Jasper Reds Hold Annual Reunion, Dubois County Bombers Fall to Henderson,

Dubois County (NNDC) – The Jasper Reds held their 26th annual reunion on Saturday at the Jaycee Clubhouse in what has turned out to be a record setting year for the Reds.    Earlier this week, Jasper set a new team record for consecutive wins to start the season by defeating the Owensboro Bombers 5-3 at Ruxer.   The Reds committed 6 errors in the game.  Bo Daves picked up his 5th win of the season while allowing 8 hits and striking out 8.   Two of the three Owensboro runs were earned which were the first two earned runs of the season given up by Daves.   Noah Luebbehusen and Jacob Lents contributed doubles to Jaspers 7 hit attack.   The Reds will return to action today (Sunday) as they host the Louisville Black Sox in a doubleheader at Ruxer Field.   First pitch is set for 3pm.

In other Dubois County sports action, the Dubois County Bombers fall to the Henderson Flash forcing a game 3 of the 1st round playoff series.   The Bombers got things started off in the first inning when John McDonald singled on a 3-2 count scoring one run.  Dubois County plated another in the 2nd inning while Henderson tied the game at two in the bottom of the third.   The Bombers took the lead in the top of the fifth inning before Henderson took the lead for good by scoring three in the bottom of the inning and it was a lead they would not relinquish.   Trailing 5-3 heading into the 9th inning, Dubois County did attempt a comeback and scored a run but it wasn’t enough as Henderson knocked off Dubois County 5-4 to force a deciding game 3 in the OVL playoffs.

Evan Sankey took the loss for Dubois County.  He surrendered five runs on eight hits over five innings, striking out two.  Nick Gonzalez led the Bombers with a 3 for 5 effort at the plate as Dubois County tallied 10 hits on the game.

The best of three first round series will wrap up tonight (Sunday) at League Stadium in Huntingburg with the winner advancing and the losing team closing out the season.


Gregory R. “Greg” Birge, 59, Jasper

Gregory R. “Greg” Birge, 59, of Jasper, died Friday (July 20) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Medford, Oregon, December 20, 1958, to Ray and Doris (Burritt) Birge.

Greg was a 1977 graduate of Freemont High School. He was a United States Army veteran, serving from 1978 to 1984. He was a deputy sheriff  in San Joaquin, California, from 1990 to 1995. He earned an associate’s degee in business from the University of Phoenix. He worked as a salesman for Stens in Jasper for 10 years and was a member of  the Jasper Moose and the NRA. He enjoyed shooting sports, cooking, and hunting and fishing, loved watching golf, and had a passion for helicopters.

He is survived by one daughter, Sophie Birge, Jasper; two sons, Max Birge, Jasper, and Greg Birge, Jr. and wife Kristin, Atlanta, Georgia; his father and stepmother, Ray and Anne C. Birge, Lincoln, California; his stepfather, George Stegemann, San Ramon, California; and one sister, Michelle Kroetch and husband Rick, Somerset, California.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Doris Stegemann.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center.Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A service begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Fr. John Boeglin will officiate. Burial will follow at a later date. American Legion Post No.147 will conduct military rites.

Notes, Jokes & Quotes of the Day Saturday/Sunday

Notes of the Day:

  • The Moon gets hit by over 6,000 pounds of meteor material per day.
  • A study found that orcas can learn to speak dolphin.
  • Researchers have found that muscle soreness after a workout doesn’t necessarily mean you’re growing more muscle.
  • Vicodin’s name is based on it being approximately six (VI is 6 in roman numerals) times stronger than codeine.
  • In 1494, Michelangelo at the age of 19 was commissioned by the ruler of Florence to sculpt a snowman in his mansion’s courtyard.
  • 33% of the bread produced in the UK is wasted, compared with 6% of the alcohol.

Jokes of the Day:

– You know you’re getting old when your wife says, “Honey, lets run upstairs and make love,” and you answer, “I can’t do both.

