Jasper Gift Basket and Popcorn Company; Over sixty fun flavors and counting

“We screw up the popcorn sometimes,” Juanita Eckert said, explaining that the new gourmet popcorn ideas they have at the Jasper Gift Basket and Popcorn Company don’t always work out on the first try. “Sometimes we’ll try it and just think ‘nope that’s disgusting’, but sometimes the guys will eat it.” She explains. She and…

Two local companies first to apply for tax abatement under new Jasper ordinance

Two Jasper companies stood before the Jasper Economic Development Board yesterday to apply for tax abatements for expansions in Jasper. Indiana Furniture requested abatements for an expansion project at their plywood manufacturing facility and the construction of a new administrative office building. Stens applied for abatements for renovations on an existing building they are considering…

Charlene and Becky serve up good brew at Cool Beans in Huntingburg.

“We were insane” best describes why Becky Menke and Charlene Hicks bought Cool Beans in Huntingburg last year. The endeavor does seem to be a stretch for Becky the former speech pathologist and Charlene who juggles the coffee shop with helping her husband in their other business. At the moment Becky looks insane as the…

Three vehicle traffic accident on 231 and 30th Street in Jasper

On Monday at 4:55 p.m. three vehicles were involved in an accident at the intersection of U.S. 231 and 30th Street in Jasper. Gregory Hopkins (Toyota Avalon), Todd Hentrup (Buick Century), and Deborah Saling (Jeep Grand Cherokee) were traveling north on 231. Hentrup and Saling stopped for a red light at the intersection with 30th…

Dubois County Highway Superintendent receives Statewide Award

The Association of Indiana Counties (AIC) is pleased to announce that Dubois County Highway Superintendent Steve Berg is the 2011 Outstanding County Highway Superintendent. The award is in recognition of his contributions made to county government throughout his years of public service. Steve Berg’s dedication to serving taxpayers is the motivation behind his ingenuity as…

Ferdinand Christkindlmarkt Named Top 100 in North America

Ferdinand, IN – The American Bus Association (ABA) has named the Ferdinand Christkindlmarkt one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2012. The Dubois County Visitors Center nominated Christkindlmarkt for the honor. As a representative of the motorcoach, tour and travel industry, the American Bus Association annually publishes “The Top 100 Events in…

Kimball Electronics Honored with Leadership Award for Sustainability

JASPER, Ind., Sep 29, 2011 — Proving that concern for the environment and customers go hand-in-hand, Kimball Electronics Group, a globally-ranked contract electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company, has been honored by customer Johnson Controls, Inc. with that company’s Leadership Award for Sustainability. The recognition was announced during Johnson Control’s 16th annual North American Supplier Performance…

Cash rents to increase in 2012 with production costs

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The amount farmers pay to rent farmland will be on the rise again in 2012 as Indiana corn and soybean prices generate higher farm incomes. According to Purdue Extension agricultural economist Craig Dobbins, the 13 percent increase in cash rents in 2011 is the third-largest in the 37-year history of the…

The Hometown Competitiveness Initiative kickoff – a few videos

The Hometown Competitiveness Initiative kickoff was held Monday evening at the Cabby O’Neil Gymnasium. Frank gets the crowd excited with Sauerkraut. Mona Hoffman talks about the importance of the HCI program and how to make is a success for Jasper. Jasper Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Nancy Eckerle Sue Ellspermann is the HTC Site Coordinator…