Duane “Duce” King, 85, Jasper

Duane “Duce” King, 85, of Jasper, died Thursday, July 2, at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born in Brazil December 12, 1934, to Addison and Lois (Helms) King. He married Bernice Ebert August 20, 1960, at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand.

Duce was a pipefitter. He was a U.S. Army veteran and played football and baseball for the Army. He was a semi-pro baseball player and played for numerous area teams. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and woodworking. He was a member of Mary Help of Christian Catholic Church in Mariah Hill, Ferdinand American Legion Post 124, and numerous other organizations within the community.

He is survived by his wife, Bernice King; one son, Bruce King and wife Christina, West Morland, Tennessee; three daughters, Valarie Van Winkle and husband Daniel, Mariah Hill, Brenda Burkitt and husband David, Mulkeytown, Illinois, and Michelle King, Louisville; one sister, Donna Hoyer, Sarasota, Florida; one brother, Conway King and wife Jean, Newburgh; and 10 grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Gary King, and one sister, Sharane Neihaus.

Friends may call from 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Mary Help of Christians Church. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Ferdinand Legion Post 124. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. Legion Post 124 will conduct military graveside rites.

Jasper Reds Crowd Interviews and Videos

League Stadium (NNDC):

Jasper Reds win both games of double header Friday evening to a small controlled crowd but enthusiasm was in the air. News Now has full video of the first game on our home page below.

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Play Ball:


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Gordon Ray Eckert, 85, Eckerty

Gordon Ray Eckert, 85, of Eckerty, died Saturday, July 4, at his home. He was born in Dubois County April 9, 1935, to Floyd and Norma B. (Jackson) Eckert. He married Patsy Kendall March 29, 1958, in Wickliffe.

Gordon worked at Mulzer Crushed Stone for 35 years as a supervisor and mechanic. He served in the U.S. Navy and enjoyed gardening, fixing things for others, and being with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Patsy Eckert; two daughters, Karen Eckert Smith and Connie Campbell, both of Eckerty; one son, Matt Eckert and wife Tonya, Schnellville; one brother, Glenn Eckert, Indianapolis; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Tony Eckert, one sister, Lucille Assink, and five brothers, Lester, Ronnie, Gerald, Robert, and Larry Eckert.

Private family visitation will be held Tuesday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial following in Mentor Cemetery near Birdseye. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com .

Jasper Reds back at League Stadium Double Header Action (Click on video for all the action)


Jasper Reds Baseball back at League Stadium! Double header action Friday and we are glad to bring some of the action to you!  Have a safe and fun 4th of July and what is more american than Baseball.  Click on the video anytime and enjoy the action of game one Friday at Historic League Stadium, it was hot and so was the baseball.  The Reds vs.  the Saline County Monarchs!
From Saline County Illinois.
Still have COVID restrictions in place.
First game will be posted on News Now for your viewing pleasure.
Next game we will air July 19th – stay tuned to News Now for Jasper Reds updated schedule.

Beverly Ann Barrett, 65, Huntingburg

Beverly Ann Barrett, 65, of Huntingburg, died Thursday, July 2, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Chicago December 24, 1954, to William Lloyd and Betty Lou (Reed) Wilson.

Beverly worked as a morning processor and customer service agent in the call center at Touch of Class. She loved to read, crochet, and spend time with her family

She is survived by one daughter, Michelle Barrett, Huntingburg; her mother, Betty Lou Wilson; one brother, Melvin J. Wilson; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Barrett, her father, William Lloyd Wilson, one brother, William L. Wilson, Jr., and one sister, Debbi E. Rabatine.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Robin C. Thomas, 60, Jasper

Robin C. Thomas, 60, of Jasper, died Friday, July 3, at her home. She was born in Detroit, Michigan, January 7, 1960, to Richard and Doreen (Gillespie) Kapala. She married Donald O. Thomas II August 22, 1987, at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Detroit.

