Opinion and News for Muncie, IN (Delaware County)
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 9:32pm
Local teachers, public safey workers, others will benefit
By Rick Yencer
Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler / File Photo
MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - Workplace Health Partners is just one of the ways that will save money and provide wellness under the Affordable Care Act for public employees and teachers in the community.
IU Health opens the new wellness clinic at 120 N. Tillotson Ave. on Monday for Muncie, Delaware County, Muncie Sanitary District and Center Township employees besides Muncie Community School teachers and staff. The telephone is (765) 747-3888.
Mayor Dennis Tyler helped launch the new clinic Wednesday with a ribbon cutting, and reiterated that the wellness and preventive medicine could save as much of 25 percent of government and school health care expenses.
Those expenses costing taxpayers literally millions of dollars has nearly bankrupted schools and county government that has little money to operate. Muncie schools just lost a referendum to fund school buses, and county government has exhausted revenue just to operate.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 5:03pm
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - Indiana Michigan Power is literally giving away money to business, industry and homeowners to upgrade their heating and cooling systems besides making their buildings more energy efficient.
Scott Honegger, a utility company representative, told local business and industry leaders this week about rebate programs and energy efficiency work that could save thousands of dollars.
The utility that covers much of northern Indiana and southern Michigan is required by law to return a portion of their profits to energy efficiency programs that could range from new heating and cooling systems to more elaborate green roof systems.
The pitch at the Muncie on the Move gathering at the Horizon Convention Center surprised some business leaders and brought homeowners in the crowd wanting more information that can be found at www.indianamichiganpower.com/save
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 3:18pm
Convention elects 20 vice presidents to serve on executive board
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TERRE HAUTE, IN - Following a vote of delegates to its state convention, the Indiana State AFL-CIO announced today that Brett Voorhies has been elected as the organization’s new president and Joe Breedlove has been re-elected as its secretary-treasurer.
The Indiana State AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations) is a federation of 800 local unions across the state belonging to 50 International Unions. In total, the Indiana State AFL-CIO represents more than 300,000 working Hoosiers. The federation holds conventions every two years to set policy and every four years to elect new officers.
“As someone who grew up in this movement and spent my entire career working on its behalf, I’m humbled to be given this responsibility by my union brothers and sisters,” said Voorhies, a member of the United Steelworkers Union. “I look forward to working with Secretary-Treasurer Breedlove, our affiliates and each and every one of our members to find new ways to strengthen this federation and to grow the voice of working people across this state.”
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 10:27am
Notes from your Friendly, Neighborhood Publisher
By K. Paul Mallasch
Photo Credit: Rod Crossland - Owner of Wishbone Gifts, Inc.
MUNCIE, INDIANA (OPINION) - Next week, on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. the Indiana Department of Education will have a public meeting at Northside Middle School Auditorium (2400 W Bethel Ave, Muncie, IN 47304). This meeting concerns the Petition for Waiver under Indiana Code 20-27-13-7 made by Muncie Community Schools to the Indiana Department of Education.
Basically, the MCS board is asking for a waiver to cease and desist with public transportation for getting students to school immediately rather than having to wait three year as required by the state. The public's opinion on this will be heard by officials at the state level as they consider the waiver request. Their primary concern is the safety of the children.
The last few public gatherings concerning the MCS board have been rather large events, with many parents and students attending - more than in previous months. The fact they're not always full is a shame in some ways, but it's also good to see more citizens finally becoming involved in the process. Education is so important. The children are literally our future.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 10:04am
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, INDIANA (SPORTS) - Ball State basketball continued its string of losses Wednesday this time at the hands of a big, defensive Valparaiso team that won 69-50.
Senior forward Tyler Koch said the team literally "lost its identify" as it failed to execute on all fronts, according to BSU coach James Whitford.
The 2-5 Cardinals rolled up four straight losses and now have a two week holiday break before rolling into Marquette on Dec. 17.
And the only home game this month had less than 3,000 attending with many leaving early in the fourth quarter as Ball State had too many turnovers and too few baskets.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 3:21pm
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MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - New districts for members of Muncie City Council were adopted this week with little partisan conflict.
That was mainly because Democrats who hold a 7-2 majority on council, had say over the two Republicans who hold north and west districts on the city lawmaking body.
Council President Jerry Dishman, a Democrat, some changes were made in council district, including his own, but none should change the political balance of those districts
Council has six districts and four held by Democrats.
Dishman saw changes to his District 5 in north Muncie, including removal of a neighborhood that was upset over his decision to rezone land along McGalliard Road for Grove Apartments.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 3:18pm
MUNCIE, INDIANA (SPORTS) - The Ball State Cardinal's slow start to the 2014 basketball season has not stopped senior center Majok Majok from rolling up more records.
Majok, finding himself double teamed in recent games with Utah and Cleveland State, is still leading the Mid-American Conference with three double-doubles and averaging 11 rebounds a game. His rebounding average ranks 12th in the country.
Now facing Valparaiso in the only home game in December, Majok said Monday it was time for the Cardinals to put it back on the opposing team and come out shooting to turn around the 2-4 season after three straight losses.
Valparaiso is a big, powerful team, said BSU Coach James Whitford, that is currently 5-4 and been known to get to the NCAA tournament in recent years.
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