Karen MurrayKaren A. “Matty” Murray, 69, of Jasper, died Friday (June 23) at Deaconess Gateway in Evansville. She was born in Jasper November 5, 1947, to Ernie and Jean (Gootee) Matheis. She married Harold Murray on March 31, 1973, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper.

Matty was a 1965 graduate of Jasper High School. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education from Indiana State University. She was a teacher at Holy Family School in Jasper and retired from Holy Family after teaching for 35 years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, enjoyed painting, crossword puzzles, and spending time with family and friends, and was a dog lover.

She is survived by her husband, Harold Murray; two sons, Kevin Murray, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Luke Murray, Otwell; one granddaughter, Casie Murray, Charlotte, North Carolina; three sisters, Chris Marple and husband, Steve, Armona, California, Cathne Brown, Evansville, and Lori Kunkel and husband, Dave, Jasper; two brothers, Larry Matheis and wife, June, Newburgh, and Pat Matheis and wife, Debbie, Jasper; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one nephew, Brian Matheis, her godchild.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. A rosary will be prayed by St. Joseph parish at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or to the Dubois County Humane Society. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

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Mary Virginia Steltenpohl, 89, Ferdinand

Mary SteltenpohlMary Virginia Steltenpohl, 89, of Ferdinand, died Wednesday (June 21) at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. She was born in Mariah Hill February 10, 1928, to Albert “Shorty” and Verena (Gogel) Wirthwein. She married Ralph “Roxie” J. Steltenpohl June 3, 1947, at Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Mariah Hill. He died September 22, 1997.

Mary was a daycare provider and loved spending time with children. She enjoyed reading, gardening, quilting, bird-watching, and watching gameshows.

She is survived by two sons, Glen Steltenpohl and wife Anja and Joseph Steltenpohl, all of Ferdinand; one daughter, Diane King and husband James, Ferdinand; three sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” Hoffman, Ann Arbor, Michigan., Rosie (Dan) Hauser and husband Dan, Schnellville, and Vera Lee Zingraf and husband Dick, Fishers; one brother, Michael Wirthwein and wife Patty, Grandview; and two grandchildren, Megan King, Ferdinand, and Crystal Steltenpohl, Chicago.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one brother, Paul Wirthwein, and one grandson, Ian King.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday and from 7-8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand with burial following in the church cemetery.

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Jasper Native Appears On Jimmy Kimmel Show (VIDEO)

Jasper (NNDC) – Jasper native Paul Schwinghammer took part in a comedy bit on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! show Wednesday night.

Schwinghammer was one of four people across the country selected for the bit which featured people whose names “fit” their professions.

Schwinghammer owns a custom home construction company in Anderson.

“I was very surpised,” Schwinghammer told NNDC this afternoon.

Paul says producers of Kimmel’s show contacted him only yesterday about appearing on the show.

Schwinghammer says he was told there about 1000 people considered for the segment.  He says the producers narrowed the list to eight, and it was Kimmel who personally selected the four who appeared with him on the popular late night ABC show last night…

Jasper Returns $1 Million In Grant Money (AUDIO)

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Jasper (NNDC) – A $1 million Indiana Department of Transportation has been returned to the state after the project the money was to be used was put on hold indefinitely.

Back in May, the Jasper City Council put on hold a vote to proceed with the planned “Courthouse Square” project (see/click on photo).  Several reasons were given then to table the project including public feedback and a higher than expected price tag to complete it.

Some members of the council are concerned about the project’s estimated $4.5 million dollar cost given to the council in May by the Jasper Redevelopment Commission.

Last summer, the Indiana Department of Transportation announced grant awards totaling more than $2.8 million for Dubois County, including $1 million each for the cities of Jasper and Huntingburg.  Ferdinand was awarded $362,219.25 and Dubois County received $476,306.22.

The state has informed all local entities that projects connected to last August’s grants must have bids in place by Friday, July 14th.  If that deadline is missed, the grant monies would have to be returned to the state.

