first_imgThe following POPCORN BIRTHDAY WINNERS  should go to PAPPY AND GRAMMY’S POPCORN  located at 5 North Morton Ave, Evansville, ind and  show your identity and tell them you won a “Popcorn Giveaway” in the CCO. If you need directions please call Donna Fickey at 812-550-7100.SEPTEMBER  POPCORN BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY WINNERS.RALPH DARKE SCHREIBERBRAD ELLSWORTHVICKI HUBIAKRICK RINEYMATT SCHREIBERJERRY WIRTHLARRY ULRICHGINA GIBSONJERRY PADDOCKDAN KATZCONNIE RALPHMICHAEL W SANDERBARB WOODRUFFJEREMY HEALTH PAUL NEIDIGCHRIS DICKSONMARK MILLERTINA DENSLEYJANE PRITCHETTSTEPHEN SCHWAMBACHRALPH DARKE-SCHREIBERFOOTNOTE:  WINNERS HAVE ONE WEEK TO CLAIM THEIR PRIZE. Flavors of Kettle Corn available at PAPPY and GRAMMY’S are:SWEET & SALTYOriginal Kettle CornCarmelCarmel AppleToffeeChocolateChocolate ToffeeChocolate CherryChocolate BananaConfetti (grape, cherry, blueberry, banana & green apple)Chicago Style (carmel & yellow cheddar cheese)Cinnamon (red hot candies)NON-SWEETSour Cream & ChivesYellow Cheddar CheeseSpicy BBQButter flavored MovieCreamy DillGarlic Parmesan5-Alarm Hot5-Alarm CheeseChili Cheese Thanks for reading the CCO.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img WINNERS OF THE PAPPY AND GRAMMY’S POPCORN  BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY DRAWINGCity-County Observer is proud to announce that PAPPY AND GRAMMY’S POPCORN will be awarding 20 large bags of customize colors and flavors popcorn twice (2) a month to lucky winners chosen randomly from those whose birthdays appear on our site.Please send in names and birthdays of your friends and family members to the [email protected] so they can have a chance to win. Winners will receive large bag of customized popcorn valued at $7.last_img read more


