Norma Lee Davidson, 85, Huntingburg

Norma Lee Davidson, 85, of Huntingburg, died Thursday, January 17, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Huntingburg July 17, 1933, to Norman and Leona (Schaefer) Pfaff.

Norma was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg and its Ladies Sodality and the VFW Auxiliary.

She is survived by one daughter, Janice Russell, Newman Lake, Washington; seven nieces and nephews, Stan Schnell and wife Delores, Chesapeake, Virginia, Gary (Marcia) Schnell and wife Marcia, Kenny Schnell and wife Donna, Melinda Beyke, and Darlene Schnell, all of Jasper, Arleta Weyer and husband Jim, Ferdinand, and Marvelda Schnell, Huntingburg; two grandchildren; and great and great-great nieces and nephews..

Friends may call from 8:30-10:45 a.m. Saturday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences can be shared at A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Leona Marie Dittmer, 96, Huntingburg

Leona Marie Dittmer, 96, of Huntingburg, died Wednesday, January 16, at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. She was born in Arthur January 3, 1923, to Fred and Travie (Wood) Lewis. She married William R. Dittmer December 31, 1941, at Holy Roman Catholic Church in Boonville.

Leona managed the family business, Dittmer Wallpaper and Paint Store, until its closing and then worked for Gosman Shoe Store and Gossard’s. She enjoyed golf, bowling, camping, and playing cards, especially Bridge. She was a member of the Huntingburg Country Club, YMI Club, the VFW Post 2366 Auxiliary, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Sharon Stetter Shaw and husband Neale, Mt. Carmel, Illinois, and Patricia Leibering and husband Gary and Penny Altstadt and husband Larry, all of Huntingburg; one son, William R.Dittmer Jr. and wife Doris, Huntingburg; two sisters, Olevia Ingle, Bluffton, and Joyce Emerson and husband
Randall, Speedway; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 9-9:45 a.m. Friday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. The VFW Auxiliary will provide an honor detail. Online condolences can be shared at A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. The mass will be celebrated by Father Ryan Hilderbrand.

Dubois County Sports

Dubois County (NNDC):  A tough night for all four Dubois County Girls Basketball teams as all came up short.   Jasper hosted a very tough Castle Knight team, Southridge was at home for a conference game against a solid Gibson Southern squad, NE Dubois traveled to Loogootee and Forest Park visited Evansville North.

Basketball (Girls)

Castle 52 – Jasper 38

Gibson Southern 62 – Southridge 43

Loogootee 59 – NE Dubois 25

Evansville North 51 – Forest Park 44

Indiana State Senator Mark Messmer in Final Segment of 2019 Legislative Season (Click video to view, enlarge to full screen and adjust sound for best effect)

Jasper (NNDC):


Indiana State Senator Mark Messmer concludes his 3 part interview with News Now on his views about the 2019 legislative season:

Paul R. Mattingly, 83, Patoka

Paul R. Mattingly, 83, of Patoka, died Monday, January 14, at Gibson General Hospital in Princeton. He was born in Loogootee December 4, 1935, to Irvin Thomas and Flora Agnes (Greenwell) Mattingly. He married Naomi M. Wright on June 12, 1976. She died June 19, 2016.


Paul retired from Jasper Office Furniture Company (JOFCO) where he worked for 40 years. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, and mushroom hunting.


He is survived by three daughters, Tracy Jenkins, Gleason, Rhonda Shafer, Princeton, and Tina Lee and husband David, Patoka; two step daughters, Dawn Morton and Robin Breitwieser, both of Jasper; three sons, David, Chris, and Hugh Mike Miller; one brother, Donnie Mattingly, Jasper; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.


In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one son, Danny Miller, and 10 siblings.


Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg. Online condolences can be shared at Funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The Huntingburg VFW Post 2366 memorial detail will conduct military rites.

Rose Louise Kahle, 91, Huntingburg

Rose Louise Kahle, 91, of Huntingburg, died Monday, January 14, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper. She was born in Holland July 30, 1927, to Elmo A. and Florence (Overbeck) Sakel. She married Edward H. “Ed” Kahle November 27, 1954, at Huntingburg United Methodist Church. He died September 24, 2013.

Rose was a graduate of Huntingburg High School. She worked as a telephone operator and homemaker; was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Holland, where she was a longtime choir member; and enjoyed playing pinochle and spending time with the family.

She is survived by two sons, John H. Kahle and wife Linda, Jasper, and Thomas E. Kahle and wife Regina, Huntingburg; one sister, Lois Minto, Evansville; six grandchildren; two step grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one step great-grandchild.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg and from 10-11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Church. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul Church. Online condolences can be shared at Funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. Pastor Debbie Roe will officiate at the service.

