Indiana Newsdesk, December 13, 2019 Indiana Health Ranking, Biggest Gym

Indiana Newsdesk, December 13, 2019 Indiana Health Ranking, Biggest Gym


>>”INDIANA NEWSDESK” IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY:>>>COMING UP ON “INDIANA NEWSDESK,” A NEW STUDY PUTS INDIANA NEAR THE BOTTOM OF THE NATION FOR THE HEALTH OF ITS RESIDENTS.>>WE HAVE SOME REAL CHALLENGES, PARTICULARLY RELATING TO THE EPIDEMIC OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE, DEATHS FROM DRUGS, PREMATURE MORTALITY.>>REPORTER BROCK TURNER JOINS US TO DISCUSS HOW THE LATEST MEXICO-CANADA TRADE AGREEMENT WILL AFFECT INDIANA’S ECONOMY.>>>AND WE TAKE A TRIP AROUND THE HOOSIER STATE TO FIND THE BIGGEST HIGH SCHOOL GYM.>>CERTAINLY THERE’S A LOT OF COMMUNITY PRIDE IN SAYING WE HAVE THE BIGGEST.>>>THOSE STORIES PLUS THE LATEST NEWS HEADLINES FROM ACROSS THE STATE, RIGHT NOW ON “INDIANA NEWSDESK”! ♪>>>WELCOME TO “INDIANA NEWSDESK.” I’M JOE HREN. WELL, INDIANA IS GETTING LOW MARKS ON A SURVEY RANKING ALL 50 STATES BASED ON THE HEALTH OF ITS RESIDENTS. THE HOOSIER STATE RANKS IN THE BOTTOM 10%. AMONG THE WORST PLACES IN INDIANA IS SCOTT COUNTY. THE AREA WAS RAVAGED BY AN HIV OUTBREAK IN 2015. THINGS ARE IMPROVING, BUT AS ADAM PINSKER REPORTS, IT MAY BE A LONG TIME BEFORE THE STATISTICS SHOW IT.>>SCOTT COUNTY’S HIV PREVENTION COORDINATOR KELLY HANS GEARS UP FOR WHAT IS EXPECTED TO BE A BUSY DAY IN THE ONE-STOP SHOP IN AUSTIN.>>WE ARE THE NONJUDGMENTAL, FRIENDLY FACE. WE WILL HELP YOU DO WHATEVER IT IS THAT YOU NEED TO DO. IF YOU ARE STILL GOING TO USE, JUST MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE SAFE WHILE YOU ARE USING.>>THE SCOTT COUNTY SYRINGE CENTER HAS BEEN IN EFFECT SINCE BACK IN 2015.>>I WAS OUT THERE IN THE MADNESS, WHEN THE OUTBREAK HAPPENED. IT WAS VERY SCARY, BEING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF IT.>>NOW SHE’S GIVING BACK AS A PEER RECOVERY COACH AT THE ONE-STOP SHOP, COUNSELING WOUND CARE, HEPATITIS C AND HIV TESTING.>>WE ARE NOT ANY DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER COMMUNITY. IT’S JUST WE HIT NATIONAL NEWS BECAUSE OF IT.>>A LOT OF FACTORS CONTRIBUTED TO THE HIV OUTBREAK HERE, THE CLINIC WHERE HANS DIDN’T USE TO BE HERE AND PEOPLE HAD TO DRIVE OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTY FOR THESE TYPES OF SERVICES. AMERICA’S HEALTH FOUNDATION SURVEY RANKED INDIANA 41 OUT OF 50 STATES. THERE WAS NO CHANGE IN THE RANKING FROM 2018 AND THE STATE HAS DECLINED SLIGHTLY SINCE 2017, WHEN THEY PLACED AT 38. INDIANA ALSO RANKED 41st IN 2015. THE REPORT SAYS SCHOOLS, STABLE JOBS AND SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS ARE FOUNDATIONAL TO ACHIEVING LONG, HEALTHY LIVES. AND THE REPORT POINTS TO POVERTY AS ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT CONTRIBUTES TO POOR HEALTH AND THE LACK OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING.