Local & Area News: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

NEW:  Hear From Tom Kleinhelter on His Run for Sheriff in 2018

JASPER — As we told you yesterday, Tom Kleinhelter, a veteran sheriff’s deputy and lead investigator with the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, confirmed to WITZ Radio News yesterday he is running for Dubois County Sheriff in the 2018 Mid-Term Election.

Click HERE to read KIeinhelter’s full statement confirming his candidacy.

David Shepherd, Director of News and Public Information for WITZ Radio News, spoke to Kleinhelter about his decision to run and why he thinks he has what it takes to make a great sheriff.

LISTEN to our full interview with Kleinhelter



NEWS ALERT:  Crews Respond to Serious Crash on SR 161 

HOLLAND — Crews are responding to a four-vehicle crash on SR 161 at 1200 South in Holland.  Life Flight has been called in, as has two ambulances.

The crash has closed the roadway.

We will keep you posted on-air and through our social media platforms through the morning.


Neighborhood Meeting Held on Plans For New Jasper Senior Living Community

JASPER — A new senior living community is coming to Jasper.  The planned development will provide housing for a wide range of seniors, from those looking for senior living to Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

A public meeting was held Monday night at Shiloh Methodist Church in Jasper to give residents a chance to meet the owners and masterminds behind the project and to get more information about the senior living community.

LISTEN:  Tony Schantz and Al Wurster from Legacy Living tell WITZ NEWS about the project

Project managers tell me they plan to go to zoning July 5th.  Final zoning approval is expected by early September.

If all goes as planned, the project could break ground before winter hits.

From there, construction is expected to take 12 to 14 months.

They could be taking applications for residents as early as February 1st of next year.


Indiana Rolls Out New 10-Year Agriculture Plan

STATEWIDE — The state has rolled out a 10-year plan to grow Indiana agribusiness.

The last strategic plan for agriculture was 11 years ago. Department of Agriculture director Ted McKinney says with all the changes since then, it’s time for a new one. He says Indiana’s ag economy is more diverse now, with manufacturers of pet food and farm equipment, and more and more companies which process crops and livestock after they leave the farm.

Most of the plan’s 86 action items center on reminding people agribusiness is big business. It calls for teaching agriculture in schools, and adding farmers to state and local economic development boards. The plan also calls for comparing Indiana’s agribusiness incentives with what other states offer, and for a P-R offensive to push back against animal-rights protesters and other critics of commercial farming practices.

The plan renews a call to expand broadband into rural areas. And McKinney boasts the 10-year road funding plan approved this year includes attention to rural roads and bridges.

The plan sets what McKinney acknowledges is an ambitious goal of growing Indiana’s farm economy by three-billion dollars in 10 years. That would represent about a 10-percent increase.


Kimball Hospitality to Overhaul Jasper Facility

JASPER — Kimball Hospitality has announced plans for an overhaul of its Jasper manufacturing facility.

The Jasper – based company revealed plans for the expansion during this week’s special Jasper Economic Development Commission Meeting.

The company is requesting a tax abatement on the estimated $4.4 Million  project.

Roughly $3.6 Million will go into the new manufacturing equipment designed to streamline production.

The rest of the funds will go into renovations and manufacturing processes.


TRAFFIC ALERT:  Bartley Street to Close for Sewer Work

JASPER — Knies Construction will be closing Bartley Street, south of 13th Street Wednesday June 28th for sewer replacement.

It will be closed from around 8 a-m and could stay closed through Thursday.

Crews, however, will re-open the road around 4 tomorrow afternoon ONLY to residents who live in the area.

The closure is baring inclement weather or other unforeseen events.


Drivers Prepare for Big Fourth of July Holiday Travel

STATEWIDE — If you plan on traveling somewhere for the Fourth of July – you’re not alone. AAA says more than 44 million Americans plan to drive or fly more than 50 miles from home this weekend. That’s a million more Americans compared to this time last year. One reason why more people may be traveling this weekend – is because of lower gas prices. GasBuddy.com says you’re paying an average of $2.18 a gallon across Indy and Central Indiana today, which is up almost 20 cents a gallon compared to this time last week!

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