Jasper City Councilman John Bell who is also a member of the Jasper Redevelopment Commission said Wednesday night, the $1 million grant for the ‘Courthouse Square’ project was returned to the state earlier this week.

The city can reapply for the grant if the project is resurrected. Bell says the next step for the project is getting the City Council’s approval as it would need to approved matching funds for any state grant the project would get in the future…

All other projects in Huntingburg, Ferdinand and in the county that were funded in full or in part by INDOT grants have been completed or are currently underway except for one.

The City of Huntingburg has already returned $70,000 of its INDOT grant money after the city council held off plans to repave a section of 12th Street.

The project was put on hold after it was determined the project was going to cost the city more than first anticipated.

Louis F. “Louie” Lueken, 92, Celestine

Louie LuekenLouis F. “Louie” Lueken, 92, of Celestine, died Wednesday (June 21) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. He was born in Schnellville May 4, 1925, to Leo and Bertha (Miller) Lueken. He married Irene Humbert April 7, 1951, at St. Celestine Catholic Church. She died March 31, 2005.

Louie was a U.S. Army veteran and served in World War II and was a member of Jasper VFW Post No. 673. He was a retired poultry farmer and worked for Ralph Seger Farms and Jasper Wood Products. He was a member of the Marion Township Advisory Board and was one of the first members of the Dubois Fire Department Advisory Board.

He was a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Campus, Jasper Knights of Columbus, Celestine Community Club, Schnellville Conservation Club, and Friends of the Dubois Library. He enjoyed playing cards and riding 4-wheelers and a gator ATV on his farm.

He is survived by two daughters, Marlene Vonderheide and husband Rick, Celestine, and Beth Humbert and husband Jim, Dubois; three sons, Randy “Sonny” Lueken and wife Linda and Mark Lueken, all of Celestine, and Glenn “Jake” Lueken and wife Melinda, Dubois; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Ray Lueken and wife Aileen, Celestine; and four sisters, Theresa Ernst and Marie Dall and husband Robert, all of Ferdinand, Dorothy Bachman and husband Eugene, Jasper, and Janice Hurst, Huntingburg.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one brother, Ralph Lueken, three sisters, Rosemary Lueken, who died in infancy, Eileen Schuler, and Rosalee Scherle, and one grandson, USMC Eric Lueken.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Friday at St. Celestine Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore Parish or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military graveside rites.

National Office Furniture Donates Furniture to Local Community Action Agency

(L-R) Marilyn Satkamp – National, Seating Product Line Associate, Neil Elkins – TRI-CAP, Housing Services Director, Dave Heichelbech – TRI-CAP, Weatherization Building Auditor, Gervase Ebert – TRI-CAP, Quality Control Inspector, Brian Beckman – TRI-CAP, Quality Control Inspector, Craig Schwenk – TRI-CAP, Procurement Coordinator, Angie Kleinhelter – National, Director of Human Resources, Lonnie Nicholson – Kimball International, VP and Chief Administrative Officer

(L-R) Marilyn Satkamp – National, Seating Product Line Associate, Neil Elkins – TRI-CAP, Housing Services Director,
Dave Heichelbech – TRI-CAP, Weatherization Building Auditor, Gervase Ebert – TRI-CAP, Quality Control Inspector, Brian Beckman – TRI-CAP, Quality Control Inspector, Craig Schwenk – TRI-CAP, Procurement Coordinator, Angie Kleinhelter – National, Director of Human Resources,
Lonnie Nicholson – Kimball International, VP and Chief Administrative Officer

Jasper (Local Sources) – National Office Furniture, a unit of Kimball International, Inc., recently donated office furniture to TRI-CAP for use in their Indiana offices.

TRI-CAP, a private, not-for-profit, Community Action Agency, has been providing services to low-income individuals throughout southwestern Indiana since 1966.

