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3rd Grade Reading Level Basically Unchanged

Indiana‘s third-graders are reading at virtually the same level as they were last year.

Vincennes Tractor & Klein Realty Honored by Knox Co. Chamber

The Knox County Chamber of Commerce has named Vincennes Tractor the recipient of its 2014 “Business of the Year” award.

It's also named Klein Realty as the 2014 "Small Business of the Year."

The Chamber will recognize both businesses at the Chamber’s annual 98th annual banquet May 1st.

Daviess Co. Arrests

Washington Police arrested a Washington woman Thursday for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Controlled Substance, Refusal, Theft, and two counts of Operating While Intoxicated Endangering a Person.

Daviess Co. Road Closings

The Daviess County Highway Department says it will close County Road 700 South Monday from about 50' west of County Road 1175 East to County Road 1125 east.

Vincennes Street Closings

Vincennes City Engineer, John Sprague has announced the following street closing and detour information:

DC Arrests

Washington Police arrested one for several counts of failure to appear yesterday.

Linton Man Charged with Murder After Turning Himself In

Aaron Schaffer turned himself in after allegedly shooting Michael Shan Bowers.

Indiana Unemployment One of Lowest in Midwest

Unemployment in Indiana continues to fall.

SOV Rendezvous Is Soon

The 38th Annual Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous is Saturday and Sunday, May 24th and 25th.

Drug Take Back Day Saturday

Indiana Sate Police are taking back unwanted prescriptions this Saturday from 10 am to 2 p.m. at State Police Posts across the state.

Barr-Reeve Schools Get Tobacco Free School Award

The Barr-Reeve School Corporation received the Gary Sandifur Tobacco Free School Award which recognizes schools in Indiana that have effective tobacco-free campus policies.

Beams To Be delivered for I-69 Bridges

Beams for the bridges on I-69 will be delivered beginning May 5th in western Greene County.

Teen Injured in ATV Crash

A Vigo county teen was seriously injured in an ATV Accident yesterday afternoon.

Camm Still Mourning

Former State Trooper David Camm said in his first public appearance since his acquittal that he's still grieving for his slain family.

Daviess County Arrests

Washington Police arrested one on an out of county warrant yesterday
25-year-old Phillip Brown of Washington was lodged in the Daviess County Security Center without bond.

Vincennes Demolition about Moving Forward

After a long, drawn out battle over its survival, the former Vincennes Executive Inn has been torn down with little fanfare.

Coats Talks Coal at VU

U.S. Senator Dan Coats sounded a warning about the effects of coal regulation in a speech yesterday at Vincennes University.

FEMA Reverses Severe Weather Decision for Indiana

19 Indiana counties will get federal money to pay for damage caused by severe winter storms after all.

Jasper Man Arrested for Peeping

A Jasper man was arrested after peeping in a women’s restroom at Southern Hills Counseling Center.

Two Arrested In Jasper For Shoplifting

Two Huntingburg Women were arrested yesterday after an 1,100 dollar shoplifting spree at the Jasper Walmart.

Columbus North Student Faces Expulsion After Discovery of Death List

A Columbus North High School student is facing expulsion after a teacher discovered a death list.

New Parks Supervisor I Washington

A familiar face is the new Supervisor of Parks and Recreation in Washington.

Welcome Back Weekend is May 2-4

Indiana State Parks will be celebrating Welcome Back Weekend May 2-4.

Lane Restrictions Coming for U.S. 41

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced lane restrictions are coming soon for U.S.41 in Sullivan County for maintenance.

Vincennes Arersts

Vincennes Police charged one with child molestation yesterday following an extensive investigation.

Vincennes Police Looking for Car and House Shooter

Vincennes and Knox County Law Enforcement officials are looking for information about bullet holes in several police cruisers.

KC Council Shoots Down Main Street Project

The Knox County Council declined to partner with the city of Vincennes on a nearly nine-million dollar project to improve Main Street.

Daviess County Arrests

Daviess County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested one for residential entry yesterday.
18-year-old Derek Bruce of Washington was also charged with Burglary and False Informing.

Vincennes City Council Still Debating TIF Expansion

The Vincennes City Council met yesterday in special session to discuss an expansion of the tax-increment finance zone to the Willow Street Corridor.
Vincennes Mayor Joe Yochum is among those in favor of the expansion. 
Those opposing the TIF expansion, including Councilmen TJ Brink and Tim Salters, worry about the impact on other taxing groups -- including the Vincennes Community School Corporation.  V-C-S-C Superintendent Greg Parsley spoke against the expansion.  He believes the move would handicap the Corporation, in the wake of already-declining revenues.