first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that the City-County Observer was ecstatic and optimistic about the chances for the University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles men bringing home some hardware in the NCAA Division 2-Elite 8 basketball tournament at the Ford Center?  …last night the USI Eagles fell short of winning the Elite 8 tournament? …it was good to see over 7,000 people cheering the Eagles on to victory in their two games at the Elite 8 Division ll basketball tournament held at the Ford Center?  ….we would like to congratulate the good people at the Evansville Sports Corporation for putting on a superb tournament at the Ford Center so far?  …we give five (5) cheers to the area Resturants, Bars, and Hotel establishments for showing our out of town guests some good ole down home “Hoosier Hospitality’?IS IT TRUE yesterday the City-County Observer seemly scooped the local news media by revealing that Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb was the beneficiary of two flights on a private jet owned by Spectacle Entertainment’s CEO Rod Ratcliff? …yesterday an investigative article written by and published by the Indy Star revealed that Governor Holcomb’s political campaign may have been bankrolled when a casino CEO allegedly donated $500,000 plus to the Republican Governor’s Association and in turn most of this money was allegedly handed over to the political war chest to the Holcomb 2016 campaign? …the Associated Press and the Indiana Lawyer also published this outstanding investigative article written by Kaitlin Lange and Tony Cook of the Indianapolis Star?IS IT TRUE that the above political donation that was given to Governor Eric Holcomb by the Republican Governor’s Association may turn out to be legal but it shouldn’t be and many people predict that it may become a political scandal that haunts Governor Holcomb for the rest of his political career?IS IT TRUE Governor Holcomb is not the only current Republican official from Indiana embroiled in scandal? …Attorney General Curtis Hill has been under the gun for allegedly committing sexual harassment?…the Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma is also having to deal with an allegation of consensual sexual relations with an Indiana Legislative Intern in 1992? …the taxpayers of Indiana have a right to know what is true and what is just malicious allegation?IS IT TRUE  that several of our readers want to know whether or not if Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch was on the free rides in a jet with Governor Holcomb when he went to the Republican Governor’s Association meetings?  …also they would like to know if her political campaign received any the Casino money donated to the Republican Governor’s Association?IS IT TRUE according to the Indy Star that the “Indiana law bans casino license holders from donating directly to Indiana candidates but does not prohibit contributions to national organizations?  …that  political contributions from casino interests to organizations like the Republican Governor’s Association have long drawn the ire of government accountability groups, which see them as a way to skirt Indiana’s prohibition on campaign donations from casino interests?”IS IT TRUE attached below is the link to the INDY STAR article concerning this issue? IT TRUE that is was just announced that the old GE Plastics facility in Mount Vernon that was bought out by SABIC about 10 years ago has been sold again and this time the sale price is $69 Billion?…it seems like the last time it sold the price was closer to $10 Billion so SABIC is apparently making a big profit on a 10 year investment?…the new owner will be Saudi Aramco that makes most of its business in oil?…we hope that no Hoosier jobs are eliminated due to this acquisition as last time this happened the deck at the top was shuffled but most people kept their jobs?IS IT TRUE one of the people that helped point out that many of the officially approved minutes of the Evansville Development Commission were missing now tells us that the agenda of the next ERC meeting hasn’t been officially posted in the local media yet? IS IT TRUE that the City of Evansville has been exposed and called out for resisting GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) like a cat resists a bath?…the governing body for public accounting has a document available online that a CCO reader was kind enough to post in a comment and here is what it says about such things?…this accurately points out that managing a city to cash like kids manage a lemonade stand is a way to hide unfunded liabilities for a couple of years until the chickens come home to roost?…the reality is that with these escalating overdrawn accounts, the chickens are in the air and about to reach the roost?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Are you disappointed that Governor Eric Holcomb accepted two free plane flights from a Casino Executive to the Republican Governor’s Association National meetings?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports. We are pleased to provide obituaries from several area funeral homes at no costs.Over the next several weeks we shall be adding additional obituaries from other local funeral homes.  Please scroll down the paper and you shall see a listing of them.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.”READERS FORUM”  FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Hoboken council members respond to voter fraud accusations from mayor

first_imgHOBOKEN — On Wednesday, the Hoboken City Council voted 7-2 to override Mayor Ravi Bhalla’s veto of an upcoming November referendum to let Hoboken residents decide whether the city should return to runoff elections.In response to the council’s override of his veto, Mayor Ravi Bhalla issued a statement through a spokesman on Thursday, implying malfeasance.“On the issue of reducing voter fraud, last night Council Members Cunningham, Fisher, and Giattino have chosen to align themselves with Council Members DeFusco, Ramos and other beneficiaries of voter fraud. Their conduct speaks for itself,” said Bhalla in his statement, which added that “despite petty politics of the City Council…the future is bright for Hoboken.”The Reporter asked city spokesman Juan Melli what evidence the city had that councilmen had been “beneficiaries” of fraud. He was also asked which authorities Bhalla and City Hall reported the alleged fraud to.Melli sent a link to a Hoboken Reporter article from more than seven years ago, “Attorney General to probe 4th Ward votes” which details a 4th Ward election and 190 “suspicious” ballots sent to the attorney general for investigation. The article does not mention DeFusco or Ramos.When asked about the council people specifically, Melli responded, “In the specific instance referenced in that story, then-Councilman Bhalla submitted extensive affidavits and evidence of voter fraud regarding the candidate [whom] Councilman Ramos supported in the election. He reported it to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, which referred it to the Attorney General’s office.” Melli also said, “Mayor Bhalla is talking about a systemic problem of paying large numbers of election day workers, which amounts to paying for a vote. This has benefited some candidates more than others and is a problem a December runoff will make worse. He is not making any specific accusation of voter fraud.”After reading Bhalla’s original statement on Thursday, DeFusco responded, “This false, disgusting smear is the latest proof that Mayor Bhalla is totally disinterested in working with the City Council to bring Hoboken together and is instead intent on wasting taxpayer resources on completely unsubstantiated, divisive political attacks. For a mayor to use a taxpayer-funded spokesman to spread lies and deceit without any credible evidence borders on libel.”He added, “Mayor Bhalla should be ashamed of himself for engaging in a Trump-like level of deceit and sleaze that is doing nothing to heal the wounds in our community. Mayor Bhalla should be using his first months in office to solve the problems our city faces like fixing Washington Street.”Ramos said, “By now we are all aware that Mayor Bhalla has no problem in utilizing gutter politics and is once again making false accusations without any evidence to sully anyone who dare challenge him.”Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher said, “The texts are troubling and the mayor’s statement is…reckless. It’s really a shame because the council has been working really well with the administration on all issues important to residents.”Councilman Peter Cunningham, who supported Giattino for mayor, said, “Given the divisive nature of the elections, I have been very sensitive to my 5th Ward constituents and their concerns about having a collaborative relationship with Mayor Bhalla. We can agree to disagree on this runoff election matter, but for the mayor to say one thing and do another is disappointing. His tone does not reflect the collaborative relationship that I have and will continue to work toward.”Giattino also weighed in on Friday. “I find it really disheartening that the mayor met with the three of us and talked about collaborating and working together, which is exactly what I think good government should do, and then came out with a statement that’s so divisive. I was definitely surprised. You talk about working with people and then don’t actually talk to them about this. You just put out a statement like that…”Read more about Wednesday’s meeting and the controversy over runoffs — and what type of runoffs to use — in this weekend’s Hoboken Reporter.last_img read more

