The Journal Gazette
Sunday, January 26, 2020 1:00 am


City man wins state pinball title

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Travis Hockemeyer won the International Flipper Pinball Association Indiana State championship, becoming the first person from Fort Wayne to win the title. Hockemeyer and 2019 state champion Scott Elliott of Columbia City make it back-to-back state championships for Fort Wayne Pinball Wizard's World Arcade players.

Hockemeyer swept the finals 4-0 over Rick Knopik from Evansville, defeated Ben Finkel of Fort Wayne 4-2 in the semifinals and swept Elliott, 4-0 in the quarterfinals. Finkel finished in third place, sweeping Bob Skinner of Indianapolis.

Hockemeyer, a sophomore at Purdue and the assistant manager of Fort Wayne Pinball Wizard's World Arcade, won $1,465.80, and Fort Wayne's 17 competitors won a total of $3,560. He will next travel to Denver to compete for the North American Championship.

DNR releases Indiana's 5-year outdoor plan

The latest in a long line of five-year plans to help determine the future public outdoor recreation needs of all Indiana residents and plan for that future is available from the Department of Natural Resources.

Just as similar organizations in other states, the Indiana DNR is required to create a comprehensive state-level outdoor recreation plan every five years. This planning process keeps Indiana eligible to obtain funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund that DNR then regrants to park boards in counties, townships, cities and towns.

The 140-page Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, which covers 2016-2020 and includes the 2021-2025 Indiana Trails Plan, can be downloaded at The site also includes information on how the study is done.

For more information, contact DNR Outdoor Recreation's Greg Beilfuss at 317-232-4071 or

CHAP deer hunting program application now available

The DNR's Community Hunting Access Program, or CHAP, is accepting applications for funding for the 2020 deer hunting season through March 31.

Parks, homeowners associations, and other land-managing entities are eligible to apply. If selected, community partners will be awarded financial assistance to help them manage a deer hunt during the regulated deer hunting seasons. This year, applicants can apply for funding up to $25,000 for the 2020 deer hunting season.

CHAP allows community partner oversight and the flexibility to determine when and where managed deer hunts occur. The program provides a practical and economical method for reducing deer numbers and balancing ecological and societal needs.

For more information and to access an application, go to

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