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July 4th Cheetah Chase Opens at Holiday World & Splashin Safari

(NNDC) – Santa Claus

As of July 4, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari will officially be the Water Coaster Capital of the World, with the opening of Cheetah Chase: The World’s First Launched Water Coaster. Cheetah Chase with Tagline.png

“We’re excited to announce the newest addition to our award-winning and record-holding water coasters,” says park President Matt Eckert. “With a first-of-its-kind flat launch and dueling features, we know this ride is going to be a hit with families, and we’re so excited to bring families here to experience the fun!”

With more than 1,700 feet of combined track, Cheetah Chase is the first water coaster of its kind. It is among the first dueling water coasters in the world, and is the first to feature a flat-launching section to start the ride. Riders will be propelled using targeted water nozzles (rather than Linear Induction Motors used for Wildebeest and Mammoth).

To aid in social distancing efforts, Cheetah Chase, along with Wildebeest, Mammoth, Zinga, and Zoombabwe, will operate on the parks’ inLine Reservation System. Guests will be able to use their phones to wait in line, or will be able to make a reservation at the entrance of the ride. Guests will only be allowed to enter these lines by waiting virtually. Both wave pools, Bahari River, and any kids’ play areas will be accessible without use of the virtual line system.

In addition, the park will be changing hours and removing their Happy Halloween Weekends event for the 2020 season, but adding two more weekends of Splashin’ Safari operations. 

(Click on the Video and enjoy the ride)   See you July 4th!



“This was a difficult decision for us to make,” says fourth-generation owner Leah Koch, “but it’s one that we feel is best for our employees, our Guests, and our future. This year hasn’t been typical in any way and the best option we have is to manage our business conservatively so we can return to better hours and deliver an even better Guest Experience for our 75th season in 2021.”

Due to the change in calendar, Friday Night Fireworks will be moved to Saturday nights. 2020 Season Passholders will be given additional perks, and will have an opportunity to purchase deeply discounted 2021 Season Passes.

Park entertainment will also be returning beginning July 4:

  • LOL! Comedy Magic Show with Brandon Baggett
  • Dive!
  • Holidog & Friends
  • Saturday Night Fireworks Shows

More additions for the 2020 Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari Season include: 

  • New food items like Ben’s Soft Pretzels, fried avocado, churro donut, pork tenderloin and more!
  • Track improvements for 800 feet of The Voyage, the world’s second-longest wooden roller coaster
  • Holiday World Digital Photo Pass with On-ride photos at The Voyage, Thunderbird, Frightful Falls, Gobbler Getaway, Cheetah Chase, and Wildebeest.
  • Worry-Free Weather Guarantee
  • The return of Kids World and more!

Holiday World will also be hosting 4th of July Fireworks this Saturday at 10:00 PM Central Time.

Notes, Jokes, & Quotes

NNDC Regular Update:

With all the depressing news out there, NEWS NOW is happy to help you take your mind off all that and present you with our regular update called Notes, Jokes, & Quotes. Enjoy from the News Now Team.




Notes & Facts:

  • When a male penguin falls in love with female penguin, he searches the entire beach to find the perfect pebble to present to her.
  • New Zealand will deny people residency visa’s if they too high of a BMI and there are cases where people have been rejected because of their weight.
  • Whenever a pregnant women suffers from organ damage like heart attack, the fetus sends stem cells to the organ helping it to repair.
  • It is illegal to climb trees in Oshawa, a town in Ontario, Canada.
  • Brown eyes are blue underneath, and you can actually get a surgery to turn brown eyes blue.
  • When you blush, the lining of your stomach also turns red.
  • A bolt of lightning is six times hotter than the sun.
  • When a person cries and the first drop of tears come from the right eye, its happiness. if it from left eye, it’s pain.
  • Only 2% of Earth population naturally has green eyes.
  • Having bridesmaids in a wedding wasn’t originally for moral support. They were intended to confuse evil spirits or those who wished to harm the bride.