No action was taken. More discussion is expected at the council’s next meeting.

Weekend Schedule for Knox County Absentee Voting

The Knox County Office of Voter Registration on the 2nd floor of the Knox County Courthouse will be open this Saturday and next Saturday May 3rd for in-person absentee voting. Officials will be in the officer from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on those days.

EPD Looking for Man Wanted for Sexual Misconduct

The Evansville Police Department is looking for a 22-year-old man wanted for Sexual Misconduct with a Minor.
A warrant for Dakota Smitha was issued after officers began investigating an incident from February of this year.
Smitha is described as about 6-feet tall and 160 pounds with Hazel Eyes and brown hair. He’s believed to be in the Evansville or Henderson Area.

Anyone with information about Smitha’s whereabouts should call the Evansville Police Department at (812) 436-7896.

Washingon To Celebrate City Bicentennial

In addition to the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration, the City of Washington will also celebrate 200 years in 2016 and officials are looking for people to help with planning.

The first parcel of land ever purchased in Washington was bought for 50 dollars on November 13, 1816.  Mayor Joe Wellman, thinking ahead to 2016 organized a committee to discuss ideas for celebrating the city’s bicentennial. Out of that committee, several other sub-committees were formed to brainstorm themes, events, logos, city branding, advertising and public displays.

Officials also hope to coordinate with the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, which will celebrate 75 years in 2016.

An additional group has been formed to begin looking forward past 2016. Wellman said the Bicentennial should also be a time to look to the future as well as celebrate Washington’s heritage.  That group will begin considering projects for improvement to quality of life, health, education and private community investment.

Anyone who would like to join the planning should call Terri Kelso at 812-254-7770 or Don Spillman at 812–254-0899.

Tax Payers Who Missed the Deadline Have Options

Hoosier Taxpayers who missed the April 15th Deadline should still file their taxes as quickly as possible to minimize penalties and interest.

Electronic returns and payments are processed quickly while paper returns could take up to 12 weeks to process.

Qualifying Taxpayers can use the Indiana Department of Revenue’s INfreefile program at You can also visit the website to see if you qualify.

Taxpayers who owe money can also make electronic payments at

Those who cannot make the payment on their tax bill should put as much down as they can to avoid large penalties and interest charges. The state will then send a bill for the remainder of the balance. Tax payers can go to and see if you qualify for a payment plan.

Anyone with Questions can call the department of revenue at (317) 232-2240.

Knox County Road Closure

The Knox County Highway Department announced Main Street will be closed today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for regular maintenance.

The Closure will affect about a mile and a half of traffic from Henry Seivers Drive to Watermelon Road.

Questions should be directed to the KC Highway Department by calling 812 887-5038.

DCCF To Hold Ceremony for Scholarship Winners

The Daviess County Community Foundation will host a celebration for 2014 Scholarship recipients tonight at 6:30 at the Knight’s of Columbus Building in Downtown Washington.
Awards will be presented around 7 p.m. Scholarship Recipients and founders of different scholarship funds will be in attendance at the ceremony.
This will also be the first year for the Derek Arvin Memorial Scholarship.
The public is invited to attend.

Gibson County Officials Seeking Wanted Man

The Princeton Police Department and Gibson County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating 50-year-old Keith Allen Hale of Gibson County.
There’s an active warrant for his arrest for possession of meth precursors by a meth offender. Officers also want to question him about is involvement in a recent domestic dispute.
Hale is described as about 6’2 with blonde hair and blue eyes. He also goes by the nickname “Whitey. He was last seen in St. Francisville, Illinois.

Officers say he should be considered dangers. Anyone with information about Hale’s whereabouts should call the Gibson County Sheriff’s office at 812 385 3496.

One Arrested After Wreck At TMMI

Gibson County Sheriff’s officials arrested a Virginia man after an accident at the Toyota Plant yesterday.
Officers got the call from Toyota Security that a semi had crashed and responded. TMMI officials believed the driver was intoxicated at the time of the wreck. When Sheriff’s Deputies arrived, they identified the driver as 64-year-old William Dowell of Gordansville, Virginia.
After a field sobriety test and Breathalyzer was administered, it was found that Dowell’s BAC was twice the legal limit. He was transported to the Gibson County Jail and charged with Operating While Intoxicated. He was held on 1,300 dollars.