>>WE USE 35 CORE MEASURES OF HEALTH, EVERYTHING FROM CLINICAL CARE MEASURES TO POPULATION HEALTH AND BEHAVIORAL MEASURES AND THEN WE USE THEM TO RANK STATES.>>INDIANA SAW DRUG DEATHS INCREASE BETWEEN 2007 AND 2018, FROM 8.5 TO 23.5.>>YOU HAVE SOME REAL CHALLENGES, PARTICULARLY RELATING TO THE EPIDEMIC OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE, DEATHS FROM DRUGS, PREMATURE MORTALITY.>>THEY TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE DEMOGRAPHICS.>>DRUG COORDINATOR FOR THE COALITION TO ELIMINATE SUBSTANCE ABUSE, LORI CROWSDALE SAYS WHILE SHE AGREES WITH MOST OF THE STUDY, SHE SEES SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT IN SCOTT COUNTY FROM 2011, WHEN THERE WERE 19 DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS IN THE COUNTY.>>THIS YEAR WE CURRENTLY HAVE FOUR. WE ARE IN A DOWNWARD TREND.>>SHE SAYS TWO MAY HAVE DIED AFTER USING HEROIN CUT WITH FENN FENTANYL. SHE ATTRIBUTES TO THE INTRODUCKION OF NARCAN.>>I NEVER KNOW IF I WILL BE — WHAT IF I’M AT A RESTAURANT AND SOMEONE OVERDOSED ACCIDENTALLY IN THE REST ROOM.>>IT WAS ESTABLISHED BY THE INDIANA CRIMINAL JUSTICE INSTITUTE OF 1999 IS EMPHASIZING EDUCATION. CROWSDALE SAYS THE ORGANIZATION IS TRYING TO REACH KIDS THAT LIVE IN HOMES WHERE THEIR PARENT ARE ADDICTS.>>YOU BUILD RESILIENCE IN THE CHILDREN. HOW DO YOU DO THAT? THERE’S A LOT OF RESILIENCE-BUILDING ACTIVITIES AND THEN PREVENTION AND EDUCATION.>>BUT FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN A CONTINUOUS BATTLE WITH THEMSELVES, TO CONQUER THEIR ADDICTION, HANS WANTS THEM TO KNOW THERE IS A WAY OUT.>>A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT WE SEE IN HERE ARE PEOPLE THAT I HAVE KNOWN FROM MY PAST. SO JUST THAT HOPE SHOT. IF KELLY CAN DO IT, I CAN DO IT.>>FOR “INDIANA NEWSDESK,” I’M ADAM PINSKER.>>>PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S LONG AWAITED TRADE PLAN, THE U.S.-MEXICO-CANADA AGREEMENT IS DONE. REPORTER BROCK TURNER JOINS ME TO BREAK DOWN WHAT THAT WILL MEAN FOR HOOSIERS. BROCK, THANKS FOR COMING ON.>>THANKS FOR HAVING ME, JOE.>>WHAT WOULD THIS INTERNATIONAL TRADE AGREEMENT MEAN FOR HOOSIERS?>>YES, SO THE TRADE DEAL REALLY AFFECTS TWO MAJOR GROUPS OF HOOSIERS AND THOSE WOULD BE ANY MANUFACTURING AS WELL AS FARMERS. PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES, THOUGH, ARE NOT TERRIBLY HAPPY ABOUT THIS DEAL BECAUSE IT TAKES AWAY SOME OF THE PROTECTIONS THAT THEY HAVE HAD SELLING THEIR DRUGS TO MEXICO AND CANADA IN TERMS OF NAME BRAND DRUGS.>>SO IN INDIANA, YOU THINK ABOUT MANUFACTURING, ESPECIALLY CARS AND AUTO AND FARMING. LET’S START WITH THE AUTO INDUSTRY. HOW IT WILL AFFECT THAT?