Notes, Jokes & Quotes of the Day

Notes of the Day:

  • The oldest D20 dice was uncovered in Egypt and dates back around 30 BC.
  • The two parts to the word “helicopter” are “helico” meaning spiral, and “pter” meaning one with wings, like pterodactyl.
  • The cuckoo in the world’s largest cuckoo clock weighs 330 pounds.
  • The largest print photograph ever taken was 111 feet (34 m) wide and 32 feet (9.8 m) high.
  • The term “pipe dream” is a reference to the insane dreams people have when smoking opium

Jokes of the Day:

– My friend thinks he is smart. He told me an onion is the only food that makes you cry, so I threw a coconut at his face.

– Wife: “In my dream, I saw you in a jewelry store and you bought me a diamond ring.”
Husband: “I had the same dream and I saw your dad paying the bill.”

– Quotes of the Day:

Lucille J. Lemmer, 94, Jasper

Lucille J. Lemmer, 94, of Jasper, died Friday (June 16) at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in St. Meinrad July 17, 1923, to William and Minnie (Sternberg) Schlachter.

She was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, and cooking.

She is survived by one daughter, Mary Lou Lechner and husband John, Jasper; one son, Tom Lemmer, Jasper; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother, William Schlachter, Jr., and one sister, Ruth Henke.

Friends may call from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.  



News Stories DC for Monday

Dubois County (NNDC):

– The Jasper Strassenfest Committee is seeking candidates for the Jr. Miss Strassenfest contest. 

Our deadline has been extended through June 24th.

If you know of an incoming 7th or 8th grade girl who lives in the Greater Jasper School corporation and would like to participate in Jr. Miss, please ask her to download and complete an application at the Strassenfest’s website:

— Monday, July 16, has been designated demolition day for the former Hoosier Desk building.

The almost 100-year-old building sits at the corner of Third and Mill streets in Jasper, land on which the future Jasper Cultural Center will be built.

The Jasper Public Library Board heard Thursday that the start of demolition will be highlighted at 10 a.m. that day. There will be some sort of celebration to start the project, Library Director Christine Golden said.

Officals estimate the cost at  roughly $12 million, noting that some parts of the original building can be kept and incorporated into the new center, like the Birdseye maple wood flooring.

The board also approved the first reading of the bond resolution to issue the rest of its $6.5 million bond. The resolution to bond $5.4 million will be considered for approval at the board’s July meeting. The bonds likely won’t be issued until later in the year, board attorney Bill Shaneyfelt said.

In 2016, voters approved the library’s property tax referendum for the library to borrow up to $6.5 million to cover the library’s portion of the center over a 15-year bond. Of that, $1.1 million has been bonded, and $1 million has been used on center plans and designs.

– Board members  said that the core group designated to work on the cultural center is working on a planned-unit-development proposal, which allows a site to be mixed-use. The core group includes representatives of the Jasper Public Library Board, the Jasper Community Arts Commission and City Properties Group of Louisville, the private developer on the project.  The planned-unit development allows multiple uses in an area zoned for a single use. Once the final document is reviewed by the board, it will be submitted to the Jasper Plan Commission for consideration; the board hopes that will happen in August.


Note:  This story is currently being updated, please check back for new stories and updates.


Scholarships are awarded.

Gwen Graves, 42, Ferdinand

Gwen Graves, 42, of Ferdinand, died Friday at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh. She was born in Huntingburg October 15, 1975, to Michael and Karen (Leinenbach) Hagedorn. She married Tim Graves February 15, 2003, at St. Ferdinand Church in Ferdinand.

Gwen enjoyed spending time with her family, fishing, hunting, cooking, and camping and loved her dogs. She gave the gift of life through organ donation.

She is survived by her husband, Tim Graves; one son, Jordan Hagedorn, Ferdinand; one daughter, Gracie Graves, Ferdinand; her parents, Michael and Karen Hagedorn, Bristow; and one brother, Aaron Hagedorn and wife Shannon, Birdseye.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Reynold and Edna Leinenbach and Clarence and Olivia Hagedorn.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences may be shared at Funeral services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. David Hayes will officiate.

Southridge Raiders Baseball memorable season comes to an end

Huntingburg (NNDC) – The Southridge Raiders Baseball team ended a very successful season as the Class 2A State Runner up on Saturday with a 5-4 loss to Boone Grove in the title game.   A very large Raider fan base cheered on Southridge in a game played with temperatures in the 90’s and the heat index topping 100 degrees.

