Local & Area News: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

WITZ Granted First Interview EVER with On-Screen Mother & Son Duo From “A League of Their Own”


HUNTINGBURG – Celebrating 25 years since the release of the hit film, a League of Their Own, the talented actress playing the crying Evelyn (Bitty Schram) and her brat son Stillwell (Justin Scheller) were welcomed by Huntingburg over the weekend as they took part in festivities.

WITZ was honored to get the first-ever interview with Schram and Scheller together during the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce 1940’s Social.


The pair were joined by Jasper native Ryan Olsen, who played the young man propositioning Dottie Henson in his car after giving her a ride in the film, at League Stadium for the final day of events, including a Peach’s game and photo ops with the stars!

CLICK HERE to watch the Facebook LIVE recording of the full interview.


CLICK HERE to watch WITZ’s Melanie Arehart interview a Peach at the game Saturday!


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Jasper Police Search for Uebelhor Theft Suspect

JASPER —  Jasper Police are asking for the public’s help finding a theft suspect.  Police say the theft happened at Uebelhor Sunday June 11th around 7 a-m.

Surveillance video shows a newer model GMC Yukon.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Jasper Police.

Click HERE to see full screen photos.



Lt. Governor Crouch Speaks at Jasper Chamber Event

JASPER — Indiana Governor Suzanne Crouch was in Jasper Monday, speaking to business and community leaders at a Jasper Chamber of Commerce lunch.

The state’s second-in-command praised Jasper and Dubois County for being a leader in the state.

LISTEN:  Lt. Gov. Crouch commends Jasper for its leadership in the state.


As Lt. Governor, Crouch heads up the office of tourism, housing and community development and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs.  She’s also the state’s Secretary of Agriculture.

Crouch tells WITZ Radio News that rural issues, like we face in Dubois County, are a big part of her current portfolio.

LISTEN:  Lt. Gov. Crouch discusses rural issues she’s working on


During her remarks, the Lt. Governor also praised local businesses for their high standards of excellence, as well as local lawmakers; State Senator Mark Messmer and State Representative Mike Braun, for their work on a funding plan to get the Mid State Corridor Project closer to fruition.


Gas Tax Set to Increase by 10 Cents a Gallon July 1st

STATEWIDE —  If you think you’re paying less to fill up your gas tank, you’re right.

GasBuddy.com says the average price for gasoline across Indianapolis and central Indiana is $2.00 a gallon. That’s 12.4 cents less than a week ago.

The state average is at $2.11 a gallon, while the national average is much higher at $2.28.

Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.com says you’ll be paying higher gas prices leading into the July 4 holiday. One reason is a $0.10 a gallon tax increase that was passed earlier this year by the Indiana General Assembly as part of a 20-year plan to pay for better roads and bridges across the state.

In addition, DeHaan says the increased demand for gasoline during the busy travel season will also cause gas prices to increase.

“We’re expecting gas prices by July 4 to be anywhere between 20 to 40 cents a gallon higher, somewhere between $2.15 to $2.30 a gallon,” says DeHaan.

DeHaan suggests filling up your gas tank before traveling in the days prior to July 1 to avoid paying the extra ten cent a gallon increase between the tax hike takes effect.

LISTEN:  Patrick DeHaan with Gasbuddy.com discusses price increase


Dubois County Among Lowest Unemployment in Indiana Once Again

STATEWIDE — Last week the Indiana Department of Workforce Development revealed the the latest statewide unemployment rate. It sat at 3.2-percent throughout the month of May, which is 0.4-percent lower than what it was in April.

Now the state has released the numbers in more detail to show how the counties themselves are doing. Preliminary numbers show the county with the highest unemployment rate is Vermillion County at 4.2-percent. The counties with the lowest are LaGrange, Dubois and Adams Counties at 2.0-percent.

Of other notable counties, Marion County has the 33rd highest jobless rate at 2.9-percent. Elkhart County, which saw unemployment struggles in the past, has the fourth lowest rate (89th highest) of 2.1-percent which is at a record low.

Other densely populated counties like Allen County have an unemployment rate of 2.6-percent which ranks them 53rd. Vanderburgh County is slightly higher ranked 51st at 2.7-percent

The state Department of Workforce Development says the state added 2,500 private sector jobs last month, with private sector employment growing by more 36,100 over the past year. The numbers had 107,663 people without a job in the state in May.

The national jobless rate is 4.3-percent

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