Day of a Thousand Bulbs

The East Central Neighborhood Association arranged for volunteers to plant flowers in a couple of spots downtown. Take a look at the members of the Muncie community during this beautification effort.



LIFESTYLES

Art and All Its Forms

Ball State students in the Ceramics Lab work with lots of different kinds of clay, and for lots of different reasons. Two art students and a ceramics professor share their stories with the Ball State Daily News and reveal what the medium means to them.


LIFESTYLES

Community Through Heritage

Dr. Chin-Sook Pak, associate lecturer of Spanish at Ball State University, coordinated a campus visit of 76 students from Warsaw Community High School in order to give her students an opportunity to share their experiences and successes with them.



LIFESTYLES

Dear Mare...; Dear Susan...

Mare Castner of Muncie, Indiana and Susan Smith of Wales have been friends for 47 years. Their only interaction for 25 years was exchanging letters, but even across thousands of miles, they have supported each other through thick and thin.


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. 







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