from Broadway and coming to Emens Auditorium is the musical comedy, Sister Act. The “Gloriously Broadway” musical will premiere at Emens on Wednesday, January 21st  at 7:30 p.m. The musical features original music by Alan Menken, a Tony and 8-time Oscar Winner. Menken also created the...
Jan 14, 2015 |
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Muncie schools looking to hire private company for food service, school maintenance By Rick Yencer MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - The lunch ladies at Muncie Community School raised concerns that hiring a private company to feed students could be a big mistake. "It just makes me sick," said Leslie Weaver, after hearing the administration wanted to get rid of food service and maintenance workers and have...
Jan 10, 2015 |
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Education key word for Indiana General Assembly session By Rick Yencer INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (NEWS) - A fight is anticipated over public education as Gov. Mike Pence and Republican lawmakers want change the school's funding formula besides expand vouchers and provide more money to charter schools. Pence rolled out his two-year state budget plan this week that would add $200 million more in K-12...
Dec 30, 2014 |
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Year in review also finds horrific crime, failing public schools By Rick Yencer MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) -  That whisper in the wind could be heard in Muncie as millions of dollars in construction brought jobs and growth to the community in 2014. "If you build it, he will come," the voice says in the movie, Field of Dreams. That's what builder and longtime public servant Ron Quakenbush said as he...

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