Muncie

Days after a student with a gun was arrested outside a Muncie high school, Gov. Eric Holcomb held an event highlighting two school safety bills in Southern Indiana Friday, but Democrats in the General Assembly are calling for more action on school safety and firearms during the next legislative session. 

Muncie Student Arrested With Gun Across From High School

Aug 8, 2019
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Police in Muncie say they arrested a 15-year-old student with a gun across the street from the city’s high school on Wednesday afternoon.  Indiana Public Broadcasting's Stephanie Wiechmann reports.

An overflow crowd of hundreds of Muncie residents showed up to a city council meeting Monday night to address an issue that wasn’t on the agenda – protesting against a facility that will recycle steel dust into zinc oxide.  Residents say it will pollute the city and cause a mass exodus.

Muncie Vending Machines Helping Homeless

Mar 28, 2019

As of today, two Muncie fire stations are home to special vending machines stocked with supplies to help the city’s homeless after-hours, when local service agencies aren’t open.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, the machines are the first-of-their-kind in Indiana.

“Things like hygiene items, bottles for water, hairbrushes, combs, chapstick…”

That’s Karee Buffin, with Bridges Community Services.  She’s awaiting the placement of the organization’s second vending machine to serve the homeless.

Garfield Home Studio Paws, Inc. Moving Out Of Albany

Jan 30, 2019

For more than 30 years, the town of Albany just northeast of Muncie has hosted PAWS Incorporated, the official home of the lasagna-loving orange cartoon cat, Garfield.  But now the company is moving out of its long-time studio.  As Ball State student reporter Mary Eber reports, employees of the company are transitioning to a work-from-home model.

The world headquarters for Garfield was built for about 60 employees and opened in 1989.

Senate Approves School Financial Management Bill

Mar 7, 2018
Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Lawmakers in the Senate approved a controversial school financial management bill Tuesday.

Parts of the bill would heavily impact the function and oversight of  Muncie and Gary schools and have stirred heated debate in recent weeks.

FBI Agents Raid Muncie City Hall

Jan 5, 2017
Tony Sandleben / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents spent three hours Thursday morning in Muncie, searching an office in City Hall. 

Agents searching the city’s Building Commissioner’s office were part of the Bureau's public corruption unit. 

Muncie city attorney Megan Quirk says city officials did not receive an official copy of the federal search warrant when agents arrived around 9:00 a.m., despite asking for the document. 

Quirk was given an envelope of documents when the FBI finished its search and left the building.

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Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler is on a wild goose chase, literally. Canada geese are flocking to the town in hordes and occupying parkland. Tyler hopes to evacuate the avian infestation with the help of Muncie Parks Superintendent Harvey Wright, who has a plan to ship the geese to another location.

"If we get the 800 caught, then we will take them up north and release them," Wright says.