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Friday, March 28 2008

State sales tax going up next week
This is just a reminder that Indiana’s Sales tax will increase from 6% to 7%.
The state's sales tax is being increased as a part of the property tax relief package passed by the Indiana General Assembly. To read the full article, go to http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/28/state-sales-tax-going-up-next-week/.

Loss of moisture in wood can cause new home to shrink
Have you ever wondered why there are cracks in walls and around door frames? The problem may lay with the moisture in wood. This information was provided by C. Dwight Barnett, a local home inspector, that loss of moisture in wood can cause a new home to shrink and ways to remedy this problem. To read the full article, go to http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/28/loss-of-moisture-in-wood-can-cause-new-home-to/.

Komen spreads $42,000 among 13 groups
We have here yet another example of the generous gift giving spirit that is so strong in the Tri-State. The Greater Evansville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure recently awarded more than $42,000 to organizations around the Tri-State. The 13 grants bring the 2008 total of money distributed to $544,949.91. We appreciate the efforts of the Komen Foundation and we look forward to the next fundraiser of the Komen Foundation with their annual walk in September. Our company F.C. TuckerEmge Realtors has a strong participation in this special event which in the last few years had close to 18,000 participants. To read the full article, go to http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/27/komen-spreads-42000-among-13-groups/.

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Friday, March 28 2008

We see yet another effort of a local education institution to offer a highly skilled program that will benefit the workforce in the Tri-State. The University of Southern Indiana will offer an advanced manufacturing program leading to a Bachelor of Science. The program will provide skilled baccalaureate-degreed technologists for the advanced manufacturing industry. It will support regional business and industry in workforce development and training by providing professional development and certificate training opportunities. To read this story on the Inside INdiana Business website, go to
http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/newsitem.asp?ID=28575.

Don’t Forget: PMI is Deductible
For our readers who have not yet filed for their 2007 tax return this information might be interesting. Current regulations allow for the deduction of the government or private mortgage insurance premiums (PMI). In average this deduction is about $ 350.00 and this deduction can be taken each year until 2010. Please consult with your tax preparer on this matter if you do pay PMI. To read the full article, go to http://www.realtor.org/RMODaily.nsf/pages/News2008032702?OpenDocument.  
Find us at: http://www.realtor.org/realtormag

Buyer Beware: Puppy scam
Online scams about selling puppies are becoming more popular.
http://14wfie.com/global/story.asp?s=8081231

Find more items like this at http://14wfie.com  
Copyright 2008 WFIE

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Thursday, March 27 2008

Governor praises 9 Hoosier companies for environmental leadership

Governor Mitch Daniels and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) today announced 9 new members to Indiana's Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP). The members were accepted into the program after agreeing to continuous environmental improvements and demonstrating long-term compliance with environmental laws.

"These 9 Hoosier businesses are models for others and proof positive that sound environmental management is simply good for business," said Daniels.

These businesses are ESP's newest members:

  1. BF Goodrich Tire Manufacturing (Woodburn, Allen County)
  2. Covanta Indianapolis, Inc. (Indianapolis, Marion County)
  3. Cummins Fuel Systems Plant (Columbus, Bartholomew County)
  4. Cummins Inc. - Columbus Engine Plant (Columbus, Bartholomew County)
  5. Fun Country Marine Industries, Inc. (Muncie, Delaware County)
  6. Manchester Tank & Equipment (Elkhart, Elkhart County)
  7. Mitsubishi Climate Control (Franklin, Johnson County)
  8. Uniseal, Inc. (Evansville, Vanderburgh County)
  9. Wabash National Corporation (Lafayette, Tippecanoe County)

"ESP members voluntarily eliminate wastes, preserve resources and protect the environment. They deserve recognition for going beyond basic requirements of the law," said Thomas W. Easterly, commissioner of IDEM, the state agency that manages ESP.

Efforts during their first year of membership will result in:

  • Reducing water use by 28,120,570 gallons;
  • Reducing energy use by 240,232 kilowatt hours per year;
  • Reducing solid waste by 2,246 tons and 1,080 gallons; and,
  • Reducing hazardous waste by 65,592 gallons.

ESP recognizes businesses that have a strong record of environmental compliance, set goals for continuous improvements in environmental performance beyond their legal requirements, have internal systems in place to manage their environmental impacts, engage in community outreach and consistently report results.

In return for outstanding environmental action, ESP members can receive accelerated permit review, flexibility in permitting, less frequent data review and other benefits that will aid the company without loosening current environmental regulations.

This is the second year of the ESP program and there are 33 members participating in this initiative.

For immediate release: Mar 26, 2008
Posted by: [IDEM]
Contact: Robert Elstro
Phone: (317) 232-8499
Email: relstro@idem.IN.gov

Source: http://www.in.gov/rde/xfw/in_pre/newsroom.inc?detailContent=145_17099.htm&backEnabled=true

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Thursday, March 27 2008

I have come across this article which I find interesting in light of the new mortgage guide lines. There are many things to watch out for, and I hope this article will help you with a broad understanding of mortgage financing. Please feel free to call me if you have a question. You can reach me at 812-499-9234.

6 Things to Keep in Mind When Looking for Mortgage Financing

RISMEDIA, March 26, 2008--There are six critical things prospective home buyers need to do in this sometimes confusing market, says Kansas City mortgage expert Bruce Brown, founder of the website http://www.MortgageAnswersFast.com.

“There is an excess of housing inventory right now and that makes it a good time for buyers to get into the market. Lower prices mean lower monthly payments, but before prospective buyers jump in, there are some key things they need to know about getting a mortgage right now,” he says.

6 Essentials to Look For Include:

1. Use a down payment — Consumers will see better loan terms if they can put at least 5% down. “Each 5% increment will help,” according to Brown, “so put as much down as you can and speak to a loan professional for specifics on various scenarios. Zero down payment programs have all but disappeared, although FHA and conforming 3% down programs still exist. Even with a small amount down, buying compares favorably to renting.”

2. Shop the right way for interest rates — “Fees are critical, as they affect your overall cost, so don’t go by interest rates alone,” adds Brown. “An interest rate that sounds higher may include no fees, while another is lower but includes fees that may make the actual financing cost higher, so be sure to have it spelled out for you.” Lenders are required to provide a Good Faith Estimate of all costs, and consumers are advised to check it carefully against the HUD-1 Settlement Statement to make sure there are no “surprise” charges or other fees. MortgageAnswersFast.com provides consumers detailed explanations of how to analyze Good Faith Estimates to ensure borrowers find the lowest total loan cost.

3. Be wary of advertising — The airwaves are full of advertisements trying to entice consumers into a mortgage because the Federal Reserve has cut interest rates claiming “rates will never be lower.” In actuality, long-term fixed interest rates for mortgages are tied to bonds called mortgage backed securities (MBS) and the prices investors are willing to pay for them, Brown explains. “The Fed does not control long-term fixed interest rates for mortgages. There may be some impact on adjustable rates, but seldom to the extent that advertisers would have you believe. So borrowers should research mortgage rates rather than simply believe false advertising claims.”