>>FOR THE AUTO INDUSTRY, REALLY THEY HAVE A COUPLE OF KEY POINTS THAT THERE ARE FOCUSING ON. THE MAJORITY OF THE DEAL REVOLVES AROUND WHERE PARTS ARE MANUFACTURED, AND WHERE THOSE VEHICLES ARE ASSEMBLED. SOME COMPANIES ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SHIFT THEIR PRODUCTION BACK TO THE UNITED STATES, IN ORDER TO HIT THOSE THRESHOLDS THAT THEY WANT TO HIT, WHICH CERTAINLY COULD HELP SOME HOOSIER COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN RUN OUT OF TIME.>>AND THEN THE HOOSIER FARMERS.>>THIS IS A HUGE IMPORTANT DEAL FOR FARMERS AS WELL. PREDOMINANTLY FARMERS, POULTRY FARMERS, AS WELL AS DAIRY FARMERS. CORN AND SOYBEAN FARMERS ARE NOT REALLY IMPACTED BY THIS DEAL. THEY ARE MORE — THEY WILL BE MORE IMPACTED BY A CHINESE TRADE DEAL BUT FOLKS TELL ME THAT A LOT OF THE BONES CAN BE APPLIED TO CHINA BECAUSE THEY WERE ADDRESSING COM. MR. — COMPLEX ISSUES, LIKE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. BUT THE BIG ONE IS POULTRY FARMERS WHO GET GREATER ACCESS TO THOSE ITEMS AND DAIRY FARMERS WHICH WE HOPE WILL PROP UP AMERICAN DAIRY FARMERS.>>THANK YOU, BROCK. APPRECIATE IT. NOW FOR THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES. A FIFTH HOARSER HAS DIED FROM A VAPING — A FIFTH HOOSIER HAS DIED FROM A VAPING-RELATED INJURY. 52 PEOPLE HAVE DIED NATIONWIDE AND THIS HAVE BEEN MORE THAN 2400 HOSPITALIZATIONS REPORTED. THE MEDIAN AGE OF THE PEOPLE WHO DIED AT AGE 52 BUT MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO SUFFERED LUNG DAMAGE HAVE BEEN YOUNGER WITH HALF IN THEIR TEENS AND EARLY 20s.>>THE U.S. SUPREME COURT IS TO DECIDE WHETHER A SOUTH BEND CLINIC THAT PERFORMS ABORTIONS. WHOLE WOMAN’S HEALTH ALLIANCE TESTIFY TRIED TO OPEN THE CLINIC IN 2017, BUT STATE SAID, THE ORGANIZATION’S APPLICATIONS WERE INCOMPLETE AND INACCURATE. AFTER BEING REBUFFED TWICE BY STATE AGAIN IT SUED. THE COURTS ALLOWED THE SOUTH BEND FACILITY TO OPEN. INDIANA ALREADY HAS ANOTHER ABORTION CASE PENDING AT THE HIGH COURT. A LAWSUIT CHALLENGING A 2017 LAW FORCING WOMEN TO HAVE AN ULTRASOUND AT LEAST 18 HOURS BEFORE AN ABORTION.>>>THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS CUTTING OFF SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE OR FOOD STAMPS FOR 700,000 AMERICANS. THE REST OF THE NATION WILL END UP LOOKING A LOT MORE LIKE INDIANA.>>U.S. AGRICULTURE SECRETARY SONNY PERDUED TOURED A WORK ONE. A STRONG ECONOMY IS THE RIGHT RECIPE TO GET PEOPLE OFF OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT.>>WHEN YOU HAVE UNEMPLOYMENT THIS LOW, YOU HAVE FEWER PEOPLE OUT HERE BUT WE HAVE JOBS THAT ARE DRYING FOR PEOPLE. WE HAVE MORE PEOPLE THAN WE HAVE PEOPLE LOOKING FOR JOBS AND IT SHOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR THOSE WHO ARE ON THESE BENEFITS TO MOVE OFF OF THAT INTO A JOB.