Donna M. Fleck, 60, Ferdinand

Donna M. Fleck, 60, of Ferdinand, died Thursday, September 20, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lafayette. She was born in Huntingburg January 29,1958, to Leo and Isabel (Dilger) Gessner. She married Tom J. Fleck July 19, 1980, at Mary Help Of Christians Church in Mariah Hill.

Donna was a custodian at Ferdinand Elementary School. She was a member of Christ the King Parish-St. Ferdinand Church and its choir. She was a member of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, Forest Park Band Boosters, and the Celebration Singers. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, especially flowers, knitting, singing, and hosting guests and family for the holidays.

She is survived by her husband Tom J. Fleck; one son, Luke Fleck and wife Andrea, Ferdinand; two daughters, Kyla Wagner and husband Ryan, Fishers, and Alyssa Fleck, Ferdinand; three grandchildren, Kayden and Isabel Fleck and Logan Wagner; her mother, Isabel Gessner, Mariah Hill; one brother, David Gessner and wife Carol, Mariah Hill; and one sister, Ruth Koenig and husband Kenny, Mariah Hill.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leo Gessner; and one brother, Daniel Gessner, who died in infancy.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday and from 7-9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Memorial contributions can be made to The Muscular Dystrophy Association or Christ the King Parish-St. Ferdinand Church. Online condolences can be shared at A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Congratulations to the new 2018 Herbstfest Queen and Pre-teen Queen and their courts

Huntingburg (NNDC) – Nice crowd tonight at the Herbstfest Miss and Pre-teen contest at the Southridge auditorium.  The ladies and girls were questioned by the judges earlier in the day then they participated in personal wear and formal wear.  The queen contestants were also ask a random question as well.  Then the hard part waiting for the judges to make their decision so the results could be read.

Click on Video for Pre-teen announced results


Click on Video for Miss results and Herbstfest Queen announcement


Congratulations to the 2018 Herbstfest Queen Chaney Barrett

1st runner up and Miss photogenic Louisa Nino

2nd runner up Joscelyn Blanchard


Congratulations to the 2018 Herbstfest Pre-teen Queen Annika Beard

1st runner up and Pre-teen Photogenic Kara Schmitt

2nd runner up Gabrielle McDowell


All the young ladies and girls did a great job and are looking forward to the Herbstfest this week.

Join each night 6-7pm at the Herbstfest from opening night until the Parade on Sunday for Herbstfest updates, interviews, and Live coverage of the 2018 Parade.

Joyce Mae Stilwell, 85, Algiers

Joyce Mae Stilwell, 85, of Algiers, died Saturday, September 22, at Amber Manor Care Center in Petersburg. She was born in Velpen January 21, 1933, to Albert and Zelpha (Stephens) McLaughlin. She married Ray Richard Stilwell June 2, 1952, in Arthur.

Joyce was a homemaker and a member of the Brenton Chapel Church of Christ in Petersburg. She enjoyed cooking, family get-togethers, spending time at her and her husband’s place in Florida, and being a military wife.

She is survived by her husband, Ray Stilwell; three daughters, Brenda Hamm and husband Don, Petersburg, Donna Herold and husband Daniel, Vida, Oregon, and Margaret Evans and husband William, Algiers; one son, Stephen Stilwell and wife Marlene, Henderson, Kentucky; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Dorothy Hardin and Ruth Ann Nelson and husband Stanley, all of Otwell, Lillian Ruckriegle, Ireland, and Marie Gilliand and husband Daniel, Petersburg; and one brother, James McLaughlin and wife Shirley, Otwell.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at Brenton Chapel Church. Memorial contributions can be made to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at Funeral services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church with burial following in McClure Cemetery in Algiers.

Kiersten Marie Land, 20, Jasper

Kiersten Marie Land, 20, of Jasper, died Friday, September 21, at her home. She was born in Jasper June 24, 1998, to Jarrod and Staci (Fuhs) Land.

Kiersten was a 2016 graduate of Jasper High School. She enjoyed music, animals, fireworks, and spending time with friends and family.

She is survived by her parents, Jarrod and Staci Land, Jasper; one brother, Tyler Lashbrook, Jasper; her maternal grandparents, Bob and Mary Klingel, Jasper, and Steve and Lynn Fuhs Birdseye; her paternal grandparents Carroll and Judy Land, French Lick; and aunts, uncles, cousins, and her beloved pets, Boots, Lexi, Ryder, and Leia.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Redemption Christian Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Redemption Christian Church, the Dubois County Humane Society, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at Funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church with burial following at a later date.

Bradley J. Burress, 50, Jasper

Bradley J. Burress, 50, of Jasper, died Thursday, September 20, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. He was born in Jasper April 25, 1968, to James and Rosie (Durcholz) Burress.

Bradley was a truck driver.