  • It was a disastrous year for the farmers. The snow fell and fell until the government relief agency had to step in and lend a hand.
    “It must have been terrible,” said the government man to a farmer. “All that snow.”
    “Could have been worse,” calmly answered the farmer. “My neighbor had more snow than me.”
    “How’s that?” asked the government man.
    “More land,” replied the farmer.
  • Q: How many archaeologists does does it take to change a lightbulb?
    A: Three. One to change it and two to argue about how old the old one is.
    Q: How many preservation society members does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
    A: One, but it takes a year to find an antique Edison light bulb so it’ll be architecturally accurate.
    Q: How many aerobics instructors does it take to change a lightbulb ?
    A: Five. Four to do it in perfect synchrony and one to stand there going “To the left, and to the left, and to the left, and to the left, and take it out, and put it down, and pick it up, and put it in, and to the right, and to the right, and to the right, and to the right…”
    Q: How many science fiction writers does it take to change a lightbulb?
    A: Two. One to screw in the light bulb, and one to say, “In 1876, Jules Verne had the first intimations that electrostatic power was a viable energy alternative. Hitherto, the only sources …”
    Q: How many science fiction writers does it take to change a lightbulb?
    A: Two, but it’s actually the same person doing it. He went back in time and met himself in the doorway and then the first one sat on the other one’s shoulder so that they were able to reach it. Then a major time paradox occurred and the entire room, lightbulb, changer and all was blown out of existence. They co-existed in a parallel universe, though.
    Q: How many signal processing engineers does it take to change a lightbulb ?
    A: Three. One to Fouriev transform the lightbulb, one to apply a complex exponential rotational shifting operator, and one to inverse transform the removed lightbulb.
    Q: How many aerospace engineers does it take to change a light bulb?
    A: None. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist, you know.
    Q: How many Einsteins does it take to change a lightbulb?
    A: That depends on the speed of the changer, and the mass of the bulb. Or vice versa, of course. Then it just might be easier to leave the bulb alone and change the room. It’s all relative.
  • To save money, I suggested to one of my grown sons that we all live together in one house. I could tell he didn’t think it would be cost-effective when he asked, “Who’s going to pay the therapist.
  • A frightened man goes to the secret police and says, “My talking parrot disappeared.”

    “Why did you come here? Go to the regular police.”

    “I will. I’m just here to tell you that I disagree with whatever that parrot is going to say.

  • Q: What is the difference between capitalism and socialism? A: In a capitalist society, man exploits man,  and in a socialist one, it’s the other way around.


The DNR has Authorized Patoka State Park to Hold THUNDER Over Patoka Fireworks Show to Go on (with restrictions)

Thunder Over Patoka Fireworks (NNDC):

Patoka Lake:

Enjoy the 15th annual “Thunder Over Patoka” fireworks display at Patoka Lake Beach on July 4. Fireworks will start around 10 p.m. Bring family and friends, lawn chairs, and blankets. The beach will be the primary viewing area.

Expect increased traffic. Anyone planning to attend the fireworks should plan to arrive early to the property and beach area. The staff recommends spending the entire day at Patoka Lake to ensure getting in for the show. While there, visit the Nature Center, have a family picnic, play a round of disc golf and enjoy the beach. Parking spots will be limited, and staff expects to meet parking capacity. Once that happens, vehicles will be let into Newtown-Stewart State Recreation Area, one by one, only as another vehicle leaves.

Campers who leave through the entrance gate anytime on July 4 should expect that they may not be able to re-enter the property very quickly. A special viewing section has been set up for fireworks viewing in the modern campground’s section C. If viewing fireworks from the beach, campers should follow the path past the camp store to the beach instead of driving. This will allow vehicle traffic at the beach for those entering the property on the day of the fireworks.

Masks are encouraged as well as social distancing.

Local Mayors Issue Statement on the Mid-States Corridor Project

Dubois County (NNDC):

July 1, 2020
RE: Mid-State Corridor Study by Huntingburg and Jasper Mayors


As your local elected officials, we strive each day to make our citizens proud of the communities in which they live, work and raise their families.

Both of our cities have their place in Indiana’s history – Huntingburg with its historic downtown and League Stadium, and Jasper as the wood capitol of the world. In order to broaden our economies, we have continued diversification of local industries, becoming a regional manufacturing center and headquarters for several public and private, domestic and multi-national companies. These employers
have remained the heartbeat of our local and regional economies as they provide the jobs and tax revenue which fund, create and maintain our excellent schools, quality healthcare and medical treatment facilities, and enriching cultural and accessible recreational opportunities.

Each of these contribute to our unique quality of life we all enjoy in Dubois and surrounding counties.
Currently, the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration are
conducting a study of the potential Mid-States Corridor project. The study will explore the highway
safety, road congestion, economic development impact, environmental issues, and the costs and
benefits that such a major project would entail.

To understand the opportunities for our county and region and the impact the Mid-States Corridor could have on our region for generations to come, it is critical that we all get connected with the facts and have appropriate patience with the thorough and
deliberate study process currently being conducted by the Mid-States Corridor project team. Any
project that has the potential to maintain and grow the competitive advantage of our strong economic
base, including manufacturing, retail and agriculture, and provide better access, lower costs and greater
speed to national and world markets deserves a serious, thorough and complete study before our
communities, region and state decide the most feasible next step.

