Shoppers and Local Merchants Talk About 2018 Holiday Season (Click videos, enlarge screen and adjust sound for best effect)

Jasper (NNDC):

News Now thought it might be a good idea to bring to you a first hand account of how local merchants are viewing the 2018 Holiday Season as well as some views from “last minute shoppers”.

Look for updates daily from all around the area.  Click videos below for details:

Today’s features “Pretties and Parties”:


Kevin Olinger with the gifts every woman likes, “Jewelry”:


Marty Vaught with planning your party or gathering:

Mayor Seitz Makes 2019 Board and Commission Appointments

Jasper (NNDC):

Outgoing Mayor Terry Seitz is finishing out 2018 with the appointment of officers to various boards and commissions.  He Thanked prior officials who have served and those who continue to do so:

All terms are for four years unless otherwise indicated.  Also, political affiliation is indicated where required by state statute.

Dubois County Museum Board (3-year term)

  • Kathy Bachman (reappointment)

Dubois County Tourism Commission (2-year term)

  • Mary Klem (reappointment)

Hospital Authority of the City of Jasper

  • Dave Elliott (reappointment)

Park & Rec

  • Kent Otto (D) (reappointment)


  • Pat Thyen (reappointment)

Alcoholic Beverage Commission (1-year term)

  • Barb Leinenbach (reappointment)

Utility Sub-committees (1-year term)

  • Dave Hurst – Gas (reappointment)
  • Earl Schmitt – Electric (reappointment)
  • John Schroeder – Wastewater (reappointment)
  • Kevin Manley – Water (reappointment)

Partnership (3-year term)

  • Irene Kapp (reappointment)
  • Max Verkamp (reappointment)
  • Sean Jochum (reappointment)

Redevelopment Commission (1-year term)

  • Rick Stradtner (reappointment)
  • Andy Seger (reappointment)
  • John Kahle (reappointment)

Utility Service Board

  • Phil Schmidt (D) (new appointment)
  • Roger Seng (R) (reappointment)

IN 15 Regional Planning Commission (1-year term)

  • Paul Lorey (reappointment)

Economic Development Commission

  • Michael Pfau (new appointment – effective February 1, 2019)

High Water Incident Leads to Help from the Dubois Fire Dept. (Updated)

Jasper (NNDC):

57 year old Scott Decorrevont, of Dubois was driving Co Rd 300 N East of Kellerville Rd when he entered some shallow flood water on the roadway.   Decorrevont met an Eastbound vehicle that splashed water up hindering his vision.   He then went slightly off the roadway and his vehicle stalled out.   The Dubois Fire Department responded and assisted in helping the driver to safety.

The water was from Patoka River flooding that had gotten onto the
roadway overnight.     There WERE signs marking the hazard.   The
flooding had yet to be reported to officials.

With the heavy rains of late, drivers are urged to use caution when going through flood prone areas.

Craig Himsel, 86, Otwell

Craig Himsel, 86, of Otwell, died Monday, December 17, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. He was born in Evansville April 16, 1932, to Rader and Lela (Craig) Himsel.  He married Rosemary Walters March 22, 1951. She died March 11, 2009.

Craig was a farmer in the Otwell community and also worked for Englert Furniture Store in Jasper. He was a member of Otwell United Methodist Church where he served on numerous church committees.

He is survived by one daughter, Brenda Fuhrman and husband Davide, Otwell; three grandchildren, Timothy Fuhrman and wife Rachel, Beth Christenson and husband Chad, and Brian Fuhrman and wife Mattie; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Sue Ellen Wening and husband Carl, Jasper.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one daughter, Barbara Ann Himsel.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Otwell United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions can be made to Otwell UMC. Online condolences can be shared at Funeral services at 1 p.m. Friday at the church with burial following in Burr Oak Cemetery. Rev. Jeff Pinney will officiate.

Greater Jasper School Board Holds Monthly Meeting (Click video, enlarge screen and adjust sound for best effect)

Jasper (NNDC):

The Consolidated Jasper School Board held their monthly meeting Monday discussing a variety of topics closing out 2018 and planning for the second half of the school year.

Ray Mehling, Principal of Ireland Elementary School, showed the board a short video presentation of highlights of school activities for the first half of the school year.  Much focus was on mentoring (even if the student doesn’t know he or she is being mentored) as well at attention to “reaching the whole child” approach, not solely acadimecs.


The new elementary school is on on track for completion in about 16 months and traffic pattern flows were again discussed with changes to the Middle School to take effect even before the opening of the new school.

About 21% of the project is complete, though much of this is site work. Steel is begining to go up as seen in the picture below.








Notes, Jokes, & Quotes

Notes and Facts:

  •  The Matrix Movie movie took 5 years to write.
  • Enric Marco, a Catalan mechanic, was a prominent public face of Spanish survivors of the Holocaust for decades, until his story was revealed to be a lie.
  • Star Wars Composer John Williams has the record for most Oscar nominations from a living person, averaging one nomination a year since his first in 1967.
  • The “Share a Coke” campaign –where Coca-Cola replaced its name on bottles with people’s first names– increased Coca-Cola’s U.S. sales by more than 2%, reversing more than 10 years of decline in Coke consumption in the U.S.
  • Montana became, in 2018, the first state to make net neutrality mandatory.
  • 1 in 6 U.S. millennials now have savings of $100,000 or more, according to a new Bank of America survey.
  • It would cost you only about US$140 a year if you ate ramen for every meal.
  • U2 singer Bono‘s stage name comes from the Latin term “Bono Vox” which means “Good Voice.”
  • The peach was once called a Persian apple.
  • The red blood cell is the only body cell with no nucleus.
  • Lake Erie contains an artificial reef made from the pieces of the Cleveland Municipal Stadium that was demolished in 1996/



