Jasper Police Department to increase traffic enforcement during the holidays

Jasper – (NNDC)

The Jasper Police Department will be conducting overtime patrols during the holidays, thanks to a $10,250 traffic safety improvement grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The funds, distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, are part of the state’s “Click It to Live It” program, which works to promote seat belt usage and reduce impaired driving – in an effort to prevent traffic injuries and fatal crashes in Indiana.

“The simple fact is, no matter who you are or what you drive, wearing your seat belt is one of the best ways to keep you and your family safe on the road,” said Assistant Chief Aaron Persohn.  “That’s why we’re asking all motorists to Click it to Live it this holiday season – it’s your life. Don’t wait to get pulled over.”

According to the most recent data available, 53% of passengers killed in fatal crashes were not wearing seatbelts and 63.5% of speeding related fatalities were unrestrained. To combat this and save lives, Indiana police agencies will continue to enforce seat belt, speeding and other traffic laws, especially during the holiday season.

“Why do we enforce traffic laws? To prevent the crashes, injuries and deaths that hurt our community,” said Assistant Chief Aaron Persohn. “The holidays are all about spending time with friends and family, so don’t miss out on what makes this time of year so great. Buckle up—every seat, every time—and use a sober driver.”

Click it to Live it, It’s your Life

Indiana has a primary seat belt law, meaning that police officers may ticket unrestrained drivers or passengers, even if no other traffic violation has taken place.

ICJI and the Purdue University Center for Road Safety estimate that in 2019 about 95 percent of Hoosiers buckle up. But the small amount of drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts made up more than half of Indiana’s fatal crashes.

Parents and caregivers who don’t buckle up are more likely to have unbuckled kids as adults set the example. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading and increasing cause of death for children age 14 and younger. In Indiana, all passengers under age 8 must be in an approved car seat or booster seat, and unrestrained children under 16 are the driver’s responsibility.

With all of today’s options for getting home safely, there’s no excuse for getting behind the wheel impaired as it endangers you and everyone else around you. Law enforcement recommends these safe alternatives to impaired driving:

  • Designate, or be, a sober driver.
  • Call a cab or a ridesharing service.
  • Download the SaferRide mobile app on the Android Play Store or the Apple iTunes Store. This app only has three options: call a taxi, call a friend, and identify your location for pickup.
  • Celebrate at home or a place where you can stay until sober.
  • Throwing a party? Offer non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of food.
  • Never provide alcohol to minors.
  • Friend or family member about to drive? Take the keys and make alternate arrangements.


For more information about drunk driving visit http://on.IN.gov/drivesober and to learn about drug-impaired driving visit http://on.in.gov/drivehighDUI

Jasper Community Arts is thrilled to present McNasty Brass Band at the historic Astra Theatre this Saturday.

Jasper – (NNDC)

Jasper Community Arts is thrilled to present McNasty Brass Band at the historic Astra Theatre this Saturday.

McNasty Brass Band is a collection of Minneapolis/Saint Paul based horn players and percussionists
that fuse the Minneapolis sound with the spirit of New Orleans. The outcome of this fusion is hardhitting dance music and high-energy live shows.
Each player works tirelessly outside McNasty Brass Band as a side-man, some with national and international touring acts. That’s what makes McNasty special– these youthful but experienced sidemen come together and showcase their compositions, solos, group vocals, and stage presence as
front-men. “McNasty Brass Band is a perfect example of why you shouldn’t make fun of the kid who is super into trumpet in 5th grade” (twincitiesmedia.net). “King Size Life,” their first studio album,
encapsulates their live energy with exciting compositions, rowdy gang vocals, and rip-roaring solos.

The only thing missing is their dance moves!

Tickets are available by visiting www.jasperarts.org or by calling 812-482-3070.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. Group rates are available


(NNDC) –

Number of homeless vets in Indiana increases 6.1% since last year but declines by 25.4% since 2010


INDIANAPOLIS –Veteran homelessness in the U.S. continues to decline according to a new national estimate announced by U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson.  HUD’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report finds the total number of reported veterans experiencing homelessness in 2019 decreased 2.1 percent since last year. View local estimates of veteran homelessness.


“Our nation’s veterans have sacrificed so much for our country and now it’s our duty to make certain they have a home to call their own,” said Secretary Carson. “We’ve made great progress in our efforts to end veteran homelessness, but we still have a lot of work to do to ensure our heroes have access to affordable housing.”


“In Indiana, the increase in veterans experiencing homelessness indicates that our collaborative efforts are helping us to more readily find and assist veterans experiencing homelessness,” said HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Joseph P. Galvan. “We can do better for those who put their lives on the line so we that we could remain the land of the free and home of the brave.”


