Jasper K-Mart on Store Closing List from Sears Holdings as part of Chapter 11 bankruptcy

(NNDC) Sears Holdings plans to close another 142 unprofitable stores, as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, on top of 46 store closings announced in August.  Jasper Indiana is on that list for store closings.


430 W Ridge Rd Griffith, IN 46319-1095 (El Centro Mall)

723 3rd Ave Jasper, IN 47546-3639


Liquidation sales at the additional stores are expected to begin within two weeks, according to a court filing.

“As we look toward the holiday season, Sears and Kmart stores remain open for business and our dedicated associates look forward to serving our members and customers,” Sears chairman Eddie Lampert said in a statement.

The company has 687 stores remaining, including Kmart locations.

It’s possible more stores – even all stores – could end up closing if the company fails to reach a viable restructuring agreement in bankruptcy.


SANTA CLAUS, IND (NNDC) – Holiday World’s iconic Kringle’s Kafe will serve its final customers on October 28, as construction of the new Santa’s Merry Marketplace begins in November.

“We’re ramping up the theming and the menus for next season,” says park president Matt Eckert. “Santa’s Merry Marketplace is nearly 50 percent larger than Kringle’s and will include more menu items plus a coffee shop, bakery, candy store, and ice cream shop.


Holiday World will invest a total of $5.5 million for the 2019 season, including:

  • Santa’s Merry Marketplace, with five serving stations offering varying menus, plus Candy Cane Confectionary, Sugarplum Scoop Shoppe, and the Polar Expresso
  • New “Kids World” event for five weekends starting in mid-August
  • On-ride photos for Gobbler Getaway dark ride
  • Candy Cornucopia store and Dippin’ Dots Sundae Shoppe in the Thanksgiving section
  • Track improvements for The Voyage, the world’s second-longest wooden roller coaster
  • Additional Cabanas

“With Santa’s Merry Marketplace, we’ll start a new tradition at Holiday World, as Santa Claus greets park Guests each morning from the bell-tower balcony,” says Eckert. “We also plan to work in some reminders of our Santa Claus Land days and other magical surprises.”

Holiday World is open for Happy Halloween Weekends through October 28. Season Passes for 2019 are currently discounted at their lowest prices. For more information, visit HolidayWorld.com or call 1-877-463-2645.

Jasper Police Ask for Help in Idenntifying Theft Suspect

Jasper (NNDC):

Jasper Police are asking the public’s help in identifying a male individual stealing merchandise from Huck’s on 3rd Ave. in Jasper. If you can identify this individual call JPD at 812-482-2255 or the anonymous tip line at 812-482-COPS.

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Kay Schwinghamer, 67, Holland

Kay Schwinghamer, 67, of Holland, died Friday, October 12, at the Linda E. White Hospice House in Evansville. She was born in Huntingburg January 30, 1951, to Raymond and Arla (Egbert) Meyer. She married Mark Alan Schwinghamer November 25, 1977, at St. James Lutheran Church in Holland. He died January 8, 2015.

Kay was a homemaker and a teacher’s aide, a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Holland, enjoyed reading and bird watching, and was a St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.

She is survived by three daughters, Melissa Schwinghamer, Holland, Amanda Johnson and husband Adam, Indianapolis, and Lauren Hayes and husband Johnny, Otwell; and one grandchild, Callie Johnson.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one brother, Ray Allan Meyer, and one sister, Patricia Kuntz.

Friends may call from noon-2 p.m. Tuesday at St. James Church. The Nass and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to The Linda E. White Hospice House or to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. James Church. Pastor David Darling will officiate.

Prayer Program for the Rosary Rally Hosted by area Catholics

Jasper (NNDC):

It was a sunny, brisk, fall morning when area Catholics convened near St. Joe Church for the 6th annual Rosary Rally.  Prayers, music, and singing were part of the event culminating with “The Divie Prasises” which honor Jesus and God the Father:

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Event explained in detail by Margaret Baugh:

The organizers and opening:









Notes, Jokes, & Quotes for the Weekend

Notes of the Day:

  •  The German festival Oktoberfest was firs held in Munich on October 12, 1810 to celebrate the wedding of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Theresa of Saxe-Hildburghhausen.
  • The cornerstone of the White House was laid during a ceremony in the Districe of Columbia.
  • In 1962, JFK secretly installed a taping system in the White House.
  • A Marijuana-derived compound forces cancer cells to freeze and prevents them from spreading.
  • Mount Everest is littered not only with corpses of climbers but an estimated 50 tons of waste, making it the world’s dirtiest mountain.
  • Spending money on others yields more happiness than spending it on yourself a study concluded.
  • U.S. troops in Vietnam employed over 5000 war dogs.
  • A secret message was engraved inside Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch by a jeweler, and it was not discovered until 2009.

