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Jasper (NNDC):

Notes, Jokes & Quotes is a long time feature at NNDC.  With all the negative news out there, including COVID-19 virus, we thought it time again to lighten your stress level with this newest update:




Notes &  Facts:

The 100 folds in a chef’s hat represent 100 ways to cook an egg.

Yes, that tall, pleated white hat that chefs wear — technically called a toque — has 100 folds for a reason! According to Reclutant Gourmet, the pleats used to signify a chef’s level of experience, like the number of ways he or she knew how to prepare eggs.

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    – The longest wedding veil was longer than 63 football fields.

    If you thought Meghan Markle’s wedding veil was long, get this: there’s a woman in Cyprus who set the Guinness World Record for the longest wedding veil. How long was it, you ask? Nearly 23,000 feet, which is the same length as about 63.5 football fields.


    Some cats are allergic to people.

    FYI for all you people allergic to cats: they might be allergic to you, too! It’s pretty uncommon due to the fact that we bathe ourselves more often than other species and don’t shed as much hair or dead skin, but yes, it does happen.


    Apple Pie isn’t actually American at all.

    The next time you call something “as American as apple pie,” you might want to consider the fact that neither apple pies nor apples originally came from America. Apples are in fact native to Asia, and the first recorded recipe for apple pie was actually written in England.


    The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.

    Yes, although it’s a fabled creature, the national animal of Scotland is actually the mythical unicorn — chosen because of its association with dominance and chivalry as well as purity and innocence in Celtic mythology. BRB, moving to Scotland real quick.


    The largest known living organism is an aspen grove.

    Pando (Latin for “I spread out”) is a group of genetically identical quaking aspens in Utah with an interconnected root system. It’s an estimated 80,000 years old and takes up more than 100 acres.


    M&M stands for Mars and Murrie.

    Forrest Mars (son of the Mars Company founder) first spotted the British confection Smarties during the Spanish Civil War and noticed the candy shell prevented the chocolate from melting. He teamed up with Bruce Murrie (son of Hershey Chocolate’s president) and the company later trademarked the “Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hand” slogan.


  • Why shouldn’t you write with a broken pencil? Because it’s pointless.
  • What’s the difference between the bird flu and the swine flu? One requires tweetment and the other an oinkment.
  • What did the policeman say to his bellybutton? You’re under a vest.
  • Why are there gates around cemeteries? Because people are dying to get in.
  • Where can you buy chicken broth in bulk? The stock market.
  • How do you tell if a vampire is sick? By how much he is coffin.




NOTICE: This is the Daily COVID-19 Update for Pandemic Information (click for the latest information) Monday: 7th COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Dubois County

Dubois County and Indiana (NNDC):


LATEST UPDATES ON COVID-19 (newest stories at the top):


7th Cases OF COVID-19

 Dubois County Health Department confirms today the seventh positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dubois County.  We are working closely with ISDH and local officials to ensure that contacts of the patient are identified and monitored.  Anyone who may have an exposure risk, has been notified about potential exposures so that appropriate infection control procedures can be followed.  The patient is in isolation.  No additional information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.

“Everyone needs to continue making sacrifices to defeat this incessant viral enemy,” said Dr. Ted Waflart, Dubois County Health Officer.  “Things are going to get worse before they start getting better. We all need to stay strong and support each other and continue our relentless effort to: STAY HOME, Stay at least 6 feet apart from each other and wash hands frequently, especially after handling something from outside the home.”

 The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that people wear cloth face coverings to cover nose and mouth when out in the community setting especially in situations where you are around other people.  Wearing a homemade fabric face mask for example is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

 Face coverings are NOT a substitute for social distancing and should not encourage false security to leave home.   When there is an essential need to leave home (pharmacy, groceries), social distancing, of staying at least 6 feet away, is still needed.  The cloth face mask may prevent the spread of virus from spreading to others. 

The Dubois County Health Department continues to encourage and remind everyone that we should assume all people are potentially spreading the COVID-19 virus.  STAY HOME, PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE.  #INthistogether #StayHome


Dubois County Health Department confirmed today the fourth positive case of novel coronavirus in the county, the Indiana State Department of Health reports that 22 county residents have been tested for the virus.

The state health department has updated its online dashboard to reflect the number of tests performed on residents in each county. See the latest information here.

According to the county health department, anyone who may have an exposure risk with the fourth confirmed case, including the individual’s employer, has been or is being notified about potential exposures so that appropriate infection control procedures can be followed.

“Together we will get through this,” said Dr. Ted Waflart, Dubois County Health Officer. “Times are tough and I know it is difficult to stay at home. But for the safety of all our community, please do your part and follow this order: STAY HOME. Continue to practice social distancing and good hand hygiene.”


REPORT IT: Indiana Attorney General Concerned With Reports of Price-Gouging Due to Pandemic

INDIANAPOLIS — Dozens of Hoosiers have submitted price-gouging reports to the Indiana Attorney General’s Office since Gov. Eric Holcomb declared a public health emergency, according to Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill.

Hoosiers have submitted complaints about high prices at grocery stores, home improvement stores, superstores, and more, Hill said Thursday. Consumers say these sellers are charging “excessive amounts” for necessities like toilet paper, food, and cleaning products.

“Hoosier consumers should never have to pay exorbitant prices for essential products, especially amid the coronavirus pandemic, which is causing thousands to suffer financial hardships,” Attorney General Hill said.

The office’s Consumer Protection Division reviews all price-gouging complaints and contacts the consumers who file the complaints. If it is determined that a seller committed an unfair or unconscionable business practice, the office then considers issuing a cease-and-desist letter to that seller.

Attorney General Hill asks Hoosiers who believe they’ve been subjected to excessive prices during the coronavirus pandemic to file complaints with the Consumer Protection Division. Pictures of the prices and products, as well as copies of receipts, are helpful during the review process.