>>THE NEW POLICY AFFECTS LOW-INCOME ADULTS WHO DON’T HAVE DISABILITIES OR CHILDREN. THEY ARE ALREADY RESTRICTED TO JUST THREE MONTHS OF FOOD STAMPS WITHIN A THREE-YEAR PERIOD, UNLESS THEY WORK FOR TRAIN TO WORK 20 HOURS A WEEK, BUT MOST STATES HAVE LONG HAD WAIVERS FOR THAT RULE EXTENDING THOSE BENEFITS LONGER. COME APRIL, A NEW TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RULE WILL LARGELY BAR STATES FROM DOING SO. INDIANA IS NOT AFFECTED BECAUSE UNLIKE ALL ITS NEIGHBORING STATES IT ALREADY CUTS OFF BENEFITS FOR THAT POOL OF SNAP RECIPIENTS.>>THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE AND WHAT WE FUND IN THE SNAP PROGRAM, FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING. INDIANA JUST DOES IT BEST.>>PURDUE POINTS TO INDIANA AS A MODEL FOR OTHER STATES TRYING TO GET INDIVIDUALS BACK TO WORK.>>WE ARE HERE TO LOOK AT THE KIND OF TOOLS THAT HELP OTHER STATES TO GET WHERE INDIANA IS, AS FAR AS WORK TRAINING, WHETHER IT’S EDUCATIONAL TRAINING, HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY.>>THE SNAP CUTS HAVE BEEN DECRIED BY MANY, INCLUDING THE INDIANA INSTITUTE FOR WORKING FAMILIES. THEY CUT OFF ACCESS FOR BENEFITS IN THE PAST. INDIANA GOVERNOR ERIC HOLCOMB IS PUSHING FOR RULES TO CURB TOBACCO USE AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE IN INDIANA. TYLER LAKE REPORTS, HOLCUMB WANTS TO RAISE THE MINIMUM AGE TO BUY TOBACCO AND VAPING PRODUCTS FROM 18 TO 21.>>THAT INITIATIVE HOLCOMB CALLS LONG OVERDUE IS PART OF HIS AGENDA HE ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK FOR 2020. THEY PROPOSED TO RAISE THE SMOKING AGE TO 21. HE SAID THE VAPING ISSUES HAVE CAUSED HIM TO PUSH FOR THE CHANGE.>>IT’S HORRIFYING TO ME THAT SIXTH GRADERS ARE NOW VAPING CONSISTENTLY, AND ARE ADDICTED NICOTINE.>>TO GO ALONG WITH THAT, HE WANTS TO INCREASE FINDS ON IRRESPONSIBLE RETAILERS.>>FOLKS WHO ARE KNOWINGLY SELLING TO UNDERAGED USERS, WE ARE GOING TO COME AFTER YOU.>>HE SAYS HE WON’T CALL FOR A BAN ON NAVORRED VAPING PRODUCTS. HE DIDN’T WANT TO PUNISH PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO FEIGN A — FIND A DETERRENT ON SMOKING. ANOTHER PART OF HOLCOMB’S 2020 AGENDA, THE GOVERNOR WANTS TO BAN HOOSIER MOTORISTS FROM USING THEIR CELL PHONES WHILE DRIVING UNLESS THEY ARE HANDS FREE. INDIANA BANS TEXTS WHILE DRIVING. THAT’S LARGELY UNENFORCEABLE BECAUSE THERE’S SO MANY OTHER LEGAL WAYS TO USE A PHONE THAT’S DISTRACTING. THE 2020 LEGISLATIVE SESSION BEGINS JANUARY 6th. FOR “INDIANA NEWSDESK,” I’M TYLER LAKE.>>>THE CITY OF BLOOMINGTON CONTINUES TO DEAL WITH ISSUES OF WHITE SUPREMACY AND FREE SPEECH AT THE CITY-RUN FARMER’S MARKET.>>JEANINE BELL SAYS IT’S POSSIBLE TO LIMIT HATE SPEECH ON PUBLIC PROPERTY, AS LONG AS THE RULES APPLY TO EVERYONE.