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L to R: “Morado” by Casey Myers and "Powerless", self portrait by Casey Myers.

Muncie Central’s Casey Myers Wins Silver Key Award for Artwork

By: Holly Ford— Muncie, IN —Muncie Central junior Casey Myers earned a Silver Key in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. According to the organization’s website, “the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has grown to be the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious…


Southside Middle School's student council members with teachers Amy Pieczko (far left) and Jessie Andry (far right), with ARF Executive Director Jody Leddy (far right). Photo by: Mike Rhodes

Southside Middle School Student Council Donates to Local Organizations

By: Holly Ford— Muncie, IN—Members of the Southside Middle School student council are learning firsthand what it means to be philanthropists and leaders in the community. So far this school year, they have donated just over $600 to local organizations. The students raised these funds themselves, and voted on which…


Finalists for the Altrusa Club of Muncie 4th Grade Essay Contest. Photo provided.

Altrusa Club Celebrates 30 Years of Essay Contest

By: Ashlee Bane—  Altrusa International of Muncie, Indiana, Inc. recently celebrated 30 years of their annual 4th Grade Essay Contest. Each year, 4th grade classes throughout Delaware County are invited to participate in the contest by having students answer the question ”What would my world be like without books?” The…


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Muncie Free Teacher Store Joins KINF Network

By: Stacy Wheeler— Muncie, IN— The Kids In Need Foundation, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and under-funded teachers, announced it has added the local Muncie non-profit, the Back To School Teachers Store, to its national network of free teacher stores. Now networked with 40…



A teacher works with her students in the classroom. Photo provided.

Teachers Awarded Funding for Creative and Innovative Classroom Projects

By: Kallie Sulanke, The Community Foundation— Muncie, IN—Local teachers will receive $1,984 in Robert P. Bell Education Grants from The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. Across the county, 1,000s of students benefit from Bell Education Grants each year. Awards of up to $450 are available through the Bell Grants program….


Tuesday, February 28, 1967

Fifty Years Ago Today: Fire at Minnetrista

By: Karen Vincent, Director of Collections at Minnetrista— “A most heartbreaking thing happened this evening,” wrote Rosemary Ball Bracken in her diary entry of Tuesday, February 28, 1967. That event was the fire that destroyed Rosemary’s childhood home. Rosemary’s parents, Frank and Elizabeth “Bessie” Brady Ball, built their home on…


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MCS to Implement Dual Immersion Language Program in 2017-18 School Year

By: Ana Pichardo & Holly Ford— Muncie, IN – Muncie Community Schools is excited to announce our upcoming Dual Immersion program set to begin fall of 2017. Students in this program will learn to speak, read, and write in English and Spanish. Using a research-based immersion approach, teachers will conduct…


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February 2017 One of The Warmest in 146 Years

By: BSU News— When Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day — an annual event that means six more weeks of cold weather — little did the animal now we were in for one of the warmest Februarys in 146 years, says David Call, who teaches meteorology at Ball…


Front row: Max Ballard, Christian Bridges, Harley Beatty, Julia Ballard, and Clayton Nannie. Back row: Thomas Reagan, Matt Thomma, Matt Beatty, and Braedyn Stovall. Photo provided.

Muncie Central CyberPatriot Teams Win 1st Place Awards in State Competition

By: Holly Ford— Muncie, IN—Two teams of students from Muncie Central High School recently concluded an exceptional round of competition in the ninth season of CyberPatriot—the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. Established by the Air Force Association, the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created to excite, educate, and…


Geoffrey S. Mearns to become Ball State University's institution’s 17th president. Photo: courtesy of Ball State University

New Ball State President to Begin May 15th

By: BSU News— MUNCIE, Ind. — The Ball State University Board of Trustees today announced that Geoffrey S. Mearns will begin serving as president on Monday, May 15. “This is an exciting time at Ball State University, and we are eager to have Geoff join us,” said Board Chair Rick…


From left to right: Michael Aikin, Javier Onate, and Kelby Stallings. Not pictured: Delyn Harty-Isom. Photo provided.

Four Muncie Central Students Named Inaugural “Rising Stars of Indiana”

By: Holly Ford— Muncie, IN —Four Muncie Central students were recognized in the inaugural Rising Stars of Indiana program, sponsored by the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP). A total of 971 high school juniors from 256 schools were named “Rising Stars.” Each Indiana high school was invited to recognize…


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Ball State University Retains Broadcast Rights for WIPB

By: BSU News— MUNCIE, Ind. — Ball State University will retain operation of its public broadcasting station, WIPB, university officials announced today. Since fall of 2015, the university had been a participant in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) voluntary spectrum auction, which was conducted nationally in an effort to acquire…


Richard Morris at Wapahani High School. Photo provided.

Liberty-Perry Alumni Association to Hold Alumni Walkway Fundraiser

By: Richard Morris— Selma, IN—The Liberty-Perry Alumni Association (LPAA) is a 501©(3) non-profit organization that serves Wapahani, Center and Selma high schools and alumni. Established in 2008, the LPAA gives out two annual scholarships to graduating Wapahani seniors.  In addition, the LPAA sponsors the annual Wapahani All Classes Reunion held…


Aerial image of Muncie Central High School. Photo by: Michael Wolfe

MCS Receives $50,000 Grant from Lilly Endowment Comprehensive Counseling Initiative

By: Holly Ford— Muncie IN—Muncie Community Schools has received a planning grant of $50,000 under Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students. The aim of the Counseling Initiative is to increase significantly the number of K-12 students in Indiana public school corporations and charter schools who are…