Charles G. Fromme, 90, Birdseye

Charles G. Fromme, 90, of Birdseye, died Wednesday, February 19, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Jasper March 15, 1929, to Frank and Rose (Marks) Fromme.

Charles attended Jasper High School and was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving as a medical corpsman in a U.S. Marine Corps unit during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a cartographer for AAA in California for many years traveling extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, England, and Scotland. He later worked for Jasper Seating Company and the Jasper and St. Meinrad American Legion Posts. While  living in California, he had professional voice training  and after returning to Indiana sang with the Sacred Heart Church choir in Schnellville. He loved country life, especially time spent with his horses and peacocks, time on his farm, and time spent with his many siblings and their children.

He is survived by 27 nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three sisters, Lenore Huls Stemply, Delores Potter, and Joanne Woolsey; four brothers, Vincent, Frank Jr., Thomas, and Norman Fromme; and five nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at Sacred Heart Church in Schnellville. American Legion Post 147 will conduct military rites. A reception will be held following the mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Birdseye Volunteer Fire Department and/or Divine Mercy Parish. Online condolences can be shared at

Varieties of Foods and Entertainment Coming to Down Town Jasper

Jasper (NNDC):

Jasper foodies can now find a new way to Chowdown at the city’s new food truck event starting in May – Downtown Chowdown!

Downtown Chowdown is the name selected after a survey was sent out to members of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce and Greater Downtown Jasper Business Association.

The event will be held the second Wednesday of the month from 6:00pm – 9:00pm starting on May 13th, rain or shine, on the square in downtown Jasper.  A list of dates is listed below:

Wednesday, May 13th

Wednesday, June 10th

Wednesday, July 8th

Wednesday, August 12th

Wednesday, September 9th

Wednesday, October 14th

Downtown Chowdown will have multiple food truck vendors from throughout the region serving a variety of foods, live music sponsored by Smithville Fiber, Farmers’ Market vendors, late shopping hours, games, and great conversations in a laid-back setting.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Scheduled

Indiana (NNDC):

Local law enforcement is warning drivers to always drive sober with March being typically dangerous. In March of last year, there were 433 alcohol related crashes in Indiana, resulting in 205 injuries and five fatalities.

County law enforcement will join agencies from across the country for the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign. Officers will increase overtime patrols and sobriety checkpoints during the month to prevent dangerous and impaired driving.

March is known for alcohol related incidents due to celebrations including St. Patrick’s Day and the NCAA tournament.


Legislation Underway to Help with Surprise Medical Bills

Indiana (NNDC):

How much you really owe for medical procedures is now being discussed in the State House and Senate which have both unanimously approved bills to ban “surprise billing.”

Surprise billing typically occurs when a specialist who’s part of your treatment ends up being outside your insurance network, resulting in higher unknown costs to the consumer. There are several differences in whether the language should be absolute or include exceptions for procedures which take place offsite. Allowing patients to comparison-shop is also a goal in attempt to lowering medical cost.

Both House and Senate face a Thursday deadline to get bills through committee. Neither the database bill nor the surprise billing proposals have been scheduled for hearings yet, but legislators are trying to finalize an agreement quickly and hearings are hopeful next week in order to get positive legislation on the table before the final days of this legislative session.

Scott D. Dowdell, 57, Syracuse

Scott D. Dowdell, 57, of Syracuse, died Saturday, February 22, at his home. He was born in Huntingburg November 12, 1962, to Ronald M. and Viola Ruth (Reinbold) Dowdell. He married Susan Tevault October 19, 1985, in Orleans.

Scott was self-employed, a member of the Indiana Jaycees, and an avid bow fisherman.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Dowdell, Jasper; one sister, Carolyn Dodson, Jasper; and one brother, Alan (Kerry) Dowdell and wife Kerry, Fort Branch.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two nephews, Ryan Dowdell and David Dodson III.

Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. Thursday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingbug. Online condolences can be shared at Funeral services at 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with burial following in Augusta Cemetery in Augusta. Larry Mickler will officiate.

