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 September 30, 2012

Aging of Indiana the Elephant in the Room Candidates Pretend Not to See
In the decade of the Great Depression, the 1930s, the population of Indiana grew by 5.8 percent. Later, in the 1970s, a decade of great economic turmoil, the state's population advanced by 5.7 percent. The 1980s saw a strong recession and a subsequent...
A List of Things to Do to Fix Up Your House for the Fall
The long hot summer is finally behind us and with the upcoming fall weather it's time again to fix-up and spruce up our home. I have prepared a checklist of "To-Do's" before the cold weather sets in. Starting on the outside of the home ROOF AND RAIN...
Art District Gets Funky ; Artists Share Work at Haynie's Corner Arts Festival
Turning memories into real-life objects - that's what it's all about for Lisa Heichelbech, whose memories were on display Saturday at Funk in the City's 10th annual Haynie's Corner Arts Festival. Heichelbech, who holds a degree in art therapy from...
Autumn Brings Many Choices for Gardeners
Autumn is here along with garden surprises and bulb selection. When cutting back a large clump of black-eyed Susans, I came across one of our Encore azaleas in full bloom. The bright pink blossoms add a touch of spring in a garden that is dying back....
Bankruptcies (Sept. 17 -Sept. 22)
Chapter 7Parrish, Elizabeth C., 1740 S. Morton Ave., Sept. 17Bentle, Erik Sven and Janice Marie, 5128 Poison Ivy Drive, Sept. 17Reneer, Mark Alan, Hazleton, Ind., Sept. 17Burdick, Tamra Gail, 7021 Greencove Ave., Sept. 18Harris, Donna Faye, 1945 Meridian...
Big Dreams Brought a Big Win
Editor's note: The following is excerpted from a speech that former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel gave at the Temple Adath B'nai Israel in August. Weinzapfel titled the talk, "The Ford Center: an education in how to get things done in Evansville."...
Births (Sept. 15 -Sept. 22)
DEACONESS WOMEN'S HOSPITALTaylor and Nathan Robb, Evansville, daughter, Navy Leigh, Sept. 15Sarah and Kerry Postlewaite, Evansville, son, Dash Miller, Sept. 15Sarah and Christopher Leser, Evansville, son, Joseph Michael, Sep. 15.Emily and James Smerbeck,...
B. Marian Pigman
Evansville, Ind. B. Marian (Halbig) Pigman, 83, passed away, Thursday, September 27, 2012, at Parkview Care Center in Evansville, Ind. She was born February 25, 1929, in Evansville, to Frank and Agnes Halbig.Marian graduated from Memorial High School...
Briefs
BASKETBALLUE's opener at Notre Dame to air on ESPN 3The University of Evansville's regular-season men's basketball opener Nov. 10 against Notre Dame, part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, will air on ESPN3.com, according to the Irish's schedule. Game...
Calendar
MUSICTODAYEvansville Area Square Dance Council's Special Dance: 2 to 4 p.m. at Chandler Community Center, Chandler, Ind.TUESDAYFirst Tuesday Concert Series: T Bicentennial Concert, 7:30 p.m. at the University of Evansville's Neu Chapel (free). Call...
Campaign Trail to Senate Seat Gets Bumpy ; CAPITOL BUREAU
INDIANAPOLIS - If the lines of battle in Indiana's U.S. Senate race weren't already not clear, witness how Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly fielded an easy question last week - and how Republican state Treasurer Richard Mourdock's camp reacted to...
Congress Failing in Its Duty to Balance Executive Branch
You've likely never heard of William Natcher, which would have been just fine with him. Natcher spent four decades in Congress representing the area around Bowling Green, Ky., and for the most part the national media ignored him, just as he ignored...
Deaths/Causes (Aug. 4 -Sept. 19)
Andersen, Marius; July 11, 1928, Corydon, Ky., Sept. 10Baehl, Gerald A.; Sept. 18, 1930, Haubstadt, Ind., Sept. 13Beckman, William J.; March 27, 1925, Sept. 14Bosecker, Randy L.; March 21, 1949, Mount Carmel, Ill., Aug. 22Brodie, Berry K., Sept. 7, Owensboro,...
Don't Run A-Fowl: Avoid Baited Areas, or Pay Big
Conservation Officers merely nod and keep writing tickets when your mea culpa is, "I didn't think this was a baited area." Waterfowl seasons will be starting shortly and zero tolerance will be shown for baited hunting sites.It isn't considered baiting...
