Author Archive | Matthew Crane


Forest Park grad combines passion for people and biking into philanthropic mission

Madeleine Pelzel sees a direct connection between stable, affordable housing and a student’s performance. “A lot of kids whose families live in apartments or short term housing change schools a lot,” said Pelzel. “There are all sorts of statistics about higher high school dropout rates and lower secondary education rates — just lower academic fulfillment […]

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Jasper Utility Service Board meeting: Wastewater rates set to increase

After the Jasper Wastewater committee extended the cost analysis of wastewater services from a two-year projection to a 10-year projection, the proposed rate increase was reduced from around 10.5 percent to about 5.7 percent for residential customers. The increase is designed to accomodate future equipment upgrades, operational expenses and maintenance work on the system for […]

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Great movies abound at the Astra in Teagan's town. The Heartlake Lego sets didn't have a theatre so for the contest she included one in the four submissions she sent in. Although Kyle couldn't help design or build any of submissions, he did help by ordering the Lego inspired movie posters from a specialty shop an printed out the Astra decal and billboard movie titles.

Block by block; Teagan’s town set to expand

Kyle Kendall has some time to plan on the expansion coming to his 11-year-old daughter’s Lego city. It already takes up an entire room in the basement of his Ireland home. He doesn’t have much choice though, the 55 or so sets that now spread across three large Tablex tables — that’s where Kyle works as […]

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Huntingburg Council meeting March 14, 2017

The Huntingburg Common Council met for the first regular meeting of the month and took the following actions. They received an update from Dave Buse from PSCI concerning the rollout of Highspeed Huntingburg — the company’s $3 million investment into a fiber optic network for the entire City of Huntingburg. According to Buse, the first […]

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Mark Zehr, a Jasper Street Department employee, collected bags along Schuetter Road Tuesday morning.

City asks residents to watch trash bag weight

Jasper’s Street Department employees have been running into problems with city residents over-stuffing their curbside trash bags to the point they exceed the 30-pound limit required by the city. According to Street Commissioner Jeff Theising, in the past two weeks, collection crews have picked up several bags over the maximum weight limit. One bag exceeded […]

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Josh Merrel portrays Mitch Albom and William Wells (sitting) is Morrie Schwartz in the Actors Community Theatre production of "Tuesdays with Morrie."

Don’t miss “Tuesdays with Morrie” this week

It’s a buddy movie and bromance wrapped into the progression of a horrible disease and life’s universal truths about relationships and ultimately, death. The Actors Community Theatre production of “Tuesdays with Morrie” opens Thursday night at Jasper Middle School. Written by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, the play is based on Albom’s true story of […]

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Students outlined the school's sign at it's entrance with different colors of chalk and then signed their names Sunday. From left: Maria Rosales, 18, senior, Molly Mehringer, 17, senior, Abby Soellner, 18, senior, Hilary Bauer, 18, senior

Chalk art changes attitudes

“With the events of Friday, the school was not very positive,” Sydney Traylor, 17, a Jasper High School Senior said. “The mood was just kinda somberish.” That somber mood was a result of flyers posted around the high school promoting “Straight Pride.” Although the flyers were removed before the majority of students arrived at the […]

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A tree on the church property was topped and tossed about 150 feet into Marc Braunecker's yard across the street on Church Ave.

Everybody says it was a tornado

The damages in the northwest portion of the county have been attributed to an EF2 tornado, according to the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service assessed the damage incurred by the storms which moved through Dubois County during the late evening of February 28 and early morning hours of March 1. They have concluded […]

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Jay Hamlin photo of Huddle gathering

Group picture shows LGBT support in Jasper

A group of about 90 adults and children gathered in Jasper’s Jaycee Park to show support for area LGBT teens Monday evening. No speeches were made nor handouts doled out to those who arrived; just a simple picture with a banner stating, “We love you. We support you.” “The aim of the photo, the big dream, […]

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