Local News: Thursday, January 11, 2018

Winter Storm Eye the Area; Crews Prepare

AREA WIDE — A WINTER STORM WATCH remains in effect for Dubois County and the surrounding areas from Friday morning through Saturday morning.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Louisville say rain this evening will change over to freezing rain and sleet before ending as a period of snow.

The precipitation, whichever form it takes, may be heavy at times.

The weather service estimates snow and sleet accumulations of up to 4 inches will be possible, with locally higher amounts in the within the watch area.

Ice could accumulate 1 to 2 tenths of an inch.

That will likely create hazardous conditions for your morning commute tomorrow.

Local highway crews are monitoring the storm and ready to start treating those roads once they start getting slick, says county highway superintendent Steve Berg.

Berg asks drivers to slow down and give the trucks room to work.

Obviously, with the potential for significant winter weather tomorrow, we will be on storm watch here at WITZ.

Be sure to tune in early tomorrow morning, starting at 5:00 a..m.

Charlie Wayne will have all of the delays and closings and David Shepherd will have your road conditions and other important information about the storm.


Jasper Man Arrested on Meth Dealing Charges

JASPER — A Jasper man is in the security center today on charges of dealing meth.

Police arrested 23-year-old Dylan Crays this week In connection to incidents last ear where he allegedly dealt meth at 2 Jasper businesses.

Crays is charged with two felony counts of dealing meth.



Saint Mary’s to Break Ground on New Church

IRELAND — Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland is gearing up to break ground on a new church.

Church leaders will officially break ground on the site of their new church, just west of the current parish.

The ceremony will be held Sunday, January 21st at 11:15 a.m, following their 10 o’clock morning mass.

The public is invited to attend.



Lifting Sunday Alcohol Ban Gets a Big Boost

STATEWIDE — Sunday alcohol sales in Indiana may happen this year. But, at a hearing at the State House Wednesday, some suggestions were made on how to keep young people from buying beer and liquor, whether it’s on Sunday or not.

Lisa Hutcheson, with the Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking, told the Senate Public Policy Committee that she understands that the bill that would allow Sunday sales would likely continue on through the Senate, but she believes some pieces need to be added to it.

Hutcheson said she agrees with a provision already in the bill which would limit hours for Sunday sales. But, she said more could be done to prevent more underage drinking.

“Alcohol is still the most widely used drug by youth and adults bin Indiana and underage drinking costs alone about $1.3 billion every year in our state,” said Hutcheson. “Sixteen to 18 percent of adults in Indiana are binge drinkers and nearly 70 percent of all Hoosiers admitted for treatment are admitted for alcohol abuse.”

Hutcheson said the General Assembly should keep data for at least two years on how Sunday sales affects underage drinking, impaired driving and other possible results of more days with alcohol being sold.

“We recommend that all clerks who sell alcohol be at least 21 years of age. We recommend all clerks who serve alcohol be required to pass a server training course and an exam annually as a condition of licensure,” she said. “We recommend that all alcohol be separated from other products in the store.”

Hutcheson said that recommendation is so young people are not marketed to. She said that applies to signs and all alcohol advertising, which she said should not be where young people can see them.

“We are not prohibitionists. We know that alcohol will continue to have a role in our society, as it always has. But, what role will we give it? The role of convenience beverage that is as accessible as milk or candy, the role of a featured attraction as we continue to elevate beverage alcohol as family entertainment?”

Hutcheson said the caveats she brought up are evidence-based, and she believes they are reasonable.

Sunday alcohol sales was supported by most people who testified in the Senate Wednesday.

  • WITZ is an affiliate of Network Indiana.



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