About half of the nation‘s gas stations are currently seeing gas prices below $3.00 a gallon. That includes Indiana where some prices had dropped to $2.89 or lower for regular unleaded on Thursday. That‘s down six cents from last week. Analysts say Indiana will see gas prices drop another ten to fifteen cents a gallon by year‘s end, barring any variables that would include refinery trouble or a global economic incident. The add historically gas prices tend to remain flat or fall during the year end holidays.
Indiana casinos get the first thumbs-up on their quest to get off the water. A legislative study panel in Indianapolis Thursday endorsed a recommendation that would allow Tropicana Evansville and other casinos in the Hoosier State to move off their riverboats and onto land - as long as they stay within the footprint of their current facilities. Lawmakers will use the committee's recommendation as a guide for potential legislation in the new year. The committee also recommended lawmakers take a look at admissions tax that's paid by everyone who visits a casino. Proponents applauded the decisions, saying they would be a shot in the arm to falling casino tax revenues, but it could be a hard sell to get the changes past governor Pence and some other members of state government.
High School Football sectional action tonight: In Class 3-A Gibson Southern at Mount Vernon. Bosse at Heritage Hills. In Class 2-A Mater Dei at Southridge. North Posey travels to Tell City. Class A Tecumseh against North Knox Linton against Perry Central. And in 4-A: Jasper at Central Reitz hosts Owen Valley. And it's opening round for the big schools in 5-A Castle will be at home for Terre Haute South.
An Oakland City Councilman resigns from the post after pleading guilty to attempting to bribe a police officer. 74 year old Darrell "Butch" Corn turned in his resignation Wednesday after pleading guilty in Gibson Superior Court on charges of Obstruction of Justice. State Police investigators say Corn made contact with an Oakland City Police officer in August after his grandson was arrested on charges of minor consumption, offering him $500 to drop the charges in that case. The officer refused and then notified his police chief who got state police investigators involved. A plea deal made with a special prosecutor on the case reduced the charge from a felony to misdemeanor - and gave corn a sentence of one year probation, a fine, and all court costs. He's also prohibited from holding any elected position, or run while on probation. By law Democrats will caucus within 30 days to select a replacement.
Trick or treat events start tonight around the area. Officials at River Oaks in Princeton say they'll host trick or treating tonight from 6 to 7 PM. The public is invited and costumes are welcome. Transcendent Healthcare in Owensville will also host trick or treating from 3 to 6 tonight. That event includes free food, live music, and inflatables. Wabash Valley College's student senate will host Oktoberfest for students and the general public today from 11 until 2 - and there will be a haunted house tonight from 7 to 10, along with a zombie run at 8 PM. Designated trick or treating hours in the city of Princeton are tonight and tomorrow from 4 to 7.