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Dubois County (NNDC):  The Southridge Raiders closed out their 2018-19 regular season on Friday night at HMG as they hosted the Boonville Pioneers.   It was all Southridge as the Raiders stingy defense held Boonville to 33 points.   Colson Montgomery led the Raiders with 22 points, Jaden Hayes knocked down 14 and Joe Lagrange chipped in 13 as Southridge rolled to a 53-33 victory.   The Raiders finish the regular season with an 18-5 record.   Up next for Southridge is Sullivan (12-12) in the Class 3A Sectional at Washington.

IHSAA Boys Basketball Sectional Pairings

Class 4A (Evansville North) — Game 1 (Castle vs Evansville Central), Game 2 (Jasper vs Evansville Harrison), Game 3 (Evansville Reitz vs WINNER GAME 1), Game 4 (Evansville North vs WINNER GAME 2), Championship Game (WINNER GAME 3 vs WINNER GAME 4)

Class 3A (Washington) — Game 1 (Pike Central vs Washington), Game 2 (Southridge vs Sullivan), Game 3 (Vincennes Lincoln vs WINNER GAME 1), Game 4 (Princeton vs WINNER GAME 2), Championship Game (WINNER GAME 3 vs WINNER GAME 4)

Class 2A (Forest Park) – Played at Huntingburg Memorial Gymnasium — Game 1 (North Posey vs Tecumseh), Game 2 (Evansville Mater Dei vs South Spencer), Game 3 (Perry Central vs Forest Park), Game 4 (Tell City vs WINNER GAME 1), Game 5 (WINNER GAME 2 vs WINNER GAME 3), Championship Game (WINNER GAME 4 vs WINNER GAME 5)

Class 1A (Wood Memorial) — Game 1 (Northeast Dubois vs Cannelton), Game 2 (Wood Memorial vs Springs Valley), Game 3 (Evansville Day vs WINNER GAME 1), Championship Game (WINNER GAME 2 vs WINNER GAME 3)



Southridge 53 – Boonville 33

German American Bank Announces Merger

Jasper (NNDC):

German American Bancorp, Inc. and Citizens First Corporation, of Bowling Green, announced that they have entered into an agreement to merge Citizens First into German American Bank.

On completion of the transaction, Citizens First’s subsidiary bank, will be merged into German American’s subsidiary bank, German American Bank.

Mark Schroeder, Chairman and CEO said they are excited to welcome Citizens First customers and team members to the German American family.  He further commented that Citizens First has built a solid and growing community banking franchise and that  the acquisition furthers our expansion into vibrant Kentucky markets and strengthens our local presence in the Bowling Green market area, which has demonstrated a history of dynamic growth.

German American is consistently among the nation’s best performing community banking organizations.

The transaction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2019.

Local Economy Good but not as Strong as in 2018

Dubois County (NNDC):

The 2019 economy will be down a bit from 2018, but still good, according to a forecast from three Indiana University professors.

The Center for Economic Model Research at Indiana University presented their predictions for the national and state economies Thursday at the Rotary Club of Jasper’s 14th annual Indiana University Kelley School of Business Economic Forecast Luncheon. Dubois Strong President Ed Cole presented on the local economy.

At the local level there’s a lot going on. Unlike a lot of rural Indiana counties, Dubois County has been growing. In the last five years, the county’s population has increased by 500 people. The county also has low unemployment about 2.4 percent and has 4,000 more workers commute into the county than commuting out.

Although there are still jobs to fill. That has led local companies to increase workforce attraction, with Dubois Strong as key component. Dubois Strong has been running a Facebook advertising, targeting surrounding areas with higher unemployment and encouraging people to check out what Dubois County has to offer. In 2018, that campaign brought 74,000 new page views to the Dubois Strong website, with 1,025 of those moving on to websites for area employers.

Recently, Dubois Strong won the Ready Communities Quality of Place and Workforce Attraction planning grant for $50,000. The next steps, Director Cole said, are hiring a consultant to help identify countywide needs and come up with a plan to meet those needs. Then, Dubois Strong will apply for the next stage of the grant, which could yield up to $250,000.

Of course, attracting new workforce members means an increased need for housing.  In 2015, Dubois Strong conducted a housing study that showed the county needed 400 to 675 new housing units. In the five years since, 225 units have been added with 520 more in progress.

Jasper Man in Jail After Multiple Incidents

Jasper (NNDC):

A Jasper man, Derion Fisher is in jail today following a traffic stop Thursday afternoon around 3:00 PM for an expired registration.

Arrest reports show Fisher fled at a high rate of speed and when officers finally pulled him over said he exited the vehicle and put his hand into his pocket.

Deputies were eventually managed to handcuff the suspect, but he continued yelling and aggressively pushing his body towards the officer.

Officers took the suspect to the ground and discovered that Fisher did not have a license.

He was charged with Felony Resisting Law Enforcement With a vehicle and misdemeanor resisting, disorderly conduct and operating without ever receiving a license.