Knox County Commissioners Create EMA Advisory Board

The Knox County Commissioners passed first reading of an ordinance establishing an Emergency Management Agency advisory council at the request of EMA Director John Streeter.        
The Board would consist of representatives from the County, each incorporated Knox County municipality, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Duke Energy.
Streeter believes it would help with various issues, including grant applications. The Commissioners may consider final passage in May.

Knox County Courthouse ADA Ramp Dedicated

The Knox County Commissioners will open bids for elevator replacement at the Knox County Courthouse on May seventh at nine a-m.  The bid will be awarded May 15th, and work will start May 19th. It’s expected to be finished by September.
The Commissioners will request 400-thousand dollars from the Knox County Council for the project.  Commissioners' president Larry Holscher believes the dollar amount will be sufficient.
The elevator's replacement is the second project to get the Courthouse compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Vincennes Police Arrests

Vincennes Police arrested one for drug possession charges yesterday.

Officers stopped a vehicle in the 1400 Block of Buntin Street for a traffic offense. Once the driver was identified as 42-year-old Tamara Shoulders of Lawrenceville, Illinois, police allegedly found her in possession of meth.
Shoulders was arrested and charged with Possession of meth, possession of a syringe, reckless possession of paraphernalia, and possession of a legend drug. She was booked into the Knox County Jail.


Vincennes Police arrested one for drinking and driving yesterday.
Officers stopped a vehicle yesterday afternoon at the corner of 5th and Main after it made and unsafe maneuver. During the stop, police smelled alcohol on the driver, 48-year-old Edward Joe Gaines of Vincennes.
Further investigation found his driver’s license was also suspended.
Gaines was arrested for driving while suspended and operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction. He was booked into the Knox County Jail.

District 19 Troopers Announce May Enforcement Plans

Illinois State Police District 19 Commander, Captain Kelly Hodge, has announced his troopers will be participaing in several enforcement efforts during May, looking out for drunk drivers and those violating seat-belt laws and other traffic violations.  (MORE)

Woman Arrested For Stabbing Ex

A man had gone to pick up his daughter, but instead winds up allegedly stabbed by his ex-girlfriend. The victim says he was picking up his daughter from Shyen Barksdale around 5pm Saturday when Barksdale allegedly starting yelling at him. She reportedly got into the passenger side of his vehicle and stabbed him in the leg. (MORE)

Fire Claims Life of a Spencer County Man

An early Friday morning house fire claimed the life of a Spencer County man.

Rural Winslow Couple Arrested for Domestic Battery

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department arrested a rural Winslow couple Thursday for Domestic Battery.

Three Arrested During Traffic Stop in Bicknell

Bicknell Police arrested three people on drug related charges following a traffic stop Thursday night on State Road 159, just north of Bicknell.

Two Warrick Co. Men Arrested after Scuffle at Walmart

Indiana State Police arrested two Warrick County men Thursday afternoon after they got into a fight at Newburgh’s Walmart store.

World War I Era Love Letters Found in Wall

An electrician doing work at a home in Jasper has found some nearly 100-year-old love letters stuffed inside an attic wall.

Two Police Officers Dead in Murder-Suicide

Indianapolis Police say two police officers are dead in a murder-suicide.

Evansville Printing Plant Closing

An Evansville printing plant is closing, leaving nearly 60 workers without jobs.

We Don't Serve Teens Program

With prom season almost here, the state, liquor stores and distributors want teens to know that it won‘t be easy to get their hands on alcohol.

Bullying Forum May 1st in Bloomfield

The Indiana Youth Institute will host a forum in Bloomfield next month in hopes of combating bullying.

Man Arrested for Possession of Stolen Vehicle

Vincennes Police arrested a Lawrenceville, Illinois man Thursday night for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.

Pavement Preservation Project Set to Begin

The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to begin chip and sealing nearly 24 miles of State Road 67 and about six miles of State Road 159 in Knox County next week, weather permitting.

"Disaster Recovery Training Day" to be held in Washington April 26th

Persons interested in helping Indiana communities rebuild and recover following last fall’s tornadoes and flooding - and from inevitable future disasters - are invited to attend a free “Disaster Recovery Training Day” to be held in Washington April 26th.

8th Annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 26th

The eighth annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 26th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair in Evansville April 24th

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host "Hiring Our Heroes - Evansville," next week.