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Over a dozen drug warrants served today, investigations going back to 2018

Jasper – (NNDC)

Law enforcement officers in Dubois County served drug dealing arrest warrants today for drug dealing offenses that originated as early as August 2018. Beginning in August 2018, Dubois County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Detective John Anderson began conducting undercover drug buys for the latest drug dealing warrant service. In Spring 2018, Detective Anderson was joined in his efforts by a Narcotics Detective with the Jasper Police Department and Huntingburg Police Department Narcotics Detective Rusty Drew. In total, fifteen individuals are facing drug dealing charges in conjunction with this warrant service.









As in the past, the three narcotics detectives used confidential informants to facilitate undercover drug buys of methamphetamine, LSD, marijuana, heroin, and other opiate-derivative drugs. The primary drug purchased was methamphetamine. The drug purchases are led by supply and demand; meaning that the deciding factor in what drugs are purchased is what’s available in the area at the time of the purchase. As a result of the covert investigations, felony arrest warrants for drug dealing charges were obtained by the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office.

The warrant service continues to be ongoing at this time, and additional an arrest is expected in the coming days. The individuals served with arrest warrants thus far are as follows:

Kelly J. Birkle, age 47, Velpen, Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony
Robert S. Sowders, 42, Huntingburg, three counts of Dealing in Methamphetamine, two Level 2 felonies and one Level 3 felony
Christy E. Miller, 42, Huntingburg, Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony
Jessica J. Fulkerson, 25, Huntingburg, Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony
Lindsay D. Austin, 23, Jasper, Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (morphine), a Level 2 felony
Frederick S. Moon, Jr. 26, Jasper, Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (morphine), a Level 2 felony
Brandon S. Bullock, 34, Jasper, Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony
Michael E. Norris, 36, Jasper, Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony, and
Dealing in Marijuana, a Level 6 felony
Nick M. Kreilein, 43, Huntingburg, Dealing in a Narcotic Drug, a Level 4 felony
Ira J. Peters, 29, Jasper, two counts of Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 3 felony and a Level 4 felony
Amanda S. Peters, 33, Jasper, Aiding in Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 3 felony
Brandon T. Jones, 31, Huntingburg, two counts of Dealing in a Schedule I Controlled
Substance (LSD), a Level 5 and 6 felony
Devon N. Morton, 28, Eckerty, Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony
Talicia E. Reynolds, 30, Jasper, Dealing in a Narcotic Drug, a Level 3 felony.

The fact that a person has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation, and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.


Jasper -(NNDC)

This winter high school students from across the state will have the opportunity to participate in a Page Day hosted by Indiana Electric Cooperatives on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

The day will feature a tour of the Indiana Statehouse, mock bill activity, speakers and educational activities. Participants will have the opportunity to meet state legislators.

“Serving as a page gives young people a unique opportunity to participate in state government,” explained Joe Henson, CEO and General Manager of Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative.

“Experiencing the process and the heart of state government brings to life many of the lessons students learn in the classroom. Seeing it firsthand takes it to the next level.”

High school students are eligible to participate. To apply visit GoIEC.org/2KBj1pZ. The application deadline is Jan. 10.

For more information about the 2020 Indiana Electric Cooperative Page Day, contact Ann Mears, 317.487.2226 or amears@indianaec.org.

Indiana Electric Cooperatives, located in Indianapolis, represents 38 electric distribution cooperatives that serve 1.3 million Hoosiers in 89 of the state’s 92 counties. For more information about the association visit indianaec.org.

Tai Chi with certified Tai Chi instructor and Black Belt Jim Birkle (Click on Video)

Jasper – (NNDC)

(NNDC) – Tai Chi is an ancient form of martial arts focused on defense, flexibility, and general health benefits. It’s a great discipline for everyone, particularly seniors. While you can easily sign up to any Tai Chi class nowadays, only a few  are reliable and worth your money.  In Southern Indiana, one Class that you can always count on is Tai Chi with Jim Birkle and Senior Stick Fit.

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The 2019 Huntingburg Herbstfest Miss and Pre-Teen Miss Queen Pageants this Sunday, at the Southridge High School Auditorium starting at 7:00 p.m. EST.

Huntingburg – (NNDC)

The 2019 Huntingburg Herbstfest Miss and Pre-Teen Miss Queen Pageants are set for Sunday, September 22nd at the Southridge High School Auditorium starting at 7:00 p.m. EST.  The following 6 contestants are competing for the title of Miss Herbstfest 2019, who will be crowned by Miss Herbstfest 2018 Chaney Barrett. The following 4 contestants are competing for the title of Pre-Teen Miss Herbstfest 2019, who will be crowned by Pre-Teen Miss Herbstfest 2018 Annika Beard.

