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Dr. John “Jack” Bies, 85, Jasper

Dr. John “Jack” Bies, 85, of Jasper, died Saturday (May 20) at  the Northwood Retirement Center in Jasper. Services are pending at the Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper.

Meet “Catfishwoman!” (VIDEO)

Patoka Lake (WEHT/NNDC) – A Dubois woman has a new nickname of sorts after catching a 50lbs. catfish.

Christina Van Zelst of our media partner, WEHT/WTVW, has the story…

Strassenfest Pageant Contestants Sought

The Jasper Strassenfest Committee is now accepting applications for the 2017 Miss Strassenfest Scholarship Pageant, Jr. Miss Strassenfest Pagenat and the Little Miss & Mister Strassenfest pageant.

The pageants will be held Saturday, July 29th at 7:00 PM at Redemption Christian Church located at 1450 Energy Drive, just off highway 162 in Jasper.

The pageant application form along with other information including pageant eligibility requirements can be found at

Completed application forms should be returned via email by 2:00 PM June 6, 2017.

“Ride To Remember” Continues Mission To “Never Forget!” (with VIDEO)

Jasper (NNDC) – The 2017 “Ride To Remember” concluded its two-day journey through southern Indiana on Sunday.

Members of the Southwest Indiana Patriot Guard visited the gravesites of 17 fallen members of our military who served in the current wars overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The 17 are…



SPC William A. Jeffries, INARNG, 39 Evansville, IN
PFC Darren A. DeBlanc, USA, 20 Evansville, IN
SGT Jacen Beck, INARNG, 35, Evansville, IN
SGT Joseph Ford, INARNG, 23 Knox, IN
SPC Brandon S. Mullins, USA, 21 Owensboro, KY
SPC David W. Taylor, USA, 20 Dixon, KY
SGT Jimmy Shawn Lee, USMC, 26 Mt. Vernon, IN
CPL Willard M. Powell, USA, 21 Evansville, IN
SPC Jonathan R. Pfender, USA, 22 Evansville, IN
SGT Brock A. Babb, USMC, 40 Evansville, IN
LCPL James E. Brown, USMC, 20 Owensville, IN
LCPL Alec Terwiske, USMC 21 Dubois, IN
SPC Jared Arnn, USA, 21 Boonville, IN
CPL Eric R. Lueken, USMC, 23 Dubois, IN
SFC David Moore, INARNG, 42 Dubois, IN
Seaman Apprentice Shayna Ann Schnell, USN, 19 Tell City, IN
SFC Barry E. Jarvis, USA, 36, Tell City, IN

Rick Williams of the Patriot Guard says among the 17 are a 40-year old combat experienced Marine who re-enlisted in the hope that his experience could save lives. There is also a young man who was so determined to serve that he lost 70 pounds one summer so he could pass the physical. Then there is the soldier who stepped in front of his commanding officer to save that man’s life and as a result was nominated for the Medal of Honor. Among those names is a young Marine who wrote poetry and wanted to become a minister and a 19-year old sailor whose job it was to protect other sailors.

Williams says, “Seventeen names, seventeen stories, seventeen families… the least we owe them is to remember their names.”

Williams talked with our media partner, WEHT/WTVW prior to the ride this weekend… CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Below are NNDC’s video of coverage of the “Ride To Remember” dating back to 2013…

Record Number Of Schools Kick-Off IHSAA Softball Sectionals This Week

Indianapolis (Local Sources/NNDC) – A record three hundred seventy‐eight (378) teams – one better than 2010 ‐ will take part in the 33rd Annual IHSAA Softball State Tournament which begins this week.

Sectional action runs May 22‐27 with the 64 survivors moving into a one‐game regional round on Tuesday, May 30.

From there, 32 teams will square off in four‐team semi‐states on Saturday, June 3, with the four state championship games scheduled for Saturday, June 10 at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

Class A defending state champion Borden will take on South Central (Elizabeth) in Sectional 62 at Lanesville.
Among the other defending state champions, Class 4A’s Avon will meet Plainfield in Sectional 12 bye game at Terre Haute North Vigo. Lebanon, last year’s 3A state champion will face North Montgomery in Sectional 25 at Tri‐West Hendricks. Evansville Mater Dei, last year’s Class 2A champion will take on South Spencer in the Sectional 48 opening game at Forest Park.

