Local News Headlines: November 2, 2023

Legendary NCAA Basketball Coach Bobby Knight dies at age 83
Coach Robert Montgomery Knight passed peacefully in Bloomington Indiana at the age of 83 Wednesday Evening. The Legendary College Basketball Coach is the fifth winningest coach in NCAA Division 1 history with 902 wins and three national championships. Knight won National Championships in 1976, 1981, and 1987 at Indiana University. The 1975-1976 season was the last undefeated season in Division 1 Men’s College Basketball History when the Hoosiers went 32-0. Knight was 902-371, amassing a 702-winning percentage, with stops at Army, Indiana, and Texas Tech. READ MORE ABOUT BOBBY KNIGHT

The Cheesecake Factory announces plans for bakery production facility in Charlestown, Indiana
The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated announced that it has acquired a 37-acre site in Charlestown, Indiana where it plans to develop its third bakery production facility. Once constructed, the facility will produce The Cheesecake Factory’s world-famous cheesecakes and signature bakery products for its restaurants and other foodservice wholesalers, retailers and distributors, in addition to providing anticipated distribution efficiencies for the Company.

“We are very pleased to locate our new bakery production facility in Charlestown, Indiana,” said David Overton, Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated. “This year is the 51st anniversary of my parents opening the first Cheesecake Factory Bakery, and it also marks the 45th anniversary of opening our first restaurant in Beverly Hills. Over the last half century our desserts have developed a reputation around the world, and we are so pleased that we’ll have a third bakery production facility to support our domestic and international growth into the future.”

The Company worked closely with the River Ridge Development Authority to complete the land acquisition within the River Ridge Commerce Center and will continue to work collaboratively as it transitions into the next phases of the project beginning next year. “The River Ridge Commerce Center has been very receptive, and we were happy to come to an agreement. We look forward to being part of the local community and generating new employment opportunities in the area,” said Overton.

The Indiana Department of Insurance offers tips for Hoosiers enrolling in marketplace coverage for 2024
Open enrollment begins on November 1.Indianapolis – Open enrollment for 2024 coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace starts on November 1, 2023. The open enrollment period gives you an opportunity to enroll, re-enroll or change your health insurance plan. Important Dates

  • December 15, 2023: Last day to enroll in or change plans and pay the first month’s premium for coverage to start January 1, 2023.
  • January 15, 2024: Last day to enroll in or change a 2024 health plan and pay the first month’s premium for coverage to start February 1, 2024. After January 15, 2024, you can enroll in or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

Consumers in Indiana who currently have marketplace coverage, or will need it in 2024, should make time to learn about the different types of plans offered through the marketplace at Healthcare.gov. The Indiana Department of Insurance provides a Marketplace Insurance Providers Map to help you determine what insurance providers are in your county. You also can preview 2024 plans and prices now at www.healthcare.gov/see-plans so that you will be ready to make your choice when open enrollment starts. Hoosiers may be entitled to enhanced financial assistance and subsidies via the American Rescue Plan and the Inflation Reduction Act. If you already have coverage through a marketplace plan, review your information to make sure it is accurate. You can update your application with any income and/or household changes. You may qualify for a different amount of financial assistance or find a different plan that costs less and/or better meets your needs.  If your plan is no longer available in 2024, you should receive a notice from your insurer and the marketplace. Even if your plan is continuing, it pays to shop around and check whether the doctors and/or hospitals your family uses are in the plan’s networks.  If you need assistance, a certified Indiana navigator can assist you with the process to apply for your health insurance or contact an insurance agent. You may work with an Indiana Navigator in any county in Indiana free of charge. 

Lodge to be built at Potato Creek State Park
Gov. Eric Holcomb joined the DNR on Oct. 19 to break ground on the Lodge at Potato Creek, which will be the first state park lodge in Indiana built since 1939. The lodge will be the eighth to join the Indiana State Parks Inns system.

The lodge will include 120 guest rooms, a full-service dining room that seats 150, a conference center with three break-out rooms and capacity for 350 guests, an indoor aquatic center, a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces for small gatherings, a mini-nature room for programs and exhibits, a café, a gift shop, and access to the lake and other park features. The lodge will provide a base for four seasons of outdoor recreation for guests, with activities ranging from bike riding and boating in summer to ice fishing and hiking in winter, along with the viewing of spring wildflowers, migratory birds, and fall colors in the woods and prairies.

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