Indiana State Fairgrounds economic impact tops $190 million

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center announces that the renovation of the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, along with the continued success of the Indiana State Fair and other events held at the Fairgrounds, generated a direct economic impact of more than $197.4 million on the local economy in 2017, according to an Economic Impact Study conducted by the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. This impact figure is an increase of 22% over a 2011 study in which an impact of $161 million was reported. This is the fourth study conducted by the group since 2001.The study concluded that visitors to Indianapolis accounted for $152 million of direct impact, with those attending the Indiana State Fair accounting for 21%, or $31.4 million, of the total. The remaining $42 million in direct impact is attributed to Indianapolis residents attending events at the Fairgrounds. The significant increase over 2011 was due mostly to the renovation of the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, along with changes to the event calendar and inflation.This study also reported that the spending by visitors and the Fairgrounds accounted for approximately 1,088 jobs in the Indianapolis economy and generated $12.4 million in state and local tax revenue. The report states that, like a manufacturing plant, the Fairgrounds generates an economic impact year-after-year that leads to the development of jobs, ancillary services and businesses that rely on the Fairgrounds.“We’re thrilled with the continued success of the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center and proud to be playing such an active role in helping to make Indianapolis a vibrant, prosperous community,” said Executive Director Cindy Hoye. “Visitors turn out in enthusiastic numbers for our events, and the renovation of our historic Coliseum has proved to pay dividends to our organization, our state, and the local economy.”last_img read more


Franklin County woman sentenced in escape, drug dealing case

first_imgBrookville, In. — A Franklin County woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison with six years suspended for dealing in methamphetamine, possession, escape and battery.On October 30 Jennifer Broering, 42, was being escorted to the Franklin County Security Center from the courthouse when she pulled away from the jail officer and ran. Broering was apprehended a short time later with the help of Indiana State Police canine officer in a shed nearby.The jail officer was treated for a shoulder injury.last_img read more


Record ‘Cherry-Thing-A-Ling’ sales reported in 2019

first_imgBatesville, In. — The 2019 “Cherry-Thing-A-Ling” numbers are in and the folks at Schmidt’s Bakery set another record.This year, 145,440 of the sweet treats were sold amounting to 12,120 dozens.  In 2018 118,910 or more than 9,900 dozen were sold.“This started as a one-time promotion on a Sunday in the 1970’s and then turned into tradition. We are blessed to have the community embrace this and look forward to it every year, this is something that makes Batesville exciting,” said owner Bertie Schmidt.The longtime tradition will return February 13-18, 2020.last_img read more


Union County Grad receives Johnny Bench award

first_imgLiberty, IN—In the past, the Johnny Bench Award has been presented to college baseball’s top NCAA Division I catcher, but this year it was extended to include top high school baseball and softball catchers from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia.Nate Webb, a 2019 graduate of Union County High School, a four-year letter winner in baseball, received a congratulatory phone call from Bench himself, but as he was not home at the time, he has the voice mail message from Bench to keep forever.The 10 winners will be honored June 18 at the Johnny Bench Awards Luncheon at Great American Ball Park. An award presentation will also occur on the Great American Ball Park field during pre-game ceremonies before the Reds vs. Houston Astros game that evening.last_img read more


Lady Bulldogs Middle School VB’ers Defeat Lady Raiders

first_imgBMS 7th Grade won against South Ripley 25-10, 25-23.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mehgan Werner.The BMS volleyball team won an exciting game against South Ripley; 25-7, 23-25, 15-9.The team played well in games 1 & 3. Annie Shane and Callie Fletcher had strong digs against the Raider’s many tips. Renee Lecher led the team in serving with 20 points including 12 aces. Kaylie Raver added 14 points with 6 aces. Margaret Wilson chipped in 4 points with 3 aces. Shane & Kaylin Hinners each added 2 service points. As a team there were 16 kills. Hinners led with 5 kills. Raver added 3, while Laura Schwegman had 2 kills. Fletcher, Shane, Sara Lamping, Wilson, and Taylor Blanton each added a kill.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.last_img read more


Timothy N. Filter

first_imgTimothy N. Filter, age 72 years, passed away at The Christ Hospital on Monday, January 13, 2020. Tim was retired as a warehouse manager for Ratterman Southern Leather Company. Beloved husband of Nancy (nee Heinbuch) Filter for 35 years. Dear brother of Paul Filter, Lois Oyler and the late Fay Blersch. Visitation will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 3301 Compton Road (45251) on Saturday, January 18 from 11 AM until time of funeral service at 12 noon. Memorials may be directed to Christ Lutheran Church or the American Lung Association www.lung.org. Neidhard Young Funeral Home, Mt. Healthy, OH entrusted with arrangements, (513)521-7800.last_img read more