Plea agreement in the Friz’s case reached


Released from Dubois County Prosecutor Anthony Quinn

A plea/sentencing hearing was held Friday morning in Crawford Circuit Court at which time Judge Nathan Verkamp accepted the plea agreement filed with the Court involving both Alan and Aimee Friz.  Both parties entered pleas to two counts of neglect of a dependent as level 6 felonies with convictions entered as Class A Misdemeanors.  This agreement required the Friz’s to accept some level of responsibility for their actions and will require the Friz’s to be supervised for a period of time.

Although this plea clearly represents a lenient resolution for the defendants in light of the severity of the charges filed against them, this plea was offered with the input of the victim, her guardians, and others working closely with her. Prosecutor Quinn, after a long period of discussion and consultation with the victim, felt it was vital to close this case so that the victim can move forward with her life.  “It was a difficult decision to offer this plea, difficult as a prosecutor and for the law enforcement officers who worked hard to build a solid case against the Friz’s.  Nevertheless, the case ultimately is about the victim.   We felt continuing the trauma she has endured while this case has been pending, and by having to testify to a jury does not serve her best interests,” said Quinn. “ I hope the victim continues to thrive in her new environment and continues on the path of healing.”

Boys H.S. Basketball Sectionals Announced


Boys Basketball sectional is right around the corner, local games start Tuesday March 3rd.  Locally Jasper will face Harrison in round one in sectional 16, Southridge the host of sectional 48 received a bye in the first round and will face the winner of the Forest Park vs South Spencer match up, and our good friends the Jeeps will face Cannelton in round one at Springs Valley.  Good luck to all teams, coaches, and fans in this year’s tournament.

Sectional 16 at North

Game 1: Harrison (9-13) vs. Jasper (16-5)

Game 2: Central (3-17) vs. Castle (10-10)

Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Reitz (15-6)

Game 4: Winner of Game 2 vs. North (9-11) 

Game 5: Championship

Class 3A

Sectional 31 at Vincennes Lincoln

Game 1: Washington (17-4) vs. Vincennes Lincoln (9-11)

Game 2: Princeton (9-11) vs. Sullivan (19-3)

Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Pike Central (1-18)

Game 4: Championship

Sectional 32 at Boonville

Game 1: Gibson Southern (7-13) vs. Bosse (15-6)

Game 2: Memorial (5-15) vs. Boonville (8-13)

Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Heritage Hills (18-3)

Game 4: Winner of Game 2 vs. Mount Vernon (2-22) 

Game 5: Championship

Class 2A

Sectional 46 at Crawford County

Game 1: Tell City (11-11) vs. Perry Central (13-9)

Game 2: Eastern (Pekin) (2-19) vs. Paoli (18-3)

Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Crawford County (11-11) 

Game 4: Championship

Sectional 47 at North Knox

Game 1: Mitchell (10-9) vs. Eastern Greene (6-15)

Game 2: North Knox (10-12) vs. Linton-Stockton (21-2) 

Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. South Knox (10-11)

Game 4: Championship

Sectional 48 at Southridge

Game 1: North Posey (12-9) vs. Mater Dei (14-6)

Game 2: South Spencer (17-4) vs. Forest Park (14-8)

Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Tecumseh (10-11)

Game 4: Winner of Game 2 vs. Southridge (8-14)

Game 5: Championship

Class 1A

Sectional 63 at Loogootee

Game 1: Washington Catholic (2-18) vs. Shoals (9-12)

Game 2: Barr-Reeve (21-1) vs. North Daviess (15-7)

Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Orleans (8-14)

Game 4: Winner of Game 2 vs. Loogootee (17-5)

Game 5: Championship

Sectional 64 at Springs Valley

Game 1: Day School (10-9) vs. Springs Valley (5-16)

Game 2: Northeast Dubois (12-10) vs. Cannelton (6-17)

Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Wood Memorial (5-16)

Game 4: Winner of Game 2 vs. Vincennes Rivet (5-14) 

Game 5: Championship

Notes Jokes & Quotes

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Notes & Facts:

