Nicole Lynn Robling, 35, Huntingburg

Nicole Lynn Robling, 35, of Huntingburg, died Wednesday, April 24, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, June 12, 1983, to Randy L. Robling and Vickie D. Wirthwein.

Nicole attended Huntingburg United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her mother, Vickie D. Wirthwein and husband Randy, Huntingburg; her father, Randy L. Robling, Otwell; two brothers, Kenneth Ausland and wife Allison, Michigan, and Tyler Wirthwein, Evansville; four sisters, Deven M. Wininger and husband Kerry, French Lick, LaRae Downey and husband Kevin, Loogootee, Randal Robling and husband David, Jasper, and Casie Smith and husband Ross, Evansville; her grandmother, Ruth Varney, Michigan; her grandfather, John Wirthwein, Huntingburg; and aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences can be shared at Funeral services at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery.

Marilyn R. Miller, 65, Jasper

Marilyn R. Miller, 65, of Jasper, died Wednesday, April 24, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Glasgow, Kentucky, September 5, 1953, to Victor L. and Melba J. (Hurt) Richey. She married Charles “Steve” Miller August 5, 1978, at Owensboro Church of Christ.

Marilyn was a member of the Huntingburg Church of Christ. She enjoyed reading books, working puzzles, and cross stitching.

She is survived by her husband, Charles “Steve” Miller; one son, David A. Miller, Jasper; her mother, Melba Richey, Owensboro; two sisters, Patricia Richey and Paula Sapp, both of Owensboro; and one brother, Victor L. (Suzanne Besnia) Richey, Jr., St. Louis.

She was preceded in death by her father, Victor L. Richey.

Friends may call from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from noon-2 p.m. Saturday at Huntingburg Church of Christ. Online condolences can be shared at Funeral services at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the church with burial following in Fairmount Cemetery.

Jasper Reds Reunion this Weekend

Jasper (NNDC):  

The Jasper Reds will be hosting their 27th annual reunion this weekend at the Jasper Jaycee Clubhouse adjacent to the Municipal Swimming Pool.   The doors will open at 10:30am Eastern time and the public is invited.

Plenty of  Reds memorabilia will be on hand which includes old team photos, uniforms and films of Reds games dating back to the 1940’s and 50’s.   There will also be color films from the 1950’s of the Cardinals, Yankees, Dodgers and Braves as well as spring training in Florida that features Ted Williams taking batting practice.

Plenty of hot dogs, pizza and refreshments will be available throughout the day and a reminder that the public is invited.

Be sure to join NNDC all summer long for complete coverage of Jasper Reds baseball as they enter their 126th season.


Wildcats Blank Red Devils on the Baseball Diamond

Jeffersonville (NNDC):

The Jasper Wildcats were able to get their baseball game in on Wednesday night before the rains hit at Jeffersonville.

Carter Stamm stymied the Red Devils allowing only 2 hits on the game as the Wildcats picked up a 4-1 win over Jeffersonville.    The lone run for the Red Devils came in the top of the first on a solo shot.   Stamm improved to 3-0 on the season following his complete game effort, while striking out 12 Red Devil batters.   With the win, Jasper is now 11-1 on the season and return to action on Thursday night with county rival Northeast Dubois.



Jasper 4 – Jeffersonville 1 (WP: Carter Stamm)



Dubois County Sports Scores

Dubois County (NNDC):   The area high school sports teams will see a washout on Wednesday night but Tuesday saw a full slate of action.   In high school baseball, Southridge traveled to Washington to face the Hatchets while Northeast Dubois visited South Knox.   On the softball diamond, Jasper and Forest Park was at home while Southridge and Northeast Dubois was on the road looking to add to their win totals.  In local track, Northeast Dubois and Forest Park hosted invitationals on both the boys and girls side.   A rundown of the area scores and results are listed below.


Southridge 12 – Washington 6 (WP: Cort Gerber / Southridge had 17 hits)

South Knox 5 – Northeast Dubois 0 (LP: Reece Bauer)



South Spencer 7 – Jasper 4 (LP: Mia Werner / Rachel Gress & Mia Werner had 2 hits apiece)

Forest Park 7 – Wood Memorial (WP: Allyson Werner / Ali Welp went 3 for 3 and had 1 RBI)

Southridge 14 – Evansville Bosse 0 (WP: Lydia Genet / Peyton Nalley 4 hits and 2 RBI’s)

Loogootee 3 – Northeast Dubois 2 (LP: Camryn Stemle)



Jasper 5 – Boonville 0 (Winners for Jasper: Josie Yarbrough (#1 singles), Priyal Sharma (#2 singles), Emma Reutepohler (#3 singles), Hadley Meyer/Mackenzie Cooley (#1 doubles), Taylor Marshall/Delaney Wigand (#2 doubles)

North Posey 4 – Southridge 1 (Winner for Southridge: Audra Hochgesang/Jordan Biehl (#1 doubles)

Northeast Dubois 5 – Tell City (Winners for Northeast Dubois: Chloe Terwiske (#1 singles), Olivia Rasche (#2 singles), Courtney Vittitow (#3 singles), Paige Knies/Alexis Stafford (#1 doubles), Olivia Schroering/Delaney Rasche (#2 doubles)

Forest Park 4 – Tecumseh 1 (Winners for Forest Park: Brooke Haug (#1 singles), Leah Wilmes (#3 singles), Molly Lusk/Kaylee Uebelhor (#1 doubles), Payton Dilger/Emma Grundhoefer (#2 doubles)



Forest Park 202 – Boonville 207

Gibson Southern 179 – Southridge 182



(Boys) Northeast Dubois Invitational:  Southridge 176, Perry Central 107.5, Forest Park 92, Northeast Dubois 78.5, Paoli 61, Shoals 8





Elizabeth “Betty” Merkley, 83, Jasper

Elizabeth “Betty” Merkley, 83, of Jasper, died Tuesday, April 19, at her home. She was born in Ireland May 28, 1935, to Joseph and Gertrude (Beyke) Sermersheim. She married Herman J. Merkley April 19, 1958, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland. He died May 24, 2001.

