Tate’s super ear

Mark Seibert almost always wears a hat. It slides over the bionic ear on the back of his head. But in church, his cochlear implant is a magnet for stares. No hat to cover the silver dollar size disc attached to the back right side of his head, he feels the eyes — at least…

Girl power

Addy’s world was silent as she reached down and prepared to lift the bar. “I knew there were people cheering me on,” she remembers. “But I didn’t know, because when you get up on the platform, you can’t really hear it. You just kind of blank out. Everything goes away.” Her coach, Whitney, didn’t want…

Now it is my turn

Standing in the Indiana State House a few weeks ago, Dani Calderon was overwhelmed for a moment. She had accompanied a group from Dubois County invited by State Senator Mark Messmer to attend a committee hearing on Senate Bill 138. The bill would have given undocumented students access to in-state tuition and funding. However, it…

Shining thru the rain

The annual Night to Shine event hosted by Redemption Christian Church in Jasper was relegated to a drive-through event again in 2022. That didn’t stop the kings and queens from showing up to receive their special crowns and gifts to an entourage of fans and paparazzi for the Shine Thru Parade. Despite the rain and…

A measure of a life

They stood up one after the other. His grandson went first. Junior regaled the funeral service with a winding story about a fancy car and looking at big houses with his grandfather. It ended with the pair of best friends sharing a metaphorical elbow jab and wink as they told Doc’s wife, Cathy, of their…

Ruger is here to build

Ruger Kerstiens always planned on returning to Jasper. On the surface, the reasons Ruger wants to live here are easy. Cost of living, excellent schools, community pride, plenty of activities, growing opportunities, his family and its business. But it’s also driving by his grandfather Jerome’s farm with the fall sunrise covering the hills in that…

It’s been years since it’s been clear

Dr. Nick Werne is tired. Covid-19 driven by the Delta variant and the unvaccinated has overwhelmed the staff of the hospitalist team at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. Werne’s normal schedule, what he calls civilized, is seven 12-hour days on, followed by seven days off. These past few weeks, he and the other doctors…

Sharkbait returns to the water to raise funds for homeless vets

Team Sharkbait will hit the Hudson River waters again this Saturday. For the third year, Ryan Menke, Senior Vice President of Sales at OFS, will endure a grueling run and swim broken up by 100s of pushups and several series of 22 pullups as part of a fundraiser for homeless veterans through the GI GO Fund….