He is survived by one daughter, Jamie Nicole Burress, Paoli; two step-sons, Chad Taylor, Jasper, and Josh Taylor, Huntingburg; two grandchildren, Mikah and Luca; his father and step-mother, James and Linda Burress, Jasper; two brothers, two brothers, Chad Burress, Arlington, Texas, and Josh Burress, Jasper; and four step-brothers, Baye Cole, Mansfield, Texas, Brian Cole, Frankfort, Kentucky, Bruce Cole, Indianapolis, and Gene Miller, Rockport.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosie Cole; his step-father, Hugh Cole, and one step-brother, Barry Cole.

Graveside services will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Mayo Cemetery near Duff. Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be shared at

Oldies but Goodies, JHS Class of 1978

Jasper High School Class of 1978 celebrates 40 years:

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JHS classmates prove that after 40 years they still know how to have fun.









Stories from the past:

Old friends reunited:















Huntingburg Herbstfest Little Miss and Junior Miss contestants announced

Huntingburg (NNDC) – The 2018 Huntingburg Herbstfest Little and Junior Miss Queen Pageant is set for Friday, September 28th at League Stadium at the Huntingburg City Park starting at 7:30 p.m. EST.  Ron Spaulding from Newsnow will be your host for the evening.

A group of 5 contestants are competing for the title of 2018 Little Miss Herbstfest, who will be crowned by Little Miss Herbstfest 2017 Sophia DeKemper.

Little Miss Herbstfest Contestants:

Front Row (Left-Right):

Zoey Messmer, Hadley Rainey

Back Row (Left-Right):

Adalynn Swartz, Katie Thacker, Gabriella Leibering


A group of 15 contestants (not all girls are pictured here)  are competing for the title of 2018 Junior Miss Herbstfest, who will be crowned by Junior Miss Herbstfest 2017 Nicole Fant.

Junior Miss Herbstfest Contestants:

 Front Row (Left-Right):

Gracie Ridenour, Janelle Hill, Lexa Rhoads, Alexis Eckert, Ariana Leon, Madilyn Schwartz

Back Row (Left-Right):

Kennedy Poehlein, Addysen Rainey, Isabella Leibering, Jaylen Hill, Marisa Thacker

Not pictured:

Sarah Snider, Madeline Graber, Jazmin Dubon, Lillian Thewes

Come out and show your support for these young girls and make sure to catch Herbstfest Live each evening on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 6-7pm with Live information from the Fest.

Holiday World’s ‘Happy Halloween Weekends’ Are Back!

Santa Claus (NNDC) – “Holiday World is all about family fun and making memories – even during the Halloween season,” says park president Matt Eckert. “We’re not about horror – the only screams will be on our roller coasters! Starting this weekend, we’ll also have hay rides, corn mazes, Halloween-themed shows and attractions, special activities for children, and more.”

New this year is the SCAREbnb funhouse. Tour Marilyn’s Mansion to see all the creepy guests who’ve already settled in, including Frankenstein who’s stretched out and comfortable.

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In addition to Holiday World’s rides and roller coasters, the park will include:

  • The new Come Alive! musical show, with slightly spooky characters singing and dancing, played by:
    • Emma Jones, Louisville, Kentucky
    • Amanda
      Claise, Rockport, Indiana
    • Robert Sharkey, Chicago, Illinois
    • Simeon Rawls, Salina, Kansas
    • Cara McNuff, Westport, Connecticut
    • Garrett Hill, Ridgeway, Ohio
    • Hayrides to a 12-acre corn maze (plus a junior maze for smaller children)                                                                                                                                                                                             





here are other Halloween shows and features to see:

  • LOL Halloween Magic Show with Brandon Baggett
  • Holidog’s 3D Halloween Adventure – a non-haunted house with colorful 3D features
  • Carnival Chaos funhouse with mirrors, clowns, and side-show startles
  • Kitty Claws Dance Party, Gourdon the talking pumpkin and Trick or Treating
  • Special fall menus, with pumpkin spice funnel cakes, make your own s’mores, and more

Visitors to the park are welcome to wear their family-friendly Halloween costumes (no masks, please).

For more information about Happy Halloween Weekends, visit or call 1-800-467-2682.

Kids Day on the Square

Jasper (NNDC):

Kids Day Downtown, a fun day if a little wet.

From Pirates to Wands and everything in between a fun day even with a bit of rain.

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Face Painting 

A Magical Touch from Sarah Buechler selling Wands and her sister Maria selling Art:


Ann Knies Explains the Day:

Time again for Boy Scout Popcorn

Huntingburg (NNDC) – It’s that time again Boy Scout Popcorn is being sold by scouts all over Dubois county.  And because scouts are always prepared a little rain didn’t dampen their sales this morning at the new southside Dollar General Store in Huntingburg.  Newsnow talked with two fine scouts from scout troop 184 and they even sold us some popcorn.

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The scouts sell the different kinds of Trails End Pop Corn to individuals and also set up at locations throughout the county like here at the Huntingburg Dollar General and others.  Trails End has been the preferred popcorn product from many years and as much as 73% of the sales goes back to the local scout troops.  And helps support the many programs as our young scouts explain.

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So, when a young scout ask you to buy some popcorn know that with every sale it helps to offer some great programs and help these young scouts to grow up to be fine citizens.