Dubois County Sports

Dubois County (NNDC):  High School Girls Basketball is in the home stretch of the season as local teams gear up for Sectional play which begins in a couple of weeks.   The 44th Annual Tournament pairings show is this upcoming Sunday at 3:30pm.   NNDC will post the pairings here on

A limited schedule on the hardwoods for the boys Tuesday but NE Dubois had no trouble with Cannelton while picking up a 68-36 win.   With the victory, NE Dubois improves their record to 5-5.   The Jeeps return to action on Friday night as they travel to Vincennes Rivet.

In Girls Basketball, Jasper downed Boonville 75-65 and improve to 13-6 on the season.  Next up for the Wildcats is the Castle Knights (16-3) who will visit Jasper on Thursday night.   The Forest Park Rangers earned their 10th win of the season with a 55-36 victory over South Spencer.   Forest Park is now 10-11 and will travel to Evansville North on Thursday night.    Southridge was on the road to face Wood Memorial and it was the Trojans who came out on top 41-39.   With the loss, the Lady Raiders are now 5-12 on the season.  Southridge is at home on Thursday night to face Gibson Southern (17-3) on Senior Night for the Raiders.


(Boys) NE Dubois 68 – Cannelton 36

(Girls) Jasper 75 – Boonville 65

(Girls) Forest Park 55 – South Spencer 36

(Girls) Wood Memorial 41 – Southridge 39


New Logo for 2019 Strassenfest

Jasper (NNDC):


The new official 2019 Strassenfest logo and button design was approved by the Strassenfest Committee meet was recently approved. The new logo will also be part of the design of the Strassenfest mug and program.

The committee also made a decision as to Sunday night Strassenfest fireworks.  Due to the continually rising cost of fireworks displays, they will only occur at five-year milestone years, which means that the next Strassenfest fireworks will occur in 2023, the 45th year of Strassenfest.

A portion of the funds typically targeted for fireworks will now be used for future displays and a portion allocated to for more quality entertainment.

The 41st annual Jasper Strassenfest is set for Aug. 1-4 in downtown Jasper.

Notes, Jokes & Quotes

Notes and Facts:

  • Prisoners waiting to be executed on Death Row in America are given a physical beforehand, to ensure they are fit enough to die.
  • In a study following the lives of 19,000 kids for 10 years, video games had no negative social behavior effects on the children.
  • According to various studies, between one third and two thirds of people surveyed in the U.S. admit they sometimes feel angry at God.
  • In 2010, a group of 15 monkeys escaped a research institute in Japan by using trees to catapult themselves over a 17ft high electric fence.
  • Stifling a sneeze by clamping your nose and mouth shut can rupture your throat.
  • During the Columbine massacre, two 20 pounds (9.1 kg) propane bombs were planted in the school cafeteria right before lunch. Had the bombs not fail to detonate, it’s estimated that 488 students would have been killed or severely injured.
  • A sophomaniac is a person who’s under the delusion that they are extremely intelligent.
  • The actual color of the Sun is White.
  • The longest mountain range in the world is the Andes which spans 7 countries.



  •  A man died and arrived at the Pearly Gates. St. Peter greets him and says, “Welcome. Come walk with me and I’ll show you where you’ll be staying.”As they’re walking along the path he notices clocks on the Golden Fence of Heaven. He asks St. Peter, “What are all those clocks for?”St. Peter replies, “They’re clocks for every person in the world. They click once for each time you lie.”By the time they reach where the man is staying, he asks out of curiosity, “I didn’t see any politicians’ clocks. Where are they kept?”St. Peter calmly replies, “People here use them as fans.”
  • An atheist was seated next to a little girl on an airplane and he turned to her and said, “Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.”The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total stranger, “What would you want to talk about?”“Oh, I don’t know,” said the atheist. “How about why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death?” as he smiled smugly.“Okay,” she said. “Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff – grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?”The atheist, visibly surprised by the little girl’s intelligence, thinks about it and says, “Hmmm, I have no idea.”To which the little girl replies, “Do you really feel qualified to discuss God, Heaven and Hell, or life after death, when you don’t know crap?”And then she went back to reading her book.

















Murder Suspect in Court

Jasper (NNDC):

Kyle Schneider, the murder suspect made his first appearance in court Monday.  It was a preliminary hearing for the man accused of killing 23-year-old Chloie Lubbehusen Friday in St. Anthony.

During the initial hearing, Schneider requested a public defender and court documents, released Monday, are shedding more light into the incident.

A neighbor called 911 after seeing the victim covered in blood.  Officers on the scene say the victim was found bleeding from her face, apparently from stab wounds and a bloody knife was located.  The autopsy shows Lubbehusen bled to death.

When apprehended, Schneider asked police not to shoot, wanting to tell his side of the story.

The suspect made statements implicating him in the crime but a motive has not yet been determined.