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MILAN, Ind. (WISH) — The town of Milan is dedicating its iconic water tower that honors the 1954 state championship basketball team following a recent restoration.

Events begin Saturday at 9 a.m. with the dedication scheduled for 10 a.m. The dedication will feature speakers from the 1954 team. In addition, the Travel-Aires, who sang at the state finals in the movie “Hoosiers” will sing the national anthem at the ceremony.

Other events include free haircuts in the ’54 Hoosiers Museum’s barbershop, an autograph session with the 1954 Milan basketball team and a showing of “Hoosiers” in the Marvin Wood Gymnasium.

The water tower was built in 1924, and since the mid 1950s, has proclaimed “State Champs 1954.” Prior to the recent facelift, which started last year, the tower was last painted in 1969. As part of the update, the tower is now lighted nightly for the first time ever.

With an enrollment of 161 students, Milan defeated Muncie Central (enrollment 1662) in the 1954 Indiana boys basketball state championship game. The team and story were the inspiration for the 1986 movie “Hoosiers.”

More information about Saturday’s events can be found here.

MILAN, Ind. (WISH) — A 3-year-old boy was sent to an Indianapolis hospital after a weekend off-road vehicle crash in Ripley County, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said.

The boy was riding with a 12-year-old driver of a Polaris 850 Sportsman on a private residential property near the 7000 block of Spades Road, about 2 miles north of Milan, said Joshua C. Thomas, a Natural Resources media contact, in a news release issued Sunday. About 5:57 p.m. Saturday, the vehicle struck a barn on the residence and the 3-year-old hit his head.

Neither juvenile was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, the release said.

The 3-year-old was airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis for treatment. Indiana Conservation officers did not know the extent of the boy’s injuries but said they did not appear to be life-threatening.

Milan is about 70 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

SEYMOUR, Ind. (WISH) — Indiana State Excise Police officers have seized 2,262 items of counterfeit merchandise from 11 businesses in Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley and Union counties.

Items seized Tuesday included hats, sunglasses, shirts and purses. All items were imitations of the name brands including MLB, NFL, NCAA, Ray Ban, Under Armor, Michael Kors, Gucci and Monster, said a news release from the excise police.

Each business location possesses a valid alcohol permit and tobacco sales certificate, the release said. They were cited administratively on the preliminary charge of public nuisance. Reports will be submitted to the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission’s prosecutor for review.

These alcohol and tobacco permit premises were cited, the release said:

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