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2008-08-29 00:00:28

By ROGER MCBAIN Courier & Press staff writer 464-7520 or mcbainr@courierpress.com Even without live music, expect a big band of Evansville players to turn out Friday for services for veteran jazz and swing pianist and band leader Loren Blahovec. Blahovec, who sometimes used the stage name Loren Blake, died Saturday at the age of 80 after more than six decades as a professional musician. In that time, he played with some of the biggest acts on the bandstand, including George...

2008-08-29 00:00:28

By RICH DAVIS Courier & Press staff writer 464-7516 or davisr@courierpress.com Karl Kae Knecht, a photographer and The Evansville Courier's front-page editorial cartoonist from 1906 until 1960, was a lifelong circus fan. He's also the reason Willard Library archivist Pat Sides will be giving a public slide show at 6 p.m. Wednesday about "The Early Years of Mesker Park Zoo." "Over the years, I've noticed we had hundreds of Knecht photographs of the zoo - wonderful pictures that are...

2008-08-23 00:00:33

By LARRY CAPLAN The Purdue Extension Service exists to provide unbiased information to the public on a wide variety of topics. There are several programs coming up over the next several weeks that we'd like to invite you to attend. First and foremost is my Master Gardener training for this fall. We still have openings for people interested in learning about home gardening and landscaping, and who will share their knowledge with others. Classes begin the first week of September. We will...

2008-08-22 00:00:19

By MARK WILSON Courier & Press staff writer 464-7417 or wilsonm@courierpress.com Vanderburgh and Warrick counties are among 76 nationwide that the Environmental Protection Agency has identified as not meeting a 24- hour public health standard for fine particle pollution. The agency released the list Tuesday, notifying state governors of its plans to place the counties in nonattainment of the standard. In June, Indiana had asked the agency to wait a year to make its decision in hopes...

2008-08-22 00:00:17

By ROGER MCBAIN Courier & Press staff writer 464-7520 or mcbainr@courierpress.com First it was your name, then, perhaps, your picture. Now, anyone with an Internet connection may Google your home and even your car, your pets or your trash. Welcome to the brave new world of Google's Street View, a visual component of Google Maps, which put street-level, visual images of residences and businesses throughout Evansville and Henderson, Ky., and much of the metropolitan area online...

2008-08-13 15:00:51

By RICHARD GOOTEE Courier & Press staff writer 464-7436 or gooteer@courierpress.com With less than two days remaining before big, yellow school buses are again a part of motorists' daily commutes, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Department is asking: Are motorists ready? Sheriff Eric Williams said Friday afternoon that his department will have "a significant influence" near schools, both public and parochial, during the first week of classes. "As opposed to having an accident, let's...

2008-08-07 00:00:23

By LYDIA X. MCCOY Courier & Press staff writer 464-7431 or mccoyl@courierpress.com After a more than two-year battle, Shelia Schmitt and her attorney, Les Shively, have settled with Beekay Development and builders BRG Quail. Schmitt filed suit against the companies in 2006 after the ground under her home in the Quail Crossing subdivision, a golf community on Indiana 261 just southwest of Boonville, Ind., began shifting and causing structural damage to her home. According to court...

2008-08-07 00:00:22

By JOHN MARTIN Courier & Press staff writer 464-7594 or martinj@courierpress.com A food collection drive this week will benefit a weekend food program for schoolchildren. The Tri-State Food Bank is partnering with the Koch Family Children's Museum of Evansville on the collection drive. Those who contribute a food item will get a discounted $2 admission ticket to cMoe. The ticket may be used until Sunday. Items for the food drive are for the Backpack Food for Kids program. The...

2008-08-06 00:00:38

The national newspaper USA Today ran an erroneous news brief about Evansville in its Friday edition. The item said, "Evansville - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs plans to build an 87,000 square foot outpatient clinic on the former campus of Welborn Baptist Hospital. It would replace a smaller downtown clinic and would open by 2011, officials said." Although there are any number of people and groups - this newspaper included - who wish that were true, it is not true. In fact, the...

2008-08-06 00:00:31

By JOHN MARTIN, Courier & Press staff writer 464-7594 or martinj@courierpress.com More money for substitute teachers, copy machines and bus cameras are in the proposed Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. budget for 2009. The school system also plans to install artificial surfaces at its three football stadiums by 2010 while also doing interior renovations at Central High School. The new EVSC budget process is being governed by some new rules, courtesy of the Indiana General...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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