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 March 11, 2014

Arden Baker Blankenship
Henderson, Ky. Arden Baker Blankenship, age 89, of Henderson, Ky., went to be with the Lord Sunday, March 9, 2014, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville, Ind.Arden was a very active member of First United Methodist Church. He served our country...
Big Ten Experience Shrine to Excellence ; Fans Can Relive Top Moments
ROSEMONT, Ill. - In a room on the ground floor of its sparkling new headquarters, the Big Ten Conference is putting the final touches on its version of Cooperstown. It's not quite a Hall of Fame. The Big Ten Experience is a shrine to the conference's athletic...
Briefs
GIBSON COUNTY, IND.Sheriff's office seeks ID in rental theftsThe Gibson County (Ind.) Sheriff's Office is requesting help from the public in identifying a man they described as a "person of interest" in a string of storage unit break-ins in the Princeton area...
Briefs
BASKETBALLMemorial selling regional ticketsOn Tuesday, Memorial High School will begin selling tickets to the Class 3A Washington boys' basketball regional at the school's athletic office. Sales will continue through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m....
City Faces $2 Million Revenue Shortfall ; Winnecke to Address Issue Tuesday
Property tax collections for the City of Evansville in the second half of 2013 came up about $2 million short, forcing the administration of Mayor Lloyd Winnecke to request cuts from department heads. The shortfall was related to the state's property tax...
Comings and Goings of Hoops Teams ; Kentucky, Iowa Gone from Poll; VCU, Ohio State Are Back
Breaking down this week's Associated Press college basketball poll Kentucky out: Kentucky fell out of the Top 25 this week, making the Wildcats the fourth preseason No. 1 to drop from the poll in the same season.The Wildcats (22-9) faded from 25th...
Commodores Sink Mater Dei ; CLASS 2A SECTIONAL: PERRY CENTRAL 67, MATER DEI 64 Schaad's 30 Points Lift Perry to Sectional Title
BOONVILLE - For Perry Central boys' basketball coach Matt Carter, it was one of the most amazing games he had ever been a part of. Dacota Schaad hit eight 3-pointers and the Commodores were 11-for-18 behind the arc as they survived Mater Dei and a...
Downtown Plants Its' Tree ; HOTEL GROUNDBREAKING the Hotel's Construction Should Be Finished in Late 2015
Five years after the decaying Executive Inn in Downtown Evansville was permanently closed, officials on Monday broke ground for construction of its successor, a 257-room Hilton DoubleTree hotel. Construction on the $71.3 million development is expected...
Girl Scouts Remain Committed to Inclusiveness ; Good Morning
After more than a century, Girl Scout activities still resonate strongly with today's girls as we celebrate 102 years of scouting this week. Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana will join current and former Girl Scouts around the country in celebrating...
Have Conversations, Become Your Child's Go-To Person
I remember my favorite teacher in high school, Mr. Estes. Every morning, he would stand in the hallway outside his door and greet all the students with a warm smile. Each student felt noticed, heard, and understood in his presence. I saw other students...
Indianapolis Frets about the Impact of 'Folksy' State Slogan
Not that it really matters all that much, but Indianapolis tourism leaders say the state's new "Honest to Goodness Indiana" slogan could hurt efforts to market the capital city as a destination for out-of-state visitors. Of course, we thought the recently...
Judge Sends Cease Request to Crash Relative
Vanderburgh Circuit Court Judge David Kiely has instructed prosecutors to ask the father of a man killed in a 2012 car crash with Evansville businessman Ira Beumer to stop posting about the case on Facebook. Beumer's trial on murder and other charges stemming...
Kentucky Affirms Current I-69 Plan ; Payne Still Wants Change
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has, through his state transportation secretary, declined to pursue rerouting Interstate 69 through Daviess County, as the mayor of Owensboro has recently proposed. But Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne said Monday that he intends...
Ky. Panel Reviews K-12 Funding Increase
FRANKFORT, Ky. - A school spending plan awaiting a vote by the House budget committee would go along with the governor's recommendation for a sizable increase in the state's main funding formula for public schools across Kentucky. The proposal from...
Letters
David Qualkenbush, Huntingburg, Ind.Go to polls to improve nationNot since the President Carter era has this nation been so thoroughly divided. Carter had a massive downfall with a failed Iranian held hostage rescue that only exacerbated issues for...
