Betty J. Drexler, 86, Jasper

Betty J. Drexler, 86, of Jasper, died Saturday, January 25, at Northwood Good Samaritan Retirement Center in Jasper. She was born in Huntingburg  February 15, 1933, to Ben and Stella (Zink) Heidorn. She married Donald Drexler November 14, 1953. He died August 20, 1991.

Betty retired as the art teacher at Southbridge High School after over 20 years of teaching. She received her master’s degree from Indiana University and her bachelor degree from Oakland City University. She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Holland, where she sang in the choir, and the Dubois County Art Guild. She enjoyed music and sang in local nursing homes with her family group, Generations. She loved her family, her animals, her flower garden, and scrabble.

She is survived by two daughters, Darcy Wadsworth and Stephanie Stark, both of Huntingburg; one son, John Drexler, Jasper; three grandchildren, Jason Wadsworth and wife Andrea, Chad Wadsworth, and Jennifer Stark and fiancé Andy Ripplinger; two sisters, Ruth Neuman, Huntingburg, and Karen Tierney; one brother, Steven Heidorn and wife Judy, Jasper; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by three sisters, Evelyn Kehrer and Dorothy and Marcella Miller; and two brothers, Robert and Gerald Heidorn.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul’s Church. Online condolences can be shared at Funeral services at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Pastor Debbie Roe will officiate. Burial will follow in Fairmount Cemetery in Huntingburg.

Saving taxpayers money By State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper):

Jasper (NNDC):

Indiana State Auditor Suzanne Crouch (R-Evansville) is shown talking with District 63 State Representative Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) during the recent session of
the Indiana State Legislature.
Photo: Evansville Courier & Press

This week, the Indiana Senate passed House Bill 1007, which will use cash to pay for six university capital improvement projects, saving taxpayers $135 million in future interest costs. This bill now goes to the governor for his signature.

My Democrat colleagues tried to make hay out of this bill through their failed amendments addressing teacher pay. Indiana teachers should be very wary of what they tried to do. It’s not responsible to raid retired teachers’ pensions in order to try to free up money for current teachers’ salaries; it’s not responsible to push out a payoff of that teacher pension fund until the 2040s that would ultimately cost taxpayers an additional $2.1 billion; and it’s not responsible to use one-time surplus money in a way that would end up raising the costs of all future budgets.

Passing HB 1007, as it is written, was the right thing to do for Hoosier taxpayers – it pays off debt, it doesn’t push a due date out; it pays in full now, it doesn’t incur $135 million in interest costs; and it frees up real money that can be dedicated to ongoing needs.

Teacher pay is important and that’s why we increased K-12 funding by $763 million in our last budget. With that said, we haven’t even seen the full impact of  teacher raises that came from that budget increase. State budgeting requires discipline, but with 50% of our current General Fund – 50 cents out of every dollar – going to K-12 education, we have demonstrated where our priorities lie, and we will continue to prioritize funding for our K-12 schools in the future so local school boards can continue to increase teachers’ pay.

Good government means making disciplined choices and that’s what the Indiana Republicans have demonstrated through our support of HB 1007 this session.

As always, feel free to contact my office directly with your questions and concerns by email at or by phone at 800-382-9467.

Local Man arrested on Multiple Charges

 Jasper (NNDC):

47 year old Virgil Lee Gordon Gilpatrick of Jasper was arrested on multiple felony charges around 5:00 PM Friday.



Miscellaneous Information: Jasper Police Officers were dispatched to the corner of 6th St. and St. John St. in reference to receiving two complaints of an altercation between two male subjects. Upon officers’ arrival, a male subject exited the residence with a bicycle and began fleeing the scene. Officers pursued on foot and the male
subject was apprehended a short distance away. The male subject was identified as the above Mr. Gilpatrick. After investigation it was determined that the altercation was verbal only. Mr. Gilpatrick was placed under arrest for  resisting law enforcement and during a search of his person, officers located 6 grams of methamphetamine and a gram of marijuana. Mr. Gilpatrick was ultimately lodged in the Dubois County Security Center.

Dubois County Sheriff’s Office assisted on scene.

Local Media Present Highlights for 2019

Dubois County (NNDC):

Earlier this week the Jasper Chamber of Commerce and the local Rotary Club hosted a luncheon at VUJC for the local media outlets. The purpose was to highlight the top 12 stories for 2019.

The stories are submitted to a review board who vote on the winners.

Due to length I’ve presented only the top 4 stories for both news and sports. Most videos below are 1-2 minutes.

Media Members gather to here to review and celebrate keeping Dubois County and surrounding informed with the most relevant and update news as possible.  The 12 most voted upon are listed from first to last.