4. Think about paying more for your house — “It might sound crazy,” Brown says, “but by paying more for your home you might actually wind up paying less for the transaction. Here’s how: instead of negotiating the sale price down by a certain dollar amount, ask the seller to pay for the costs to “buy down” the interest rate on the loan. The monthly payment can be reduced substantially, saving cash flow in the short run while increasing your principal balance in the long term. Seller funds can also be used to buy out PMI,” Brown explains. “Your mortgage professional can help you calculate the actual savings.”

5. Know your PMI options — PMI, or Private Mortgage Insurance, protects the lender from losses incurred after default when foreclosing on a property. If a borrower has less than 20% down on a conventional conforming mortgage, they must pay PMI, with rates that can vary based on credit score. “Borrowers typically pay PMI monthly,” according to Brown, “but there are other options, including lender-paid mortgage insurance, in which premium is added into the interest rate of the loan. There are other options that allow a smaller fee at closing without raising the rate, and sellers can also pay the fee at closing, which sometimes can be a condition of the sale.” For more detail on these sometimes confusing alternatives, he recommends that borrowers check with their mortgage professional.

6. Improve credit scores — Credit scores have always been important, but never more than today, especially for borrowers with less than 20% as a down payment. Small differences in score can mean big differences in interest rates or fees, so consumers should do everything they can to show their credit in its best light. “Do not close out credit card accounts, but instead distribute the balances as evenly as possible and use old cards every few months to keep them active,” Brown says. “Check your credit report for errors and get them corrected, and get rid of liens and charge offs, if you have any, and resolve any late payments. All these will have a quick and positive effect on your credit score.” Even people with great credit scores as high as 720 may pay a penalty based upon recently changed guidelines. “Credit repair is not just for people who have credit problems,” he adds. “Most people don’t realize they can optimize their score using a few simple techniques.”

Brown is quick to recommend loan officers that are Certified Mortgage Planning Specialists (CMPS) as they can best help consumers sift through the myriad details of a loan transaction. “This means they are certified by the CMPS Institute,” he says. “Getting the right mortgage is much more than just getting a loan, because it has impact on wealth-building, retirement and other strategies in personal finance. CMPS professionals are trained in all of these, so they make a great choice for borrowers who want to understand how to use their mortgage to become financially more secure.”

Bruce Brown is a Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist, the founder of MortgageAnswersFast.com, the president of First Security Mortgage Company, and has appeared on the KC Fox affiliate’s real estate features as the “Purchase Pro.”
For more information, visit www.MortgageAnswersFast.com.

Source: http://rismedia.com/wp/2008-03-25/6-things-to-keep-in-mind-when-looking-for-mortgage-financing/

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Thursday, March 27 2008

How much water do you use at home?

  • 2 gallons of water is used to wash your hands.
  • 2 gallons of water is used to brush your teeth. (if you leave the water running)
  • 2 to 7 gallons of water is used to flush a toilet.
  • 9 to 12 gallons of water is used to wash dishes in an automatic dishwasher.
  • 20 gallons of water is used to hand wash dishes.
  • 25 to 50 gallons of water is used for a five minute shower.
  • The average person uses 120 gallons of water per day!
  • You can not hear a "running" toilet until it is losing 250 gallons of water per day.

Source: http://www.vanderburghgov.org/Index.aspx?page=1344

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Thursday, March 27 2008

Below is an article from REALTOR Magazine Online, www.realtor.org/realtormag  
Existing-Home Sales Rise in February
http://www.realtor.org/rmodaily.nsf/pages/News2008032401?OpenDocument

Old National stock on the rise
The news in the banking industry has been on the down side for the past few months. It is therefore good news that the banks in the Mid-West are doing better and we have our own Old National Bank of Evansville to thank for this upswing. According to Bloomberg.com the stock of Old National Bancorp rose faster than that of any other bank or mortgage firm listed in the Standard & Poor's Small Cap 600 Index between March 10 and 14. We wish Old National Bank continued success for the remainder of this year and hope to continue to hear good news for Evansville. To read the full story from www.courierpress.com, go to http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/26/old-national-stock-on-the-rise/.

Lowe's backs away from North side site
We have just received the latest information on Lowe’s anticipated move to the North Side of Evansville. As per Jane Reel, Evansville redevelopment specialist, said she learned through an e-mail that Lowe’s is “not going through with the project at this time.” Lowe’s was recently granted a tax abatement which was approved by the city council on March 10th. We still hope Lowe’s will go through with their plans as the addition of the store would have meant additional jobs for Evansville.” To read the full story from www.courierpress.com, go to http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/26/26web-Lowes/.

COOPERATIVE VENTURE: Nonprofit grocery strives to offer what's local, organic and good
Evansville does not have many stores or outlets that offer local and organic foods.
The River City Food Co-Op located on Washington Ave at 116 Washington Ave., is trying to change this. We wish the owners of the store all the best. To read the full story from www.courierpress.com, go to http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/26/cooperative-venture-nonprofit-grocery-strives-to/.

Congratulations to Joe A. Dedman who has been named executive director of Southwest Indiana WIRED, a workforce development company in collaboration with a nine-county leaders of business to increase the number of high-skill, high-paying jobs in this region. We wish them all the best for the future. Evansville and the Tri-State need these jobs to continue to make sure we have a skilled work force for the future. This helps area businesses and local real estate. To read the full article from the Inside INdiana Business website, go to http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/newsitem.asp?ID=28543.

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Wednesday, March 26 2008

From time to time we will provide information that we feel is to the benefit of our readers to watch out for certain pit falls in the real estate market. We hope that this information will help you when dealing with scruples home repair companies. Kathy and I can help direct you to companies and persons whom we would use in our own home for repairs.

Home Improvement Scams
Don’t fall for them

Sometimes a scam artist will just show up at your door. It’s commonly referred to as a door-to-door sale and it’s a favorite among bogus home improvement operators. Seniors, those who live alone, and victims of weather-related disasters are common targets.

WHEN TO BE SKEPTICAL

  • The person at your door notices that your roof (or another area on your house that is hard to check) needs repair. He may trick you into signing a contract without disclosing all the charges.
  • He says he just finished work on your neighbor’s house and has just enough materials to do repair work on yours. He might say he can give you a better bargain if you let him do the work today since he has the supplies now.
  • The contractor is pressuring you to accept an offer.

FINDING A CONTRACTOR

  • Take your time. Don’t let the contractor rush your decision.
  • Do research. Know how much you can afford and what you want done.
  • Contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and the Better Business Bureau for complaint information on contractors you are considering.
  • Talk to your friends who used this contractor. Did they like his work?
  • Opt for the local, well-established contractor. Don’t assume that an ad makes the contractor reliable.
  • Compare bids and services. Be skeptical if the bid is too low. Cheaper is not necessarily better. A contractor with a low price may be inexperienced and unable to finish the work for the amount bid.
  • Get bids in writing. Does the bid reflect the improvements you discussed? How long will the project take? A detailed, written proposal allows you to shop around.
  • Is the contractor licensed, bonded and insured? Licensing requirements vary from community to community.
  • Check with your city or county building department to determine the licensing requirements for your area and if the contractor you are considering is properly licensed, bonded and insured.