Each year, thousands of local communities around the country conduct one-night “Point-in-Time” estimates of the number of persons experiencing homelessness—in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and in unsheltered locations. This year’s estimate finds 37,085 veterans experienced homelessness in January 2019, compared to 37,878 reported in January 2018.


HUD estimates among the total number of reported veterans experiencing homelessness in 2019, 22,740 veterans were found in sheltered settings while volunteers counted 14,345 veterans living in places not meant for human habitation.

Hosparus Health of Southern Indiana needs volunteers, offers free training Saturday, Dec. 7

(NNDC) –

Hosparus Health of Southern Indiana needs volunteers in Clark, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Floyd, Harrison, Jefferson, Martin, Orange, Perry, Pike, Scott, Spencer and Washington counties and will host a free training on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (lunch and snacks provided) at its New Albany location, 502 Hausfeldt Lane.


Hosparus Health provides hospice and palliative care to seriously ill patients and their families. Depending on their interests, volunteers provide companionship and respite to patients and their caregivers, and help with administrative duties, bereavement care, outreach, fundraising and special events. The not-for-profit organization is especially in need of licensed specialty volunteers to provide hair care and massage therapy to homebound patients.


Hosparus Health carefully selects volunteers and provides them with comprehensive training specially designed to meet the needs of patients and families. Volunteers must have available transportation and complete training and an application process.


To register, contact Vonya Gresham, volunteer manager, at vgresham@hosparus.org or 812-542-2809.  Volunteer applications are also available online at HosparusHealth.org/volunteers.


About Hosparus Health

Since 1978, Hosparus Health, a fully accredited not-for-profit hospice and palliative care organization, has provided medical care, grief counseling, pain management and much more for people facing serious and life-limiting illnesses in 41 counties in Kentucky and Indiana. Hosparus Health is one of the nation’s largest hospice and palliative care providers with over 700 employees and 700 volunteers who cared for 8,400 patients and families in 2018. Visit www.hosparushealth.org for more information, or call (800) 264-0521.

Tai Chi with Certified Instructor and Black Belt Jim Birkle

(NNDC) – Tai Chi is an ancient form of martial arts focused on defense, flexibility, and general health benefits. It’s a great discipline for everyone, particularly seniors. While you can easily sign up to any Tai Chi class nowadays, only a few  are reliable and worth your money.  In Southern Indiana, one Class that you can always count on is Tai Chi with Jim Birkle and Senior Stick Fit.

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Dennis J. Fischer, 77, Jasper

Dennis J. Fischer, 77, of Jasper, died Monday, November 11, at The Waters of Huntingburg. He was born in Ferdinand November 11, 1942, to Alfred and Harriett (Gehlhausen) Fischer. He married Anna Lee Tiemann September 16, 1961, in Siberia.

Dennis was a United States Army veteran and was the owners of Quality Auto Sales in Huntingburg.

He is survived by his wife, Anna Lee Fischer; one daughter, Tina Lollar and husband John, Huntingburg; one grandson, Lance Woody, Jasper; two great-grandchildren, Ava and Leighton Woody; two sisters, Laverne Cornett, Petersburg, and Darlene McNelis and husband Bernard, Jasper.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Jason Fischer, and one brother, Eric Fischer.

Private services were held at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.

Water Rates to Increase in Huntingburg

Huntingburg (NNDC):

Water rates will likely increase by around 18% in Huntingburg.

The increase will cover the additional costs for purchasing water from the Patoka Lake Regional Water and Sewer District as well as the $8 million cost for making improvements to water plant and the water main along U.S. 231. The Huntingburg Common Council introduced an ordinance for the increase Tuesday evening.

The average for about 20% of Huntingburg’s customers use, the cost will increase from $16.35 to $19.27. Increases are incremented at every 500 gallons up to 10,000 gallons.For those using 4,000 gallons of water per month, which is the average household, the cost will increase from $39.33 to $46.37. For 5,000 gallons, the cost will increase from $45.86 to $54.07.

The monthly base service charge for meters will increase based on the meter size. For those with a 5/8- to 3/4-inch meter, which is most residential customers, the cost will increase from $13.07 to $15.53 for customers living inside the city limits, and $19.41 for those living outside the limits. For those with a 1-inch meter, the charge will increase from $26.14 to $31.05 for customers in the city and $38.81 for those outside the city. Charges will increase for all meters, up to the 8-inch meter.

The charge for public fire protection, which is what most residences have, will increase based on meter size. The cost will go from $1.72 to $2.04 for a 5/8-inch meter, from $2.43 to $2.89 for a 3/4-inch meter, and from $4.39 to $5.22 for a 1-inch meter. There are also increases for the bigger meters, as well as for customers with private fire protection.

