Glen Brock Brittain, 98, Jasper

Glen BrittainGlen Brock Brittain, 98, of Jasper, died Saturday (August 12) at the Timbers of Jasper. He was born in Saunemin, Illinois, May 4, 1919, to Earl and Alta Susan (Yates) Brittain. He married Betty Boger March 2, 1946, in Washington, D.C.

Glen was a 1937 graduate of Otwell High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 and served the duration of World War II under General George S. Patton as a combat engineer with the 17th Armored Engineer Battalion, part of “Hell on Wheels” – 2nd Armored Division in the European Theatre. He participated in several major battles including the North African Invasion, the Sicily Invasion, and the Normandy Invasion, landing on Omaha Beach. He was awarded two Purple Heart medals for combat injuries suffered while fighting in Germany. In 2004 he was awarded the VFW Living Hero Award. His combat history has been recorded by the Veterans History Project and can be found in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. He was a member of Jasper VFW Post No. 673, and Shiloh United Methodist Church in Jasper. He was a lifelong farmer in Boone Township where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, and spending time outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Brittain; two daughters, Glenda Wagner and husband Steve, Jasper, and Brenda McDonnell and husband Terry, Lancaster, South Carolina; one son, Greg Brittain, New Palestine; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Geneva Himsel, Jasper.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one daughter, Linda Brittain, one daughter-in-law, Vicki Brittain, one grandson, Chad McDonnell, and one sister, Alberta Mae Brittain, who died in infancy.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Jasper. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh UMC, Jasper VFW Post No 673, or to the Honor Flight of Southern Indiana. Online condolences may be made at Funeral services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shiloh UMC with burial following in Walnut Hill Cemetery in Petersburg. VFW Post 673 will conduct military graveside rites. Rev. Dan Sinkhorn and Pastor Paul Alvey will officiate.

Ronald R. Neukam, 68, Ireland

Ron NeukamRonald R. Neukam, 68, of Ireland, died Monday (August 14) at his home. He was born in Jasper February 20, 1949, to Milfred and Selma (Breitweiser) Neukam. He married Cindy Fuhrman September 28, 1979, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boone Township.

Ronald was a custodian for Shiloh United Methodist Church in Jasper for eight years. He was member of Shiloh United Methodist Church and the Haysville Volunteer Fire Department, where he retired after approximately 25 years of service. He was a member of one of the first First Responder teams in Haysville. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, fixing things, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was an avid NASCAR fan.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy Neukam; his mother, Selma Neukam, Jasper; four sons, Dave Neukam and wife Shelley, Haysville, Mike Neukam and wife Candance, Dawson Springs, Kentucky, Phillip Neukam, Huntingburg, and Alex Neukam, Ireland; three granddaughters, Harlie Zehr and Nichole and Remington Neukam; two grandsons, Landon and Hunter Neukam; and two great-grandsons, Keaton and Hudson Neukam.

He was preceded in death by his father, Milfred Neukam, and one grandson, Kai Neukam.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Friday at Shiloh UMC. Memorial contributions may be made to the church. Online condolences may be shared at Funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday at Shiloh Church with burial following in Emmanuel Hill Cemetery in Dubois. Rev. Dan Sinkhorn and Pastor Paul Alvey will officiate.


Jasper (Local Sources) – Jasper Community Arts announced today that individual tickets for its upcoming 2017-2018 Season are now available. Four diverse series of performing arts events will showcase twelve extraordinary artists.  Traditional, New Directions, Backstage, and Family Fun Series shows will be held at the Jasper Arts Center September 2017 through April 2018.

Single tickets for all performances will be sold up to the show date or until the performance is sold out. Patrons do not need to buy an entire series to order tickets, but JCAC does recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance due to demand. Single tickets are filled on a first come, first served basis, so interested patrons should order single tickets as soon as possible.

New patrons who wish to order series tickets may still do so, but should contact the box office as soon as possible. Orders are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets can be purchased in four easy ways.

  • In Person – stop by the JCA office at 951 College Avenue, Jasper (Office hours are 9 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday)
  • By Mail – use the order form inside the season guide and mail to the above address
  • By Fax – credit card orders for Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted to our fax number (812) 634-6997
  • By Phone – call the JCA box office at (812) 482-3070 to place a credit card order or for additional information and a season guide. More information is available on the JCA website,
  • JCA offers patrons several packages from which to choose. Buy all four series of twelve great performances (Grand Package) for only $225 for adults, $210 seniors, and $150 student/child. Or buy any single series – Performers, Backstage, Family Fun, or bring a group of friends of 20 or more for a 15% group discount. Of course, single tickets are available in any combination.