BEFORE SIGNING THE CONTRACT

  • Get a written contract. Indiana law requires home improvement contracts exceeding $150 to be in writing. Before signing the contract, make certain it includes:
    • The price of the job
    • Payment schedule
    • A detailed description of the work and materials (including colors, brand names and patterns)
    • Estimated start and completion dates
    • The contractor’s name and address
    • A name and telephone number of the person to contact if problems arise
    • The contractor’s signature
  • Never pay for the entire project before the work begins. Do not pay more than 1/3 of the total cost as a down payment. Remaining payments should be tied to completion of specified amounts of work.

AFTER SIGNING THE CONTRACT

  • Is a permit needed for your home improvement? Many localities require permits for building projects. Contact your local building department to see if a permit is needed. A contractor should not start work until the permit is issued.
  • Don’t make the final payment to the contractor until you know that all subcontractors and/or suppliers have been paid. Get written proof of payment. Subcontractors and suppliers may file a mechanics lien against your home if they haven’t been paid.
  • Get a copy of the warranty. If a contractor guarantees labor and/or materials, those warranties should be in writing.
  • Keep all records related to your project. This includes the contract, change orders, warranties, and correspondence. These records are important, particularly if you have a problem with your project.

Even if precautions are taken, problems may arise. Take time to talk to your contractor to resolve these issues. If problems continue, put your complaints in writing and send them to the contractor. Be sure to keep a copy of these complaints for your records.

RESOURCES

The Consumer Protection Division of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office works to safeguard the rights of Indiana citizens every day. If you have questions or complaints regarding home improvement scams, or other appropriate consumer issues, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division using the address and phone number listed at the bottom of the front page, or visit www.IndianaConsumer.com for more information.

Source: http://www.indianaconsumer.com/consumer_guide/home_improvement.asp\

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Wednesday, March 26 2008

Evansville has two sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International, Inc.

  • Osnabrück, Germany
  • Tochigi-Shi, Japan

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evansville,_Indiana#Sister_cities  

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Wednesday, March 26 2008

From www.14wfie.com:  
The City of Evansville has filled a suit in Federal Court for the clean-up of the former Swanson-Nunn Electric Company on 8th Street. Even though the clean-up will be costly we can only hope that the Federal Government will help with the expenses of the clean up. The clean-up is vital to the residents living in this area.
Evansville files federal suit for property clean-up
The city of Evansville files a federal suit to get downtown property, the former site of an electric company, cleaned up.
http://14wfie.com/global/story.asp?s=8067622  

From www.courierpress.com:
Two new businesses have signed up at Woodfield Plaza off the intersection of U.S. 41 North and Boonville New Harmony Road. A new Style Hair Salon will be one of the tenants. The other is the Gener Spine and Wellness Center. We wish both entrepreneurs all the best with their new business.
New businesses come to Woodfield plaza
http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/25/25web-Woodfield/  

From www.abc25.com:  
We now know that the flights from Evansville to Indianapolis and South Bend will continue for another year. This is good news for Evansville as well as Indianapolis and South Bend. We need to keep the flights going in order to grow as a region.
EVV Airport Will Continue Flights to Indianapolis For Another Year
http://www.abc25.com/dsp_story.cfm?storyid=5874

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Tuesday, March 25 2008

Date: 4/5/2008 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Cost: free
Location: Old Wal-Mart West
University Drive
Evansville, Indiana 47712

ITEMS TO BRING: (Please be sure items are clean and sorted.)

  • Aluminum cans
  • Metal food cans
  • Cardboard Catalogs/magazines
  • Newspaper Mixed paper
  • Glass containers #1 & #2 plastic bottles

VANDERBURGH COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY

For information, call 812-436-7800.

Source: http://www.vanderburghgov.org/index.aspx?recordid=2061&page=11

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Tuesday, March 25 2008

The next Tire Recycling Day for Evansville is April 19, 2008.

Date: 4/19/2008 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Civic Center Parking Lot
Ninth & Walnut
Evansville, Indiana 47708

  • The first four (4) tires will be accepted for recycling free of charge.
  • A $1.00 per tire fee will be charged thereafter.
  • Car and Light Truck tires only.
  • We prefer that the rims be removed.
  • Water and mud must be removed from tires.
  • Tires from businesses will not be accepted.
  • No commercial vehicles allowed.

VANDERBURGH COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY

For information, call 812-436-7800.

Source: http://www.vanderburghgov.org/index.aspx?recordid=2224&page=11

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Monday, March 24 2008

The first bridge to cross the Ohio River and connect Evansville with Henderson, Kentucky, was built in 1932.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evansville,_Indiana#History

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Monday, March 24 2008

Town hall meeting on property tax set
A town hall meeting is scheduled for tomorrow at Ivy Tech in the Vectren Auditorium located at 3501 First Avenue in Evansville at 10.00 AM. State Rep. Suzanne Crouch of Evansville and House Republican minority leader Brian Bosma of Indianapolis will discuss the property-tax relief package, which Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law. The public is invited to attend and ask questions. To read the full story, go to http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/24/town-meeting-property-tax-set/.

EVSC program wins Magna Award
The Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) has won a Magna Award for the second year from the American School Board Journal. We congratulate EVSC for this award and wish them continued success in their mission to educate students. To read the full story, go to http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/24/evsc-program-wins-magna-award-it-allowed-to-pros/.

Airport board to weigh keeping flights to Indy
The Evansville-Vanderburgh Airport Authority Board will meet this after noon to discuss future flights to Indianapolis. We hope their decision will be to continue with the flights as any loss of flights from Evansville would make it more difficult for Tri-State residents to get to Indianapolis. To read the full story, go to http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/21/21web-Airport/.

New shoe giveaway hits school
Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to the anonymous Evansville family who made it possible for all students of Culver Elementary School to receive brand new athletic shoes. The children will cherish this for a life time and Evansville is thankful for this sincere donation. To read the full story, go to http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/21/new-shoe-giveaway-hits-school/.

Second Infinite Self Storage in works
Evansville will have a new self storage facility at the intersection of Mesker Park Drive and Diamond Avenue. We wish the developers Herman & Kittle of Indianapolis all the best with their business venture. To read the full story, go to http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/20/second-infinite-self-storage-in-works/.  

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Monday, March 24 2008

There is much to say about the resident’s of the Tri-State who step in and help when help is most needed. We applaud all volunteers who lend a hand to help the flood victims. Your help is truly appreciated. To read the full article, click on the link below.

Volunteers come together to help save a house from flooding while it's owner serves in Iraq.
http://14wfie.com/global/story.asp?s=8055689  

Find more items like this at http://14wfie.com  

Copyright 2008 WFIE

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Thursday, March 20 2008

During World War II, Evansville was the largest inland producer of LSTs (Tank Landing Ships). Evansville also produced a specific line of the P-47 Thunderbolt known as the P-47Ds. These planes were also produced in Farmingdale on Long Island, New York. The Evansville craft were given the suffix "-Ra" while the Farmingdale planes were given the suffix "-Re". Evansville produced a total 6,242 P-47s and 167 LSTs during the war.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evansville,_Indiana#History

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Thursday, March 20 2008

Ivy Tech Community College has set up a Criminal Justice program in Evansville. The Southwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy will offer the classes in late March. Evansville Police Chief Brad Hill says: “This program will serve as a recruitment tool, and it will emphasize the important role education plays in developing successful law enforcement officers." This is positive news for Evansville’s police and sheriff departments.

