Government

Meet Dan Ridenour, Candidate for Mayor of Muncie

By: Dan Ridenour — My name is Dan Ridenour and I am running for Mayor of Muncie. I, like many of you, have been embarrassed by the negative publicity that Muncie has encountered in the last several years. As your next mayor, I intend to create an honest, open and transparent city government. This new style of government will be a focus for me as Mayor of Muncie. Below are twenty of my priorities in no particular order: 1. We will…

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WLBC To Sponsor And Broadcast Muncie Mayoral and City Council Forums in October

By: Steve Lindell— Muncie, IN—Local radio station 104.1 HD1 WLBC will sponsor and broadcast the following political candidate forums in October: October 10, 2019— Muncie Mayoral Forum, at Church of the Living God, 1120 E Washington St, Muncie, hosted by the Muncie Delaware County NAACP. October 17, 2019— Muncie City Council candidate Forum, at Northside Middle School, sponsored by the Muncie League of Women Voters. The October 10th forum will be from 7-8:30 p.m., with the first hour on 104.1 HD1 WLBC,…


City of Muncie Launches ‘BuildingBlocks Website’, Prioritizes Open Data

By: Sarah Beach, City of Muncie— Muncie, IN— The City of Muncie has launched BuildingBlocks, a web-based mapping software that compiles property data into one easy-to-use application, to the public. Through BuildingBlocks, users can see property information like code violations and issued building permits. In the past, this information was attainable only through public records requests made to each individual governmental entity office. The public information BuildingBlocks gathers is from many different public sources including, but not limited to: the…


Muncie Native Serves with Navy’s Weather Command Headquarters at Stennis Space Center

By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bradley Gee, Navy Office of Community Outreach— Stennis, MS – Most Americans rely on weather forecasts to plan their daily routine. The U.S. Navy is no different. With numerous ships, submarines and airplanes deployed around the world, sailors and civilians serving with the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command at Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, advise Navy leaders about the impact of ocean and atmospheric conditions on future operations. Lt. Jeffrey Dodson, a 1992 Muncie Central…


Yorktown’s ‘Four for the Fourth’ Brings In $25,000 For Trail Expansion

By: Pete Olson, Town Manager—  Yorktown, IN— Yorktown’s trail system will see additional updates, thanks to a donation from Four for the Fourth. The committee for the annual four-mile run announced at Monday’s Town Council meeting that this year’s event supported a $25,000 donation to the town. The money will go toward expanding the River Road trail 1,000 feet from where it currently ends to the Woodland Trails neighborhood. “This is a very proud moment for us and a huge…


US Department of Labor Announces Grant Program To Support Women Affected by Opioids

By: Rhonda Burke, Deputy Director of Public Affairs— WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a new grant program to help women affected by the opioid crisis re-enter the workforce. The Re-Employment, Support, and Training for the Opioid Related Epidemic (RESTORE) grant will award $2.5 million to organizations that assist in providing coordinated, employment-focused services to women. The RESTORE program will provide approximately four to eight grants to governments of states and outlying areas, Indian/Native American Tribal governments or organizations,…


Pence Amendment Increases Funding For Rural Broadband

By: Ted Goodman— Pence Amendment successfully increases funding for rural broadband programs, ensuring more communities have access to innovative tele-health technology and distance learning educational opportunities WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Representative Greg Pence successfully offered an Amendment to ensure communities across the 6th District, and rural America, have the necessary support to increase access to broadband programs. The Amendment passed 425 to 6, indicating broad, bipartisan support. “I am grateful for the support of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to…


Yorktown Accepting Applications For New Programming Committee

By: Melissa Jones— Yorktown, IN —With the creation of Civic Green, a multi-generational gathering space in downtown Yorktown, the town is seeking volunteers to serve on its new Civic Green Programming Advisory Committee. The Civic Green Programming Advisory Committee will be in charge of planning and coordinating events on the Green, which will be ready to host community events by the summer of 2020. Members of the council will work within a given budget to bring to Yorktown unique entertainment…


Delaware County Delegation Attends Washington DC Conference to Attract Business Investment

By: Brad Bookout— Muncie, IN—Delaware County Commissioners James King and Shannon Henry along with Director of Economic Affairs Brad Bookout and East Central Indiana Regional Planning District Director Bill Walters attended the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit, June 10-12, in Washington, DC. The Investment Summit is an annual event connecting international companies with communities in the United States to facilitate new business investment. “The SelectUSA Investment Summit provides a platform to be introduced to various businesses so that we can share…


City of Muncie Parks Department Programs Offer Summer Fun For Children

By: Mike Rhodes— Muncie, IN—The City of Muncie will be offering a wide variety of FREE programs for youth to participate in this summer. The Parks Department partners with a variety of local organizations to provide fun activities for youth during the summer, including: Ball State University, the Ross Center, the Buley Center, MAAC, the Boys and Girls Club of Muncie, the Unity Center, the Boy Scouts, and Ivy Tech. Back to Basic Summer Camp will take place from June…