To submit a complaint online, visit https://indianaattorneygeneral.secure.force.com/ConsumerComplaintForm


Governor Eric Holcomb will have a press conference today at 2:30 to update the COVID -19 situation in Indiana and possibly extending restrictions on dining in and other businesses..   The conference will be carried on the News Now Facebook page with a link on this page newsnowdc.com


The Dubois County Health Department has received calls and inquiries about traveling throughout Indiana, the United States and internationally.

Travelers returning from other countries will need to stay at home for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.  Many states have implemented executive orders from their governor to “stay at home”. United States has positive cases of COVID-19 in all 50 states. 

The US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams has listed Indianapolis among one of six new COVID-19 hotspots.  This is due to significantly growing cases, and hospitals are gearing up for an influx of COVID-19 patients.  Indianapolis is listed among New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Miami.

Dubois County Health Department urges all residents to not travel unless critical, especially to Indianapolis.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) does give several considerations before travel, to help you make a better-informed decision:

  • Is the virus spreading in the area where you plan to go?  Check the local health department/ state department websites.


  • What happens if during your travel you encounter someone with COVID-19 and must stay at home to self-monitor for an extended amount of time? Or, if you become ill yourself?


  • Also remember an individual may show minor symptoms but still spread the virus to those high-risk individuals.


The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 409 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 2,565 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

Sixty-five Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths have occurred over multiple days and are reported based on when data are received by ISDH.

To date, 14,375 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 13,373 on Tuesday.

Marion County had the most new cases, at 159. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Hamilton (49), Hendricks (21), Johnson (17) and Lake (25). The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at coronavirus.in.gov, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH


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Update on Medicaid policy changes re: COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, some policy and program changes have been made to help ensure members in our managed care programs (Healthy Indiana Plan, Hoosier Care Connect, Hoosier Healthwise) as well as our Traditional Medicaid members are able to maintain continuous coverage in this critical time.

Member Eligibility

Member health coverage will not be terminated during the public health emergency. Member coverage will only end if a member voluntarily withdraws or moves out of the state. This applies to all full coverage Indiana Health Coverage Programs. It does NOT apply to presumptive eligibility.  Presumptively eligible members must still complete a full IHCP application. This decision was implemented after letters were sent to members whose coverage was set to close on March 31.  Those closures will not take place, and new letters will be sent.

Cost Sharing

All cost sharing is suspended for the duration of the public health emergency. Members who typically had co-payments will not have any co-payments applied starting April 1, 2020. This applies to all IHCP programs including HIP. This includes pharmacy co-payments.

Premiums and POWER Account contributions will be waived for the months of March-August 2020.  This applies to the CHIP program, HIP and MEDWorks. All members who made payments for the month of March or any future months will have those payments applied as credits on their account when payments are required again.

Member coverage will start when eligibility is determined and will not require a first payment in order to begin. Fast Track payments will not be required and we ask that organizations stop making these payments.


Pharmacies are now allowed to fill prescriptions with name brand drugs in the event that the generic drug the member takes is out of supply. Pharmacies can also now fill some prescriptions early and can fill maintenance prescriptions for 90-days, if requested.


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



As of March 31, at 8 a.m., there were no new positive COVID-19 tests of Dubois County residents.  Dubois County currently has 3 positive cases.

 All preliminary close contacts of the three positives have been IDENTIFIED and NOTIFIED by the Dubois County Health Department (DCHD). Places of employment have been notified.  We will notify the public when there is a public threat.  At this time if you have not been notified by the DCHD, then you have not been identified as a close contact. 

There should be a designated shopper for each household. Families should not go shopping as a group. Children should stay at home whenever possible.  Neighborhoods should not allow socializing and children should not play together. This means no play dates, overnight visits with friends, etc.  Everyone should remain at least 6 feet away from anyone they do not live with to avoid exposure in necessary public places.  STAY HOME.  PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING AND GOOD HAND HYGIENE.



A message from Dr. Ted Waflart, Dubois County Health Officer

There is significant concern that many of you are not taking the recommendations and guidelines seriously when it comes to the order to stay home and continue to practice social distancing.  For those of you who are following the guidelines, I thank you very much.  For those of you who are not, I cannot stress enough, for the welfare of our county PLEASE follow the guidelines and directives of our leaders.

The following points must be understood and taken seriously:

  1. Social distancing MUST be maintained. This means do not hang out or travel with others who live outside of your home.
  2. If you cannot maintain social distancing, such as while exercising outdoors, then stay home. There have been large groups of people using the public walking trails. Please use common sense and work to exercise in more secluded areas to practice social distancing.
  3. Do not socialize with others outside of your household: NO sleepovers, parties, playdates for children, NO get togethers or carpooling with people outside of your home. Groups of people playing or practicing sports together is not practicing social distancing.  Even neighborhood children should not be getting together.
  4. All businesses MUST Close if they are not critical to the needs of our community or nation.
  5. If businesses MUST continue to operate, it is critically important to follow the social distancing and hygiene recommendations for the workforce.

Remind people if you see that they are not following social distancing guidelines.  Continue to be a support and encouragement for each other, encourage friends, neighbors, and family members to get strict with these practices.  Praise each other for doing the right thing. Find ways to connect with one another through technology, phone calls and mail. Social distancing does not mean social isolation.

Maintaining the guidelines for staying home, proper hygiene, and social distancing, are our only weapons against this disease.  The spread of this virus is reaching critical levels in the US, and we must do our absolute best to mitigate the spread in Dubois County. The longer social distancing is not practiced, the longer we will be impacted by this crisisEveryone is responsible.

