TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - This weekend's High School Girls' State Basketball Championship is expected to draw dozens of girls from eight different teams, and hundreds of their friends and family members expected to spend $1 million as tourists in Terre Haute.
"The financial impact of this is significant," said David Patterson, executive director of the Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau. "But the fact that we're showcasing our community, in a good moral spotlight, showcasing our Hulman Center, through a basketball venue, it's really a good deal!"
Patterson admitted Terre Haute is an "event market," meaning visitors are by and large coming here for a specific event; not just as sight-seeing tourists taking in the city.
But he does hope visitors leave here with a positive impression of Terre Haute.
This is the 38th year for the basketball tournament, but only the second year, consecutively, that IHSAA has selected Terre Haute as its host city.
The first competition gets underway at Hulman Center at 10:30 a.m. Saturday; the evening session, expected to draw a sell-out crowd, gets underway at 6:00 p.m.
Vectren Energy Delivery is reminding customers to be cautious when removing snow and ice from around natural gas meters at their homes or business this winter.
UPDATE: Indiana University Southeast issued an all clear less than an hour after a report of an armed person on campus Thursday afternoon.
One Terre Haute landmark might get a chance at new life.
The Department of Homeland Security is warning Hoosiers to prepare in advance for the weather system expected to make its way to Indiana Thursday evening.
Indiana State University is coming into some money to help with the jobs skills gap.
The Turkey Run State Park suspension bridge over Sugar Creek will close Dec. 12 through Dec. 20 for the replacement of a staircase on the north end.