Hot Rods Roll Into Town for Frog Follies

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Thousands of vintage hot rods are rolling into Evansville for the Frog Follies. 

The E’ville Iron Street Rod Club expects 4,000 cars at this year’s event.

Organizers call it the largest pre-1949 car show in the world, while local officials call it the biggest tourism event of the year, with 10,000 car owners and their families filling up hotels and restaurants. 

The Convention and Visitors Bureau says the show will have an economic impact of more than $3.1 million in the Evansville area.

Marveline Prince wins Albion Award

Aug 26, 2015

An Evansville civil rights leader has won the 2015 Albion Fellows Bacon Award.

Marveline Prince accepted the award during an Equality Day luncheon at Old National Events Plaza.

Her activism dates back to the late 1960’s. Bacon worked for public housing, women’s rights, and other issues in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court Loretta Rush delivered the keynote address at the Equality Day luncheon. She’s the first woman to serve on the state’s Supreme Court. 

Rabid bat found in Vanderburgh County

Aug 25, 2015

A bat has tested positive for rabies in Vanderburgh County. In a release Tuesday afternoon, The Vanderburgh County Health said the rabid bat was found in a rural area in southern Vanderburgh County.  The release says this is the second case of rabies in bats in the county.

They caution that you should never try to touch a wild animal, and that you should ensure that your dogs, cats and ferrets have current rabies vaccinations.

Aluminum plant shutdown announced

Aug 25, 2015

Over 500 workers could be off the job in October at the Century Aluminum Plant in Hawesville. The Owensboro Messenger Inquirer reports the company filed notice that it plans to shut down the Hawesville smelter in October. The shutdown does not affect Century’s Sebree operation.

McCurdy loan should wrap up "this week"

Aug 25, 2015

There’s yet another delay in the long-delayed effort to renovate the McCurdy Hotel, but a city official says it should be a minor setback.

Kunkel Group told Evansville officials last month that it had a multimillion dollar loan commitment to begin the renovation project.

Metro Development Director Kelly Coures tells WNIN that Kunkel hoped to have the loan by the end of last week, but instead heard from Kunkel's attorney who said the loan hadn't cleared yet. 

Man shot by EPD officers may have been suicidal

Aug 24, 2015

Evansville Police say a man shot by officers Saturday night may have been attempting a “suicide by cop.” 

Sgt. Jason Cullum says 61-year-old Joe Johns of Newburgh was wounded by four officers, after leading them on a pursuit that ended in a parking lot off South Green River Road.

Cullum told reporters during a news conference that Johns had recently bonded out of jail after being arrested in Warrick County for alleged child molesting. 

A family member had alerted authorities that Johns might be suicidal and had a gun in a park at Vann and Pollack.

City budget hearings wrap up with police chief

Aug 21, 2015

The Evansville City Council has wrapped up a week of budget hearings, following a presentation by the police chief.

Chief Billy Bolin is seeking 35 new police cars. He told the council that the department’s older vehicles need to be replaced. Members of the council were supportive.

Council Finance Chairman Connor O’Daniel says the city should be committing $1 million a year in casino funds to police vehicles. He disagrees with some of the Winnecke's administration proposed spending of casino revenue.

New dean heads up research at IU School of Medicine

Aug 19, 2015

A new executive dean of the IU School of Medicine is calling for more collaboration and entrepreneurship. 

Anantha Shekhar has accepted the position of Executive Dean for Research for the school, two years before IU plans to open a campus in Downtown Evansville.

Shekhar tells Inside Indiana Business that an important part of research is partnering with health care industry. He points to the school's biggest partner, Eli Lily.

Postponed ribbon-cutting held at Wesselman Park

Aug 18, 2015

Officials have finally cut a ribbon at Wesselman Park in Evansville, opening new playground equipment suitable for disabled children.

The A.D.A.-compliant equipment is open for kids ages 2-to-6. 

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke thanked Ronald McDonald Charities for helping to replace old, outdated equipment.

The ribbon-cutting was originally planned for last May, but vandalism forced officials to postpone.

Mayor Winnecke says he’s satisfied with security in city parks. He says if somebody is determined to vandalize they’ll find a way to do it.

Police warn of asphalt scammers

Aug 17, 2015

Indiana State Police have made one arrest and are looking for more suspects in a Posey County construction scam.

A news release from State Police Sgt. Todd Ringle says an employee of Oaks Construction approached an 87-year-old woman at her New Harmony home and told her his crew had an extra load of asphalt and could offer her a good price to pave her driveway. 

She was allegedly quoted a price between $1,000 and $2,000. She agreed and the crew did the work, but near the end of the job one of the workers knocked on her door and demanded $6,000 for the work. 

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