Pictures provided by Studio Expressions by Jessica in Jasper.











LaKiesha Jo Wampler (pictured above) is the 18-year-old daughter of Brian & Melissa Wampler of Huntingburg. She is a senior at Southridge High School where she is a member of cheerleading, Spirit Club, Key Club, Freshman Mentors, German Club, and Kindness Club. She plans to attend the University of Southern Indiana to study secondary education. She is sponsored by her family.











Anna Kappner (pictured above)  is the 17-year-old daughter of Joe & Stacy Kappner of Huntingburg. She is a senior at Southridge High School where she is a member of National Honors Society, Student Council, Natural Helpers, Freshman Mentors, FCA, Yearbook Editor, German Club, Basketball, Tennis, and BPA. She plans to attend Indiana University to study biology. She is sponsored by her family.










Keysha Kieser (pictured above)  is the 18-year-old daughter of Mike and Carol Vailes of Huntingburg. She is a 2019 graduate of Southridge High School. She will be attending Ivy Tech this spring. She is sponsored by Hummingbird Daycare.










Louisa Nino (pictured above) is the 20-year-old daughter of Primitivo and Judy Nino of Huntingburg. She is a 2018 graduate of Southridge High School where she was a member of band and choir. She is currently attending Indiana University where she is studying Marketing Business Analytics. She is involved in American Marketing Association, IU Dance Marathon, and Sigma Kappa. She is sponsored by her family.










Paige Kendall (pictured above) is the 17-year-old daughter of Pat & Linda Kendall of Huntingburg. She is a senior at Southridge High School where she is member of Mayor’s Youth Council, Key Club, Spirit Club, FCA, Natural Helpers, Freshman Mentors, NHS, SIEC Advisory Council, musical, choir, and track & field. She plans to attend the University of Indianapolis to study communications. She is sponsored by her family.










Joscelyn Blanchard (pictured above)  is the 20-year-old daughter of Sheila Blanchard of Huntingburg. She is a 2018 graduate of Southridge High School, where she was a member of cheerleading, choir, musical, FCA, and Spirit Club. She is a graduate of The Salon Professional Academy and is currently working as a hairstylist at Southern Roots in Jasper. She is sponsored by Southern Roots Salon.











Heather Schoenbachler (pictured above) is the 13-year-old daughter of A.J. & Sandy Kempf of Huntingburg and the late Jeff Schoenbachler. She is in the 8th grade at Southridge Middle School, where she is a member of track, choir, and cheerleading. She hopes to become a veterinarian. She is sponsored by Jasper Family Dentistry.










Janelle Hill (pictured above)  is the 11-year-old daughter of Josh & Jody Hill of Huntingburg. She is in the 5th grade at Huntingburg Elementary School, where she is a member of Southridge singers, cheerleading, volleyball, and Girls on the Run. She hopes to become an Occupational Therapist. She is sponsored by her family.










Kara Schmitt (pictured above) is the 12-year-old daughter of Chris and Sarah Schmitt of Holland. She is in the 7th grade at Southridge Middle School, where she is a member of cheerleading and soccer. She hopes to become a pediatrician or a surgeon. She is sponsored by her family.










Jaylynn Goodwin (pictured above)  is the 11-year-old daughter of Mark & Lynn Goodwin of Holland. She is in the 6th grade at Southridge Middle School, where she is a member of cheerleading. She hopes to become a Beautician. She is sponsored by her family.


The Huntingburg Herbstfest will run from Thursday September 26th to Saturday September 28th at the Huntingburg City Park with the parade to follow on Sunday, September 29th at 2:00 p.m. EST.

Dubois County 4H Shooting Sports name Instructor of the Year

Jasper – (NNDC)  – Dubois County 4H Shooting sports has grown to become a very popular but also important part of 4H, in Dubois County there are around 120 students in shooting sports.  Sunday a good group of parents, volunteers, and student families met at the 4H Clover Pavilion to celebrate another successful year of Shooting Sports.  This year the local 4H Shooting sports sent 3 projects up to the state fair and two students earned Blue ribbons.

After a good meal Hannah Beck talked about what is coming up for the near year of shooting sports and also mention that they have streamlined the sign up process this year and Jared Beck gave a report on the status of a building for shooting sports on the fairgrounds which seems to be on course and they will be meeting again in a couple of weeks with the Dubois County commissioners.