– Two elderly sisters donated $5 to a charity and, to their surprise, won tickets to a football game. Since they had never seen a live football game before, Madge thought the free tickets would provide an excellent opportunity for doing so. “I think so, too,” said Mabel. “Let’s go!” They soon found themselves high in a noisy stadium overlooking a large, grassy expanse. They watched the kickoff and the seemingly endless back-and-forth struggles that comprised the scoreless first half. They enjoyed the band music and cheerleader performance that followed. Then came the second half. When the teams lined up for the second-half kickoff, Madge nudged her sister. “I guess we can go home now, Mabel,” she said. “This is where we came in.”

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Top News Stories NNDC for Saturday

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Really a BORING news day folks.  Sorry, NNDC doesn’t make the news we just report it.


The 4H fair in Dubois started and finished with a flair and will culminate Saturday with the demolition derby and upcoming Sunday with MotorCross Racing.  Thankfully the forecasted bad weather held off for the last major day of the event.



Bombers Win Game One in Playoffs

Huntingburg (NNDC) – Game one of the OVL Playoffs took place on Friday night at League Stadium and it looked as if the Dubois County Bombers would fall behind in the series.    The Henderson Flash were playing very good baseball and had jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one and took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the 8th inning.   That’s when the Bombers took over.   Dubois County had already plated 2 runs when Nolan Ramsey came to the plate and doubled on a 3-2 count scoring two more runs giving the Bombers a 6-5 lead which would prove to be enough for the win.   The Bombers added one more to the tally and pulled out a 7-5 win in game one of the OVL Playoffs over Henderson.

Reece Kleinhelter picked up the win for Dubois County.   He pitched three innings, allowing one run while striking out two.   Dubois County had five hits on the day and was led by Evan Aders who went 2 for 4 at the plate and had a fifth inning homerun.

The two teams meet again tonight in Henderson in the best of 3 series.

Joshua Taylor Martin, 42, Holland

Joshua Taylor Martin, 42, of Holland, died Thursday (July 19) at his home. He was born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, June 25, 1976, to James and Jody (Gehlhausen) Martin.

Joshua worked as a machine operator. He enjoyed looking for rocks and arrowheads on his walks, fishing, driving fast, and listening to music.

He is survived by his father, James Martin and wife Deborah, Owensboro, Kentucky; his mother, Jody Kessinger and husband Dale, Evanston; two sons, Joshua Taylor Martin II, Ft. Wayne, and Zander James Martin, Winslow; one daughter, Taylor Marie Martin, Ft. Wayne; three sisters, Sara Martin, Dale, Lydia Martin, Santa Claus, and Kate Martin, Radcliff, Kentucky; two brothers, Joseph Martin, Jasper, and Sam Kessinger, St. Meinrad; six step siblings, Jonathon Kessinger and Christine and Angela Ruxer, all of Owensboro, Kentucky, Angel Mills and Angela Kessinger, Lamar, and Amy Kessinger, Troy; and one granddaughter, Carter Gladieux, Ft. Wayne.

Friends may call from noon-2 p.m. Monday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with burial following in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Velpen. Rev. Jason Toler will officiate at the service.

Top News Stories NNDC for Friday

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Weather Alert:

It’s a weather alert day today.  There are severe thunderstorms possible this afternoon into this evening and possibly into tomorrow morning.

Damaging winds, lightning, hail and tornadoes are all possible later today, tonight and possibly into the morning.

Check back to NNDC as updates are likely.




Car Crashes into Sears in Jasper:


Luckily no one was hurt yesterday afternoon when a car drove into the Sears building Jasper’s north side. the incident  happened around 1:45 p.m. Thursday.

Police say a French Lick woman’s foot slipped off of the break and hit the gas pedal, causing her to drive into the front of the Sears store.

No word today on the extent of the damage.

After 37 years in business, HLS Health and Wellness will be changing owners.

The business is located at 201 W. 6th St., and fell victim to mismanaged billing. When HLS made the decision to outsource customer billing and other outside issues, according  to Meredith Voegerl, HLS marketing and compliance officer.  The decision was part of an effort to streamline service and cut costs, she said.

“It was a big deal for us to do that,” she said. “It was devastating when we learned they weren’t doing what they were supposed to do.”

