Robert F. Fleck, 92, Jasper

Robert F. Fleck, 92, of Jasper, died Wednesday (August 15) at Brookside Village in Jasper. He was born in Jasper October 19, 1925, to Albert Sr. and Emily (Hopf) Fleck. He married Dorothy J. Lechner June 14, 1947, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She died April 22, 2000.

Robert was a U.S. Army veteran and served as an anti-tank gun crewman in the European Theater during World War II. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 147 and VFW Post No. 673, where he served on its color guard, Precious Blood Catholic Church and its Men’s Society, the Jasper Knights of Columbus, the German Club, and the Fraternal Order of Police. He enjoyed volunteering for the Disabled American Veterans, transporting veterans to hospitals and clinics, and he and his wife Dorothy volunteering at the Dubois County Museum and for Red Cross blood drives.   He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, bingo, and spending time with his family, friends, and grandchildren.

He is survived by two daughers, Mary Beth Gibson and husband Glaze, Seymour, and Anne Therese Poling and husband George, Versailles; two sons, Terry Fleck and wife Sylvia, Indianapolis, and Randy Fleck wife Sharon, St. Anthony. seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two step granddaughters; and one brother, Leon Fleck and wife Elrieda, Jasper.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one son, Bill Floeck, and three brothers, Albert, Harold, and Raymond Fleck.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Precious Blood Church Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dubois County Community Foundation – Bill Fleck Legacy Endowment, St. Mary’s of the Woods, Precious Blood Church, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Precious Blood Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. VFW Post 673 and American Legion Post 147 will conduct military graveside rites.

Notes, Jokes & Quotes for Thursday/Friday

Notes of the Day:

  • Almost 1/3 of San Francisco’s air pollution comes from China.
  • A child dies every 8 seconds from contaminated water.
  • Papaphobia is the fear of the Pope.
  • Hexkosioihexekontahexaphobia is the fear of the number 666.
  • There are more life forms living on your skin than there people on the planet.
  • To our eyes, in space the Sun would appear white, not yellow.
  • 350,000 Tweets are sent every minute.
  • The first known vending machine dates back to the 1st Century AD.  It accepted a coin, then dispensed holy water.
  • It takes up to 2,900gallons of water to make a single pair of jeans.

Jokes of the Day:

  • Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • I’ve heard opinions of many people in my life who are under the perception that Irish Catholics are hands down the most prejudice people on this earth. Well, I’m here to set that rumor straight once and for all. As my Irish born grandmother from Donegal always used to say, ”Why no! How ridiculous! The Irish prejudice? Oh my, that is not true. We think less of all of you equally without regard to who you are!”
  • When Paddy’s dog died, he took it to the local Catholic church. He asked the preacher if he could have a funeral service for his much loved pet, but the preacher explained that they didn’t do services like that for animals. Paddy asked who would and the preacher suggested that the Baptist church up the road would probably give the dog a funeral service. Paddy asked, “Preacher, do you think $5,000 would be enough payment for the dog’s funeral?” The preacher relied, “Dearest Paddy, why didn’t you tell me that your dog was a Catholic?”
  • Three doctors are out geese-hunting. A gaggle flies over and the oncologist raises and then lowers his gun. “I better conduct an MRI first to determine if those were really geese.” Some more geese fly by & the endocrinologist raises his gun and then lowers it. “I’ll need some bloodwork to conduct an A1C and determine what those birds were first.” Some more geese fly over. The trauma doc raises his shotgun and blows them out of the sky. “What were those things, anyway?” he asks.

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Top News Stories NNDC for Thursday

Dubois County (NNDC):

Dubois County Council to cut $1.1 million from Budget.

Dubois County’s proposed 2019 general budget needs to be cut by around $1.1 million.

That was the task Monday as the Council reviewed all of the different departments budgets.  This was not totally unexpected due to the results of the wage study and 2% pay increase for County employees.  This added a couple hundred thousand dollars for each respectfully.

To reduce the proposed 2019 general fund by $1.1 million, the council decided to allocate some big-ticket items from the general fund, which affects property taxes, and move them into the Local Income Tax Economic Development Fund. The council asked the auditor’s office to determine which items can be moved. These will be reviewed at a future meeting.

Several positions were removed from the budget as they had not yet been officially created and approved.

An additional deputy prosecutor position approved by the commissioners was left in the budget as was the school resource officer for the Northeast Dubois County School Corporation.  The majority of that officer’s salary will be covered by a $35,000 state grant and a $35,000 commitment from the Northeast Dubois School Board.

The Jasper Rotary Club to announce the annual Athena award for entrepreneurial efforts for 2018.

