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August / September 2020

Building Evansville

Upgraded Care

In 2008, the medical landscape of Evansville — as well as the face of Downtown — was vastly different than what it is today. That year, the Deaconess Clinic was founded when Deaconess Health System merged with Downtown Evansville’s Welborn Clinic. Made up of primary care physicians and specialists, the clinic continued in the former Welborn location, providing a Deaconess presence in the area for medical care.

Back Talk

Jean Hitchcock

Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science and French, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, and a master’s degree in Spanish, Middlebury College, Middlebury Vermont Resume: Teaching positions in Ithaca, New York, and Bedford and Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, prior to moving to Evansville in 2005; Government and French teacher, Signature School, 2008-2012; executive director and principal, Signature School, 2012-present. Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Business Front

Larger than Life

The Evansville community has had its brush with fame and fortune in the past, but none has been so costly as its dealings with Lou Pearlman. If you haven’t heard of Pearlman, you almost definitely have heard of some of his ventures. He was the music mogul and producer behind some of the most popular boy bands of the ’90s and early 2000s — most notably the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC.

Community Connections

Big Brothers Big Sisters, Susan G. Komen, Student Government Association, and a student mentoring program — those were just a few of the organizations Courtney Johnson volunteered for during his time as a student at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. When he transferred back to his hometown at the University of Southern Indiana in 2013, he knew there was a reason he needed to be in Evansville.

Action Plan

Recently, the city of Evansville has begun work on a Climate Action Plan (CAP), headed up by Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute representative Carolyn Townsend and Timothy Weir, administrator, Commission on Homelessness for Evansville and Vanderburgh County. This strategic plan is set to outline how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate climate change.

Pitch Perfect

Marbles, cookies, pens, and mice — those are just a few things Greg Griggs comes across while tuning or repairing pianos through his business A-Sharp Piano Service. “I’ve found a socket wrench in an upright piano once,” says Griggs. “The lady couldn’t figure out why it didn’t play very well in the top couple of octaves, and I looked in there and pulled out this big socket wrench. I said, ‘I think this might have something to do with it.’”

Event Regroup

How has the Evansville convention scene fared through COVID-19? For Evansville, the economic impact sustained from canceled conventions, sports games, and large-scale events due to COVID-19 has been unfortunate — 26 events during the summer and fall have been lost.

Full Circle

Mike Small, owner of Corporate Design, jokes that in his 40 years with the family business he’s still in the same spot where he started.

Lessons Learned

 The career of Julie McCarty has always bloomed, no matter which direction it has taken through her life. “My career has been varied, as most people would say,” she says. The Vincennes, Indiana, native who studied communications at the University of Evansville, worked on-air for Channel 7 and for the university radio station during her time at school. An opportunity at Keller Crescent after graduation gave her a chance to work in advertising. However, a call from a friend opened up a door for McCarty to put her skills to use in another unique way.

For Sale

A long-standing establishment of Downtown Evansville, the Tropicana Casino along Riverside Drive may see another change coming its way by the end of the year.

Dave and Frances

Where do story ideas come from? Well, just when you least expect it, stories, like life, can occasionally show up in odd and random places. No different than my billfold and car keys. As I write this letter on Aug. 13, for example, my day began as it does every morning by reading the Evansville Courier & Press and the Wall Street Journal prior to leaving the house. Imagine my surprise when there was a photo of a Kentucky Wesleyan student moving her belongings into a residence hall on the Owensboro, Kentucky, campus on page 2 of the Wall Street Journal.