Jasper hosts the local 3A Sectional with Southridge, Pike Central, Princeton, Vincennes Lincoln and Washington.  Jasper is the defending sectional champ.

Jasper opens Sectional play Monday at 6:00pm against Pike Central.  Southridge drew a first round by and will play Washington on Wednesday at 7:30pm. CLICK HERE FOR THE LOCAL 3A SECTIONAL BRACKET

Also playing in the 2A Sectional at Forest Park (Bretzville) along with the Rangers and Wildcats are North Posey, Perry Central, South Spencer and Tell City.

Forest Park got a first-round bye and will play North Posey in a semifinal game at 8:00pm on Tuesday.  CLICK HERE FOR THE LOCAL 2A SECTIONAL BRACKET

Northeast Dubois plays at the 1A Sectional at Springs Valley (French Lick) along with Cannelton, Tecumseh, Wood Memorial, and the host Blackhawks.

Northeast Dubois 0pens Sectional play Monday at 6:30pm against Wood Memorial.  NNDC will televise the game LIVE from French Lick.  CLICK HERE FOR THE LOCAL 1A SECTIONAL BRACKET

Tecumseh extended its state record 14th consecutive sectional championship a year ago and will look to continue that string after drawing the bye in the 1A Sectional at Springs Valley.

IHSAA Baseball Sectionals Begin This Week

Indianapolis (Local Sources/NNDC) – A field of 384 teams will begin play this week in the 51st Annual IHSAA Baseball State Tournament

First round Sectional games begin Wednesday, May 24th.  The Sectional semifinal and championship games will be played Monday, May 29th (Memorial Day),  with the 64 champions advancing to a four‐team regional on Saturday, June 3rd.

The 16 regional winners will be assigned to four semi‐state sites and play a single game on Saturday, June 10th, with the winners moving into their respective state championship galme.

This year’s four state championship games, scheduled for Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17, will be played
at Victory Field in Indianapolis, home of the Triple‐A franchise Indianapolis Indians.

The defending state champions include Class 4A’s Roncalli which will host Perry Meridian in the Sectional 11 bye game. Northview will host Sullivan in Class 3A, Sectional 28. In Class 2A, Providence will play Eastern (Pekin) while hosting Class 2A, Sectional 46. Daleville, last year’s Class A state champ will play Anderson Preparatory Academy which is hosting Sectional 5.

Locally, Jasper hosts the 3A Sectional at the Wildcats’ Ruxer Field.  Other teams in the local 3A Sectional include Dubois County rival Southridge, Vincennes Lincoln, Princeton, Washington and Pike Central.  Jasper has won a state best 37 sectional titles since the IHSAA tournament was started in 1967.  The Wildcats have won five state titles.

Jasper plays Vincennes Lincoln (5:30pm) and Southridge plays Washington (7:30pm) in first round games on Wednesday, May 24th.  Both games will be televised ‘LIVE’ on NNDC-TV.

Northeast Dubois hosts the local 1A Sectional with Tecumseh, Wood Memorial, Springs Valley and Cannelton.  The Jeeps are the defending sectional champs.  The Jeeps open sectional play Wednesday at 6:30pm against Tecumseh.

Forest Park plays in the local 2A Sectional at South Spencer with the host and defending sectional champ Rebels, Perry Central, Evansville Mater Dei, North Posey and Tell City.  The Rangers play Perry Central in a first round game on Wednesday beginning at 5:00pm (CST).

Gate admission for the Sectional round is $6 per session; $10 season (Season tickets may be provided for tourneys with three or more sessions).




PLEASE NOTE: The second‐named team in each pairing is the designated home team except when they advance by virtue of a bye. Exception: In six‐team sectionals, the teams drawing the bye will play in the second semifinal game (Game 4) and will be the visitor in the championship game.

William M. “Bill” Blume, 91, Celestine

William BlumeWilliam M. “Bill” Blume, 91, of Celestine, died Friday (May 19) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Birdseye April 23, 1926, to William C. and Elizabeth (Miller) Blume.

