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Beasley & Gilkison: Mediation—A Modern Alternative To Litigation

By: Benjamin J. Freeman, Attorney— Muncie, IN—Traditionally, parties attempting to resolve a dispute end up litigating their case in court. It is no secret that the litigation process is long, costly and unpredictable. Whether the parties are disputing a business transaction gone wrong, dissolving a marriage, or trying to determine liability for an auto accident, the process can drag on for years and cost all involved thousands of dollars. While all litigation does end eventually, mediation offers a quicker and cheaper…


MutualBank Closings And Schedules Due To Weather

By: Jaime Faulkner— MUNCIE, IN – In light of the impending threatening weather, MutualBank will be closing several financial centers and opening late on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 and Thursday, January 31, 2019. All financial centers in the following counties will be closed Wednesday, January 30, 2019 and open at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 31, 2019 : Elkhart, Kosciusko and St. Joseph counties All financial centers in the following counties will be closed Wednesday, January 30, 2019 and open…


Ontario Systems and Anderson University Have Partnered to Create an Immersive Career-Prep Program for Tech Students

By: Sean Rogers— Muncie, IN– When business and academia converge, it’s good news for students, employers, and the greater community. East Central Indiana received some good news of its own when Muncie-based Ontario Systems and neighboring Anderson University introduced “The Cube,” an on-campus tech talent incubator designed to prepare students at the School of Science and Engineering for future careers. “We are genuinely excited about this partnership with Anderson University,” said Jason Harrington, President of Ontario Systems. “This is a great opportunity…


First Merchants Jumps To #2 On Forbes List Of Top U.S. Banks For 2019

By: Chad Mertz— Muncie, IN —Forbes has released its 2019 list of “America’s Best Banks,” and for the second straight year, one of Indiana’s legacy financial institutions sits near the top. First Merchants Bank, the largest financial services holding company in Central Indiana and second largest in the state, was ranked by Forbes as the country’s second best bank. “We are extremely proud of this achievement as it speaks to the financial strength of First Merchants clients and vitality of…


Heritage Environmental & Mexico-based Zinc Nacional to Establish Waelz Kiln Facility in Muncie

By: Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance— Project Will Result in Major Redevelopment of Former Borg Warner Industrial Site Muncie, Indiana— Waelz Sustainable Products LLP (WSP), a joint venture between Indianapolis-based Heritage Environmental and Monterrey, Mexico-based Zinc Nacional, announced plans today to establish operations in Muncie, creating up to 90 jobs over the next several years. The new facility, which will be located on the former Borg Warner campus, is one part of a significant investment being made by Heritage Environmental…


Community Champions Fund Awards over $27,400— Names Recipients

By: David Huhnke, Community Relations Manager, Old National Bank— Muncie, Indiana— The Community Champions Fund is pleased to announce that it has awarded funds to seven organizations totaling $27,495. Community Champions Fund is subsidized by Old National Bank’s 100 Men Who Cook event to support organizations within the community to provide programming, services, and activities that endeavor to reduce violence as well as provide security and care for victims of violence.  Since 2015, Community Champions Fund has awarded over $350,000…


Horizon Convention Center Hosts Indiana State Sheriffs’ Association New Sheriff School

By: Mike Rhodes— Muncie, IN—There’s a new sheriff in Delaware County…and 50 more across the state who began their duties on January 1st. Earlier in December over 200 sheriffs, chief deputies and support staff from 72 Indiana counties attended the Indiana Sheriffs’Association (ISA) New Sheriffs’ School at the Horizon Convention Center in downtown Muncie. According to Steve Luce, executive director of the ISA, every 4 years, sheriffs are on an election and re-election cycle. Indiana is a term-limited state for the office…


Muncie Journal’s Most Viewed Stories of 2018

By: Mike Rhodes— Muncie, IN—22 children adopted at the Delaware County Justice Center on National Adoption Day topped Muncie Journal’s most viewed stories list for 2018. The article was written by attorney Rebecca Bruce and continues to be shared by our readers, even today. You’ll find the rest of our most viewed stories for 2018 below. You can click on any story headline to review the initial story and the date it was published. (When you click on a story below, you can hit…


Walls Mattress to Host Community Blood Drive On Dec. 17

By: Amanda Price— Muncie and Indianapolis—It’s the season of giving, and Walls Mattress is giving back in a new way.  The locally owned mattress store is hosting a community blood drive Monday, Dec. 17 in Muncie and Castleton.  “According to the American Red Cross, someone in the country needs blood every two seconds, and just one donation could save up to three lives,” the Facebook event page for the blood drive says.  The store’s owners decided to host a blood…


“Excellence In Innovation Awards” Recipients Announced

By: The Innovation Connector— Muncie, Indiana—The Innovation Connector’s 4th Annual Excellence in Innovation Awards were held on November 14, 2018 at a celebration event at the Horizon Convention Center in downtown Muncie. The evening’s events lead up to the introduction of the 5 finalists from the Innovation Connector’s Big Idea Pitch Competition. Each of the 5 finalists pitched live, in front of the audience. Additional awards given included the Young Innovators award and the Excellence in Mentorship award. (Results below.) Award recipients…