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Notes, Jokes & Quotes for Thursday/Friday

Notes of the Day:

  • Almost 1/3 of San Francisco’s air pollution comes from China.
  • A child dies every 8 seconds from contaminated water.
  • Papaphobia is the fear of the Pope.
  • Hexkosioihexekontahexaphobia is the fear of the number 666.
  • There are more life forms living on your skin than there people on the planet.
  • To our eyes, in space the Sun would appear white, not yellow.
  • 350,000 Tweets are sent every minute.
  • The first known vending machine dates back to the 1st Century AD.  It accepted a coin, then dispensed holy water.
  • It takes up to 2,900gallons of water to make a single pair of jeans.

Jokes of the Day:

  • Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • I’ve heard opinions of many people in my life who are under the perception that Irish Catholics are hands down the most prejudice people on this earth. Well, I’m here to set that rumor straight once and for all. As my Irish born grandmother from Donegal always used to say, ”Why no! How ridiculous! The Irish prejudice? Oh my, that is not true. We think less of all of you equally without regard to who you are!”
  • When Paddy’s dog died, he took it to the local Catholic church. He asked the preacher if he could have a funeral service for his much loved pet, but the preacher explained that they didn’t do services like that for animals. Paddy asked who would and the preacher suggested that the Baptist church up the road would probably give the dog a funeral service. Paddy asked, “Preacher, do you think $5,000 would be enough payment for the dog’s funeral?” The preacher relied, “Dearest Paddy, why didn’t you tell me that your dog was a Catholic?”
  • Three doctors are out geese-hunting. A gaggle flies over and the oncologist raises and then lowers his gun. “I better conduct an MRI first to determine if those were really geese.” Some more geese fly by & the endocrinologist raises his gun and then lowers it. “I’ll need some bloodwork to conduct an A1C and determine what those birds were first.” Some more geese fly over. The trauma doc raises his shotgun and blows them out of the sky. “What were those things, anyway?” he asks.

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Top News Stories NNDC for Thursday

Dubois County (NNDC):

Dubois County Council to cut $1.1 million from Budget.

Dubois County’s proposed 2019 general budget needs to be cut by around $1.1 million.

That was the task Monday as the Council reviewed all of the different departments budgets.  This was not totally unexpected due to the results of the wage study and 2% pay increase for County employees.  This added a couple hundred thousand dollars for each respectfully.

To reduce the proposed 2019 general fund by $1.1 million, the council decided to allocate some big-ticket items from the general fund, which affects property taxes, and move them into the Local Income Tax Economic Development Fund. The council asked the auditor’s office to determine which items can be moved. These will be reviewed at a future meeting.

Several positions were removed from the budget as they had not yet been officially created and approved.

An additional deputy prosecutor position approved by the commissioners was left in the budget as was the school resource officer for the Northeast Dubois County School Corporation.  The majority of that officer’s salary will be covered by a $35,000 state grant and a $35,000 commitment from the Northeast Dubois School Board.

The Jasper Rotary Club to announce the annual Athena award for entrepreneurial efforts for 2018.

Jasper Rotary to Host Annual Athena Awards Thursday Night

The Rotary Club of Jasper host their annual Athena Awards presentation at the Huntingburg Event Center Thursday.  The event begins at 6:00 PM with dinner at 6:30

Athena is an international non-profit group that seeks support, develop and honor developing female leaders in the community.  This year’s finalists are Kim Lottes, Kim Messmer, Marie Patton, Beth Seidl and Sandy Smith.

Susan Elkington, the new president of the Toyota-Georgetown, Kentucky plant will be this year’s keynote speaker.

Patoka Lake Cleanup set for Saturday August 25th.

 Join in the 12th annual Patoka Lake Clean Up on Saturday, August 25 at the Patoka Lake Dam. People of all ages and abilities can sign up on location at 8 am EDT and will be assigned an area to pick up trash and recycling along the shore.   By 11 am, all volunteers will return to the dam to be treated to a fish fry, music, door prizes, goody bags and of course, a free event t-shirt.

Each year volunteers pick up over 2000 pounds of trash and recycling during this event.  All supplies are provided; volunteers just need to show up! Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and consider carpooling to the site.

For information about the event, call the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812-685-2447.

Market Street Park in Huntingburg to open slightly behind schedule.

