Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

A daily newspaper serving the Evansville, IN area. Stories cover local news, politics, sports, business, and editorial opinion.

Articles from August 19, 2012

At the End of the Rainbow ; Castle Grad Fulfilling Destiny as Notre Dame Leprechaun
Growing up, Bryce Burton envisioned spending his fall Saturdays at Notre Dame Stadium, basking in the cheers and applause of 80,000 fans. He can't say that becoming a leprechaun was always his plan, though.That thought really didn't stick until Burton...
Baggett Sees Future at Nationals ; Mt. Vernon Swimmer Sets Goals in Indy
Clara Baggett's first trip to the 2012 Speedo Junior Nationals swim meet last week in Indianapolis didn't lead to a pair of personal bests, but it did show the Mount Vernon High School sophomore where she wants to go. "I want to train harder and continue...
Bankruptcies (Aug. 6-Aug. 13)
CHAPTER 7VanBibber, Noah Joseph and Chasity Marie, 756 E. Delaware St., Aug. 6Helena, Renae Lu, 1637 S. Grand Ave., Aug. 6Russell, Kerrie Jo, 2792 N. Kentucky Ave., Aug. 7Anderson, Sharon Rae, 2301 E. Mulberry St., Aug. 7Emmons, Ava A., 1229 N. Fifth...
Beyond Costs of Merger ; Experts: Even If Savings Aren't Big, Efficiency Will Be
Saving serious money by consolidating Evansville and Vanderburgh County governments would pose stern challenges requiring political skill, courage and an appreciation for what is possible and what is not. And even then, some expenses of local government...
Births (July 11-Aug. 10)
ST. MARY'S HOSPITAL FOR WOMEN & CHILDRENRachelle Neighbors, Vincennes, Ind., son, Jackson Levi, July 11Deanna McElroy and Lyron Miller, Evansville, son, Jameson Duran Due, July 20Jamie Mason and Bryan Paddock, Evansville, daughter, Sophiea Marie, July...
Books Look at Fascinating History of Robots ; AT THE LIBRARY
The start of a new school year signals the end of our summer programs. This summer I had the wonderful experience of working with students on a range of new media projects, including robotics. The popularity of robotics among middle school and high...
Breckinridge Heirs Keep Legacy Alive ; Claim Feds Underpaid for WWII Military Post
It was 1942. American soldiers were fighting the Axis powers around the world. Those who remained on the homefront were doing their best to help them win. Yet the World War II effort took on another meaning for some 1,500 rural families in Henderson,...
Briefs
FAIRFIELD, ILL.Head-on collision kills female driverA head-on crash east of Fairfield, Ill., on Saturday morning claimed the life of an Albion, Ill., woman.Christine E. Rhodes, 40, was traveling west on Illinois 15 at the Little Wabash River Bridge...
Briefs
SOCCERFormer UE goalie receives MLS awardFormer University of Evansville men's soccer player Troy Perkins won the MLS Save of the Week Award for week 23 in a vote by the MLS website. Perkins, a goalkeeper for the Montreal Impact, stopped a header...
Calendar
MUSICTHURSDAYClassical Guitar Society Concert: 6:30 p.m. at Oaklyn Branch Library, 3001 Oaklyn Drive. Call 812-428-8234.SATURDAYMount Carmel Promoters Square Dance: 7 to 9 p.m. at the Owensville Community Center, Owensville, Ind.THEATER TODAY"The shape...
Candidates Study Options Ahead of Health Care Policy Announcements ; CAPITOL BUREAU
INDIANAPOLIS - How Indiana should handle implementing the health care law truly is in the next governor's hands after a recent decision by federal officials. Gov. Mitch Daniels' administration has been waiting since the law passed for the U.S. Department...
Carroll Was Damn Sorry ; Good Morning
I have told you in times past of my brother Carroll, who is the crazy member of the Aaron clan. I don't think he has the papers to prove it, but they wouldn't be hard to get. A lot of people would vouch for him. He is the one who almost chewed off...
CARRYING ON IN DAD'S NAME ; Son Takes Up Project His Late Father Began
If things had gone according to plan, Bruce Reed would have finished work on his 1934 Ford sedan long ago. He would have taken the gleaming red street rod to his family's graduations, weddings and other landmark events.And Reed would have driven it...
