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Muncie Rotary Club Receives Top Awards at District Conference

By: Tom Farris— Muncie Rotary Club Receives Top Awards At District 6560 2015 Mid-Year Conference The Flagship Enterprise Center in Anderson, IN served as the location for the recent 2015 Mid-Year Conference for Rotary International District 6560. District Governor Make Blade gaveled the conference to order and presented opening remarks to the many gathered to learn about the goals, leadership and achievements of Central Indiana’s 45+ District 6560 Rotary Clubs. Conference breakout sessions covered topics such as the Rotary International Foundation,…


Muncie Mission Announces Plans for Thanksgiving Day Dinner

By: Frank Baldwin— Community guests are invited to the 85th annual Muncie Mission Thanksgiving Day dinner. Thanksgiving dinner will be served to residents and community guests on Thanksgiving Day, at noon, at the Mission, 1725 S. Liberty St. “Last year 150 traditional Thanksgiving dinners with all of the trimmings were served by staff and volunteers and another 225 meals were delivered by volunteers around the county to those home-bound. We expect the demands for assistance to be high again this…


Muncie Artists Guild Members Paint Mural for ARF

By: Dee McKinsey— Members of the Muncie Artists Guild donated their time and talents to paint a wall mural in the entrance of the administration building of ARF (Animal Rescue Fund), 1209 W. Riggin Road, Muncie, IN. Susie Burns, Debra Brown and Jean McCauley painted a rural scene entitled “A Promise of Love,” the title of a book co-authored by ARF Founder Terri Panszi and John Carlson, former Muncie Star reporter. The mural depicts animals who have been or currently are…


Ball Brothers Foundation Awards Grants to Local “Makerspaces”

By: Jud Fisher— MUNCIE—Ball Brothers Foundation, one of the state of Indiana’s oldest and largest family foundations, awarded a total of $3,620,000 in grants earlier this month. Grants were awarded to 18 organizations that share the Ball Brothers Foundation’s commitment to improving the quality of life in Muncie, East Central Indiana, and Indiana. Building on the momentum of downtown Muncie’s revitalization and growing attention toward “makerspaces” as centers of innovation and entrepreneurship, Ball Brothers Foundation awarded two grants that will…


Top Education and Governance Honors Awarded to Project Leadership Team

By: Tammy Pearson and Sue Godfrey— Project Leadership and its board vice president won Delaware County’s top education and board leadership awards at the annual Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce dinner meeting last Thursday. Juli Metzger, a 30-year news veteran who now teaches for the Department of Journalism at Ball State and oversees a new $4 million student-run newsroom for the College of Communication, Information and Media, received the Ball Brothers Foundation’s John W. and Janice B. Fisher Governance Award…


Fisher Governance Award Presented to Juli Metzger

By: Jud Fisher and Donna Munchel— MUNCIE— Ball Brothers Foundation has selected Juli Metzger, President of the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Muncie and Vice President of the Project Leadership board of directors as the 2015 winner of the John W. and Janice B. Fisher Governance Award. The award, which recognizes the outstanding service of a board member to a Delaware County nonprofit organization, was presented at the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner…


YOC Foundation Celebrates Shafer Giving Plaza’s 10th Anniversary

By: Polly Craig— The Youth Opportunity Center (YOC) Foundation will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Shafer Giving Plaza and the legacy of the late Hamer and Phyllis Shafer at a luncheon on October 29. Guests of honor will include YOC Founders and Shafer Giving Society Ambassadors. Keynote speaker will be Mrs. Leslie Meese, New Castle, Ind., mother of a YOC alumnus. This annual event is held every fall to recognize the YOC’s generous donors. The Shafer Giving Plaza, dedicated…


Robert P. Bell Teacher Creativity Grants Awarded to Local Teachers

By: Eunice Whitlock— The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. has announced that the following Robert P. Bell grants totaling $5,139 have been awarded to local teachers for the first grant cycle of the 2015-2016 academic year. It is estimated that over 1,771 Delaware County students will benefit from these grants. Julie Rinker Bailey, Northside Middle School, was awarded $211 for middle school English students to establish the connection between emotions and writing through use of emoticons and…


ARF Fundraiser to Offer 2016 Photo Calendar Featuring Muncie Area Pets

By: Dee McKinsey— All Muncie area pet owners, and those who adore their animals, are able to have their furry friends on the 2016 Muncie ARF pet calendar. The calendar will be available for purchase before Thanksgiving and will make a fine holiday gift for your friends. To enter, you’ll need to submit a picture of your pet via email. Email your photo to Vickie@munciearf.com Within the body of your email, you’ll need to include: Your name, address, phone number, size of…


“Nightmare on Main Street” Free Children’s Haunted House at Cornerstone

By: Jessie Irwin—  Looking for some spooky fun for your family this October? Stop by Cornerstone Center for the Arts’ first ever kids-friendly haunted house, Nightmare on Main Street! This low-scare haunted house is perfect for families with children ages 12 and under looking for a good way to celebrate the month of tricks and treats! Come and explore the mysterious top level of Cornerstone which has been morphed into an ooey-gooey lair of fun! Nightmare on Main Street will…