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Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center have announced recipients of both the DAISY Award and the GARDENER Award.

Tammy Barkley was honored as the DAISY Award winner for this quarter. Tammy’s nominator cited her willingness to go above and beyond to help people in need.

The DAISY Award is an international program aimed at celebrating extraordianary clinical skill and Tammy Barkley - DAISYcompassionate care provided by nurses on a daily basis. Memorial Hospital recognizes a nurse with this award each quarter of the year. This quarter, there were 2 other nurses nominated. They are Marny Hammond and Ruth Goldman.

Meanwhile, Doug Faulkner was honored as this quarter’s GARDENER Award winner at Memorial Hospital. Faulkner is the hospital’s chaplain in pastoral care. Faulkner’s nominator also described efforts to go above and beyond to help folks in need, even pointing out a specific case.

The GARDENER Award was created by Memorial Hospital as a result of the DAISY Award program. The Doug Faulkner - GardenerGARDENER Award is designed to honor those on the support staff at the hospital such as maintenence, billers, therapists, and medical records staff among others.

There were 6 other nominees for the GARDENER Award. These were Rodney Flick, Julie Green, Deb Kempf, Taylor Main, Kelly Sermersheim, and Malinda Xanders.

For more information on either award or to nominate someone, you can go to You can also call Tammy Billings at 996-0154.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) – A deal to build a convention hotel in downtown Evansville has collapsed and taken down a $71.3 million plan that also included an apartment tower, parking garage and infrastructure upgrades.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke announced the development at a Thursday news conference with Old National Bank President Bob Jones.

Jones says a consultant to the bank found the value of naming rights for the convention hall long known as The Centre isn’t worth the money the bank was prepared to invest in the project. The Evansville Courier & Press reports ( ) the financing gap came to $6.5 million.

The bank last year pledged to be an investor along with developer HCW after the City Council set a $20 million cap on public financing.

Winnecke says he’ll keep working on the project.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The chairman of the State Budget Committee says the state’s revenue forecast for the next two years is “moderately positive” despite predictions that Indiana will have $129 million less to work with in 2015.

Republican Sen. Luke Kenley says he is cautiously optimistic after receiving a report Thursday that projected revenue growth of 2.4 percent in fiscal 2016 and 3.2 percent the following year.

The forecast calls for sales tax revenues to increase by $13.8 million for the current year, or 4.8 percent, then grow 4.1 percent and 4.7 percent the next two years. The forecast also projects gaming revenue will drop below 2003 levels.

Gov. Mike Pence says the numbers are encouraging but that his administration will use caution as it finalizes its budget recommendations.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana officials say a heavy equipment parts maker in Plymouth plans to create 475 jobs by 2017 and 15 other companies have pledged to create nearly 1,700 other jobs over the next decade in return for more than $19 million in tax credits and other incentives.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. said Thursday that AMI Industries Inc. plans to create 250 jobs next year and 225 more by 2017 while investing $8.5 million to equip and improve production equipment for farm and automotive components. The state will provide up to $2.3 million in tax credits and $300,000 in training grants.

Indiana House Minority Leader Scott Pelath (PEE’-lath) expressed skepticism that all of the jobs will materialize. He says Indiana’s average household income fell 12 percent from 2002 to 2013.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana’s state health agency has won a $1.4 million federal grant to help it conduct an in-depth analysis of the factors behind homicides and suicides in the state.

The five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will allow the State Department of Health to gather critical data on Indiana’s violent deaths using the National Violent Death Reporting System.

That online system helps state and local officials understand when and how violent deaths occur by linking data from law enforcement, coroners and medical examiners, vital statistics and crime laboratories.

Indiana had 1,456 violent deaths in 2012, of which nearly 64 percent were suicides and 23 percent were homicides.

State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams says that “to stop violent deaths, we must first understand all the facts.”

A Birdseye man was airlifted to an Evansville hospital following an accident in the eastern part of the county.

Just before 3:35 this afternoon, Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Schnellville Road about half a mile east of County Road 975 East between Birdseye and Schnellville on a reported single vehicle accident with injuries. Deputies say 20-year-old Craig Englert had been going eastbound on Schnellville Road when his vehicle began to go off of the roadway to the right for an unknown reason.

Englert overcorrected and his vehicle went off of the left side of the road. His vehicle then hit a ditch and an embankment with the driver’s side and came to rest just off of the left side of the road.

Englert sustained a head injury in the crash. He was taken by ambulance to a landing zone at the Schnellville Community Club. He was then Lifeflighted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville.

Deputies say Englert was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. Drugs and/or alcohol are not believed to be a factor. This crash is still under investigation.

Schnellville First Responders and Memorial Hospital EMS also assisted.

Part of Jasper’s economic development vision is now one step closer to becoming reality.

Last night, the Jasper City Council approved plans to implement a tax increment finance (TIF) district within the city. The new area covers the vast majority of Jasper’s industrial area. It stretches from an area near the Patoka River to as far north as 36th Street, as far south as the southern city boundary near US 231 and most of the city’s east side.

Now the approval of TIF came after a lengthy discussion on the matter. Citizens and council members offered their opinions throughout the meeting. Councilman Kevin Manley echoed the feeling of many who were at last night’s meeting. He says the area involved in the TIF needs to be re-examined:

Meanwhile, councilman Ray Howard says all of the questions surrounding TIF are similar to those that have surfaced with past city projects. He pointed to the launching of the city’s website and the recent beginning of the tax abatement program as his two examples.

Like those 2 cases, Howard says the city will find a way to make things work:

In the end, Jasper mayor Terry Seitz says creating a TIF district is a fulfillment of the city’s vision. He believes that city officials have answered many of the questions surrounding TIF districts:

The final step of the process is to have the Redevelopment Commission give its final approval. That could come at that group’s next meeting on January 6th. A public hearing on the issue will happen at that meeting before any final decision is made.