Kellems receives Distinguished Hoosier Award

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State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper) recently nominated Dubois County historian Thomas Kellems for the Distinguished Hoosier Award. Lindauer, who nominated Kellems at the request of his friends and family, said the award was presented to him on March 5 for his community service and dedication to historical preservation in Dubois County. Kellems was instrumental in…

Public voices displeasure regarding Southridge Swimming Pool dilemma 

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From WJTS Parents concerned about the fate of the Southridge High School pool appeared at the recent Southwest Dubois School Corporation Board meeting. The corporation drained the pool last month in response to issues with leaks. The school board assured those attending they were searching for a solution.

Sultan’s Run hosting Senior LPGA Championship in 2023

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Former LPGA greats will compete at a new course 30 miles south of where the event originated  Jasper — The sixth playing of the Legends of the LPGA’s Senior LPGA Championship will be hosted at a different course than years past. Sultan’s Run Golf Club in Jasper will be home to the tournament that began…

150 miles closer to completing Birdseye Youth Center

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When people believe something is an important and worthy cause, they can travel to great lengths to make that cause a reality. For Jason Throop and his close friend, Jay Harder, that worthy cause is completing the Birdseye Youth Center. This is why they are in the middle of a 150-mile trek through eastern Indiana….

Hosparus Health closing Jasper office

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Hosparus Health announced the upcoming closure of the organization’s Jasper location. Citing challenges affecting the healthcare industry, including shifts in patient volume, increased costs, and staffing restraints, the organization will permanently close the Jasper office on Friday, March 31, 2023. Hosparus Health stated it is working with the remaining patients and families to provide a seamless…

Cuzco Norton Road to close near Norton Tunnel

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Beginning Monday, March 20, 2-23, Cuzco Norton Road will be closed approximately 100 feet south of the Norton Tunnel to install a concrete box culvert.  Work is expected to last for one month, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Ireland first-grader’s journey to hearing now a children’s book

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When Tate’s parents, Mark and Becky Seibert, were searching for ways to explain the “bionic” ear their kindergartner would be equipped with, the selection of children’s books helping to explain cochlear implants was pretty limited. You can read about Tate’s journey at the following link. They did find a book that told the story of…

Jasper resident acquitted in rape case

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A jury found Liam Kibby, 20, not guilty on all charges related to a case in which he was accused of rape, strangulation, criminal confinement and sexual battery. Kibby’s trial occurred last week. He was initially arrested in August of 2022 when the allegations were reported by the female accuser. After police investigators interviewed Kibby,…

Northeast Dubois Engineering/Manufacturing named to statewide group supporting school-based enterprises

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Northeast Dubois Jr/Sr High Schools Jeep Engineering and Manufacturing has been recognized as a member of Conexus Student Industries, a statewide network of 15 high schools dedicated to developing advanced manufacturing and logistics talent through School-based Enterprises (SBEs). School-based Enterprises are student-run and -operated businesses that design, manufacture and commercialize products or services in a school…

Jasper Main Street to close Thursday

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The Jasper Street Department announced the closure of Main Street from 13th Street to 14th Street on Thursday, March 16, 2023, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 pm. for waterline repair by a private contractor. This section is expected to re-open by the end of the day on Thursday, barring any unforeseen events. Motorists will need to…

Legislators discuss bills, push back on criticism of SB 12 at chamber event

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Saturday, the Jasper Chamber of Commerce hosted the second and final legislative breakfast for this legislative session. State Senator Mark Messmer and State Representatives Shane Lindauer and Stephen Bartels attended with reports on their pending and passed legislative efforts. Rep. Bartels was the first to speak and outlined several House Bills he had authored or…

Public hearing set to discuss new Jasper Wastewater Plant

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To support the recent plan to provide sanitary sewer access to Portersville and Haysville through the creation of a Dubois County Sewer District, the City of Jasper is making plans to add a second wastewater plant. The county conducted a study to determine the need to provide sewer services and determined they will work on…

State program to provide literacy coaches for Jasper Elementary and Ireland Elementary students

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Jasper Elementary School and Ireland Elementary School have been selected for the 2023 Literacy Cadre by the Indiana Department of Education.  Supported by the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis and the Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana Literacy Cadre is working to help Indiana’s students read proficiently…

SOAR hosts 11th annual Young Women LEAD conference

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Wednesday, five hundred students from 14 southern Indiana high schools filled the halls of Vincennes University Campus and the Jasper Arts Center for this year’s Young Women LEAD Conference. This year marks the eleventh year for Young Women LEAD in Jasper. Young Women LEAD is an impact organization that presents a platform to showcase and encourage…

Wednesday: Portions of nine county roads underwater

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The Dubois County Highway Department reported that nine roads remain impacted by high water around the county. Here is a current list of sections closed: Madison Township Bainbridge Township Patoka Township

