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22 Children Adopted At Delaware County Justice Center on National Adoption Day

By: Rebecca Bruce— Muncie, IN—On Friday, November 17, 2017, a total of 22 children saw their adoptions finalized at the Delaware County Justice Center as part of National Adoption Day.  14 families left the event with smiles on their faces, balloons on the arms of children, and thankful hearts.  The hearings started at 1 p.m. in the Honorable John M. Feick’s courtroom and ended just before 4:30 p.m. in the Honorable Marianne L. Vorhees’ courtroom. The youngest child to be…

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Muncie Sanitary District Completes Madison St Underpass Storm Sewer System Upgrade

By: Nikki Grigsby— Muncie, IN – On Oct. 4, the Muncie Sanitary District held a ribbon-cutting ceremony announcing the completion of the Madison Street Underpass sewer system upgrade. From start to finish, the underpass redevelopment was a collaborative effort from the Muncie Sanitary District, Bowen Engineering, United Consulting, and HWC Engineering. With a 40-foot deep pump station, 750,000-gallon steel storage tank, new underground drainage infrastructure, and 2,100 linear feet of force main pipe, Madison Street’s flooding challenges of years past have…


Muncie Native Bryan Ellis Earns Coveted Title of Navy Chief Petty Officer

By: Navy Office of Community Outreach— Millington, TN – Navy Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Bryan Ellis from Muncie, Indiana, was recently promoted to chief petty officer, an accomplishment that only one in five eligible sailors achieve each year. Chief Ellis, a 1987 Wes-Del High School graduate, is currently serving aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. “Being selected for chief petty officer means everything,” said Ellis. “The only goal I have set for myself was to become a chief. I also understand…


U.S. Department of Labor Recognizes “National Disability Employment Awareness Month”

By: Bennett Gamble–  Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor is celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month throughout October. The Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) previously announced the month-long theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.”  “This October, we celebrate the contributions and achievements of Americans with disabilities as part of the American workforce,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “We are reminded that the role of Americans with disabilities is not defined by what they cannot do,…


Muncie Police Department To Host “Dogtoberfest” K-9 Fundraiser

By: Kaitlyn Davis— Muncie, IN – The Muncie Police Department is hosting its first fundraiser for the K-9 unit.  Dogtoberfest – a twist on the traditional Oktoberfest – will take place Oct. 21 at Canan Commons. Dogtoberfest, an event for dogs and their human companions, will feature more than 30 vendors for dogs, activities and games, special dog treats, and pup merchandise for purchase. Dogs are encouraged to dress up for the costume contest. Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) will be…


USS Indianapolis Located in Philippine Sea

By: USS Indianapolis Expedition— Seattle, WA,  – Wreckage from the USS Indianapolis was discovered on Aug. 18 by the expedition crew of Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel, which is owned by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen. The Indianapolis was found 5,500 meters below the surface, resting on the floor of the North Pacific Ocean. “To be able to honor the brave men of the USS Indianapolis and their families through the discovery of a ship that played such a…


Meet Jonathan Lamb, Republican 6th District US House of Representatives Congressional Candidate

By: Jonathan Lamb— I am Jonathan Lamb, and I am an eighth generation Hoosier. I was born and raised right here in Delaware County. My wife, Mollee, and I live in Mt. Pleasant Township with our 4 year old and 8 year old boys. I am a graduate of Yorktown High School and I hold degrees in Economics and Risk Management from the Miller College of Business at Ball State University. I also have an MBA from North Carolina State University. Mollee…


Muncie Police Department Introduces “Ride Along” Program for Community Leaders

By: Mike Rhodes— Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a police officer in Muncie? The Muncie Police Department recently introduced a new program that allows community leaders/members to “ride along” with a police officer for a few hours to learn what a Muncie Police Department officer does on patrol. According to MPD Police Chief Joe Winkle, “My son, Patrolman Chase Winkle, brought the idea to my attention and we discussed it with the other officers in…


City of Muncie Announces Appointment of Kevin Nemyer as City Controller

Muncie, IN—The City of Muncie has announced the appointment of Kevin Nemyer to the position of City Controller. Kevin has a Master’s of Business Administration from Ball State University and has extensive experience in management, supervision and cost control. He has also served on the Delaware County Council as Finance Committee Chair and on the Liberty-Perry School Board where he oversaw the school corporation budget. Kevin has most recently served as the Assistant Director of Community Development where he was responsible…


Delaware County to Receive $67 Million in INDOT “Next Level Roads” Initiative

By: Stephanie Wilson— To view the construction plan for the first five years of Indiana’s Next Level Roads initiative by project, in Delaware County Click here. INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Commissioner Joe McGuinness yesterday kicked off Indiana’s Next Level Roads initiative and shared construction plans for the first five years of a new 20-year program to improve Indiana’s roads and bridges. They were joined by members of the Indiana General Assembly, who advanced legislation…