Robin was a 1978 graduate of Stevenson High School in Sterling Heights, Michigan. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Michigan University, spent one year working on her Master’s Degree at the University of Maine, and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Language Arts and Drama from Saginaw Valley State University where she worked in student life. She was director of Ross Medical Education Center in Saginaw, worked for the state of Michigan as a case manager and language arts teacher for troubled youth, taught language arts at the Saginaw Detention Center for troubled youth, taught at Jasper Middle School, and most recently as a language arts teacher at Washington High School. She loved cooking, reading, the outdoors, cross country skiing, hiking, boating, travelling, especially to Florida and northwest Michigan, and spending time with family, and enjoyed, planning, preparing, and hosting Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Donald O. Thomas II; one son, Adam O. Thomas, Jasper; one brother, Rick Kapala and wife Bridget, Hailey, Idaho; two sisters, Renee Loman and husband Mark, Gladstone, Michigan, and Roxanne Kapala, Saganaw, Michigan; one aunt, Patricia Eastin; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Doreen Kapala.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper with burial following at a later date.

Congratulations to our Father’s Day Month of June Winners!


Congratulations to our Father’s Day Month of June Winners!

Matt Engert of Dubois

Doug Schmitt of Jasper

Jeremy Patton of Huntingburg


And thank you to our sponsors including :  The Great Outdoors & Southern Roots Salon both of the Southgate shopping center Jasper, Tom’s Lawn, Garden, & Appliances at the “Y” in Jasper, American Dream Mauntel Realty & Jake Mauntel, and Jim Birkle Tai Chi and Stick Fit Jasper.



Hoosier History Highlights July 5 – 11th

Indiana (NNDC):

July 5 – July 11

The Week in Indiana History

Battle1863     The Civil War came to Indiana when over 2,000 Confederate soldiers under the command of John Hunt Morgan crossed the Ohio River from Kentucky into Corydon.  Known as “Morgan’s Raiders,” they overwhelmed about 400 members of the Indiana militia and plundered their way through several towns, including Salem, Vernon, Dupont, and Versailles.  Fearing an attack on the state capital, Governor Oliver P. Morton ordered five regiments of Union soldiers to guard the Indiana Statehouse.  The Confederates escaped into Ohio where they were captured about three weeks later.

Booker T. Washington1913     The Senate Avenue YMCA, at the corner of Senate Avenue and Michigan Street in Indianapolis, was dedicated in ceremonies led by Dr. Booker T. Washington.  In his remarks, the well-known author and educator said, “Through this building every discouraged young man should be reached and a new ambition and friendly courage put into him.”  While in the city, Dr. Washington was a guest in the home of Madam C. J. Walker.

White Court1925     Indiana Governor Ed Jackson and his wife Lydia called upon President Calvin Coolidge at White Court, the Summer White House in Swampscott, Massachusetts (pictured.)  Reporters called it a “purely social call” and politics were not discussed as the President and his wife Grace hosted their fellow Republicans.


1945     Indiana colleges and universities prepared for a large influx of new students.  Veterans, home from World War II, were taking advantage of the G.I. Bill.  Enrollments were 70 percent higher than pre-war peaks.  School officials said that preference was being given to Hoosiers and that most out-of-state applications could not be accepted.

rock band1966     The British rock group “The Rolling Stones” performed at the Fairgrounds Coliseum in Indianapolis.  Pat O’Rourke, reviewer for the Indianapolis News, wrote:  “To the delight of 10,000 screaming, rocking ‘stonesters,’ the Rolling Stones put on a rhythm-filled show. . .despite the debris hurled at the stage.  During their performance, paper cups, paper wads, and, during the final moments, pieces of broken chairs were hurled at the stylish quintet.”

Auburn museum1974     The Auburn-Cord Automobile Museum opened in Auburn, Indiana.  Housed in the original Auburn car showroom, the museum contains some of the most beautiful cars in the world, including Auburns, Cords, and Duesenbergs, all built in Indiana.  Adding to the luxurious atmosphere are art deco chandeliers and sconces and geometric terrazzo floors.


Happy 4th

Indiana Statehouse Tour Office

Indiana Department of Administration

Tours of the Indiana Statehouse have been temporarily suspended.   You are invited to take a “Virtual Tour” by clicking the link at the bottom of this column.

