SVB&T Company names Merritt marketing specialist

Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company named Brittany K. Merritt as marketing specialist. Brittany began her banking career with Springs Valley in 2018 as a Personal Banker. In 2020, she was promoted to a universal banker position, assisting customers with opening new accounts and consumer lending. In March of 2022, Brittany accepted the marketing assistant…

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Column: The 2023 forecast

In the past couple weeks, I’ve presented my 2023 economic forecast to groups here in Indiana and Ohio. My short-term economic forecast through 2023 and into 2024 is similar to that of the Federal Reserve. I’m predicting the U.S. dodges a recession in 2023 and faces instead what is often called a ‘soft landing.’ There…


Dubois County Governmental meetings Jan. 30 to Feb. 3, 2023

The following government boards and commissions will hold meetings from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3, 2023. Monday, January 30 4:30 p.m. — Dubois County Council meeting in the commissioners/council room of the Courthouse Annex, 602 Main Street, Jasper, for the regular meeting. It is also live-streamed on Youtube. Wednesday, February 1 8 a.m. — Coffee…

Sports-themed museum membership dinner well attended

Sports-themed museum membership dinner well attended

Members attending the 24th Annual Membership Dinner of the Dubois County Museum. Inc. were aware that the evening was going to be a sports-themed evening when they arrived to tables decorated with baseball memorabilia and pictures of county baseball players and teams from the past. But they were surprised when Chicago White Sox Double A…


Grassroots group seeking input on Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools

The grassroots group Parent Supporting Education — Jasper has posted a survey with plans to share the input with local legislators. According to organizer Emily Klein, the survey is part of the group’s mission to support public educators by amplifying the voices of our local public school families, teachers, and staff. Though the survey asks…


Ellis to finish Randy Boehm’s term on Cass Township Board

Thursday, the Dubois County Republican Party held a caucus and elected Joseph Ellis of Holland to the Cass Township Advisory Board. The caucus was held at the American Legion in Holland with Republican Precinct Committeemen: Melanie Barrett, Mel Menke, and Alex Hohl, representing Cass precincts 1,2, and 3. Mr. Ellis replaced Randy Boehm, who recently…


Schroeder named to Evansville Business Hall of Fame

Mark Schroeder, retired German American Bank chairman and CEO, was announced as one of the four laureates named to the Junior Achievement Evansville Regional Business Hall of Fame of Southwestern Indiana for 2023. Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana and the University of Southern Indiana announced the 2023 Junior Achievement Evansville Regional Business Hall of Fame…


A Step Above plans bowling fundraiser in February

A Step Above: The Fight Against Suicide and Depression, a new nonprofit dedicated to sharing resources available in the area to help with mental illness, is hosting a bowling fundraiser in February. The event will be held at Eastown Recreation, 1370 Crossroads Avenue, Jasper, on February 19 from 12 to 5 p.m. The event will…


Women Empowering Women hosting speed networking event in February

The Dubois County women’s leadership organization, Women Empowering Women (WEW), will gather on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 to partake in a speed networking event.  The February session will be held at the Jasper Public Library in Hickory Rooms A & B. Doors will open at 11:30am for networking before the meeting from 11:45 a.m. to…

2023 Strassenfest theme, Hoffmarschalls and more announced

2023 Strassenfest theme, Hoffmarschalls and more announced

The Jasper Strassenfest Committee has announced the theme and Hoffmarschalls as well as some exciting enhancements for the 45th Annual Jasper Strassenfest to be held August 3 through August 6 in downtown Jasper.  This year’s theme will be “Strong Roots Grow Strong Towns”, and current members of the ROJAC (Redevelop Old Jasper Action Coalition) board…


Chase ends in multiple felony charges

A traffic stop early Monday morning, January 23, 2023, resulted in the arrest of a Huntingburg man on multiple felony charges. During the incident, officers located 50.6 grams of methamphetamine and .4 grams of marijuana.  Leonel A. Hernandez, 31, of Huntingburg, is facing preliminary charges of dealing in methamphetamine, Level 2 felony; possession of methamphetamine,…


Dubois County Community Foundation announces 2 new board appointments

Dubois County Community Foundation announces the appointment of two new board members.  Mary Beth “Becky” Beckman is a Jasper native and formerly served on the Community Foundation’s grants committee. Becky recently completed her second term on the Dubois County Council. Jodi Richardson recently served on the Community Foundation’s community coalition. Jodi, a Jasper resident, is…

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Dressing up

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The dancing, karaoke and other festivities will again fill Redemption Christian Church on February 10 when Night to Shine returns after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Saturday, the church hosted a Dress Shop matching the honored guests with their gowns for the upcoming prom-like event. Dresses are still available, as well as suit…
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Making new friends

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Wednesday was a special day for children enrolled in Headstart at Tri-Cap. They were invited to participate in the Cops and Kids program offered through the local Fraternal Order of Police #138 Wood Capital Lodge. Members of the local law enforcement family were teamed up with the special shoppers to find needed clothing items and…
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Mass celebrates grand church’s reopening