The agency’s mission is to empower people to accept responsibility for achieving personal and economic well-being by providing health, housing, and educational services.

National donated over $36,000 in furniture to the Indiana TRI-CAP office for use in their Jasper and Boonville offices.

The donated furniture included two complete office suites, seating, filing cabinets, conference room furniture, and other storage units.

“Thanks to National for this very generous contribution,” said Joyce Fleck, Tri-Cap Executive Director. “Each item is a tremendous, functional piece that provides a boost in both staff and client morale.”

“We are proud to continue to help those in need,” said Angie Kleinhelter, National Director of Human Resources.

“It’s an honor that our furniture is making a positive impression on TRI-CAP’s clients and employees. Part of TRI-CAP’s mission is to help others, and we are happy to have been a part of the process.”

“Kimball International applauds our National Office Furniture brand for their community service and donating furniture to TRI-CAP,” said Lonnie Nicholson, Kimball International VP and Chief Administrative Officer.

“Our furniture will provide a welcoming, appealing, and productive environment for the people at TRI-CAP and we are proud to be a small part of their mission.”

Holiday World Named Nation’s Top Value Park

holiday_world_logoSanta Claus (Local Soures) – A leading consumer magazine has named Holiday World the Nation’s Top Value Park.

In its June issue, Consumers Digest (http://consumersdigest.com) states Holiday World earned the top “bang for the buck” ranking with its “charming retro holiday theme” along with free soft drinks, free parking and free sunscreen.

The article also mentions the park’s Voyage wooden roller coaster as well as Mammoth, certified by Guinness World Records as the World’s Longest Water Coaster.

Certificate of ExcellenceAdditionally, for the sixth year, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari have received a Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor.com (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g37506-d126379-Reviews-Holiday_World_Splashin_Safari-Santa_Claus_Indiana.html). The accolade is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website.

“This award is a huge pat on the back for our wonderful Hosts and Hostesses,” says Matt Eckert, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s president. “From our sweepers to our food-and-beverage crews, from lifeguards to ride operators and everyone else, our staff consistently delivers a memorable day of fun for our park guests – it’s our tradition!”

In addition, USA Today and TripAdvisor recently teamed up to determine the Top Attraction
(https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2017/06/12/tripadvisor-top-attractions/102677120/) in each state, based on reviews and ratings. Holiday World was named Indiana’s top-rated attraction. USA Today also named Splashin’ Safari the nation’s #1 Outdoor Water Park in May, following a month-long readers’ poll.

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari are open daily. For more information, visit the park’s website at HolidayWorld.com (http://holidayworld.com/) or call 1-877-463-2645.

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Dane G. Dougan, 90, Huntingburg

Dane DouganDane G. Dougan, 90, of Huntingburg, died Tuesday (June 20) at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. He was born in Selvin March 16, 1927, to Glenn and Mary (Windels) Dougan. He married Evelyn Hemmer August 26, 1950. She died November 11, 2014.

Dane was a graduate of Dale High School. He was a highway engineer for\ the Indiana Department of Transportation and a farmer. He was a member of Holland United Methodist Church, the Dubois County 4-H Council and Extension Board during the development of the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds, a 4-H leader for 40 years, and was the Holland Church Softball League founding president. He loved breeding and showing animals, especially Angus cattle, Katahdin sheep, boer goats, chickens, and pigeons. He showed pigeons at the Kentucky State Fair for 46 years.

He is survived by two sons, Gary Doug and wife Jan, Huntingburg, and Bruce Dougan, Fontana, Caifornia; four grandchildren, Alison Walton and husband Justin, Indianapolis, Christine Carter and husband Korey, Washington, D.C., Nathan Dougan, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Lindsay Dougan, Fontana, California; and two great-grandsons, James and Evan.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a special friend, Ruth Lehmkuhler, who died April 11, 2014.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Holland United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. Rev. Keith Chanley and Rev. Jack Pollock will officiate the service.