Downtown Flowers for Ziemer ; Garden Honors 18 Years of Work
On a once barren and unnoticed parcel of land in Downtown Evansville, the seeds of beautification and celebration have been planted. Keep Evansville Beautiful, with the help of Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation and other donors, announced plans...
Drivers Voice Benefit Problems [Corrected 10/04/12] ; State Rep. Sponsors Meeting for Ex-CAPE Workers
It came as quite a shock to Glenda Wilbourn when she received a phone call July 25 from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development asking her to return unemployment insurance benefits she had received. Wilbourn, a bus driver for the Community...
Evansville's Road to Integration ; How the City Abandoned Discriminatory Practices and Overcame Segregation
Forty years ago this month, Evansville's only remaining racially segregated school became integrated. The predominantly black Lincoln Elementary school - a keystone of Evansville's black community - went from being almost 100 percent black to about...
FEST FALLS INTO PLACE ; Queen Contest, Talent Show, Rides, Food Beckon
About a month before the rides open and the vats of oil start their frying, a sign goes up over Franklin Street advertising the Fall Festival: "The First Full Week In October." The buzz surrounding the festival heats up as the food booths come out...
Flag Man Rises from Sick Bed to Join Display on the Road ; SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
After undergoing triple-bypass surgery last month, Larry "The Flag Man" Eckhardt says he is ready to take his unique American Flag display back on the road. The Little York, Ill., man is known around the country for erecting his amazing American...
Garden at Igleheart Park Piques Interest of Friend and Butterflies
One of the best gardens I've seen this long, hot summer has been via a plant-loving friend from Evansville. He discovered the garden while exploring the trails in Igleheart Park on the north side of the city.I've never met this friend in person. I...
Get in Touch
with On and About Town at onandabouttown@gmail.com. Check us out on Facebook at "On and About Town."UE COFFEE HOURThe McCutchanville home of Patrick O'Conner and Margaret McMullan was the setting of a dinner party honoring visiting writer George Singleton....
Inspections (Sept. 10 -Sept. 14)
FOOD SERVICEAcademy for Innovative Studies, 3013 First Ave., no violations.Aces Place convenience store, 1800 Lincoln Ave., no violations.Bandana's Bar-B-Q, 6636 Logan Drive, no violations; OK to open.Ba's Kitchen Konnection, 416 N. Main St., no violations.Big...
Is It Likely Merger Will Raise Taxes? ; Analysis It's Evidence vs. Speculation
The debate over whether property taxes would be higher under a consolidated Evansville-Vanderburgh County government has both sides parsing the county's political profile for answers. Opponents argue higher taxes will result from the Plan of Reorganization's provision...
Jerry W. Arburn
Princeton, Ind. Jerry W. Arburn, 81, passed away September 28, 2012. He was born in Francisco, Ind., to Wm. Howard and Ruth K. Arburn.He was a beloved father, husband, grandfather and farm business professional. Jerry loved farming, cared for the...
Late Onset Alcoholism Affects Millions of Seniors and Their Family Members
Strokes, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes frequently come up when we think of illnesses associated with aging. An illness we don't think about nearly as much is alcoholism, yet according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence,...
Layover Allows Tour of Airport in Detroit ; UNSCRIPTED
The surest way to jinx a flight is to boast during the layover about how smoothly the trip is going. I learned this the hard way on my return from Seattle this summer. Our flight from Seattle to Detroit had gone smoothly. It had taken off and landed...
Let Them Buy - and Drink - Large Soft Drinks ; Mayor Winnecke Will Not Restrict Sales of Sodas
While Mayor Lloyd Winnecke has made the Healthier Evansville initiative a part of his administration's agenda, in hopes the city will lose its moniker as the fattest city in America, he doubts he will follow the lead of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg...
Lifelong Teammates' Last Shot ; Lachowecki, Riedford Seek State Title for Tigers
Gracie Lachowecki and Maddie Riedford are almost inseparable, on and off the soccer field. "Maddie and I have been playing together since we were eight or nine years old," said Lachowecki, Memorial's all-state senior forward. "On every single team...
Local Happenings
EVANSVILLE-VANDERBUGHEVSC accepts nominations for Hall of FameNominations are now open for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp.'s 2012 Hall of Fame, sponsored by EVSC Foundation. The deadline for accepting nominations is Oct. 31. The selected honorees...
