North Webster one step closer to closure following arrests made in 1975 cold case

NORTH WEBSTER, Ind.– A 1975 murder of a teen girl found in Noble County is one step closer to justice. After 47 and a half years two men have been arrested and charged two men in connection with the crime thanks to modern DNA technology and a few tips. 

The suspects identified as Fred Bandy, Jr., 67, of Goshen, and John Wayne Lehman, 67, of Auburn. Both men face one count of murder, and are currently being held without bond at the Noble County Jail.

On Aug. 6,1975, Laurel Jean Mitchell disappeared while going to meet friends at what was once the Adventureland theme park in town, after work in the quiet community of Epworth Forest.  

After all these years The Indiana State Police and the town of North Webster have not given up hope. Locals told ABC57, North Webster’s own Kevin Smith with the Indiana State Police Department has spent countless hours on the case. Tonight, he said in a press conference, he can sleep a little better, but his work is not done yet. 

The town of North Webster is overcome with joy of the news. In the tight knit community, even if you did not know the Mitchell Family, you know someone who did. Amanda Hare was not living in town at the time of the disappearance, but used to cut a member of The Mitchell family’s hair, she and everyone in her A K Hare Company, was filled with excitement after hearing the news. 

“all these years have gone by and I’m just excited the police officers stayed on it and will give everyone closer,” said Hare.

 In the tight knit lake town, where this sort of thing never happens, those still here all remember the news, and have not felt fully at ease since. Mary

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Plan ahead to make the magic happen at Disney World

Stamina, patience, perseverance and a determination to succeed. Preparation and attention to detail are key. Anything from six months to a year.

ut the hard yards in and the rewards will be great. It’s all about stealing a march, giving yourself an edge.

Apps will need to be downloaded, research conducted, early reservations made and daily itineraries finalised well in advance.

On this trip, spontaneity is eroded before you step foot on the plane.

Yet it works.

The magic of Disney World, Orlando, Florida is only intensified by a well co-ordinated and pre-planned trip.

Purchasing Disney tickets — currently there is a deal to buy a 14-day pass for the price of a seven-day pass — will no longer guarantee entry to the parks. Blame Covid. Instead, at your earliest convenience you must reserve a place each day at either Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom or Hollywood Studios. Failure to do so or leaving it last minute is likely to end in disappointment.

Of course, there is the option of the Park Hopper ticket, which allows you to move to a different theme park during the day after 2pm. As the holiday goes on, it’s a great alternative to have at your disposal.

Then you have an added extra of Genie Plus, a type of fast pass service which when I was there allowed you to book a time slot for rides every two hours, starting from 7am if staying in a Disney resort. With the expected large queues and where waiting times can be two hours, it’s a small price to pay to jump the line. As is a Lightning Lane pass, but only one attraction can be purchased from the app each day such as The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom.

Your smartphone will be crucial

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From Gardens to Rollercoasters: A Brief History of Amusement Parks

From Gardens to Rollercoasters: A Brief History of Amusement Parks

Throughout history, humans have always craved a sense of thrill and an affinity for different forms of entertainment and attraction at all different scales and sizes. Theme parks have continuously evolved, as society redefines what it means to be entertained, and have transformed from evening strolls into physics-defying twists and turns on state-of-the-art rollercoasters.

Long before what we know them to be today, the theme park concept emerged in Europe during the Renaissance era. Taking on the form of themed festivals usually timed around religious holidays and seasonal harvests, crowds gathered in public squares to share food, marvel at foreign objects, participate in games such as javelin throwing and archery, and of course, watch knights joust. Towards the 18th century, pleasure gardens replaced these historic fairs as a way to entertain the middle class. These gardens featured heavily designed parks where guests could walk around, listen to live music, watch dancers and acrobats perform, and finish the evening with extravagant firework shows. They quickly evolved into socialite events where people would show off their fanciest clothes and where artists and architects would exhibit their newest work. These pleasure gardens jumped across the pond and caught on in New York City, which soon added small rides to these events, including the first carousel in North America.

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Eventually, the pleasure garden concept declined in popularity and the rise of the types of theme parks that closely align with what we are familiar with today began to spring up across the United States. Many of the American trolley car systems that operated during the late 1800s

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Power outage shuts down Six Flags Great Adventure through Friday

JACKSON−Six Flags Great Adventure will remain closed through Friday due to a power outage within the amusement park, the park announced.

Utility crews worked to solve the problem throughout the morning. But Six Flags tweeted around 3 p.m. that Great Adventure was closed for the day and is expected to reopen at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Hurricane Harbor and Wild Safari, which are a short distance from the park, remained in operation Friday, park spokeswoman Kristin Fitzgerald said.

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Chris Hoenig, spokesman for JCP&L, said the outage appears to be a problem with park-owned equipment.

“JCP&L crews have found no fault in our equipment out there,” he said.

Fitzgerald said theme park tickets for Friday were being honored at the water park. And Six Flags offered Wild Safari free to guests onsite.

Theme park tickets for Friday will also be accepted through Labor Day and Six Flags will refund any date-specific theme park admission plan, like THE FLASH Pass, she said.

Updates will be posted on the Six Flags Great Adventure website and on Twitter, Fitzgerald said.

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Power outage at Six Flags Great Adventure shuts Jackson NJ park

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Disney World Has Another Sneaky Price Increase

Disney World annual-pass holders and hotel guests used to get free MagicBands. Simply for joining the annual-pass program or booking one night or more at one of the company’s on-property hotels while also buying tickets to one of its four Florida theme parks, you got a free watch-like bracelet that served as your admission ticket, room key, and a few other things.

This neat perk kept park visitors from having to keep track of a physical credit-card-like ticket or to regularly pull their phones out. 

In January 2021 Disney discontinued the free Magic Band program. And it moved many of the MagicBand features to its mobile app.

That may seem like progress as it requires park and hotel guests to keep track of one less thing, but Disney has never addressed the challenge of keeping your phone charged during a long day at Disney World. 

The four parks have few places where charging a phone is easy or even possible. Guests run down their batteries by taking photos, checking social media, and doing all the other things they use their phones for.

In 2021 the company did not eliminate MagicBands; it simply stopped giving them away for free.

“Disney Resort hotel guests will still be able to purchase new MagicBands at a discounted price, and Disney says they will continue releasing new MagicBand colors and designs. These will continue to be sold at retail locations as well as online,” Disney Food Blog reported in 2021.

Now, Disney has a new version of its MagicBands, and as you might imagine nobody will be getting one free.

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Disney Is Selling MagicBand+

Disney has tried a variety of different ways to create app-based experiences to make its theme parks more interactive. These have not been overly

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