Work starts Monday on three separate Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance projects in northern Vanderburgh and Southern Gibson Counties. The first is a rehab project on 41 over Pond Flat Ditch, between Boyle Lane and Volkman Road. Sections of I-64 and I-69 will either have their shoulders closed or be reduced to one lane for repaving, guardrail work, and bridge rehab. Some of that work will continue until the fall. And on Monday, April 6th, State Road 68 will close to rebuild the road just east of US 41. IN-DOT expects that small section of road to be closed for about a month.
Gibson County Sheriff's deputies take two people into custody Wednesday on various driving and drug charges. The first occurred around 6 PM on county road 400 west near Toyota. 39 year old Jason L. Barrett of Evansville was taken into custody on charges of driving on a suspended license, and possession of methamphetamine. Then just after 8:20 PM deputies were called to an accident on US 41 south of county road 800 south. 39 year old Christy L. Clark of Lebanon Junction Kentucky was arrested after failing a field sobriety test, and as she was booked into jail officers discovered she was allegedly in the possession of a prescription drug that she didn't have a prescription for.
The University of Evansville men's basketball team reaches the semi finals of the College Insider DOT COM tournament. D-J Ballentine drops in 35 as the Aces beat Louisiana Lafayette Thursday night. It'll be a home game for the Aces in the semi final round - as they'll host UT-Martin Tuesday night.
It'll be all about softball starting today in Princeton. The PCHS Spring Break Out tournament gets underway this afternoon with the Lady Tigers hosting teams from Benton Central, North Daviess, Bedford North Lawrence, Corydon Central, and Evansville Memorial. Nine games in two days will conclude with the championship - Saturday night at 7 PM.
Indiana Senator Dan Coats says he will not seek reelection in 2016. The Republican made the announcement Tuesday, saying that he will not be a candidate next year. He first served in the Senate in 1988, retiring in 1998 - but then returning to post after being elected by a large margin in 2010.
The Indiana Supreme Court says the state constitution does not require school districts to provide transportation to students. In a unanimous ruling, the court said the constitution‘s guarantee of a free public education for Indiana children does not include a free ride to and from school. The controversy arose in 2011 when a school corporation on the southeast side of Indianapolis hired a private contractor to provide bus service for students - and that contractor charged parents for their kids to ride the bus. A group of parents sued, and while the school district reversed its decision and resumed free busing with the 2012-13 school year, the lawsuit continued since the parents were seeking refunds. A trial court sided with the school district, the appeals court then with the parents - but the final say Tuesday from Indiana's highest court found no constitutional mandate to give students a ride to school.