Virginia “Ginny” Schroeder, 81, Huntingburg

Virginia “Ginny” Schroeder, 81, of Huntingburg, died Tuesday (March 13) at the Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Huntingburg August 18, 1936, to John J. and Theckla (Geesken) Junge. She married Gerald “Jerry” Schroeder June 13, 1959, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg. He died March 23, 1993.

Ginny retired from St. Joseph’s Hospital where she worked in the medical records department. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Ladies Sodality, VFW Post No. 2366 Auxiliary, Fraternal Order of Eagles, American Legion Post No.147 Auxiliary, Jasper Moose Lodge No. 1175, and the German Club of Jasper. She enjoyed trips to the casino, bowling, and playing cards with friends.

She is survived by one daughter, Sonda Simpson and husband Randy, Huntingburg; one son, John Schroeder and wife Sara, Huntingburg; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A VFW Auxiliary memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday followed by a parish rosary prayer virgil. Memorial contributions can be sent to St. Mary’s Church. Condolences may be shared online at Funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. The funeral mass will be celebrqted by Father Ryan Hilderbrand.

Ireland Celebration Kicks in High Gear this Weekend

Ireland (NNDC) – The St. Patrick’s Day Celebration kicks it up a notch this weekend in Ireland starting Friday with St. Mary’s Church Fish Fry held at the St. Mary Church Community Center 4pm until sold out – just $9.00 a plate Eat in or Carry out.   Then new this year is Dodgeball at the Ireland elementary school doors open at 5:30pm event starts at 6:30pm 6 person team with 1 sub optional.  Saturday morning features the Irish trot 5k run/walk and St. Patty’s breakfast at the Knights of Columbus 8am-11am followed by the St. Patty’s Bake – Off.

Also in the morning the O’Blarney Kids Games at the Ireland fire station from 9am – 1pm, Craft & Vendor Show in the school gym until 3pm, Irish Burger Slider contest and Craft Brew Tasting, Spud Shoot, Irish I win ball drop another new event then Irish Mass at 4:30pm at St. Mary’s followed by the Dinner Auction at 6:30pm.

Sunday features Ireland’s famous BBQ Chicken & Pork Chop Dinners until sold out more fun on the grounds then the annual parade at 1pm. News Now Dubois County will cover the parade Live again on your mobile device and then watch it again at

For more information on any of the events go to their website

Lenora M. Heilers, 91, Ferdinand

Lenora M. Heilers, 91, of Ferdinand, died Sunday (March 11) at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. She was born in Mariah Hill July 9, 1926, to John and Theresia (Gogel) Daunhauer. She married Irvin J. Heilers October 19, 1946, in Atlanta. He died April 19, 2004.

Lenora was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church and its St. Anne’s Sodality. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, especially her flower garden, baking, cooking, and being with family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters, Joyce Fromme and husband Elmer and Mary Schum and husband Dan, all of Ferdinand; two sons, Gene Heilers and wife Nancy, Wheaton, Illinois, and Pat Heilers and wife Denise, Ferdinand; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren;  and 4 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ardella Wilmes, Jasper, and Bernida Jochim, Mariah Hill.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, Mark Allen Heilers, one granddaughter, Chelsea Schum, who died in infancy, three brothers, Thomas “Pat”, Paul “Jeff,” and Clarence Daunhauer, and five sisters, Rose Bitzer, Phyllis Dilger, Verena Bettag, Agnes Schum, and Cornelia Boehman.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday and from 7-9:30 a.m. Friday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences may be shared at Funeral services at10 a.m. Friday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Forest Park Rangers win Regional!

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Congratulations to the Forest Park Rangers!  70 – 49 over the Austin Eagles watch the game again right here on  Click on the Red Tab and follow the instructions.

below short video of final seconds of South Knox game leading them to the Regional Championship game that evening.  Click to Play. 

Win Green Goodies from News Now Dubois County

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Just Like and Share NewsNow Dubois County facebook for your chance to win some Green goodies! Green Goodie Winners will be announced St. Patrick’s Day! Then join us for Live coverage of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Sunday on and we will announce our Green Cash Winners! Parade is Sunday at 1pm.

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Dog Shot and Killed After Attacking Police

Jasper (NNDC) – After attacking a Jasper City Police officer early Thursday afternoon just off Highway 162 on Jasper’s Southeast side, an aggressive black and white pit bull was shot and killed by the policemen.

Police reports say at approximately 12:40 they received a complaint of a pit bull running at large near Wooden Keg Liquors.  An officer with JPD and a deputy with the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department went to Wooden Keg Liquors. Upon their arrival they were advised that the dog had returned to 820 Hilary Drive, where it resides. The officers went to that location and attempted to make contact with the homeowner.

After knocking on the door it opened, a black and white pit bull ran out the door, and the door was slammed behind the dog. The dog ran towards one of the officers in an aggressive manor, snarling, barking and lunged at the officer. In fear of getting bit officers shot the dog to stop its aggressive advance and threat towards them. In turn the dog succumbed to the injuries it received.

Cecilia M. “C. Mae” Ploetner, 93, Jasper

Cecilia M. “C. Mae” Ploetner, 93, of Jasper, died Wednesday (March 7) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born in Jasper May 1, 1924, to Henry and Cecilia (Reyling) Kress. She married Dr. Edward Ploetner May 16, 1946, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. He died December 21, 2004.

