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Isaiah Seibert / WNIN

Two Vanderburgh county commissioners presented cost estimates for a jail expansion to the county council at their meeting Wednesday. The council wasn’t impressed.

The commissioners’ draft is based on a 30-year bond and assumes the tax fund will grow 2.8 percent annually.

It leaves county finances in a better state compared to the estimates presented at a stakeholders’ meeting Tuesday. That version was based on a 25-year bond and assumed the tax fund would grow only one percent every year. It would put that fund in the red.

UE To Dedicate Peace Bell

Jul 25, 2018
U.S. Park Service

The Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London, England has cast some of the world’s most famous bells. Their impressive portfolio includes the bells at Big Ben, the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, and the bells at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

The foundry closed last year, but one of its final creations will soon find a home at UE.

The Interfaith Peace Bell weighs a whopping three-hundred twenty-two pounds. The words “yearn for peace” are inscribed on one side of the bell. The words “work for peace” appear on the other.

An Evansville woman is accused of leaving three small children locked in a bedroom while she went to work. 

Evansville Police say officers were called to 1316 Henning Avenue Monday evening for a report of children left unattended in the home. 

In a news release, the EPD said officers found the children, all under the age of 3, in a bedroom that was dead-bolted shut.

Police said officers had to climb through an unlocked window and then use force to open the locked door and reach the children.

Commissioner Musgrave Presents Jail Finance Data

Jul 24, 2018
Isaiah Seibert / WNIN

Vanderburgh County officials now have better data about the financial feasibility of a 600-bed addition to the county jail after a meeting this morning.

Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave presented a draft to county officials and consultants. She said it’s a mixed bag.

“Good news is we have nearly enough money," she said at the meeting. "Bad news is we don’t have enough money.”

The document shows the annual costs of the jail expansion, based on a 25-year bond. It puts the tax fund it draws from in the red for a few years.

Steve Burger reported from Sedan in Northern France where Monday a plaque was placed on the First Division Monument at Wadelincourt that honors the casualties from the final offensive of World War I. That plaque contains the name of Evansville native Army Sergeant Chester Schulz. His name was left off the monument in the chaos at the end of WWI. A great niece, Nancy Hasting of Mount Vernon, noticed and decided to get his name added to it.