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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.
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 (NEWS / PHOTO) - A big crowd at Muncie on the Move Wednesday morning heard everything from how to get money back from Indiana Michigan Power to getting a preview of America's Hometown Band show this Sunday.
Emcee Al Rent kept the crowd going along with roving announcer Dale Basham handing out door prizes from participating businesses at the Horizon Convention Center. Pianist Paul McDaniel played for all.
Plenty holiday announcements came and you will see many here at the Muncie Free Press social media network.
40% more Black Friday shoppers expected to go mobile for best savings as hundreds of items steeply discounted during online sales event
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Meijer is extending Cyber Monday into a weeklong sales event on Meijer.com, offering customers deep discounts and free shipping on orders of more than $75. The Midwestern retailer will offer Cyber Week savings starting on Sunday and extending through Dec. 7, announced Liwanag Ojala, vice president of e-commerce.
"The big difference for Cyber Monday customers is not what they are buying, but how they are buying it," said Ojala, who expects online sales from mobile devices to be 10 times higher at Meijer than in 2012.
“Having less time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the new trend will be multi-tasking between Thanksgiving football games, family get-togethers and shopping for deals on your smartphone or tablet. Our shoppers thrive in our seamless online experience and we’re excited they’ll have more flexibility to customize their savings for holiday shopping.”
DELAWARE COUNTY, INDIANA (NEWS / PHOTO) - Wasson's grows was the suggested headline of county redevelopment guy Brad Bookout when local government offered tax breaks to the growing greenhouse effort off McGalliard Road.
Bob Wasson, nursery owner, told Delaware County Council this week of plans to expand the office and operating area of the nursery on County Road 500W. Government gladly gave Wasson a tax break for the expansion.
The Union City operation planted roots in Delaware County a few years ago and provides all types of plants, trees, bushes and lawn and landscape services.
Our Daily Bread is back in business and ready to feed and entertain Muncie once again
MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - Our Daily Bread has returned to Muncie after an extended hiatus. You may remember Tony and Debbie Kimbler's exquisite food and catering from their old location at 322 E. Washington Street, where they served up delectable delights and offered a gift boutique with that crafty southern charm.
Unfortunately, their business and home were both destroyed by fire on August 3rd, 2007. After a hiatus, they are now back! With a new location and a new lease on life, they've opened up at 1901 N. Walnut in the old Riley School.
They are open for lunch from 11 a.m. tp 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and on Sunday. On Friday and Saturdays, they are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tony and Debbie haven't been resting on their laurels during their absence from Muncie's dining scene. They have won at Muncie Ribfest for the last 3 years. Now they are back doing what they do best, offering great food at reasonable prices while entertaining the community.
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MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - Craig Culver came to town Friday, ready to compete along McGalliard Road with the golden arches, that red haired girl and the burger king.
Culver's butter burgers and fresh frozen custard will be served the family way Culver began his franchise 30 years ago in the small town of Sauk City, Wisconsin by early 2014.
The local franchise holder, Rayme Swan, who runs the Marion Culver's, joined Culver and other business partners to break ground with the Muncie Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.
Roger Lavery, chamber chairman, welcomed the latest food entry into the community that has seen other major players like Panda Express and Chick-fil-A come to town this year.
Marsh rebrands store on North Walnut near DWNTWN Muncie
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MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - That hometown grocer Marsh rebranded a near DWNTWN store Thursday with a brighter, better display and more items with low prices.
After closing a nearby store on McGalliard Road, Marsh, founded by the late Ermal Marsh, decided to invest some money and effort in the old Wise Grocery at 1900 N. Walnut St., it acquired some time ago.
Tom O'Boyle, Marsh CEO, talked about the same commitment to quality and service in talking about new lighting besides a new deli and flower shop besides a bigger selection of food and beverage.
The rebranding complete with gift card giveaways and some local community leaders who know the Marsh name drew a crowd as many just came to shop before rain covered the city early Thursday.
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MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS / PHOTO) - Marsh has been a hometown name in Muncie since 1931 and decided to put that brand back on its store at 1900 N. Walnut St. that was the home of the Wise grocery family.
The local grocer run lately by a big corporation had a reopening of its near DWNTWN store Thursday to show its commitment to the inner city. Marsh just closed another store on East McGalliard.
Tom O'Boyle, Marsh CEO, talked about the company's commitment to the community as the late Ermal Marsh intended when the grocery was founded during the Great Depression.