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The late banjo maker Scott Didlake called the instrument, a “well of souls.”

One look at the gourd banjo – with its goat skin head and papyrus neck – reveals a glimpse of the aching history of souls taken from Africa in shackles and forced into slavery in North America.

And with them, they brought the music.

Archivist and ethnomusicologist Greg Adams has been studying the banjo for 20 years.

“Some people say, 'oh the banjo, it's such a happy instrument. You can't play a sad song on it,'" Adams said.

Final development hearings this week

Feb 18, 2014

You have an opportunity to contribute to a long-range sustainable development plan for the Evansville area. 

The Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization is conducting final public hearings for its Millennial Plan 2040. The plan is the result of three years of research, model development, and input from interest groups, stakeholders, committee members, and the public.

IN Supreme Court won't hear Holiday World suit

Feb 17, 2014

Control of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari will remain with its vice president, Lori Koch (cook). 

The Indiana Supreme Court has declined to hear a legal dispute involving Koch’s brother-in-law, Dan Koch.

In October, the Indiana Court of Appeals issued a 3-0 ruling saying that Lori Koch could retain her majority shares of Koch Development Co., which owns and operates the theme park in Spencer County.

Mary Lyn Stoll

The Vagina Monologues is returning to the University of Southern Indiana, and proceeds from the internationally-known performance are supporting a local cause.

Students from USI’s Philosophy Club, Face of Feminism, Gender Studies, and the Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice (SAC) Club are joining forces to break the taboos surrounding violence against women.

Vanderburgh County leaders oppose tax cut

Feb 12, 2014

Vanderburgh County officials are expressing their opposition to proposed state legislation that would eliminate personal property taxes on business equipment.

Vanderburgh County Commissioners have sent Governor Pence a letter expressing “strong opposition” to the tax cut, saying that the county already has the option to approve tax abatements to promote economic development.