Amapakabo picks Ezenwa, Ibrahim, 18 others for Togo

first_imgRelatedPosts Abia Warriors appoint new head coach COVID-19: Three new cases in Ogun are Togo returnees – Commissioner Yobo doesn’t need coaching experience to be on Eagles bench — Bosso Head Coach Imama Amapakabo has unveiled a list of 20 senior home-based professionals to take on Togo’s Sparrow Hawks in Saturday’s 2020 African Nations Championship qualifying final leg in Lagos.Super Eagles’ goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa tops the list, with Nasarawa United’s stormy forward Sunusi Ibrahim and Akwa United’s Ndifreke Effiong, who netted a brace for the U23 team in the 5-0 defeat of Sudan in Asaba in September, also selected.Kano Pillars’ ace Nyima Nwagua, Fatai Gbadamosi of Shooting Stars and Lobi Stars’ trio of Ebube Duru, Sikiru Alimi and John Lazarus make the list, alongside goalkeeper Adamu Abubakar of Wikki Tourists and Enugu Rangers’ Anthony Shimaga are included.Nigeria have a mountain to surmount at the Agege Stadium, Lagos on Saturday, with Togo having won the first leg by a handsome 4-1 scoreline in Lome.20 EAGLES TO WRESTLE DOWN SPARROW HAWKSIkechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Adamu Abubakar (Wikki Tourists); Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba FC); Nwagua Nyima (Kano Pillars); Stephen Manyo (Enyimba FC); Ifeanyi Nweke (Kano Pillars); Ifeanyi Anaemena (Enyimba FC); John Lazarus (Lobi Stars); Reuben Bala (Enyimba FC); Ifeanyi Nweke (Kano Pillars); Ebube Duru (Lobi Stars); Daniel James (Plateau United); Sikiru Alimi (Lobi Stars); Olisah Ndah (Remo Stars); Anthony Shimaga (Rangers International); Fatai Gbadamosi (Shooting Stars); Ibrahim Olawonye (Rangers International); Ndifreke Effiong (Akwa United); Samuel Mathias (Akwa United); Sunusi Ibrahim (Nasarawa United); Mfon Udoh (Akwa United). Tags: Imama AmapakaboSikiru AlimiTogolast_img read more


EPL: Abraham inspires Chelsea win

first_imgRelatedPosts Watford, Bournemouth relegated from Premier League Pearson overwhelmed by fans support after Watford sacking EPL: Foxes attack Watford Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic were on target as Chelsea secured a fourth straight away win with a 2-1 success at struggling Watford.Abraham put the visitors in front with a fine lob after just five minutes following an incredible Jorginho assist.The Italian, in the style of his coach Frank Lampard, steered a stunning first-time curling ball into Abraham’s path and the 22-year-old lifted it over Foster to end a four-game run without a goal.Shortly after, Abraham should have had his second of the evening. Mason Mount had a crack from 20 yards, the ball deflected into Abraham’s path and he tried to slot it past Foster, who was alive to it tipping it wide.From the resulting corner, Christian Pulisic met Willian’s delivery with a looping header and Foster did marvellously to claw the ball away before it bounced into the far corner.The 36-year-old was being kept very busy as he attempted to keep his side in the game and his efforts nearly paid off when Gerard Deulofeu’s low drive flashed past the far post.Mount showed his talent to dribble around three defenders and shoot from 25 yards, forcing Foster into another fine save to keep the gap to one goal at the break.But the Blues were just as keen to put the game to bed when they came out for the second half and made it count just 10 minutes after. Willian found Abraham on the edge of the box on the right and his cutback was met by Pulisic, who tapped home from close range.The visitors, who had scored 16 goals in five away league games, were aiming to pile on the misery with Pulisic and Abraham both going close to adding to their tallies.But it was Watford who got back in it with a controversial penalty award via VAR. Jorginho was adjudged to have tripped Deulofeu inside the box and the Spaniard stepped up to slot into the corner.Despite the Hornets’ best efforts to find an equaliser, the Blues held on to another three points on the road to climb into third and keep within two points of Manchester City. Tags: Watford FClast_img read more