Boone Grove pitching ace Ty Bothwell, an Indiana Hoosiers recruit, cruised through the first 6 2/3 innings against Southridge and took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the 7th inning.   Four of those Boone Grove runs came in the 5th inning while the eventual winning run crossed home plate in the 6th inning on a Southridge throwing error to 3rd base.   The Raiders rallied in the bottom of the 7th as Senior Justin Lammers roped a single into left field to lead off the inning.   Pinch runner Patrick Sander took Lammers spot at first.     Bothwell picked up a strikeout and Sander advanced to 2nd on a groundball by Logan Seger leaving Boone Grove 1 out away from the victory .   Sander advanced to 3rd on a passed ball and Freshman Camden Gasser earned a walk which allowed the Raiders to have runners on 1st and 3rd.   Collin Smith sent the ball into left field which should have ended the game but the Boone Grove left fielder Dylan Paul couldn’t handle the fly ball allowing 2 runs to score and Smith ending up at 2nd.   Tucker Schank dribbled the ball up the 1st base line and beat out the throw for a single leaving the Raiders with runners on the corners.    With the pitch count nearing the maximum of 120 for Bothwell, an intentional walk was issued to Colson Montgomery loading the bases.   The Southridge rally continued as Chase Taylor looped a single to the gap in right field scoring Smith and Schank while bringing the Raiders within 1 and runners on 1st and 3rd.    Bothwell exhausted the maximum amount of pitches allowed and was replaced on the mound with Bryce Morris.    Jayce Harter earned a walk loading the bases for Southridge.    The Raider rally came to an end as Joe Lagrange popped out to the shortstop ending the  comeback.    Ty Bothwell picked up the win after allowing 4 unearned runs in the 7th and Bryce Morris earned the save.   Logan Seger pitched 4-1/3 innings and took the loss for Southridge.

The Raiders finish the season with a 25-7 record and the Class 2A State Runner Up title.

Southridge arrived back in Huntingburg around 9:45pm on Saturday night with a police escort as many Raider baseball fans greeted them at the High School.


During the team reception at the SHS auditorium,  coaches and players took time to recap the tournament and thank the fans.    1st year head coach, Gene Mattingly spoke of his love for the players and their work ethic.   Several Raider fans also spoke of their gratitude toward this team and how well they have represented the School Corporation and community.

Senior Justin Lammers was announced as the winner of the L.V. Phillips Mental Attitude Award for Class 2A earlier in the day.    Justin is the son of Brian and Ann Lammers of Huntingburg and will attend Purdue University in the fall.   Lammers is the second Southridge student athlete to receive the Mental Attitude Award this school year as teammate Jayce Harder won the award for Football in November.



Jasper Reds Continue to Roll & Dubois County Bombers Rained Out

Dubois County (NNDC) – The Jasper Reds continued their winning ways on Saturday with a double header at Ruxer Field.   In game one, Rose Hulman product Clayton Mayfield improved his record to 2-0 on the season as the Reds rolled over Martinsville 18-2.    Mayfield did not allow a walk,  struck out 3 and allowed only 2 singles in the victory.   Former Jasper Wildcats Trevor Krapf and Noah Weidenbenner doubled for the Reds while Jacob Lents and Zach Scheid added a couple of singles in the win.

Jasper also scored 18 runs in game 2 and picked up a shutout win as the Reds Bo Davis improves to 3-0 on the season.  Davis didn’t allow a hit until the 5th inning when he gave up a one out double.   Lane Kirkland led the offense with a triple and 2 singles which led to 6 RBI’s in the 18-0 win.

The Jasper Reds remain undefeated at 7-0 on the season and will host the Western Kentucky Giants this upcoming Saturday at Ruxer Field with first pitch scheduled for 3pm Eastern Time.

In other baseball action on Saturday, the Dubois County Bombers were trailing the Fulton Railroaders 5-3 in the bottom of the 2nd when heavy rain entered the area which forced a cancellation of the game.   The Bombers will make up the game with Fulton in a double header on June 28th at League Stadium.    The first of the two 7 inning games is set to start at 5pm Eastern.   The XPOGO Stunt Team was scheduled to perform at the game and the Bombers are attempting to get them rescheduled.    The Bombers return to the field on Sunday night against the Hoptown Hoppers as they celebrate Faith, Family and Fathers Day.   Game time is set for 6pm.

Fred J. Popp, 69, Portersville

Fred J. Popp, 69, of Portersville, died Friday (June 15) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. He was born in Washington July 26, 1948, to Hilbert A. and Eldena L. (Harder) Popp. He married Charlotte Miller October 9, 1976, at St. Paul’s’ Lutheran Church in Haysville. 

Fred worked as a computer technician for Kimball International for many years. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville where he served on the church council and the capital stewardship campaign. He enjoyed living in the country and spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Popp; two sons, Chris Popp, Jasper, and Mark Popp and wife Krissy, Fredricksburg, Virginia; five grandchildren, Ben, Quade, Dawson, Nathan, and Leo Popp; and two brothers, Robert Popp and wife Myrna and James Popp and wife Linda, all of Jasper.. 

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Louanna Nuhring. 

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, June 30, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30, at St. Paul’s Church. Pastor Tim Holt will officiate.