C. Mae was a 1942 graduate of the Ferdinand Academy of Immaculate Conception. She continued her education at the Nazareth School of Nursing in Louisville. She worked as a registered nurse at St. Joseph’s Infirmary in Louisville and then was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and its St. Anne’s Society, the Jasper Circle of the Daughters of Isabella, and the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, and playing bridge and bingo. She also enjoyed visiting the casino and was an accomplished seamstress for family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters, Phyllis Kaye Corrigan and husband Thomas, Glenview, Illinois, and Margaret C. “Peggy” Christian and husband Larry, Gainsville, Florida; three sons, Edward Ploetner Jr. and wife Alane, Schnellville, Robert Ploetner and wife Cheryl, Jasper, and John Ploetner and wife Jeanna, Jacksonville, Florida; seven grandchildren, Catherine, Emily, and Paolella Corrigan, Susan Corrigan DeLucio, Erich Christian, Mandy Ploetner Schnaus, and Brandy and Michael Ploetner; four great-grandchildren, Kaylee and Shannon Paolella and Lily and James DeLucio; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one brother, Robrert “Bobby” Kress, and four sisters, Viola Kress, Hilda Cockerel, Mildred Parker, and Dorothy Horney.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Sisters of St. Benedict, Kindred Hospice, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

Jasper Engines & Transmissions has been named ESOP Company of the Year for 2018

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Jasper Engines & Transmissions has been named ESOP Company of the Year for 2018 by The ESOP Association, Indiana Chapter. The announcement was made February 27th at an Association conference in Carmel, Indiana.

“We are truly honored to receive this award,” said Doug Bawel, JASPER Chairman/CEO. “We have 2,900 associate-owners who are very proud of their 75-year company, and this recognition is all about them.”

The ESOP Association is the largest employer-sponsored advocacy and education association in the United States.  The association focuses on employee stock ownership plans (ESOP). Founded in 1978, the association seeks to enhance federal laws governing ESOPs, provide members with expert information, and fund research via the employee ownership foundation.

JASPER has seen immense growth since the inception of the ESOP in 2009. In 2010 the company had grown to approximately $280 million in revenue, and approximately 1,800 Associates nationwide. In the last six years, JASPER conducted strategic acquisitions within the automotive industry that allowed the company to grow and prosper. JASPER also expanded its remanufacturing facilities in Jasper and Leavenworth, Indiana, as well as Willow Springs, Missouri.

Today, JASPER has 2,900 full-time Associate-Owners, with revenue in excess of $608 million. The company’s ESOP stock has grown in six years from $2.30/share to over $220/share at the end of 2016.

“We will be announcing our current share price in April, and we are excited about our 2017 growth and success, which we feel will reflect in our stock price,” said Bawel.

National Office Furniture Receives Beacon Award from Kentucky Excellence in Environmental Leadership Program

Jasper (NNDC) – National Office Furniture, a unit of Kimball International, Inc., has been recognized by the Kentucky Excellence in Environmental Leadership (KY EXCEL) program for their continued dedication to environmental protection within their Danville, Kentucky, facility. National’s Danville, Kentucky, facility was awarded the KY EXCEL Beacon Award in the Performance Improvement category for their noteworthy 20% absolute emission reduction in VOCs for 2016.

The Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance awarded National with this honor for their exemplary achievements in the reduction of air pollution.
The KY EXCEL program is a voluntary program that is open to any individual, organization, community, or business that wishes to improve and protect Kentucky’s environment in ways that extend beyond Kentucky’s environmental requirements.

National is one of only thirty manufacturers in Kentucky that have chosen to participate in this voluntary program designed to further their commitment to protecting Kentucky’s resources. Both of National’s Kentucky based facilities (located in Danville and Fordsville) are involved with this program.

“It is an honor to receive this award,” said Mike Potter, National Danville’s Plant Manager. “It’s an example of the passion this team has for our environment. The entire Danville team is committed to protecting our environment and all of its natural resources. We strive to ensure our future generations have a spectacular place to enjoy with their families.”


Shown in picture: Eric Kenoyer, National’s Danville Human Resources Manager, Amanda LeFevre, Director of Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance, and Chris Knies, National’s Danville Environmental Coordinator

About National Office Furniture:
National Office Furniture, a brand unit of Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBAL), is a Jasper, Indiana-based manufacturer of high-quality office furnishings. Since 1980, National has built a reputation for excellence with stylish furniture of exceptional value; a dedication to personalized service; product designs that reflect a passion for the user’s comfort and productivity; and a commitment to environmental responsibility. National operates facilities in Santa Claus and Jasper, Indiana; and Fordsville and Danville, Kentucky. For more information about National and its products, visit

Farmer Appreciation Day always draws a crowd

Jasper (NNDC) – Not so great weather, really good food, many friendly folks always make for a good event.  Dubois County Tire held their annual Farmer Appreciation day at the Jasper Moose Lodge Wednesday and hundreds of local farmers came out.  Folks in the crowd had a chance to learn about many types of farm tires, talk with local and national reps and just have a good time.

The event has been held for many years and has continued to grow now into the Jasper Moose Lodge where area farmers were served a delicious meal from Sander’s Catering.

below are some pictures from the event –