As your Dubois County Health Officer, I am thanking all of you for the sacrifices that you are making and will continue to make until we reach the end of this crisis



Indiana Department of Health announced today the second positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for a Dubois County resident.  The patient was tested through a lab in Evansville and is in isolation.  No additional information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.

The Dubois County Health Department message remains the same to our residents, protect yourself and our community by following Governor Holcomb’s directive: stay home, practice social distancing, and good hygiene.  Continue to be responsible and do your part.  Dubois County Health Department is continuing to work with our community partners to respond to this public health emergency.

Dubois County Health Department is working closely with the local and state officials to ensure that contacts of the patient are identified and monitored and that all infection control protocols are being followed.



The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).   The guidance addresses critical questions such as:

  • How does an employer count its number of employees to determine coverage?
  • How can small businesses obtain an exemption?
  • How does an employer count hours for part-time employees?
  • How does an employer calculate wages employees are entitled to under the FFCRA?

The initial WHD guidance is available in three-parts:


DOL COVID-19 Information: https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus

The Department of Labor encourages you to forward this information to workers and employers in your state



The Dubois County Health Department is accepting donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as hospitals are facing a shortage of supplies. 

Across the country and in Indiana, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), supplies are running low.  Dubois County Health Department will accept homemade face masks, along with other PPE such as surgical face masks, N95 face masks, surgical gloves, medical face shields, and exam gloves.

Full boxes of supplies are preferable, but partial boxes or individual donations are acceptable as long as the supplies are clean and unused.

Please place donations in a drop box located inside the double doors at the health department Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thank you for your generosity in helping keep our community safe!


The Dubois County Museum will remain closed until all public places are safely allowed to open due to the coronavirus threat..


(Washington D.C.)

Congress gave final approval on Friday of a $2.2tn economic stimulus package designed to rush federal aid to workers, businesses and a healthcare system ravaged by the coronavirus, uniting to overcome a last-minute attempt to delay its passage.

Congressman Thomas Massie, a Republican of Kentucky, attempted to force a recorded vote on the bill but was overridden by a unanimous show of force against the motion. The legislation was adopted by a voice vote. It next goes to Donald Trump, who has said he would sign it.

House leaders had hoped to avoid a recorded vote so that lawmakers would not be forced to return to Washington amid the coronavirus pandemic. The last-minute drama sent House members scrambling to find flights back to the capital in time for the vote, scheduled for Friday, and brought strong bipartisan criticism of Massie, from the White House on down.

More to come….



Governor Eric Holcomb signed an executive order Thursday, several new efforts, including:

  • The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has suspended the one-week waiting period that is required before paying unemployment benefits to allow claimants to receive their checks more quickly. The suspension is retroactive to March 8, 2020.  Attached are Q&A.
  • Hoosiers with chronic health issues will be able to receive a 90-day supply of their non-controlled prescription medication, such as insulin or cholesterol medications.
  • Medicaid recipients can use their benefits to cover costs of using alternate forms of transportation, such as ride-sharing services, for appointments to see their healthcare providers.
  • The Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) has additional funding flexibility to allow for additional home delivery of meals.
  •  The Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) has extended deadlines related to local government finances.

You can read the full executive order here.



Local Public Health Officials Urge Parents to Keep Children Home

The health department strongly advises parents to enforce social distancing with their children.

“We are receiving reports that social gatherings and parties are still occurring particularly in our high school and college age kids,” County Health Officer, Dr. Ted Waflart said.

“Everyone has a responsibility to follow the measures that have been put in place in order to stop or reduce the transmission of this disease,” Waflart said. “Parents and guardians, please be the leaders and educate your children on the importance of staying home and social distancing, washing your hands, and getting information from reliable sources,” he said.

The health department continues to advise that staying home is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community.



The Governor is calling on all Hoosiers to stay at home unless you have essential business (outlined below).  He’s also asking you to buy groceries only when you need them, and not to hoard food and other supplies. The next two weeks are critical in slowing the spread of  this virus.
The first positive case of COVID-19 in Indiana was reported on March 6. Since then the number of positive cases has increased on a near daily basis, escalating as the capacity to test has grown. As of this morning, the number of tests completed in Indiana is 1,960, the number of positive cases is 259 and 7 deaths have been reported.

Indiana State Police say if a person is known to be violating the Stay-at-Home order and refusing to comply, they may be charged with a Class B misdemeanor.

The order goes until at least April 6th.  State leaders will re-assess when that time comes.

The state released the following information about the governor’s order….

When does the order take effect?

The Stay-At-Home Order takes effect Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

When does the order end?

The order ends on Monday, April 6, at 11:59 p.m. ET, but could be extended if the outbreak warrants it.

Where does the order apply?

The Stay-At-Home Order applies to the entire state of Indiana. Unless you work for an essential business or are doing an essential activity, you must stay home.

Is this mandatory or a recommendation?

This order is mandatory. For the safety of all Hoosiers, people must stay home and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

How will this order be enforced?

Staying home is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in your community. Adhering to the order will save lives, and it is the responsibility of every Hoosier to do their part. However, if the order is not followed, the Indiana State Police will work with local law enforcement to enforce this order. The Indiana State Department of Health and the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission will enforce the restaurant and bar restrictions.

Will the Indiana National Guard enforce this order?

No. The Indiana National Guard is aiding in planning, preparation and logistics with other state agencies. For example, the Indiana National Guard assists in distributing hospital supplies the state receives.

What is an essential business?

Essential businesses and services include but are not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, police stations, fire stations, hospitals, doctor’s offices, health care facilities, garbage pickup, public transit, and public service hotlines such as SNAP and HIP 2.0.

A list can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

What is an essential activity?

Essential activities include but are not limited to activities for health and safety, necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, certain types of essential work, and to take care of others.

A list can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

I work for an essential business. Will I be allowed to travel to and from work?

