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MSO Announces the 2016 Young Artist Competition Winners

By: Tracy Dishman— Middle and high school musicians from across the state competed for top prizes during Muncie Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition 2016, on Saturday, Jan. 9, at Sursa Performance Hall on the Ball State University campus. The MSO Young Artist Competition offers young Indiana musicians the opportunity to compete with their peers at the highest level of artistic excellence. “For more than 15 years, MSO audiences and those that witness the competition performances are completely awestruck by the…

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Ball Brothers Foundation to Recognize Local Teachers in 2016

By: Jud Fisher— Ball Brothers Foundation will be honoring local teachers in 2016 through the Foundation’s Excellence in Teaching Award. As in previous years, the top honor includes a $15,000 grant to promote innovation in the winning teacher’s district, school, and classroom. The Excellence in Teaching grants program is open to public school teachers with at least three years of experience who are currently teaching in a K-12 classroom in any of Delaware County’s public school systems. Each district develops…


Former Muncie GM Transmissions Plant Land Sale Closes

By: Bill Callen— RACER Trust and Ross Community Center, Inc., today announced the completion of a sale that will result in new recreational opportunities for families on the Southside of Muncie. Ross Community Center has purchased approximately six acres of the former GM Manual Transmissions of Muncie property off West 8th Street, with plans to build baseball fields and other recreational facilities. The land formerly was used for employee parking, and is across West 8th Street from the former manufacturing…


East Central ISBDC Hosts Free and Low-Cost Workshops

By: Christy Ragle— The East Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) has several workshops designed to help area businesses start, grow, and flourish in 2016. To learn more about these workshops or to register, visit www.isbdc.org and click on the “Workshops and Events” link or call Judy at (765) 282-9950. The year begins with a “Launch Your Own Business” workshop from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, January 8, at the Innovation Connector in Muncie (1208 W. White…


New Year, Next Level for Small Businesses

By: Christina Ragle— As small business owners look ahead to 2016, many are ready to take their company to the next level. But what does that involve? Peggy Cenova, Regional Director of the East Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC), works with small business owners to help them achieve goals. “One effective way of looking forward is to look backwards and assess your results from 2015,” Cenova noted. She offers seven considerations for business owners as they reflect on the past…


Cornerstone’s Spring 2016 Arts Programs Classes

By: Jessie Irwin— Explore your creative side this spring with Cornerstone’s diverse class offerings for the spring 2016 session. Classes begin Monday, February 1 and run through Friday, April 29. Classes are offered for youth, family and adults in the areas of visual arts, dance, music, martial arts, and theatre. Class fees are affordable, one-time payments that cover the full twelve weeks of class. Financial aid is available to students who qualify. Youth dance classes to be offered include: Early…


Grant Awards Support Local Efforts to Address Meth Issues

By: Jud Fisher— Ball Brothers Foundation has issued grants totaling $10,000 to protect the health and safety of local law enforcement officers who come into contact with hazardous drug manufacturing materials. As meth lab seizures are at an all-time high in Delaware County, BBF funding will provide officers from the Muncie Police Department and the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department with personal protective equipment. A number of officers from the Muncie Police Department will be outfitted with new respirator masks through…


Cornerstone to Update Electrical and HVAC Systems

By: Marilyn Cleary— Cornerstone Center for the Arts will begin its journey into the modern age starting in January of 2016. Cornerstone, a pillar in the community for almost a century, will receive an update to its electrical and mechanical systems, helping to propel the historic building into the 21st century. Currently in construction, the building is getting an update to the electrical system by adding a 150 kilowatt roof-mounted solar array which will not detract from the buildings original beautiful design…


Harvey Wright to Receive Local Horatio Alger Award

By: Micah Maxwell— The Muncie Boys & Girls Club will honor Muncie Parks & Recreation’s Superintendent Harvey Wright at its Great Futures Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 sponsored by MutualBank. The lunch event will begin at 11:30 AM at the Boys & Girls Club at 1710 S. Madison Street, Muncie, IN 47302. Jud Fisher, President & COO of Ball Brothers Foundation, will be the Featured Speaker for the Luncheon. Children’s author Horatio Alger was well-known for his stories…


Kia of Muncie and ARF Pet Event This Friday and Saturday

By: Dee  McKinsey— ARF’s rescued residents will take temporary residence this weekend in the Kia Showroom, 6732 W. Hometown Blvd, Muncie, just west of the intersection of McGalliard and Nebo roads. This unique two-day event on Dec. 11 and 12, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., is designed to match rescued animals with their forever families in time for Christmas. Kia of Muncie will be taking care of adoption fees for animals from ARF. Applications for rescues are available on…