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4 finalists announced for the 2019 Zone Banner

4 finalists announced for the 2019 Zone Banner

News 8's The Zone

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – All season, schools in central Indiana have battled for the 2019 WISH-TV Zone Banner presented by Sport Graphics and Section 127.

The schools competed for the best student section. After weeks of watching school spirit on display in high school football, the eight finalists were announced Friday night on The Zone.

These schools, listed in alphabetical order, stand out and are in contention to win the 2019 Zone Banner to display.


The Bulldogs are looking to put a new banner right next the one in the picture below. They consistently brought giant crowds and showed lots of school spirit.

Brownsburg student section


The Tigers have been loud and energetic all season. Do they have what it takes to make it to the next round?


The Pioneers are ready to #BeMoore. With large crowds and a few crazy stunts they have been creative with their school spirit.


The Rocks are still rocking it with planning tweets all week long. They want to make sure all of Central Indiana sees their spirit.

Now we want to hear from you! Tweet at us using #TheZone8 to show us why your school has the best student section and school spirit in central Indiana!

We will reveal the top two schools Nov. 15 on The Zone at 11:08 p.m.


2 Columbus police officers arrested, facing charges of misconduct, ghost employment

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Two Columbus police officers have been arrested on multiple charges including official misconduct and ghost employment.

According to Indiana State Police, Dan Meister and Ron May were arrested for allegedly working off-duty security jobs while also working on duty with the Columbus Police Department. An investigation into the officers began in November 2018 after a request was made by the Columbus Police Department.

Lt. Dan Meister and Sgt. Ron May allegedly worked overlapping shifts for both the police department and Columbus Regional Hospital between February 2015 and August 2018. The officers were paid by CPD and the hospital for the same hours worked on multiple occasions.

Meister had overlapped hours on 52 different occasions and May overlapped on 62 occasions, investigators say.

The investigation was turned over to a special prosecutor and arrest warrants were issued for the men on Friday. They were arrested Friday afternoon without incident and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, police say.

Both officers are facing charges of official misconduct, ghost employment and theft.

May and Meister are expected to face initial hearings soon.

Information about how long they have worked with CPD was not immediately available.