Jerry Dishman

Dec 03, 2013 |
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FREE PRESS REPORT 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,...
Jun 06, 2013 |
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By RICK YENCER MUNCIE, IN -  A new Muncie City Hall built 20 years ago on time and under budget is showing its age. And so was a bathhouse at Prairie Creek Reservoir built in the 1960s after the water resources was dug in 1954. Mayor Dennis Tyler came up with a wish list of projects recently but little money to fund them because of property tax caps on local government. This week, the...
May 08, 2013 |
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By Rick Yencer  MUNCIE, IN - A $54 million apartment and retail  development with a government run parking garage may rise from the demolition of the historic Collegiate Store in the University Village near Ball State University.  This huge, five-story building will change the face of the historic Village that was once a thriving retail center with the likes of the Ball Stores Collegiate...
Feb 05, 2013 |
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By Rick Yencer MUNCIE, IN  - The Townsend Corp. that provides storm relief, utility line construction and vegetation management is moving its headquarters to the Ontario Systems campus this spring.  And the company with $120 million in yearly revenue and nearly 2,000 employees will bring its front office and administration with 35 people and $2.9 million.  The deal includes about $150,000...
Jan 08, 2013 |
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By Rick Yencer MUNCIE, IN - Combining a national day for equality with finding jobs for the unemployed and underemployed shows the commitment community leaders have to improve the local quality of life.  Top it off with a free breakfast at Ball State University and an evening prayer service at Christ Temple will bring traditional meaning to Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities on Jan.21...
Jan 07, 2013 |
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By RicK Yencer MUNCIE, IN - Look for more apartments along fraternity row at Ball State University as off campus housing remains a multi-million dollar market.  The latest development of a modest 16 apartments will be built in the 800 block of West Riverside Avenue across from Cardinal Pointe and 400 Apartments and just east of BSU's fraternity housing.  Muncie City Council decided to...
Dec 05, 2012 |
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By Rick Yencer MUNCIE, IN - Muncie City Council was generous this week, granting more than $800,000 in tax breaks on the guarantee of more jobs at call center giant Sallie Mae, and the phoenix Delaware Dynamics that rose from the ashes of Delaware Machine.  And council members like Julius Anderson, who represents the Industry and Whiteley neighborhoods and Brad Polk, council representative...
Sep 04, 2012 |
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Free Press Report MUNCIE, IN - Millions of dollars in taxes and government spending will be decided over the next few weeks for 2013 in the shadow of a government reform measure that will wipe out  executive and legislative governing as citizens know it.  And taxpayers, voters and other citizens have a rare chance to weigh in on most local government spending on Tuesday in a pair of public...
Jul 02, 2012 |
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By Rick Yencer Muncie NAACP President Michael Harley. MUNCIE, IN -The president of the Muncie chapter of the NAACP will replace community leader Carl Kizer Jr. on the Muncie Public Transportation Corp..Board.  The decision by Muncie City Council to name Michael Harley came amid criticism that it is labor and partisan based, given Kizer's leanings toward bus management and being co-...
Jun 22, 2012 |
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By Rick Yencer MUNCIE, IN - Work at Sallie Mae in Muncie has ebbed and flowed in recent years, and is about to explode again with about 120 jobs that would restore its employment  to 2008 levels.  Muncie City Council got a report this week on a host of Muncie business and industry that received property tax abatement and whether they were living up to their promise of actual people working...
Jun 21, 2012 |
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By Rick Yencer MUNCIE, IN -  Muncie and Yorktown took quick action this week to comply with a new state law prohibiting nepotism in local government.  Besides the fact that Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the measure into law, effective July 1, Indiana Department of Local Government Finance informed local government that it had to pass an anti-nepotism policy or risk not having their tax budgets...

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