Work on the new Market Street Park has hit a slight road bump in completion.  Officials confirmed that extra work needed to be done that wasn’t planned.  Originally scheduled to be done this summer, organizers hope to have it finished by the Haunted Huntingburg event in October.

The new Market Street Park will be between Third and Fourth Streets in downtown Huntingburg.













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Notes, Jokes & Quotes of the Day for Wednesday

Notes of the Day:

Today’s Birthdays

1972 – Ben Affleck
1771 – Walter Scott
1912 – Julia Child

Jokes of the Day:

  • What did the traffic light say to the other traffic light?  Don’t look, I’m changing.
  • What is the largest muscle in the human body?  The Gluteus Maximus (your butt).
  • Q: Why did the witches’ team lose the baseball game?
    A: Their bats flew away.
  • This is the true story of George Phillips of Meridian, Mississippi, who was going to bed when his wife told him that he’d left the light on in the shed. George opened the door to go turn off the light but saw there were people in the shed in the process of stealing things.He immediately phoned the police, who asked, “Is someone in your house?” and George said, “No,” and explained the situation. Then they explained that all patrols were busy, and that he should simply lock his door and an officer would be there when available.George said, “Okay,” hung up, counted to 30, and phoned the police again.”Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people in my shed. Well, you don’t have to worry about them now because I’ve just shot them all.”Then he hung up. Within five minutes three squad cars, an Armed Response unit, and an ambulance showed up. Of course, the police caught the burglars red-handed.

    One of the policemen said to George, “I thought you said that you’d shot them!”

    George said, “I thought you said there was nobody available!”







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Top News Stories for Wednesday

Dubois County (NNDC):

Jasper man faces 50 years in prison.

At his sentencing on Monday, Alejandro Hernandez, wad given a 50 year prison sentence.  The Jasper man admitted to molesting a juvenile last year.  Investigators say the molestation occurred over a long period of time.

The sentence was part of a plea deal where Hernandez received 25 years on two counts of Child Molesting.  The two sentences will run together for a total of 50 years.

House fire on Jaspers South side destroys home.

Red Cross Assisting Jasper Family Displaced by Tuesday Morning Fire

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A Monday morning fire that extensively damaged a Jasper couple’s south-side home and has been ruled accidental in nature.

Jasper fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang and an Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office representative agreed on the determination after going searching the 891 Giesler Road home of Dylan R. Anderson and Kendall C. Neukam.  The couple were both at work when a passerby saw smoke and reported the fire at 8:36 a.m.

Apparently the fire started in the home’s kitchen and burned through to the upstairs.

Firefighters carried two cats outside to safety but the couple’s Dalmatian puppy, Chip, that was administered oxygen died at the scene.

The couple are to be married late next month and items for their wedding were upstairs.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help with expenses —


The house was insured, but may be a total loss.  Estimated damage is expected to exceed $75,000.

Ferdinand will have a new trail around Old Town Lake by 2020 if everything goes according to plan.




Park Board President Matt Weyer and Brett Schipp of Universal Design presented the designs for the 1-mile walking trail, open-air shelter house and bathrooms around the lake located on East 14th Street near Monastery Immaculate Conception at Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting. Following the presentation, the council approved the project to go to bid.

Improvements to the lake area have been on the town’s discussed since the 1990s, but the project picked up speed in 2016  but the project progresses more quickly after being awarded a $200,000 matching grant, which means the town must also come up with $200,000 for the project. That $200,000 can be from financial appropriations, donations or in-kind contributions of labor, materials or equipment. Part of the in-kind contributions will be reclaimed asphalt from the 23rd Street project currently underway. The asphalt will be ground down and used to construct at least part of the 1-mile trail.

The design also calls for other additions such as the old pump house to be repurposed into a shelter house, parking improvements, walking bridges across wetlands areas and one finger of the lake, and a picnic area. The park board would also like to add a fishing pier and a kayak launch. Donations will be sought for these additions.

A rough timeline for the project has work beginning later this year, with the bulk of the work completed in 2019 for a spring or summer 2020 completion.

Jasper has joined a lawsuit targeting companies that make and distribute opioids.

The Board of Public Works entered into an agreement this week with an Indianapolis law firm to fight the battle in court.  Other cities across the U.S. have filed similar lawsuits.