Top 12 News Stories 2019:

  1. Murder in St. Anthony/ Trial & Sentencing  – WBDC
  2. Girl Scout Death – WITZ
  3. Memorial Hospital & Anthem Blue Cross Negotiations – News Now
  4. Birdseye murder suspect sentenced – The Herald
  5. Ferdinand & Huntingburg Chambers merge – News Now
  6. Groundbreaking and construction for Cultural Center & Library – WITZ
  7. Flooding in region – WBDC
  8. Ferdinand Veterans’ Memorial opens – News Now
  9. Northeast Dubois School Corp closings/renovations – The Herald
  10. Dean Vonderheide takes over as Mayor of Jasper – WITZ
  11. Coal to diesel plant given permits from IDEM – The Herald
  12. Huntingburg Stellar Community projects – WBDC

Top 12 Sports Stories 2019:

  1. Southridge High has another successful baseball season – WBDC
  2. Jasper High switches sports conferences – WITZ
  3. Heritage Hills High football success – News Now
  4. Heritage Hills softball success – News Now
  5. Southridge High wins Goal Post trophy – WBDC
  6. Local athletes pass away – Forest Park wrestler & former DC Bomber – The Herald
  7. Jasper High names new football coach – WITZ
  8. Scott Rolen named to St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame – WITZ
  9. Dubois Co. Bombers successful season – News Now
  10. Local basketball players set scoring records and coach sets milestones – The Herald
  11. Jasper High boys basketball wins sectional – WBDC
  12. Jasper High cross country team goes to state finals – The Herald


Opening Remarks:


Top 4 news stories of 2019:


Top 4 Sports Stories of 2019:

Area High School Basketball Scores


Jasper Wildcats over Forest Park  62  –  53

Southridge Raiders were defeated by Heritage Hills 83 – 38

Northeast Dubois Jeeps defeated the Vincennes Rivet Patriots  57 – 39



Street Work Closes part of a Main Intersections

Jasper (NNDC):

Beginning Monday, several streets in Jasper will be closed through Friday, or as soon as work is completed. Areas include the west side of the Third and Newton street intersection; the south side of the Fourth and Clay street intersection; and the north side of the Second and Clay street intersection.

The street closures are required for the Wastewater Department to perform standard sanitary sewer repairs.

Local Attorney Receives Prestigious Sagamor of the Wabash Award

Jasper (NNDC):

(Story from local sources and pictures by Chad Blessinger)

In his usual reserved way, Art Nordhoff Jr. graciously accepted the Sagamore of the Wabash award at the Dubois County Museum’s annual membership dinner. The award is given by the governor and is one of Indiana’s highest distinctions.

For decades, he has provided legal expertise to school and government boards with helping people always at the foremost of his mind.

Nordhoff is an avid historian and known for his love and commitment to preserving Dubois County history. He was a strategic member of the group that started the successful, local museum, something he holds near and dear to his heart. Though he received the actual award, in his humble way, praised all the people who have helped him in his projects

The Sagamore of the Wabash is awarded to distinguished citizens for exemplary public service to their community and to the state of Indiana. The award was created by former Indiana Gov. Ralph Gates nearly 75 years ago, and each governor since has presented the award to worthy recipients.

Dubois County Commissioner Elmer Brames explained during the surprise presentation that the term “Sagamore” is borrowed from the Algonquin-speaking Native American tribes of the northeastern United States. It was used to describe “a lesser chief or great man in the tribe to whom the chief could look for wisdom, advice and guidance.”

Brames remarked that he nominated Nordhoff for the honor because he has been serving the public and public officials for years. Rep. Shane Lindauer, R-Jasper, ultimately presented the nomination to Gov. Eric Holcomb for consideration, and Lindauer passed the award off to Nordhoff on Thursday.

Nordhoff earned his degree in accounting from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from Indiana University-Bloomington. He and Patty married after he earned his accounting degree.

He worked as a tax attorney at Arthur Andersen in Indianapolis for two and a half years before coming back to Jasper in 1967 to practice law with his father and uncle, who ran Nordhoff Law Office. He still works at the office today.

Hoosier Highlights for Jan 26th to Feb 1st

Hoosuer Highlights (NNDC):

January 26 – February 1

The Week in Indiana History


1859     Otto Stark was born in Indianapolis.  Exhibiting an early talent in art, he went on to study in New York and Paris.  He experimented with impressionism, a new style at the time.  Returning to Indianapolis in the 1890s, he became a member of the famed “Hoosier Group” of artists.

1877     Fire destroyed the Academy of Music in Indianapolis at the southeast corner of Illinois and Ohio Streets.  Governor James D. Williams had taken the oath of office there just three weeks earlier.

Riley1921     Indiana Governor Warren McCray met with members of the James Whitcomb Riley Memorial Association at the Statehouse.  They shared with him a proposal to build a children’s hospital in tribute to the Hoosier Poet, who had died five years earlier.  The Governor agreed that there was a need for a medical facility for children and pledged the state’s cooperation.

