Yochum begins third term as Vincennes mayor

Mayor Yochum is only the second mayor in the history of Vincennes to serve three terms.

Posted: Jan 1, 2020 7:43 PM

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) - In 2012 News 10 was there when mayorJoe Yochum was sworn in for his first term. At the time he said his major focus was getting the Vincennes levee certified.

After being sworn in Yochum told News 10, "That's probably going to be a two-year process there to make sure we get everything corrected with it and making sure it stays certified."

Yochum now says, "I didn't think it'd take this long. But it isn't like we've been dragging our feet. We've been working with the core and everybody. Working with everybody and getting to this point I am proud of where we are with it."

Only one project stands in the way of getting certified.

Just weeks before Yochum was sworn in in 2012 downtown was hit with a major fire at the Gimble corner. However since then, downtown has seen a revitalization.

Yochum says, "Pioneer Oil and Franklin Well service moved to our main street and invest several million in the building and it just kind of had a domino effect. Everybody started investing in their buildings and new businesses started coming downtown."

Recently new development has come to the old K-Mart property. This is where Hobby Lobby plans to open in February. Yochum says this is not the only expansion he sees coming in the future.

Yochum says, "You know next year I also see new businesses coming to the north sixth street area. So I look for continued growth throughout the city."

As for being only the second mayor to serve three terms...Yochum says that's not something he thinks about often.

Yochum explains, "I enjoy what I am doing and I thank the residents of Vincennes for having faith in me as mayor."

Article Comments

Terre Haute
Broken Clouds
38° wxIcon
Hi: 39° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 28°
Robinson
Broken Clouds
38° wxIcon
Hi: 40° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 28°
Indianapolis
Overcast
33° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 18°
Feels Like: 22°
Rockville
Broken Clouds
32° wxIcon
Hi: 36° Lo: 21°
Feels Like: 24°
Casey
Overcast
38° wxIcon
Hi: 38° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 30°
Brazil
Broken Clouds
38° wxIcon
Hi: 37° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 28°
Marshall
Broken Clouds
38° wxIcon
Hi: 40° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 28°
Windy & Colder
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

Latest Video

Image

Thursday Afternoon Weather

Image

Shamrock 5k Downtown Greencastle, In March 7th

Image

Thursday Morning Weather Update

Image

Domestic violence awareness

Image

Linton Loogootee at BLF

Image

Wednesday Late Forecast

Image

Indiana Gaming Commission not expected to decide on Terre Haute's casino at next meeting

Image

What is Discrimination? ISU Presentation

Image

Cody Zeller special shoes

Image

Hey Kevin 2-26

WTHI Events