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Business Government

Large Hog CAFO Coming to Delaware County

By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana BLOG – I’ve written numerous articles on Confined Animal Feed Operations (CAFO) and the farming industry like here and here within the United States and Indiana. Leading experts like John Ikerd have been educating anybody who will listen with an open mind. Other food industry experts have been coming from […]

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Government

ISTEP Results Show More Than Test Scores

By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana (NEWS) – The annual ISTEP test results were released showing the pass/fail rates of grades 3-8 and 10th, and the results are flat. But the scores also tell many other stories. State lawmakers have bet big dollars that charter schools will improve the scores where traditional schools and teachers have […]

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Business City County Government Wellness

Indiana Workers Just Got Sucker Punched by GOP

Hoosiers’ Income Lagging for Decades Muncie, Indiana Blog – As a journalist and progressive, it’s difficult to share these type of facts with workers residing in Muncie, Delaware County, and Indiana. Although each week and month we pay bills, we instinctively know that our incomes aren’t keeping up. We hear the Pope and national leaders […]

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Community Government

Forming a Regional Development Authority is a Bad Idea

Forming A Regional Development Authority is Not in Our Best Interest MUNCIE, Indiana BLOG – When Governor Mike Pence announced his Regional Cities Initiative last April, we immediately began to read the pros and cons for this program. We’ve read many articles from around the state speaking about this unfunded program offered by our governor. […]

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Community County Government

Mounds Lake Moves One Step Closer to a Commission

MUNCIE, INDIANA – BLOG – We’ve written plenty on our website and social media about our objections to the estimated half billion project in Madison/Delaware County called Mounds Lake Reservoir. We’ve also been honest about our original interest in the project’s concept. East Central Indiana could use the high-end housing stock and commercial development which […]

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Business Government

Mounds Lake Proposal Not Ready for a Commission

Muncie, Indiana NEWS – Opponents of the Mounds Lake Reservoir breathed easier since the Delaware County Council chose not to vote on joining the Mounds Lake Commission during this weeks ordinary council meeting. From what we’ve been told, the lawyers are determining the actual consequences for Delaware County should they vote no, and clarifying what […]

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Mayor Dennis Tyler Declares “Muncie Moving Forward”

MUNCIE, Indiana – This past week, City of Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler gave the “State of the City” address to a packed house of attendees at the Horizon Convention Center. While the address is generally retrospective, I get the sense this is yet another symbol of spring, or the birth of a new life for […]

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Business Government Wellness

County Health Rankings: Delaware County Ranks 83rd

MUNCIE, IN – The County Health Rankings were released today and Delaware County slipped a spot to rank 83 out of 92 counties in Indiana. We are not surprised since the Gallup WellBeing Index was released yesterday showing Indiana has made no progress over the past year. The County Health Rankings measure the health of […]

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Government Wellness

Gallup Wellbeing 2013 Index: Indiana’s Health and Wellness Ranks Poorly

MUNCIE, Indiana – Gallup Wellbeing Index was the first 2013 health ranking or wellness index released this week with the second one due tomorrow morning. In the last decade, Indiana and Delaware County have been bottom dwellers hovering at or near the bottom quintile with states like Ohio, most the south and West Virginia. For […]

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Education

School Consolidations: Who’s Next?

MUNCIE, IN – As the 2013 saga involving Muncie Community Schools is winding down, except for the Tea Parties always festive tradition of “beating the dead horse”, we are starting to get some clues about who might be next in Delaware County school consolidations. As Governor Mike Pence is learning, before you promise businesses that […]