Jasper Rotary to Host Annual Athena Awards Thursday Night

The Rotary Club of Jasper host their annual Athena Awards presentation at the Huntingburg Event Center Thursday.  The event begins at 6:00 PM with dinner at 6:30

Athena is an international non-profit group that seeks support, develop and honor developing female leaders in the community.  This year’s finalists are Kim Lottes, Kim Messmer, Marie Patton, Beth Seidl and Sandy Smith.

Susan Elkington, the new president of the Toyota-Georgetown, Kentucky plant will be this year’s keynote speaker.

Patoka Lake Cleanup set for Saturday August 25th.

 Join in the 12th annual Patoka Lake Clean Up on Saturday, August 25 at the Patoka Lake Dam. People of all ages and abilities can sign up on location at 8 am EDT and will be assigned an area to pick up trash and recycling along the shore.   By 11 am, all volunteers will return to the dam to be treated to a fish fry, music, door prizes, goody bags and of course, a free event t-shirt.

Each year volunteers pick up over 2000 pounds of trash and recycling during this event.  All supplies are provided; volunteers just need to show up! Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and consider carpooling to the site.

For information about the event, call the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812-685-2447.

Market Street Park in Huntingburg to open slightly behind schedule.


Work on the new Market Street Park has hit a slight road bump in completion.  Officials confirmed that extra work needed to be done that wasn’t planned.  Originally scheduled to be done this summer, organizers hope to have it finished by the Haunted Huntingburg event in October.

The new Market Street Park will be between Third and Fourth Streets in downtown Huntingburg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Laverne E. Sermersheim, 89, Jasper

Laverne E. Sermersheim, 89, of Jasper, died Wednesday (August 15) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born in Jasper July 11, 1929, to Anita (Brelage) and Leo Durcholz. She married Jerome A. Sermersheim September 25, 1948 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland. He died in 2008.

Laverne was a waitress at Heichelbech’s Restaurant for 32 years. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, the St. Anne’s Society, and TOPS. She enjoyed her friends, hosting parties, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by four daughters, Connie Helming and husband Bernie and Carla Matheis, all of Jasper, Bonnie Keusch, Ireland, and Lori Koerner and husband Matt, Washington; five sons, Gary Seremersheim and wife Charlene, Mark Sermersheim and wife Sharon, and Nick Sermersheim and wife Tammy, all of Ireland, Jeff Sermersheim and wife Patty, Stendal, and Daryl Sermersheim and wife Beth, Boise, Idaho; 32 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sons, Reg and Duane Sermersheim, son-in-law Dennis “Red” Keusch, and grandson, Derek Arvin.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Becher Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Notes, Jokes & Quotes of the Day for Wednesday

Notes of the Day:

Today’s Birthdays

1972 – Ben Affleck
1771 – Walter Scott
1912 – Julia Child

Jokes of the Day:

  • What did the traffic light say to the other traffic light?  Don’t look, I’m changing.
  • What is the largest muscle in the human body?  The Gluteus Maximus (your butt).
  • Q: Why did the witches’ team lose the baseball game?
    A: Their bats flew away.
  • This is the true story of George Phillips of Meridian, Mississippi, who was going to bed when his wife told him that he’d left the light on in the shed. George opened the door to go turn off the light but saw there were people in the shed in the process of stealing things.He immediately phoned the police, who asked, “Is someone in your house?” and George said, “No,” and explained the situation. Then they explained that all patrols were busy, and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be there when available.George said, “Okay,” hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police again.”Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people in my shed. Well, you don’t have to worry about them now because I’ve just shot them all.”Then he hung up. Within five minutes three squad cars, an Armed Response unit, and an ambulance showed up. Of course, the police caught the burglars red-handed.

    One of the policemen said to George, “I thought you said that you’d shot them!”

    George said, “I thought you said there was nobody available!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top News Stories for Wednesday

Dubois County (NNDC):

Jasper man faces 50 years in prison.

At his sentencing on Monday, Alejandro Hernandez, wad given a 50 year prison sentence.  The Jasper man admitted to molesting a juvenile last year.  Investigators say the molestation occurred over a long period of time.

The sentence was part of a plea deal where Hernandez received 25 years on two counts of Child Molesting.  The two sentences will run together for a total of 50 years.

House fire on Jaspers South side destroys home.

Red Cross Assisting Jasper Family Displaced by Tuesday Morning Fire

(Photo from Local Sources)

A Monday morning fire that extensively damaged a Jasper couple’s south-side home and has been ruled accidental in nature.

