Another Busy Week at News Now

News Now (NNDC):

Another super busy week for News Now.  There is too much info. to fit on the home page so please click on the Blue “More Local News and Sports” tab to view all the latest news.

Jasper District Indiana State Police Honor 2 Young Responders

Dubois County (NNDC):

🎉Distinguished Public Service Award!!🎉

Wednesday morning, Indiana State Police Master Trooper Eric Williams and Jasper District Commander Lieutenant Jason Allen presented Caleb & Austin Wren with the Indiana State Police Distinguished Public Service Award for their actions on November 30th, 2018.

The Wren brothers, who live in the same neighborhood as Master Trooper Williams were outside playing when they observed the Williams family home was on fire. Much to their credit, the boys leaped into action and summoned a nearby neighbor, who was able to contact the fire department.

The Jasper Fire Department said within five minutes the Williams family home would have been a total loss, as the fire was nearing the rafters when they arrived.

Jasper District Commander Jason Allen commended the boys for their brave actions and also thanks Mr. & Mrs. Wren for their amazing sons.

Master Trooper Williams repeatedly thanked the boys for their brave actions that saved his home during the holiday season. Williams mentioned that all of his family heirlooms were saved which included photographs of his father during World War II.

Jasper Wildcats Win Class 3A Softball Sectional

Dubois (NNDC):   The Jasper Wildcats doubled up Pike Central in the Class 3A Softball Sectional Championship game on Wednesday night.   The host Wildcats jumped out early for a 2-0 lead before the Chargers bounced back to tie the game at 2 in the top half of the 5th inning.   Jasper answered back with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning and added two more in the 6th.   Pike Central was able to add to their run total in the 7th as Aubrie Dawson crossed the plate.   Mia Werner went the distance on the mound for the Cats and earned the win.   She allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and had 4 strikeouts.

The Southridge Raiders moved into the Class 2A Sectional Championship game with a dominating performance on Wednesday as the Raiders knock out the Spartans 12-0.   Myah Montgomery picked up the complete game victory for Southridge while striking out 11 Spartan batters.  Southridge will play Linton for the Class 2A Sectional title.  At Forest Park,  the Rangers struggled to contain Tecumseh as the Braves went on to a 12-2 win in five innings.   The Rangers end their 2019 campaign with a 14-8 record.

In high school baseball, Southridge held Mitchell hitless as the Raiders shutout the Bluejackets 11-0.  Ethan Bell was the winning pitcher for Southridge.   The Raiders will face North Knox in the semi’s on Monday.   The Forest Park Rangers were on the brink of bowing out of this years tournament before they came back and scored 7 unanswered runs on their way to a 10-8 win over Evansville Mater Dei.    Elliot Rothgerber earned the win on the mound for the Rangers.




Softball (IHSAA Sectional)

Class 3A Championship Game:  Jasper 6 – Pike Central 3 (WP: Mia Werner)

Class 2A Sectional Semi-final:  Tecumseh 12 – Forest Park 2

Class 2A Sectional Semi-final:  Southridge 12 – South Knox 0 (WP: Myah Montgomery)


Baseball (IHSAA Sectional)

Southridge 11 – Mitchell 0 (WP: Ethan Bell)

Forest Park 10 – Evansville Mater Dei 8 (WP: Elliot Rothgerber)


Tennis (IHSAA Regional)

Washington 3 – Jasper 2 — Winners for Jasper: Suchi Bandaru/Josie Yarbrough (#1 doubles), Hadley Meyer/Delaney Wigand (#2 doubles)



Wood Memorial 176 – Wood Memorial 184



Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Nursing Program Ranked 2nd in the State

(Additional information on rankings)

Evansville, IN — (NNDC) Our neighbor educator to the south  Ivy Tech Community College’s Evansville campus was recently notified that its Licensed Practical Nurse Program in the Barbara J. Hilton R.N. School of Nursing, was ranked 2nd in Indiana as a best nursing program by  (click on this link to see more information)

100% of the LPN graduates from the Evansville campus passed the NCLEX-PN test for the years 2014-2018. This exam is used by state boards of nursing around the country for testing proficiency and granting licensure, according to

“We are so proud of the success of our students,” said Ivy Tech Evansville Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel. “The 100% pass rates here in Evansville of the LPN program indicate the high quality of our programs, faculty, and graduates, and the high demand for these graduates in area hospitals and other health-related facilities proves the success of the preparation our students receive.”

The 2nd place ranking is made by examining the NCLEX-PN licensing pass rates. According to’s website, NCLEX-PN exam pass rates for all PN programs were collected for five years, if available. If schools had the same pass rates after being ranked, additional program characteristics were then analyzed, including the 1) Looking at the number of students taking the exam — the higher the number, greater the ranking position and 2) the number of years of test data available – those with more years of data, the greater the ranking position

At Ivy Tech, the Practical Nurse (LPN) Technical Certificate can be earned on the way to acquiring the Associate of Science in Nursing degree, and can be earned in about one year, after completing general education requirements. The program provides education in conceptual and technical skills for specific occupations. The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree can be completed in two years once a student is admitted into the program.

Dean of Ivy Tech Evansville School of Nursing Gail Lindsay, said the faculty at Ivy Tech Evansville is unmatched in their dedication to the students. “Every day I see students and faculty who are working together to help the student be successful. Many of our students come to us with life challenges they are overcoming and still, they bring everything they have to the table and obviously, as the pass rates show, work to reach their end goal.”

In Indiana, 20 schools were analyzed for five years, with 5 being ranked.