Drug makers are accused of  widespread fraud and deception in the marketing of opioids.

Jasper has joined a lawsuit targeting companies that make and distribute opioids.The Board of Public Works entered into an agreement this week with an Indianapolis law firm to fight the battle in court.

Cities across the country have brought similar lawsuits.

Those cities accuse drug makers of widespread fraud and deception in the marketing of opioids.

The lawsuits allege that has contributed to a nationwide epidemic that has killed thousands.

Attorneys representing other cities in similar suits claim the drug companies owe damages for all of the tax dollars used to combat the opioid epidemic.

The lawsuits allege that has contributed to a nationwide epidemic that has killed thousands.  Most cities, including Jasper, claim the drug companies owe damages for all of the tax dollars used to combat the opioid epidemic.

Jasper has joined a lawsuit targeting companies that make and distribute opioids.  The Board of Public Works entered into an agreement this week with an Indianapolis law firm to fight the battle in court.

Cities across the country have brought similar lawsuits.

Those cities accuse drug makers of widespread fraud and deception in the marketing of opioids.  The lawsuits allege that has contributed to a nationwide epidemic that has killed thousands.

Attorneys representing other cities in similar suits claim the drug companies owe damages for all of the tax dollars used to combat the opioid epidemic.

Vigil to be held for substance abuse.

The Dubois County Substance Abuse Council will host its first candlelight vigil from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Jasper Riverwalk gazebo to remember loved ones who have experienced the perils of addiction.

Attendees are welcome to bring photographs of their loved ones. The event includes live music, a guest speaker and the candlelight vigil.

The event will be held rain or shine.

For more information, email coordinator Mark Peters at mapeters@duboiscountyin.org.

 Huntingburg Police investigate crash.

Huntingburg police responded to a vehicle crash at about 5:30 Tuesday 08/14.  20 year old Tatiana Petit-Frere,  of Washington. Was driving a  2007 Hyundai Entourage.  Tatiana was Eastbound on Co Rd 400 S.  When she lost control in a sharp curve, went off the road to the left, struck a guardrail and a Dubois REC support wire and came to rest.

Damage was estimated at total Loss to vehicle, $1500 to guardrail, $500 to support wire.  The driver and 2 passengers complained of head pain and were taken to Memorial Hospital by EMS for non-life threatening injuries.  No charges were filed.


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Dubois County Sports

Dubois County (NNDC) – As area high schools returned to class for the 2018/2019 school year, their respective sports programs are now in full swing.   NNDC will keep you updated with the latest in scores and information for the Jasper, Southridge, Forest Park and Northeast Dubois sports programs. Please reach out to us anytime at sports@newsnowdc.com if you have something to share.

High School – Monday

Girls Volleyball

Varsity @ Dubois: Northeast Dubois 3, Wood Memorial 0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-17) / Junior Varsity Northeast Dubois 2, Wood Memorial 0 (25-11, 25-11)

Varsity @ Lynnville: Tecumseh 3, Forest Park 0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-14) / Junior Varsity – Tecumseh 2, Forest Park 0 (25-10, 25-18)

Varsity @ Loogootee: Loogootee 3, Jasper 0 (25-21, 25-23, 28-26) / Junior Varsity – Loogootee 2, Jasper 0 (25-15, 25-23)

Girls Soccer

Varsity @ Jasper: Jasper 3, Evansville Central 0 / Junior Varsity – Jasper 3, Evansville Central 0

Boys Tennis

Varsity @ Northeast Dubois: Northeast Dubois 5, Pike Central 0

Varsity @ Boonville: Boonville 3, Southridge 2

Girls Golf

Varsity @ Jasper (Buffalo Trace): Jasper 185, Springs Valley 199, Forest Park 240, Heritage Hills 258




News of the Day for Tuesday

Dubois County (NNDC):

Woman arrested for OWI, in Jasper.

Kimberly Armstrong of 2 Primrose Ln. in Jasper was arrested
with having a blood alcohol content of .233.  Armstrong was driving a
2005 White Chevrolet Silverado.

Jasper Police Officer observed a vehicle leaving JR’s Bar. the vehicle came to a complete stop in the middle of the roadway on Newton St. and the driver was identified as Kimberly Armstrong of Jasper. Upon further investigation it was determined that the driver was impaired.

Armstrong was lodged in the Dubois County Center.

