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Demolition begins on Lafayette baseball stadium

Loeb Stadium in Lafayette demolished

News 8 at 10 p.m.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — It’s the end of an era as demolition crews began tearing down Loeb Stadium Wednesday morning.

“Leaves a little void in my heart,” said lifelong Lafayette resident Norbert Fisher.

Fisher had mixed emotions watching the demolition.

“Just sad to see it go, but like I say, ‘progress is progress,'” Fisher said. “Hopefully the new one will be better.”

The same goes for another lifelong resident, Bill Balser.

“Just to watch them tear down a big part of my childhood. It’s going to be a good thing, but also a sad thing today for me,” Balser said.

Crews have made great progress already. Demolition is supposed to last several weeks, but that’s nothing compared to the number of memories that have been made at Loeb Stadium over the last 80 years.

“My dad used to bring us up here to watch the Lafayette Red Sox play baseball on this stadium right here,” Fisher said as he pointed to what was left of the bleachers.

“My family that’s not here any longer used to come here and watch me play,” Balser explained. “Just have a lot of fond memories.”

Balser says he’s anxious to make some new memories at the new multi-use stadium.

“I can’t wait for it to get here so I can come and watch the ball games with my son,” he added.

While the old stadium crumbles and goes away, the memories won’t.

“I’ve got a spot in my heart for this stadium,” said Fisher. “That’s all I can say.”

The new stadium is on schedule to be finished by the end of 2020.

The Lafayette Aviators will play their 2020 home games at Purdue’s Alexander Field. Their first season at the new Loeb Stadium will start in the spring of 2021.


Seven rural Hoosier hospitals named to Top 100 list

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — Seven hospitals serving rural communities in Indiana have been named Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the U.S. by The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

The center is run by Chicago-based Chartis Group, a consulting, analytics and technology focused on the healthcare industry.

The index is based on a variety of factors, including market, value and finance-based categories. Chartis says the hospitals on the list received the highest overall scores among all rural and community hospitals across the country.

“The Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital award program reminds us that rural providers haven’t lost touch with their mission and are committed to delivering better quality, better outcomes and better patient satisfaction,” said Michael Topchik, national leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

Here’s the list of seven Indiana hospitals to earn the achievement:

  • King’s Daughters’ Health, Madison
  • Major Hospital, Shelbyville
  • Marion General Hospital, Marion
  • Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Jasper
  • Parkview Huntington Hospital, Huntington
  • Parkview Noble Hospital, Kendallville
  • Schneck Medical Center, Seymour

Fort Wayne-based Parkview Health has two hospitals to make the list. The health system says it’s the second straight for Parkview Noble and Parkview Huntington to be recognized as a Top 100 hospital by Chartis.

“It is such a pleasure to receive this important recognition again,” said Juli Johnson, president, Parkview Huntington Hospital. “Our hospital team members take great pride in providing world-class care for every patient, and Top 100 recognition is a great reinforcement of all their hard work, patient advocacy and teamwork.”

Click here to view the entire list of top 100 rural hospitals.