NFF: Pinnick, four others acquitted in $8.4m, N4b corruption charges

first_imgRelatedPosts Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 Chieftains of the Nigeria Football Federation, including its President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, have been discharged and acquitted on all counts of alleged corruption charges in a case brought by the defunct Special Presidential Investigation Panel.The panel, headed by Okono Obono-Obla, who is now on the run to avoid prosecution by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, had filed a 16-count charge against Pinnick, Seyi Akinwunmi (1st Vice President), Shehu Dikko (2nd Vice President), Mohammed Sanusi (General Secretary) and Ahmed Yusuf (Executive Committee member), with wild claims of alleged corruption against them.Among the charges were misappropriation of $8.4 million and N4 billion, conflict of interest and non-declaration of assets.At a point, Obono-Obla wrote to the Confederation of African Football on the issue.On Tuesday, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu dismissed the entire case with all 16 charges and acquitted the NFF chieftains in consideration of the submission of the defence and the prosecution and in line with the rules of administration of criminal justice.Only last month, a motion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to remove the names of Pinnick and Sanusi from the witnesses’ category and add them to the list of accused persons in a case at the FCT High Court over the same $8.4 million FIFA Grant was put on hold after the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation submitted that it was taking over the case with a view to ascertaining its validity.At the court on Tuesday, a counsel from the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, which had taken over the case, said it could not proceed with the matter as the proof of evidence could not sustain the charges.The NFF counsel adduced reasons why the charges could not be sustained: The SPIP Investigation Report dated April 30, 2019, filed as Exhibit 7 in the Proof of Evidence and its Findings as contained on pages 13 to 21 cleared the NFF officials of all allegations, based on the petition investigated by the Panel.A review of the certified true copy of the NFF Bank account with the Central Bank of Nigeria found that there was no transaction of N4 billion or any amount whatsoever on November 3, 2018 as alleged in the charges filed by SPIP.It was also found that the total inflow into the said NFF account for the whole of 2018 is far less than N1 billion.In the circumstances, the Defence Counsel applied to the court to dismiss the charges and also discharge and acquit the NFF chieftains since the proof of evidence could not sustain the charges.The AGF’s office counsel did not have any objection to this submission by the defence.The judge then ruled that in view of these facts, she had no option than to discharge and acquit the defendants on all counts, wondering why the case was brought to the court in the first place.Defence Counsel, Sani Katu, said: “The matter was adjourned till today to allow time for investigation as to whether the defendants should be arraigned or not by the Office of the Attorney General, which had taken over the matter.“The Office of the Attorney General went and investigated the matter and discovered that the proof of evidence could not sustain the charges.“On that basis, the Office of the AGF applied to withdraw the charges and the consequence is that the defendants should be discharged and acquitted from all 16 charges, to which the court agreed.”Tags: Amaju Melvin PinnickNFFOkono Obono-Oblalast_img read more


GOtv Boxing Night Mini: Real One vows to disfigure opponent’s face

first_imgRelatedPosts GOtv Boxing Night 20: TClassic to perform with Zlatan, Mayorkun, Malaika, Oritsefemi GOtv Boxing Night 19: Lightweight division Nigeria’s most competitive – Real One GOtv Boxing Night 19: Joe Boy, Baby Face target N1m Cash Prize West African Boxing Union lightweight champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, has boasted that he will Disfigure the face of Ola Adebakin, his opponent at GOtv Boxing Night Mini on 16 November.Their eight-round lightweight bout is one of the five scheduled to take place at the Rowe Park Sports Complex at Yaba, Lagos.Speaking in an interview yesterday, the WABU champion, renowned for his flamboyance, said Adebakin will become unrecognisable to his family and friends after the fight, as he would messed up his face for good.He expressed confidence that his unbeaten record will remain intact.“I heard  Adebakin has been boasting. No problem. By the time I’m through with him, his family and friends won’t recognise him. I will redesign his face,” he said.Oladosu commended the sponsors for the new event, noting that it will help Nigerian boxers get tested and earn more fights in order to enhance their career records and gain the attention of regional and international boxing bodies to compete for regional and international titles.Other bouts for the event include a national welterweight challenge between Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, West African Boxing Union welterweight champion, and Dennis “The Range” Mba; a national cruiserweight challenge between Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi and Tunji “Germani” Olajide; and a national light welterweight challenge between Waheed “Showmax” Shogbamu Semiu “Jagaban” Olopade.There is also an all-female clash as Cynthia “Omo Bobby” Ogunsemilore will take on Omowunmi “Mummy’s Pet” Akinsanya in a national super featherweight challenge. Tags: Rilwan Oladosulast_img read more