Indiana Quick Quiz

     Indianapolis is celebrating its bicentennial.  Here are some questions to test your knowledge of capital city history.

1.  Alexander Ralston platted the city, creating a one-mile square grid with four diagonal streets.  Name the four diagonal streets.

2.  What other major U. S. city had Ralston helped plan?

3.  Whose home did he place in the middle of the Circle?

Answers Below

Hoosier Quote of the Week


“The seasons run with swift feet.”

– – – Gene Stratton-Porter (1863 – 1924)

Did You Know?

     In the early years of the 20th century, Indiana was a major player in the building of automobiles.  Some of the more famous names echo down the halls of history:  Auburn, Cord, Stutz, Maxwell, Marmon, Crosley, Studebaker, and, in a class all by itself, Duesenberg. These were the big names, but there were many other cars being built all around the state.  It is reported that, during those early years, there were more than 250 different makes of cars and trucks coming out of Indiana.  Shelbyville was home to two companies:  Clark and Meteor.  Buyers of the Clark paid $1400 for the 30-horsepower model.  The Indiana Motor Company in Franklin produced two models:  the Cameron and the Continental, a five-passenger touring car.  There were many other Hoosier nameplates, including Haynes and Haynes-Apperson (Kokomo,) ReVere (Logansport,) Sun (Elkhart,) Sheridan (Muncie,) and DeWitt (North Manchester) just to name a few. Studebaker held out the longest, manufacturing cars and trucks in South Bend into the 1960s.

ANSWERS:  1.  Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Massachusetts   2.  Washington, D. C.  3.  The Governor’s House (although no governor ever lived there.)

July 4th Cheetah Chase Opens at Holiday World & Splashin Safari

(NNDC) – Santa Claus

As of July 4, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari will officially be the Water Coaster Capital of the World, with the opening of Cheetah Chase: The World’s First Launched Water Coaster. Cheetah Chase with Tagline.png

“We’re excited to announce the newest addition to our award-winning and record-holding water coasters,” says park President Matt Eckert. “With a first-of-its-kind flat launch and dueling features, we know this ride is going to be a hit with families, and we’re so excited to bring families here to experience the fun!”

With more than 1,700 feet of combined track, Cheetah Chase is the first water coaster of its kind. It is among the first dueling water coasters in the world, and is the first to feature a flat-launching section to start the ride. Riders will be propelled using targeted water nozzles (rather than Linear Induction Motors used for Wildebeest and Mammoth).

To aid in social distancing efforts, Cheetah Chase, along with Wildebeest, Mammoth, Zinga, and Zoombabwe, will operate on the parks’ inLine Reservation System. Guests will be able to use their phones to wait in line, or will be able to make a reservation at the entrance of the ride. Guests will only be allowed to enter these lines by waiting virtually. Both wave pools, Bahari River, and any kids’ play areas will be accessible without use of the virtual line system.

In addition, the park will be changing hours and removing their Happy Halloween Weekends event for the 2020 season, but adding two more weekends of Splashin’ Safari operations. 

(Click on the Video and enjoy the ride)   See you July 4th!



“This was a difficult decision for us to make,” says fourth-generation owner Leah Koch, “but it’s one that we feel is best for our employees, our Guests, and our future. This year hasn’t been typical in any way and the best option we have is to manage our business conservatively so we can return to better hours and deliver an even better Guest Experience for our 75th season in 2021.”

Due to the change in calendar, Friday Night Fireworks will be moved to Saturday nights. 2020 Season Passholders will be given additional perks, and will have an opportunity to purchase deeply discounted 2021 Season Passes.

Park entertainment will also be returning beginning July 4:

  • LOL! Comedy Magic Show with Brandon Baggett
  • Dive!
  • Holidog & Friends
  • Saturday Night Fireworks Shows

More additions for the 2020 Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari Season include: 

  • New food items like Ben’s Soft Pretzels, fried avocado, churro donut, pork tenderloin and more!
  • Track improvements for 800 feet of The Voyage, the world’s second-longest wooden roller coaster
  • Holiday World Digital Photo Pass with On-ride photos at The Voyage, Thunderbird, Frightful Falls, Gobbler Getaway, Cheetah Chase, and Wildebeest.
  • Worry-Free Weather Guarantee
  • The return of Kids World and more!

