Portion of Cathy Lane in Jasper Will Close For Road Project Next Week

Jasper (NNDC):

The City of Jasper & its contractor will undertake a Concrete road replacement project on Cathy Ln, between Terry Ln & 25th St, beginning on Monday, July 13 at 7:00 a.m.

This project will extend several weeks prior to completion.

The alternative route will be Terry Ln & 25th St.

Motorists’ will need to avoid this area, however, patrons will continue to have access to the following Businesses in this area.

Downtown Dog

A & B Fire Safety

EBN Industrial Supply

M.A.S. Whatknots Shop

Elliott Equipment

This project will proceed/continue barring inclement weather or any other unforeseen events.

News Now will keep you updated.


Gertrude D. Sabelhaus, 86, Fulda

Gertrude D. Sabelhaus, 86, of Fulda, died Sunday, July 5, at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born in Jasper August 28, 1933, to George and Frances (Spellmeier) Mehringer. She married Raymond J. Sabelhaus February 9, 1954, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He died October 20, 2003.

Gertrude was a member of St. Boniface Parish and its Ladies Sodality. She was a homemaker and a former member of the St. Meinrad Legion Post 366 Auxillary.

She is survived by three daughters, Mary Ann Sabelhaus, Indianapolis, Frances Turnbaugh and companion Earl Reagan, Vicksburg, and Bert Harris and husband Jim, Huntingburg; two sons, David Sabelhaus and wife Diana, Bristow, and Raymond D Sabelhaus and wife Rae Lyn, Troy; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren (and one on the way), and one great-great grandchild

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one brother, Basil Mehringer, and two sisters, Pauline Brosmer and Mary Katherine Huber.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand, Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Boniface Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

DownTown ChowDown Success On It’s First Day (Click icon for pictures and videos of the event)

Jasper (NNDC):

Jasper’s newest event, DownTown ChowDown was a huge success bringing unusual food and fellowship to Jasper. A damp event but that did dampen spirits.


People having fun:

Video from the Square in Jasper:


Some of the BEST Greek Food in the area:








Local Family enjoying the evening:


Even more fun on the Square:

John E. Schitter Graveside Services

Graveside services for John E. Schitter of Haysville will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Huntingburg. Schitter, 67, died Monday, June 8, at his home.

Linda L. Lampert, 75, Jasper

Linda L. Lampert, 75, of Jasper, died Tuesday, July 7, at her home. She was born in Jasper October 24, 1944, to Oscar Sr. and Ellanora (Vonderheide) Recker. She married Dennis Lampert November 22, 1962, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper.

Linda was a homemaker and a member of Holy Family Church where she volunteered on the bereavement committee and worked the church picnic. She enjoyed playing cards, gardening, fishing, baking, going for “drives” and UTV rides, night crawler hunting, looking for treasures, and hosting gatherings. She enjoyed reading the bible and spending time with her grandchildren, her family, and her friends.

She is survived by her husband; Denny Lampert; six sons; Dennis Ray Lampert and wife Pam, St. Anthony, Donny Lampert and wife Nicole, Bretzville, and Daniel Lampert and wife Patty, Doug Lampert and wife Cheryl, Tim Lampert and wife Jenny, and Tracy Lampert and wife Rachel, all of Jasper; three daughters; Tonya Weisheit and husband Darren, Tiffany Lampert Quinn and husband Justin, and Tammy Lampert, all of Jasper; 19 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters; Rita Mae Purcell, Sacramento, California , and Susie Leinenbach and husband Pat, Bretzville; one brother; Jay Recker, Jasper, and sister-in-law Sylvia Recker, Jasper.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother, Oscar Recker, Jr., and two sisters, Shirley Fischer and Viola Himsel.

Friends may call from 1-7 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to Holy Family Church, Grace Co-op of St. Isidre Parish, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services will be held Monday with burial following in Enlow City Cemetery in Jasper.

Herbsfest Canceled for this Year

Huntingburg (NNDC):

Unfortunately this year’s Herbstfest has been canceled due to the current pandemic.

This year would have been the 40th anniversary of the Huntingburg festival, which was set for the last weekend in September.

Organizers felt this was the right call to make during these difficult times.

A big concern for the committee was for the nonprofit groups who would have booths at the event. Committee members talked to the organizations to get their perspective about operating at the festival.

Some events will continue separately and will be supported by the festival committee. Those include the Luv 4 Lexi 5K, golf scramble, horseshoe pitching tourney and co-ed volleyball tourney.

