City View 2011


Bring Out the Wurst

In Southwest Indiana, we eat like Germans. (Join the weekend crowds at the Gerst Bavarian Haus, a popular West Side restaurant.) We name our streets like Germans — and we secretly love hearing newcomers bungle “Boeke” and “Schutte.” Every August,

Where I’m From

We’ve digested brain sandwiches at the Fall Festival. We’ve touted the superior confections of the Donut Bank. We’ve gotten feisty in the great East/West Side debate. That makes us Evansvillians, right? Here, we offer stories about how Evansville — no

Ride On

As president of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Ind., Will Koch was dedicated to providing a fun, safe getaway for families. When he unexpectedly passed away last June at age 48, Southwest Indiana — and the amusement

Who Knew

Order in the Old Courthouse

Greek goddesses and bare-bosomed muses adorn the Old Courthouse, a roughly 15,000-square-foot building with five majestic copper domes towering 216 feet in the air. “When you look at a courthouse like this, it says justice,” says Kelley Coures, the president

River City Revealed

Justice for All

The Old Testament book of Nehemiah recalls how families in Jerusalem were struggling to survive in the wake of a famine. As food costs soared, many took out mortgages on their homes and land, and government leaders continued charging interest

Three Things…

We love the Greenway, the Fall Festival, and the zoo as much as the next Evansvillian, but there’s more to our city than meets the eye. From a rare book collection to a subtle war memorial, here are a few

In The Know

Five People You Need to Know

Randy Wheeler For nearly 30 years, Randy Wheeler has reported on local happenings, shakeups, and milestones. One reason for his longevity: He has a voice that never goes out of style. The award-winning WIKY radio newsman still comes to press

A Film of Our Own

When fans head to Bosse Field this summer for Evansville Otters baseball games, they won’t see athletes in skirts, but they will see a painted message that urges the crowd to “Support the Racine Belles.” The slogan hearkens back to

Interview Evansville

Athletic Ambassador

In the 1950s and 1960s, University of Evansville men’s basketball games, held in the new Roberts Stadium, were so popular that husbands and wives fought over season tickets in divorce settlements. For the next five decades, this stadium was the

Class Warfare

When Vince Bertram was named the superintendent of the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation in 2007, he hit the speaking circuit and met civic groups, community organizations, and political leaders. Bertram wanted change for Indiana’s third largest school system: higher graduation rates,

Who We Are

The Sims

The man is having trouble breathing in a St. Mary’s hospital room. He is choking on blood, and that blocked air passage means Pat Rauscher can’t perform an intubation. You remember intubation, right? George Clooney did one nearly every episode

Midwest Meets Middle East

After a U.S.-led coalition invaded Iraq in March 2003, dramatic images filled American television screens: explosions over the Baghdad skyline, the toppling of a statue of Saddam Hussein, and looting of museums and government buildings. Less publicized was the post-invasion

What We Do

Tower Assist

Just 10 years ago, the land near the intersection of Interstate 164 and the Lloyd Expressway brimmed with untapped potential. The location, convenient to patients in Newburgh, other outlying areas, and Evansville’s fast-growing East Side, became home to The Women’s

Dirt Road Warriors

During the week, Angie Almond is an office jockey, but for the past three years, the 49-year-old mother has donned a helmet and padding to hit a dirt track with safety and style. Her adrenaline rush comes from her need

What We Like

Pink Lady

On the second floor of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science hangs an eye-popping work of art: a fuchsia-toned, 40-by-40-inch portrait of a woman in her thirties. The synthetic polymer paint and screenprint canvas is signed and dated

Online Exclusives

Discover the Cover

Need some help identifying the Evansville icons we’ve placed on the cover of City View 2011? This key should do the trick. Old Courthouse tower: The dome of the Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse, built in 1891. (“Order in the Old