  •  At more than 2,716.5 feet tall and more than 160 stories the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world in 2008.
  • Washington Irving, the author, suffered from chronic insomnia created one of the least sleep-deprived literary characters in literature, Rip Van Winkle.
  • This long disbanded musical group reunited to perform at Bill Clinton’s 1993 inaugural ball, Fleetwood Mac “Don’t Stop”.
  • Coco Chanel, the designer, is the first known woman to create women’s suits with colorless jackets and fitted skirts beginning in the 1920s.
  • Italy is the world’s greatest producer of wine.
  • According to grocery sales, America’s favorite cookie is the Oreo.
  • Coca Cola was the first brand name product featured on the cover of Time Magazine, in May 1950.



  •  I’m on a whiskey diet, I lost 3 days already.
  • My Mother-in-law fell down a wishing well, I was amazed, I never knew they worked.
  • “My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We’ll see about that.”
  • Old accountants never die, they just loose their balance.
  • Do NOT argue with an idiot! He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
  • I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandpa, not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.
  • The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it’s still on the list.
  • The evening news is where they begin with “Good evening”, then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.
  • “Watched “Mission Impossible 3” the other day, thought to myself “It’s not really impossible if he’s already done it twice”.
  • I never wanted to believe that my Dad was stealing from his job as a road worker. But, when I got home, all the signs were there”




Anetta “Net” Houchin, 94, Jasper

Anetta “Net” Houchin, 94, of Jasper, died Friday, February 21. She was born in Huntingburg April 12, 1925, to Walter and Pearl (Spencer) Rice.

Net was a volunteer for the first Family Hospice of Dubois County and a retiree of Memorial Hospital. Following her retirement at the hospital, she spent years working in the health care profession doing private home care. She completed a multi-decade clinical study done by Nurses of Preventive Medicine for Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

She is survived by one daughter, Randalyn Clabaugh, Dubois; daughter-in-law Carrie Houchin, Huntingburg; four granddaughters, Meghan (Derek) Hasson and husband Derek, Texas, Kelleyerin Clabaugh and husband Derek, Hawaii, Margaret Houchin (Brad) Coomer, Jasper, and Lucy Rice Houchin, England, UK; and three great-grandchildren, John Casey Hasson, Jay Patrick Hasson, and Georgia Louise Coomer.

She was preceded in death by one son, Jay E. Houchin.

A private celebration of life and burial at Dale Cemetery will be held at a later date. There will be no viewing. Memorial contributions can be made to the Dubois County Community Foundation’s Jay E. Houchin Scholarship Fund. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be shared at

Janet McPherron Anderson, 88, Port Orange, Florida

Janet McPherron Anderson, 88, of Port Orange, Florida, died Sunday, February 23, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born in Washington February 8, 1932, to Homer and Ruth (Greenwood) Perrine. She had two marriages; She married Charles McPherron June 5, 1951, at St. Simon Catholic Church in Washington. He died in 1997. She married Thomas Anderson April 10, 2006.

Janet graduated from Washington High School in 1950 as the class valedictorian. She earned bachelor’s (psychology) and master’s (social work) degrees from the University of Evansville. She worked in at the Southern Hills Counseling Center and the Area 16 Council on Aging. She was a member of the Delta Theta Tau Sorority and the Sweet Adelines International, performing in both the Evansville and Daytona Beach, Florida, choruses. She enjoyed reading, gardening, and traveling.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Anderson; three daughters, Mary Jeanne Schumacher and husband Riley, Huntingburg, Caroline Goodman and husband Dave, Lee;s Summit, Missouri, and Nancy Chaney and husband Ray, Santa Claus; two sons, Michael McPherron and wife Ellen, Huntersville, North Carolina, and Stephen McPheron and wife Jaclyn, Huntingburg; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and first husband she was preceded in death by one sister, Elva Ruth Greenwood.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, Indiana, and from 9-10 a.m. Friday at St. Meinrad Catholic Church in St. Meinrad. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Meinrad Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the church with burial following at a later date in St. John’s Cemetery in Washington.