Afternoon News: Tuesday January 24th 2023

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023 1:00pm

Posey County Radio News and Sports

News:

The Alexandrian Public Library posted on Facebook that their Bookmobile will be stopping at the Posey County 4-H Fair Ground tonight from 5:00 PM until 6:30 PM. They encourage the community to swing by as they are looking forward to making it a regular stop.

 

USI Men’s Basketball senior forward Jacob Polakovich was named co-Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week for his efforts last week on the road against Lindenwood and SIUE. The OVC honor is the second for Polakovich and the fourth this season for the Eagles as a program. Polakovich started the week by overpowering Lindenwood in the lane, grabbing 12 rebounds and posting nine points in the 81-65 road victory. The senior forward finished the week with a 16-point, 23-rebound performance in the 82-72 victory over SIUE. The double-double was his eighth of the season and his 12th double-digit rebound game. The 23-rebound contest was his third game of 20-or-more rebounds this season and ties for fourth among individual performances this season among Division I players. This season, Polakovich averaging a double-double with 11.9 points and 12.2 rebounds per game. He also has reached double-digits in rebounding in each of the last nine games, averaging 15.4 rebounds per contest. Polakovich leads the OVC and ranks fourth nationally in rebounds per game, while ranking second nationally in double-doubles. The OVC honor was shared this week with Tennessee State University's graduate guard JR Clay. Polakovich and the Eagles resume OVC action Thursday when they host Eastern Illinois University at Screaming Eagles Arena on campus. USI is 5-3 in the OVC and in a 6-way tie for 1st place.

 

The future plans for Wesselman Park in Evansville are starting to come together. City leaders unveiled the long-term improvement plans for the park yesterday. Park improvements include; adding hundreds of trees, 10 acres of green space and two and half miles of trails. Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer says investing in the park system is crucial for many residents. He also says the city is expanding Wesselman Woods by 45 acres. Pickle Ball courts will also be part of the park plans, according to Schaefer.

 

Habitat for Humanity of Evansville is joining their college partners along with Deaconess to raise the walls on the second house for their Building Homes and Health partnership. That event is set to happen tomorrow at 10 a.m. The collaboration includes Indiana University School of Medicine, University of Southern Indiana and University of Evansville. According to a press release, Deaconess is funding the collaboration, which is sponsoring the homes of three local families completing the Habitat homeownership program. Officials say students in health profession fields from the three universities are taking part in the construction of the houses alongside Habitat staff, volunteers and future homeowners. According to a release, the event will take place on Oakley Street in Evansville.

 

There is a state proposal to potentially raise Indiana State Trooper pay. Currently, starting pay for a first year Indiana State Trooper is just over $53,000, but a proposal could change that. The minimum pay for troopers could get up to $70,000 under Governor Eric Holcomb’s Next Level Budget proposal. The proposal has not yet been approved by the general assembly.

 

Sports:

- Mt. Vernon Girls Basketball travels to Wood Memorial at 7:30 PM.

- North Posey Girls Basketball is home against South Spencer at 7:00 PM.

- In Mens College Basketball tonight...Illinois (13-6) plays host to Ohio State at 6:00 PM. Notre Dame (9-11) is on the road to take on NC State at 6:00 PM. Ball State (13-6) welcomes Buffalo at 6:00 PM. Later on tonight at 8:00 PM, Indiana State (13-8) plays at Drake. UK (13-6) is at Vanderbilt at 8:00 PM.

- The Indiana Pacers (23-25) return home this evening to square off against the Chicago Bulls at 6:00 PM. 

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