Herschel David Kamman, 85, Huntingburg

Herschel David Kamman, 85, of Huntingburg, died Tuesday, May 21, at his home. He was born in Huntingburg August 10, 1933, to Gilbert and Augusta “Gussie” (Oxley) Kamman.

Herschel was a lifelong Indiana University and St. Louis Cardinal fan. He served in the U.S. Army infantry division from 1951 to 1953. He retired from the Holland Dairy where he was employed for 52 years. He served 28 years as a Cass Township trustee.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sharon (Simpson) Kamman; two sons, Rex Kamman and wife Kim and John Kamman, all of Huntingburg; eight grandchildren, Dena Rasche and husband Eddie, Leah Kunz and husband Matt, Sara Durcholz and husband Nathan, Cameron Kamman, Keshia Matthews and husband Brock, and Katie, Andi, and Benjamin Flamion; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Harold “Butch” Kamman.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Zoar United Methodist Church in Zoar. Memorial contributions can be made to Zoar UMC. Online condolences can be shared at Funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church followed by burial in Zoar Cemetery. Pastor Keith Chanley will officiate at the service. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Holland American Legion Memorial Detail.

Ellen L. Fuhrman, 78, Jasper

Ellen L.  Fuhrman, 78, of Jasper, died Wednesday, May 22, at the University of Louisville Hospital. She was born in Washington March 10, 1941, to Harold and Bessie (Wagner) Frady. She married Emil Fuhrman March 27, 1965, at Frady Memorial United Methodist Church in Raglesville. He died May 7, 2013.

Ellen was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and WELCA. She was active in her weekly bible study and enjoyed reading, crocheting, and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters, Marcia (Gary) Hopf and husband Gary, Bloomington, Illinois, and Karen Lovell and husband Steve, Oswego, Illinois; two sons, Stanford Fuhrman, Jasper, and Kevin Fuhrman and wife Susan, Bloomington, Illinois; six grandchildren, Emily, Megan, and Adam Hopf and Joshua, Jenna and Alicia Lovell; one sister, Lois Ann Finster and husband Dennis, Greenwood; one brother, John Frady and wife Lana, Washington; and a number of nieces ad nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her twin sister, Helen Vermillion.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Sunday at the Becher Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Church. Memorial contributions can be made to St Paul’s Church or the Redeemer Lutheran Church Building Fund. Online condolences can be shared at Funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. Pastor Rauschau will officiate.

Legacy Living of Jasper Hosts Open House Tuesday Afternoon (Click icon to view videos and pictures, enlarge screen and adjust sound for best effect)

Jasper (NNDC):

Legacy Living of Jasper Holds Open House Tuesday:  An Independent / Assisted Living facility catering to the elderly community. See pictures and videos below.

Memorial Hospital Wins Outstanding Patient Award

Dubois County (NNDC):

 It was recently announced that Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center achieved the Healthgrades 2019 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™.

This distinction recognizes Memorial Hospital as being among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for patient experience, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. Memorial Hospital is one of only three hospitals in Indiana to achieve the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award (Top 5%) for 12 years in a row.

Healthgrades evaluated 3,449 hospitals that submitted at least 100 patient experience surveys to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), covering admissions from January 2017 through December 2017, to identify hospital performance.  Of those hospitals evaluated, 434 hospitals outperformed their peers—based on their patients’ responses—to achieve this distinction.

Healthgrades evaluated hospital performance by applying a scoring methodology to nine patient experience measures, using data collected from a 32-question experience survey from the hospital’s own patients. The survey questions focus on patients’ perspectives of their care in the hospital. The topics of these questions ranged from cleanliness and noise levels in patient rooms to physician and nurse communication. The measures also include whether a patient would recommend the hospital to friends or family.

“These awards are driven directly by patients’ feedback, giving them a voice in helping to improve the hospital experience while also helping other consumers make more informed healthcare decisions,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We’re proud to recognize the hospitals around the country that receive the Outstanding Patient Experience Award for their commitment to providing exceptional patient experiences and always striving to put the patient first.”

Indiana Warning Drivers to Click it or Ticket for the Memorial Holiday

State Wide (NNDC):

 Law enforcement agencies across the nation, including Indiana are kicking off “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement ahead of the Memorial Day holiday and the unofficial start of summer.

Millions of Americans will travel by car over the weekend and visible police patrols will be on the lookout for unrestrained passengers and drivers in cars and trucks with proper child restraints enforced.  Children under 8 must be properly restrained in child car seat or booster seat. Unrestrained motorists and passengers are statistically far more likely to die in crashes.


Huntingburg Police add 2 New Officers 1 with an Experienced K-9

Huntingburg (NNDC):

Huntingburg added 2 new officers to their police ranks on Tuesday May 21.

Two new officers and a new K-9 officer joined the Huntingburg Police Department force Tuesday.

Jason Haycox of Dale and Stephanie Alexander of Boonville were sworn in on Tuesday.  Jason is bringing along his K-9 Partner named Maya.

Jason has been an officer with the Dale Police Department for five years. Prior to that, he worked for the Rockport Police Department for two years.

Maya is an experienced K-9 who has been trained in multiple tasks such as narcotics as well as a defense and bite dog.

Stephanie Alexander, 27, remarked that she has always wanted to be a police officer and has served as a correction officer at the Warrick County Sheriff’s Department for two years.

Stephanie will attend the law enforcement academy at the end of this year, until then she will complete pre-basic training and ride along with other police officers.

A hiring process for a vacant opening is set to begin early June.