To find more information about this new program, read 14 News' article by
clicking here.



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Thursday, March 20 2008

For any one wanting more information on what to do when your area floods we suggest to visit the Purdue University site. There is a tremendous amount of information available and which may help you in times of need. Some of the topics available include subjects on the initial steps to recovering from a flood, what to do if your water well has been flood, sanitation and repairing issues for your home.

To read these articles, please visit the Purdue University website.

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Thursday, March 20 2008

The following is a flooding update from the City of Evansville, Mayor's Office:

The City of Evansville and Vanderburgh County are experiencing what is called a “100 year rain”. As of 10 a.m., the Evansville Regional Airport had received a record-breaking 6.52 inches of rain. The single greatest rainfall on record for Evansville was 6.5 inches, set back on October 6, 1910. As a result, the Ohio River is at 37 feet and rising. It is expected to crest at 43 feet on Monday.The Water and Sewer Utility had its three vacuum trucks removing water from areas around the City all night long. Crews responded to 147 flood calls; 29 were for storm water in a basement or a home, the remaining 20 were because of sewage backups. A majority of the backups were caused by sump pumps that failed because they couldn’t keep up with the rainfall. This is also a good reminder to check back flow valves to see if they are functioning properly. Back flow valves are required by ordinance to stop the flow of storm water and sanitary water back into homes.

The most stagnant water is on the far Southeast Side, where there are no inlets. Rainwater there is moving through the ditches, but it is a slow process due to the record breaking rainfall. At this point, all inlets are capable of handling the extra rainfall. It is important that residents do their part in these rain situations by remembering to clean debris out of storm water drains and inlets so there isn’t any backup.As of noon today, Street Maintenance reports that the water is swiftly receding and the major streets are clear. The State Hospital Lakes and Indian Woods Lakes are also receding and have contained rain runoff from the adjacent areas. Street flooding problems in the City can be called in to Street Maintenance at (812) 435-6000, and in the County (812) 435-5777.

The City of Evansville and Vanderburgh County remain under a “local disaster emergency” (the declaration was made at 11 p.m. CST on March 18th). This declaration may be lifted later this afternoon. The determination will be made by the Emergency Management Agency, in conjunction with the Mayor and County Commissioners. Right now, the County reports more than two dozen roads are closed. In the City, the only road closed at this time is Waterworks Road, starting at the point where it meets Riverside Drive. Inland Marina is also closed due to the high river level. Roads may be temporarily closed if water is being pumped out to protect workers in the area. At least 45 people have come to the Emergency Management Agency office or City Street Maintenance to pick up sandbags to prevent water from coming on to their property. It’s important to remember that there is an ordinance in place which prohibits vehicles from driving around or past barricades unless they are authorized to do so. Authorized vehicles must drive at a slow rate of speed to create minimal or no wake. Violating this ordinance can result in a $500 fine. If the violation results in physical injury to a person or property, the fine is $1,000.

Source: The Tri-State Home Page

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Wednesday, March 19 2008

We congratulate Accuride Corporation of Evansville for the selection of preferred supplier for forged aluminum and steel wheels by Wabash National Corporation of Lafayette. The partnership will run through 2010.

For more information on the partnership, please read the article from Inside INdiana Business.

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Wednesday, March 19 2008

With 6.4 inches of record rain fall in the past 24 hours many of the Tri-State roads are flooded and most schools are closed today or were operating on a 2 hour delayed opening. We can not thank the first responders enough who rescue flood victims in these dangerous conditions as in the case of a man whose car was swept away at the Angel Mounds boat ramp in Evansville this morning.

To read an article about the bravery of rescue crews and their actions to save a man clinging to a tree in flood waters, please visit
14 News.

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Wednesday, March 19 2008

We congratulate Dale Sights for the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Leadership Evansville ceremonies held at the USI Cater Hall last night. There were 3 nominees for the 2008 Jefferson Awards winners, an award that recognizes outstanding community and public service. This year's Jefferson Awards winners are:

- Lisa and Patrick Phernetton, who have organized charity events for research on Prader-Willi syndrome and to build a group home for people who suffer from it. Their 11-year-old daughter, Mickey, has the condition, which causes sufferers to feel constantly hungry.

- Alfonso Vidal, co-founder of Hospitality and Outreach for Latin Americans, an organization that helps integrate Latinos into the Evansville community.

- Dale Sights, the volunteer CEO of the Women's Addiction Recovery Manor in Henderson.

One of these nominees will be selected to represent Evansville in Washington D.C. at the national Jefferson Awards' Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award.

To learn more about the Jefferson Awards, please read the article in the Evansville Courier & Press.

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Wednesday, March 19 2008

A new furniture store, Integrity Nursery of Owensboro, will open outdoor home living store at Metro Avenue and East Virginia Street. Construction costs are estimated to be around $ 1 million with 8,200 square feet. We wish the owners all the best for the future.

For more information on the new store, you can read the Evansville Courier & Press article.

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Wednesday, March 19 2008

The Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization is putting forward the Lincoln Avenue Safety Improvement Proposal. In an effort to reduce crashes and provide a better environment the City of Evansville is proposing to convert Lincoln Avenue from a four-lane to a three-lane cross section (two wider outside lanes and two-way center left-turn lane) in the corridor between US 41 and Green River Road. The scope of the study is available at the following website: http://www.eutsmpo.com/home.htm

In the light of safety we encourage all involved to continue working on this protect.

Source: Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization

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Tuesday, March 18 2008

The new property assessment notices are set to go out on March 31st, 2008. Homeowners have 45 days to file an appeal. The Vanderburgh County assessor is expecting a much less appeals this year, compared to the 9600 appeals last year. In most cases home owners were shocked when they saw how much they had to pay in addition as property taxes were adjusted to market value. With tax relief from the legislature, County Assessor Jonathan Weaver expects a smoother, more streamlined process this time around. In case you still feel that your property taxes are too high, we advise our readers to call their realtor and ask them to prepare a Market Analysis which you can use in your appeal. This service should be free of charge. Your realtor knows how to get appeal forms and how to prepare the appeal in order to be within the guidelines of the County Assessors rules. Please feel free to call Kathy or myself at 812-499-9234 for any questions. Click on the link below to read the full story from WFIE Channel 14.
Vanderburgh assessor expects quiet spring
http://www.14WFIE.com/Global/story.asp?s=8030182

With today’s ever changing world in the internet one has to be careful of scams charging for illegal downloads of music. Many users are careful to buy all downloaded music and abide by the law, but that does not always mean that these are safe. There are many sites that claim that they have obtained the licenses and have the legal rights to distribute the music. Where as in fact these sites do not have the licenses and the downloads are illegal. To make sure that you download the music form legal sites you can log on to the Recording Industry Association of America or musicunited.org and check if your site is approved by this association. Click on the link below to read the full story from WFIE Channel 14.
Internet scams charging for illegal downloads
http://www.14WFIE.com/Global/story.asp?s=8030187

With politics in full swing we can at least say that one presidential candidate has decided to visit Evansville. Senator Hillary Clinton is set to visit Harrison High School on Thursday at 4.45PM and the event will start at 6.00PM. There could be changes to the schedule so we advise our readers to check back once the plans have been confirmed. Click on the link below to read the full story from WFIE Channel 14.
Presidential candidate to visit Evansville
http://www.14WFIE.com/Global/story.asp?s=8028932

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Tuesday, March 18 2008

Businessmen move Subway restaurant
The North Side Subway operation has been moved to a newly renovated space at 4202 N. First Avenue. Business partners Ed Kucer and Rex Johnson are expanding their Subway Sandwich Shops. Prior to the move on First Avenue they opened a Subway operation in October at the intersection of Third and Main streets. We have eaten at this location and can tell you from personal experience that the Subway store is a welcome addition to Main Street in Evansville. We wish the partners continued success in their operation. To read the full article, go to
http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/17/businessmen-move-subway-restaurant/.

