Robert Lee “Bob” Wertman, 89, Holland

Robert Lee “Bob” Wertman, 89, of Holland, died Sunday, March 29, at the Hendry Regional Medical Center in Clewiston, Florida. He was born in Huntingburg October 14, 1930, to Ralph and Grace (Sattler) Wertman. He married Sharon Ann Wibbeler September 1, 1956, at Holland Methodist Church.

Bob was a 1949 graduate of Holland High School. He was a farmer and worked at the Holland Dairy. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict, serving on the USS Oriskany and USS Bairoko. He was a member of Holland United Methodist Church and Holland American Legion Post 343 for 60 years. He was an avid sports fan and was honored for his longtime support of Southridge Raider athletics when he was presented the 2018 Spirit of Southridge Award.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sharon Ann Wertman; two sons, Kevin Wertman and wife Diane, Holland, and Lee Wertman and spouse Jeff Rothweiler, St. Louis;  one daughter, Tammy Wertman, Holland; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at a later date. Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be shared at

New Tai Chi from Jim Birkle (click on video) you can do this at home inside or outside


New moves just released from Tai Chi instructor and Black Belt Jim Birkle

Jim has just released a DVD that includes these moves plus others, for more information call 812 630 0383 to get your copy.

Click on video for Tai Chi lesson.


Patoka 2000 Coloring Contest


From our friends at the Jasper Chamber and Patoka 2000

copy and print this or go to Jasper Chamber website   and have fun with the kiddos


Local TRI-CAP receives community assistance grant to help during the COVID – 19


TRI-CAP thanks the Dubois County Community Foundation for choosing TRI-CAP as one of the recipients of the community assistance grant issued in response to the community impact of the COVID-19 virus. We are pleased that the DCCF has responded to both the existing and future needs of the families impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic situation in our community.

TRI-CAP will utilize the funds awarded to address the needs of the families in our community that are struggling financially as a result of the pandemic. If your family has been impacted by this crisis you can call our office at 812-482-2233 and ask for Neil Elkins to request assistance.  This $10,000 grant will go a long way in our community to assist with basic financial needs such as rent and utility assistance.

TRI-CAP’s health, housing, and education services change lives, empower families, and improve communities.  To learn more, go to

Jasper Reds Reunion postponed


It is with much regret that I have to announce that our 28th  Annual Jasper Reds Reunion has been postponed indefinitely.

This year’s reunion which had been scheduled for Saturday April 25th has been postponed indefinitely.  It is possible we may try to reschedule it for a date later in 2020, but with the uncertainty inherit with the coronavirus pandemic, it is not considered prudent to try to set a date at this time.

Take care and stay safe,

Tom Alles

Celestine man killed in a ORV accident


Indiana conservation officers and local authorities are looking into the accidental death of a Celestine man.

Keith Thewes, 55, was operating his ORV yesterday along a ditch line when the accident occurred. He was found by a family member on private property off of County Road 820 E, approximately a half-mile south of State Road 164.

Dubois County Dispatch was notified of the ORV rollover accident with entrapment at 3:18 p.m.

Lifesaving efforts were started on scene, and Thewes was transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Before the accident occurred, Thewes was spraying weeds on his property. A sharp change in elevation along the ditch line is believed to be the primary cause of the ORV accident.

Responding to the accident included  the Celestine Fire Department, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Jasper Memorial Hospital EMS and Indiana Conservation Officers.

Keith Thewes obit at

Memorial Hospital Opens New Screening Site

Dubois County (NNDC):


Jasper, IN- Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center has developed an Alternative Screening Site, located at 695 West Second Street (entrance on the west side of the building- follow the yellow signs) for those patients who do not require emergency department services, but who have symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

This location will be open Monday to Sunday from 9AM-9PM.  Patients may call 812-996-6330.

Services provided at this site will include the following: testing for influenza A & B, strep throat, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and chest x-rays.

Keith A. Thewes, 55, Celestine

Keith A. Thewes, 55, of Celestine, died Monday, March 30, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper of injuries suffered in an ORV accident near his home. He was born in Birdseye December 23, 1964, to Lawrence and Marilyn (Persohn) Thewes. He married Gail Buechler September 22, 1990, at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine.

Keith worked for Simple Transport and was a partner in Thewes Brothers Farms. He was a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Church, the Celestine Volunteer Fire Department, Celestine Community Club, and Celestine Park. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, jeeping, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Gail Thewes; one daughter, April Mullis and husband Derek, Celestine; one son, Lance Thewes and companion Brittany Partenheimer, Celestine; his parents, Lawrence and Marilyn Thewes, Celestine; his father and mother-in-law, Jim and Janet Buechler, Celestine; two sisters, Michelle Keller and husband Dean, Dubois, and Beverly Harris and husband Tom, Celestine; two brothers, Paul Thewes and wife Susie and Duane Thewes and wife Courtney, all of Celestine; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one nephew, Chad Knies.

Private services will be held at Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper with burial following in St. Celestine Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Celestine Volunteer Fire Department or the Celestine Community Club. Online condolences can be shared at

Fly Your Flags to Promote Local and National Heritage in Times of Crisis

Dubois County (NNDC):

The Jasper Chamber of Commerce is encouraging residents to fly their American Flags at home and asked businesses just to encourage our fellow Citizens that we are all in this together.  So says Nancy Eckerle, Executive Director of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce and echoed by those in the community as well as local businesses.

She was speaking to the the fact when we Americans as well as residents of Dubois and surrounding counties have withstand-ed crisis’ before, we will again. Contending that we stand as have those before, as One and that in these uncertain times, it’s a way to show one another our American and Dubois County Spirit our best.

Urgent Message From Dubois County Healeth Department, 3rd COVID-19 in Dubois county

Dubois County (NNDC):

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           

March 30,2020



Dubois County Health Department confirms today the third positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dubois County. The patient is in isolation. Anyone who may have an exposure risk, including the individual’s employer, has been or is being notified about potential exposures so that appropriate infection control procedures can be followed.

Dr. Ted Waflart, Dubois County Health Officer wants to make clear, “We have been messaging all of you what to do to mitigate this crisis and to protect our community.  At this time, nearly everyone is following the advice by our national, state and local leaders.  Stay Home, Practice Social Distancing and Good Hygiene.  For those of you who are not, for the sake of our county, begin now.”