Holiday World will also be hosting 4th of July Fireworks this Saturday at 10:00 PM Central Time.

Notes, Jokes, & Quotes

NNDC Regular Update:

With all the depressing news out there, NEWS NOW is happy to help you take your mind off all that and present you with our regular update called Notes, Jokes, & Quotes. Enjoy from the News Now Team.




Notes & Facts:

  • When a male penguin falls in love with female penguin, he searches the entire beach to find the perfect pebble to present to her.
  • New Zealand will deny people residency visa’s if they too high of a BMI and there are cases where people have been rejected because of their weight.
  • Whenever a pregnant women suffers from organ damage like heart attack, the fetus sends stem cells to the organ helping it to repair.
  • It is illegal to climb trees in Oshawa, a town in Ontario, Canada.
  • Brown eyes are blue underneath, and you can actually get a surgery to turn brown eyes blue.
  • When you blush, the lining of your stomach also turns red.
  • A bolt of lightning is six times hotter than the sun.
  • When a person cries and the first drop of tears come from the right eye, its happiness. if it from left eye, it’s pain.
  • Only 2% of Earth population naturally has green eyes.
  • Having bridesmaids in a wedding wasn’t originally for moral support. They were intended to confuse evil spirits or those who wished to harm the bride.



  • It was a disastrous year for the farmers. The snow fell and fell until the government relief agency had to step in and lend a hand.
    “It must have been terrible,” said the government man to a farmer. “All that snow.”
    “Could have been worse,” calmly answered the farmer. “My neighbor had more snow than me.”
    “How’s that?” asked the government man.
    “More land,” replied the farmer.
  • Q: How many archaeologists does does it take to change a lightbulb?
    A: Three. One to change it and two to argue about how old the old one is.
    Q: How many preservation society members does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
    A: One, but it takes a year to find an antique Edison light bulb so it’ll be architecturally accurate.
    Q: How many aerobics instructors does it take to change a lightbulb ?
    A: Five. Four to do it in perfect synchrony and one to stand there going “To the left, and to the left, and to the left, and to the left, and take it out, and put it down, and pick it up, and put it in, and to the right, and to the right, and to the right, and to the right…”
    Q: How many science fiction writers does it take to change a lightbulb?
    A: Two. One to screw in the light bulb, and one to say, “In 1876, Jules Verne had the first intimations that electrostatic power was a viable energy alternative. Hitherto, the only sources …”
    Q: How many science fiction writers does it take to change a lightbulb?
    A: Two, but it’s actually the same person doing it. He went back in time and met himself in the doorway and then the first one sat on the other one’s shoulder so that they were able to reach it. Then a major time paradox occurred and the entire room, lightbulb, changer and all was blown out of existence. They co-existed in a parallel universe, though.
    Q: How many signal processing engineers does it take to change a lightbulb ?
    A: Three. One to Fouriev transform the lightbulb, one to apply a complex exponential rotational shifting operator, and one to inverse transform the removed lightbulb.
    Q: How many aerospace engineers does it take to change a light bulb?
    A: None. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist, you know.
    Q: How many Einsteins does it take to change a lightbulb?
    A: That depends on the speed of the changer, and the mass of the bulb. Or vice versa, of course. Then it just might be easier to leave the bulb alone and change the room. It’s all relative.
  • To save money, I suggested to one of my grown sons that we all live together in one house. I could tell he didn’t think it would be cost-effective when he asked, “Who’s going to pay the therapist.
  • A frightened man goes to the secret police and says, “My talking parrot disappeared.”

    “Why did you come here? Go to the regular police.”

    “I will. I’m just here to tell you that I disagree with whatever that parrot is going to say.

  • Q: What is the difference between capitalism and socialism? A: In a capitalist society, man exploits man,  and in a socialist one, it’s the other way around.