Lockout Breeds Uncertainty for IceMen
Once the National Hockey League resolves its labor dispute, Rich Kromm will be able to feel much better about his own job. Until then, the Evansville IceMen general manager and head coach will continue to build the best team he can during an ECHL...
Marriage Licenses (Sept. 18 -Sept. 25)
Gollnick, Joshua Aaron, 32, and Melissa Dawn Voelker, 32, both of 5213 Chadwick Road, Sept. 18Bosecker, Logan Matthew, 20, of 8531 No. 6 School Road, and Tiffany Hope Turpin, 18, of 32 S. Congress Ave., Sept. 18Williams, John David, 28, of 15207 Old...
Mystery Writer, 'Bones' Producer to Appear in the Flesh
Kathy Reichs, the forensic pathologist who writes the best- selling Temperance Brennan mystery novels and produces Fox TV's "Bones," won't arrive until November, but the fun has already begun as Evansville prepares to welcome this year's One Book,...
New, Old Pests Lead to Trouble for Many Area Gardeners This Year
I had numerous calls this year on small black insects with tiny red markings on their "shoulders," or the edges of their thoraxes. They looked a bit like box elder bugs, except without the red X on their wings. As a matter of fact, these are a relative,...
No Food Lost in Translation
Each year our wonderful West Side Nut Club Fall Festival brings residents of the Evansville area new food adventures. We plan out each excursion with a calendar of events open in one hand, a munchie map (Page D6) in the other. Even with the handy...
North Falls Short, Finishes 'Happy' ; Same for Castle's Katterhenry at Girls' State Golf
The results didn't match the hopes for Castle High School senior Kayla Katterhenry and the North team at the conclusion of the girls' state golf finals on Saturday at The Legends, but both are satisfied. Katterhenry followed up last year's third-place...
Offenses Boil over as Purdue Survives ; PURDUE 51, MARSHALL 41 Thunderous Comeback Bid Not Enough for Herd
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Quarterback Caleb TerBush had the Purdue offense ready to score any time it needed to Saturday. The only thing that stopped the Boilermakers was their own defense.TerBush threw four touchdown passes Saturday, Purdue returned...
On a Quest to Find Himself ; We Confront Ourselves When We Go to Strange Places, Actor/writer Says
NEW YORK - Twenty years ago, actor Andrew McCarthy read a book about walking the Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage route in Spain, and it inspired him to walk the Camino himself. "That sort of changed the way I felt in the world and it helped...
Only the Young Need Apply ; Good Morning
LUXEMBOURG - For a person of tender years and adequate stamina - who can spread his sleeping bag on a mattress of irregular pebbles and see the adventure of it or cook his meal in a battered aluminum pan at the side of the road and declare it indescribably...
Praise from Romney Proves Bill Clinton's Comeback Complete
Former President Bill Clinton is justifiably known for his political and psychological resilience. Not for nothing is he known as the Comeback Kid. But what happened Tuesday at a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York would have sent...
Presidential Debates Key to White House? ; 50 Million Americans Expected to Watch; First Is Wednesday
WASHINGTON - Barack Obama is cruising into the presidential debates with momentum on his side, yet he's still struggling to revive the passion and excitement that propelled him to the White House. Mitt Romney is grasping for his last, best chance...
Priceless Picture Books ; Poll Reveals Top 10 Favorites
I've always been a list-maker, a trait inherited from my mother's gene pool. Weekly grocery lists, that's a given. Then there are lists labeled "household chores to finish before out-of- town guests arrive" and "things to pack for vacation."I love...
PSU Picks off, Picks on Struggling Illini in 'Sweet' Victory
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When Illinois coaches were criticized for setting up shop near Penn State's campus last summer to see if any Nittany Lions were interested in transferring, Michael Mauti was their most vocal critic. The Illini were hardly the only...
Railroad Engineer Wins Suit for $1.3M ; Jury Rules Seating Unsafe
A damage award of more than $1 million in a recent Vanderburgh County civil trial illustrates what some say is a significant industrywide safety issue for railroad employees. A Vanderburgh Circuit Court jury on Sept. 21 awarded former CSX railroad...
Report: No Checks on Standardized Tests ; Most States Have No Security Measures to Root out Cheating
ATLANTA - The federal government has no standards to protect the integrity of the achievement tests it requires in tens of thousands of public schools, and test security among the states is so inconsistent Americans can't be sure those all-important...
