By Damon LeeLINCOLN, Neb. – Building on the success of previous events, Speedway Motors will host its third annual Racer Appreciation Day on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 1-6 p.m.Racers from around the region are expected to swarm Speedway’s Lincoln, Neb., headquarters for this fantastic pre-season open house and sale.Speedway Motors’ Racer Appreciation Day will showcase hundreds of new and exclusive race parts featured in unique displays. It will provide racers with a fantastic opportunity to try on new safety gear and take advantage of free shock and torsion bar dyno services. Special pricing will be available on all parts counter purchases.This year Speedway will be giving racers an inside look into its state-of-the-art engineering and manufacturing center, as well as the all new Speedway Racing Engines facility.“Speedway is very excited for this opportunity to give our local race customers a first look at our brand new engine facility,” said Clay Smith, president of Speedway Motors. “As we prepare for the upcoming race season, this Racer Appreciation Day is the perfect time to get feedback on this new endeavor as well as show how much local customer support has meant to us for the past 63 years.”Seasoned Speedway tech experts will be on site to share their knowledge and answer questions. Tours of Speedway’s massive warehouse will be available and the Smith Collection Museum of American Speed will be open with free admission throughout the event.Guests can also expect free food and refreshments, plus many chances to win great raffle prizes and other giveaways.For details on the 2015 Speedway Motors Racer Appreciation Day and directions to Speedway’s campus, visit www.Speedwaymotors.com/RacerAppreciation.dlp.Speedway Motors is America’s Oldest Speed Shop® and has made racing safe, fun and affordable for 63 years. Call today toll free at 800 979-0122 for more information or to pre-order discounted parts for quick and easy pick-up at the event.
SALINA, Kan. – Citing a week of torrential rains and no drying opportunities, officials at the Salina Speedway have canceled this weekend’s DirtFest special.With no other options on race weekends before area tracks begin their seasons, the event will not be re-scheduled.
“This new car from David Stremme is incredible,” exclaimed Morris. “It’s certainly been a game changer in my program. We’ve been trying so hard and getting close so many times. To finally put it all together definitely made for an emotional night.” Chris Morris became a first-time IMCA Modified feature winner with a convincing run to the checkers Saturday at I-37 Speedway. (Photo by J.M. Hallas) Even that didn’t deter him as he diced through, increasing his margin to a half track as the white flag waved. With the crowd on its feet, C. Morris crossed the line ahead of Green and Pittaway. By J.M. Hallas Cody Leonard, who denied Morris his first-ever win in the season opener, was on the charge moving up to fourth. Stretching out his lead to a full straightaway, Morris only had slower traffic to contend with. PLEASANTON, Texas (April 6) – Everyone loves a first-time winner and when that person overcomes a physical challenge, even his competitors show their respect. “To hear people like Kris Workman say that I’m an inspiration really humbles me. I’m glad that I can be that for people and show that just because you have a disability things can be done. You can do anything you want. I’m really looking forward to seeing Kris get in his car and get going again.” “I knew I had to get to the front quick otherwise I’d lose ground on the guys. Holes opened up on the inside where I could go good, so it worked out perfect. We made it to the front in two or three laps and stayed up front from there. It was awesome, I just wanted to keep turning laps until I ran out of fuel.” Using only hand controls, Chris Morris dominated the IMCA Modified 20-lapper Saturday at I-37 Speedway and grabbed the victory much to the excitement of the crowd. There was hardly a dry eye in the place. Morris, who started ninth, saw the bottom open up on green and quickly moved up behind leader Jamie Campbell, Bill Pittaway, and defending track champ Rick Green. “That race with Cody on opening night was so fun. I may have come up short in that race, but it was a win in my book. We raced each other clean, it was fun, I had a blast. This race makes up for it. That race and this one are probably the top two races of my career.” “I try to focus on my own race and not look back for who’s coming. I just make sure I hit my marks every lap. When I got up on the lappers I knew I just to pick my way through clean. It just all worked out good.” Feature results – 1. Chris Morris; 2. Rick Green; 3. Bill Pittaway; 4. Cody Leonard; 5. Chris Carroll; 6. Jamie Campbell; 7. Donald Banker; 8. Marcus Mikulencak; 9. Mike Morris; 10. Rob Sanderson; 11. Landon Bednarz; 12. Justin Delgado; 13. Dillon Tindall; 14. Jason Borlace; 15. Chris Jones. He picked off third from Green then got by Pittaway for second. Using the bottom, Morris pulled alongside Campbell on lap three and had the top spot on lap four, bringing Green along to second. From there, he began to stretch out his advantage.
