Business and Economy

Gov. Holcomb buys 5 millionth Gibson County Toyota

Sep 20, 2017
John Gibson

Governor Eric Holcomb made a special purchase when he visited the Toyota plant in Gibson County Wednesday. 

Holcomb visited Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana not only to help celebrate the plant’s 5 millionth vehicle, but to buy the SUV himself.

Holcomb told the crowd he was replacing his Toyota Sequoia, which has 200,000 miles on it…

(Been a lot of places with me and made a lot of memories but I confess to you right here, I’m looking forward to the new car smell”)

Nightime closure on Twin Bridges next week

Sep 15, 2017

Traffic on the Twin Bridges will become more restricted during the overnight hours, starting next week. 


The Indiana Department of Transportation says contractors will shut down the southbound bridge between Evansville and Henderson from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. as part of the ongoing Fix for 41 Project.

INDOT says in a news release that crews will begin pavement overlay on the southbound span, requiring the bridge to be closed.

The operation is expected to take about a week depending on weather conditions.

Winnecke hires from within for new zoo director

Sep 7, 2017

Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden has a new leader. 


Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke hired from within, choosing Erik Beck as the zoo’s new executive director.

Beck has worked at the zoo for 22 years and Winnecke says he’s shown strong leadership as director of operations and interim zoo director.

Beck replaces Amos Morris who left the local zoo for a similar position in California.

In a news release, Mayor Winnecke calls Beck “well qualified for the position.” He says Beck will “lead the zoo through a seamless transition.”

Old Howell Bank building could be razed

Aug 23, 2017
John Gibson

A 110-year-old building on Evansville’s West Side may soon face the wrecking ball. 


The old Howell Bank building at 3000 Broadway Avenue was built in 1907, when Howell was its own town southwest of Evansville.

The bank closed in 1932, during the Great Depression.

It housed other financial businesses after that, including Howell Mortgage Bank -- the name still visible on the dilapidated, single-story white structure.

John Gibson

Progress is reported in a lawsuit filed by WNIN against a long-time neighbor.

Tri-State Public Media is suing Pearl Laundry and Cleaners, which has operated inside a large brick building on NW Third St. in Downtown Evansville for more than a century.

Over the years, the operation has produced a plume of underground contamination that reaches into WNIN’s property under the Carpenter House.

WNIN is attempting to sell the historic home as part of the move to a new location at Main and Riverside.