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Saturday, St. Joseph Catholic Church celebrated the nearing completion of a multi-year, multimillion-dollar renovation hosting a Mass and dedication of the altar. The church was nearly full as Bishop Joseph Siegel led the congregation through the special ceremony, blessing the church and anointing the altar before holding communion. Plans for the renovation began in 2014….
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Gifted grapplers: Boy and girl wrestlers’ progress ‘fulfilling to see’

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Huntingburg — Local youth wrestlers are getting an early jolt with Southridge Wrestling Crew.  Drew Songer, a volunteer and wrestler from the class of 2010 Southridge alumnus, is helping usher in these future boy and girl wrestling Raiders. He is one of several former wrestlers helping Crew coach Dan Rauscher, also a former Raider grappler,…
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Christmas comes to Jasper

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The Christmas season officially opened up in downtown Jasper Friday afternoon with the lighting of the annual Christmas Tree and Santa settling into his holiday home on the Square. Here are a few photos of the event. Santa Claus will be in his house on the Square over the weekend from 12 to 3 p.m….
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Honoring veterans

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On Saturday, nine living World War II veterans were honored during the annual Dubois County Veterans Day Observance held at the Holland VFW. According to Dubois County Veterans Council President Kent Schreiner, the nine men recognized for their service during the war are the few living veterans the council was able to locate for the…
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Turning 50 with friends

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Monday and Tuesday mornings provide the fleeting moments when John Songer can take time just to think and maybe imagine what the next stage of his business looks like. He doesn’t open until 4 p.m. on those days. “I can come in, and I’m still working, but there’s nobody here,” he explained. “The ghosts don’t…
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Running to Honor & Remember

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OFS hosted a special 5K/10K at Cool Springs on Saturday. The event raised money to assist the national organization Honor & Remember’s mission to recognize and honored military veterans who have died while on duty or otherwise since the inception of our country. A 13-mile ruck was also held in recognition of the sacrifice of…
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Tate’s super ear

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Mark Seibert almost always wears a hat. It slides over the bionic ear on the back of his head. But in church, his cochlear implant is a magnet for stares. No hat to cover the silver dollar size disc attached to the back right side of his head, he feels the eyes — at least…
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Girl power

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Addy’s world was silent as she reached down and prepared to lift the bar. “I knew there were people cheering me on,” she remembers. “But I didn’t know, because when you get up on the platform, you can’t really hear it. You just kind of blank out. Everything goes away.” Her coach, Whitney, didn’t want…
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Now it is my turn

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Standing in the Indiana State House a few weeks ago, Dani Calderon was overwhelmed for a moment. She had accompanied a group from Dubois County invited by State Senator Mark Messmer to attend a committee hearing on Senate Bill 138. The bill would have given undocumented students access to in-state tuition and funding. However, it…
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Shining thru the rain

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The annual Night to Shine event hosted by Redemption Christian Church in Jasper was relegated to a drive-through event again in 2022. That didn’t stop the kings and queens from showing up to receive their special crowns and gifts to an entourage of fans and paparazzi for the Shine Thru Parade. Despite the rain and…
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A measure of a life

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They stood up one after the other. His grandson went first. Junior regaled the funeral service with a winding story about a fancy car and looking at big houses with his grandfather. It ended with the pair of best friends sharing a metaphorical elbow jab and wink as they told Doc’s wife, Cathy, of their…
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Ruger is here to build

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Ruger Kerstiens always planned on returning to Jasper. On the surface, the reasons Ruger wants to live here are easy. Cost of living, excellent schools, community pride, plenty of activities, growing opportunities, his family and its business. But it’s also driving by his grandfather Jerome’s farm with the fall sunrise covering the hills in that…
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Josie: I am brave. I am strong

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Josie Brown is a bit apprehensive as the two miniature ponies approach her. That apprehension relaxes a bit as she and her sister, Daizee, along with a friend, Yvonne Hochgesang, begin to warm up to the ponies while the volunteers at Freedom Reins bring out another three horses for the sisters to pick from for…
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Side gigs and passionate pursuits

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This is a part of the series of articles we are doing on entrepreneurship in Dubois County. Previously, we have published stories about legacy businesses in our community, but for this story, we decided to look at the small hustles going on with side gigs. While a side gig is a way to make some…
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Heart of willpower and determination

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Logan Lampert played his final baseball season with Northeast Dubois with all of his heart. The senior took the mound facing tough teams like Jasper, Southridge, and North Daviess in duels that Northeast Dubois Head Baseball Coach Luke Woolems said were challenging situations. “We threw him to the wolves this year and asked him to…
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Paper, ink and determination

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Maurice Woods had a special pair of shoes he would wear when he visited potential customers in Jasper. He wanted them to know that his fledgling printshop in Holland was hungry for business so during those meetings, he’d cross one leg over his knee to expose the hole worn in the shoe’s sole. That fledgling…
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On Foote Patrol

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Late Friday night, the cold air wafts the cacophony of three different air fresheners around the cramped interior of the 2011 Chevrolet Impala. The open window allows Jasper Officer Dakota Foote to hear activity outside of his car while he patrols the streets. The car’s futile fan’s attempt to beat back the cold air by…
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