Shoe Carnival marks 15 years
Congratulations to Shoe Carnival in celebrating the 15 anniversary of its initial public stock offering. Shoe Carnival at that time had 39 stores and has just now opened store number 293 in Collierville, Tennessee. We wish continued success to Shoe Carnival. To read the full article, go to
http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/15/shoe-carnival-marks-15-years/.

Insurance company comes to East Side
Earlier on we reported on the opening of a new Farm Insurance Bureau office on the West Side of Evansville. Not to leave out the East Side, a new insurance company, Crosspointe Insurance and Financial Services, is open for business at 1101 N. Royal Avenue off Vogel Road. Owners Josh Mushlock and Drew Shokley are mainly focusing on family and health insurance and will provide financial services as well. We wish the new owners of this business all the best in the future. To read the full article, go to
http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/17/insurance-company-comes-east-side/.

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Monday, March 17 2008

Evansville files tax credits request
The City of Evansville is taking the first steps to apply for $60 million for New Market Tax Credits. This line of revenue was identified by Tom Chema of Gateway Consultants as a potential line of revenue to finance the construction of a new stadium. Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel has indicated that this program is worth pursuing. We encourage all persons responsible to make the decision on Roberts Stadium to take their time and explore all possible venues for this project. For full article, go to
http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/16/evansvillefilestax-creditsrequest/.   

Bristol-Myers looking for Mead Johnson suitors
Bristol-Myers Squibb is trying to find a buyer for their Mead Johnson Nutritional division in Evansville. Bristol-Myers is considering "strategic alternatives" for the future of Mead Johnson. The most likely buyer would be a multinational conglomerate in the nutritional market. The sheer size of Mead Johnson and the success in the infant formula market will be a key factor is the sale of this division. We hope that a new buyer will be able to located soon and that Mead Johnson will continue to be present in Evansville for many years to come. To read the full article, go to
http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/17/17web-MeadJohnson/.   

 

This is an update on the Evansville Otters logo which has been selected as one of the top logos in minor league baseball. The Dayton Dragons' logo edged the Otters' logo 53% to 47% in the first round of the CNBC Logo Awards Contest. Voting ended at 8 a.m. Saturday. Stay tuned for further updates. Minor League Baseball Logo Contest--Day Five Voting!
There are either great fans in Trenton, New Jersey and Casper, Wyoming or we really got this seeding thing wrong. For the second time, a No. 1 seed has fallen to a No. 16 seed, as the Connecticut Defenders, the bat doubling as the submarine, was throttled by the No. 16 seed Trenton Thunder. To read the full article, go to
http://www.cnbc.com/id/23616160/from/ET/.   

Congratulations to the 2008 Tri-State spelling bee Jennifer Reidford from Gibson County. Jennifer will represent the Tri-State in Washington D.C. on May 25th, 2008 at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Way to go Jennifer, all the best for the finals. Click the link below to read the full article.
Spelling bee winner announced
http://www.14WFIE.com/Global/story.asp?s=8022685  

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance has announced the opening of a new location on Evansville’s West Side. The grand opening is set for March 20th, 2008 from noon to 3.00PM at 5626 Pearl Drive, Suite C. The new location will make it easier for the residents of the West Side who are insured through the Farm Bureau Insurance to get to a local office. This is good news for Evansville and for Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.
Open house planned for the new Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance location
http://www.14WFIE.com/Global/story.asp?s=8027899  

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Friday, March 14 2008

Vectren Energy Delivery is cautioning customers to bear in mind that although the winter season is over, high bills may continue through April as the cold weather in early March will be reflected in the billing cycle of April. We hope that the May bill will be closer to normal as the present high gas prices will not make the situation much easier. Click on the link below to read the full story.
Inside INdiana Business website:
http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/newsitem.asp?ID=28340

Melting causes flooding
Some area roads may be flooded form the melting snow and ice we had in the past few weeks. Gibson County is affected the most. Please do not drive that have been officially closed by the authorities. The water may be deeper than you think. To read the full story, go to
http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/14/melting-causes-flooding/.

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Wednesday, March 12 2008
There is continued good economic news about Evansville and the surrounding area. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development has stated that Evansville is among the state’s top cities for job growth. This is very good news for Evansville and we can all hope that this growth will continue for many years to come.
Evansville among state's top metro areas for job growth
http://www.14WFIE.com/Global/story.asp?s=8004853  


Patsi Hart’s hairstyling business will relocate from the West Side and open under the name Salon 204 at the Riverhouse located in down town Evansville. This is very good news for down town Evansville and we wish Patsi continued success and applaud her for her decision to locate down town.
A familiar business plans for a new start in an Evansville staple
http://www.14WFIE.com/Global/story.asp?s=8004845  

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Inside INdiana Business website:
http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/newsitem.asp?ID=28320  

It looks like we are getting a new television network in Evansville. Retro Television Network which is owned by Equity Media Holdings has announced that it plans to add an RTN affiliate in Evansville. RTN telecast such shows as Rockford Files, Quincy, Ironside and Hawaii 5-0 amongst others. We wish RTN all the best with their move to Evansville.
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Wednesday, March 12 2008

In partnership with Keep Evansville Beautiful, the 3rd Annual FC Tucker Emge Realtors Room 2 Bloom is an outdoor redesign contest that is blooming with excitement! Two Tri-State homeowners will each receive a $1,500 professionally landscaped redesign of an outdoor area by Scotty's Lawn & Garden Center.

For those of you interested to sign up for this contest please sign on to the Courier & Press website or click on the following link:  http://courierpress.upickem.net/engine/YourSubmission.aspx?contestid=852.

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Wednesday, March 12 2008

About Angle Mounds State Historic Site:

Angel Mounds is located in Southwestern Indiana and was the home to many Native Americans. Today, Angel Mounds State Historic Site is nationally recognized as one of the best preserved prehistoric Native American sites in the United States. From 1100 to 1450 A. D., a town on this site was home to people of the Middle Mississippian culture, who engaged in hunting and farming on the rich bottom lands of the Ohio River. Several thousand people lived in this town protected by a stockade made of wattle and daub. Because Angel Mounds was a chiefdom (the home of the chief) it was the regional center of a large community that grew outward from it for many miles.

Angel Mounds State Historic Site is part of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Indiana State Museums and Historic Sites. It is one of 16 state museums and historic sites in Indiana.

