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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...

2008-08-02 00:00:26

By JOHN MARTIN, Courier & Press staff writer 464-7594 or martinj@courierpress.com Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. Superintendent Vincent Bertram is proposing increasing pay for substitute teachers during the coming school year. EVSC's pay, $45 for a noncertified teacher and $50 for a certified teacher, often is criticized as too low and not competitive with other area schools. Bertram wants the amount bumped to $65 for a noncertified teacher and $70 for a certified teacher....

2008-08-02 00:00:26

By JOHN MARTIN Courier & Press staff writer 464-7594 or martinj@courierpress.com Parents of children attending most Evansville public schools will be able to pay textbook rental fees at any Old National Bank branch in Vanderburgh County. The program, approved Monday night by the School Board, will be available for parents of students at most elementary and middle schools, plus North and Reitz high schools. Those parents may pay in person at Old National branches, or they can mail...

2008-08-02 00:00:21

By CAROL WERSICH Courier & Press staff writer 464-7452 or wersichc@courierpress.com Security is the paramount issue among air travelers these days, but Evansville Regional Airport - like other commercial airports throughout the world - rely on videocassette recorder security systems whose nonspecific tapes can take hours, days and sometimes weeks to decipher when suspicious concerns arise. That, however, is about to change at the local airport. The Evansville airport is the first in...

2008-08-02 00:00:14

By JOHN LUCAS Courier & Press staff writer 464-7433 or lucasj@courierpress.com A half dozen Western Kentucky communities were nearly $4 million richer by the time Gov. Steve Beshear completed a whirlwind tour of the region Thursday afternoon. Beshear delivered grants... mostly federal funds that pass through the state treasury... to finance a variety of local projects in Muhlenberg County, Dawson Springs, Princeton and Sturgis. The governor also conducted one of the 13 town...

2008-08-02 00:00:14

By PHIL POTTER If you want to hear a collective whine, just mention school is almost starting. Both kids and parents will voice their angst unless you offer fun ways to wrap up the rest of the summer or give a glimmer of hope for the coming weekends. Here are a couple of ways to help make the start of school more amiable for outdoors-oriented kids and parents. The Down River Bowfishing Club has teamed up with Hovey Lake Fish & Wildlife Area to host a Youth Bowfishing Event for those...

2008-07-26 00:00:28

By CAROL WERSICH, Courier & Press staff writer 464-7452 or wersichc@courierpress.com Greg Wathen took a Cape Air flight from Evansville Regional Airport to Indianapolis early Thursday morning, attended two business meetings in the morning, one meeting in the afternoon and looked forward to returning to Evansville by 5:30 p.m. - in time to pop by his office before heading home. If Wathen, president and chief executive officer of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwestern...

2008-07-25 00:00:39

By JOHN MARTIN, Courier & Press staff writer 464-7594 or martinj@courierpress.com Portable classrooms still will be in use at some Evansville public schools as administrators await voters' decision this fall on a long-term proposal to address overcrowding. Scott Elementary School, where student enrollment continues to climb, has obtained an additional portable classroom structure for the school year that starts Aug. 11. Scott anticipates an opening-day enrollment of about 1,077 K-5...

2008-07-24 00:00:41

By JOHN MARTIN, Courier & Press staff writer 464-7594 or martinj@courierpress.com A citizens group pushing for voter approval of several Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. construction projects plans to organize as a local political action committee. Citizens Supporting Schools elected a slate of officers during a meeting Monday night. Lisa Boyle, the parent of a Hebron Elementary School student and one of the group's organizers, was elected chairman. Members said they will...

2008-07-23 00:00:40

By LIBBY KEELING, Courier & Press staff writer 464-7450 or keelingl@courierpress.com When Liz Evans, who just returned from a family trip to New Zealand, travels abroad, the 17-year-old said she tries not to have any expectations. "That way is so much better," said Evans, a senior at North Knox High School in Bicknell, Ind. While preparing to leave for the University of Evansville's first OPTIONS program in England on Saturday morning at Evansville Regional Airport, she said not...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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