Local breweries talk about how Indiana Sunday sales will affect them

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Published: March 3, 2018

BY: Shannon Hall, Journal & Courier

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — At noon on Sunday, people may storm down the doors at liquor stores and grocery stores to buy alcohol.

Sunday marks the first time since the 1930s that people can grab a pack of beer or bottle of wine or liquor from liquor or grocery stores on a Sunday in Indiana.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed the bill Wednesday that would allow Sunday sales from noon to 8 p.m.

But before Sunday, there were only a few places people in Indiana could go and grab beer to-go — breweries.

The Indiana Legislature allowed breweries to sell their beer on Sundays starting in 2010.

Dustin Grove, co-owner of Brokerage Brewery, said he’s not too worried.

Brokerage opened in mid-December and since then, they’ve had a strong following for the Sunday beer crowd, he said.

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“We have a lot of faith in our product,” Grove said. “We’re not too concerned.”

But no one’s certain how it will all play out, said Jim Boros, co-owner of the Crawfordsville Backstep Brewing Company.

“I think it’s going to put a dent in our Sunday growler sales,” he said.

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He said breweries were the only kids on the block when it came to to-go alcohol sales. In Crawfordsville, they’re the only brewery within at least 20 miles.

“It shot breweries in the arm,” he said.

Backstep Brewing Company began selling its own beer in November, so it’s only been selling growlers for the past few months.

For Backstep Brewing Company, the brewery is the only place that sells their beer, so if people want it they’ll still have to come to them, Boros said.

“And it’s a different style than what the big box stores offer,” he said. “With the (Sunday) Prohibition ending, as a consumer I’m happy. As a brewery owner, I wish we had more time.”

People’s Brewing Company has had time to be one of the few places people can take to-go beer, though.

A typical Sunday customer would come in, grab a pint, sit and chat for a bit before grabbing a growler to go, said Chris Johnson, owner of People’s Brewing Company.

“What we’ve developed is more of an experience,” he said. “I don’t think we’ll lose that crowd.”

A small percentage of People’s Sunday’s patronage came in just because they were one of the only places to get beer to go.

“We probably won’t see those people as much,” Johnson said.

But because People’s beer is sold in liquor stores and grocery stores, he think their sales will go up there.

But overall, Johnson’s not too worried about the Sunday sales affecting his brewery.

“We’ll see.”

Tinkering with time: 94-year-old still fixing watches

PUBLISHED: Aug. 28, 2017

BY: Shannon Hall, Courier & Press reporter

BOONVILLE — Ralph Hutchinson has been blessed with time.

Time to spend with with his family. Time free of war. And time to work on watches.

Ralph celebrated his 94th birthday Sunday, but just because he’s been given time doesn’t mean he takes it for granted. Continue reading “Tinkering with time: 94-year-old still fixing watches”

Area law enforcement establishing fees for body cam footage

PUBLISHED: Dec. 17, 2017

BY: Shannon Hall, Courier & Press reporter

Law enforcement agencies say body cameras help protect the officers and the community, but local law enforcement agencies want to charge $150 to provide the footage or are against the public seeing it in general.

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office will “probably” implement a $150 fee for copies of body camera footage, according to the Vanderburgh County sheriff.

“That’s to download and put it on the disc and everything,” Vanderburgh Sheriff Dave Wedding said. Continue reading “Area law enforcement establishing fees for body cam footage”

Bosse teacher was fired for ‘inappropriate relationship with student’

July 26, 2016

By Shannon Hall, Courier & Press reporter 

The Bosse High School band teacher fired in May was let go because he admitted to having an “inappropriate relationship” with a student.

According to a personnel file document obtained by the Courier & Press, Kevin Hulsey admitted to EVSC Superintendent David Smith in May that he had “an inappropriate relationship with a student.” Continue reading “Bosse teacher was fired for ‘inappropriate relationship with student’”

Evansville residents contribute almost $100K to Trump, Clinton campaigns

Nov. 2, 2016 

By Shannon Hall, Courier & Press reporter

Evansville residents donated almost $100,000 to the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates between April 2015 and August 2016.

Being the third biggest city in Indiana, it’s not surprising to see Evansville was in the top 10 lists of donors for both candidates. Continue reading “Evansville residents contribute almost $100K to Trump, Clinton campaigns”

Evansville police release body camera footage of March officer-involved shooting

September 2, 2016

By: Shannon Hall, Courier & Press reporter

The Evansville Police Department released the body camera footage on Friday from a March officer-involved shooting that killed a homeless man.

Daniel Wooters, 38, was shot and killed by three Evansville Police officers in March after he stole a police cruiser, led them on a chase, crashed the car and then “advanced” toward officers with a knife. Continue reading “Evansville police release body camera footage of March officer-involved shooting”