Angel Mounds State Historic Site is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9a.m. until 5p.m. and from 1p.m. until 5p.m. on Sunday. We are closed Mondays. Admission includes access to the museum as well as over 100 acres of the historical site, and also any special events or exhibits that are on display or available at the time of your visit. Admission is $4.00 for adults, $2.00 for children (12 and under), and $3.50 for seniors (55 and up).

Below is the event schedule for the rest of March and April 2008:

March 28-30:  "4 Winds"  Native American Fine Arts Bazaar - Four of the nation's best Native American artists will be on hand to display and sell their beautiful work. Sculpting, jewelry-making, pottery, and painting are four unique mediums of art, each of which will be represented at the Bazaar. Artists on hand during "4 Winds" include Jim Jackson, Abraham Begay, Pahponee, and Virginia Stroud. The opening night reception will be held on Friday, and is by invitation only. The bazaar will be open to the general public the rest of the weekend, and is free with general admission.

April 18, 19th: "Eco-Trek 2008" - Open to High School Science classes on the 18th and the public from 12pm-4pm on the 19th, Eco-Trek will focus on the environment, lending from the natural beauty of Angel Mounds State Historic Site. Recently re-opened hiking trails and a newly established wetlands in the nature preserve surrounding the site will be the focal point of the demonstrations.

April 19th: "Earth Day Celebration"  Concert - Another installation of the Music at the Mounds  Concert Series, highlighting the day of awareness. This concert presented in conjunction with Pikled Squid Productions.

April 26-May 20: "Memories - Art of the Site" -  In conjunction with Angel Mounds State Historic Site's "70 Years of Discovery" anniversary celebration, the Tri-State Art Guild, along with members of the general public will be invited to submit art and photography rendered of the site from its discovery until the present. All works will be displayed in the new exhibit space in the Interpretive Center. For more information on how to register your artwork, please call the Interpretive Center at (812)853-3956.

For more information please visit the website of Angel Mounds State Historic Site at http://www.angelmounds.org/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1.

Please call us at 812-499-9234 if you have any questions.

Source: Angel Mounds State Historic Site

 

 

 

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Wednesday, March 12 2008

With gas prices continuing to increase at the pumps it is not surprising that University of Evansville Professor Soumendra De is forecasting further increases at the pumps. Higher demand, not only in the U.S. but around the world, and the decline of the U.S. Dollar and OPEC’s decision not to increase production has driven prices higher.

Professor Soumendra De speculates that only a slowdown in the economy could help to reduce gas prices.

To learn more about De's forecast, please read the story on the Inside Indiana Business website at

http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/newsitem.asp?ID=28304.
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Wednesday, March 12 2008

Magellan Integration, Inc. has chosen Evansville to locate its startup business with Evansville Business Incubator. Magellan provides low voltage security and networking solutions through its expanding portfolio nationwide member companies. We welcome Magellan Integration, Inc to Evansville and we wish them all the best in the future.

You might want to read this story on the Inside Indiana Business website by visiting

http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/newsitem.asp?ID=26003.
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Wednesday, March 12 2008

We wish Max Orange, a former associate of Cavanaugh's restaurant at Casino Aztar all the best as the new owner of F's Steak & Seafood restaurant.

For more information on this new venture for Max Orange and F's Steak & Seafood, please read the full article from the Evansville Courier Press at http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/11/11web-FSteak/.

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Tuesday, March 11 2008

Cheeseburger in Paradise in hosting a "Sunset Celebration" tomorrow (Wednesday, March 11) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to benefit the Southwestern Indiana chapter of the American Red Cross. We congratulate Cheeseburger in Paradise for hosting this benefit for the Red Cross and Evansville

To learn more about the benefit, please visit http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/10/cheeseburger-paradise-hold-benefit/

 

 

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Tuesday, March 11 2008

Any person coming back to Evansville after an absence of two months will surly be surprised by the scope of construction projects in Evansville and the surrounding area. Evansville is in a unique situation with low unemployment, good economy and both residential and commercial real estate markets are on a continues up swing.

For more information about the growth of Cross Pointe Center, please visit the Evansville Courier Press at

http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/10/11web-CrossPointe/.
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Tuesday, March 11 2008

For those of you interested in book fairs, the second annual Spring Book Fair will take place Saturday March 16th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale of books will benefit the Adult Literacy program of Vanderburgh County. We wish all participants a lot of success.

For more information about this event, please visit the Evansvlile Courier Press at http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/10/11web-bookfair/.

 

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Tuesday, March 11 2008

With identity theft on the increase it is nice to see that there is help form the Indiana Attorney General who was in Evansville to announce the creation of an identity theft unit. We hope none of our readers will be affect by identity theft, but at least now there is help at the State level.

For more on this story, please visit http://www.14WFIE.com/Global/story.asp?s=7989192.

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Tuesday, March 11 2008

The Evansville Otters team and fans have some thing else to celebrate – The Evansville Otters logo has been selected as one of the top logos in minor league basebal. OVer the course of the month, fans can log on to the CNBC website where fans can vote fortheir favorite logo. We wish the team all the best for the selection of the logo and for the 2008 playing season.

Fans can log on to CNBC website at http://www.cnbc.com/id/15837548/cid/97537 to vote for the Otters. 

Source: http://www.evansvilleotters.com/index.html

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Monday, March 10 2008

We wish Kirsten and Todd Tucker all the best and we hope that they will be receiving these distinctions. This is a great accomplishment on behalf of Evansville Living and a positive outcome for Evansville.
Evansville Living publisher named finalist for national awards
http://www.14WFIE.com/Global/story.asp?s=7981459  

Another milestone will be celebrated on March 10th, 2008 in Downtown Evansville. The Evansville Industrial Foundation will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel will be in hand with a proclamation for the foundation.
Evansville Industrial Foundation celebrates milestone in Evansville economy
http://www.14WFIE.com/Global/story.asp?s=7981447  

The future of Cape Air depends on continued growth for passengers traveling between Indianapolis and South Bend. Cape Air has five daily flights during the week and some flights during the weekend for the two destinations. Cape Air’s headquarter in Massachusetts wants to reach a decision by the end of March whether to transfer its planes back for the summer travel season. We hope that the traffic on these routs will increase as any flight connection is better than none.
New in-state flights near decision on their future
http://www.14WFIE.com/Global/story.asp?s=7969713  

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Airport to get Hamilton course
Evansville Regional Airport can control future development and prevent the build up of additional housing, thus preventing the approach and departure lanes to fly over existing housing. The Airport Authority will not buy the golf course, but they will own the golf course under an agreement worked out between County Commissioners and the Airport Authorities. The Airport Authority will pay for course upgrades or find an operator who would pay for them. The Airport Authority would keep the golf course for at least 20 years. For the full article, go to http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/05/airport-to-get-hamilton-course/.  

Regent is moving to Downtown location
Regent Communication has announced that they are moving to a downtown location after they have outgrown their former space at 1133 Lincoln Avenue. We regard this move as a welcome progress for Evansville's growth and we encourage more businesses to check out the area for a possible move. For the full article, go to http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/07/regent-is-moving-to-downtown-location/.

