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Kathleen M. Tempel Nursing Scholarship Recipient Selected



Jasper (Local Sources) – Memorial Hospital Foundation has announced this year’s recipient of the Kathleen M. Tempel Nursing Scholarship, and the recipient is Ronica Maki of Jasper, Indiana. Ms. Maki graduated from Marengo High School in 1995, and attended Oakland City University; she currently plans to continue her nursing education at VUJC in Jasper and achieve her BSN designation.

The scholarship was created in memory of the late Kathy Tempel, Vice President of Patient Services, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. This year Ms. Maki will receive $1,500.00 to help her achieve her nursing degree.

Nineteen scholarship applications were completed and submitted to the Memorial Hospital Foundation office by the March 1, 2016, deadline. A panel of three judges read the applications and selected Ms. Maki as the recipient.

In addition to the scholarship’s main criterion of pursuing a ASN or BSN, registered nurse designation, the following criteria were also be taken into consideration: the applicant’s desire to practice in the southern Indiana area, financial need, academic records (achievements and honors, grades, SAT scores, and attendance), and community involvement that indicated care and concern for people and the community.

For more information about Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Kathleen M. Tempel Nursing Scholarship, please contact Mike Jones, Executive Director, Memorial Hospital Foundation, at: mjones@mhhcc.org or by phone at 812/996-8426.

Wood Capital Celebrates Arbor Day

A day to celebrate trees…. Arbor Day was founded in April, 1872.

There is no set date for Arbor Day each year.  Most states… even cities declare their own Arbor Day to coincide with local climates.

Arbor Day was celebrated today in the town that calls itself, the “Nation’s Wood Capital….

‘Touch A Truck’ Postponed!

Touch-Truck-Postponed-300x170Jasper (Local Sources) – Touch-A-Truck … a free, family event has been rescheduled for next Saturday 9am-11am at the Jasper Train Depot due to pending rain this weekend.

Hosted by the City of Jasper, Touch-A-Truck, showcases a variety of trucks and equipment from different City of Jasper departments.

Children and adults of all ages are invited to explore the equipment with guidance from the respective departments who can explain and discuss the work that is performed.

Touch-A-Truck is a free, family fun event open to the public.

Holiday World Opens Saturday

Firecracker-model-e1484156804288_0_0Santa Claus (Local Sources) - Holiday World opens for its 71st season on Saturday, with a 
new (to the park) family ride. 

Last fall, park officials decided to restore a classic Calypso ride that delighted riders at 
another park long ago.

“There are only a handful of these rides left in North America,” says park president 
Matt Eckert. “Restoring this ride for future generation to enjoy took a lot of research 
and months of work, but it was a labor of love. We just know families will add Firecracker 
to their ‘must ride’ list for each visit.”

Visitors this season will also notice:

New Holidog’s Treehouse play structure for children of all abilities 
New Pick Your Price online ticket discounts, with savings up to $20 per ticket
International high-dive champion Cesilie Carlton will return to perform in the Dive! show

Additional free soft drink stations

New menu and “watch us make your meal” service at the Alamo
New slide tower for Watubee family water attraction

Both Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari are in the running for Best Park status in a
current USA Today poll, which runs through May 22. (Links to vote: http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-amusement-park/holiday-world-santa-claus-ind/
and http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-outdoor-water-park-2017/splashin-safari-santa-claus-ind/)

Holiday World begins its 71st season on April 29; Splashin’ Safari’s opening day is May 11. For more information, visit HolidayWorld.com (http://www.holidayworld.com/)
or call 1-877-463-2645.

Warmer Temps; Rain Return This Weekend

Jasper (NNDC) – Ron Rhodes with our media partner, the Eyewitness News Weather Authority, has our latest forecast…

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Bucshon Supports Trump Tax Plan

Evansville (WEHT/NNDC) – President Trump’s administration released its much anticipated tax plan on Wednesday.

The biggest proposal would cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%, which officials say would be the biggest tax cut in U.S. history. It’s estimated this would lead to $4 trillion in lost revenue.