Sayers uses research to boost competitiveness

first_imgNorth-west bakery chain Sayers is counting on shopper feedback to give it a competitive edge.The company has just finished an analysis of shopper behaviour with retail marketing consultancy Market Creative, which involved interviewing hundreds of customers as they left its shops, as well as competitors’ stores in the vicinity.Questions focused on how Sayers could tempt them when money was tight, as well as asking why they had chosen to visit the shop, how often they shopped there, and what they had bought.This is the second time Sayers has conducted customer behaviour research in this way; a study three years ago resulted in a company reluanch and rebrand in 2008.Sayers commercial director Mark James said the results had been enlightening. “It was very interesting to see how views have changed since the last time then, they wanted a more traditional bakery.”It gives us a good steer, because we interview shoppers of all ages and demographics, and particularly focus on those who don’t use Sayers as their primary shop.”Customers are encouraged to take part with the lure of a free sandwich. “In these competitive times, it’s important to find out what they are saying and why they are not shopping with you,” added James. “The result will hopefully be that we get more shoppers who will spend more money with us.”last_img read more

St. Joseph County ties for 6th most COVID-19 cases in the state

first_img Google+ St. Joseph County ties for 6th most COVID-19 cases in the state By Tommie Lee – April 15, 2020 0 428 Facebook Previous articleIndiana reaches a settlement with EquifaxNext article‘Not Prisoners’: Protesters at Michigan Capitol over stay-home order Tommie Lee CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Google+ Twitter Indiana’s total positive COVID-19 cases are now just shy of 9,000.New numbers released Wednesday show 8,955 cases, after 440 new patients were diagnosed. Forty-nine more Hoosiers have died, bringing the state’s total to 436.A total of 48,396 Hoosiers have been tested.St. Joseph County has 273 cases, tied for the 6th most in the state. Elkhart County has 105.Worldwide, the latest numbers indicate more then 2 million people have been diagnosed with coronavirus.last_img read more