>>THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I WOULD CONSIDER IT AN OBLIGATION OF THIS CITY. BECAUSE NO ONE IS ENTITLED TO DISCRIMINATE.>>TENSIONS FLARED THIS SUMMER AFTER ONE VENDOR’S TIES TO A WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUP CAME TO LIGHT AND THE CITY SHUT DOWN THE MARKET FOR TWO WEEKS. THE FARMER’S MARKET ADVISORY COUNCIL APPROVED A NUMBER OF CHANGES TO THE HANDBOOK DEALING WITH VETTING VENDORS AND CONDUCT WITHIN THE MARKET. ONE OF THE CHANGES PROHIBITS PICKETING AND DEMONSTRATING OUTSIDE OF DESIGNATED FREE SPEECH AREAS. THE PARKS BOARD WILL MEET NEXT MONTH TO CONSIDER WHETHER THE CITY WILL CONTINUE TO RUN THE MARKET. NOW, IF THE CITY DECIDES NOT TO RUN THE MARKET, THAT WOULD OPEN UP THE OPTION TO PRIVATIZE IT. A PRIVATE MARKET COULD BAR VENDORS FROM PARTICIPATING WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT VIOLATING THE FIRST AMENDMENT.>>>COMING UP NEXT ON “INDIANA NEWSDESK,” WE HEAD TO THE BIGGEST HIGH SCHOOL GYM IN INDIANA, OR IS IT? AHEAD, WHO CAN CLAIM THE COVETED TITLE OF LARGEST HIGH SCHOOL GYM IN STATE? AND FRENCH LICK OFFICIALS HOPE A NEW PLAN TO ADD HOMES IN THE CITY WILL HELP THEM MEET THE GROWING WORKFORCE AT THE FRENCH LICK RESORT. THESE STORIES AND MORE, RIGHT HERE ON “INDIANA NEWSDESK.” ♪ >>WELCOME BACK TO “INDIANA NEWSDESK.” FRENCH LICK RESORTS RECENTLY ADDED 71 NEW ROOMS ALONG WITH A SPORTS BAR. NOW IT NEEDS MORE WORKERS TO STAFF THE GROWING TOURISM BUSINESS. BUT THAT’S WHERE THERE’S A PROBLEM. MOST FOLKS NEED A PLACE TO LIVE. TYLER LAKE REPORTS ON OFFICIALS EFFORTS TO GET MORE HOUSING IN THE COMMUNITY.>>THE CHRISTMAS SEASON IS IN FULL SWING IN FRENCH LICK. CHUCK FRANZ RUNS FRENCH LICK RESORT AND HE EXCITED ABOUT THE SEASON AND ALL THE GUESTS IT BRINGS TO TOWN BUT HE HAS SOMETHING ELSE ON HIS MIND.>>RIGHT NOW WE CAN’T RECRUIT. WE CAN’T GET SOMEBODY FROM LOUISVILLE TO GIVE US A CHANCE. MAYBE THEY ARE A GREAT CHEF OR THEY ARE A GOOD CHEF, AND THEY HEARD ABOUT THE RESORT, AND THEY WANT TO COME, BUT WHERE ARE THEY GOING TO LIVE SOME.>>HE SAYS EMPLOYEE HOUSING IS VITAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THE RESORT.>>WE WERE ACTUALLY STARTING TO GET TO THE POINT WITH OUR 1100 FULL-TIME ASSOCIATES, EVEN WE GET 600 MORE PART-TIME ASSOCIATES IN THE SUMMER, BUT WE WERE STARTING TO HEAR THAT PEOPLE COULDN’T FIND A PLACE TO LIVE. THEY COULDN’T FIND A PLACE TO RENT.>>ACCORDING TO FRANZ, THERE ARE 502 RENTAL UNITS IN ORANGE COUNTY AND 500 OF THEM ARE RENTED OUT. THE OTHER TWO ARE SECTION EIGHT AND THE IMPACT OF THE HOUSING SHORTAGE IS FELT THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY.>>THERE’S NOT A LOT OF PLACES AROUND HERE FOR RENT OR FOR SALE OR FOR ANYTHING. AND SOME OF THE APARTMENTS, LIKE THESE ONES BACK HERE, THEY ARE WAY TOO EXPENSIVE, BECAUSE THERE’S LIKE — THE JOBS HERE DON’T PAY THAT MUCH.>>HE DOESN’T WORK AT THE RESORT BUT HE WORKS AT PLUTO, THE OTHER BIG EMPLOYER IN TOWN.>>YOU EITHER WORK AT THE HOTEL OR YOU WORK AT PLUTO AND THAT’S IT.>>AND THE RESORT IS WORKING WITH THE BILLER TO PUT 40 NEW APARTMENTS IN TOWN. THEY ARE LAYING THE FOOTERS FOR THAT RIGHT NOW. BUT THE NEXT STEP IS ADDING HOUSES AND FRANZ THINKS THAT THEY FOUND THE RIGHT PLACE TO BUILD 25 NEW HOMES.>>KLONDIKE HILL.>>WHAT WE PLAN TO DO IS, AGAIN, WE ARE LOOKING AT THE 125 TO 175 RANGE, AND WE ARE GOING TO BUILD TEN HOMES.>>THEY WILL BUILD AND FILL THOSE TEN HOUSES AND THEN START WORKING ON MORE. $1 MILLION MATCHING GRANT FROM THE INDIANA HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY IS HELPING TO FUND THE PROJECT. IF IT’S SUCCESSFUL, THEY WILL EVENTUALLY BUILD EVEN MORE HOMES AT A LOCATION ON THE OTHER SIDE OF TOWN.>>WE’RE GOING TO KEEP BUILDING HOMES UNTIL THERE’S NO DEMAND.>>HE SAYS THE HOUSING SHORTAGE HAS NEVER BEEN A SECRET BUT A RECENT REPORT FROM THE REGIONAL OPPORTUNITIES INITIATIVE CAME OUT AT THE EXACT RIGHT TIME.>>IT JUST AFFIRMED TO US WHAT WE SAW THREE YEARS AGO. THERE’S PLENTY OF HOUSING. IT’S $90,000 HOMES. THE AGE OF THOSE HOMES ARE, YOU KNOW, INCREDIBLE. NOW, WHAT IT DID GIVE US WAS SOME NUMBERS THAT YOU KNOW, 250 HOMES WILL BE NEEDED BY 2025. 250 MORE HOMES ARE GOING TO BE NEEDED BY 2030.>>AND HE’S LOOKING FARTHER THAN FRENCH LICK AND WEST PAYTON. THEY ARE HOPING TO GET MORE HOUSING THERE TOO. FOR “INDIANA NEWSDESK,” I’M TYLER LAKE.>>WELL, IN INDIANA, BASKETBALL IS A BIG DEAL. YOU CAN EARN BRAGGING RIGHTS FOR HAVING THE BEST PLAYER, THE MOST WINS OR MOST CHAMPIONSHIPS. EVEN HAVING THE BIGGEST GYM IS SOMETHING TO BRAG ABOUT. FOR YEARS AND YEARS, NEW CASTLE HAS BEEN KNOWN AS THE BIGGEST, NOT JUST IN INDIANA, BUT IN THE COUNTRY. BUT THE MOST RECENT COUNT SHOWS THAT’S NOT CORRECT. AS OUR CHIEF VIDEOGRAPHER REPORTS, SEYMOUR, NOT NEW CASTLE IS THE NEW NUMBER ONE.>>SURE, YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE THE BIGGEST AND THE BEST, RIGHT?>>CERTAINLY THERE’S A LOT OF COMMUNITY PRIZE IN SAYING WE HAVE THE BIGGEST.>>THE BOYS BASKETBALL IN SEYMOUR, THAT WAS A BIG DEAL.>>SINCE THE GYM OPENED IN 1970 OR ’71, WE WERE THIRD IN THE STATE.>>THAT WAS THE PLACE TO BE.>>IF THEY KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT SEYMOUR, THEY ARE USUAL TO GO ASK YOU ABOUT A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT THINGS. JEN MELON CAMP AND THEY WILL ASK YOU ABOUT OUR GYM — JOHN MELON CAMP AND THEY WILL ASK YOU ABOUT OUR GYMNASIUM.>>HE’S ARMED WITH A TAPE MEASURE AND BLUEPRINTS IN HAND. HE’S BEEN IN EVERY COUNTY ACROSS STATE, COUNTING, MEASURING AND WELL, HOPING TO REWRITE THE INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL RECORD BOOKS. WE HAVE ALL OF THESE NUMBERS UP. WE HAVE 8,228 SEATS IN THIS GYM.