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Friday, March 07 2008

Gatti's Pizza Plans to Open in Former Children's Store

Gatti's Pizza has filed a change-of-use request from retail to restaurant use with the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Area Plan Commission. The proposed site is in the former Kids R Us location in the Eastland Mall Convenience Center at 316 N. Green River Road. Gatti's Pizza will seat 400 and is offering pizza, pasta, salds and desserts. What makes this pizza place different from otehrdes is that they will also provide video games, bumper cars, four miniature bowling alleys, a private party room, a movie room and a sports room for viewing televised sports events. We wish the new owners all teh best adnlook forward to the opening of the restaurants.

The Evansville Courier & Press has more information about the new restaurant that can be accessed by visiting http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/07/gattis-pizza-plans-to-open-in-former-childrens/.

 

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Friday, March 07 2008

Droste Will Rebuild on Former Site

Droste’s Jewelry Shoppe which was heavily damaged in a two-alarm fire last August has decided to rebuild the store at the former site. We hope that the store will be built with the same look. This would keep the “European” tradition of Evansville on going. We wish the owners all the best and we are looking forward to the grand opening.

The Evansville Courier & Press has more information about this new culinary edition to our area that can be accessed by visiting http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/06/06web-Drostes/?ebj=1/.

 

 

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Friday, March 07 2008

Tokyo Japan Restaurant Coming to Town

Tokyo Japan Restaurant has signed a new lease at the former Captain D’s location on Stringtown Road and Diamond Avenue. The restaurant will offer Japanese cuisine and a Sushi bar. A drive-through pick-up window is planned as well. We wish the owners all the best and look forward to the opening of the new restaurant.

The Evansville Courier & Press has more information about this new culinary edition to our area that can be accessed by visiting http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/06/06web-Tokyo/.

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Friday, March 07 2008

Ferguson to Expand to New Showroom

Ferguson Enterpises, Inc., a kitchen and bath dealer has announced plans to expand along North Interchange Road near Interstate 164 and Morgan Avenue. FedEx and Champion Windows are close by as well as the Lowe's Home Improvement store. Completion is expected by the end of the year. Locally owned Peyronnin Construction is the general contractor for this project.

The Evansville Courier & Press has more information about this exciting new project that can be accessed by visiting http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/06/ferguson-to-expand-to-new-showroom/.

 

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Thursday, March 06 2008

A final decision on what to do with Roberts Stadium has not been made yet. The Roberts Stadium Advisory Board net on Wednesday and heard recommendations for proposed sites. The decision weather to renovate the old stadium or build a new one should be completed in a couple of months. The discussions have been going on for months and some potential sites have been narrowed down to:

• The Executive Inn area
• The Greyhound Station
• The Jacobsville area
• Roberts Stadium
• Where the Lloyd Expressway meets I-164

A public comment meeting is scheduled for April 1 at the Centre, starting at 5:30.

From the standpoint of realtors, we would welcome a new stadium down town. This is in line with many other priorities in the works for down town Evansville.

For more information about Roberts Stadium, please visit http://www.14WFIE.com/Global/story.asp?s=7974413.

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Wednesday, March 05 2008
Taylor Holweger has been at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis for quite some time now. Various venues for raising funds have helped the Holweger family, but in Taylor’s case the fight is not over. Waleed’s International Hair Design has graciously stepped up and is hosting a benefit for Taylor Holweger on Monday March 10th from 9.00AM to 1.00PM.

Taylor Holweger Benefit at Waleed's
Reported by: Web Producer Monday, Mar 3, 2008 @04:02pm CST

You can get some much needed pampering, and help a four year old fighting for her life. Waleed's International Hair Design and Spa is hosting a benefit for Taylor Holweger next Monday, March 10th from nine in the morning to one. For a 40-dollar donation you'll get a new hairstyle, massage, plus a spread of food from the Acropolis. Taylor has been fighting a rare form of leukemia for several months and has spent a fair amount of her short life in a hospital room. Reservations for the event are required. Call Waleed's International at 485-2000 to sign up. All money raised will go toward covering Taylor's mounting medical expenses. The Holweger family also has a fund set up in her name at Old National Bank.

Source:
http://tristatehomepage.com/content/fulltext/?cid=5123.  

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Tuesday, March 04 2008

The 57th annual Parade of Homes 2008 will be held June 7th to June 15th, 2008. The first Parade of Homes was in 1951 with one home built by several Builder Association Members. This year, 50 builders will show case 63 homes and hope that one of their homes will receive a Parade Winner nomination.

This event will have direct economic benefits in the tune of $20,000,000.00 for the Tri-State area. The Parade of Homes will provide jobs, purchase of building materials and local fees, taxes and other contributions to the economy. A comprehensive study of The Metro Area Impact of Home Building in Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties by Elliot F. Eisenberg, Ph.D. in October of 2007 has come to the conclusion that for every 100 single family homes built, the first year impact to the local economy is $9,059,000.00 in local income, $473,000.00 in local taxes and 203 jobs of which 144 jobs are in Construction, 31 jobs in Wholesale & Retail Trade and 18 jobs in Business and Professional Services. This is in the construction phase alone.

The ripple effect in the first year is $4,041,000.00 in local income, $292,000.00 in local taxes and 94 additional jobs of which 22 jobs are in the Wholesale and Retail Trade, 12 jobs in Local Government and 12 jobs in Health, Education & Social Services. The ongoing annual effect is $2,565,000.00 in local income, $561,000 in local taxes and additional 65 local jobs of which 15 jobs are in the Wholesale and Retail Trade, 11 jobs in Local Government and 7 jobs in Health, Education & Social Services. The total impact in the first ten years is $37,468,000.00 in local income and $6,095,000.00 in local taxes. These are staggering numbers and the Tri-State can be proud of our local builders who add to the economy not only with the homes they build for the Parade of Homes but with all the homes that are built in a year. The complete study of Dr. Eisenberg can be accessed on line at: http://www.sibaonline.org/news-flashes/detail.tpl?ID=21

We have been attending the Parade of Homes for many years and we hope to see you there this year as well. Please call me if you have any questions. You can reach me at
812-499-9234.

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Tuesday, March 04 2008

News from WFIE, Channel 14:

The Evansville Freedom Festival will take place June 26 - 29 & July 4, 2008. This event is very much in the fore front of most residents of the Tri-State. The organizers are launching a survey and they would like to get the input of the public. The survey can be found on line at: www.downtownevansville.org This is one way to let the organizers know of your likes and dislikes of the Freedom Festival.
Freedom Festival survey launched
http://www.14WFIE.com/Global/story.asp?s=7957452  

Former congressman and vice chair of the 9-11 Commission will come to the University of Evansville on March 13th, 2008. He will be speaking in the Shanklin Theatre at noon. Topics will vary, including his thoughts on terrorism and his experience on the 9-11 Commission. It seems that Evansville is drawing more prominent individuals from various walks of life, which can only be to the advantage of every one in Evansville.
Former congressman and vice chair of the 9-11 Commission comes to U.E. http://www.14WFIE.com/Global/story.asp?s=7957448 

For those of you interested in marketing a not-for profit organization, The 2008 Evansville Nonprofit Conference will take place March 13th at the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center. The event will run from 8.30 AM to 4.30PM. The two keynote speakers are Timothy L. Seiler and Leonard Moisan. Seiler is the director of The Fund Raising School at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and Moisan is the founder and president of The Covenant Group, a Louisville-based fundraising, marketing, business, and leadership development firm. For more information or to obtain a registration form, visit www.evansvillefundraising.net. The registration fee is $40. Space is limited to 175 people but is currently still available.
Local business leaders lend advice to the community at nonprofit event
http://www.14WFIE.com/Global/story.asp?s=7957445  