Ferdinand Police are asking the publics help in identifying the driver of a truck who forced a crash.

Ferdinand Police are asking for your help identifying the driver of a truck who ran a vehicle off of the road Monday near Masterbrand.  Another driver contends  he was run off of the road around 6:00 a.m. Monday by a large pickup truck that had 3 sets of driving lights on the front.

That driver was not hurt but police want to know the identity of the driver of the truck

Anyone with knowledge of the incident is asked to contact Ferdinand Police.

Tierra-Derco International announces 3 new appointments.

Tierra-Derco International, LLC, dba TDI Brands, a forerunner in supplying innovative, distinctive, and timeless products to the garden center industry, has announced 3 significant leadership changes.

Mike Bartley has been promoted to President.He will be replacing Charles Stenftenagel, co-owner, who will maintain chairman of the board and other executive duties.  Bartley will preside over all corporate operations, functions, and divisions.  He spent over 22 years with Masterbrand Cabinets in various finance and management positions and holds a B.S. degree in accounting from Ball State University.

Holly Mundy has been promoted to Vice President, Sales and Marketing.Mundy came to TDI Brands in 2016 as Director of Marketing and Business Development and has made a significant impact to the company’s sales and marketing performance.  In her new position, she will create and manage new business opportunities, manage the company’s sales teams, oversee marketing, customer service, and lead the product development team.

Chris Sternberg has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer.  Sternberg came to TDI Brands in 2013 as Controller and has been instrumental in developing process and procedure within the organization, including the procurement and finance functions.  He has done an excellent job of managing budgets and treasury responsibilities.Sternberg most recently held the position of Director of Operations.He has over 18 years’ experience in various accounting and finance roles over his career.

Kimball International announces new executive appointments.

Kimball Electronics has announced three new executive appointments.  Desiree Castillejos was recently appointed to chief strategy officer and VP of Corporate Development, in charge of the Nokia IBM Alliance.

Chris Thyen has been appointed to Vice President of New Platforms and Kathy Thomson is the new VP of Global Business Development and Design Services.  Kathy takes over for Chris Thyen.

Kimball Electronics is a large supplier of electronics for a variety of products and is based here in Jasper.

Spencer County animal shelter is being investigated for inhumane methods of euthanasia.

A Spencer County animal shelter is accused of euthanizing animals by freezing them to death Vs the standard and approved method.  Former employees of the Spencer County Animal Shelter allegedly euthanized  unwanted cats by putting them in a freezer to die.

The shelter could not be reached for comment and the Sheriff’s Office is investigating.  They have subsequently turned the case over to the prosecutor’s office. As of now, charges have not been filed.

The shelter’s Facebook page has since been deactivated.

Water main break in Huntingburg.

Water Main Break Turns Everett’s Broadway Avenue Into ... (not a picture of actual break)

There was a water main break Monday evening but no boil order has been issued.  The incident occurred when a water main tying two tanks together broke.  Officials say no domestic water customers were impacted.

The break occurred on Geiger Street between 10th and 11th Streets and City crews are working to repair the leak.

An evening of fun coming to the Astra just in time for Halloween.

The Astra Theatre will play The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday, October 27, at 7 p.m.  with doors opening a 6:00 PM.  Astra-appropriate props will be available for purchase that night as a $5 kit, visit www.TheNextAct.org/rocky-horror-kits/.

Tickets are $8 and are available in advance at www.AstraTheatre.Eventbrite.com or at the doors the night of the show. The approved kit can also be reserved online ahead of time.  Note: there are items that are NOT allowed.  You can review contents of the kit online.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult-classic renowned for its audience participation roles at different times and scenes during the film. To view a list of items that are included in the Astra-approved kit, as well as what cannot and will not be tolerated for use during the film,

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Notes, Jokes & Quotes for Monday/Tuesday

Notes of the Day:

Today’s Birthdays

  • 1951 – Dan Fogelberg
    1912 – Ben Hogan
  • Russell Crowe turned down the role of Morpheus in The Matrix.
  • The Dutch army had only one tank during WWII.
  • Most Americans can buy an AR-15 rifle before they can legally buy a beer.
  • Japanese manufacture Toto built a motorcycle that runs on poop.
  • Porsche’s first car, in 1898, was electric.
  • A nurse in Italy was accused in 2014 of killing 38 patients because she thought they were “annoying.”
  • The Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, once hired 420 mimes artists to make fun of traffic violators because he believes Colombians fear ridicule more than being fined.

