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.



Ivy Tech's mascot, Roadrunner, makes an appearance for some photo shoots with some Muncie locals and their furry friends in Muncie on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Ashton Connelly, DN
COMMUNITY

Building the Bridge

After two years of cancellations, the Muncie Bridge Dinner returned Thursday. The event, held on the Washington Street bridge in Muncie, attracted members of the community, including Muncie locals and Ball State University students.


A tent and bus are set up at Payless in Muncie, Indiana, Sept. 17, 2022, for a Hunger Awareness food drive held by the Muncie Soup Kitchen, Panther Pantry and Cardinal Kitchen. The event was from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kyle Smedley, DN
HUNGER AWARENESS MONTH

A Constant Need

The Soup Kitchen of Muncie, Panther Pantry and Cardinal Kitchen teamed up for their food drive Sept. 17, "Stuff-A-Bus". While the three organizations serve three different segments of the Muncie community, they all aim to address hunger and food security.


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.



A vendor sets up shop at the Pride festival at Canan Commons in downtown Muncie, Sept. 3, 2022. (Mya Cataline, DN)
MUNCIE OUTREACH

People Like Me

 For 10 years, Muncie OUTreach has provided Delaware County’s LGBTQ youth with an outlet to express themselves and build their own community.


Through their free-to-all 'Impact X Class,' those involved hope to bring about innovation from within Muncie. The 12-week class begins Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. (Josie Santiago, DN)
BUSINESS/ENTREPRENEURSHIP

IMPACT

Mike Martin, along with Christina Mann and Kory Gipson, are set to teach a 12-week “Impact X Class” starting September 13, a collaboration between Ball State University’s Entrepreneurship Center, the City of Muncie and the In Place Impact Muncie Initiative, hoping to help Muncie’s entrepreneurial and economic scene grow.


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.


Ball State professor Kate Elliot talks to her class about creating bookmarks for United Way: Day of Action Sept. 1. Elliot is on the board of this foundation and is looking to introduce it to her students by having them participate in making inspirational bookmarks. Meghan Sawitzke, DN
DAY OF ACTION

A Helping Hand

Ball State’s Office of Community Engagement holds its annual Day of Action Friday, Sept. 9, to help Delaware and surrounding counties with providing basic necessities. 



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. 



Art on the side of two buildings in downtown Muncie, Indiana, pictured the morning of July 19, 2022. This art not only showcases the artists' ability but promotes the local businesses inside the building the art is featured on. (Kyle Smedley/DN)
ART

Art of downtown Muncie: Part 2

Art on the side of two buildings in downtown Muncie, Indiana, pictured the morning of July 19, 2022. This art not only showcases the artists' ability but promotes the local businesses inside the building the art is featured on.


A series of photos taken July 12-13, 2022, feature art in downtown Muncie, Indiana. Some photos include art that showcase love for the Muncie area and some simply show art itself. (Kyle Smedley/DN)
ART

Art of downtown Muncie: Part 1

A series of photos taken July 12-13, 2022, feature art in downtown Muncie, Indiana. Some photos include art that showcase love for the Muncie area and some simply show art itself. (Kyle Smedley/DN)







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