West Side boil advisory lifted

12 hours ago

Officials say it’s safe to drink the water on Evansville’s West Side. 

The Evansville Water and Sewer Utility has lifted the boil advisory issued after a water main break last weekend.

The break occurred on Upper Mt.Vernon Road near Tekoppel Avenue and resulted in an advisory that covered much of the West and Northwest sides.

The utility says test results of samples collected from the affected area revealed no evidence of contamination. 

Evansville to pay more in rebalanced agreement

15 hours ago

  The city of Evansville will be paying 35% more to the Area Plan Commission, an increase which wasn’t planned for in this year’s budget.

This year the city will pay an additional $60,000 for re-development and re-zoning. Monday night the city council approved an adjusted payment agreement for a joint department shared with Vanderburgh County.

In the original agreement, the city paid 15%, but now the expenses will be split 50-50. City controller Russ Lloyd said the change reflects the number of permits issued. 

ROMP-goers honor Ralph Stanley

17 hours ago

 

   

Another ozone alert for Saturday

Jun 24, 2016

Another weekend, another Ozone Alert.

The Evansville EPA has issued an Ozone Alert for Saturday, marking the third straight weekend that the agency has warned of potentially unhealthy air for children, the elderly, and persons with respiratory or heart conditions.

Thousands of people are expected on Evansville’s riverfront for Shriners Fest and in Owensboro for ROMP. Evansville EPA Director Jacob Keating has some advice for festival-goers: don't exert yourself, stay hydrated, and if you have asthsma, keep emergency medicine handy.

Crews working on temporary fix for Lloyd bridge

Jun 22, 2016
John Gibson

Crews are jacking-up a portion of the Lloyd Expressway Bridge over Pigeon Creek. 

The work follows the discovery of cracks on the eastbound span last weekend, which forced crews to close the right lane.

Jason Tiller of INDOT tells WNIN that the cracks are just “cosmetic.” He says the real problem is the bridge’s bearing pads. 

Tiller describes the pads as “shock absorbers” that have slipped over time.

He says jacking up the span is a temporary fix for the bearing pads. 

Heat feels like triple digits

Jun 22, 2016

It’s a hot, humid start to the Shriners Fest and ROMP. 

The National Weather Service is warning of heat index values above 100 degrees through Thursday.

Forecasters say festival goers – and anyone spending time outdoors -- should take precautions as high humidity combines with temperatures in the mid-90’s in the shade.

Forecasters warn that exposure to the sun will only amplify the heat.

They remind you to not leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle for any amount of time.

iyi.org / Indiana Youth Institute

Twenty-five percent of Vanderburgh County children lived in poverty in 2014, according to the latest Kids Count survey. That’s slightly higher than the national percent. 

The survey by the Annie Cassie Foundation says Indiana saw a 63 percent increase in children living in high poverty areas. In Indiana twenty-two percent of children lived in poverty; That’s slightly lower than Kentucky but higher than Illinois.

Indiana kids saw improvement in terms of health and education.

Lloyd bridge restricted as cracks appear

Jun 21, 2016
John Gibson

One lane of the Lloyd Expressway bridge over Pigeon Creek is closed until further notice, after at least two cracks developed.

The Indiana Department of Transportation has closed the right lane of the eastbound bridge, where two cracks are visible in the side wall and sidewalk.

A news release from INDOT says the bridge’s bearing pads under the span have moved, and need to be reset and stabilized.

The agency says the problem doesn’t compromise the overall safety of the bridge, but it does require repairs and a lane closure until the work is done.

The Evansville EPA has issued another Ozone Alert for this weekend.

The city has already violated federal ozone standards three times this month. 

The new alert is in effect Saturday, Sunday, and Monday – the first day of summer.  

Evansville EPA Director Jacob Keating tells WNIN that sunny and warm conditions -- with little or no wind -- may create unhealthy ozone levels for sensitive groups, like children, the elderly, and persons with lung or heart conditions.

He urges those groups to limit time outdoors, stay cool, and stay hydrated.

Worthingtons win Mayor's Arts Award

Jun 16, 2016
John Gibson

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana has announced the winners of its 2016 Arts Awards. 

Steve and Susan Worthington were named the recipients of the Mayor’s Arts Award. 

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke said the Worthingtons are strong supporters of the arts. He called them "the first to help, the first to attend or the first to contribute.

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