Jeff E. Fleck, 61, Jasper

Jeff E. Fleck, 61, of Jasper, died Friday (June 15) at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville. He was born in Jasper January 3, 1957, to Albert H. and LaVern C. (Sermersheim) Fleck.

Jeff worked for SIRS in Ferdinand, for the Jasper Knights of Columbus, and for other area restaurants. He was an Eagle Scout with Troop No. 188 and was a Special Olympics athlete, winning numerous medals. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper, the Jasper Knights of Columbus, and was an associate member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family at his residence in Jacob’s Village in Evansville, shrimp dinners, and collecting stuffed animals.

He is survived by one sister, Lisa Kuebler and husband Scott, Jasper; five brothers, Steve Fleck and wife Nancy and Doug Fleck, all of Jasper, Pat Fleck and wife Lavern and Greg Fleck and wife Connie, all of Evansville, and Chris Fleck, Newburgh; and nieces and nephews..

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one nephew, Nathan Fleck, one sister-in-law, Mary Fleck, and on great-niece, Mia Collier.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Family Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church, Jacob’s Village in Evansville, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Family Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

Southridge Raiders Baseball State Finals preview

Huntingburg (NNDC) – The Southridge Raiders Baseball team will be looking for their 1st ever State Baseball Title on Saturday at Victory Field in Indianapolis.   The Raiders (25-6) will face Boone Grove (21-5) for the Class 2A title with the game time set for 2pm ET.   Tickets are $10 at the gate with seating being general admission and Children 2 years of age or younger can enter free of charge.  The gates will open at 10am on Saturday which is 1 hour prior to the Class 1A State Championship which will feature Daleville (21-9) and University (28-6).   The Class 3A title game will follow the Southridge/Boone Grove contest with an scheduled start time at 5pm.

Southridge earned their way to the Class 2A State Championship game by winning the Jasper Semi-State last weekend over Indianapolis Secina 7-2 in front of a huge Raider contingent.    The Raiders have outscored their opponents 62-6 since Sectional play started.   Southridge is under the direction of 1st year Head Coach Gene Mattingly and takes a 25-6 record into the Championship against the Wolves of Boone Grove.

If you’re going to the game, prepare for sunny skies and hot temperatures with the expected game time temperature to be around 90 degrees.    There are several options for parking at Victory Field with the closest option being on the West side of the stadium.   Parking is $5 at this location.   There are several other parking options which include the State Garage that’s located on the Northeast corner of Maryland and West streets along with the underground garage located on the Northwest side of the stadium.

NNDC will keep you updated on the latest information concerning the Raiders as they try to bring home the 2nd State Championship to Southridge this school year.   The football Raiders defeated Woodlan at Lucas Oil Stadium for the Class 2A title in November.

Ferdinand Heimatfest Underway a really important event for many groups and organizations

Ferdinand (NNDC) –

The Annual Ferdinand Heimatfest sponsored by MasterBrand Cabinets is underway at 18th street park.

The annual Ferdinand Heimatfest will be bringing the community together with the best food, drinks, activities, and Live entertainment Friday and Saturday.

The Ferdinand Heimatfest’s Mission is to enable Ferdinand, Indiana to prosper by helping Dubois County grow. Each year we take the money raised through Heimatfest and donate that money to the Ferdinand Community Endowment and the Dubois County Community Foundation.

NewsNow talk with Jayme Horton Ferdinand Scout Troop 186 about what opportunities the Heimatfest offers to them.

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Jayme Horton Ferdinand Scout Troop 186


The Scout’s will also have a new item this year that is sure to be popular along with many old favorites.

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There is something for everyone to enjoy at the Ferdinand Heimatfest. Round up friends and family for the annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament or volleyball games. Test your culinary skills at the BBQ contest or bring the kids to try out the kitty tractors. Don’t forget the 5K on Saturday morning!

Again food is huge at the Heimatfest and here is a sneak peek at some of the delicious food you will find located all over the fest, however you will find these goodies under the shelter house along with some very nice ladies from the Ferdinand American Legion.

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Get it while it last! 


Music, Music, the Heimatfest offers a ton of great music including Jason Lee McKinney a two time nationally signed recording artist, powerhouse vocalist, and songwriter. McKinney blends a snarling musical underbelly full of equal parts trained prowess and an almost out of control piss and vinegar attitude; soaring sing-along hook melodies, with lyrics that are raw and raucous, reflective and radiant; simultaneously weaving a narrative that is both uniquely his and everyman’s story.  Performing Friday on the main stage 9-11pm.

Corey Cox on the main stage Saturday 9pm.

While on the road and splitting time between his home state of Indiana and Nashville, TN the past 10 years, Corey has performed more than 1,000 shows and shared the stage with Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Willie Nelson, Love and Theft, and Chris Young at prestigious music venues, tours, rodeos, fairs and festivals across the country.

Come join the fun, food, and music this weekend in Ferdinand at the Heimatfest!