Batesville, In. — The City of Batesville has received $738,111 from The Indiana Department of Transportation Community Crossing Initiative. The Batesville portion is one of 189 grants valued at $115 million awarded across the state recently.The City of Batesville will use the money to complete nearly 20 roadway and sidewalk projects throughout the city including Huntersville Road, West Pearl Street, Tekulve Road and Lammers Pike.As part of the grant, the City will provide local matching grants of 25 percent which will result in approximately $1 million in roadway improvements in Batesville in 2019.“We are extremely grateful to be able to apply and receive this state grant as we could not do this on our own at the local government level,” said Mayor Mike Bettice. “This grant helps us fix up many more roads and put our tax dollars to other good uses.”Governor Eric Holcomb and INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness made the Next Level Roads announcement in Indianapolis on Tuesday, March 26.“Indiana’s fully-funded, long-term Next Level Roads plan means cities, towns, and counties are improving their roads and bridges at levels unmatched in our state’s history,” Gov. Holcomb said in a press release. “Community Crossings projects are crucial to first mile and last mile solutions that companies need when evaluating Indiana to locate their business or expand to create additional jobs.”
Versailles, In. — As the calendar turns and the weather continues to warm, Indiana state parks are ready for your return with Welcome Back Weekend, May 4-5.There will be a host of activities to encourage families to get outdoors and receive a reminder of what makes Indiana special. From mushrooms to paddling to history and hiking, state parks have something for everyone.Brown County State Park is hosting its annual morel mushroom festival May 4 beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing all day. Don’t miss the mushrooms and mash event at 6 p.m.Whitewater Memorial, Mounds, and Pokagon state parks are hosting events through Arts in the Parks for those who want to express their creative sides.Other special events at state park properties include a campground cook-off on May 4 at 5:45 p.m. at Lieber State Recreation Area, a kayak lesson at Chain O’Lakes State Park, Yoga in the Park at Prophetstown State Park, and an introduction to geocaching at Harmonie State Park.Don’t forget about other activities, including the first tunnel tour of the season at Clifty Falls State Park, the guided hikes throughout the state and guided run at Mounds State Park, the Pioneer Village at Spring Mill State Park, and the guided 5-mile and six-ravine challenges at Turkey Run and Shades state parks. See details of these events at calendar.dnr.IN.gov and discover many more activities at other properties across the state.Check out the What’s New list at stateparks.IN gov/9447.htm to catch up on the latest new and improved features. Those include a new campground comfort station at Whitewater Memorial, new ADA-compliant playgrounds in several locations, the restored CCC fire tower at Ouabache, acres of invasive species removed across the state parks system, and 12 newly renovated guest rooms at Turkey Run Inn.Share your adventures on social media. Use the hashtag #welcomebackIN and tag us on Twitter (@INdnrstateparks), Facebook (INdnrstateparksandreservoirs), and Instagram (@indianadnr).If you want to stay a few days, State Park Inns are offering 25 percent off two consecutive nights at the best available rate for any room through May 24, including weekends. Avoid future daily state park entrance fees by getting an annual pass, $50 for residents, $70 for non-residents or $25 for senior Indiana residents.Remember, gate admission is free for everyone on Sunday, May 5 as a part of Visit Indiana Week.