Gone with the Wind1940     Thousands lined up at Loew’s Theater in Indianapolis for the Indiana premier of Gone With the Wind.  Governor M. Clifford Townsend and Mayor Reginald Sullivan were among those in the opening night audience for the highly-anticipated movie.  The theater had installed new projector lenses to enhance the richness of the Technicolor process used in the film.

Gus Grissom1967    A flash fire aboard the Apollo I test capsule took the lives of Hoosier astronaut Gus Grissom and fellow astronauts Edward White and Roger Chaffee.  Grissom (pictured) had grown up in Mitchell, Indiana, and served in the Air Force during the Korean War.  He earned a degree in mechanical engineering at Purdue University.

plow1978     Indiana Governor Otis Bowen declared a snow emergency for the entire state after the worst blizzard on record.  State Police said all roads should be considered closed.  A record 30.6 inches of snow fell in Indianapolis during the month.

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1.  The Gus Grissom Memorial is located in which Indiana State Park?

2.  The “Hoosier Group” of artists includes Otto Stark, Richard Gruelle, William Forsyth, J. Ottis Adams, and what other well known Indiana artist?

3.  After serving as Governor, Dr. Otis Bowen went on to serve on the Cabinet of which United States President?

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“There have been times when all of us wished we had gone into some other line of work. . . but when the first man touches down on the moon a few years from now, we’ll know that the whole thing has been more than worth it.”

– – – Gus Grissom


How is Census information used?

Here are some of the ways:             Distribution of more than $675 billion annually in federal funds back to state and local governments. . . Redistricting of state legislative districts. . . Forecasting future transportation needs. . . determining areas eligible for housing assistance. . . assisting federal, state, and local governments in planning and implementing programs and services

ANSWERS:  1.  Spring Mill State Park  2.  T. C. Steele  3.  President Ronald Reagan

Roy A. Yocum, 68, Schnellville

Roy A. Yocum, 68, of Schnellville, died Thursday, January 23, at his home. He was born in Lincoln County, Kentucky to Archie and Ella B. (Snow) Yocum. He was raised in Dubois County by the Tom and Betty Lechner and the Cleo and Jeanette Dishon families. He married Linda Wehr November 26, 1977, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in St. Anthony.

Roy was loader operator at several coal mines, most recently United Minerals. He owned and operated Yocum Trucking and Yocum Excavating before retiring to hobby jobs. He was a member of the Schnellville Community Club and Schnellville Conservation Club and enjoyed rabbit hunting, gardening, UTV riding, and spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Yocum; one daughter, Kelly Bieker and husband Chris, Celestine; one son, Nathan Yocum, Ferdinand;  two grandchildren, Cam and Amelia Bieker; his parental guardians, Tom and Betty Lechner, Jasper, and Cleo Dishon, Princeton; 10 brothers, Richard Yocum, Tom Lechner Jr. and wife Chris, John Lechner and wife Ribbi, Perry Dishon and wife Connie, Kendall Dishon and wife Lori, Kerri Dishon, Gilbert Rowland and wife Karen, Franklin Rowland, Samuel Rowland, and John Rowland and wife Debbie; and eight sisters; Eileen Benedict and husband David, Bonnie Schwenk and husband Donnie, Roxanne Cockerill and husband Jim, Kim Basham and husband Don, Dina Lechner, Karen Dishon, Kathleen David and husband Doyle, and Colleen Abell and husband Dennis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one guardian mother, Jeanette Dishon, and one sister, Arleen Bess.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. In lieu of flowers and gifts the family requests you honor Roy’s memory by supporting those less fortunate through charitable acts or donations of your choice. Online condolences can be shared at Funeral services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Manfred R. Groemminger, 81, St. Anthony

Manfred R. Groemminger, 81, of St. Anthony, died Wednesday, January 22, at Brookside Village in Jasper. He was born February 14, 1938, to Hugo and Luise (Muhlherr) Groemminger. He married Rose M. Stemle February 11, 1964, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville. She died February 9, 2015.

Manfred retired as a mechanic from Jasper Engines after 33 years of service. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, the St. Anthony Community Center, and the St. Anthony Conservation Club. He enjoyed German music, working on cars, fishing, and spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by one daughter, Becky Ann Schepers and husband Victor, Holland; one son, Brian Keith Groemminger and wife Jenny, Batesville; two grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Braydon Groemminger; one sister, Irma Mayer, Germany; one brother, Werner Groemminger and wife Rosemarie, Germany; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one brother-in-law, Johann Mayer, and one niece, niece, Edith Engst.

Friends may call from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Monday at St. Anthony Church. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Anthony Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at Funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery.