Government

Safe Haven Baby Box Installed at Muncie Fire Station #1

By City of Muncie Communications— Muncie, IN—In less than 5 years, the Safe Haven Baby Boxes organization has made great strides in accomplishing its primary goal of raising awareness of the Safe Haven Law and eliminating illegal infant abandonment. On Saturday, November 7th, that mission was celebrated as the 50th Safe Haven Baby Box in the nation went live in Muncie, Indiana. Two babies that were surrendered under Indiana’s Safe Haven Law were in attendance at the event along with…

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Commissioners’ In-Depth Report Works to Bring Environmental Clarity to Industrial Park

By ECI Regional Planning District— Delaware County, IN— A comprehensive new report on potential industrial contamination in the county’s largest industrial park provides a road map not only for future economic development but aims to provide clarity for elected officials, concerned neighbors and activists. The 1,900-page report was funded by the Delaware County commissioners in cooperation with the Delaware County Redevelopment Commission and examines what is known about environmental conditions in the Industria Center industrial park. The concerns of neighbors of…


Video: Senator Todd Young on the Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

By Senator Todd Young Press Office— WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) issued the following statement in support of the nomination of Hoosier Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court: “I am thrilled with President Trump’s nomination of fellow Hoosier, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, to serve on the Supreme Court. I’ve come to know Amy as an incredibly sharp legal mind, a woman of great integrity, and a dedicated mother of seven. When Americans elected President Trump to office…


County Commissioners Provide Implicit Bias Training

By Arrick Garringer— MUNCIE, IN —The Delaware County Commissioners recently contracted with Shafer Leadership Academy to provide the workshop “Understanding Implicit Bias and Microaggressions” for their staff, other County employees, and other elected officials. The two-hour workshop, which was facilitated by Ball State University Professor of Sociology Dr. Melinda Messineo, provided participants with an understanding of unconscious bias, its origins, and its connection to micro-aggressions, along with tools and proactive everyday strategies for positive outcomes. Dr. Messineo explains “We used…


$6 Million Mixed-Use Investment Coming to Downtown Yorktown

YORKTOWN, IN – The Town of Yorktown’s Town Council paved the way for a $6 million commercial investment along the new Civic Green by approving an economic development agreement with Rebar Development at a Council meeting on Monday night. The Oliver project meets several of the goals outlined in Yorktown’s Downtown Redevelopment Plan by bringing high-quality, multi-generational places for residents and visitors to live, do business, and be entertained. “We are excited to be partnering with Rebar Development on this…


Key Partners to Combine Forces for Virtual Community Political Candidate Forum Series

By Aimee West, Community Candidate Forum Series Committee— Muncie, IN—Times are hard; the electoral politics of 2020 are confusing; but staying connected to leadership and the issues which impact you the most in our community does not have to be. While our country is experiencing challenges and divisions we have never before faced as a nation, we have an opportunity to come together as a community to learn about the leaders asking for your vote in November. COVID-19 continues to be a barrier for citizens to safely convene and candidates to…


Bureau of Water Quality to Start Testing Wastewater for Covid-19

By Rick Conrad— Muncie, IN—The Muncie Sanitary District’s Bureau of Water Quality (BWQ) recently began participating in a project designed to help aid the community’s response to Covid-19. Sampling for the presence of coronavirus in wastewaters has emerged as a powerful tool for the early detection of outbreaks. One of the greatest challenges in controlling the spread of this virus has been the lag time between when an infected person becomes contagious versus when they become aware they are infected. With…


Muncie Sanitary District Names New District Administrator

By Stephen Brand, MSD Board President— Muncie, IN—The Muncie Sanitary District (MSD) Board of Directors has named a new District Administrator to fill the interim position that has been held for the last year by Board Member Bill Smith. John C. Barlow will be the new MSD District Administrator. The Board of Directors has the authority to hire this position and conducted a search for a candidate that would be able to lead the District into the future and knows…


Delaware County Attracts Growth-Minded Company to Repurpose Empty Industrial Building

DELAWARE COUNTY, Indiana – In another move to create jobs and revenue and reclaim an empty industrial site, the Delaware County (Indiana) commissioners have announced that a closed machine shop in the town of Albany has been purchased by an Illinois company that will relocate its headquarters there. Pinson Manufacturing Company (PMC) will use the 82,000-square-foot former Littler Diecast building in Albany, installing equipment to begin creating products, jobs and tax revenue. PMC will perform CNC (computer controlled) milling and…


Delaware County Commissioners To Put Railroad Spur Into Service

By: ECI Regional Planning District— Delaware County, IN– In a case of making lemonade after life hands you lemons, the Delaware County (Indiana) commissioners have announced that a railroad spur built to serve a now-defunct manufacturing plant will serve as a shipping and receiving point for companies that need goods transported by train. In the fall of 2008, a maker of wind turbine parts announced plans to open a huge manufacturing facility in Delaware County. But the economy soon slipped…