Florida Woman Arrested On Drug and Related Charges


JASPER (From Resources) – A 46-year-old woman from Florida was arrested Friday for possession of parapheranalie, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, and warrant out of Texas.

The Jasper Police Department was advised of a suspicious subject at Walmart drinking alcohol and using drugs. After officers were dispatched the subject left the scene in a yellow school bus, heading south on Newton Street. The bus was stopped and pulled over at 8th and Main Streets and officers searched the bus. They located paraphernalia and approximately five grams of marijuana and arrested Jackie Knapic of Tampa, Florida. Knapic also had an outstanding warrant out of Texas for possession of dangerous drugs. She was lodged in the Dubois County Security center.

NNDC In Transition

(NNDC) – NewsNow Dubois County’s local news and sports coverage was thrown into temporary hiatus last week with the sudden passing of Mick Birge, NNDC’s founder and CEO.

Mick personally produced and published the bulk of the news and sports on the on-line and cable service. His loss created an immediate void in the coverage. Fortunately, some of NNDC’s features (obituaries, community calendar, and the daily birthday drawing) have continued as normal. Meetings are scheduled this week to coordinate efforts to continue the coverage of local news and sports events. The transition may take a few weeks and local viewers are being asked to be patient as it is completed.

Members of the Birge family want to thank the many people who have submitted beautiful words of consolation and concern to them during this difficult time. It was heartwarming to hear so many persons say they are regular viewers of NNDC, many of them out of state residents. Hearing so many words of praise for Mick was comforting to the family.


Raiders Win, Wildcats, Rangers Lose Football Openers

(NNDC) – The Southridge Raiders won their 2017 high school football season opener Friday night, while the Jasper Wildcats and Forest Park Rangers both lost their season debuts. The Raiders edged Linton, 17-16, in a thriller at Linton, while the Wildcats lost at home to the Memorial Tigers, 18-7, and the Rangers fell to Gibson Southern, 62-0.

An 11 yard fourth quarter touchdown run by quarterback Jayce Harter gave Southridge the one-point win over Linton, the defending 1A state champion.

Memorial’s win over Jasper spoiled the Wildcats’ debut on their new artificial turf field at Jerry Brewer Alumni Stadium, the recently named Joe Rohleder Field. The Cats’ lone score came in the second quarter, a 76-yard touchdown pass from Justin Persohn to Reece Milligan.

The Gibson Southern Titans had too much firepower for Forest Park as they blanked the Rangers, 62-0, at Fort Brach.

Bone Marrow Registration Drive Scheduled

JASPER (From Releases) – The Dubois County Leukemia Association, Old National Bank, and the American Red Cross have announced plans for a Be The Match Bone Marrow Registration Drive in conjunction with a blood drive. Both drives will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 29, in the lower level conference room at the Old Naitonal Bank main office, One DCB Place, in Jasper.

The Bone Marrow Registry involves paperwork and a cheek swab for individuals 18 to 44 years of age and puts them in the National Registry with the opportunity to save a life. For thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists. The cure is a bone marrow transplant. To register, or for more information email dcleukemia@psci.net.

Hilda C. Klein, 96, Jasper

Hilda KleinHilda C. Klein, 96, of Jasper, died Thursday (August 17) at Cathedral Health Care in Jasper. She was born in Jasper August 31, 1920, to Albert G. and Mayme (Hochgesang) Mehringer. She married Jerome H. Klein June 2, 1942, at St. JosephCatholic Church in Jasper.

Hilda retired from Seibert’s Clothing Store in Jasper where she worked in the alterations department. She was a member of St. Joseph Church, the Daughters of Isabella, and the St. Anne Society.

She is survived by her husband, Jerome H. Klein; one daughter, Louise Ann Older and husband William, Colbert, Washington; one son, James Klein and wife Sherry, Louisville; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one son, Donald Klein, one grandson, James Klein Jr., two sisters, Marilyn Mehringer, who died in infancy, and Bernie Meyer, and five brothers, Cyril, Dennis, Hilbert, Cletus, and Wilfred Mehringer.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. A rosary will be prayed at 1:45 p.m. by the Daughters of Isabella and the St. Anne Society at the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.