Our goal as community leaders and citizens is to make certain that each of our residents have a safer,
healthier and more prosperous quality of life today and for generations to come. We owe it to our
communities to consider all the facts and information regarding the Mid-States Corridor study and all it
might mean for our future. It has been said: ” You can’t do worse by knowing more.” That is why we
stand together in support of a thorough and deliberate study of all the potential benefits and impacts of
the Mid-States Corridor. We look forward to reviewing the results of the study and working together to
maintain a strong Dubois County.

Mayor Denny Spinner                                 Mayor Dean Vonderheide
City of Huntingburg                                    City of Jasper

German American Bank Announces Staff Changes

Jasper (NNDC):


Jasper, Indiana: July 1, 2020 — German American Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: GABC) has
announced several pending changes to its executive management group as part of an ongoing
management succession plan. The Company’s Board of Directors, at its recent annual
reorganization meeting, approved the following promotions effective as of January 1, 2021: Clay
W. Ewing will be assuming the newly created position of Vice Chairman, D. Neil Dauby will be
assuming the position of President & Chief Operating Officer and Bradley M. Rust will assume
the position of Senior Executive Vice President.
Mr. Ewing, who has been with German American for the past 26 years and has over 41 years of
banking industry experience, currently serves as the Company’s President & Chief Banking
Officer. Clay, who has served in various corporate positions since 1999, including chief banking
officer responsible for all areas of the Company’s banking line of business, will assume a senior
advisory capacity position in his new role as Vice Chairman in anticipation of his expected
retirement during the second quarter of 2021.
Mr. Dauby, who joined German American in 2001, having previously served in affiliate and
regional president roles with the Company, has overseen the Company’s commercial banking
operations since 2016 in his current position of Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial
Banking Officer. Prior to joining German American, Mr. Dauby, a graduate of Western Kentucky
University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, was a CPA with sixteen years of leadership experience
with regional accounting firms in various Kentucky markets, including Bowling Green and
Owensboro, which are part of German American’s footprint. As President & Chief Operating
Officer, Neil will assume direct operating responsibility for all facets of the Company, reporting
directly to Mark Schroeder, Chairman & CEO.
Mr. Rust joined German American in 1999 in connection with the Company’s merger with 1ST
Bancorp of Vincennes, Indiana. He has more than 30 years of banking experience, having
previously served as a federal bank examiner as well as in various capacities within the accounting
and finance functions for 1ST Bancorp and German American. Brad, who has been German
American’s Chief Financial Officer since 2005, currently serves as Executive Vice President &
CFO for the Company. In his expanded role as Senior Executive Vice President, Mr. Rust will
assume more extensive involvement in the executive oversight of the operations of the Company’s
business units, as well as continue in his present role as Chief Financial Officer with responsibility
for the Company’s accounting and finance functions, including mergers and acquisitions,
institutional research and shareholder relations.
Commenting on the Company’s announcement, Mark A. Schroeder, German American’s
Chairman & CEO, stated, “We are extremely fortunate to have had someone of Clay Ewing’s
caliber and expertise to lead our banking operations for more than twenty years. As we take this
initial step in our executive management succession plan, we’re extremely pleased that Clay will
be in place to help us transition his responsibilities to our next generation of leadership. We are
likewise extremely fortunate to have very experienced and talented financial professionals at
German American positioned to assume his various areas of responsibilities. Neil Dauby and Brad
Rust exemplify the depth of talent that exists within German American. They are both extremely
capable and seasoned leaders, and I am confident they will be exceptional in their expanded roles
within our Company.”
Schroeder continued, “As part of our plan for this transition, which will officially occur on January
1, 2021, there are expected to be additional realignment of roles and responsibilities of senior
officer positions within the Company. Just as is the case with Neil and Brad, German American is
fortunate to have a depth of experience and talent, throughout our organization, which will allow
us to make the necessary realignments utilizing existing team members’ capabilities and skills. As
an organization, we have been preparing and planning for the transition of executive management
for many years. It is because of the foresight of the Board of Directors and of existing Executive
Management that we are now able to effect this transition with the total confidence of knowing we
have the necessary level of capable and experienced internal talent, who extensively know both
our Company’s culture and operations, to assure a seamless transition to the next generation of
leadership throughout our organization.”
About German American
German American Bancorp, Inc. is a Nasdaq-traded (symbol: GABC) financial holding company
based in Jasper, Indiana. German American, through its banking subsidiary German American
Bank, operates 75 banking offices in 20 contiguous southern Indiana counties, eight counties in
Kentucky and one county in Tennessee. The Company also owns an investment brokerage
subsidiary (German American Investment Services, Inc.) and a full line property and casualty
insurance agency (German American Insurance, Inc.).

