Focused on your fitness

A stylized painting of a fanged gorilla with a mohawk looms over the gym as punk rock music quietly accents Matt Johnson’s calm instructions for his clients as he moves them through the focused workouts he creates. The polished concrete floor gym reflects dozens of personal paintings, hundreds of stickers and multiple framed photographs of…

County Council approves $500,000 for downtown revitalization project

The Dubois County Council approved $500,000 to assist the City of Jasper in the Downtown Revitalization project currently underway. The decision came after a lengthy discussion on the county’s responsibility to assist in the beautification and upgrades to the streets and sidewalks planned for the county seat. Council president Mike Kluesner expressed concern for the…

Dubois County Polar Plunge planned for February

The Annual Dubois County Polar Plunge will take place in Ferdinand Forest State Park on February 20. Proceeds from the Dubois County Plunge will be donated to the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center and area food banks. Sign up for the plunge for $20 and receive a free commemorative t-shirt; if you collect $50 in contributions, you…

City of Jasper by the numbers

Jasper Mayor Dean Vonderheide gave his 2022 State of the City address during Wednesday’s Common Council meeting. He took the council through the city’s accomplishments and numbers for 2021 highlighting a portion of the work completed annually. He began by pointing out the city’s financial health. The city has an unencumbered balance of $8,756,534.76 in…

VUJ shows off new collaborative robotics lab

Local business leaders, industry representatives, and educators got a tour of the new specialized equipment students and potential employees are training with at VUJ’s Cobot Lab. Through a grant from the Lilly Foundation and a partnership with Mt. Carmel-based Telamon, 11 robotic arms designed to collaborate (cobot) with humans were installed in October. The easily…

Public invited to see new child resiliency center in repurposed 5th Street Elementary

The connections between the safety and love that children find in a school and the services that will continue in Fifth Street Elementary aren’t lost on Tammy Lampert. Lampert is the executive director of the Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition (SWICACC), an organization designed to assist investigators with forensic interviews of children involved in…

Jasper School Corp $40M bond addresses needs for next several years

Beginning in 2022 and continuing through 2029, the Greater Jasper Consolidated School Corporation will take on updates and maintenance projects affecting most of its buildings and some of its sports facilities. Here is an overview of the projects for 2022. At Jasper High School, the Career and Technical Education classroom area will be expanded to…

25 years of foundational impact

Generosity has always been and continues to be a part of Dubois County’s foundational success. There are scores of projects in the county bearing the names of those who helped make them possible through their time, talents and treasures. Baseball and football fields, libraries, bits and buildings of Dubois County history, pieces of art, modern…

Men’s recovery home efforts moving forward, seeking property

The importance of a step up or forward can’t be overlooked along the path to recovery from addiction. In Dubois County, an initiative invigorated by a $4.4 million grant from Eli Lilly and carried along with the help of community members is progressing towards providing more and more steps for our neighbors struggling with addictions….