8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon (R-Newburgh) released the following statement on the proposed tax plan:

“Traveling around the Eighth District over the past two weeks, I consistently heard from Hoosier families and job creators about their frustration with a broken and burdensome tax code.  And as Tax Day came and went earlier this month, we were all starkly reminded that the current system is just too complicated and too complex.  By just about every measure, it’s clear that the tax code needs significant overhaul. Over the past eight years the U.S. economy hasn’t grown at its full potential, which has translated to fewer jobs and less take-home pay for families. Implementing fundamental tax reform – a simpler, fairer tax code that gets rates down for everyone – is absolutely necessary to get the economy firing on all cylinders. That’s why I am encouraged to see President Trump set broad goals for tax reform today that builds on the Better Way initiative House Republicans released last year. President Trump’s proposal will help provide a guide for Congress and the White House to work together to achieve much-need tax reform to grow the economy, create jobs, and provide more certainty for families.”

For individuals, the ‘Trump Plan’ would:

  • reduce the number of tax brackets from seven to three and cut the top marginal rate from 39.6 to 35 percent

  • double the standard deduction, while eliminating most tax breaks except for home ownership and charitable deductions

  • repeal several taxes, including the Alternative Minimum Tax, the estate tax, and the Obamacare tax on investment income

For businesses, the plan would:

  • reduce the corporate tax rate to 15 percent, paid for with unspecified cuts to “special interests” and a “one-time tax on trillions of dollars held overseas”

  • allow small-business owners to have their income taxed at 15 percent.

  • move to a territorial tax system, in which businesses would only pay tax on income earned in the U.S.

Menke; Schwenk Inducted Into Local Business Hall Of Fame

Huntingburg (NNDC) – Two new inductees formally entered the Dubois County Business Hall of Fame Thursday morning.

The 2017 laureates Robert H. “Hank” Menke and Gervase Schwenk were honored at a breakfast ceremony hosted by the Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana at the Huntingburg Event Center.



Menke has been President and CEO of family-owned OFS Brands in Huntingburg since 1978.  OFS currently has more than  1,700 employees in Dubois County.

According to the JASI, Menke and his family have given generously over the years in support of the Huntingburg Fire Department, Huntingburg Stellar Endowment, Dubois County Community Foundation, the preservation of Old Town Hall in Huntingburg, and were a major contributor to the building of the Huntingburg Event Center.

Gervase Schwenk was the long-time Chairman of the Board to the Associates of Jasper Engines and Transmissions.

After serving in World War II, Gervase Schwenk began working as a bookkeeper for Alvin C. Ruxer (a previous Dubois County Business Hall of Fame inductee) and his Ford Dealership in 1946.



Schwenk joined the then-Jasper Engine Exchange soon thereafter.  It later became Jasper Engines and Transmissions, the nation’s largest remanufacturer of gas and diesel engines, transmissions, differentials, rear axle assemblies, marine engines, stern drives, performance engines, and electric motors.

JASPER has more than 2000 Associates and 44 branch and distributor locations across the country.

The Junior Achievement of Dubois County says Schwenk also served in various capacities with Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center of Jasper, the Evansville Catholic Dioceses,  Precious Blood Church, Sisters of Saint Benedict, VU Foundation, St. Meinrad Archabbey, the Dubois County Community Foundation and he was also President of the Jasper Band Parents for a number of years.  He was presented the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Buffalo Trace Council of the Boy Scouts.

Schwenk passed away in 2010.

Past inductees into the Dubois County Business Hall of Fame which was founded in 2015 are Arnold F. Habig (Kimball International), Clement M. Lange (Best Chairs), Robert Ruckriegel (Servus, Inc.) and Alvin C. Ruxer (Jasper Engines and Transmissions).


Police Need Help In Identifying Suspected Shoplifter (PHOTOS)

Jasper (NNDC) – The Jasper Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the man in these photos.

The man is a suspect in a theft investigation at the Jasper Rural King store.   JPD says the man has what is called a ‘sleeve tattoo’ on his left forearm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jasper Police Department at 812-482-2255 or you can call the department’s anonymous ‘tip line’ at 812-481-2677 (COPS).