Law enforcement will not be stopping drivers on their way to and from work, traveling for an essential activity such as going to the grocery store, or just taking a walk.

Will the grocery store/pharmacy be open?

Yes, grocery stores and pharmacies are essential services.

Can I still order take out/delivery from restaurants and bars?

Yes, restaurants and bars can continue to provide takeout and delivery, but should be closed to dine-in patrons.

Can I get my groceries delivered? Can I still get my online orders delivered?

Yes, you can still receive packages, get groceries delivered, and get meals delivered.

How can I get medical care?

If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider.

If you suspected you have COVID-19, please call the healthcare provider in advance so that proper precautions can be taken to limit further transmission. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.

If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately, but please call in advance if possible. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.

Nonessential medical care such as eye exams and teeth-cleaning should be postponed. When possible, health care visits should be done remotely. Contact your health care provider to see what telehealth services they provide.

What is the guidance for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

State-operated developmental centers, intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities and community integrated living arrangements will continue to provide care. All in-home direct care staff are considered essential staff and should continue to support individuals in the home setting.

If you have specific questions about your support and services, reach out to your provider or individual service coordination agency.

What if I still have to go to work?

You should stay home unless your work is an essential function such as a health care provider, grocery store clerk or first responder. If you have been designated essential by your employer, you should continue to go to work and practice social distancing.

A list of essential businesses can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

What if I think my business should be closed, but they’re still asking me to report to work?

Essential businesses will remain open during the stay-at-home order to provide services that are vital to the lives of Hoosiers. If you believe your business is nonessential but still are being asked to show up to work, you may discuss it with your employer.

A certain service is essential for me, but the governor didn’t include it. What do I do?

The stay-at-home order was issued to protect the health, safety and well-being of Hoosiers. Although some businesses such as fitness centers and salons will be closed, essential services will always be available. For a list of essential businesses that will continue to operate during the order, visit in.gov/coronavirus.

Will public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis continue?

Public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis should only be used for essential travel.

Will roads in Indiana be closed?

No, the roads will remain open. You should only travel if it is for your health or essential work.

Can I still take a plane out of Indiana?

Planes and other types of transportation should be used for essential travel.

What if my home is not a safe environment?

If it is not safe for you to remain home, you are able and encouraged to find another safe place to stay during this order. Please reach out so someone can help. You can call the domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or your local law enforcement.

What about homeless people who cannot stay at home?

The administration wants to protect the health and safety of all Hoosiers, regardless of where they live. State agencies are partnering with community organizations to ensure the homeless population has safe shelter.

Can I visit friends and family?

For your safety, as well as the safety of all Hoosiers, you should remain at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19. You may visit family members who need medical or other essential assistance, such as ensuring an adequate food supply.

Can I walk my dog or go to the veterinarian?

You are allowed to walk your dog and seek medical care for your pet should they require it. Practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least 6 feet from other neighbors and their pets.

Can I take my kids to the park?

State parks remain open, but welcome centers, inns, and other buildings are closed. Families will be able to go outside and take a walk, run or bike ride, but they should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people. Playgrounds are closed because they pose a high risk of increasing spreading the virus.

Can I attend a religious service?

Large gatherings, including church services, will be canceled to slow the spread of COVID-19. Religious leaders are encouraged to continue livestreaming services while practicing social distancing with one another.

Can I leave my home to exercise?

Outdoor exercise such as running or taking a walk is acceptable. However, gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. While exercising outside, you still should practice social distancing by running or walking at least 6 feet away from other people.

Can I go to the hair salon, spa, nail salon, tattoo parlor or barber shop?

No, these businesses are ordered closed.

Can I leave my home to do laundry?

Yes, Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers are considered essential businesses.

Can I take my child to daycare?

Yes, daycares are considered an essential business.

Can I pick up meals at my child’s school?

Yes, Schools that provide free food services to students will continue on a pickup and take-home basis.



What should I say when explaining COVID-19 to my children?
• Remain calm and reassuring. Remember that children will react to both what you say and how
you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them and with others.
• Make time to talk. Be sure children know they can come to you when they have questions.
• Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma.
• Remember that viruses can make anyone sick, regardless of a person’s race or ethnicity.
Avoid making assumptions about who might have COVID-19. Pay attention to what children see
or hear on television, radio or online.
• Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on
one topic can lead to anxiety. Provide information that is honest and accurate. Give children
information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child.
• Talk to children about how some stories on COVID-19 on the Internet and social media may
be based on rumors and inaccurate information.
• Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.
• Remind children to stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing or sick.
• Remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the
• Get children into a handwashing habit.
• Teach them to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after
blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or
preparing food.
• If soap and water are not available, teach them to use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer should
contain at least 60% alcohol. Supervise young children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent
swallowing alcohol, especially in schools and childcare facilities


How to reach TRI-CAP during Indiana’s Executive Order #20-08

Our TRI-CAP staff members have been working diligently to continue serving our clients and have found alternative ways to serve our clients without being physically face-to-face through this COVID-19 pandemic and have restricted access to our facilities to anyone other than staff.  We have been in constant communications with our clients thus far and continue to provide the individual care that each person needs.

In compliance with Indiana’s Stay at Home Executive Order #20-08, our staff will no longer be on site through the duration of the statewide Executive Order.

Our phones will continue to be answered through 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Dubois County office:                   812-482-2233

Pike County office:                       812-354-8721

Warrick County office:                 812-897-0364

Vanderburgh County office:         812-428-2189

Beginning, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 our phone lines will only be able to receive messages that will be checked daily.  If you prefer to reach us via email, you may contact our Director Team for these services and they will refer your inquiry to the applicable staff member to assist you.

Neil Elkins, TRI-CAP Housing Services Director, neil@tri-cap.net (Utility, Weatherization, and Housing programs, etc.)