Jokes of the Day:

  • Q: How do trees access the internet?
    A: They log in.
  • Fred: “Why do elephants wear red nail polish?”
    Bob: “I don’t know, why?”
    Fred: “To hide in cherry trees.”
    Bob: “But I’ve never seen an elephant in a cherry tree.”
    Fred: “See, it works.”
  • Three guys and a lady were sitting at the bar talking about their professions. The first guy says, “I’m a YUPPIE. You know, young, urban, professional.” The second guy says, “I’m a DINK. You know, double income, no kids.” The third guy says, “I’m a RUB. You know, rich urban biker.” They turn to the woman and ask, “So what are you?” The woman replies, “I’m a WIFE. You know – Wash, Iron, take care of my Idiot Husband, Etc.”
  • Q: Where do crazy people travel through the forest?
    A: The psycho path.
  • Two hunters are out in the forest when one of them collapses. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy takes out his phone and calls 911 and gasps, “My friend is dead! What can I do?” The operator says “Calm down. I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.” There is a silence, then a gun shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says “OK, now what?”

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Top News Stories for Monday

Dubois County (NNDC):

A Jasper man was arrested and charged with felony counts of child molestation as well as battery and child solicitation.

Charges stemmed from an investigation by the Indiana State Police that began on June 27, 2018, when they received a report of the allegations against Clayton T. Nordhoff,  23, of 4441 Downey Street, Jasper.

Court documents indicate the incidents involving the 5-year-old victim occurred between June 1 and June 26.

Based on the investigation, Nordhoff is charged with the felony counts of child molestation as well as a felony count of battery resulting in bodily injury to a person less than 14 years of age and a felony count of child solicitation.




Memorial Family Care relocates.

Memorial Family Care has announced it will be moving to a new location in September.  They are currently located on First Avenue in Jasper, will close September 10th to move to its new building at 966 Bartley Street in Jasper.

The clinic will also change its name and It is to reopen under the name Memorial Health Family Medicine.




The Jasper Street Dept along with its contractor,  will be conducting the  road work beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

The current plan is to mill the following streets on Wed. Aug. 15 with paving to follow on Thursday and Friday.

Franklin Street, from 13th St. to 14th St.

Emily Street, from 6th St. to 13th St

W. 10th Street, from Dorbett St. to Carroll St

E. 13th Street, from Newton St. to Jackson St.


These streets will be open to traffic, however, motorists can expect delays & may want to avoid these areas and may be delayed due to weather or other unforeseen events.


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Military Appreciation Day Sunday August 12th

Jasper (NNDC):

Sunday, the County Museum held a Military Appreciation Day to honor our flag and all those who have/are protected our Country.

Ron Himsel, master of cermonies opened the event.

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Janet Kluemper of the Dubois County Museum describes the day.

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Patriotic Songs were performed by Sarah Sergesketter and Paula Alles.

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Bill Weikert recaps his experience in the service of our Country.

Father & Son, Joe and Nathan Verkamp recount their stories.

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Excerpts from speeches given at the event.

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Special guests Pandr & Roxanne Mills discuss their new book Summer Wind: A Soldier’s Road from Indiana to Vietnam:

Race for the Curl a Big Curl a Big Success!

Jasper (NNDC) – For a first time event “Race for the Curl” a fundraiser to benefit Riley’s Children’s Hospital and the many area children that receive treatment there.  110 signed up to either walk or run in today’s 5k sponsored by your local Westside DQ.  It was interesting to talk to the walkers and runners about why they walk or run an many participate in every event they can.  Newsnow was at the event this morning and here they go!

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One runner gave up DQ Ice cream and it has changed a few things around the Westside DQ, so we asked Westside DQ owner Phyllis Stenftenagel about the rumors.

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Jasper Fire Chief Kenny Hochgesang told Newsnow he gave up DQ Ice Cream for the oldest reason in the world “to see if he could.”

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Here comes the first runner just a little over nineteen minutes, congratulations to the Westside DQ for this great fundraiser and all who walked or ran today.

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Jason Nord is fairly new to 5k runs as he explained to Newsnow this morning at the Race for the Curl.

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