Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke

New playground to be called Mickey's Kingdom

Apr 10, 2018
John Gibson

The new Kids Kingdom will be named after a special kid. 

The existing playground off Waterworks Road sits in the way of a major sewer project, so officials – including Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin -- broke ground on a new playground to be built in the space between the Evansville Museum and the Sunset Park tennis courts.

Easter Seals telethon tops $1 million again

Apr 9, 2018

Easter Seals is celebrating a record-setting telethon. 

The 41st annual Easter Seals Telethon ended Sunday evening with a "final tote" of $1,056,943 raised for its Rehabilitation Center on Bellemeade Avenue. 

In a news release, the not-for-profit it said was the fifth year in a row the Telethon on WEHT TV raised more than $1 million. 

All proceeds will underwrite therapy for Tri-State children and adults with disabilities served by the Easter Seals Rehab Center.

Winnecke delivers upbeat State of City

Apr 4, 2018
John Gibson

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke focused on infrastructure, public safety, and business during his State of the City address. 

The Republican mayor cited what he called “positive momentum” in the city, including infrastructure improvements.

Winnecke noted the massive $729 million federally-mandated sewer improvement project. He said the city has met with federal officials to try to reduce the cost while still complying with the Clean Water Act…

Ground to be broken for Downtown Hyatt

Mar 27, 2018

An official groundbreaking is planned this week for a new hotel in Downtown Evansville. 

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and representatives of Kinship Hospitality will turn dirt Friday morning for the planned Hyatt Place Downtown at 2nd and Chestnut streets.

A news release from the Southwest Indiana Chamber said the hotel represents a more than $18 million investment in the community.

The 5-story hotel will feature 139 rooms, a bar-lounge, an indoor pool, a fitness center, meeting rooms, and an outdoor fire pit.

Allegiant adding flights to Destin, FL

Feb 13, 2018
John Gibson

Evansville Regional Airport says new flights to a popular beach will eliminate a 10-hour drive. 

Allegiant Air will add two weekly flights between Evansville and Destin, Florida, starting June 8th.

During a news conference at the airport, Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke couldn’t resist mentioning the weather…

("When it's gray, windy, and 34 degrees, Destin sounds pretty good, doesn't it?")

Allegiant’s Courtney Goff said the flights offer an alternative to a long drive…