Jasper fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang and an Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office representative agreed on the determination after going searching the 891 Giesler Road home of Dylan R. Anderson and Kendall C. Neukam.  The couple were both at work when a passerby saw smoke and reported the fire at 8:36 a.m.

Apparently the fire started in the home’s kitchen and burned through to the upstairs.

Firefighters carried two cats outside to safety but the couple’s Dalmatian puppy, Chip, that was administered oxygen died at the scene.

The couple are to be married late next month and items for their wedding were upstairs.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help with expenses —

https://www.gofundme.com/kendall-and-dylan-Anderson

The house was insured, but may be a total loss.  Estimated damage is expected to exceed $75,000.

Ferdinand will have a new trail around Old Town Lake by 2020 if everything goes according to plan.

 

 

 

Park Board President Matt Weyer and Brett Schipp of Universal Design presented the designs for the 1-mile walking trail, open-air shelter house and bathrooms around the lake located on East 14th Street near Monastery Immaculate Conception at Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting. Following the presentation, the council approved the project to go to bid.

Improvements to the lake area have been on the town’s discussed since the 1990s, but the project picked up speed in 2016  but the project progresses more quickly after being awarded a $200,000 matching grant, which means the town must also come up with $200,000 for the project. That $200,000 can be from financial appropriations, donations or in-kind contributions of labor, materials or equipment. Part of the in-kind contributions will be reclaimed asphalt from the 23rd Street project currently underway. The asphalt will be ground down and used to construct at least part of the 1-mile trail.

The design also calls for other additions such as the old pump house to be repurposed into a shelter house, parking improvements, walking bridges across wetlands areas and one finger of the lake, and a picnic area. The park board would also like to add a fishing pier and a kayak launch. Donations will be sought for these additions.

A rough timeline for the project has work beginning later this year, with the bulk of the work completed in 2019 for a spring or summer 2020 completion.

Jasper has joined a lawsuit targeting companies that make and distribute opioids.

The Board of Public Works entered into an agreement this week with an Indianapolis law firm to fight the battle in court.  Other cities across the U.S. have filed similar lawsuits.

Drug makers are accused of  widespread fraud and deception in the marketing of opioids.

Jasper has joined a lawsuit targeting companies that make and distribute opioids.The Board of Public Works entered into an agreement this week with an Indianapolis law firm to fight the battle in court.

Cities across the country have brought similar lawsuits.

Those cities accuse drug makers of widespread fraud and deception in the marketing of opioids.

The lawsuits allege that has contributed to a nationwide epidemic that has killed thousands.

Attorneys representing other cities in similar suits claim the drug companies owe damages for all of the tax dollars used to combat the opioid epidemic.

The lawsuits allege that has contributed to a nationwide epidemic that has killed thousands.  Most cities, including Jasper, claim the drug companies owe damages for all of the tax dollars used to combat the opioid epidemic.

Jasper has joined a lawsuit targeting companies that make and distribute opioids.  The Board of Public Works entered into an agreement this week with an Indianapolis law firm to fight the battle in court.

Cities across the country have brought similar lawsuits.

Those cities accuse drug makers of widespread fraud and deception in the marketing of opioids.  The lawsuits allege that has contributed to a nationwide epidemic that has killed thousands.

Attorneys representing other cities in similar suits claim the drug companies owe damages for all of the tax dollars used to combat the opioid epidemic.

Vigil to be held for substance abuse.

The Dubois County Substance Abuse Council will host its first candlelight vigil from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Jasper Riverwalk gazebo to remember loved ones who have experienced the perils of addiction.

Attendees are welcome to bring photographs of their loved ones. The event includes live music, a guest speaker and the candlelight vigil.

The event will be held rain or shine.

For more information, email coordinator Mark Peters at mapeters@duboiscountyin.org.

 Huntingburg Police investigate crash.

Huntingburg police responded to a vehicle crash at about 5:30 Tuesday 08/14.  20 year old Tatiana Petit-Frere,  of Washington. Was driving a  2007 Hyundai Entourage.  Tatiana was Eastbound on Co Rd 400 S.  When she lost control in a sharp curve, went off the road to the left, struck a guardrail and a Dubois REC support wire and came to rest.

Damage was estimated at total Loss to vehicle, $1500 to guardrail, $500 to support wire.  The driver and 2 passengers complained of head pain and were taken to Memorial Hospital by EMS for non-life threatening injuries.  No charges were filed.

 

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David L. Mundy, 74, Birdseye

David L. Mundy, 74, of Birdseye, died Monday (August 13) at his home. He was born in Jasper September 22, 1943, to Ollie and Jenny (Waddle) Mundy. He married Peggy Frick May 12, 1962. She died September 5, 2017.

