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Shiny silver shovels turned a mound of ceremonial sand Thursday as West Lafayette officials commemorated the construction – already begun behind them – of the city’s new wellness and aquatic center.

West Lafayette Redevelopment Commission Chair Larry Oates says the project had been looked at as a goal for decades in the future – until a 2016 meeting with a consultant to discuss a parks master plan.

What residents along the White River want most is better recreation opportunities on the river. That was one of the takeaways at the first of three public meetings on the White River vision plan this week. 

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Frankfort’s mayor has announced changes to the city’s swimming pool that he hopes will make it safer when it reopens next summer.

In a press release Monday, Chris McBarnes laid out a three-pronged safety plan instigated by the death of a 15-year old swimmer last month.

Topping the mayor’s priorities is the creation of a written safety plan for the pool which will replace oral rules taught to lifeguards upon their hiring.

Indiana Expert: Drownings Can Happen In An Instant

Jun 23, 2014
M. Kuhlman

Experts are reminding Indiana parents to be vigilant when their summer fun with the kids involves water.

Earlier this month, two young brothers drowned in a pond in Hobart, and a teen boy drowned near Whiting last week after jumping off a pier into Lake Michigan.

A child should never go into the water without being watched closely by an adult, said Dr. Joseph O'Neil, a neurodevelopmental pediatrician at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, because tragedy can happen in an instant.

Purdue alum Penny Taylor competed in the 200 meter breaststroke in the 1948 Olympic games in London.  She talks to WBAA's Sam Klemet about the experience, as well as opening new doors for female athletes, her time at Purdue, and her career after the Games.

The Debris

Keith Carter finished his junior year at Purdue with big summer plans. The swimmer was heading to London to compete in the Olympics.

WBAA's Mike Loizzo talks with Carter about his swimming career and silver medal win in London.