Semi driver killed in crash on Indiana Toll Road in LaGrange County

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Google+ By Jon Zimney – January 12, 2021 0 379 IndianaLocalNews Facebook WhatsApp (95.3 MNC) A semi-driver from West Virginia was killed in a crash on the Indiana Toll Road.The collision happened around 6:40 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, near the eastbound 126-mile marker in LaGrange County.On arrival, a state police trooper found a single semi-tractor with trailer in the side ditch along the right shoulder. The driver, Richard William Shields, 53, was found unresponsive inside the cab.LaGrange County fire rescue and paramedics arrived on scene to continue the administration of CPR, however, that and other lifesaving measures proved unsuccessful.The investigation revealed that Shields’ 2019 Kenworth semi-tractor and trailer, had been traveling eastbound on I-90, when for an unknown reason ran off the roadway, striking a guardrail and then coming to rest along the steep angle of the ditch. It is suspected that Shields may have experienced a personal medical emergency while driving, leading to the loss of control and crash. Pinterest Previous articleBerrien County moving forward with COVID-19 vaccination effortNext articleCOVID-19 vaccine clinic now open at Hedwig Memorial Center in South Bend Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Twitter Semi driver killed in crash on Indiana Toll Road in LaGrange Countylast_img read more

Herb Best Bets.

first_imgIf you want to grow an herb garden, try culinary herbs first, says Wayne McLaurin, an Extension Service horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.These herbs will delight you on your dinner plate and in your garden, McLaurin says. Many can be grown easily, with only moderate care, in most of Georgia.A good Georgia list, he says, includes basil, mint, parsley, dill, lemon balm, thyme, oregano, chives, marjoram, sage and fennel. Dill is one of those easy-to-grow culinary herbs that delights in many ways. Photo: WayneMcLaurinlast_img

Good Governance: Widening board recruitment

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Today’s credit union board elections have taken on a different hue. Consider these questions:When’s the last time your credit union had a contested election?How many qualified members are knocking down your door wanting to get involved in governance?Have you gone outside your membership looking for experienced leaders willing to serve on your board?Has your membership elected someone to the board who, previous to their nomination, was not a member chosen by the board?Has a director resigned, creating an opening that was filled by appointment?Have you profiled the board you think you will need going forward and found it difficult to find that talent among current members?These are common challenges in the selection of board members. It’s rare for a board election to be contested. CEOs don’t like uncertainty, and boards are inclined to narrow the odds in favor of a selected candidate. Candidates usually prefer knowing they will be elected. We live under the false assumption that election to credit union boards is a democratic process when in reality it’s a pipeline mostly controlled by the board in power. I know one large credit union that requires any new board candidate to secure 500 member signatures in support of his or her candidacy. How often do you think a newcomer is willing to take on that requirement without support from the sitting board? continue reading »last_img read more

