TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The oil spill causes travel trouble for some in the WabashValley.
You've seen and heard all over the new how the oil spill isdevastating the environment, but it's also affecting the localeconomy.
People are starting to re-think popular travel destinations
A picture perfect paradise, at least that's how Larry and SallyArnold of Terre Haute describe the condo they bought in OrangeBeach, Alabama almost 20 years ago.
"It was beautiful, I thought this is paradise, " Sally Arnoldsaid. "We consider it a second home "
A home now reeked with havoc as tar balls hit the beach andswimming is off-limits. Oil spill problems this couple neverimagined
"Did not even consider that whatsoever," Arnold said.
They never had trouble renting out their place, until now.
"Then after the initial spill, we noticed that June's calendarwas blank," Arnold said.
Months of travel plans now changing, but Travel Network in TerreHaute isn't surprised.
"You're going to run into cancellations and it is going toaffect the local economy and up to the national economy,"TravelConsultant Jeremy Turner said. "Something of that magnitude is justgoing to do that."
Overall, it hasn't affected their business too much as travelerstake a different direction.
"There's 1,350 miles of Florida coastline that's stillunaffected," Turner said. "In those areas there's no reason tosound the alarm yet."
It's what's in store for the future that's hurting Sally andLarry the most.
"We see the birds flying over and the little squawks of noise,but for the generations to come that's what breaks my heart,"Arnold said.
Thursday night’s church fire in Prairie Creek in Vigo County was still smoldering Friday afternoon.
An assault leaves one man seriously injured.
The warmer weather is a thing of the past, and it's expected to get worse.
Local Marines helped spread some holiday cheer today.
Terre Haute Police filed citations against one Terre Haute towing business earlier this year. Andrews Towing and investigators were in city court Friday morning for the first time.
Seven new Indiana Conservation Officers officially joined the DNR Division of Law Enforcement during graduation ceremonies Friday at the Indiana Government Center South.