The Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau is pledging a $300,000 dollar grant to help build a carousel and aviary at the Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden.
The Courier & Press reports the board of commissioners at the CVB voted to award the matching grant. The money comes from the city’s "innkeeper" or hotel-motel tax. The zoo will have to raise $300,000 on its own to receive the grant.
The project has an overall price tag of $3 million dollars and is expected to open sometime in 2016.
Around 175,000 people visit the Mesker Park Zoo each year.
The U.S. Postal Service says it will open post office locations in Bowling Green and Evansville on two Sundays this holiday season to reduce wait times and allow customers to get a jump on holiday shipping.
The Bowling Green General Mail Facility on Scottsville Road along with the Lawndale Station on S. Green River Road in Evansville will open on December 14th and 21st. The facilities will be open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. those days.
The Postal Service says 607 million pieces of mail will be processed on Dec. 15th, making it the busiest day of the season.
After two years without a permanent leader, the Evansville Museum has selected a new executive director. Bryan Knicely comes to Evansville from Florida where he led the Coral Springs Museum of Art.
The Evansville Museum completed a major renovation earlier this year and houses 30,000 objects in its permanent collection.
"This is an exciting time for the Museum. After the successful completion of the capital campaign and building expansion, we are in a period of rapid growth and look to become the number one cultural destination in the region,” said board president Sharon Walker. “We are happy to have Bryan join the staff, as he has extensive experience leading arts and cultural centers across the country.”
Dr. John Streetman III retired at the end of 2012 after nearly four decades with the museum. Mary Bower had been serving as the interim director.
A 30,000 square foot product research and development tech center is coming to Evansville. Haier America says the center will employ 50 new workers in what it calls “high-wage jobs”. Haier makes home appliances and consumer electronics.
“Today’s announcement is also a symbolic victory for our region and signifies a re-emergence in the appliance industry in a city with a strong manufacturing history of producing refrigerators and large appliances,” said Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke in a written release.
The tech center in Evansville is expected to open by early next year.
Prosecutors in Evansville say investigators have broken up a theft ring that hit 16 stores, stealing flat-screen televisions, high-end apparel, power tools and other items.
The Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office said Tuesday that 19 people face charges including corrupt business influence, interstate transportation of stolen goods and conspiracy.
The Evansville Courier & Press reports the ring stole millions of dollars' worth of goods that also included vacuum cleaners, copper piping, and high end purses and accessories. Several of the stores that were hit are located in Evansville's Eastland Mall.
The investigation involved the FBI's Southwest Indiana Violent Crime Task Force, the Evansville Police Department, the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office, the Indiana State Police and the Warrick County Sheriff's Office.
An Evansville City Councilman is imploring his colleagues to take up the issue of what to do with the shuttered Mesker Amphitheater on the city’s west side. Al Lindsey tells the Courier & Press the City Council should include the future of the deteriorating amphitheater in the city’s 2015 budget discussions.
The Mesker has been closed since 2012 when it was deemed unsuitable for the public. Multiple studies have been done about what it would cost to renovate the facility, which once hosted concerts by the likes of Bob Dylan and the Doobie Brothers.
The increasingly high summer temperatures are bringing the normal reminders to avoid leaving children alone in vehicles. But an Evansville animal shelter says pet owners also need to be aware of the dangers of leaving dogs inside hot vehicles.
Vanderburgh Humane Society Executive Director Kendall Paul says many dog owners make the mistake of thinking it’s OK to leave their pet in a vehicle with the windows cracked. She says the temperature inside that vehicle increases very quickly.
“I always recommend to people—try it yourself. Go out there on a hot and sit in that car for a few minutes with the windows rolled up, or even with them cracked a little bit, and you’re going to start to see what kind of temperatures very fast you’re putting your animal in. But we just recommend that you don’t do it.”
Paul adds that pet owners often tell themselves they’ll only be gone for a few minutes, and that their animal will be fine inside the car without any air conditioning.
“And often times if you just run in for a few minutes, you think it’s just going to be a few minutes in the store, but then it takes a little bit longer, or something delays you,” Paul said. “It only takes a short amount of time—once the temperatures outside start hitting in the 70s and 80 degrees, the temperature inside that car is going to climb even higher than that.”
Published research shows a car in 84-degree weather reached an interior temperature of 110 degrees in about 18 minutes. In 88-degree weather, the car reached 110 in about 14 minutes.
The research also found that cracking a window had little effect on the car's temperature.