Same Surge, Same Result ; NORTHWESTERN 44, INDIANA 29
EVANSTON, Ill. - Indiana now has a quarterback competition on its hands. Just don't call it a controversy. Nate Sudfeld relieved Cameron Coffman and gave Indiana a spark before the Hoosiers fell 44-29 to Northwestern on Saturday, and coach Kevin Wilson...
Slow Start Dooms UE against Fiery' Jays
The University of Evansville's volleyball team expected enough of a challenge Saturday just in facing Creighton, a traditional Missouri Valley Conference power. "I think the fact that Creighton lost last night - they got upset in Carbondale - probably...
Soloist Lifts EPO Fall Opener ; Concert Review
Some things remind us the world continues as it should, that when fall comes, IU and Kentucky will lose at football and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, with music director Alfred Savia, will rev up its new season, a season more interesting than...
St. Joseph's Claims Two Interceptions to Beat Aces ; Remember When?
100 years agoThe University of Chicago defeated the Indiana Hoosiers football team in the opening game of the Big Nine football season by the final score of 13-0. It was Chicago's tenth victory over the Hoosiers in the past eleven years and their...
The Cheap Seats: A Humorous Look at the World of Sports
Signs of a bad ref Among the signs you're a bad referee, from CBS's David LettermanNo. 10: "Every call you make begins with 'Uhhh...'No. 7: "Can't believe how many players' autographs you're getting."No. 5: "Missed last three calls because beer vendor...
Time to Remember
Big StoryThe big story 75 years ago (1937) involved controversy over Hugo Black, associate justice of the Supreme Court. Rumors that Black, the court's latest appointee, had been affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan, had led some to question his fitness...
Too Early to Judge Stimulus ; Market Up but Is QE3 Why
The Federal Reserve's decision Sept. 13 to intervene in markets on an unlimited scale until the economy gets on track has drawn plenty of debate and analysis. But what do we know now about whether it is already working? The ultimate goal of the "QE3" policy,...
Uncle's Stories Got, Kept Griggs Hooked on Hunting
Not everybody who hunts or fishes got their start at home with dad. For me, it was my maternal grandfather, the late Wilfred McDowell. For Memorial High School senior Sam Griggs, it was his uncle, Gary Griggs."Uncle Gary has been a hunter his whole...
U.S. Senate Donations
These are individual donations made from Vanderburgh and Warrick counties to the U.S. Senate campaigns of Republican Richard Mourdock and Democrat Joe Donnelly in 2012. Each dollar figure represents a separate donation. The place of employment is...
U.S. Supreme Court Faces High-Profile Cases ; Rulings Possible on Affirmative Action, Gay Marriage, Voting Rights
WASHINGTON - When last we saw the chief justice of the United States on the bench, John Roberts was joining with the Supreme Court's liberals in an unlikely lineup that upheld President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Progressives applauded...
Vietnam Vet's USI Exhibit Extended through Oct. 30
Rick McCarty tried for years to draw out the pain and sorrow he still suffered decades after serving as a combat soldier in Vietnam. Using colored pencils, pens and colored markers, the Mount Vernon, Ind., man sketched out crude, often horrific cartoonish images...
Visit to Prison a Reminder to Enjoy the Little Things
A short while back I stopped by to see a friend of mine in Northern Indiana. I hadn't seen him since he left Evansville about five years ago. The visit was nice except for one thing. My friend now lives in Michigan City, at the state prison, where...
Where to Go
... ABOUT $850? How about a different suggestion for a weekend getaway this fall? Consider Columbus, Ohio. Even though it has lingered in the shadows of Cincinnati and Cleveland, there are many great attractions in Columbus. One of the most popular...
WKU Nixes Early Deficit to Win Sun Belt Opener; Racers Hang 70 on Tech
Antonio Andrews ran for 215 yards and a touchdown to help Western Kentucky erase a 13-0 halftime deficit and pull out a 26-13 victory over Arkansas State in the teams' Sun Belt opener. Two Brian Davis field goals and a four-yard touchdown reception...
You Can Help
ITEMS FOR AGENCIESArk Crisis Nursery needs children's books, crayons, pencils, paper and folders. Contact LeAnn at 812-423-9425.Cup of Love Ministry is in need of folding chairs, easy-up tents and a trailer for storage. Please call Lori at 812-437-4247.Evansville...
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