Deb Capps, TRI-CAP Health Services Director, deb@tri-cap.net  (Healthcare navigation, Family Planning, and Breast Cancer services.)

Nikki Lasher, Family and Community Partnerships Director, nikki@tri-cap.net (Healthy Families, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.)

Molly Wuchner, Head Start Director, molly@tri-cap.net (Head Start program)

Joyce Fleck, Executive Director, joyce@tri-cap.net for any other administrative inquiries

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



Just today Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced the following:

Today I delivered a statewide address today to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7.

The next two weeks are critical if we are to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we must slow the spread. You must be part of the solution, not the problem.

Beginning Tuesday, all state government offices will be closed to in-person public activity until at least April 7. This includes the Government Center complex in Indianapolis and other offices throughout the state, including Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles branches. State employees will work remotely whenever possible and continue to provide core functions online and by phone. All public safety functions will continue.

In conjunction with the closures, I ordered an automatic extension of all state-issued licenses and will advise law enforcement to refrain from issuing citations for a driver’s license or registration that expires during this emergency.

In all, the Governor has issued  four executive orders:

➡️ EO 20-08. Stay at Home.

Provides for essential and non-essential business and operations, infrastructure, government services, travel, and activities outside of one’s home. Click here for answers to frequently asked questions regarding the stay-at-home order.

➡️ EO 20-09. Continuity of State Operations.

Provides for the continuing operation of state government from 5 p.m. today through 8 a.m. April 7 with restricted access to government buildings and services.

➡️ EO 20-10. Enforcement Directive Regarding Prohibition of In-Person Dining.

Directs that state and local boards of health and the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) take all available administrative and enforcement actions against establishments that continue to offer in-house dining services, in violation of the governor’s executive order of March 16.

Health departments will deliver letters ordering restaurants that continue to provide in-person dining to cease such operations. If they do not comply, fines will be levied.

For restaurants with alcohol permits that continue to offer in-person dining, the ATC will issue an order in writing for the establishment to cease such operations. If the activity continues, the ATC will suspend the entity’s liquor license and will consider the non-compliance at the time of permit renewal.

➡️ EO 20-11. Provisions for carryout consumption of alcohol.

Relaxes the sale of carryout alcoholic beverages for dining establishments. This includes establishments that allow for on-premises consumption only and those that are permitted carryout permits dependent on a percentage of on-premises sales.

Links to all executive orders may be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm


DWD closing central office, all WorkOne centers until further notice

Unemployment insurance applications remain available online for all Hoosiers

INDIANAPOLIS (March 23, 2020)  – The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced on Monday that it will close to the public its office at the Indiana Government Center downtown as well as all WorkOne centers statewide at the end of the day until further notice.

DWD and WorkOne leadership made the decision in the interest of taking every possible measure to protect Hoosier health and safety, and to promote social distancing, to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“We made the difficult decision to close the offices in light of state and federal guidelines restricting public interactions,” DWD Commissioner Fred Payne said. “Our online system helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and provides efficient processing of claims for unemployment insurance benefits.”

Individuals must apply for unemployment benefits online using a computer, tablet or smart phone. Online filing information can be found at www.unemployment.in.gov.

DWD has updated its COVID-19 UI Frequently Asked Questions with important information, which can be found at the same web address. Individuals are encouraged to review the Frequently Asked Questions, the Claimant Handbook and/or the online video tutorials on this page.

If individuals still have questions, they can contact DWD via email or telephone. Due to extremely high call volume, waits will be longer than usual. DWD is requesting that individuals only reach out with questions on the day corresponding with the first letter of their last name to assist with wait times. Here is the schedule:

  • Monday:             A-E
  • Tuesday:            F-I
  • Wednesday:       J-M
  • Thursday:           N-T
  • Friday:                U-Z
  • Friday:                If You Missed Your Day

Contact methods are:

DWD is working on a telephone application to assist those who do not have access to a computer or smart phone with filing for unemployment benefits. DWD will publish information regarding the telephone application as soon as it is ready.

For all questions related to unemployment insurance, please visit www.unemployment.in.gov, which includes an updated FAQ, tutorial and other helpful information.


Just released:

All Huntingburg Public Facilities Closed to Until Further Notice


Huntingburg, Ind. – In response to Governor Holcomb’s most recent address to the State of Indiana today, March 23, 2020, the City of Huntingburg will be closing to the public all City facilities effective at 5:00 p.m. This includes all City parks and the Huntingburg Transit System until further notice. During this time,

  • City employees will be available to answer phone calls and emails. If there is essential business, it will be done by appointment only;
  • All emergency response departments, including police, fire, and emergency services will remain operational;
  • Public meetings such as City Council, Board of Public Works & Safety, etc. will continue as scheduled; and
  • Utility bills may be paid by mail or placed in the drop box outside the Utility Billing Department window at any time.

Please follow the CDC preventative measures to help control and contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which included limiting gatherings, keeping social distance from others, frequent hand washing, and covering sneezes and coughs. For more information, please visit: www.cdc.gov.


Gener8tor is hosting emergency one-week virtual programs for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

 These programs will feature daily webinars designed to identify, understand and help small businesses secure resources to withstand the current crisis. One-on-one office hours will also be available.

Businesses wishing to enroll in the program should sign up through the link below.


Program participants will be invited to daily lunch-time webinars with experts in the following topics:

  • Banking experts for step-by-step process on applying for SBA-eligible programs
  • Civic, philanthropic and state emergency relief resources
  • Employment law experts to navigate changes required by new laws
  • Federal emergency relief programs
  • Mental health and wellness resources for small business owners

In addition to the weekly webinars gener8tor will hold one-on-one office hours for small businesses to virtually meet with the gener8tor team. Our goal with office hours is to help businesses identify, understand, and engage with resources to help them during this crisis.




