first_imgWARD 1- DAN MCGINN-FINANCE CHAIRMEN(H) 812-4796336- or [email protected] AT- LARGE -DR. H. DAN ADAMS (H) 812-425-4220 or (C) 812-459-4221 or [email protected] MICHELLE MERCER (C) 812-568-5393 or [email protected] JONATHAN WEAVER (H) 812-568-0562 or [email protected] FOOTNOTE: This contact lists was provided to the City County Observer by City Clerk Laura Windhorst. Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you feel that Mayor Winnecke should make a public statement if he’s for or against the COIT tax increase before City Council votes on this issue next Monday? WARD 2 – MISSY MOSBY-PRESIDENT (C) 812-453-6479 or [email protected] 3 – JOHN HAYDEN(C) 812-618-2122 or [email protected] 4 – CONSTANCE  ROBINSON(C) 812-204-3869 or(H) 812-425-2372 or [email protected] 5 JUSTIN ELPERS-VICE CHAIRMAN (C) 812-454-3479 or [email protected] 6 – JIM BRINKMEYER(C) 812-480-6909 or [email protected]  Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.center_img We hope that todays “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 in order to balance the 2018 city budget council members Justin Elpers and John Hayden are recommending $1.8 million dollars in budget cuts?  …we are pleased that we have at least two conservative members serving on the Evansville City Council?IS IT TRUE that community leader and highly successful business woman Amy Word Smith is seriously considering running for the At-Large seat on the Evansville City Council in 2019?IS IT TRUE that the budget amendment process is being executed and much of the City of Evansville support for non-profits and fun and games is being proposed for ZERO funding? …the oft maligned Penguin exhibit may be on the chopping block to be defunded to ZERO as are 14 non-profits which will possibly lose $105,500?…the seldom ridden Highway 41 trolley is finally getting a serious look at because of lack of ridership?  …we hear that Mayor Winnecke is against making this budget cut? …cutting this unappreciated route will save the City $102,500?IS IT TRUE the taxpayers of Evansville still do not know where Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke stands on the proposed  COIT tax increase? …we hope that Mayor Winnecke will make a public statement if he’s for or against the COIT tax increase before City Council votes on this issue next Monday?IS IT TRUE that our Civic Center “Moles” tell us that Mayor Winnecke has decided to not to mess with the “HOMESTEAD TAX CREDIT” in 2018? IS IT TRUE that very little has been said on how Mayor Winnecke plans to pay for the Evansville Thunderbolts Hockey 2018 team operating expenses?  …we can’t find any reference in the proposed 2018 City operating budget?  …we been told that some of the 2018 Thunderbolts operating expenses may have been quietly added to the Evansville/Vanderburgh County Building Authority 2018 operating budget?IS IT TRUE we wonder why City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr hasn’t informed members of City Council how much did it costs the taxpayers of Evansville to subsidized the Evansville Thunderbolts operating expenses during the 2017 hockey season?IS IT TRUE we look forward to City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr giving members of City Council a detailed and accurate breakdown on how much it will costs the city taxpayers to subsidized the Evansville Thunderbolts during the 2018 hockey season?IS IT TRUE that the reporting of open government activities may be taking a major hit in 2018?  …Mayor Winnecke has recommended that City Council eliminate the funding of WINN TV from the 2018 city budget?  …it looks like the Mayor feels that the taxpayers can watch the live and unedited City Council meetings vie streaming them on their personal computers?IS IT TRUE we are told on Monday that the Evansville City Council will formally vote to raise the County Option Income Tax (COIT)?  …we predict  that any member of  the Evansville City Council who votes for the County Income Option Tax will be putting their future political career in jeopardy?IS IT TRUE that the City of Evansville doesn’t have a revenue problem they just have a spending problem?IS IT TRUE if you want to contact members of the Evansville City Council to discuss your concerns pertains to the proposed 2018 City Budget listed below are their contact information? If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisers FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Aston hails ‘champion’ White

first_img White, 31, was singled out by Aston for his part in the Wolfhounds’ opening 32-14 defeat by Fiji, claiming he was the best player on the pitch “by a country mile”, and lavished praise on the former Kangaroo for defying an early head knock to lead their challenge in Saturday’s 42-0 loss to England, which effectively ended their hopes of qualification from the toughest group. “He went back on but it was probably tougher for him to come off in the first place,” Aston said. “He didn’t want to come off. We kept getting messages out to him and he said he was good. He’d have stayed out there if we had let him.” “That’s why I wanted to play in the last World Cup. Unfortunately I got ruled out late, so I was grateful I got the opportunity to be part of this one.” White is now set to face his fellow countrymen, including his Canberra team-mate Josh Papalii, as Ireland prepare for their final group game against Australia in Limerick on Saturday night. Aston’s men will need to pull off one of the biggest sporting shocks of all time if they are to topple the tournament favourites but captain Liam Finn insists his players will play with pride when they run out at Thomond Park. “That 20-minute purple patch by England killed the game off but you’ve seen 17 blokes out there have a dig,” Finn said. “They put plenty of pride in the shirt and that’s all we’ve asked for from day one. “We’ve got to do that again next week and, if we do that, we’ll walk away from the tournament happy with ourselves. “The most important thing is that we enjoyed the battle, even though we were on the wrong end of the score. We were still enjoying the game in the last minute so I couldn’t ask for any more.” Coach Mark Aston has publicly thanked Canberra Raiders prop Brett White for his bravery during Ireland’s difficult World Cup campaign. White, who qualifies through his Irish grandfather, was one of four NRL players recruited by Aston, who has been especially delighted by the contribution of the tough-tackling front rower. “He’s a champion,” Aston said. “He’s certainly come over here and set the tone for us. “The nice thing is that he’s mixing with the younger guys and giving them the experience he’s had. You don’t play at the level he’s played at for a lot of years and in Grand Finals and not be a real good bloke. “I know he’s helped (captain) Liam (Finn) really well. He just speaks sense and gets his point across. “There’s nobody more disappointed than him at the moment. He wants to win every single game. That will rub off. And over the years we’ll build the culture that we want in Ireland and hopefully take it on to another level.” White had put his hand up to play for Andy Kelly’s team in the 2008 World Cup but was ruled out by a foot injury. He went on to play for the Kangaroos in the 2009 Four Nations Series and was in the team that beat England 46-16 in the final at Elland Road but never gave up hope of representing Ireland in memory of his late grandfather, wh o went over to Australia in 1951 to work on the snow fields in the New South Wales mountain town of Jindabyne during the skiing season and settled there. “Growing up, I was very close to my grandfather,” White told Press Association Sport. “I had a really close relationship with him. Working on the farm with him as a kid taught me many valuable life lessons, the most important being the hard work ethic I learned from him. Press Associationlast_img read more