Heart of Jasper announces Facade Grant Program recipients

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Jasper — The City of Jasper FAÇADE GRANT PROGRAM in coordination with Heart of Jasper has selected the recipients of the third round of grants. Seven facade projects will be awarded matching funds up to $10,000 each upon completion of the work and adherence to the Facade Grant guidelines. All work must be completed in…

(Found) Teen missing from Southern Indiana

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Update: The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office reported she was found and is safe. A statewide Silver Alert has been issued for a 14-year-old missing from Southern Indiana. According to Indiana State Police, Emily Barger was last seen on Monday at around 1 a.m. in the morning. She is missing from Georgetown, Ind. Police said Barger…

Huntingburg teen’s dream for special needs festival coming to fruition

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When Maleah Dearing received the special assignment in her seventh-grade language arts class at Southridge Middle School, she knew exactly what she would do. Tasked with creating a special event or festival with a group of students she was teamed up with, Maleah drew upon her life experience with her nephew, Isaiah. Isaiah was born…

Tuesday morning, high water impacting 10 roads

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The Dubois County Highway Department reported that 10 roads remain impacted by high water around the county. Here is a current list of sections closed: Madison Township Bainbridge Township Patoka Township

Jasper Police Department announces new detectives

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The Jasper Board of Public Works and Safety appointed Jasper Police Officers Aaron Schmitt and Josh Greener as the department’s newest detectives.  “I am excited for Officer Schmitt to start his new role as detective and know he will continue to do great work for the police department and the community,” said Chief Nathan Schmitt.   …

Monday afternoon, 16 roads remain impacted by water

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The Dubois County Highway Department reported that 16 roads remain impacted by high water around the county. Here is a current list of sections closed: Madison Township Bainbridge Township Patoka Township

National Weather Service confirms tornado hit Dubois County

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The National Weather Service has assessed the damage incurred by the storms which movedthrough Dubois County on Friday, March 3, 2023. NWS has concluded that the damage received in a 7.3-mile stretch from an area just west of Huntingburg, moving northeast to the Grassland Hills area, resulted from an EF1 tornado with peak winds of…

Extended hours this week for the Jasper Recovery Site

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Due to the large amount of tree damage from Friday’s storm, the Jasper Street Department will have extended hours this week ONLY at the Recovery Site. Beginning Tuesday, March 7 thru Friday, March 10, the site will be open until 6:00 p.m. and then on Saturday, March 11 from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. This is for R=residents residing…

Public education proponents rallied in Jasper on Saturday

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Educators, parents, and community members gathered in front of Jasper High School Saturday morning to support public education. The local non-profit group Parents Supporting Education-Jasper organized the event to rally the community around pro-public education initiatives. “Addressing the significant teacher and education support professional shortage in the Greater Jasper Consolidated School Corporation and throughout the…

Friday: 28 roads closed due to rain

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The Dubois County Highway Department reports that 28 roads are closed around the county due to the amount of rain that has fallen since yesterday. Here is a current list of sections closed: Madison Township Harbison Township Columbia Township Bainbridge Township Marion Township Patoka Township Jackson Township Ferdinand Township

INDOT: Bretzville Junction roundabout increases safety

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The Indiana Department of Transportation held a press conference Thursday afternoon in the Clover Pavilion of the Dubois County 4H Fairgrounds regarding the planned roundabout at the intersection of State Roads 64 and 162 (Bretzville Junction). Gary Brian, Public Relations Director for the Southwest District, said the number of crashes there is driving the move…

Mid-States Corridor adjusted for Loogootee options

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Residents have until the end of March to provide additional public input into the Mid-States Corridor Project due to variations added to the preferred route in the Loogootee area. The changes were made in response to community feedback following the announcement of Alternative P as the preferred alternative in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)…

Huntingburg resident included in three arrests connected to attempted murder investigation

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Perry County — Earlier Wednesday morning, multiple suspects were arrested stemming from an Indiana State Police investigation into an alleged attempt to commit murder in December of 2022. Troopers began the investigation after the victim, who will remain anonymous, was lured to an undisclosed location by Elizebeth Potts, 23, Eastview, Ky. Once the victim arrived,…

Former employee charged with embezzling $150k from Jasper healthcare organization

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A federal grand jury indicted Michele Rose, 61, of Jasper, on twelve counts of wire fraud and twelve counts of forging checks related to an alleged near-decade-long scheme to embezzle over $150,000 from a nonprofit healthcare organization headquartered in Jasper. The indictment was unsealed on February 28, 2023, following Rose’s arrest and initial appearance. According…

Severe Weather Preparedness Week and the annual Statewide Tornado Communications/Warning Exercise

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To focus attention on the approaching tornado and severe weather season, the week of March12-18, 2023 is designated Severe Weather Preparedness Week throughout the State ofIndiana. The purpose is to stress the importance of promoting the public’s awareness of whatactions to take in case of tornadoes and other types of severe weather. In conjunction with…