>>8,228. THAT IS HOW MANY INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL FANS CAN FIT IN THE LLOYD E. SCOTT GYMNASIUM.>>THAT’S WHAT I COUNTED ON MARCH 2015. IT’S PRETTY COMPARABLE. NEW CASTLE DOESN’T HAVE FAR TO GO TO CATCH SEYMOUR. IT LOOKS LIKE 7924 AND 8228. WE ARE TALKING 304 SEATS WOULD TIE IT. 305 SEATS AND YOU COULD KEEP THE SIGN UP AT NEW CASTLE.>>IT WAS THEREFORE THE HOME OF THE LARGEST GYM IN THE COUNTRY. NOT SEYMOUR. BUT DECADES OF COUNTING AND THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY DOUG BRADLEY CHANGED THE LANDSCAPE OF HIGH SCHOOL GYMS AND SENT SEYMOUR TO NUMBER ONE, AND NEW CASTLE TO NUMBER THREE. AND IT’S BECAUSE OF NEW CASTLE’S TEMPORARY SEATING.>>THE RED LINE HERE IS THE ACTUAL ON THIS SEATING CHART, THIS IS WHERE THE PERMANENT SEATS ARE AT AND ALL OF THESE SEATS ABOVE HERE ARE YOUR 1408 SEATS THAT HAVEN’T BEEN USED IN A LONG TEEM AND THERE’S WHERE THE DEBATE COMES IN, IF YOU WANT TO CALL IT THAT WORD. THE NEW CASTLE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS DECLINED TO COMMENT ON THIS SOCIETY THE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION, IS DEDICATED TO PRESERVING THE GAME’S HISTORY. THAT’S WHY HE SPENT HOUR AFTER HOUR COUNTING, TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT BECAUSE TICKET SALES WERE NEW CASTLE’S NUMBER ONE, NOT PERMANENT SEATING. FORMER HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESIDENT JOHN ACHMAN WANTS THE FINAL COUNTING TO COUNT.>>NEW CASTLE IS NOT THE LARGEST GYM. I SAID, LET’S DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND HE — AND I FINALLY PUSHED HIM AND SAID, LET’S GO ON RECORD. SO I CALLED LEE EVANS AND SAID HERE’S THE STORY. ARE YOU SURE ABOUT IT? YES, YOU CAN TRUST DOUG BRADLEY AND HE DECIDED TO GO ON HIS WEBSITE, AND NO ONE REALLY SAID MUCH BUT THEN HE PUT IT OUT ON FACE BOOK.>>WHEN THE NEWS SPREAD ON SOCIAL MEDIA, IT SPREAD.>>THE HISTORY OF INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PROFESSOR.>>WE HAVE THE BIGGEST AND I THINK IN NEW CASTLE, WE THINK WE HAVE THE LARGEST HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM BUT IN SEYMOUR THEY ARE SAYING, BUT, YEAH, ALL OF YOURS ARE NOT PERMANENT BLEACHERS. I DO SEE THE ADVANTAGE IF YOU HAVE THE BIGGER GYMNASIUM, YOU WILL BE AWARDED WITH A SECTIONAL AND A SECTIONAL AND REGIONAL AND JUST THE FACT THAT YOU ARE PLAYING THERE ALL THE TIME DOES GIVE YOU AN ADVANTAGE WHEN IT GOES IN THE TOURNAMENT.>>FORMER MICHIGAN STATE GUARD AND CURRENT SEYMOUR ATHLETIC DIRECTOR IS IN THE FIRST SEASON AS THE BOY’S BASKETBALL COACH.