Heavy winds on Saturday caused the stage that was set up for country group Sugarland to collapse at the Indiana State Fair. Five people were killed in the incident and Sugarland, which was supposed to be on the stage during the time of its collapse, said a prayer circle saved them.
Gail Gellman, Sugarland’s manager, said everyone else thought it was safe to go on stage, but Hellen Rollens, tour manager, decided to hold the band back.
About a minute later, 60 to 70 mph winds toppled the roof and metal platform supporting the lights and other equipment. more >>
With flags holding at half-staff, a teary crowd of hundreds gathered Monday morning to pay tribute to the victims of the tragic stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.
The memorial service took on a sober mood as mourners remembered the horrific events that took place on Saturday when sudden wind gusts between 60 and 70 mph toppled the main stage on the fairgrounds where an estimated 12,000 people were waiting to see the country band Sugarland.
The monumental stage toppled like a straw hut killing five and injuring some 40 concertgoers – some are still fighting for their lives at area hospitals. more >>
Prayers are flowing in after at least five people were killed Saturday night when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out from all of the Rickers family to all those affected by the tragic events that took place last night at the Indiana State Fair. We are all sadden (sic) by the loss of life and wish for a speedy recovery to everyone that was injured," Ricker Stores posted on the state fair Facebook page.
Video footage of the tragic accident shows a massive outdoor stage falling over, reportedly caused by a gust of wind. A severe storm was expected to hit the fairgrounds Saturday night and fair officials had been monitoring the weather. more >>
ndiana Right to Life is hailing today as the date on which sweeping pro-life policies passed by the Indiana legislature will go into full effect, saying these provisions are the most significant improvements to Indiana’s abortion law in nearly four decades.
“These are monumental advances in state policy that place Indiana on the leading edge of national efforts to curb abortion,” said Indiana Right to Life president and CEO Mike Fichter.
One of the new provisions will require abortionists to inform women that human physical life begins at fertilization. more >>
The search for Lauren Spierer, a missing Indiana University student, has gone viral, spurring on social media efforts throughout the world to find her.
Having been missing for nearly a week now, close friends and family of the 20-year-old have used networking sites like Twitter and Facebook to draw attention to the search and get the word out quickly.
Over 20 Facebook groups were created for the missing IU student, garnering prayer support and donations. Volunteer search groups were also organized all throughout the city. more >>
Amid pressure from its surrounding community, a Mennonite liberal arts college denied banning the performance of the national anthem at sporting events, saying it is simply finding an alternative that better resonates with its core values.
In a Facebook message posted Wednesday afternoon, Indiana's Goshen College distanced itself from rumors that it had "banned" the playing of "The Star Spangled Banner" at sports games because the lyrics were "violent."
"Goshen College HAS NOT 'banned' the National Anthem. The Board HAS asked President James E. Brenneman to find an alternative to playing the Star-Spangled Banner that fits with sports tradition," the message clarified. more >>