Bill worked at Jerry Seidl Sawmill and for Forest Products for several years. He was a United States Army veteran, a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Catholic Church, and American Legion Post No. 147, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by one sister, Helen Curl, Celestine; one brother, Maurice Blume and wife Brenda, Kyana; sister-in-law Lucille Blume, Jasper; five nieces; and 11 nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Ann and Hildagarde Blume, who died in infancy, two brothers, Leo L. and Othmar Blume, one nephew, Matthew Blume, who died in infancy, and two brothers-in-law, Sammy Ingle and Lester Curl.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Celestine Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore Parish, the Alzheimer’s Association, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery. American Legion Post No. 147 will conduct military graveside rites.

Darrell Gene Roesner, 78, Holland

Darrell Gene RoesnerDarrell Gene Roesner, 78, of Holland, died Friday (May 12) at his home. He was born in Holland June 5, 1938, to Elmer and Juanita (Bush) Roesner. He married Martha Ann Shawhan December 1, 1957, at the Lutheran Parsonage in Holland. She died March 19, 2017,

Darrell worked as a self-employed milk hauler and as a school bus driver for the Southwest Dubois County School Corporation for 30 years. He was a Holland water utility… superintendent and Holland town board president, a foreign exchange student host, and a member of St. James Lutheran Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, and waterskiing, gardening, and his pets.

He is survived by two daughters, Penny Wilhite and husband Randy, Evansville, and Anita Woebkenberg and husband Gordon, Ferdinand; one brother, James Roesner and wife Donna, Holland; sister-in-law Betty Wibbeler, Holland; four grandchildren, Logan Begle and wife Josie, Leitha Majewicz and husband Mark, and Lora and Taylor “T.J.” Woebkenberg; four great grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Doug Begle, and one brother, William Roesner.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at St. James Lutheran Church in Holland. Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to St. James Church. Online condolences may be shared online at Funeral services at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church with burial following at a later date. Pastor David Darling will officiate at the service.

Betty Davis Staff, 89, Huntingburg

Betty Staff2Betty Davis Staff, 89, of Huntingburg, died Friday (May 14) at Brookside Village in Jasper. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri November 1, 1927, to Carl A. and Lelia L. Davis.

Betty graduated from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois, in 1948 with a bachelor’s degree in English and drama. In August of 1948 she married Ens. William A. (Bill) Staff (USN). She moved with him to Pensacola, Florida and later to San Diego, California, Corpus Christie, Texas, San Diego, California, Oak Harbor, Washington, Champaign, Illinois, Norfolk, Virginia, Shenandoah, Iowa, and Evansville, Indiana, where they lived for 27 years before retiring to Fairhope, Alabama in 1988. During a 21 year career with the Evansville-Vanderburgh County School Corporation she taught speech therapy in several elementary schools and drama and English at Reitz High School. She was an active amateur thespian for many years with Evansville Civic Theater and was a long-time member and elder of First Presbyterian Church. In Fairhope. She enjoyed her involvement in several civic organizations, especially the Eastern Shore Art Center where she served on the board of directors and as board president. In 2006 she and her husband moved to Huntingburg to be near their eldest son’s family.

She is survived by three sons, Noll A. Staff and wife Ann, St. Anthony, Eric Todd Staff, Nashville, Tennessee, and Kirk D. Staff and wife Linda, Columbus, Ohio; three grandsons, one step-grandson, two granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren.

Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. There will be no funeral services at this time. Online condolences may be shared at

Lady Wildcats Take Another Girls Tennis Sectional; Cats Also Claim Boys Track Sectional

PHOTO: Jasper High School

PHOTO: Jasper High School

Girls Tennis

IHSAA Sectional

Jasper 5  Forest Park 0

At Jasper, the Lady Wildcats cruise to their 30th IHSAA Girls Tennis Sectional title with the win over Forest Park.  Jasper has also won 28 consecutive sectional trophies.

Individually, Jasper won all five matches in straight sets.

Sarah Monesmith, Suchi Bandaru and Mallory Ahlbrand all won their singles finals.  Caroline Theil and Olivia Yarbrough, and Kathleen Messmer and Jillian Seger won in doubles.

The Lady Wildcats advance to the IHSAA Regional Tuesday also at Jasper.


Boys Track & Field

IHSAA Sectional

At Leopold, the Wildcats outdistance the field in winning the 2017 Boys Sectional title scoring 171 points as a team.