Jeff High School

Courtesy Lafayette Parks and Recreation

Construction of Lafayette’s new softball complex is set to begin this fall and city officials hope to complete it by next spring.

The park will have four fields outfitted with lighting, scoreboards and a sound system – plus a concession stand and press box. It’s designed to centralize the city’s softball teams. Previously, games have been split between two other sites. 

Lafayette Girls Softball League President Matt Teal says the area needs more space for youth softball – last season, the League held more than 160 games.

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Most people associate gangs with big cities.

But a forum for youth services workers this week brought attention to the problem in Tippecanoe County.

Local authorities say while there are gangs in the area they’re nowhere near the level of, say, Waco, Texas where a fight between rival bikers resulted in nine deaths this week.

But some fear gang influence could rise to that level if the community doesn’t band together to limit it.

Lafayette Jeff to host choir competition tomorrow

Mar 9, 2012

Schools from across Indiana are coming to Lafayette Jeff High School next week.

They’ll be competing in the second annual Xtreme Choir Showdown.

The event features nine schools singing in solo, show choir and concert choir divisions.

It takes place Saturday from nine a-m until 11 p-m.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

-   Women’s Show Choir contest is from 8:30 a.m. to noon

-   Mixed Show Choir teams compete from 1-5 p.m.

-   Solo performances are from 8:30 a.m. to noon

-   Concert Choirs will compete from 1-3:45 p.m.