New Law Proposal by IN Senator Mark Messmer of Jasper Hopes to Make Medical Billing More Transparent as of July 1st

Indiana (NNDC):

Limits to surprise medical billing start July 1

By State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper)

To help improve health care costs for Hoosiers, the General Assembly passed several measures during the 2020 session, including House Enrolled Act 1004.

This new law, which goes into effect on July 1, limits “surprise billing” for medical services by requiring doctors, hospitals and insurers to give a patient a good faith estimate of the cost of non-emergency procedures even if the patient does not request it.

Surprise billing occurs when a patient goes to the hospital or other facility that is in-network for their insurance plan, but at least one practitioner who treats them at the facility is out of their network. In this situation, the patient will receive an out-of-network bill that  they likely did not see coming.

This situation arises because facilities use independent practitioners to perform services on their premises. While the facility’s employees are in the patient’s network, the independent practitioners may not be.

HEA 1004 protects Hoosiers from being surprise billed without resorting to a heavy-handed government rate setting. Under this law, doctors may still charge their normal prices as long as they notify patients ahead of time and the patients consent. However, if the doctor and patient don’t agree in advance, then the patient cannot be made to pay a surprise bill beyond what their insurance plan covers.

In addition, HEA 1004 does not apply to emergency services. Requiring a patient to sign a good faith estimate in advance would become an unnecessary hurdle in getting them urgent, life-saving emergency care.

With more than 12% of in-network hospital admissions in Indiana resulting in an out-of-network surprise bill, this is an important step for our state. Health care is a complex issue and can be overwhelming for many. I’m very pleased to see this practical legislation come into law, helping lift a common financial burden for many Hoosiers

Trail around Old Town Lake in Ferdinand is complete other work continues

(NNDC)   Ferdinand –   The project of putting a trail around the Old Town Lake on Ferdinand’s east side appears to be complete with an 1 mile, ADA accessible, gravel path around the 20 acre lake  As part of Phase 1, the trail project was completed at end of 2019. Today the trail, complete with benches and new bridges, is open for the public to use.  The cost of the $435,000 project is funded through a $200,000 matching grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Land and Water Conservation Fund, with the town matching the costs either in materials that qualify as a match for the grant or in funds.

(Click on Video)

The Old Town Lake once served as a water source for Ferdinand, and the pump house that once operated the pumps still stands on the property,
though it is inoperable.

Work continues on the parking lot and other facilities including projects in Phases 2 which will convert the old pump house to an open-air shelter and add restrooms, a kayak launch and a fishing pier. Completion date is expected prior to the end of 2020.

Jasper Reds Hold Their Opening Day at League Stadium (Click icon for pictures and videos of the event)

Huntingburg / Jasper (NNDC):

BASEBALL IS BACK. The Jasper Reds held their season opening day at League Stadium in Huntingburg last Saturday. A very limited crowd was in attendance due to pandemic rules but it did not hamper the enthusiasm for a return to sports and News Now was proud to cover the event (see the full game on a seperate tab below this story on our home page).

The team Takes the field:

Quick response by both teams to avoid the first out:

Young boy receives an autographed foul ball from the Jasper Reds:

Interview with the spectators:


Jasper Reds Baseball VS Hometown Ball from League Stadium

Enjoy the Jasper Reds playing baseball at the Historic League Stadium – other games to come this summer!  This game was played with a limited audience following the COVID 19 restrictions but it was a beautiful day for baseball enjoy.   And thanks to our sponsors making these games possible.

Click on the video – this is Innings 1-3


Click on the Video – this is Innings 4-7

New Reminder of COVID from Dubois County Health Dept.

Dubois County (NNDC):

Dubois County Health Officer Ted Waflart has sent a letter to local businesses regarding patient privacy.

In the letter, Dr. Walfart told businesses that sharing pending COVID-19 tests is not in compliance with HIPAA laws concerning a patient’s privacy.

The letter comes after officials consulted with the Dubois County Attorney and the State Department of Health.

Walfart says, if an employer identifies a pattern, or has concerns with an outbreak or increasing numbers, the county Health Department should be notified.

He says companies should continue to have a strong screening process for employees with symptoms.  The “Dubois County Health Department strongly encourages employers to review their policies and procedures to keep up with this frequently changing virus, and, to work with employees to be in constant communication with their human resources department when reporting illnesses.