Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 10:10am
A vehicle hit a gas main near the intersection of State Road 64 and Top Hat Road in Gibson County during the weekend. Roads in that area were blocked for hours as Vectren worked to stop the gas leak. No one was injured in the crash. The driver, Tina Hill, says she ran away from the vehicle as she called 911 because she smelled gas. She says she ran before she even looked at the damage. Crews fixed the leak and police reopened all roads in that area.
Submitted by WIKY News on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 10:07am
Fire has destroyed a western Kentucky fire department's headquarters. The blaze broke out Saturday night at the Dundee Volunteer Fire Department building in Ohio County. Fire chief Danny Pogue says firefighters were helpless, because their equipment was inside. Nearby fire agencies did help. They put out the fire but the building was a total loss. Pogue says an electrical problem may have started the fire. He says a truck was plugged into a wall outlet to charge equipment like flashlights and cameras.
Submitted by WIKY News on Sat, 06/15/2013 - 9:06am
December is the deadline for Indiana University to choose a location in Evansville for its new regional academic health science and research campus. The current IU two-year program is at University of Southern Indiana, and the new program will expand to four years plus residency opportunities. Possible locations include Downtown, USI, and the area along the Lloyd and Interstate 164.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 06/14/2013 - 12:50pm
The general manager of Tropicana Evansville says it's spent more than $19 million dollars, upgrading it's big facility since emerging from bankruptcy in 2010. During a Friday news conference called to celebrate the name change from Casino Aztar, Shaw told a large crowd in it's remodeled main hotel lobby that the spending continues in 2013. This fall, Shaw says a "Boogie Nights" franchise will open in the former Stoney's night club space. It's billed as "the ultimate 70's and 80's dance club. A new bar and grill, called "The Sports Book" will also be opening.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:52am
The first play in Historic Newburgh Incorporated's 2013 season is sold out. It offers a Father's Day weekend opportunity for both bonding and education between adults and children. The Rivers Institute at Hanover College is presenting Nothing Stops this Train, a play about the Underground Railroad. Historic Newburgh Executive Director Carol Schaefer says it's an opportunity to begin discussions of southwestern Indiana's role in the rescue of African American slaves from the south. Tickets sold-out Friday afternoon.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 06/14/2013 - 10:10am
A second juror is removed from the trial of Jeffrey Weisheit, the man accused of arson and murder in the deaths of his girlfriend's two young children in Vanderburgh County. A court official says the juror was removed after writing his wife a letter thanking her for cookies. The defense had filed a motion for a mistrial Thursday, after a relative handed another juror a note, but the judge replaced the juror with an alternate.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 06/14/2013 - 10:07am
Authorities have given the all-clear at the post office on S. Green River Road. Police were called to the facility in Lawndale just before 7:30 Friday morning, when postal workers found a suspicious package on a scale. They evacuated the building, police sent in a robot, and firefighters stood by as a precaution. But they say everything was okay, and the box was empty.
Submitted by WIKY News on Fri, 06/14/2013 - 10:05am
If you're craving Shyler's Barbecue, you'll have to wait at least another six months. Fire damaged the restaurant on Green River Road in December, and owner J.B. Simmons says he's still waiting for a settlement with his insurance company. Simmons says he's planning a major renovation of the restaurant. Shyler's filed for bankruptcy in 2011.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 5:38pm
Former Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel says that City Councilman John Friend's "focus" has brought all progress in Evansville to a grinding halt. Weinzapfel sent a letter to media outlets that's aimed at setting the record straight and warning that without "positive" leaders, the city will "descend into mediocrity." Weinzapfel sharply disagrees with Councilman Friend's assertion that the Winnecke Administration "inherited a mess" regarding city finances. Weinzapfel says the combined cash balances and general fund increased 180 percent during his eight years as mayor.