The committee is also working on having a drive-thru dinner fundraiser, details are still being formulated.

The plan is to have a big 40th anniversary celebration next year hoping to make the event even bigger than ever.

Since the Herbstfest is canceled, the community can help support local nonprofit groups that would’ve had a booth through donations. Some include Boy Scouts Troop 181, Friends of Raider Softball, Huntingburg Church of the Nazarene, Huntingburg United Methodist Church, Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, Kiwanis Club of Holland, Southridge Cheerleaders, Southridge Football Boosters, Southridge Soccer Boosters, Torre Fuerte Christian Church, Victory Assembly of God, Young Life and YMI.

NOTICE: This is the Daily COVID-19 Update for Pandemic Information (click for the latest information)

Dubois County and Indiana (NNDC):






UPDATED: COVID-19 Situation Report and Guidance For Indiana:

15 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Dubois County on Tuesday.

It’s the county’s biggest one day jump in positive coronavirus cases since May 18th.  That’s when state strike teams conducted mass testing at Farbest Foods in Huntingburg.

The 15 new cases bring the county’s total to 288.  Of those cases, six have died; 246 others have recovered.

12 new COVID-19 cases were announced Monday in Dubois County.  That was a three-day total over the long 4th of July weekend.


Governor Delays Stage 5 reopening for now as cases begin to rise:

 Indiana governor Eric Holcomb says the state will not proceed to Stage 5 on July 4th as originally planned due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.
“Stage 4.5” will temporarily pause increases in capacity limits put on restaurants, bars and entertainment venues.  Most outdoor activities, including local parades and fireworks shows, have been given the green light, with proper social distancing and masks.
“This virus is on the prowl,” Holcomb said during a press briefing a short time ago. “In some places it’s gaining momentum. It’s not slowing down.”

The Indiana State Department of Health announced Wednesday that 371 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.


Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced Wednesday the state will modify the Back On Track Indiana plan through at least July 17.

While a few restrictions will lift on July 4 in version 4.5 of the plan, most will stay in place. Elkhart County will remain fully in Stage 4 until at least July 17. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.

“While most of our health indicators remain positive, our data indicates a need to be extra cautious, which is why we will pause much of our Back on Track roadmap,” Gov. Holcomb said. “I urge Hoosiers to maintain vigilance in social distancing and wearing masks so we can continue to reopen our state for business.”

Gov. Holcomb has used data to drive decisions since the state’s first case of the novel coronavirus in early March and he continues to do so as the state continues a sector-by-sector reset. The state will move to reopen while continuing to monitor and respond to these four guiding principles:

·  The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide has decreased for 14 days

·         The state retains its surge capacity for critical care beds and ventilators

·         The state retains its ability to test all Hoosiers who are COVID-19 symptomatic as well as health care workers, first responders, and frontline employees

·         Health officials have systems in place to contact all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and expand contact tracing

Through at least July 17, the following restrictions will continue:

·         Social gatherings following the CDC’s social distancing guidelines will be limited to up to 250 people. This limit applies to wedding receptions, parties, and other events where people are in close physical contact for extended periods of time, particularly indoors.

·         Dining room food service may continue operations at up to 75 percent capacity as long as social distancing is observed. Bar seating in restaurants may continue operations at 50 percent capacity. Bars and nightclubs may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity as long as they adhere to social distancing guidelines.

·         Cultural, entertainment and tourism sites may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity.

·         Movie theaters, bowling alleys and similar facilities may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity.

·         Amusement parks, water parks and similar facilities may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity. Reservations are encouraged to limit the number of customers at any one time.

·         Raceways may continue operations open at 50 percent grandstand capacity.

Beginning July 4, fairs, festivals and other similar outdoor events may open. Pari-mutuel horse racing and county and state fair racing may begin with 50 percent spectator capacity. Youth overnight camps may open.

K-12 school operations may begin the 2020-21 academic year on July 1. Extra-curricular, co-curricular activities may resume July 6.

Outdoor visitation is required at assisted living facilities and nursing homes beginning July 4 and indoor visitation may begin. Hospital visitations with precautions are encouraged.

Hoosiers 65 and over and those with high-risk health conditions – who are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus – should adhere to social distancing guidelines and remain cautious. Face coverings in public places are highly recommended.

