Businesses near Indiana Beach are trying to figure out what’s next after the amusement and water park announced it’s closing.

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, a departing mayor looks back on his two terms and two months in office.

We’ll have our final monthly conversation with Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes, whose last day in office is next week. As McBarnes prepares to end not only his time as mayor, but his time in Indiana, what does he see as his biggest successes and his biggest regrets—and what does the future hold in his new home, Wyoming?

We’ll talk about this weekend’s upcoming caucus for McBarnes’s successor, and where he thinks the next mayor's priorities should lie. 

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Frankfort residents will know the name of their next mayor after Republican precinct chairs choose a successor for Mayor Chris McBarnes this weekend.

Frankfort Clerk-Treasurer Judy Sheets, Frankfort City Council member Eric Woods, and Frankfort Board of Works member Ken Estes will make their case to hold the mayor's office at a caucus Saturday morning in Frankfort's city council chambers. 

Clinton County Republican Party chairperson Jim Moyer says up to 20 Republican precinct chairs could select the new mayor this weekend—and the majority vote rules.

Indiana Senate Democrats are calling for greater accountability for virtual charter schools in the wake of allegations that two such schools inappropriately took $68 million in tax dollars.

Indiana Beach Amusement And Water Park Closes

Feb 19, 2020

Known for its slogan, "There’s more than corn in Indiana,” the Indiana Beach amusement and water park will not reopen this spring. 

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When YWCA Greater Lafayette first began hosting healing art workshops for survivors of domestic violence, a lack of funding and supplies threatened the future of the program. But the homegrown effort has since expanded, and now the restorative power of art is being showcased in the YWCA’s inaugural gallery event.

 It’s opening night, and Sharifah Thomas is showing off an acrylic painting that imagines her future.


Advocates Push For Youth Tobacco Laws At Statehouse

Feb 19, 2020

The federal smoking age has increased to 21, but some say that is not enough.

More than 100 advocates gathered in support of stricter tobacco laws at the Statehouse Tuesday.

Legislation to ban handheld cell phone use while driving appears headed to passage after a Senate committee easily approved the measure.

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Unlike the last meeting when Purdue dominated Wisconsin, the Badgers outlasted the Boilers in a 69-65 victory on Tuesday night at Kohl Center.

With only four regular-season games left, Purdue drops to 14-13 overall and 7-9 in the Big Ten after their third straight loss, which puts the Boilers in a precarious situation for their hopes of making the NCAA tournament.  The pressure is on.

Teachers once again gathered at the Statehouse, following up on their Red for Ed rally in November. The Indiana Coalition for Public Education demanded action from legislators.


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