Local Happenings
WARRICK COUNTYState police to check for impaired driversIndiana State Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint somewhere in Warrick County this weekend.The exact location, date and time will not be released. Motorists who are not impaired can...
Miles Making Believers out of Cornhusker Fans
Maybe Tim Miles really is a miracle worker. Men's basketball is still relevant at Nebraska in March, the time of year when spring football typically dominates the sports conversation in the Cornhusker state. Instead, it's all hoops, all the time...
Nets Upend Raptors, 101-97 ; Brooklyn Pulls within 3 of Toronto
Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston each scored 18 points and an ailing Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 101-97 victory over the Atlantic Division- leading Toronto Raptors on Monday night. Pierce finished...
Opponents, Lawmakers Spar over Gun Bill ; Legislation Would Allow Firearms in School Parking Lots
INDIANAPOLIS - Final negotiations on legislation that would allow licensed gun owners to leave their firearms inside locked vehicles in school parking lots were tense Monday as lawmakers heard from the public. Lawmakers sitting on the conference committee...
Parents' Choices Lead to Children Who Can't Cope, Author Says ; YOUTH RESOURCES
Developing student leaders is my passion at Youth Resources. As a 12-year veteran in the field of youth work I have read and researched many aspects and best practices of developing student leaders. I recently read a Forbes Magazine article that caught...
Pence to Decide Fate of Energize ; Efficiency Plan Too Pricey?
INDIANAPOLIS - A suspension of a statewide energy efficiency program is now headed to Gov. Mike Pence for consideration. The Indiana Senate voted 37-8 to halt the Energizing Indiana program on Monday after an hourlong debate during which several ...
Photos Shine Light on Warrick Slaying ; Show Messages between Victim, Suspect
Warrick County murder suspect Mathew McCallister's fiance kept screen shots of text messages linking McCallister to the victim in the hours leading up to the slaying, according to court records. Formal charges were filed against Kelli Nicole Wyrick...
Putin Appears Bent on Dragging Us into His Crazy Little World ; FROM THE LEFT
In a week that swept us from the made-for-Hollywood uncertainty of Oscar night to real-world uncertainty of Russia's brinksmanship in Ukraine, we are giving fiction's T. S. Garp, the day off to screen an updated feature of his classic "The World...
Reeling Kentucky Now Is Unranked ; 'Cats' Freefall Feels Much like Last Spring
LEXINGTON - Kentucky's group of heralded freshmen are no longer among the nation's elite. The young Wildcats, who began the year the top-ranked team in the nation amid a buzz of possibly even going unbeaten, have fallen out of the Top 25.They have...
Rivals Eating Away at McDonald's Sales
NEW YORK - McDonald's is fighting to hold onto customers in the U.S. - and all that snow didn't help. The world's biggest hamburger chain said Monday that sales fell 1.4 percent at established U.S. locations. It blamed the harsh winter weather, but...
Tropicana Earnings Edge Up; Rivals Shrinking
The Tropicana Evansville casino outperformed its main competitors - and Indiana casinos overall - in both gambling revenue and visitation last month, according to a state report. On Monday, the Indiana Gaming Commission released its February revenue...
True Meaning of Fulfillment Is a Life of Loving Connections ; EDGE OF ADULTHOOD
I had the opportunity this weekend to reunite in Indianapolis with some friends I had met earlier this summer during a study abroad program in France. For seven girls all living in various corners of the same state, it had been a surprisingly long...
U.S. Finally Getting Tough; Unfortunately on the Wrong Nation ; FROM THE RIGHT
The Obama administration is showing it can be tough on foreign policy. Unfortunately, that toughness is not directed at Russia and its incursion into Crimea, but at Israel, America's ally. In an interview with President Obama, prior to the Washington...
Wischmeier Willing to Play Role in USI Success
When Taylor Wischmeier first put on a University of Southern Indiana men's basketball uniform almost four years ago, he couldn't possibly have known he would become a role player. Standing 6-foot- 8 with a fundamentally sound rebounding technique...
Youngsters Explore Life to Enhance Class Experience
It didn't matter who Campbell Glaser was talking to. The Evans School second-grader knew what he had to say was important, so he politely interrupted U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, demanding that the lawmaker listen to his question. Late last month, the...
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