Mary L. Kluemper, 74, Jasper

Mary L. KluemperMary L. Kluemper, 74, of Jasper, died Thursday (August 17) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Cincinnati December 13, 1942, to Matthias and Marg (Steffen) Enzweiler. She married Ralph J. Kluemper June 26, 1982, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper. He died June 2, 2013.

Mary was an office worker for various businesses, including an insurance firm. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by three sons, Joseph, Michael, and Chris Kluemper, all of Jasper; and one brother, Lawrence Enzweiler and wife Elizabeth, Alabama.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

Dan Wortham, 39, Huntingburg

Dan WorthamDan Wortham, 39, of Huntingburg, died Wednesday (August 16) at his home. He was born in Louisville September 2, 1977, to Robert and Mary (O’Brien) Wortham.

Dan was a member of the Jasper High School class of 1996 where he played football, made many friends, and became a reading enthusiast. He was a proud father, avid fisherman, lover of music, an outdoorsman, and a longtime B.A.S.S. member.

He is survived by one daughter, Jillian Paige Wortham; his parents, Robert Wortham, Louisville, and Mary Wortham, Huntingburg; one sister, Lyn Blessinger and husband Chad, Jasper; one niece, Leanne Lee and husband Shawn, Jasper; one nephew, Dyla Blessinger, Jasper; and a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A private family ceremony will be held at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a wildlife charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com.

New Turf For Jasper’s Alumni Stadium (VIDEO)

Jasper (NNDC) – The Jasper Wildcats will open the 2017 football season Friday night against Evansville Memorial at Jerry Brewer Alumni Stadium. Fans will discover a new look for the stadium, a new artificial turf named “Joe Rohleder Field.

Michael Alan “Mick” Birge, 57, Jasper

Mick BirgeMichael Alan “Mick” Birge, 57, of Jasper, died Tuesday (August 15) at his home. He was born in Jasper November 6, 1959, to Jerry and Margaret (Blueher) Birge. He married Starlene Allerellie August 7, 1987, in Lawrenceville, Illinois.

Mick was a 1978 graduate of Jasper High School, a defensive end for the Wildcats’ 1976 and 1977 state football runners-up, and a 1982 graduate of Franklin College where he played football and baseball. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and the Jasper German Club. He earned numerous honors during a long career in radio and television in Kemmerer, Casper, and Laramie, Wyoming, Lawrenceville, Illinois, Evansville, Terre Haute, Indianapolis, and Jasper. He was television basketball play-by-play announcer for the University of Evansville and radio basketball play-by-play announcer for Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis.

After working for a number of years for the statewide Wyoming Radio News Network, he returned to Jasper in 2010 as radio and TV news director for Dubois County Broadcasting before creating and serving as CEO of his own online television news and sports station, NewsNow Dubois County, which is also featured on area Spectrum Cable systems.

He is survived by his wife, Starlene Birge; his parents, Jerry and Mag Birge, Jasper; two sons, Adam Birge and fiancé Rachel Woodward, Indianapolis, and David Birge, a senior at the University of Southern Indiana; one daughter, Antoinette Birge, a sophomore at Ball State University; one brother, Joe Birge and wife Jill, Brentwood, Tennessee; five sisters, Joan Little and partner Dan Wilhite, Evansville, Marlene Cocchetto and husband Alan, Fairview, Pennsylvania, Marilyn Scherer and husband Doug, Zionsville, Marcia Rhodes and husband Ron, Newburgh, and Jennifer Birge, Jersey City, New Jersey; and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher/Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. A parish rosary will be prayed at 1:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mick Birge Scholarship Fund in care of Dubois County Community Foundation, 600 McCrillus St., Jasper, IN 47547. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com Funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

Dubois County Credit Card Dept Among Lowest in State

New York, NY (NNDC) – According to SmartAsset, a financial technology company, Dubois County is among Indiana counties with the lowest credit card debt.  The company’s third annual study on the topic ranked Dubois County fourth in the state.

The top three ranked counties in the study were 1. Posey County, 2, Tipton County, and 3. Perry County. Nearby Spencer County was ranked ninth.