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Education Government

Muncie Community Schools “Has a Checkbook Problem”

By: Todd Smekens March 2, 2017 Muncie, Indiana BLOG – I’ll be honest, I’ve tried to avoid reporting on the negative issues surrounding Muncie Community Schools. My previous article called on the community to work together with Dr. Steven Baule. Quite frankly, the negative energy swirling around this subject is overwhelming. Ultimately, this is about our […]

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Government

Muncie Corruption – FBI Makes First Arrest

Craig Nichols Arrested on 33 Counts Muncie, Indiana NEWS – The FBI has been investigating Muncie officials for over a year now culminating in an arrest last week of Craig Nichols, Muncie’s Building Commissioner. He was given the position by a newly elected Mayor, Dennis Tyler (D) back in January 2012. Mayor Tyler stepped down […]

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Community Culture

Who Engineered Racism in Muncie?

By: Todd Smekens MUNCIE, Indiana NEWS –  I was fortunate to meet with Gary Younge, a very well-respected journalist from London when he first came to Muncie. Gary writes for the Guardian UK, and stayed in Muncie for five weeks, leaving shortly after the election. While he was here, it didn’t take him long to pick up on the […]

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Government

Lee Hamilton: Apologist or Political Leader?

Muncie, Indiana NEWS – Lots of pundits, politicians and academicians trying to explain why progressives are supporting Senator Bernie Sanders, or why fed up conservatives are supporting reality television host/billionaire, Donald Trump. However, most I’ve read in newspapers or listened to on the television are lumping both sides together and calling them “populists”. They use the […]

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Education

Muncie Schools: Leadership Isn’t a Popularity Contest

Muncie, Indiana NEWS– I met with Dr. Stephen Baule, Superintendent of Muncie Community Schools, and found him to be a transformational leader which is exactly what our school system needs. After thirty minutes with him, I left the meeting with two other gentlemen who were equally impressed and all of us agreed, “Muncie school system […]

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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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Community Wellness

Mounds Greenway a Viable Alternative to Mounds Reservoir

East Central Indiana NEWS – The Hoosier Environmental Council, Indiana’s largest statewide environmental policy organization, today renewed its call for establishment of the Mounds Greenway. The organization’s recommended plan would conserve the West Fork White River and provide sustainable economic opportunities for Anderson, Muncie and the communities in between. The Mounds Greenway would be a […]

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Business Community

Gannett Asks Aging Reporters to Leave – Gives CEO a Raise

MUNCIE, Indiana BLOG – As a muckraker, we take hard shots at the yellow journalism produced by our local newspaper, The StarPress. While much of it is deserved, we must admit there is an element of empathy for the few souls who still remain at Gannett’s satellite office producing a daily newspaper. While there is […]

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Government

Indiana Lawmakers are Hoarding Hoosier’s Money

MUNCIE, Indiana NEWS – We’re enjoying the articles which applaud Governor Mike Pence’s honesty about overcharging Hoosiers $2 million through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). That’s a lot of money that has been taken away from Hoosiers needlessly. In fact, according to the press release, the BMV has a history of overcharging: The additional […]

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Government

Ball State University & Gannett: The Blame Game Continues

MUNCIE, Indiana – For those following the story about the “investment loss of $13.1 million” by Ball State University, you’ve witnessed one of the most bizarre news events in Muncie, Indiana’s history. We’re getting a few emails and Facebook messages all saying about the same thing, “What are Ball State and The StarPress doing? Don’t […]