Ferdinand Town Manager announces resignation

Ferdinand Town Manager Chris James announced he would be resigning from the position at the Ferdinand Town Council meeting Tuesday evening. Mr. James was appointed town manager in January 2014 after Marc Steczyk resigned. In a statement released Wednesday morning, Mr. James noted stepping down from the position was not an easy one to make….

Huntingburg Council meeting: Mayor’s Youth Council set to create flower garden

The Huntingburg Common Council heard an update on a special project the Huntingburg Mayor’s Youth Council is working on. Youth council representative Maleah Dearing told the council the group is moving forward with creating eight raised bed garden plots on a 50-by-50 foot area adjacent to Hunter’s Crossing near the train overpass. The group would…

Grants available to help homeowners with needed home repairs

Low- to moderate-income Dubois County homeowners needing help making necessary home repairs can now apply for grants through a special county-wide program. Dubois County and the City of Jasper, with matching funding through the Hoosier Enduring Legacy Plan, have partnered and applied a portion of the American Rescue Act funding they received in 2021 to…

Extra funding needed after Jasper outdoor pool bids higher than expected

At its most recent regular meeting, the Jasper Redevelopment Commission agreed to provide a cash contribution to the Jasper outdoor pool project to cover the difference between the project cost and engineering estimates. This occurred due to the bids for the project coming in higher than expected when they were opened at January’s regular park…

The Vanity Aesthetic Spa about beauty and self-care

Hailey Bartlett opened The Vanity Aesthetic Spa in Ferdinand to provide her clients with the skin care she wished she had when she was growing up. As a young child, Hailey loved creating beautiful makeup looks and fun hairdos, but her passion shifted when she encountered severe acne as a young teen. The St. Meinrad…

County council discusses deputies, siren updates, sewer district

A couple of items to note with the Dubois County Council meeting held Monday evening. You can watch the full meeting here and an agenda is at the end of the story. Sheriff pushes back over lack of support for additional deputies Dubois County Sheriff Tom Kleinhelter asked the seven-person council why they won’t support…

Messmer announces 8th Congressional District candidacy

Thursday, State Senator Mark Messmer announced his candidacy for the Republican primary in Indiana’s 8th Congressional District. As of Friday morning, two other Republicans–Jeremy L. Heath and Jon Schrock–have filed for the primary. Erik Hurt is the lone Democratic candidate in the primary. The filing deadline for the primary is Feb. 9, and the election…

Dubois County receives grant to assist in election process

Wednesday, Secretary of State Diego Morales hand-delivered a $17,789.09 check to Dubois County Clerk-Treasurer Amy Kippenbrock to fund improvements for the Dubois County election process. The grants are funded through the $2 million Morales’ office received through the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). Dubois County is among the 60 counties receiving funds. In delivering the…

Work set to begin on next stage of multi-use trail around Jasper

Work on the next section of the multi-use run/walk/bike trail around Jasper should begin this spring. Bids from two contractors were opened during the Jasper Board of Public Works and Safety meeting Tuesday morning–Ragle Incorporated bid $2,094,222.13, and Knies Construction bid $2,178,342.75 for the project. Both bids were taken under advisement. The trail extension will…