Shelli Williams, IOM
Indiana Chamber Executives Association

812.871.3000  | shelli@iceaonline.com



Dubois County, March 23, 2020: 
For nearly 25 years, Dubois County Community Foundation has provided grant dollars to support vital efforts in our community. We have worked with partners across the county to improve healthcare, to support education, and to advance quality of life efforts. We care deeply for the people of this community. It is with this sense of responsibility to those who work on the ground every day providing vital—even life-saving—services, that Dubois County Community Foundation issues the following response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • We have immediately allocated $50,000 towards local response to the COVID-19 pandemic to address urgent, critical needs.
  • We have changed our grant process to an expedited, two-question process. If funds are awarded, the organization can expect to have funding in hand within 24 hours.
  • We are proactively supporting our front-line, emergency agencies and funds will be deployed on a rolling basis.
  • In addition to immediate response, we remain focused on long-term effects on the viability of nonprofits disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
  • Additional funding allocations will continue to be assessed as needs evolve and we better understand the priorities facing our community.

For more information, contact Clayton Boyles at 812.482.5295, clayton@dccommunityfoundation.org or visit dccommunityfoundation.org.



NEW MSG from Dubois County Health Dept:

UPDATED: COVID-19 Situation Report and Guidance

Dubois County Health Department announced March 22, the first presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dubois CountyThe Dubois County Health Department will initiate an investigation and notify ONLY close contact persons and businesses of the presumptive case in Dubois County.

The Indiana COVID-19 Data Dashboard that is updated daily on the Indiana State Department of Health site reflects results of all testing that is done in the state.  We anticipate total positive cases and total tested numbers to rise sharply in the coming weeks due to the increase in testing capacity.  This is not a cause for panic.  With careful action and precautions, we can alter the course seen in other countries around the world and even in other states that have been impacted. 

The main focus is to avoid exposure to the virus.  PLEASE Continue to wash your hands often with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, practice social distancing of at least 6 feet away from others, and stay home as much as possible. 

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider or the Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center Alternative Screening Site at 812.996.6330.  Hours of operation include Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

As the situation of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community. 


The Salvation Army Continues to Serve Indiana Communities During COVID-19 Crisis


(Indiana) – The COVID-19 coronavirus global outbreak is affecting hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers faced with reduced work hours, hungry children out of school, and unexpected financial and emotional strains on their households. The Salvation Army is addressing the needs in communities across Indiana through a variety of adjusted programs and services.

The Salvation Army Indiana Division is working closely with state and local agencies to address the COVID-19 outbreak.  We are closely tracking progress through the Center for Disease Control reporting and have distributed prevention guidance to all staff, employees, volunteers, and program participants on proper hygiene and prevention.

One of the key ministries offered by The Salvation Army during times of disaster is emotional and spiritual care. This is being offered largely via personal phone calls, but it is important to calm fears and provide a ministry of hope and encouragement during this crisis.

The Salvation Army has also taken the following steps to ensure that the safety and well being of our staff, volunteers, program participants, and clients continues to be our first priority.

  • Salvation Army corps community centers across Indiana are closed to the public through April 5, 2020 (Palm Sunday). Each facility is being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
  • The majority of social service ministries provided by The Salvation Army will continue, though with adjustments made to restrict interactions between staff, volunteers, and those who are dependent on assistance.
  • Food pantries are now serving clients with food boxes that can be loaded directly into vehicles at drive-through pick-up stations in Salvation Army parking lots. Specific locations and hours of operation are available through each Salvation Army corps’ website and social media pages.
  • Congregate feeding programs are now using take-out boxes or bagged lunches to continue feeding the community. The volunteer needs are great in several cities, including Evansville, which feeds more than 200 people every day through its program.
  • Emergency assistance interviews have transitioned from in-person to over the phone.
  • The Salvation Army’s Indianapolis Harbor Light Center, Adult Rehabilitation Centers, and Ruth Lilly Women and Children’s Center are not receiving any visitors to protect residents and staff.
  • All Salvation Army thrift stores are currently closed to the public. Donations are not being accepted at this time.
  • Where possible, Sunday worship at Salvation Army corps has transitioned to remote worship via live streaming services. In addition, The Salvation Army Indiana Division will provide weekly online worship each Sunday on SalvationArmyIndiana.org and Facebook.com/SalvationArmyIndiana. These services will help give comfort to isolated individuals unable to attend church, and the regular messages of faith will help our fellow Hoosiers through this difficult time.

We recognize that the financial strain that the COVID-19 crisis is putting on many Hoosier families means that we will see an increase in the number of people looking to The Salvation Army for assistance. While upcoming fundraising events supporting our programs have had to be cancelled across the state, a donation platform has been set up for those who would like to help The Salvation Army respond to this crisis.

As in any disaster, 100% of the donations made to this appeal will be used for our COVID-19 response and aid to affected families. To make a donation, visit SalvationArmyIndiana.org and click the CORONAVIRUS UPDATES link.

Both designated and undesignated gifts can also be sent through the mail to:

The Salvation Army Indiana Division

6060 Castleway West Drive

Indianapolis, IN 46250

Additional updates will be posted on SalvationArmyIndiana.org and individual corps websites across Indiana.



The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Sunday reported 76 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 201 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Four Hoosiers have died.

A total of 661 results were reported, bringing to 1,494 the number of tests reported to ISDH to date.

The new cases involve residents of Bartholomew (4), Boone (1), Delaware (1), Dubois (1), Floyd (1), Franklin (2), Grant (1), Hamilton (8), Hancock (2), Hendricks (2), Howard (1), Johnson (5), Lake (3), Madison (1), Marion (35), Monroe (1) Morgan (1), Putnam (1), Ripley (1), St. Joseph (2), Scott (1) and Tipton (1) counties. The list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.