Dubois County 4H shooting sports is so successful because of the many hours and work put in by the volunteers, instructors who really care, and great cooperation  with 4H families and area business.  Annually over the last few years Dubois County Shooting Sports has named a Volunteer of the Year award.  This year’s Dubois County Shooting Sports Volunteer of the Year goes to Steve Lechner.


Steve is an active Shooting Sports instructor and is a jack of all trades. He is a flexible instructor that has taught many disciplines ranging from archery to shotgun. He always shows up with a positive attitude and is willing to do what it takes to get the job done. He is also  resident chef for both our 4H events and Hunter Education.  (Steve is second from left putting on his vest.)


Dubois County 4H Shooting Sports is in State District 7, Tim Beck with Indiana Hunter Education said a few words at the dinner and also recognized longtime Shooting Sports Instructor and volunteer John Butler for being chosen as the District 7 Instructor of the year, John Butler has been involved with the shooting sports program and hunter education since the beginning locally and is well liked by all.  Because of being chosen in District 7, John is also in the running to be named Instructor of the Year for the entire state of Indiana. (John is pictured below to the far right with the black hat.)


Sign up for 4H and 4H Shooting Sports begins  October 1st  go to in.4honline.com

Pictured below part of the early attendees, Steve Lechner Instructor of the Year, and Tim Beck Indiana Hunter Education with John Butler.

Updated: Saturday Sports Results

Dubois County (NNDC):  A busy Saturday involving the area high school sports teams as the fall season in winding down.   A look at the results are listed below.


Providence 3 – Jasper 0 — 25-13, 25-21, 25-11 (Reagan Egbert 5 kills, Kayla Fuhs 8 digs)

Carmel 3 – Jasper 0 — 25-6, 25-17, 25-10 (Kayla Fuhs 8 digs, Reagan Egbert 7 digs – 4 kills – 2 aces, Grace Kizior and Kate Green each had 4 assists)


Jasper 1 – Princeton 0 (Sam Leonard goal in the 5th minute, Wildcats are now 3-0 in Big 8 Conference play)

Forest Park 4 – Pike Central 0 (FP goals: Conner Knies scored in the 1st half, JD Kerber had 3 goals in the 2nd half – Zach Wahl recorded his 3rd shutout of the year)


Big 8: Jasper 378, Mount Vernon 396, Washington 434, Vincennes Lincoln 460, Boonville 479, Princeton 509.

The Jasper Wildcats won the Big 8 golf tournament on Saturday at Christmas Lake.   The Wildcats finished with an overall score of 378.   Halle Knies finished 2nd with a score of 90,  Elizabeth Ackerman finished 3rd,  Avery Bartley 4th, Anna Schmitt finished in 9th place and Ainsley Pierce 11th.   Knies, Ackerman and Bartley also earned individual all conference.

PAC Championship: Gibson Southern,  North Posey 370,  Southridge 418,  Heritage Hills 424,  Tecumseh 419,  Forest Park 486,  Tell City 486,  Pike Central 422,  South Spencer 492

Cross Country – Eagle Classic (Brown County)

Boys – Carmel 83, Brebeuf 100, Bloomington South 130, Jasper 170, Floyd Central 175, Jennings County 182, North Central 201, Franklin County 242, Bloomington North 244, Terre Haute South 246, Northview 255, Terre Haute North 256, Avon 259, Austin 286, Seymour 398, Columbus North 415

Girls – Lawrence North 37, Lebanon 115, Perry Meridian 156, Jennings County 158, Jasper 160, Greensburg 195, Terre Haute North 224, Silver Creek 232, Martinsville 246, South Dearborn 285, Corydon Central 290, Madison 293, East Central 296, Owen Valley 309, New Albany 325, Evansville North 359, Bedford North Lawrence 395, Scottsburg 413, Jeffersonville 507

The Jasper boys and girls cross country teams had outstanding finishes at the Eagle Classic put on by Brown County High School.  On the boys side, the Wildcats finished 4th out of 16 teams.   Breaking the school 5k record, Jackson Miller ran a 15:40 while placing 4th.  Abe Eckman (16:13), Drew O’Neil (16:18), Jaryn Weinel (16:40), Will Gubbins (17:21), Harrison Hulsman (17:29), Cameron Eckstein (17:31) and Seth Eckert (18:00) completed the strong team finish.