HLS brought billing back in house, but too much damage had been done, Voegerl said.

Throughout 2017, HLS struggled with product delays and shortages that resulted in more losses and in some cases, less than proper service.

For owner Rick Stradtner, the poor service was the worst part.  He purchased Flick’s Hometown Pharmacy, a business with a 100-year history, in the ’80s. Slowly, he sold off some parts of the business until only the home medical equipment portion remained.

“It’s very important to me that people support local business,” Voegerl said. “We couldn’t be more appreciative of all the support we got over the years.”







It’s been a busy news week please check earlier stories as events are still in progress.  Click on the Court House sign to see past stories.

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Jasper police are asking the public to help in identifying a hit and run incident along Leslie Drive between Wednesday and Friday causing damage to a vehicles side doors and side panels.  Damage is estimated about $2,000.  If anyone has information regarding this incident, they are urged to call the Jasper Police Department.

Note: News stories are always ongoing so check back for updates and new stories.

Sharon Mae Dearing, 62, Huntingburg

Sharon Mae Dearing, 62, of Huntingburg, died Wednesday (July 18) at her home. She was born in Illinois August 29, 1955, to Leonard and Betty Mae (Burner) Candler.

Sharon worked as a housekeeper. She enjoyed rock painting and her grandkids.

She is survived by two daughters, Jenny Groemminger and husband Brian, Batesville, and Sonya Scott and husband Steve, Huntingburg; one son, Bradley Dearing, Jasper; two brothers, David Candler and Kevin Candler, both of Illinois; and two grandchildren, Braydon and Kaitlyn Groemminger.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may call from noon-2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Condolences may be shared online at www.nassandson.com.  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg.

Jasper Reds Preparing for Matchup with MLB Stars in Bluegrass World Series

Jasper (NNDC) – The Jasper Reds are off to a 16-0 start on the season as they prepare for their 26th annual Reds reunion which takes place this Saturday morning at the Jasper Jaycee Clubhouse.   The reunion will start at 11am Eastern and will feature baseball memorabilia from previous Reds teams.    Refreshments will also be available and the public is welcome.

Area baseball fans will have a very unique opportunity at the end of this month to watch the Jasper Reds play in the inaugural Bluegrass World Series to be played in Louisville’s Slugger Field.  The Reds will meet the Louisville Stars, a team comprised of former MLB Stars, on Monday night July 30th at 7pm.  The MLB Stars will feature players that have combined for 68 All-Star appearances and 20 World Series Championships.   Hall of Famer Johnny Bench will manage the Stars while Ron Oester, Tom Browning & Doug Flynn will serve as his coaches.  The Stars roster includes such names as Chipper Jones, Jayson Werth,  Johnny Damon,  J. D. Drew & Rick Ankiel to name a few.  To view their complete roster go to the website bluegrassworldseries.com.  While on the site you can order tickets for the game. If you use promo-coupon code Reds2018 the Jasper Reds will receive 50 percent of the proceeds.  

Jasper Reds business manager Bob Alles talks about their upcoming game against the Louisville Stars.





Notes, Jokes, & Quotes of the Day – Thursday/Friday

Notes of the Day:

– Hiroshima and Nagasaki are not radioactive anymore because the bombs didn’t touch the ground, they were detonated in the air.

– The Kings James Bible has inspired the lyrics of more pop songs than any other book.

– A lack of exercise is now causing as many deaths as smoking across the world a study suggests.

Jokes of thee Day:

  • Q: Why did the can crusher quit his job?
    A: Because it was soda pressing.
  • The energizer bunny was arrested on a charge of battery.
  • So two Irishmen are traveling to Australia. Before they leave home, one of their dads gives them both a bit of advice: “You watch them Aussie cab drivers. They’ll rob you blind. Don’t you go paying them what they ask. You haggle.” At the Sydney airport, the Irishmen catch a cab to their hotel. When they reach their destination, the cabbie says, “That’ll be twenty dollars, lads.” “Oh no you don’t! My dad warned me about you. You’ll only be getting fifteen dollars from me,” says one of the men. “And you’ll only be getting fifteen from me too,” adds the other.

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