Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 5:27pm
All branches of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will be closed this Saturday. Officials say the Indiana Office of Technology will complete a major project for the state‘s computer system. The my BMV.com website will also be affected and will not be available for use starting at 6 a.m. Saturday morning. When the techies are done, hopefully later in the day Saturday, the site will again be available for use.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 5:26pm
Governor Pence has replaced four members of the State Board of Education. Six of the 11 board seats were up for reappointment. Pence kept two Mitch Daniels appointees but replaced four others with his own. One of the board‘s first tasks will be to reassess whether Indiana should withdraw from the Common Core curriculum standards. Pence says he didn‘t look for members on one side of that issue or the other.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 4:47pm
Indiana Conservation Officers will join a national campaign aimed at creating heightened public awareness of the dangers of boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Operation Dry Water is scheduled for June 28-30, just before the Fourth of July. It's a nationwide education and enforcement initiative developed by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard. The annual campaign has shown success since it was launched in 2009.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 10:12am
A major sewer and road widening project is underway in Evansville. Crews have closed Oak Hill Road to through traffic between Pigeon Creek and Lake Drive until October 25th for phase one of the project. The work will eventually move farther north, all the way to Lynch Road. The project will eventually expand Oak Hill to three lanes from the creek to Lynch, with bicycle paths on each side. The project will cost $4.9 million, with 80 percent coming from the federal government.
Submitted by WIKY News on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 10:10am
The weather stayed calm in the Evansville area overnight. First Alert meteorologist Byron Douglas says severe storms stayed north of the Tri-State. Byron says the front that created the storms is bringing windy conditions to our area. A Lake Wind Advisory is in effect.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 4:31pm
Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says “Summer of Swimming” will be the focus of the Energize Evansville monthly “Fitness in the Park” program during June, July and August. The first in a series of three free pool exercise sessions is this Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Hartke Pool, featuring water Aerobics with YMCA Instructors. Participants may join any of the four, 30 minute segments. They'll be on water aerobics, Latin dance, aqua boot camp and shallow-and-deep water cool downs. All fitness levels are invited, and participants can go at their own pace.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 4:25pm
More Hoosiers have already died in fires this year than in all of 2012. Fires have claimed 55 lives this year. That‘s nine more than last year, and 12 more than in 2011. The surge is partly the result of a run of eight fires which killed 24 people. State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson says the grim total underlines the need to have a working smoke detector. But he says officials can't enter houses to see if they have one. Greeson is seeking a $300,000 grant to make smoke detectors available free across the state.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 4:23pm
The Southern Baptist Convention again approves a resolution stating opposition to allowing gays in the Boy Scouts. But the language is softer than in the past. The resolution approved Wednesday also expressed disappointment with the Boy Scouts of America's new policy allowing gay Scouts. The resolution also calls on the Boy Scouts to remove executive and board leaders who tried to allow gays as both members and leaders without consulting the many religious groups that sponsor Scout troops. But it does not recommend that Southern Baptists drop ties with he Scouts.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 4:22pm
A Henderson man faces a charge of terroristic threatening after he was overhead at a drive-in restaurant saying he wanted to set-off explosives at Henderson County High School. 20-year old Brian Mathis who lives in the 400 block of South Ingram Street was indicted by a Henderson County Grand Jury. Mathis reportedly explained in the threat in April that he wanted to protect a young sister who he thought was being bullied at the high school. A girl sitting near Mathis at the restaurant took a picture of him with her smart phone and helped police investigate the theft.
Submitted by WIKY News on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:18am
Posey County authorities are pleased that they've arrested dozens of drug suspects in recent years, but it does create at least one problem: a crowded jail. Sheriff Greg Oeth tells WIKY and 14 News the Posey County Jail's capacity is 62, but he has renovated conference rooms to house inmates and has put cots in holding cells to hold as many as 70. The sheriff says a study to assess the jail's needs and current budget is underway. He plans to ask county officials for more money to keep the jail running.