Author Archive | Kathy Tretter, Editor Ferdinand News

Ferdinand Town Council: Busy night for ordinances, resolutions and approvals

It’s sometimes amazing what can be accomplished in one hour and 45 minutes. Don’t believe it? Here’s proof. The Ferdinand Town Council met Tuesday night (February 14). They opened bids, adopted five ordinances and three resolutions, heard reports from department heads, transferred funds, signed contracts, annexed property (or at least began the process) and approved attendance […]

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Ferdinand Town Council meeting minutes: Leaf collection, final ordinances and good news

When it comes to packing a multitude of business in one night, Ferdinand Town Council members are pros. During their final session of 2016 held Tuesday night they managed to adopt a variety of ordinances, hear reports from department heads, issue a couple of demolition permits, hold a rezoning hearing and discuss projects for 2017 […]

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Ireland, 200 and counting

Sourced from local sources, including There’s a wee bit of Irish in everyone, even those with lots of German blood flowing through their veins. Which is why everyone needs to hightail it to that most Irish of Dubois County towns — Ireland, Indiana — as the community celebrates its Bicentennial this weekend (see full […]

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Ferdinand Town Council: Begle apartment complex on track for completion in 2017

Members of the Randy Begle family were on a roll Tuesday night (August 9), starting with garnering required certification to apply for a residential tax abatement. This step was in the purview of the Ferdinand Economic Development Commission, the body that has been actively looking at how to expand housing in Ferdinand. Commission member Mike […]

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Ferdinand Council: Racing towards the finishing line on a challenging course

The heads of two Town Departments are in a race against the clock. Property and Street Superintendent Tom Lueken is preparing 18 separate projects to submit for Indiana Department of Transportation grants by the July 29 deadline. According to Town Manager Chris James, reporting for Lueken, his department is going through a checklist on each […]

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Ferdinand Town Council: Moving forward with various projects simultaneously

Lots of minutia (albeit important stuff) was covered Tuesday night during the Town Council’s regular June meeting. Much of it, however, would fall under the heading “details that would not interest the general populace.” So, while the meeting lasted a little over an hour, much of it fits into a “meeting in a minute” format. […]

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Birdseye Utility Superintendent fired: Move saddens council members

Following an hour-long executive session on Tuesday, April 26, Birdseye Town Council members opened a special meeting and closed it about two minutes later — their work done. “It is with great sadness I make a motion to terminate your employment, effective immediately,” said Council President Jerry Alstadt to Water and Sewer Superintendent Glenn Bayer. […]

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Ferdinand Town Council: Illegal dumping sets off investigation

It was a dastardly deed — one that hopefully will not go unpunished. The depth of the disaster would not yet have been revealed, had not communication been a tad better within the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). During the Ferdinand Town Council’s Tuesday night meeting, Wastewater Superintendent Roger Schaefer publicly shared the news that […]

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In search of the lost

Some things are far too important to forget, while others may be too painful to remember Barbara Mohr remembers it like it was yesterday. Her father-in-law, by then an elderly wheelchair-bound gent, just needed to tell his story. “You know Bob [Barb’s husband, Robert “Bobo” Mohr] was not our oldest,” he began. He went on […]

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