Government and Politics

Commissioners Vote to Rezone McCutchanville Lot

3 hours ago
Isaiah Seibert / WNIN

Neighbors remain divided after Vanderburgh County Commissioners conditionally approved a request to rezone a parcel of land off Browning Road in McCutchanville. The approval will be final once a list of land-use restrictions is signed and notarized.

Luann Sievern will have a front seat to the new construction. "If you look out our back window," she said, "we are the house overlooking the currently empty field which will be the development."

Owensboro Water Main Breaks Fixed

Jul 10, 2018
Isaiah Seibert / WNIN

Crews isolated the two breaks Monday at Owensboro Municipal Utilities’ Plant A and repaired them overnight. The utility company says water pressure should return Tuesday afternoon, but the boil order will remain in place while crews flush the water system. The company says state officials will most likely lift the order Thursday after an inspection.

OMU spokersperson Sonya Dixon said she is not sure how much water was poured from the breaks, nor does she know the cost of the damage. 

Party Celebrates Vanderburgh Bicentennial

Jul 6, 2018
Isaiah Seibert / WNIN

County Commissioner Ben Shoulders led a crowd of around twenty volunteers and elected officials in singing "Happy Birthday" to Vanderburgh County. The county turned 200 this year, and county commissioners hosted a party Friday at the old courthose to celebrate.

There was a bounce castle and a zip line for kids and a cash bar for grown-ups, but Vannetta and Lydia McDowell were in charge of the main attraction: cake.

Vanderburgh Co. Closer To Plan For Expanding Jail

Jun 27, 2018
Isaiah Seibert / WNIN

Vanderburgh County needs a bigger jail, but many county officials do not want to raise taxes for it. 

A study released in April by architecure and engineering firm RQAW recommended an additional 900 beds to cover a growing inmate population, but the county would have to levy a 0.1 percent tax to finance that big an addition under a typical financing plan.

Many elected officials are against a tax increase. They believe they can work out a deal to add 600 beds, which would meet the jail’s current needs, without raising taxes. County Commssioner Cheryl Musgrave is among them.

New Indiana Notary Law To Go Into Effect

Jun 21, 2018

There are 95,000 notaries in Indiana who sign documents and give oaths. A new law will update the regulations that govern their work.

Applicants to become notaries will have to post a bond of $25,000. These bonds protect them when they sign documents improperly and shield their clients from the effects of fraud.

The current bond amount of $5,000 is often not enough to cover settlements against notaries.

The new law also raises the fees notaries are allowed to charge per signature from two to ten dollars.