It’s official: Casino will reopen today with new name Bally’s Evansville

EVANSVILLE — Evansville’s casino announced that its new name, Bally’s Evansville, is now official.

The property was closed Tuesday and expects to reopen at 8 a.m. today. The casino’s main hotel also will have the Bally’s name.

The property’s ownership transfer from Caesar’s Entertainment to Twin River Worldwide Holdings was announced in October 2020 and finalized in June of this year by the Indiana Gaming Commission.

Since last October, Twin River Worldwide Holdings obtained rights to the name Bally’s and now operates as Bally’s Corporation.

Casino officials have said the ownership changes resulted in no job losses. The casino did not immediately respond to Courier & Press messages Tuesday morning.

Legal gaming arrived in Evansville in 1995, with the opening of Casino Aztar, a riverboat. It was Indiana’s first casino.

Casino Aztar became Tropicana Evansville in 2013. In 2017, the riverboat left and the casino moved on land, to Riverside Drive.

The land-based property has 79,000 square feet of enclosed space, including 45,000 square feet of casino floor, and two hotels.

Wrong-way crash kills 3, injures 1 on Indiana highway

CROTHERSVILLE — Three people have died after a motorist driving in the wrong direction on a southern Indiana highway struck another vehicle head-on.

Kaitlyn Schindler, 25, was southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 65 about 12:30 a.m. Monday near Crothersville when the Jeep Compass she was driving hit a Dodge Durango, Indiana State Police said.

Schindler of Marysville and the Durango’s driver, 26-year-old Chelsea Jo Boston of Columbus, were killed.

Also killed was 21-year-old Tapanga Eudy of Columbus, who was a rear-seat passenger in the Durango.

A 25-year-old passenger in the Durango’s front seat was injured.

Police were investigating if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.

Reported tornado damages truck on freeway

ALEXANDER, Ill. — A reported tornado has damaged a semi-trailer on Interstate 72 Monday afternoon in central Illinois as a line of storms rumbled across parts of the state.

A storm spotter reported seeing a twister cross the freeway near Alexander, said Alex Erwin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Central Illinois.

Alexander is west of Springfield.

Another spotter reported seeing a tornado about 3:30p.m. near Roodhouse, southwest of Springfield.

A line of thunderstorms was moving quickly Monday afternoon through that part of Illinois. The weather service has not yet confirmed the reports of tornadoes, Erwin said.

A tornado watch was issued for portions of north central and northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana as part of storms that also moved through the region.

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