The upcoming Performers Series – TRADITIONAL is as follows:

The PERFORMERS SERIES-TRADITIONAL will feature three artists for the main stage performances. Our traditional series events seek to appeal to a broad range of art lovers. The season opens with Wynonna and the Big Noise on September 24th. The Jive Aces will be Swing’N the Holidays on December 2nd. The series rounds off with American classic On Golden Pond on February 18th.  Individual tickets for each of these incredible performances are $35 per person for adults, $33 for seniors, and $30 for students/children.

Wynonna and the Big Noise – Roots and Revival Tour

Sunday, September 24, 2017 7:30 p.m.

Once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline,” Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Five-time GRAMMY winner and New York Times best-selling author, Wynonna has received over 60 industry awards, with countless charting singles, including twenty No. 1 hits such as “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me,” and “Grandpa, (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ole Days).” Wynonna, along with her band The Big Noise, will explore the past, present, and future of Wynonna’s extensive 33-year career on the 2017 Roots and Revival Tour.

The Jive Aces – Swing’N the Holidays

Saturday, December 2, 2017 7:30 p.m.

Direct from London, The Jive Aces are renowned for their superior musicianship and spectacular stage show. They are widely heralded as the UK’s Premiere Swing Band for their energetic renditions of Christmas Classics and fresh arrangements of classics by such greats as Louis Prima, Cab Calloway, Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, & Sammy Davis Jr.

On Golden Pond

Sunday, February 18, 2018 7:30 p.m.

On Golden Pond is an American Treasure. Many of us are familiar with the story through the Academy Award – winning film with Henry and Jane Fonda and Katharine Hepburn. Others have attended one of the literally thousands of productions this extraordinary play has received over the years. Something deep and profound resonates through the events that unfold in this American masterpiece brilliantly penned by Ernest Thompson.


The upcoming Performers Series- NEW DIRECTIONS is as follows:

The PERFORMERS SERIES-NEW DIRECTIONS will feature three artists for main stage performances. In this newest series, designed for the young and young at heart, events may be a little different and off-beat, but they will still meet our standards for quality entertainment. Martial Arts and Acrobats of Tianjin, Peoples Republic of China will start the season with novel and superior techniques, showcasing acrobatic displays sure to amaze. Get your toes tapping with Rhythmic Circus, a rapid-fire tap troupe dancing to a variety of music genres.  Finally, end your season on a journey through decades of music with Six Appeal, a vocal ensemble with impeccable comedic timing and the energy of a rock band. Individual tickets for each of these performances are $35 per person for adults, $33 for seniors, and $30 for students/children.

Martial Arts and Acrobats of Tianjin, Peoples Republic of China

Saturday, October 28, 2017 7:30 p.m.

The Martial Arts and Acrobats of Tianjin of the People’s Republic of China (Tianjin Acrobatic Troupe) was established in 1957 as a combination of the former China Circus & Acrobats founded in 1948. It is one of the best acrobatic troupes in China, with over one hundred acrobatic, magical, and martial arts performers. With novel and superior techniques, the acrobatic troupe is favored by audiences all over the world.

Rhythmic Circus

Saturday, March 17, 2018 7:30 p.m.

FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW! premiered in August 2008 at the Ritz Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when the group’s dancers and founders joined forces with the seven Twin Cities’ heavyweight musicians. Together, they integrated an inventive style of rapid-fire tap with a variety of musical genres to create a show that presents a wildly creative view into the indomitable power of the human spirit. The show’s brilliance has been marked by rave reviews, sold-out engagements, and numerous awards.

Six Appeal

Sunday, April 15, 2018 7:30 p.m.

Six Appeal is a world class vocal ensemble infused with impeccable comedic timing and the energy and vitality of a rock band. Swearing off instruments, the award-winning vocal band takes you on a journey that spans decades of music, performing classic oldies, current chart toppers, and catchy original tunes – all sung a cappella.


The BACKSTAGE SERIES, a separate series of three events, features a unique and intimate seating arrangement with audience members most often on stage with the artist for a house concert feel. The season opener will be Landscape of Guitar on October 8th. Julian Gargiulo, an accomplished pianist, will perform a mix of classical masterpieces mixed with his own tango transcriptions and jazz-influenced compositions on January 26th.  The season will round off with The Good Lovelies on March 9th. Individual tickets for each of these performances are $25 per person for adults, $22 for seniors, and $15 for students/children.

Landscape of Guitar

Sunday, October 8, 2017 7:30 p.m.