Cincinnati Splits Doubleheader ; REDS 5, CUBS 3; CUBS 9, REDS 7 Reds' Cueto Improves to 11-0 during Day
CINCINNATI - Johnny Cueto knows how to prepare for day games, and his routine is working out quite well for him. Cueto pitched eight crisp innings, Todd Frazier hit a go-ahead homer for the second straight game and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago...
Deaths/Causes (May 29-Aug. 7)
Attebury, Howard E.; March 15, 1949, Carmi, Ill., July 9Bell, Michael W.; Dec. 22, 1958, Evansville, July 28Blackwell, Bonnie J.; April 3, 1948, Evansville, Aug. 3Brock, Ray A.; Dec. 21, 1959, Evansville, Aug. 1Buckman, Alma J.; Sept. 21, 1937, Henderson,...
Deep Roots Required during Drought
Q: Will my perennial flowers come back next year? Many of them have died or nearly died in this drought. We worry that our well will go dry, so we stopped watering them. A: If their roots are still alive, they may push up new greenery when rain returns. Meanwhile,...
Dental Procedure Loses Its Bite to Modern Medication ; SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
How many times have you heard the old sayings - "That's about as much fun as a colonoscopy" or "I'd just as soon have a root canal." Well folks, I can tell you from top to bottom; I've had them both, and lived to talk about' em.Now, there's no way...
Drought Conditions Predicted to Worsen
Although the temperatures have gotten cooler and several communities have had some rain, we shouldn't start thinking that the drought is over. My crabgrass finally has greened up, but we still are way behind our normal rainfall for the year. According...
Earnhardt, Johnson Sent to Back of Field ; Both in Backup Cars at Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s return to Michigan isn't off to a great start. Earnhardt, who won at Michigan International Speedway in June to snap a four-year losing streak, will have to start from the back today in the NASCAR Sprint Cup...
Enjoy a Midsummer Surprise
Lycoris squamiga is often called resurrection, magic or surprise lily. Surprise is the name more commonly used by gardeners to describe the sudden burst of stems topped with delightful pink blossoms. Every year, usually in August, surprise lilies...
France's De Rothschilds Enjoy Much Prestige in Wine World ; BOTTLE BY BOTTLE
It goes without saying that wine is one of France's strong suits. But what readers may not know is that there are many wines that French residents have had a hand in making that are not, in fact, produced in France. Oregon brings us Domaine Drouhin,...
Fred Lewis Clements
Evansville, Ind. Fred L. Clements went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 16, 2012.Fred was born on January 30, 1939, to the late Fred Douglas Clements and Bertha Mae Moss. At an early age he professed Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviors....
From Grading Papers to Graded Stakes ; Former Teacher, City Native Glyshaw in Thick of Trainer's Race at Ellis Park
HENDERSON, Ky. - Tim Glyshaw's bid to ease ahead of Michael J. Maker into the top spot in the trainer's race at Ellis Park with a seventh win could have gone better Saturday. His horse in the third race, Kaz U Can, went off the favorite, challenged...
General Contractor Should Oversee Work of Subcontractors
Q: I hired a general contractor to oversee a home renovation to my property, a 988-square-foot two-story farmhouse. The GC charges me 20 percent plus an hourly rate when he is on the site. He does not inspect the work his subs do because he says they...
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Gisela B. Keener
Newburgh, Ind. Gisela B. Keener, 82, of Newburgh, Ind., passed away Friday, August 17, 2012, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville, Ind. She was born January 9, 1930, in Reppen, Germany.Gisela was a dedicated member of Peace Lutheran Church for...
Hayden, Stoner Crash in Indy ; Allgaier Wins Nationwide Race in Canada
Reigning world champion Casey Stoner may not get a chance to defend his Indianapolis Grand Prix motorcycle title after a crash- filled qualifying day in Indianapolis. And Nicky Hayden won't get to race in front of his home fans.Stoner, last year's...
Healing Sparrow Planning to Return ; Doctors Clear Coach to Teach
Keeping the scorebook in the stands or the press box wasn't enough for Dan Sparrow. He yearned to return to North High School's dugout. Cleared by the doctor to return to teaching, Sparrow plans to coach the Huskies' baseball team this spring after...
