Top News Stories NNDC for Friday

Dubois County (NNDC):

40th Annual Strassenfest kicked off Thursday with food, fun and festivities.

The 40th annual opened Thursday evening with an opening ceremony hosted by Mike Ackerman, chairman of this years Strassenfest.  Introductions and recognition to keep people followed by some new events.

New additions were ringing of a bell and lighting of a lamp, a tradition steeped in time.  The lighting of the lamp is an age old tradition in Germany as it dates back to before electricity.  A maypole dance, also a German tradition where small children dance around a May Pole with festive ribbons.

Finally, the traditional march to the beer garden and tapping of the first keg finished the opening ceremony.

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Moped accident sends man to the hospital for non life threating injuries.

One person was sent to the hospital following a moped crash yesterday morning in Jasper.

Police responded to a moped crash just before 10:45 at the intersection of St. Charles and 36th Streets Thursday morning.

Reports indicate that Cameron Breyette of Jasper crashed his moped into the front of a car in that intersection.  He was taken to the hospital for a cuts to his knee.

The other driver wasn’t hurt, and no citations were issued.

Police advise the public of increased sobriety check points and roving patrols.

Sober Driving Campaign to Begin This Month, Increased PatrolsFrom mid-August through Labor Day, police will be out in full force arrested impaired drivers.  Police are warning drivers to stay sober or get pulled over.

Drivers can expect an increase in sobriety checkpoints, roving and saturation patrols.

Area law enforcement have participated in this nationwide blitz for more than 20 years.  If you believe someone is impaired, you’re asked to safely call 911.

Long awaited train overpass in Hunting nearing completion.

Finally there will soon be an alternative when traveling in Huntingburg.  Though the exact opening date is not know, it is expected to be sometime in November.

The Indiana Department of Transportation is covering 80 percent of the overpass project’s $5.9 million cost; of the 20 percent left, Dubois County is covering 10 percent, up to $1 million; the city is covering the other 10 percent. Construction on the overpass started in April 2017.

Board member Roger Cox asked what happens if a driver has already passed the warning light that has been installed on U.S. 231 north of 14th St. When the railroad track’s arm is down, the sign will continuously flash to let drivers know that a train is across the tracks and blocking the road.

If a person is already past the warning light, that driver will posibly get caught by the train. Originally there was a proposal to put sensors at the railroad’s intersections with County Road 400 and Washington Street, but railroad officials would not allow it.

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