The Lady Wildcats finished a strong 5th place in the big school division.  Kelsea Skorge led the way with a 5k time of 20:49, Amanda Schnell (21:37), Kathryn McCoy (21:40), Mayson VanMeter (22:15), Niya Zazzetti (22:37), Kylee Weisheit (22:53) and Lydia Grow (23:19) round out the top 7 for the Jasper Lady Wildcats.   Andi Van Meter ran in the Elite Girls Race and finished with a personal best 5k time of 18:31 while placing 6th.



photo credit: Jasper Wildcats Golf





First Annual Egg Fest Held at Tom’s Lawn & Garden in Jasper (Click icon for pictures and videos of the event, adjust sound and enlarge screen for best effect)

Hey Jasper (NNDC):

Tom’s Lawn,Garden and Appliances in Jasper held their first “Egg Fest” Saturday to a large crowd and a mild summer day.  The food provided by Tom’s and many volunteers was outstanding. Even the live music entertainment by Sparrow & Crandall was outstanding.

See details below.


Teacher, Students, and Jasper Flag make a great trip to Germany and Sister City

Jasper, California, Germany (NNDC)  –  18 Jasper High School Students, and some adults including a new teacher at Jasper High School made a trip this summer to Germany and some very unique places.   The trip has been made before in fact about every 2 years the trip is made from Jasper to Germany and our Sister city Pfaffenweiler by Jasper High School students as part of an exchange program.  German teacher Ross Halvorsen has also made a trip to Germany before as well but not as a Jasper High School German teacher, in fact this is Ross’s first year at Jasper High School.  Ross came to Jasper via California and a couple of other places, but now Ross is officially a Hoosier.


Before Ross left on the trip this summer he though it would be neat to take an official Jasper flag on the trip to take pictures with the group and to present to the Sister cities.







Group from Jasper High School  with flag in Dresden.


Ross talks about the trip and his arrival in Jasper to start teaching at Jasper High School.


Students and the group went to many places in Germany including area towns and the highest point in Germany Zugspitze pictured below.


Ross talks about some the places visited on the trip.











Dr. Ross Halvorsen teaches at Jasper High School in the Department of World Languages along with teaching a course at VUJC and the Jasper Middle School.   Ross also wanted to mention that Sandy Wehr who went on the trip as well is a very important part of this trip, she as been organizing a lot of the trip since 2007.


Dr. Halvorsen was a joy to talk with and left some words that many have probably seen at the City Hall but didn’t really know what they meant.


Below are pictures from the trip –

160th Holland Fest Continues with many great events today!

Holland – (NNDC)   view full screen for best effect!

Holland Indiana is a great place to be anytime but especially during their 160th Anniversary Celebration this weekend.  There are many great events and plenty of things for the whole family to do and all the monies raised go to supporting many worth while projects in the community.  Today started early with the 5k run and walk, all booths opened around 11am along with the many events and demonstrations like log sawing and carving by Bear Hollow today.

Andrea Peters from the Holland Fest Committee talked about today and what is to come including the 160th Holland Fest Parade at 2pm sponsored by Blesch Brothers Equipment.



The Fest offers all kinds of unique like the Donut booth featuring delicious donuts made right there it is a very busy booth, there is bbq ribs, pork sandwhichs, homemade potato chips, kettle corn and the list goes on and on.  Fireworks tonight, Howl at the Moon on the German American Main Stage and more.  Sunday starts with community Church Service at Henke Stadium, food booths open 11am, Holland Legion dinners available at the Henke Stadium at 11am and the Raffle Winners announced at 11:30 with a $1,000 top Prize!

For more information on the events or the Fest go to hollandindiana.org

Kiddie tractor pull is always a fun event at the fest!


Below you can see Bear Hollow Carving at work, Holland items on display which those and other pictures you can see in the Windmill and one of the many vendors Lanny who live just up the road selling his hand made walking sticks, Lanny is 78 years old and has severe vision problems but goes to area fest to sell the walking sticks and its always good to have a walking stick in the park.



Friday Night Lights

Dubois County (NNDC):   A busy night on the gridiron as Jasper was looking to up end a solid Heritage Hills squad, while Southridge was looking to stay undefeated.   Forest Park had a tough matchup with Tecumseh but a win would improve the Rangers to 2 and 2 on the season.   The results are listed below.


Heritage Hills 17 – Jasper 14 — Jasper falls to 1-3 on the season while Heritage Hills improves to 4-0

Southridge 37 – North Posey 7 — Southridge remains undefeated at 4-0, North Posey drops to 1-3 on the season

Forest Park 26 – Tecumseh 0 — Forest Park improves to 2-0 while Tecumseh is 1-3