Patoka Lake Regional Water receives $3M to fund expansion

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $3 million grant to the Patoka Lake Regional Water and Sewer District for the construction of a one-million-gallon elevated water tank to support business growth. This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan and EDA’s $300 million Coal…

Lange Estate makes $400,000 gift to Community Foundation

Dubois County Community Foundation recently received a generous donation from the estate of Clement M. “Clem” Lange, the founder of Best Chairs, Inc., d/b/a Best Home Furnishings. The $400,000 gift is the largest single contribution to the Community Foundation this year. The gift is designated for the Clem and Mary Lange Best Chairs Endowment for…

German American Bank settles $3M class-action lawsuit

Jasper-based German American Bancorp (Nasdaq: GABC) has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleged the bank overcharged customers for overdraft fees. The bank has agreed to pay more than $3 million to the plaintiffs, though it denies any wrongdoing. The case was filed by a Marion County resident in 2020. She claimed she was…

Veterans need volunteer drivers

The Veterans Administration Van sponsored by the local DAV Chapter#77 is in need of volunteer drivers.  No CDL license is needed but volunteer drivers do need to pass a physical and a background check.  Transportation for testing is provided and done at the Robley Rex VA Hospital in Louisville.  If you are interested in becoming…

As Southern Indiana explores new way of financing major highway, residents are wary

The Mid-States Corridor is a proposed 50-mile highway roughly following U.S. 231 with cost estimates near $1 billion, built for the express purpose of boosting economic activity in Southern Indiana. Residents are concerned about the lack of representation on the board overseeing a new funding mechanism.

Heart of Jasper recognized as newest member of national Main Street program

Jasper — Heart of Jasper has been designated as an Affiliate Main Street America program for meeting rigorous performance standards.  “Main Street America provides many resources and tools that help local main street programs, like us, be successful,” Kate Schwenk, director of Heart of Jasper, said. “We are grateful for the partnership and are honored…

Jasper downtown revitalization project update

A meeting was held today with contractors for the Courthouse Square Infrastructure and Revitalization Project. Representatives of Ragle Construction, VS Engineering and the City of Jasper attended. The water line installation is proceeding as planned and should be completed by July 4, weather and supply availability permitting. Then on July 5, the crew will set…

Electrical utilities concerned about supply and demand issues

The utilities supplying electricity to Dubois County residents are working out plans to respond to any calls from the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) to lower electricity usage to prevent system shutdowns. The organization warned of potential capacity shortfalls and other reliability concerns in the north and central regions of its coverage area earlier this…