Local News: Monday, November 13, 2017

Group Asks Public For Help Finding Ireland Vandals

IRELAND — Vandals strike in Ireland.

A post on the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Facebook page over the weekend states pumpkins were smashed and large ruts were made in the grass at the Westside Landscaping area.

The group is asking anyone with information into the vandalism to contact the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department at 482 – 3522.


Police to Step Up Patrols Beginning This Weekend

DUBOIS CO. — Area law enforcement agencies want you to drive safe this Thanksgiving holiday.

Indiana State Police, The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Jasper Police have announced an enforcement blitz starting this coming weekend.

Police will be stepping up their patrols, checking for impaired drivers or those not wearing a seat belt.

Last year, Indiana reported 211 deaths and over 2 thousand injuries and police say Thanksgiving is the deadliest travel time of the year.


Game Night to Benefit Southridge Band Boosters

HUNTINGBURG — The Southridge Band Boosters will host their annual Card Party and Game Night Tuesday, November 14, at the Huntingburg Event Center from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Admission is $2.

There will be different auctions and prizes through the evening.

Proceeds go to the Southridge Band Boosters.


Indiana Sunday Alcohol Sales?  Maybe!

STATEWIDE — Two powerful business associations on opposite sides of the battle over Indiana alcohol laws have struck a deal.

The trade association representing liquor stores and the group representing supermarkets say they’ve agreed to unite in supporting Sunday sales, while continuing a ban on letting anyone but liquor stores sell cold beer. They’re also uniting in opposition to any restrictions on where and how stores display alcohol.

The last serious attempt at allowing Sunday sales, in 2015, collapsed under the weight of proposed new restrictions, including a requirement that supermarkets keep alcohol behind the counter or create a walled-off separate section of the store.

The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers has argued for years Sunday sales would put up to a quarter of Indiana liquor stores out of business. Chairman Jon Sinder says he still believes Sunday sales will be bad for business, but says “it’s time.” He says it was clear it was a matter of time before legislators approved Sunday sales, and says the association sat down with the Indiana Retail Council to reach an agreement.

Retail Council president Grant Monahan says Sunday sales was always most important to supermarkets. He says Sunday is the second-heaviest shopping day, and customers wanted the convenience of being able to do all their shopping then. And he says the formation of a commission issuing recommendations later this month on changes to the alcohol law prompted the two sides to step up discussions.

The new alliance fractures an old one. Supermarkets and convenience stores have both been lobbying for Sunday sales and cold beer for years — it was the acquisition of restaurant permits by Ricker’s convenience stores which prompted legislators to form the study commission. The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association blasts the deal as “backroom gamesmanship” and “hypocrisy,” and says it’ll continue pushing for the right to sell cold beer.

It’s still up to legislators to decide what changes to make.




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