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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.
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.
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
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.”
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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.
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.