Betty retired from Old National Bank where she worked in property management for a number of years. She was a seamstress and made quilts, alterations, and baptismal and prom dresses. She was a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Campus where she taught religion education, the St. Anne’s Society, Shaw ministry, and the Celestine Community Club. She enjoyed spending time with all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by five daughters, Jane Burger and husband John, Celestine, Mary Mattingly and husband William, Evansville, Becky Ferguson and husband Randy and Aggie Blessinger and husband Charles, Jr., all of Huntingburg, and Alice Pund and husband Beau, Dale; three sons, Ed Merkley and wife Mary and Paul Merkley, all of Jasper, and Tom Merkley and wife Sherry, Huntingburg; 18 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sr. Mary Agnes, OSB, Ferdinand, and Florence Ebenkamp and husband Larry, Lansing, Michigan; and two brothers, Richard Sermersheim and wife Carol, Celestine, and Marty Sermersheim and wife Irma, Jasper.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one sister, Veronica Dilger, and one brother, Jim Sermersheim.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The St. Anne’s Society will lead a rosary at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore Parish. Online condolences can be shared at A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Indiana Approves New Budget = More for Education but None for Teachers

Indiana (NNDC):

Indiana lawmakers neared a two-year spending plan Tuesday that would add hundreds of millions of dollars to education spending, though none for teacher salaries, dial back planned increases for the state’s troubled child services agency and opened the door for an agreement with a Native American casino.

Education was the top priority of the budget, with $14.8 billion in funding that amounts to a 2.5% increase each of the next two years. Flanked by the heads of various state education groups — but none representing teachers — House Speaker Brian Bosma called the spending plan “historic.”

The final budget deal, which lawmakers expect to vote on Wednesday, adds $539 million to tuition support over the two years. With another $150 million to pay down pension liability — saving school districts as much as $70 million annually — and additional spending on Teacher Appreciation Grants, charters, vouchers and school safety, the final budget deal adds more than $760 million to education spending

Clara Mae Blesch, 81, Holland

Clara Mae Blesch, 81, of Holland, died Tuesday, April 23, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Perry County February 6, 1938, to Ed and Evelyn (Long) Evrard. She married Don F. Blesch July 18, 1954, in Holland. He died March 27, 2018.

Clara Mae was a member of the Holland United Methodist Church. She worked as an aide at the Holland Medical Clinic  and was co-owner of Blesch Sales and Service and the Dutch Mart in Holland.

She is survived by one daughter, Cathy Meyer and husband Tom, Huntingburg; two sons, Scot Blesch and wife Karen, Huntingburg, and Lee (Becky) Blesch and wife Becky, Holland; one sister, Ina Thompson and husband Wayne, Chandler; one brother, Jim Evrard and wife Jan, Washington;  five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one brother, Estil Evrard, and two sisters, Ruth Ann Manion and Mary Ella Ermert.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 9-10 a.m. Friday at Holland United Methodist Church. Online condolences can be shared at Funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. Pastor Keith Chanley will officiate at the service.

Prof. Donald Ray Stilwell, 84, Punta Gorda, Florida

Prof. Donald Ray Stilwell, 84, of Punta Gorda, Florida, died Wednesday, April 17. He was born in Florence, Alabama, May 5, 1934, to Arthur T. Stilwell and Dortha O. Quinn. He married Rosalee Ulrich February 25, 1955.

Donald earned his degree in Industrial Arts in 1955 from Indiana University. He entered the U.S. Army July 9, 1957 where he served the U.S. Army Intelligence. Following his service in the Army he returned home to Elkhart and Princeton before moving to Punta Gorda where he taught at Edison College. He continued his work in education and electronics for over 40 years. He was a 32nd degree Freemason and a member of the Araba Shriners. His hobbies included flying his Piper Cub, reading, western movies, and reminiscing under the stars.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Rosalee Stilwell; his children, Donnie, Forrest, and Cynthia; two grandchildren, Stephanie and Adam; and one great-grandson, Zachary “Hot Rod” Coons.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences can be shared at Funeral services at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with burial following in Montgomery Cemetery in Oakland City. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Oakland City American Legion Honor Guard.

Southridge Sports Physicals for 2019-20 School Year

Huntingburg (NNDC):  

Southridge High School has announced their sports physicals for the 2019-20 school year. 

They will take place at the high school on Wednesday, May 8th.   Incoming juniors and seniors will start at 6pm while the freshman and sophomore physicals will start at 6:30pm.   Southridge Middle School athletes should report at 7pm.   The cost is $20 and checks can be made to Southridge High School.