Inspections (July 30-Aug. 3)
These summaries of Vanderburgh County Health Department's inspection reports are made public after restaurants and food stores have had 10 days to respond. Reinspections are at the inspector's discretion.FOOD SERVICEThe Bar-B-Q Barn, 1003 E. Diamond...
Kentland Officials Put Aside Differences in Pursuit of Goal Beneficial to All
Last week the Kentland Economic Development Commission (KEDC) met in the Town Hall to discuss and resolve a key issue concerning the town's future. It did so successfully, demonstrating the best of Hoosier values. Kentland is in southern Newton County...
Ky. 9/11 Memorial Nearly Complete ; Firefighters Need $5,000
GLASGOW, Ky. - Firefighters in south-central Kentucky are trying to finish a memorial that includes part of an I-beam from the World Trade Center in enough time to dedicate it on Sept. 11. Glasgow Fire Chief Tony Atwood told the Daily News the department...
Learn to Appreciate Special Moments
Simple questions shouldn't render you speechless, but his one got me. A friend asked, "If you had one place you could go around here, at a time of your choosing, where would you go and what would you do?"My first reaction was to scrunch my face....
Letters
John Burger, Jasper, Ind.Ethanol boosts other farm costsI am writing in response to the letter written by Jeff Scates of Shawneetown, Ill., that was published Sunday. I totally agree with Mr. Scates on one point, ethanol has definitely been a boon...
Luck Looks to Steel Show in Pittsburgh ; but 2011's Top Defense Hopes to Slow Rookie after His Dazzling Debut
PITTSBURGH - Mike Tomlin is not a coach who impresses easily. Even the most dominant performances by his Pittsburgh Steelers are often met with a shrug of the shoulders and a promise to get better. Still, even Tomlin couldn't help but be wowed - at...
Mack Rising after 'Downward Spiral' ; Double-A Release, Struggles Didn't Deter Improving Otter
DeAngelo Mack was at a crossroads. Expected to be sent to Double- A Trenton, Mack was released on the last day of spring training in April. He landed with Somerset of the independent Atlantic League, where the Patriots' coaching staff tinkered with...
Memories of Our Own from 'A League of Their Own'
This year we observe the 20th anniversary of the 1992 movie "A League of Their Own," filmed mostly in the Tri-State in 1991. The recognition reminds me of the day my wife and I, along with some friends, served as extras at Bosse Field. We were told...
Merger Puts Too Much Power into Too Few Hands
Editor's note: This Community Comment was submitted by Citizens Opposed to Reorganization Evansville (CORE), the citizens organization leading the campaign against the consolidation of Evansville and Vanderburgh County. A comment from the pro- consolidation...
New Bear Shines, Central Rolls
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. - Chris Walker-Glenn isn't a secret any more. Before the season, Central High School football coach Andy Owen made a point to downplay just how talented Walker-Glenn was. Walker-Glenn, who transferred from the Metro East area...
Now a Senior, Robinson Easing into Role as Leader at Michigan
Denard Robinson was known by a relative few outside of Florida when he arrived in Ann Arbor three years ago. Now, it would be difficult to find a sports fan who doesn't recognize Michigan's star quarterback, and many - including President Barack...
Owensboro Progress Creating Excitement along Its Riverfront
As best we know, the people of Owensboro, Ky., and Evansville have had a good relationship over the years. Our view from Evansville is only anecdotal, but we know any number of Hoosiers who enjoy visiting our fellow Ohio River city, for shopping or dining...
Paul W. Schmidt
Evansville, Ind. Paul W. Schmidt, 87, of Evansville, Ind., died August 16, 2012, at the VNA Charlier Hospice Center on the occasion of his 65th wedding anniversary.Paul was born in Evansville and was a 1943 graduate of Bosse High School. He received...
Pence, Gregg Trying to Capture John Denver's Small-Town Appeal ; COMMUNITY COMMENT
It's a pity John Denver died nearly 17 years ago. If he hadn't, the country folk singer who specialized in tunes that celebrate the simple virtues and pleasures of small-town and country life could have made quite a comeback providing the soundtrack...
Rediscovered Picasso Artwork Too Valuable for Museum
I probably seemed underwhelmed when an editor rushed up to me Wednesday morning to ask if I'd heard the Evansville Museum had discovered a work of art by Pablo Picasso in its collections. When I checked into it, of course, it turned out to be a great...
