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The 2016 VIVA Awards presentation at the Horizon Convention Center. Photo by: Matt Howell

VIVA Reservations Open for April 18th Event

By: Sara Shade— Muncie, IN —The Muncie Rotary Club, Muncie Sunrise Rotary Club and United Way of Delaware County announce that reservations for the annual VIVA Awards, celebrating Very Important Volunteers, are now open. The VIVA Awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated the highest level of volunteer activity to serve the civic and social needs of our community. The event rewards,…


Photo by: Kishel Photography

4th Annual “Runway for Rescues” to be Held April 1st

Muncie, IN – The 4th Annual Runway for Rescues will be held at 8 p.m., April 1, at The Muncie Civic Theatre, 216 E. Main Street, sponsored by Kishel Photography. It will feature fashions from the Buckle in the Muncie Mall, worn by models in the Kishel Photography Senior model program. Hair and makeup is by Amber’s Beauty School. There will be a VIP reception…


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Second Neighborhood Conference Connects More Neighbors, Ideas

By: Emily Royer— Neighbors picked up conference bags and name tags the morning of March 4th as they checked in for the second Neighborhood I.D.E.A. conference. While they greeted one another, they shared their level of enthusiasm for Muncie by placing a sticker on a “Continuum of Engagement” with options ranging from ‘hostile’ to ‘love’. Unsurprisingly, nearly all the stickers…


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Living Proof Reenactment Set for April 5th and 6th

By: Bruce Qualls— As we head into this season of school parties, proms and graduations, I devote myself to a project that is near and dear to me: “Living Proof.” I chair this event because if I can save at least one Delaware County youth from being in a drunk driving crash, it is worth it. I hate drunk drivers,…


The Delaware County Pride Team performs in the lobby of IU Health, Ball Memorial Hospital. Photo by: Mike Rhodes

Delaware County Prevention Council Spring Programs

By: Dee McKinsey— Too Good for Drugs (TGFD). A school-based, evidence-based prevention program. DCPC is offering the program especially geared for grade school levels three – eight. TGFD focuses on developing personal and interpersonal skills to resist peer pressures, goal setting, decision making, bonding with others, have respect for self and others, managing emotions, effective community and social interaction. The…



Ken Hudson. Photo provided.

Meet Whitely Community Council’s New Executive Director

By: Rebecca Parker— Muncie, IN— Whitely Community Council (WCC) will welcome its first Executive Director, Ken Hudson, in April. After a long and successful managerial career in the for-profit world, Hudson is looking forward to a new challenge and is ready to learn more about the nonprofit world and the Whitely Community. “I have worked in management or some form…


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YMCA of Muncie Raises $270,000 to Support Community Needs

By: Kristen McConnell— Muncie, IN—The YMCA of Muncie held its Annual Campaign’s Victory Celebration, announcing the goal of $260,000 was exceeded. A team of 140 volunteers and staff solicited over 700 donations from community members and corporations. Co-chairs Melanie Howe and Dan Wolfert led the celebration that not only recognized the accomplishment of exceeding the $260,000 goal, but also the…


ecoREHAB Executive Director Craig Graybeal introduces Ball State students to Muncie native, Norma Ruttan, who purchased the nonprofit’s latest rehabilitated home. The students—a mix of public relations, marketing, and advertising majors—are helping ecoREHAB increase the impact of its neighborhood revitalization efforts. Photo provided.

ecoREHAB Builds Community, One House at a Time

By: Shannon Greeley— Retired school teacher Norma Ruttan thought she might never leave her mobile home. But in January, the Muncie native moved into her “dream house” doors down from her son in the Thomas Park/Avondale neighborhood. Her inviting, energy-efficient home had been a vacant, dangerous eyesore. In January 2014, the city condemned the 10th Street property after its owner…


Shannon Linker. Photo provided.

MACC and BSU School of Art Partner on Professional Development Artist Series

Brings Indy-based Shannon Linker of Arts Council of Indianapolis to Muncie By: Braydee Euliss — Muncie, IN—Muncie Arts and Culture Council and Ball State University School of Art have partnered to present a series of professional development talks and workshops for artists throughout 2017.  The second event in the series brings Shannon Linker, Vice President and Director of Gallery 924…