The dashboard has also been updated to remove a negative case that was incorrectly reported to ISDH as positive from Greene County and to reflect a change in residence that moves one case from Hancock County to Marion County.


DWD To Host Statewide Unemployment Insurance Webinars

 For Hoosiers Impacted by COVID-19

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will host two live webinars for Hoosiers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

The 30-minute live programs will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, and at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25.

The program will cover unemployment eligibility requirements, the formula and amounts determined by Indiana State Statute for benefit amounts, frequently asked questions — and how to apply for benefits.

“We are taking these measures to help the public better understand the process and, most importantly, how to apply for benefits,” DWD Commissioner Fed Payne said. “During this time of uncertainty, we want to provide as much information to the public as we possibly can, and the live webinars are part of those efforts.”

Important notice: the number of attendees on live will be limited to the first 500 who are online for each event. Up to 5,000 can register for each of the two. The program will be recorded and made available to all who register. Once recorded, the program will then be posted on the special landing page established by DWD: www.in.gov/dwd/19.htm.

To register, visit https://on.in.gov/UI2020



Gov. Eric Holcomb joined Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer and Democratic Party Chair John Zody today to announce an agreement to move the date of this year’s Indiana primary election from May 5 to June 2.

The Governor declared that all dates corresponding with the primary election originally set for May 5th will now be held June 2nd.

“The right of citizens to elect their leaders in a free and open election is one of the cornerstones of America,” Holcomb said. “In order to balance that right with the safety of county employees, poll workers and voters, delaying Indiana’s primary election is the right move as we continue to do all we can to protect Hoosiers’ health.

Holcomb signed an executive order to suspend Indiana’s election statute and move the dates. The executive order is posted here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm.

In addition, Holcomb, Lawson, Hupfer and Zody made the following recommendations to the Indiana Election Commission:

• Suspend absentee by-mail rules to allow all Hoosiers the option to vote by mail in the upcoming primary election.

• Allow county clerks to continually mail ballots from now through 12 days out from the new primary election date.

• Confirm ballots with a May 5 date will be valid.

• Enable medical professionals to be eligible members of traveling boards to vote nursing home and hospital patients.

• Give family members the ability to deliver absentee ballots. Currently only a member of a voter’s household may take possession of their ballot.

“As Indiana’s Chief Election Officer, it is my top priority to protect our elections, but, above all else, it is my duty to protect the health and safety of Hoosiers,” Lawson said. “I believe the bi-partisan recommendations we have asked the Indiana Election Commission to take will allow us to provide all Hoosiers the opportunity to vote.”

Indiana Election Commission Chairman Paul Okeson has called a meeting of the Indiana Election Commission for 10 a.m. Wednesday to discuss the recommendations. The meeting will be held in the south atrium of the Indiana Statehouse.



Local stores delay grand openings and postpone hours of operations:

Kohl’s department store has temporarily postponed it’s ribbon cutting set for Saturday until further notice and adjoining TJ Max has closed their doors only for two weeks.  Updates on both stories to follow.


  •  The Honorable Mark R. McConnell, Judge of the Dubois Superior Court and the Honorable Nathan A. Verkamp, Judge of the Dubois Circuit Court, have jointly petitioned the Indiana Supreme Court for an emergency order in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and State of Indiana. 

The Courts are open, but only conducting emergency hearings or if determined by the Court to be an essential matter.  Additionally, visitor restrictions have now been implemented at the Dubois County Courthouse.  Therefore, do not appear for any previously scheduled hearing unless specifically directed by the Court or your attorney.

Should you have Court business you are requested to call in advance so that you may be directed to the appropriate agency.

Please note that this does not affect the supervision of defendants and offenders in the community.  The Courts continue to work closely with the Dubois County Sheriff, Dubois County Community Corrections and Dubois County Probation to ensure the safety of the community.


Schools will stay closed possibly through May and your tax filing deadline has been extended. This as Indiana continues its attempts to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Governor Holcomb says your state taxes won’t be due till July 15, and schools won’t reopen until at least May 1. He’s also canceled this year’s ILEARN and IREAD tests –he says if, “by some miracle,” schools reopen this semester, the time should be spent on instruction, not testing.Delayed spending for university construction has been put on hold for now.  Unemployment numbers in the Nation and Indiana continue to climb and diverting funding to those in need is important. The stress on the state budget is not yet clear but according to the Governor there is still the state’s rainy day fund if needed.Holcomb’s also issued an order barring any new evictions or foreclosures, and directing utilities not to disconnect anyone.while the public health emergency declaration remains in effect, which will be at least through May 5.The May 5 primary, as of now is still on, though it is under discussion with Secretary of State Connie Lawson, who oversees Indiana elections.The office of Management and Budget director states that the state is looking for help from the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association to suspend sales, food and beverage, and innkeeper’s taxes. For now, those taxes remain in effect. It is worth noting that the Governor is granting property tax payers a two-month waiver of late fees if they miss the May 11 deadline.
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  • PRIMARY DETAILS:Gov. Holcomb’s update on Covid-19 State plans on March 19, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. mentioned, at this time there is no change for the 2020 Primary for the State of Indiana.  The 2020 Primary Election is scheduled on May 5, 2020.  As the Dubois County Election Board prepares for the Primary we would like to encourage you to know some options to help yourselves stay protected.  Please keep a few dates in mind:  Voter Registration closes April 6, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.  If you need to register to vote or update your registration, you must do this prior to April 6, 2020 at 4:00 pm.  Registrations received after April 6, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. will be processed after the May 5, 2020 Primary election.  To register or update your voter registration status we ask you to go to:  www.indianavoters.com.Early Voting by mail:  This is a two-step process.  
    1. Request and return a signed application to vote by mail.
    2. Filled out ballot must be returned to Clerk’s office.