Reitz Alum Makes All-American Grade
Jacob Weinzapfel's lacrosse coach at Reitz High School approached the senior on his graduation day - robes on and ready to move on to college at Indiana University - with a surprise."He didn't have any details but heard I was going to be an academic...
Road Departments Merger Needs Guidance [Corrected 09/05/12] ; City, County Agencies Do Different Types of Roadwork
If Vanderburgh County voters approve a merger of city and county governments Nov. 6, one of the largest city-county departmental consolidations would be the road and street departments - and with it would come some large questions. Each government's...
Russian Band Is Going to Prison
(Editor's note: The band Pussy Riot was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday by a Moscow judge.) When Russian President Vladimir Putin finally retires to his $1 billion-plus dacha on the Black Sea to pen his memoirs on how to be a dictator,...
Serg-Ing into the Lead at Wyndham ; Garcia Tops Board; Overton Cups Hole-in-One
No lead is ever really safe at birdie-friendly Sedgefield Country Club. The last time Sergio Garcia played here, he learned that the hard way. Garcia shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday to take the lead at 14-under 196 after three rounds at the Wyndham...
Slogging on to Victory ; Viking Assault Racers Splash Their Way to Filthy Glory
The tie-dyed shirt that Leslee Hahn wore Saturday morning was turquoise, green, pink and - brown. The 24-year-old had added the last color just moments earlier while completing the muddiest obstacle course around. Her other articles of clothing,...
Staying in the Game ; Octogenarian Has No Plans to Leave Her Painting Business
At 85, Kew-Bee McDonald - president and majority owner of Tri- State Painting Co. Inc. - has no intention of retiring and staying home all the time. "As long as I can get up in the morning and work the crossword puzzle in the newspaper, I figure...
Surprisingly, Numbers for Ducks Hold Promise
Duck hunters shuddered as they saw the 2012 record drought worsening through much of the U. S and parts of Canada. Grim visions of the 1930's duck population crash were on the minds of most hunters until July 3rd when the U. S Fish & Wildlife Service presented...
Three Home Runs Spark Servel to Extra-Inning Win ; Remember When?
100 years agoThe Evansville baseball team dropped another extra inning game as they lost 3-2 to the visiting Clarksville baseball team. Hackbush had the big hit for the local team as he sent a fastball over the right-field fence for a solo home run...
Time to Remember
Big StoryThe big story 25 years ago (1987) involved Iran's mining of the Strait of Hormuz. Four Kuwaiti tankers were escorted by the Navy toward the Strait after one of them hit a mine last month. Iran claimed a U.S. warship involved in an earlier...
Tools Chirp to Come Up with Wide Variety of Birdhouses
When the 4-by-8-foot piece of exterior plywood wouldn't fit in the car, Jaden Cleek was ready to give up plans to build a birdhouse for the owls he'd seen in his backyard. His grandparents, Vera and Jerry Cleek, were more persistent. They headed...
UE's 'Big Freeze' Designed to Increase Access to Higher Education ; COMMUNITY COMMENT
Even those who give passing attention to the news can't help but have noticed that American higher education has taken its lumps in recent years. Critics have cataloged a variety of perceived failings by colleges and universities, including tuitions...
UE Set to Take Shot (S) at Badgers ; Aces Confident after Win over Indy
Though time of possession isn't a statistic tracked in college soccer, the University of Evansville men's team's control of the ball in their first exhibition match was as lopsided as the shot count against the University of Indianapolis. In part...
Wilford W. Wilder
Boonville, Ind. Wilford William "Bill" Wilder, 68, passed away Friday August 17, 2012, at Deaconess Gate way Hospital.Bill was a member of Main St. United Methodist Church and attended St. Wendel Catholic Church. Bill retired as Fire Chief of Alcoa...
Will Tax Windfall Translate to Raises? ; County's Staff Hopeful
Thanks to a windfall of tax revenue this year because of a state accounting error, Vanderburgh County elected officials probably won't have to dip into "rainy day" funds and may be able to give county employees a raise. The present situation is a...
You Can Help
ITEMS FOR AGENCIESYMCA Dunigan/Downtown both need: new or used Wii remotes and games, Legos (not Duplo), Xbox Kinect games, PS2 games, children's DVDs, baby socks; new markers/crayons, construction paper, colored pencils, tissue paper, paintbrushes,...