Jokes of the Day:

  •  A fifteen year-old boy came home with a Porsche and his parents began toscream, “Where did you get that car???!!!” He calmly told them, “I boughtit today.”
    “With what money?” demanded his parents. “We know what a Porsche costs.”
    “Well,” said the boy, “this one cost me fifteen dollars.”
    So the parents began to yell even louder. “Who would sell a car like thatfor fifteen dollars?” they said.
    “It was the lady up the street,” said the boy.” I don’t know her name–theyjust moved in. She saw me ride past on my bike and asked me if I wanted tobuy a Porsche for fifteen dollars.”
    “Oh No,” moaned the mother, “she must be a child abuser. Who knows what shewill do next? John, you go right up there and see what’s going on.”
    So the boy’s father walked up the street to the house where the lady livedand found her out in the yard calmly planting petunias! He introducedhimself as the father of the boy to whom she had sold a Porsche for fifteendollars and demanded to know why she did it.
    “Well,” she said, “this morning I got a phone call from my husband. Ithought he was on a business trip, but it seems he has run off to Hawaiiwith his secretary and doesn’t intend to come back. He asked me to sell hisnew Porsche and send him the money. So I did.”
  • What did the grape do when he got stepped on? He let out a little wine.
  • Police arrested two kids, one was drinking battery acid, the other was eating fire-works.  They charged one and let the other one off.
  • I used to play sports, then I realized you can buy trophies.  Now I am good at everything.
  • I don’t have a girlfriend, I just know a girl who would be really upset if she heard me say that.
  • What do you call a giant pile of cats?  A meowntain.
  • I mustache you a question, but I’ll shave it for later.

Quotes of the Day:

Inmate Dies from Apparent Suicide at Corrections Center

Jasper (NNDC):


On 10/13/2018 at 3:36 a.m. Jail Officers were making rounds and discovered a male inmate unresponsive alone in his cell.   Jail officers immediately started rendering aid including CPR and the use of an AED and contacted dispatch to send EMS and Jasper Fire Department First Responders.   The inmate was transferred by ambulance to Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead at 4:09 a.m.   The Dubois County Coroners Office and Dubois County Sheriffs Department are continuing to conduct an investigation.  The death is preliminarily thought to be suicide by hanging.   No Foul play is suspected.

The inmate is identified as 51 year old Jerry O. Frick of Huntingburg, IN.

Frick was being held in the Dubois County Security Center on a pending case from Dubois Circuit Court.

Huntingburg Market Street Park Officially Opened Friday

Huntingburg (NNDC):

Huntingburg officially opened their newest public improvement.  Market Street Park, located behind Old City Hall, held an opening ceremony Friday, and the cold rainy day still brought out the crowd:

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Featured remarks (see excerpts below):

  •  Phil Seger; Farbest Foods
  • Cory Menke; OFS
  • Neil Darby; German American Bank
  • Jodi Golden; Community and Rural Affairs
  • Maureen Hayden; Office of Lieutenant Governor (Keynote Speaker)
  • Mayor Denny Spinner; Opening & Closing Remarks and Dedication Proclamation














Closing by Mayor Denny Spinner:




Top News Stories for Thursday

Dubois County (NNDC):

Jasper Police are requesting the public’s help in locating a vehicle reported as stolen Thursday morning.

Jasper Police are asking for your help finding a stolen vehicle that was taken from the 1400 block of Jackson Street overnight.  It was last seen at the owners residence and described as a green 2005 Ford Taurus, Indiana plate AJG523.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Jasper Police at 482 – 2255 or the anonymous tip line at (812) 482 – COPS.


Seufert Construction of Ferdinand and Sternberg Automotive Group of Jasper will present all 12 Dubois County Fire departments with a donation of $12,000 from the Honor and Remember Jeep Ride fundraiser held on Sept. 16.

Both companies and members of the fire departments will be present for the award, which will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Jasper Fire Station 1, 309 E. Sixth St.





Jasper Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Small Business

Jasper (NNDC):

Thursday morning Wings Etc. held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of their new business.  This makes the 6th Wings Etc. to open and Jasper was chosen because of its vibrant community and the need to fill a need for the community.

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