Dubois County Sports

Dubois County (NNDC):  The Jasper Wildcats and Northeast Dubois Jeeps closed out their regular season schedules tonight as the Wildcats hosted North Daviess and the Jeeps hit the road to face the Tecumseh Braves.   In Jasper, the Wildcats hosted a solid North Daviess squad who was looking to improve to 17-6 on the season.    The Cougars and the Wildcats went to overtime and North Daviess picks up the win 50-46.   With the loss, Jasper closes out the regular season with a 13-9 record.  Up next for the Wildcats is their Sectional battle with Evansville Harrison (12-10).  Tickets for the Class 4A Boys Basketball Sectional are available at Jasper High School athletic office until Tuesday at 12 noon.

Northeast Dubois was at home for their regular season finale on Thursday night and faced the Tecumseh Braves (12-11).   The Jeeps were looking to build some momentum heading into the post season.   Lane Knies led the way with 12 points for Northeast Dubois as the Jeeps pick up the 44-30 victory.  With the win, Northeast Dubois finishes up the regular season with a 9-13 record.   Up next for the Jeeps is their Sectional matchup with Cannelton (9-13).   Tickets for the Class 1A Sectional are available at the Northeast Dubois high school office until 12 noon on Tuesday.



North Daviess 50 – Jasper 46 (OT)

Northeast Dubois 44 – Tecumseh 30


JPD Enforcement Blitz

Jasper (NNDC):

The Jasper Police Department plans aggressive driving patrols this March. 

Spring is just around the corner. As temperatures rise, and winter ice and snow recede from the roads, Hoosier drivers are tempted to increase their speeds and take more risks behind the wheel.

The Jasper Police Department and about 230 law-enforcement agencies across Indiana are warning drivers of increased patrols in March for aggressive driving violations.

The aim is to make prevent unsafe driving and save lives. Failing to yield the right of way is one of the top causes of crashes that lead to injuries and deaths. Following too closely and unsafe lane movement violations are also among the top causes of crashes.
Other aggressive driving violations include unsafe speed; speed too fast for weather conditions, disregarding a traffic signal or sign, and improper passing, turning, or lane usage.

Young drivers, particularly young men, are more likely to be engaging in unsafe driving behaviors before a crash. Statistics and more information are in the most recent Crash Fact Book and

Beaver Lake Drain Closed March 18th.

Dubois County (NNDC):

According to the Jasper Water Department, the drain at Beaver Lake will be closed on March 18.  Some recreation activities may be affected by the closure.

U.S. Senator from Jasper to be Keynote Speaker

Indiana (NNDC):

U.S. Senator Mike Braun of Jasper will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Dubois Strong annual meeting, to be held April 18th at 11:30 a.m. at the Ferdinand Community Center.

The meeting is an opportunity for Dubois Strong to applaud the support of current investors and community partners, as well as encourage new investment in our community.  The public is invited and if interested, you can call Dubois Strong Directly at 812-482-9650.

Murder Suspect Makes First Appearance in Court

Jasper (NNDC):

Kyle Schneider was formally charged in the murder of Chloie Lubbehusen onWednesday.

Judge Nathan Verkamp notified Schneider he could ask him to step down as the judge because of his involvement based on previous case which was a 2012 burglary conviction and could be a conflict of interest. Verkamp told Schneider he believed he could be fair and impartial in the case but indicated it was up to Kyle’s lawyer on how to go forward.

After a brief break, Kyle’s attorney  signed a waiver allowing Judge Verkamp to preside over the case.

The legal representative was then informed that the Dubois County Prosecutor’s office filed a notice of seeking a habitual offender status. The filing was based on his two felony convictions on prior incidents.  First, the 2012 burglary conviction and a second conviction on felony domestic battery last July.

Schneider faces up to 65 years in prison on the murder charge, according to Indiana sentencing guidelines. The habitual status could possibly add up to an additional 20 years to the sentence.

While Verkamp was informing Schneider of the charges against him, the defendant became uncommunicative when the judge asked if he thought he could understand and participate in the courtroom proceedings. Verkamp then rephrased the question, asking if he suffered from any mental or emotional disability that would prevent him from understanding the proceedings.

Schneider didn’t respond and his court-appointed attorney and told the judge there may be an issue related to mental health.

Judge Verkamp continued and explained the charges against Schneider and asked if he understood, the defendant answered each question with a quiet affirmative as he stared down at the table where he sat.

The court entered a preliminary plea of not guilty on Schneider’s behalf. Schneider will remain at the Dubois County Security Center without bond. His next court appearance was set for March 18.

Legislative Breakfast Scheduled for March

Dubois County (NNDC):

The public will have another chance to meet  local lawmakers on March 2nd.

The Jasper Chamber of Commerce is hosting the second Legislative Breakfast of the year at VUJC  technology center auditorium on March 2nd beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Local lawmakers will discuss what they are working on this legislative session.

There is no cost to attend and light refreshments will be served.