Franklin County improved their conference record to 7-4 on Thursday night, beating Lawrenceburg 5-2 to finish off a week of 3 conference games with a 3-0 record. On the mound, FC got another great start, this time from Sophomore Garrett Ertel. Ertel went a complete game, giving up just 3 hits and 1 earned run while not walking anyone.Offensively, after the Tigers got a run in the top of the 1st, FC responded with 4 runs of their own. 7 different Wildcats recorded hits in the game with 8 of the 9 starters reaching base.FC will host Rushville on Monday night for Senior Night. The Wildcats have 3 remaining conference games and are in contention for the conference title.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Derek Stang.
To see the other laws that take effect click here. Revenge porn will be outlawed. That’s when your former significant other or other people share your intimate photos with people who were never meant to see them.Starting January 2020 you will be able to play live table games at the casinos in Anderson and Shelbyville. Statewide—293 new laws in effect starting today for the state of Indiana.High school students will be required to take a civic’s test to graduate that is identical to the test given to those seeking U.S. citizenshipHemp is happening in Indiana. One new law will open for Hoosier farmers to grow and produce hemp in the state.People convicted of animal abuse cannot own, keep or train a dog or cat for the duration of their probation or parole.They could face felony charges if they hurt or maim an animal.
Versailles, IN—A special prosecutor has been named to look into the shooting death of a black man at the hands of a white police officer in South Bend.Ripley County Prosecutor Richard Hertel has been appointed by a St. Joseph County judge to investigate the incident to see if any charges should be filed against South Bend police sergeant Ryan O’Neill. O’Neill shot and killed Eric Logan back on June 16th as he was responding to a call about a car thief.O’Neill said that Logan came at him with a knife after he had approached Logan who he said was sitting in a car that didn’t belong to him. O’Neill’s body camera was not active at the time of the incident.
Lawrenceburg, IN—Billy Joe Conn, Jr., 35, of Harrison, Ohio was sentenced August 1, 2019. Conn Jr. was convicted by a Dearborn County jury on July 3rd. Conn Jr.’scharges stemmed from his vehicle being stopped on I-74 with over 1 pound of methamphetamine in August of 2018. Based on Conn Jr.’s prior criminalhistory which consisted of fourteen prior felony convictions and the nature of this offense, he was sentenced to 50 years in the IndianaDepartment of Corrections.Conn, Jr. was convicted by a jury of Dealing in Methamphetamine and found to be a Habitual Offender, a Sentencing Enhancement after a three-day jury trial. Conn, Jr. had faced a maximum sentence of up to 50 years.In sentencing Conn, Jr., Judge James D. Humphrey of Dearborn Circuit Court noted that Conn, Jr. had an extensive criminal history including fourteenprior felony convictions and ten prior misdemeanor convictions in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky, including spending time in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction on unrelated charges of Illegal Manufacturing of Drugs and Drug Trafficking. Conn, Jr. was also on felonyprobation at the time he committed this offense.Prosecutor Deddens stated, “thanks to the work of the Indiana State Police, and specifically Troopers James Wells and Jordan Craig, Billy Joe Conn, Jr.was stopped while in possession of over one pound of crystal methamphetamine before he had a chance to spread his wares in any of our communities here in the Tri-State.”
OA Varsity vs Southwestern Shelby 9-9-19 at OA Field winning 2-0.Stephen Hoff scored in period 1 at 35:55 assisted by Ben Kraus on a very nice long cross into the 18. Stephen made a beautiful 1 touch to direct the ball into the back of the net. Henry Kraus scored in period 1 assisted by Max Kirschner on a restart from mid field. Henry also had a beautiful 1 touch inside the 6 to put the ball into the back of the net.The OA Twisters had 18 shots with 9 on goal, 3 off sides, 7 fouls, 1 corner, 4 hand balls and 1 yellow card for having 12 players on the field. Chris Hautman had 9 saves.Southwestern Shelby had 17 shots with 9 on goal, 2 fouls, 5 corners, 1 hand ball and their keeper had 7 saves.We talk about 1 touches frequently and the two goals scored were about as good as 1 touches and assists can get.Courtesy of Sandy Mahoney.