5 lessons from grandma Lizzie: Keeping aligned across your branch network

first_imgI’m very lucky that I have a close relationship with my mom. She’s humble, funny, genuine and she is a remarkable grandmother. She lives in Michigan and our family now lives in Colorado. Regardless of the distance, she comes to see us about every 30 days. It means the world to my daughter. They have a very close relationship and it is a blast to watch. Of course, the downside to that great relationship is that it breaks my daughter’s heart when grandma Lizzie heads home. Recently, on the Sunday after Thanksgiving after my mom headed back to Michigan, I tucked my daughter in bed. She seemed okay. I read her a story and I quickly thereafter was also tucking myself in bed. I shut off the lights, and was a bit startled when she came into my bedroom. She stood very close to my face in the dark crying, “I miss grandma Lizzie.” They say that distance makes the heart grow fonder. That may be true, but distance challenges us as social creatures. At Canvas, part of our vision is “to be known for our people.” We strive to hire the best talent available; we work hard to create a strong new employee experience; we invest in training; and yet, especially for our branch family members at our 26 locations from Denver to Fort Collins, the distance can be felt. Bridging that distance matters. According to LinkedIn’s 2018 workplace study, “70% of professionals in the U.S. today would not work at a leading company if it meant they had to tolerate a bad workplace culture. So much so, that people would rather put up with lower pay (65%) and forego a fancy title (26%) than deal with a bad workplace environment.” Keeping culture alive across our branch network matters deeply, yet, maintaining and growing strong connections across the miles tests us. It is also not a new challenge. As long as we’ve had branches, credit unions of all sizes and distances have had to work to find ways to keep culture across the network and to keep people feeling close, no matter the distance. No doubt it is hard, but it is not impossible. As she has for my entire life, Grandma Lizzie’s behavior has helped model how we as credit unions can better stay connected. 1. Try Something Every Single Day. My mom is really good at finding ways to stay connected to both me and my daughter on a daily basis. For example, she buys MacKenzie books that she also has and will read a chapter to her once a day via FaceTime. She also learns MacKenzie’s schedule and will text her to ask about activities that she knows that she has. As credit unions, we can do the same thing. What are the routines of each branch that we can learn more about and reach out to engage in? Maybe a rotation could be created for a person at the main office to be responsible to focus on outreach for each branch over the course of six months? Rotating new people to assist could create an even broader network across the organization over time. 2. Share Passion. My mom shows enthusiasm for the things MacKenzie cares about. If MacKenzie is really passionate about Pokémon or singing or Minecraft, my mom shows interest in those things and asks MacKenzie about those interests. They might not always be the things she cares most deeply about, but she listens and learns. What are the things that energize the teams at your branches? Ask about those passions and find ways to connect to those passions. Even if team members within one branch don’t share those same passions, the act of learning will create lasting connections and provide unique insights. 3. Empathize. Despite the fact that most adults would love to be eight again to have a simpler life, there are times when life seems very hard to MacKenzie. My mom always empathizes with her. She meets MacKenzie where she is in life. Life at the branch can be hard. Our frontline team members are the face of the brand to our members. As a result, they hear the bad and the ugly when our members are frustrated. Hear those frustrations. Be a sounding board. Allow a moment or two of venting. 4. Visit Often. My mom starts planning her next visit to Colorado before her current visit ends. It gives MacKenzie something to look forward to and it makes the transition to Grandma heading home easier. Make sure the branch team knows that people will be coming to visit often. Integrate something special with those visits that is unique to that branch and that visit. Many times, branch team members perceive that life is easier or more fun at the main office. Create joy and fun that starts to shift that perception. 5. Use Technology. My mom keeps FaceTime at the ready. MacKenzie has a smart watch that allows her to send messages and talk to her loved ones. This week they planned specific times when they’ll talk. While it’s not the same as being together in person, the technology helps lots. At my first credit union, we had offices in Michigan, Illinois and Minnesota. The distance felt extreme. At that time video conferencing was not the norm, but we leveraged it every week to keep our team feeling closer during meetings. Seeing the interaction on both sides helped. Today the technology is even better and less expensive. At Canvas, we create weekly videos featuring different people across our family. We focus not only on business efforts, but also the personal details that make our team unique. Invite your branch team members to share their ideas about how they’d like to use technology to stay even more connected.Even in this day of technological advances, our members still want to have in-person connections. Our branches play that critical role; they ensure engagement that grows loyalty and deepens relationships. Our efforts to keep our team members feeling closer to our organizations ensure that our branches can be even more successful. Keeping and growing our connections never ends. When you see the closeness that your team members feel, just as I see the closeness that my daughter feels to my mom, you’ll know that every effort is well worth it. 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tansley Stearns Tansley is a dynamic force of nature, fiercely crusading on behalf of all credit unions while tirelessly driving forward the brand image and family spirit of Canvas. She joined us … Web: Detailslast_img read more

The transition to non-traditional property valuations

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As leaders in the mortgage lending industry, we have the distinct privilege of working directly with key decision makers at lending institutions to learn about their challenges and provide solutions. When it comes to ensuring their collateral is properly valued, lenders and servicers have been very vocal about wanting property valuations that are cost effective and offer the confidence of a field appraisal.Here are three primary reasons lenders seek to shift to a non-traditional property valuation process:1. It’s more economicalThe cost of an alternative valuation process can cost half of a full traditional appraisal process without losing quality. Lenders are on a constant quest to drive down their loan origination costs, and an alternative appraisal process is one method of doing so. continue reading »last_img read more