The Landscape of Guitar is a groundbreaking art & music production. Animated paintings are sung to life as guitar birds fly over rolling guitar rivers and vivid guitar worlds in stunning HD. Award winning singer-songwriters Patchouli & Terra Guitarra create a live symphony of color & sound to inspire the human spirit. Experience the harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel, the guitars of the Gypsy Kings, and the colors of Van Gogh.

Julian Gargiulo, Piano

Friday, January 26, 2018 7:30 p.m.

Julian’s performances bring together a mix of classical masterpieces, his own tango transcriptions, and his original jazz-influenced compositions. Combining an informal style of presenting classical music with rigorous Russian conservatory training, Julian is able to transmit a unique concert experience to each and every one present.

The Good Lovelies

Friday, March 9, 2018 7:30 p.m.

Audiences have been falling in love with the Good Lovelies for the past ten years. The aptly named Good Lovelies are Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough, and Sue Passmore. The Ontario based trio relies on impeccable vocals, winsome songwriting, and on stage banter drawn from a seemingly endless succession of comedic adventures on the road and at home.


The FAMILY FUN SERIES is a three-event series that features rollicking family entertainment for the young and young at heart. Our first program will feature Playing By Air on November 12th.  Audiences will be treated to two-time GRAMMY Nominee Justin Roberts on February 25th. The season will round out with an exciting and interactive production of Journey to Oz on March 14th. Individual tickets for each of these entertaining performances are $15 per person for adults and seniors, and $8 for students/children.

Playing By Air

Sunday, November 12, 2017 3:30 p.m.

Playing By Air captivates public audiences with a joyful fusion of music, juggling, and circus in which traditional theatricality meets absurd comedy. The award-winning performers of Playing By Air share their sense of playfulness and breathtaking feats in a production enjoyed equally by adults, families, and children.

Justin Roberts and The Not Ready for Naptime Players

Saturday, February 25, 2018 3:30 p.m.

Two-time GRAMMY Nominee Justin Roberts is truly one of the “all-stars” of the indie family music scene. For nearly 20 years, Roberts has been creating the soundtrack to families’ lives, crafting songs that navigate the joys and sorrows of growing up. Justin and his band, The Not Ready for Naptime Players, have traveled the globe, from Hong Kong to New York and Miami to Seattle.

Journey to Oz

Saturday, March 14, 2017 3:30 p.m.

The works of L. Frank Baum are numerous and his tales of Dorothy and her adventures in Oz are his most beloved. In this fantastic new adaptation, we are invited to go to Oz with Dorothy as audience members become a part of an experiential production. When the cyclone comes, the entire theater enters into the eye of the storm with whisking lights and exciting music created by lauded composer Josh Totora.

Glen Brock Brittain, 98, Jasper

Glen Brock Brittain, 98, of Jasper, died Saturday (August 12) at the Timbers of Jasper. Arrangements are pending at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper.

Meta I. Neukam, 96, Jasper

Meta NeukamMeta I. Neukam, 96, of Jasper, died Saturday (August 12) at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. She was born in Haysville October 8, 1920, to Walter and Anna (Wening) Buchta. She married Harry J. Neukam October 17, 1939, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville. He died February 6, 2000.

Meta worked and retired from Kimball Corporation where she was employed for many years. After retirement she worked at Walmart in Jasper.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church at the Dubois Crossroads and she enjoyed quilting.

She is survived by one daughters, Dorothy Sullivan, Jasper; three sons, Richard W. Neukam, Jasper, Russell E. Neukam, Sr., Celestine, amd John A. Neukam, Loogootee; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Annetta Nigg, Jasper.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, Gary Lee Neukam, one granddaughter, Denise Hancock, one daughter-in-law, Shirley Neukam, and four brothers, Herbert, Arthur, Edwin, and Linus Buchta.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper, and from 9-10 A.M. Thursday at St. John’s Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church at the Crossroads or to a favorite charity. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Mary Poston will officiate.



Teen Driver Escapes Serious Injury In Sendleweck Curve Rollover Accident

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The pickup truck belonging to 17-year old Kenadi Rumble of Loogootee after it crashed near “Sendleweck Curve” east of Haysville Monday morning. NNDC PHOTO/Click for larger view.

Haysville (NNDC) – A 17-year old Loogootee female escaped serious injury Monday morning after she lost control of her pickup truck and crashed along Indiana 56 east of Haysville.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department says Kenadi Rumble was driving east at about 7:40a when she lost control of her truck on the rain-slickened highway at what is known as “Sendleweck Curve” about two miles east of Haysville.

DCSD says Rumble’s truck went off the road to the right, struck an embankment, overturned, landed on its roof, and then rolled onto its wheels before stopping.

