Bernardine C. Schepers, 91, Jasper

Bernardine C. Schepers, 91, of Jasper, died Friday, March 15, at her home. She was born in Jasper to Joseph and Otilla (Kunz) Gramelspacher. She married Linus G. Schepers March 30, 1949. He died July 16, 1996.

Bernardine was a homemaker and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the American Legion and VFW Auxiliaries. She enjoyed playing bingo and going to the casinos, especially Las Vegas, and going to Indianapolis to spend time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by five daughters, Barbara (Steve) Goeppner and husband Steve, Huntingburg, Grace Wagner and husband Kenny, Dale, and Rebecca and Rhonda Schepers and Mary Bradley and husband Pat, all of Jasper; five sons, five sons, Thomas Schepers and wife Sandy, Otwell, Vic Schepers and wife Becky, Holland, and Donald Schepers and wife Marilyn and Ed Schepers, all of Jasper; nine grandchildren,  Jennifer Bailey, Daniel, Tonya, Ethan, Bryor, and Kirby Schepers, Jeremy and Holly Stafford, and Marissa Bradley; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sons, Ronald and Daniel Schepers, one grandson, Garet Schepers, one sister, and six brothers.

Friends may call from noon-6 p.m. Sunday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Church, the American Alzheimer’s Association, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m.Monday at the church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery.

Closed Roads from Recent Rain (Click tab to view)

Dubois County (NNDC):

See local road closings due to high water below:

Madison County Rd. 150 N. West of County Rd. 750 W.
Madison County Rd. 875 W. South of County Rd. 150 N.

Columbia Dubois Road N/E South of State Rd. 56

Boone County Rd. 600 N. West of 200 W.

Jackson County Rd. 230 S. East of State Rd. 162

Patoka 1st Street in Huntingburg West of County Rd. 75 W.
Patoka County Rd 200 W. South of Sunset Drive

Bad weather does not dampen the Irish spirit at Ireland Elementary

Ireland (NNDC) –  It was standing room only for the Ireland Elementary annual St. Patrick’s Program although this afternoon’s weather did stop their normal practice with tornado warnings sending students for cover, their performance was still top notch.  The grades participating in this year’s program included 1st, 2nd, and 5th and everyone did a great job, songs included “When Irish Eyes are smiling and many others.

 

Tree Down Closes lane of 231 in the area of old VFW

Jasper (NNDC):

Downed tree closes North / South lane of 231 around 6:00 PM, probably due to the high winds.  Traffic is moving slowly as cleanup continues.  Eyewitness report a white van or suv was being towed from the scene.

This is a developing story, stay tuned to News Now for updates.

Tornado WARNING now in Effect for Dubois County

Dubois County (NNDC):

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado WARNING for Dubois County as of 1:10 PM extending until at least 5 PM.  The warning sirens were activated.  Residents are urged to take shelter in an interior room on the lowest level when storm levels increase.  Heavy rain is already causing flash flooding of roads and lowlands.

Damage and flooding as well as accidents, downed trees and power lines have already been reported. 

A funnel cloud was reported near the French Lick Airport.

News Now will keep you posted with updates.

Former Senator Birch Bayh Passed Away

Indiana (NNDC):

Birch Bayh former Senator and father of past Senator and Governor Evan Bayh has died. Birch was US Senator from Indiana from 1963 to 1981.

During his political career, he drafted two Constitutional Amendments. He passed away at age 91.

 

News Now will keep you updated as details emerge.

Severe Weather on it’s Way (UPDATED FOR TORNADO WATCHES AND WARNINGS)

Dubois County (NNDC):

According to the National Weather Service, Dubois and surrounding counties may experience high winds and heavy rain over the day ot two.  Thursday the NWS issued a tornado watch for Dubois County and tornado warnings for Pike & Spencer Counties and the Evansville area.

The bulk of the strong storm system headed our way will contain high winds, heavy rain, lightning and possible hail. Some isolated severe weather will occur as the storm moves through Wednesday night into Thursday.

With high winds, there is always the chance of power lines getting knocked down and possible flooding may also happen.  Given the fact that our area has already saturated ground, drivers should remain cautious.

The public is asked to monitor weather conditions as this unusual system moves through our area.

Jerald Carl Schwartz, 88, Ft. Wayne

Jerald Carl Schwartz, 88, of Ft. Wayne, died Tuesday, March 12, at his home. He was born in Monon in 1930 to Arthur P. and Mildred N. (Beck) Schwartz. He married Jeanann (Knight) Condrey in 1957.

Jerald grew up in Huntingburg and attended Huntingburg High School where he was class president for four years and a National Merit Scholarship winner. He attended Indiana University where he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity (sergeant of arms) and ROTC, played alto saxophone in the Marching 100 band, and graduated with a BS in Business. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1953 and was commissioned in the Army Corp of Engineers through 1961. He was on active duty for two years. He was employed by International Business Machines for 23 years, earning numerous company awards. He also worked for a number of other companies, including J. Lynne Associates, his daughter’s landscaping company, until he retired at the age of 87.

He is survived by one son, Jeffrey Schwartz; three daughters, Kathy Priem and husband Gary, Judy Nastally and husband Ron Furniss, and Amy Zieles and husband Michael; five grandchildren, Ian Nastally and wife Brigitte, Anastasia and Garrison Priem, and Mitchell and Sean Zieles; two brothers, Stanley and Arnold Schwartz; and one sister, Ruth Esarey and husband Alan.

Friends may call from 1-3 p.m. Friday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. A Celebration of Life service begins at 3 p.m. at the funeral home followed by burial in Fairmount Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the VFW Post 2366 memorial detail. Online condolences can be shared at www.nassandson.com.

Habitat for Humanity Hires New Director and Accepting Applications for Next Property

Dubois County (NNDC):

Habitat for Humanity of Dubois County has appointed Andrea Ward as the new executive director and is also accepting applications for it’s next property.

Andrea has previously served as a volunteer workforce manager with Habitat for Humanity of Evansville and holds a Master of Science in Industrial Management and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technologies, Construction Management and Design Option from Southeast Missouri State University.

Habitat for Humanity partners with qualified families and the community to provide affordable housing for those in need. Habitat is a Christian ministry founded with a mission objective of every man, woman, and child should have a simple, safe and affordable place to live with dignity.

Habitat Homeowners provide volunteer hours during the construction of their home and assume ownership with a low mortgage rate.

Ward and her husband, Mitchell, have two children, Micah and Alicen and live in Jasper.

Habitat for Humanity of Dubois County is currently accepting applications for the next future Habitat  homeowner until April 11, 2019.

Applications can be downloaded and printed from Habitat’s website, duboishabitat.org, or picked up at the ReStore Wednesday thru Friday 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. ReStore can be found at 4232 S 170 E in Huntingburg.

Impaired Drivers Beware

Dubois County (NNDC):

Indiana State Police from the Jasper Post are conducting a sobriety check on Friday, March 22, at an undisclosed location in Dubois County.

Drivers encountering the checkpoint will need to have licenses and vehicle registrations during stops that police say should be brief unless further investigation is necessary.

The purpose of the checkpoint will be to remove impaired drivers from roadways.

Police are required by law to announce checkpoints in advance after a United States Supreme Court ruled that they are constitutionally permissible.