Gov. Holcomb and Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, today announced a statewide initiative to encourage Hoosiers to wear masks to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The #MaskUpHoosiers initiative is launching with videos and photos of state government leaders, celebrities, and Hoosiers from all walks of life sharing their heartfelt reasons for wearing a mask in public, which is one of the strongest steps possible to limit the spread of COVID-19, saving lives and allowing the state to continue its phased re-opening. Additional photos and videos will be featured as the educational campaign progresses. Visit www.coronavirus.in.gov/maskuphoosiers to learn more.

To learn more about the different stages and the associated dates to get a better understanding about where we’re going as a state, click here to see the full plan: BackOnTrack.in.gov

The Governor signed an executive order implementing these changes to the Back on Track Indiana roadmap. The Governor also signed an executive order extending the public health emergency through Aug. 3. The executive orders can be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm


Just Announced-The remaining 2020 shows at the historic Astra theatre to be postponed.

The Next Act strives to bring high-quality and enjoyable events to our community, and the 2020 season has already been filled with highly anticipated shows. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on all aspects of our lives over the past few months, and the coming months are very much still in flux. Therefore, it is with heavy hearts, that the Next Act is announcing the postponement of all remaining shows from the 2020 season.


The Deo Gratias Festival offered tastings, music and good feelings

(NNDC) – Ferdinand

July 4th saw one of the first festivals too take place in the region this at the St. Benedict’s Brew Works in Ferdinand, Indiana.  The Deo Gratias (Latin for “thanks be to God”) Beer Festival drew about 100 visitors  Independence Day, a time, as stated by the brewery,”for all Americans to give thanks for our nation.” Meeting the guidelines as established by Indiana’s “Back on Track,” the grounds outside the brewery had several tents for shade which encouraged social distancing.  Seating was also available inside for those who choose to sample the Brew works various micro brews.

(click on link for a quick look)  thanks Jim for the video.


The fest offered a variety of beer tastings, plus music, from Ben Dahlquist, on the brewery’s outdoor stage. In all co-owner Vince Luecke was happy with the turnout despite the heat and concerns about COVID 19. “Everyone seemed to enjoy the music and the beer and the camaraderie. It’s the first of some smaller social events we hope to have coming up in Ferdinand and later this year, in Jasper at the River Centre,” stated Luecke.

The brewery is located at 860 E 10th St, Ferdinand, on the grounds of the Sisters of St. Benedict Monastery and is recognized as the only brewery located on the grounds of a women’s religious community in the United States, and only the second one in the world.

Shirley Amelia Street, 84, Haysville

Shirley Amelia Street, 84, of Haysville, died Tuesday, July 7, at Cathedral Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Jasper August 20, 1935, to Johann Christopher and Laura Anna Katherina (Himsel) Harder. She married Delmar R. Street August 28, 1956, at Christ Lutheran Church in Haysville. He died June 6, 2004.

Shirley was a farmer and gardener and helped prepare meals for Christ Lutheran Church. She was a lifelong member of the church and a member of Women of Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She enjoyed bowling, camping, gardening, dancing, and spending time with her friends and family.

She is survived by one daughter, Gail Matheis, Haysville; one son, Steve Street, Haysville; five grandchildren, Jayme, Brandon, and Kristi Street, and Jeremy and Logan Matheis; one great-grandson, Sebastian Street; and two great-granddaughters, Lilliana Knight and  Isabella Griffith.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one sister, Ilma Neukam, and one brother, Nelson Harder.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions can be made to the church. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with burial following in Haysville Community Cemetery.

Heat Advisory for Rest of the Week

Dubois County (NNDC):

Dubois County and the surrounding areas are under a heat advisory at least until this weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for the entire area.

The combination of high temperatures in the low to mid 90s, and high humidity will lead to peak heat index values in the upper 90s and 100s this afternoon and again Wednesday afternoon.

The highest values in the 100 to 104 degree range will mainly be west of I-65 and north of I-64.

The heat index, which measures both heat and humidity, indicates that the combination of both throughout the course of this week will result in some muggy, uncomfortable weather and that, during a heat wave, the most vulnerable populations are the elderly, young children and people who work outside for long periods of time. Pets are also vulnerable they should be hydrated just as we would ourselves.

Residents should watch  outdoor activity, make sure you stay hydrated, remember to drink lots of water, use sunscreen when you’re outside, and remember to take some breaks and spend some time in air conditioning.

In addition, wear light and loose clothing and take breaks. Some relief may occur in spots with pop up thunderstorms each afternoon.