DCSD says Rumble was wearing her seatbelt and suffered only what has been described as a small “bump to the head.”  She refused medical treatment at the scene.  DCSD says the seatbelt greatly minimized the extent of her injuries.

The accident did restrict traffic along the highway to one lane for about an hour to clear the accident debris.  The truck was a total loss.


Two Local Families Honored With Hoosier Homestead Awards

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The Vonderheide Family

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The Goeppner Family

Indianapolis (Local Sources) – Two Dubois County family farms were among 72 that were honored Friday with Hoosier Homestead Awards for their continuous commitment to agriculture here in Indiana.

The two are the Goeppner and Vonderheide families (pictured) of Dubois County.  Both families were honored Friday in Indianapolis with ‘centennial’ awards.

“Our state’s legacy has been shaped by our farming families, who continue to pass down their traditions and values from one generation to the next,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who also serves as Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development.

“I would like to congratulate each and every family on receiving this prestigious award.”

For a family farm to be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for more than 100 consecutive years, and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 of agricultural products per year. The award distinctions recognized are Centennial (100 years), Sesquicentennial (150 years) and Bicentennial (200 years).

More than 5000 Indiana farming families have been recognized with Hoosier Homestead awards over the last 41 years.

PHOTOS: Indiana Department of Agriculture / CLICK FOR LARGER VIEW

Jasper Wins Pool Play Finale; Now Playing “Waiting Game!

Mt. Home, AR (NNDC) – The Jasper 13U All-Stars salvaged a win Sunday night in their fourth and final game of ‘pool play’ in the 2017 13U Babe Ruth World Series.

Jasper finished pool play with a 1-3 mark after defeating Bismarck, ND 11-1 Sunday evening in a game called after six innings.

Now Jasper must wait for the final pool play games scheduled for Monday are completed before the team knows whether or not it it advances to World Series’ single-elimination round that begins tomorrow.

Right now, it appears Jasper will be a longshot to make the finals.

With two more pool play games remaining to be played in Jasper’s division, if both Bismarck and the host team from Mt. Home lose their final pool play games today, Jasper is eliminated.  All three teams will finish pool play at 1-3.  Mt. Home came from behind to beat Jasper 9-6 Saturday night so they have the tie-breaker between the two teams.   Bismarck beat Mt. Home earlier in the World Series, so they have the tie-breaker between those two.

Jasper advances only if Mt. Home beats Keene, NH and Bismarck beats Atlantic Beach, NJ.   Jasper lost to both Keene and Atlantic Beach earlier in the World Series.

Sunday night, Jasper scored two in the bottom of the first inning against Bismarck and added four more runs in the second enroute to the win.   Jasper scored three in the bottom of the sixth to end the game.

Jasper Centerfielder Issac Day had three RBIs for Jasper in the win.

Jack Ahlbrand threw a complete game one-hitter for Jasper striking out six.  Ahlbrand also had two RBIs in the game going 2-4 at the plate (singles).

Louis E. Pancake, 80, Velpen

Louis PancakeLouis E. Pancake, 80, of Velpen, died Saturday (August 12) at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. He was born in Huntingburg February 20, 1937, to Alva and Margaret (Eilert) Pancake. He married Mary E. Wessel May 17, 1969, in Jeffersonville.

Louis worked as a welder and machinist. He enjoyed tinkering on equipment in his backyard and served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by his wife, Mary E. Pancake; two sons, Doug Pancake and wife Joline, Velpen, and John Pancake and wife Rose, Paoli; two brothers, Marvin Pancake, Velpen, and Roger Pancake, Jasper; one sister, Mildred Neukam, Dubois; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his step-mother, Ada Belle Pancake, two daughters, Anita Decker and Lisa Ross, two brothers, Lloyd and Kenneth Pancake, and one step-sister, Joyce Ann Allgood.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences may be shared at Funeral services at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with burial following in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Velpen. The V.F.W. Post No. 2366 memorial detail will conduct military graveside rites. Brother Craig Taylor will officiate.

More Road Work In Jasper Begins This Week

Jasper (NNDC) – The City Of Jasper says a construction of a water line tap will begin Monday (August 14th) morning.

The world will close 12th Avenue at Kimball Blvd on the city’s far southside.

City officials and Knies Construction say the work should be completed by the end of the day on Monday, barring inclement weather or any other unforeseen events.

Then on Tuesday (August 15th), there will be lane restriction in the eastbound lane of 12th Avenue, just west of Kimball Blvd for needed roadwork.

City officials and Knies Construction say this lane restriction is very likely to be in affect through August 23rd; barring inclement weather or any unforeseen events.