    Applications can be received by going online at: https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2402.htm or by calling Clerk’s office: 812-481-7035.

    DEADLINE: Applications to vote by mail must be returned to the Clerk’s office for processing no later than April 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.  This will prompt the Clerk’s office to mail you the ballot.  

    DEADLINE: Ballots must be returned to the Clerk’s office no later than noon on May 5, 2020 at noon.

  • BANKS CHANGE BUSINESS PROFILE TO ADJUST: Several local banks have adjusted their business operations to the pandemic. Old National Bank and German American Bank have both announced that by the end of Friday, there will be no service in their public lobbies. They WILL continue to operate Via drive through or Via online banking. Many of the internal employees are working out of their home offices and are still able to assist customers, just not in a personal setting. Please do not the current health crisis impact your business and be patient as the new system of operation takes effect.

Hoosier History April 5th – April 11th

Indiana (NNDC):

April 10, 1865 This headline in the Evansville Daily Journal announced the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee a day earlier at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia. Hoosiers celebrated the end of the Civil War, which had cost the state over 24,000 lives.

1900 The Western Union Telegraph Company announced that Indianapolis had become a central hub for the entire nation. Wires had been installed in the local office which could carry messages to and from Chicago, St. Louis, Louisville, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo, and other large cities. The 50 Indianapolis operators were handling over 200,000 messages each month.

1925 The national convention of the American Association of University Women was held at the Claypool Hotel in Indianapolis. Delegates from across the nation met to discuss topics related to women in higher education. The four-day seminar ended with a motorbus trip to the campus of Indiana University, where members met with I. U. President William Lowe Bryan and visited the studio of artist T. C. Steele.

Pay phone
1952 Spokesmen for Indiana Bell Telephone Company announced an increase in the charge for the use of a pay phone. The new cost would be a dime or two nickels. The old fee of five-cents had been the rate for nearly 50 years.

1968 A natural gas leak caused an explosion in downtown Richmond, Indiana, killing 41 people and injuring more than 150. Twenty buildings were condemned as a direct result of the devastation.



April 10, 186 This headline in the Evansville Daily Journal announced the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee a day earlier at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia.  Hoosiers celebrated the end of the Civil War, which had cost the state over 24,000 lives.

key1900     The Western Union Telegraph Company announced that Indianapolis had become a central hub for the entire nation.  Wires had been installed in the local office which could carry messages to and from Chicago, St. Louis, Louisville, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo, and other large cities.  The 50 Indianapolis operators were handling over 200,000 messages each month.

1990 Over 45,000 attended the Farm Aid Concert at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis. Willie Nelson headlined a program which included Bonnie Raitt, Garth Brooks, Don Henley, and Elton John, who dedicated “Candle in the Wind” to Ryan White. White died the next day at Riley Hospital.

Hoosier Quote of the Week

“Do not look back on happiness or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of it today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it.”

– – – Henry Ward Beecher (Pastor, Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, 1839-1847)

1952     Spokesmen for Indiana Bell Telephone Company announced an increase in the charge for the use of a pay phone.  The new cost would be a dime or two nickels.  The old fee of five-cents had been the rate for nearly 50 years.

1968      A natural gas leak caused an explosion in downtown Richmond, Indiana, killing 41 people and injuring more than 150. Twenty buildings were condemned as a direct result of the devastation. map

farm aid1990     Over 45,000 attended the Farm Aid Concert at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis. Willie Nelson headlined a program which included Bonnie Raitt, Garth Brooks, Don Henley, and Elton John, who dedicated “Candle in the Wind” to Ryan White. White died the next day at Riley Hospital.



Indiana Quick Quiz

Civil War Generals

1. Name the Major General from Liberty, Indiana, who is best remembered for his distinctive style of facial hair.

2. From Crawfordsville, this Major General wrote one of the best-selling novels of the 19th Century. Identify this popular author.

3. Who was the Brigadier General from Indianapolis who went on to four years in the White House?

Answers Below

Did You Know?
Western Union might be called the nation’s first Internet service. By 1861, the company had established lines from coast to coast. You could go to a Western Union office and send a message to someone in a distant city. The system used Morse Code to transmit dots and dashes of electricity over wire cables. Many young men of the era chose to follow careers in this early “I.T.” field. Among them was 18-year-old Thomas Edison, who came to Indianapolis in 1864 to work for Western Union. He was paid the handsome salary of $75 a month to work as a night operator at the train station. He boarded at the Macy House, one block east of the Statehouse on Market Street. It is said that, while in the city, he produced his first real invention: a machine that could record a telegraph message on a paper tape and play it back later at a slower speed. The young Edison was in the city for less than a year before moving on.

ANSWERS: 1. Ambrose Burnside (The term “sideburns” originated with him.) 2. Lew Wallace (Author of Ben Hur and other novels) 3. Benjamin Harrison ( 23rd President of the United States)

Governor’s Press Conference Friday April 3rd (Click to watch and hear right now on News Now

Indiana (NNDC):

All Indiana school buildings will remain closed to staff and students for the remainder of the school year.

The announcement was made during Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s press conference on Thursday.

Students will continue online learning during the school closures.

High school seniors on track to graduate before the schools were closed on March 19 will be provided the flexibility they need to earn an Indiana diploma.

Link to news conference – for Friday

Governor Holcomb provides updates in the fight against #COVID19.

Posted by Governor Eric Holcomb on Friday, April 3, 2020


Governor will have a new press conference Friday 2:30 with latest on COVID -19

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   www.jasperin.org   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 www.tri-cap.net.

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 http://newsnowdc.com/news/obituaries/

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.