Batesville, In. — With what seemed like the flip of a switch, the severe weather season of 2019 began Thursday afternoon. The storms left thousands without power, toppled trees and property damage according to the Indiana State Police.A suspected tornado damaged a farm in the Brownstown area and reports of hail were received from New Salisbury in southern Indiana and the Angola area in northern Indiana.The strongest cell in the system reportedly began in Evansville and raked a path through Jackson, Bartholomew, Jennings, Ripley and Franklin Counties. Storm scientists from the National Weather Service are trying to determine if the damage was caused by straight-line winds or a tornado. Some storm spotters did report rotation.Damage reports were received from Franklin, Ripley and Jennings Counties.This is a developing story.
ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE closure of Waterford’s Red Kettle Theatre Company have been initiated.The company was founded in 1985 but is now facing the final curtain, due to arts funding cuts and “six years of economic erosion”.Red Kettle played a leading role in city’s vibrant arts scene.However, in a statement issued last night, the company said it is “no longer a viable enterprise”, despite the efforts of many including the local Council and Youth Committee.“It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of the Red Kettle Theatre Company, a company much loved by the people of its native Waterford for nearly 30 years,” it read. Red Kettle joins a growing list of arts organisations nationally which have been put out of business in recent years through ongoing economic challenges and cuts to their funding.The statement noted that there will be ‘several’ job losses.Read: Gold pants and gender bending… it’s Shakespeare, but not as you know it >Read: ‘We need to get away from Celtic Tiger thinking’ – Arts Council >