Finished in 1937, the Beneficence statue or “Benny” was the last piece of work commissioned from sculptor Daniel Chester French. Isaac Miller, the video media intern at the Ball State Foundation, was able to capture Beneficence during sunset in February 2021. Isaac F. Miller, Contributor, DN File

We Are All Part of Beneficence

Ball State faculty, students, alumni and president Geoffrey Mearns comment on the significance of Beneficence, the winged statue that has been here for 85 years on September 26. 



LIFESTYLES

Taking Fate Into Her Own Hands

Amber Greene opened Fate Style Studio in July 2021 in response to job search troubles during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. She discusses the philosophy of her business as well as her role as a local business owner.


LIFESTYLES

Student Loan Relief in Reality

On August 24,  Biden announced a plan to cancel up to $20,000 in student debt for qualifying borrowers. BSU students and faculty give their perspective on the matter and its significance.


James Murray (left) and Ryan Murray (right) stand in front of a display case at Murray Jewelers. The two are co-owners and the fifth generation in their family to run the business. Maya Wilkins, DN
LIFESTYLES

A Century of Silver and Gold

Murray Jewelers, a watch repair store turned custom-made jewelry vendor, has been in business for 137 years. Co-owners Ryan and James Murray discuss their business and the significance of a long-standing family-run store.



Portrait of Brian Richards (left) and Nick Richards (right), taken Aug. 18. Nick has worked at Maxwell’s for 4 years and has rallied a strong clientele for such a short time, Brian Richards says. Miguel Naranjo, DN
LOCAL BUSINESSES

A Cut Above The Rest

Maxwell's Barber Shop has been in business for 62 years, putting the customer first all the while and planting deep roots in the community. Most recently, Maxwell's has begun giving free haircuts to law enforcement officers and raising funds to send gift cards to local agencies and departments.



Fire Up DWNTWN featured many things including murals, hot air balloons, vendors of local businesses, bands and anything in between. This event took place August 6, 2022, from 1-10 p.m. in Muncie, Indiana. (Kyle Smedley/DN)
DWNTWN EVENTS

"I love Muncie": Fire Up DWNTWN was a step in helping rebuild Muncie by bringing people together and supporting local businesses

Though it didn’t go exactly to plan, Fire Up DWNTWN took over Walnut Street and the rest of downtown Muncie, Indiana, August 6, 2022. Hot air balloons still briefly took the skies, local businesses set up shop under tents, food trucks lined the street and countless other events ran from 1-10 p.m., prompting Muncie’s community to show out in full form. 



Blue, white and red fireworks are shot off in the sky above Muncie Central High School for last year’s annual firework show. The firework show in Downtown Muncie is one of several in the area.  DN FILE PHOTO RJ RICKER
INDEPENDENCE DAY 2022

AP: A turbulent US this July 4, but many see cause to celebrate

Associated Press: "Independence Day arrives at a time when the United States is roiled by hearings over the Jan. 6 insurrection, awash in turmoil over high court rulings on abortion and guns and struggling to maintain the common bonds that keep it together. Yet many also see cause to celebrate: The pandemic continues to be on the wane and, despite its faults, America's democracy survives."


Find the perfect event to celebrate the holiday this weekend.
FOURTH OF JULY

Independence Day activities in Delaware County

All throughout Delaware County, city officials, local businesses, and charitable organizations alike are celebrating Independence Day in a myriad of different ways. If you’re looking for something to do or maybe looking for a way to spice up your 4th of July celebration, here are five different events taking place on July 4 that are sure to be a blast.







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