>>IT’S REALLY NEAT TO SEE SOMEBODY WHO HAS NOT BEEN IN IN GYM TO WALK IN AND WATCH THEIR EYES GET BIG, THIS IS A HIGH SCHOOL GYM? YES, IT’S A HIGH SCHOOL GYM AND THEN I GET A CHANCE TO TELL THEM ABOUT THE GAMES THAT WE’RE ABLE TO HOST HERE AND ALL THE GAMES AND HOW MANY YEARS BACK AND ALL THE HISTORY. IT’S A PRETTY NEAT DEAL. IT’S A PLACE THAT OUR COMMUNITY TAKES A GREAT DEAL OF PRIDE?>>AND THE RADIO VOICE OF OWLS, BOB SHIPY HAS SEEN A LOT OF THAT HISTORY FROM HIS PERCH IN THE GYMNASIUM.>>WE HAD A GAME WHERE BAILEY PLAYED AGAINST PAT GRAHAM, BOTH I.U. PLAYERS AND BOTH MR. BASKETBALLS AND ALL THREE OF THE ZELLER BOYS PLAYED HERE DURING THE TOURNAMENT. BOTH REGULAR SEASON AND TOURNAMENT GAMES, AND, OF COURSE, ROMEO LANGFORD. [ CHEERING ]>>SEYMOUR HAS BEEN A SPRINGBOARD FOR HOOSIERS CHASING A CHAMPIONSHIP THROUGH THE GYM WITH A NUMBER OF FAMILIAR FACES MAKING THEIR MARK. THE GAME’S WINNINGEST COACH HAS FACED A NUMBER OF SIDELINES ACROSS STATE AND KNOWS WHAT A TRIP TO SEYMOUR MEANS.>>USUALLY WHEN YOU ARE IN THE BIG GYMS, YOU ARE IN THE TOURNAMENT AND GOING DOWN THE TRAIL OF SUCCESS. SEYMOUR HAS BEEN GOOD AND WE HAVE WON A LOT OF GAMES THERE AND LOST SOME GAMES THERE IN THE REGIONAL FINALS AND DIFFERENT REGIONALS. GREAT GYM, GREAT FACILITY. THEY HAVE THE FLOOR REDONE AND THE LIGHTING IS GOOD. AND IT’S LIGHTING THE PLACE UP. AND OBVIOUSLY IF YOU HAVE ROMEO OR DAMON, IN THOSE YEARS THEY FILLED IT UP. LAST YEAR, WE WERE THERE, YOU KNOW, HONESTLY IT WAS NOT FILLED FOR THE REGIONAL. YOU HAD TO HAVE A SPECIAL PLAYER THAT THE TOWN WENT OVER, AND SOLD EVERY TICKET IN THE PLACE. GREAT PLACE, GREAT VENUE, GREAT ATMOSPHERE, EVEN WHEN IT’S NOT COMPLETELY FILLED IN THE REGIONALS THAT WE PLAYED IN, IT’S STILL LIKE A BIG-TIME PLACE.>>FOR “INDIANA NEWSDESK,” I’M SETH JACKET.>>AND PHASE ONE OF BLOOMINGTON’S FIRST CO-HOUSING PROJECT IS NEARING COMPLETION. THE HOUSES ARE ALREADY BUILT WITH FOUR FOUNDATIONS IN THE GROUND READY FOR CONSTRUCTION. PARKING LOTS AND SIDEWALKS ARE NEARING COMPLETION. THE HOMEOWNERS COULD MOVE IN AS EARLY AS MAY 2020.>>WE HAVE HAD A LITTLE GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY WITH SOME OF THE COMMITTED RESIDENTS AND IT WAS WONDERFUL TO WALK AROUND AND GET THEIR FEELING FOR HOW, YOU KNOW, THEY ARE GOING TO LIVE HERE AND SEE THEIR EXCITEMENT LEVEL. LOREN WOOD BUILDERS IS WORKING TO HOOK UP ELECTRICITY AND PLUMBING INTO THE NEW COMMUNITY AND FINISH THE INTERIORS. THE PLAN IS FOR NINE HOMES TO BE COMPLETE BY NEXT JUNE.>>AND THAT’S THE END OF THIS PROGRAM BUT OUR WORK CONTINUES ONLINE AS WE COVER THE NEWS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK AT WTIU NEWS.ORG. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.>>”INDIANA NEWSDESK” IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY:

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