The monthly metered rates per 100 cubic feet will also increase. For the first 5,000 cubic feet, which is most residential customers, the cost will increase from $4.65 to $5.52 for in-city customers and $6.90 for customers outside of the city. The next 20,000 cubic feet, the rates will increase from $4.38 to $5.21 for customers in the city and $6.51 for those outside of the city. For the next 975,000 cubic feet, the rates will increase from $3.94 to $4.69 for in-city customers and $5.86 for outside-city customers.

A required public hearing concerning the water rate increases will be held at the council’s next meeting, which is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 at City Hall, 508 E. Fourth St.

The council also approved bids for the water improvement project and introduced the bond ordinance for the State Revolving Fund loan that will be taken out to pay for the project.

Huntingburg Machine Works was hired to complete Division 1 for $1,394,552. Division 1 includes work on the water main along 11 blocks of U.S. 231: between Maple and Chestnut streets, Second and First avenues, First to Third streets, and Fifth to 12th streets.

Reynolds Construction of Orleans was hired to complete Division 2, which is work at the water treatment plant, for $4,880,700. This work includes redoing the chemical feed systems and adding a new intake pump station, new piping, a salt storage space, new walkways inside the building and two backwash tanks. Division 3, Will be the installation of solar panels to the water treatment plant, for $468,031.

Huntingburg and Ferdinand Chambers of Commerce Join Hands

Dubois County (NNDC):

The committee for the merger of the Ferdinand and Huntingburg Chambers of Commerce have announce the name, mission and vision of the new chamber which will begin operations On January 1, 2020.

The new organization will be named the Dubois County Chamber of Commerce, and the name was selected based on feedback from chamber members as well as from the community’s large.  The focus of the new chamber will be to work more at a county, state and regional level.

The vision and mission for the Dubois County Chamber of Commerce are as follows:

Vision: “To support our business community with a unified voice.”

Mission: “The Dubois County Chamber of Commerce serves businesses of all sizes by providing leadership, legislative advocacy, and member-to-member collaborative opportunities by working at a county, regional, and state level to foster growth and profitability for our members.”

The transition committee envisions the new chamber will be different from others in Dubois County and will work in collaboration with all other organizations throughout the county.

A search will soon begin for individuals wanting to serve on the board of directors. There will be an application process.  Those interested should contact Sara at huntingburgchamber@gmail.com. The plan is to a for a new director beginning in December.





Cold Weather and Snow cause cancellation of school for Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools, along with all Dubois County School Districts closed today

Jasper – (NNDC)

Jasper Greater Jasper Consolidated schools decided to cancel today.  Last night at the beginning of the snow a 2 hour delay was called but after consideration this morning and some slick roads and other factors they have decided to cancel.

In fact all Dubois County Schools, Southeast, Northeast, & Southwest are all closed today.

Impeachment Law Expert, Bi-Partisan Panel Discussion, and Audience Q&A to be held at VUJC

Jasper – (NNDC)

As the U.S. Congress opens public impeachment hearings about President Trump next week, an informal public presentation on impeachment by a nationally recognized expert and law professor, a bi-partisan panel discussion, and audience participation will be held on Thursday, November 14th, from 7 to 9 pm, at the VUJC Auditorium in Jasper.

The chief presenter, Professor Charles Geyh of the Indianapolis University Law School, is an expert on judicial misconduct and ethics and has prosecuted judicial impeachments. Geyh received his B.A. in Political Science in 1980, graduated from the Wisconsin Law School in 1983, and has written extensively on impeachment.

The bi-partisan panel will include Indianapolis Attorney and former Director of Common Cause Indiana Russ Sipes, Columbus Attorney, former head of the Ohio Election Board an Assistant Attorney General of Ohio, Greg “Jack” Haught, and finally, Jasper physician, Congressional Candidate, political writer and author of A Surgeon’s Odyssey, Doctor Richard Moss.

“This is the perfect time for all citizens to learn and think about the purpose and limits of Presidential Impeachment since the U.S. Congress is planning to start public hearings about Trump’s actions regarding Ukraine the same week as this presentation,” said Dubois County Democratic Chairperson Mike Kendall, the sponsor of the presentation.

The informal presentation by Professor Geyh will last about 30 minutes, followed by a panel discussion on the pros and cons of the impending impeachment of President Trump and questions from the audience.

“Republicans, Independents, and Democrats are all invited and will have a chance to ask questions and express their views about what may be only the third impeachment in 240 years of American history,” said Kendall.


Doors open at 6:30, and the auditorium seats 115 on a first-come, first-seated basis.