David was an Indiana Insurance agent. He was an avid hunter, enjoyed watching wildlife, and spending his summers in the mountains of Colorado. He retired as a 4H shooting sports instructor after 14 years of service and was a member of the Dubois County Sportsman Club.

He is survived by four sons, Bret Mundy and wife Toni, Birdseye, Bart Mundy and wife Marla, Dale, Brian Mundy and wife Vivian, Holland, and David Mundy, Jr. and fiancé Diane Wendholt, Jasper; four sisters, Carol Mehringer and husband Danny and Pam Schwenk and husband Mike, all of Jasper, Ann Berg and husband Randy, Huntingburg, and Sandy Schwenk, Brownsburg; five grandchildren, Heather Allen, Whitney Griggs, and Keith, Kristofer, and Olivia Mundy; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville. There will be no visitation. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

 

 

Dubois County Sports

Dubois County (NNDC) – As area high schools returned to class for the 2018/2019 school year, their respective sports programs are now in full swing.   NNDC will keep you updated with the latest in scores and information for the Jasper, Southridge, Forest Park and Northeast Dubois sports programs. Please reach out to us anytime at sports@newsnowdc.com if you have something to share.

High School – Monday

Girls Volleyball

Varsity @ Dubois: Northeast Dubois 3, Wood Memorial 0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-17) / Junior Varsity Northeast Dubois 2, Wood Memorial 0 (25-11, 25-11)

Varsity @ Lynnville: Tecumseh 3, Forest Park 0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-14) / Junior Varsity – Tecumseh 2, Forest Park 0 (25-10, 25-18)

Varsity @ Loogootee: Loogootee 3, Jasper 0 (25-21, 25-23, 28-26) / Junior Varsity – Loogootee 2, Jasper 0 (25-15, 25-23)

Girls Soccer

Varsity @ Jasper: Jasper 3, Evansville Central 0 / Junior Varsity – Jasper 3, Evansville Central 0

Boys Tennis

Varsity @ Northeast Dubois: Northeast Dubois 5, Pike Central 0

Varsity @ Boonville: Boonville 3, Southridge 2

Girls Golf

Varsity @ Jasper (Buffalo Trace): Jasper 185, Springs Valley 199, Forest Park 240, Heritage Hills 258

 

 

 

Lois Jean “Jeanne” Neukam, 88, Dubois

Lois Jean “Jeanne” Neukam, 88, of Dubois, died Tuesday (July 17) at Eskaton Care Center Greenhaven in Sacramento, California. She was born in Dubois June 25, 1930, to Ray and Lorena (Seger) Matheis.

Jeanne was a graduate of Dubois High School and Lockyear Business College in

Evansville. She was a secretary and bookkeeper at Jasper Lumber Company for many years and a member of St. Isadore Parish – St. Raphael’s Campus. She enjoyed watching basketball on television, playing cards with family and friends, and her dog “Muff”.

She is survived by two daughters, Shelley Fehribach and husband Eric, Jasper, and Holly Butler, Elk Grove, California; five grandchildren: Dylan Fehribach, Keila Butler, Leia Grand and husband Patrick, Slade Butler, and Tyia Colfescu; four great-grandchildren, Malia and Mason Tye and Henry and Violet Grand; one sister, Diane Craig, Jeffersonville; one nephew; and six nieces.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Vernon and Harold Matheis.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Dubois with burial following in the church cemetery. There will be no visitation before the mass. A luncheon will be held immediately after the mass in the church basement for family and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Raphael’s Church. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Thelma L. Elliott, 86, Jasper

Thelma L. Elliott, 86, of Jasper, died Tuesday (April 14) at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Jasper August 3, 1932, to Louis and Clarissa (Giesler) Vonderschmidt. She married Alva Earl Elliott April 7, 1951. He died January 13, 2004.

Thelma was a 1950 graduate of Jasper High School. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, crafts, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by one daughter, Janet Begle and husband Robert, Huntingburg; three sons, Earl Elliott and wife Tina, Terre Haute, Steve Elliott, Indianapolis, and Kenny Elliott and wife Lisa, Jasper; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Rita Wadsworth and husband John, Spring Hill, Tennessee; and one brother, Donald Vonderschmidt, Jasper.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one daughter, Cindy Michell, one son, Phil Elliott, one sister, Imelda Hadden, and one brother, Claude Vonderschmidt, who died in infancy.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Northwood Retirement Community, Alzheimer’s Association, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial for will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.