  • A key ring is a handy little gadget that allows you to lose all your keys at once.
  • The person who spends all of today bragging about what he is going to accomplish tomorrow probably did the very same thing yesterday.
  •  You know that little indestructible black box that is used on planes, why can’t they make the whole plane out of the same substance?
  • Why did the banana go to the doctor? Because he wasn’t peeling well.
  • Why do gorillas have big nostrils? Because they have big fingers.
  • Flying is the second greatest experience known to man. Landing is the first.
  • I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock ever other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three.
  • For Sale: Parachute. Used once, Never opened, Slightly stained.
  • I fell sorry for people who don’t drink. When they get up in the morning that’s as good as they’re gonna feel all day.
  • Girl Scout cookie season is scientifically timed to occur just as people are giving up on their New Year’s resolutions.
  • As I watched the dog chasing his tail for an hour, I thought “Dogs are easily amused.” Then I realized I was watching the dog chase his tail for an hour.
  • Have you seen the movie Constipated? No… That’s because it hasn’t come out yet.



Rosemary “Rosie” Denu, 89, Dubois

Rosemary “Rosie” Denu, 89, of Dubois, died Saturday, December 15, at Walnut Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Unit in Evansville. She was born in Ellsworth December 23, 1928, to John and Anna (Hasenour) Pieper. She married Hilmar Denu September 1, 1951, at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine.

Rosie worked for over 25 years at Wabash Valley Produce and retired in 1995. She was a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Raphael Campus in Dubois where she was a member of its St. Anne’s Sodality and the Daughters of Isabella. She enjoyed playing cards, traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Hilmar Denu; four daughters, Sharon Pizzato and husband Allan, Birmingham, Alabama, Diane Knies and husband Bernie, Celestine, and Alice Schitter and husband Rick and Nancy Mendel and husband Patrick, all of Ireland; one son, Daniel (Diane Knies’ twin) and wife Cheryl, Jasper; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Loretta Wise, Louisville; and one brother, Bernard Pieper and wife Phyllis, Dubois.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Marie Pieper, and four brothers, Eugene and Albert Pieper and infants Edward and Victor Pieper.

Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The Anne’s Sodality of St. Isidore Parish will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Isidore Parish, the Dubois County Museum, the Dubois Ruritan Club Community Center Endowment, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Raphael Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Dubois County Sports

Dubois County (NNDC):   Saturday night saw three of the four county schools in action on the basketball court.   Southridge hosted Princeton and NE Dubois visited Forest Park.    The Raiders and Rangers were looking to get back on the winning track while NE Dubois was looking for their 5th win of the season.   At Huntingburg Memorial Gym, the visiting Tigers jumped out to an early 6-0 lead over the Raiders with a pair of 3’s.   Southridge got on the scoreboard and both teams went into the locker room at the half tied at 26.   Princeton dominated the 3rd quarter and held off Southridge in the 4th to pick up their 5th win of the season.   With the 53-48 loss, the Raiders drop to 2-3 on the season.   Colson Montgomery led Southridge with 15 points.   The Raiders return to action Tuesday night as they host Pike Central (1-3).    At Forest Park, the Rangers picked up a 41-36 win over NE Dubois.   Forest Park improves their record to 3-3 while NE Dubois drops to 4-2 on the season.   The Rangers return to action on Saturday as they will host Washington (3-3) with an 8pm tip.   NE Dubois travels to Barr Reeve (6-1) to face the Vikings on Tuesday for a 7:30pm start.

Basketball (Boys)

Forest Park 41 – NE Dubois 36

Princeton 53 – Southridge 48

Ernest “Ernie” Miller, 86, Bretzville

Ernest “Ernie” Miller, 86, of Bretzville, died Saturday, December 15, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. He was born in Schnellville October 11, 1932, to Sylvester and Veronica (Brames) Miller. He married Bernice Fleck May 14, 1955, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Ernie served in the Indiana Army National Guard and worked for Central Concrete and several area furniture manufacturers. He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish – St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, and the St. Anthony Community Center where he served as a past president. He enjoyed going to Florida in the wintertime, fishing, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Bernice Miller; one daughter, Lynn Zimmerman, Indianapolis; one son, Jeff Miller and wife Karlene, Westfield; four grandchildren, Kaylie Huver, Emily Miller, and Kari and Nicole Zimmerman; two great-grandsons, Jackson Miller and Leo Huver; and one brother, Charles Miller and wife Lenora, Jasper.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Stanley Miller, and one grandson, Eric Miller.

Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony Church. Memorial contributions can be made to Divine Mercy Parish, Heart to Heart Hospice or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Dubois County Sports

Dubois County (NNDC):  Friday night saw the Jasper Wildcats and Southridge Raiders Boys Basketball teams in action.   Jasper hosted the Boonville Pioneers in conference play and Southridge traveled to Martin County to face the Shoals Jug Rox.   Jasper picked up a 55-54 victory for their 4th win of the season against 1 loss.   Jackson Kabrick led the Wildcats with 22 points.   Jasper (4-1) will be back in action on Friday night as they host Tell City (3-1).   The Southridge Raiders came up short in their battle with the Jug Rox.   Southridge led by 9 at halftime, but Shoals dominated the 2nd half and came away with a 57-51 win over the Raiders.   Colson Montgomery led Southridge with 20 points and Senior Jaden Hayes added 19.   The Raiders are now 2-2 on the season and return to Memorial Gym tonight (Saturday) to host Princeton (4-2) who defeated Vincennes Lincoln on Friday night.

In other action scheduled for Saturday night, Forest Park and NE Dubois will battle in Ferdinand.   The 2 Dubois County teams will tip at 7:30pm.


Basketball (Boys)

Jasper 55 – Boonville 54

Shoals 57 – Southridge 51