Local & Area News: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Remnants of T.S. Cindy to Bring Heavy Rain to Our Area Friday

Map Courtesy: The Weather Channel

AREA WIDE — We are keeping our eyes on the remnants of, what was, Tropical Storm Cindy here at home.

The storm made landfall early Thursday morning near the Texas / Louisiana boarder.

What’s left of the storm will come north then more east. Current projections are taking the center of circulation just to our south.

That would mean heavy rain and strong storms possible for Friday, especially north and east of the system (which would include our area).

Remember, when looking at the map, the red “cone of uncertainty” forecasts where the center of circulation (eye) is expected to move.  This storm, in particular, packs its heaviest punch in the north east quadrant.  Current tracks show we can expect heavy rainfall on Friday.

We are keeping our eyes on it. We will update you on any LOCAL impacts as forecast models become more certain.


Jasper Council Approves Tax Abatement for New Servus Inc. HQ 

JASPER — A new, multi-million dollar development in Jasper is one step closer to groundbreaking, after the Jasper Common Council, Wednesday night, unanimously approved a tax abatement for Servus Inc. to build a new corporate headquarters.

The new HQ would be complete with a McAlister’s Deli, retail and residential space.

If all goes as planned, Servus CEO Jason Kelly tells WITZ construction could begin by October.

It would take about 12 months to build.


State’s Top Health Official Warns of “Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever”

STATEWIDE — Indiana’s state health commissioner is alerting physicians in the state to be on the lookout for symptoms of a tick- borne illness called Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, after a young child in Plainfield died from the illness earlier this month.

The state’s top doctor urging other doctors not to rule out tick – borne illnesses.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is rare in Indiana, however, this new alert from the health department advises doctors on how to diagnose it and provides a treatment plan.

LISTEN:  Dr. Chandy John, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist, Riley Children’s Hospital


New Hotel Open, Ready to Take Guests

JASPER –A new Jasper Hotel is now open and ready to take guests.

The Dubois County Visitors Center – making that announcement Wednesday.

The Sure Stay PLUS by Best Western features 68 rooms and plenty of amenities.

It’s a great location for attracting travelers, located on Highway 231, 12 miles north of I 64.


Boonville Man Airlifted Following Crash on I 69

PIKE CO. — A Boonville man was air lifted to a hospital Wednesday following a crash on I 69 in Pike County.

The driver, identified as 26-year-old Brandon Hicks, drifted off of the shoulder into gravel, back onto the roadway — spinning out across lanes of travel and into the median before rolling over once.

Hicks was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville by helicopter with back injuries.

His passenger wasn’t hurt.

Northbound lanes of I 69 were restricted for two hours while state troopers investigated.


Consumer Digest Names Holiday World Nation’s Top Value Park

Courtesy: Holiday World Splashin’ Safari

SANTA CLAUS– A leading consumer magazine has named Holiday World the Nation’s Top Value Park.

In its June issue, Consumers Digest states Holiday World earned the top “bang for the buck” ranking with its “charming retro holiday theme” along with free soft drinks, free parking and free sunscreen.

In addition, USA Today and TripAdvisor recently teamed up to determine the Top Attraction in each state, based on reviews and ratings. Holiday World was named Indiana’s top-rated attraction. USA Today also named Splashin’ Safari the nation’s #1 Outdoor Water Park in May, following a month-long readers’ poll.








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