It is interesting to see that Toyota’s philosophy includes the well being of its workers. The Princeton Toyota plant has received the a 2008 Governor’s Workplace Safety Award at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Safety and Health Conference and Expo in Indianapolis. We congratulate Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc. for this accomplishment.
Toyota manufacturing receives honors from Indiana Chamber for safety corrections
http://www.14WFIE.com/Global/story.asp?s=7946625  

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Copyright 2008 WFIE


And, from the Evansville Courier & Press:

Bayh introduces bill similar to C.J.'s Law
This is another story on the incredible courage of Kathryn who pushed state lawmakers to adopt C.J.'s Law, requiring new or newly installed mobile homes be equipped with NOAA weather-alert radios in Indiana. Her efforts have not stopped here. Last fall, Rep. Brad Ellsworth, D-Evansville, shepherded a version of C.J.'s Law to passage in the House. On Monday, Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., announced he was introducing a similar bill in the Senate. This bill would enact C.J.'s Home Protection Act nationally. Evansville can be very proud of Kathryn Martin and her work. To read the full article, go to http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/04/bayh-introduces-bill-similar-to-cjs-law/.  

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Monday, March 03 2008

Statistic Summaries for the month of February for The Tri-State Area

Sold Terms and Days on Market Statistics

Category - Single Family / Area: 1 - W OF HWY 41 TO POSEY COUNTY LINE
Statistics for Entire MLS from 02/01/2008 to 02/29/2008


Sold Terms

Total

Total List $

Total Sold $

Avg List $

Avg Sold $

Med Sold $

Avg DOM

Avg DTC

Avg $/SF

%SP/LP

Cash

12

$709,000

$624,000

$59,083

$52,000

$21,000

38

35

$28

88.01%

Conv

45

$6,362,852

$6,077,265

$141,397

$135,050

$105,000

87

30

$75

95.51%

FHA

5

$436,900

$420,600

$87,380

$84,120

$76,000

102

42

$60

96.27%

INS

9

$1,048,700

$1,009,400

$116,522

$112,156

$108,200

82

28

$77

96.25%

Other

4

$106,200

$91,201

$26,550

$22,800

$19,926

51

24

$19

85.88%

Owner

1

$63,000

$53,500

$63,000

$53,500

$53,500

85

28

$48

84.92%

VA

0

$0

$0

$0

$0

N/A

0

0

$0

0.00%

TOTAL

76

$8,726,652

$8,275,966

$114,824

$108,894

$82,000

78

31

$64

94.84%

  

Category - Single Family / Area: 2 - E OF HWY 41 TO WARRICK COUNTY LINE
Statistics for Entire MLS from 02/01/2008 to 02/29/2008


Sold Terms

Total

Total List $

Total Sold $

Avg List $

Avg Sold $

Med Sold $

Avg DOM

Avg DTC

Avg $/SF

%SP/LP

Cash

12

$1,227,700

$1,141,900

$102,308

$95,158

$70,050

81

22

$57

93.01%

Conv

50

$8,068,600

$7,790,807

$161,372

$155,816

$124,000

117

32

$82

96.56%

FHA

8

$779,517

$778,917

$97,440

$97,365

$92,750

103

26

$74

99.92%

INS

6

$734,200

$705,400

$122,367

$117,567

$125,000

104

25

$76

96.08%

Other

4

$217,300

$189,000

$54,325

$47,250

$37,000

68

30

$43

86.98%

Owner

1

$65,000

$62,000

$65,000

$62,000

$62,000

300

19

$72

95.38%

VA

2

$328,499

$324,300

$164,250

$162,150

$162,150

61

45

$89

98.72%

TOTAL

83

$11,420,816

$10,992,324

$137,600

$132,438

$104,000

108

30

$75

96.25%

 

Category - Single Family / Area: 3 - WARRICK COUNTY
Statistics for Entire MLS from 02/01/2008 to 02/29/2008


Sold Terms

Total

Total List $

Total Sold $

Avg List $

Avg Sold $

Med Sold $

Avg DOM

Avg DTC

Avg $/SF

%SP/LP

Cash

6

$652,600

$602,000

$108,767

$100,333

$57,000

91

14

$40

92.25%

Conv

25

$4,765,400

$4,493,200

$190,616

$179,728

$173,350

107

28

$75

94.29%

FHA

4

$461,500

$457,769

$115,375

$114,442

$120,250

96

50

$71

99.19%

INS

4

$624,800

$595,500

$156,200

$148,875

$151,500

86

28

$89

95.31%

Other

3

$416,900

$408,460

$138,967

$136,153

$129,960

107

35

$77

97.98%

Owner

0

$0

$0

$0

$0

N/A

0

0

$0

0.00%

VA

1

$179,900

$182,000

$179,900

$182,000

$182,000

191

54

$76

101.17%

TOTAL

43

$7,101,100

$6,738,929

$165,142

$156,719

$146,000

104

29

$71

94.90%

 

Category - Single Family / Area: 4 - POSEY COUNTY
Statistics
for Entire MLS from 02/01/2008 to 02/29/2008


Sold Terms

Total

Total List $

Total Sold $

Avg List $

Avg Sold $

Med Sold $

Avg DOM

Avg DTC

Avg $/SF

%SP/LP

Cash

1

$160,000

$161,500

$160,000

$161,500

$161,500

499

53

$63

100.94%

Conv

6

$935,000

$898,300

$155,833

$149,717

$154,300

66

31

$88

96.07%

FHA

0

$0

$0

$0

$0

N/A

0

0

$0

0.00%

INS

0

$0

$0

$0

$0

N/A

0

0

$0

0.00%

Other

1

$29,900

$29,900

$29,900

$29,900

$29,900

119

104

$12

100.00%

Owner

0

$0

$0

$0

$0

N/A

0

0

$0

0.00%

VA

0

$0

$0

$0

$0

N/A

0

0

$0

0.00%

TOTAL

8

$1,124,900

$1,089,700

$140,613

$136,213

$154,300

126

43

$76

96.87%

 

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Monday, March 03 2008

Before pruning, give trees extra time to recover
Here are some pruning tips for trees and shrubs. With several ice storms that we had some trees and shrubs may need extra care. We hope this information will be of help to you. To read the full article, go to http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/mar/02/weather-delay-before-pruning-give-trees-extra-to/.

Thai restaurant coming to town
Tri-State residents will soon be able to dine at a new Thai restaurant located at Melmer Plaza on East Vogel Road, off Burkhardt Road. This will expand the international restaurants in Evansville. To read the full article, go to http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/feb/29/01web-Thai/.

 

We have reported on CJ’s bus and Kathryn Martin on a few occasions in our Blog. We would like to congratulate Kathryn Martin on receiving The Sons of the American Revolution Bronze Good Citizenship Award. We hope for continued success with this noble project. Click on the link below to read the full article by WFIE, Channel 14.

CJ's Bus founder honored with SAR medal
http://www.14WFIE.com/Global/story.asp?s=7951353  

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Copyright 2008 WFIE

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