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Air Evac Crew Visits Local School For Annual Wellness Week (VIDEO)

Schnellville (NNDC) – Students at Pine Ridge Elementary School got a special visit for the school’s annual “Wellness Week” this week…

UPDATE: Local “State Of…” Addresses Difficulties from VUJC

UPDATE: We experienced transmission difficulties from VUJC this morning.  This was the first time we have tried to televise an event from this location, so we have not been able to successfully identify the problem in time to resume the “State of…” addresses of Dr. Tracey Lorey of the Greater Jasper School Corporation and Mayor Terry Seitz of Jasper.

The “State of…” addresses will be presented two more time publically.  We will try and rebroadcast one of those.

Thank you for your patience.

Mick Birge/NNDC

Jasper (Local Sources) – The Jasper Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual “State of..” addresses from four local government offices later this morning at VUJC’s Center for Technology Innovation and Manufacturing.

Jasper Mayor Terry  Seitz will give his State of the City address for 2017.

Also scheduled to give addresses are Dubois County Council President Jerry Hunefeld; Dubois County Commission President Chad Blessinger and Dr. Tracy Lorey with the Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools.

The addresses will begin at 11:30am.

NewsNow Dubois County will televise the addresses “LIVE” on both our ‘webchannel’ (www.NewsNowDC.com) and on our local TV channel 183 (Spectrum subscribers).

County-Wide Test Reveals Problem With Emergency Siren At Haysville (AUDIO)

Haysville (NNDC) – Tuesday’s county-wide severe weather siren tests discovered a problem with the recently installed new siren at Haysville.

Dubois County Emergency Management Agency director Tammy Humbert says the Haysville siren did not go off during the test. She says she doesn’t think the siren itself is the problem…

A new siren was installed in Haysville this past September after similar performance problems surfaced in February of 2016.

The county’s sirens were tested Tuesday as part of a statewide exercise during Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

Humbert says steps have already been taken to get the siren working properly.

Humbert and Haysville Volunteer Fire Chief John Fuhrman are encouraging all residents of Haysville to be aware of the problem and to also make sure personal emergency alert weather radios have fresh batteries.

Humbert says these programmable radios issue alerts like severe weather watches and warnings for specific counties.

Fuhrman and Humbert additionally encouraged all Dubois County citizens to follow the same course of action because the sirens in the county “are put in place as a backup to notify residents of threatening weather that is approaching.”

Also Tuesday, there were initial reports that the emergency siren in Ireland did not go off during test. Humbert says there is nothing wrong with the Ireland siren.

She says at about the same time, Madison Township First Responders were called out to two emergency runs, so the siren not going off during test is believed to be only a glitch as subsequent tests of the siren done Tuesday were successful.

After Today, Temps Warm Through The Weekend (VIDEO)

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

Forest Park Grad Combines Love Of Cycling & ‘Spirit Of Leadership’

PelzelHouston, TX (NNDC) – 2014 Forest Park High School graduate Madeleine Pelzel is currently fundraising and training towards a service-oriented bicycle tour that build houses for deserving families.  It’s called ‘Bike and Build.’

‘Bike and Build’ is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that coordinates service-oriented cycling trips that benefit affordable housing organizations and empower young adults through civic leadership.

Pelzel says, “I’ll be going on the Coastal Drift trip this summer. With build days in island towns like Nantucket and major metropolises Portland and New York City, riders on this trip will traverse both urban and rural landscapes and experience the affordable housing issue that parallels the varied terrain.”

As part of the trip, Pelzel is raising $2,400 for the nonprofit group that organized the 841-mile ride.

None of the money raised will be used for expenses for the riders like Pelzel.

Pelzel says organizations like the YMCA and churches are offering lodging along the route.

Pelzel became an enthusiast of long-distance cycling after high school.  At Rice, she is combining her love of cycling with a spirit of leadership and service that was ingrained in her in Ferdinand at Forest Park High School.

Pelzel founded Rice’s first philanthropic cycling team–a group that goes on long rides in order to fund raise for causes like the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

In January of 2016, Pelzel became the General Manager of Rice Bikes (a student run business), with the hope of making a significant contribution to the community.

Pelzel says, “I feel compelled to spend a portion of my time doing service, and I wanted to be able to physically help families in a way that used the skills I was learning in school. In preparation, I’m volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Houston, and have been learning about the different facets of affordable housing in the United States. My mission is to spread this information and change the lives of undeserved families and children.

CLICK HERE for more information about Pelzel and this summer’s ride.

Pelzel is currently studying Architecture at Rice.  She is the daughter of Morris and Pamela Pelzel, formerly of Ferdinand.


ATV Accident Kills 14 Year Old Pike County Boy

Photo: Indiana Department of Conservation

Photo: Indiana Department of Conservation

Pike County (Local Sources) – Indiana Conservation Officers are reporting that a 14 year old boy has died as a result of injuries from an ATV accident.

14-year old Kaleb Poehlein of Winslow lost control of his ATV and hit a small ditch.  His ATV went air born, hit a tree and landed upside down.

Poehlein had just passed another ATV operated by 15-year old Colton Wade of Winslow when he lost control.  Wade was a witness to the accident, but was not involved or injured.

Multiple 911 calls were received, with the first recorded at 2:41 pm.  Poehlein was taken from the scene by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper

The accident occurred on CR 800 East about one mile north of the CR 175 South intersection.

Poehlein was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Warrant Leads To Arrests; Drugs Seized (Photos)





Huntingburg (Local Sources) – Serving an arrest warrant Monday afternoon ended up with a lot more than one arrest for Indiana State Police Monday afternoon.
Indiana State police at Jasper say shortly before 2pm Monday, Trooper Brock Werne and officers with the Huntingburg Police Department attempted to serve an arrest warrant at a residence in the 200 block of North Van Buren Street in Huntingburg.

ISP says officers were looking for 35-year old Chad Ramsey of Huntingburg, who was wanted in Dubois County for failing to appear for a court appearance.

As other officers arrived at the front door, Werne went to the back of the residence.  There he said he heard voices inside a shed in the back yard.  Werne knocked on the door, asking for Ramsey; Ramsey exited a second door and was placed into custody.


Items found by Indiana State Police in shed. Photos: Indiana State Police

As officers were arresting Ramsey, they could smell a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the inside of the shed.  Officers obtained consent to search the shed from the second man present, 30-year old Gregory Reisz of Huntingburg.

ISP says officers found marijuana, smoking devices, digital scales, and a container containing a white powder that field tested positive for methamphetamine.  Additionally, officers found a Chinese throwing star hanging on the wall, which is illegal to possess in Indiana.

Ramsey and Reisz were taken into custody without incident

Both men are charged with Possession of Methamphetamine (a Level 6 felony, Maintaining a Common Nuisance (a Level 6 felony, Possession of Marijuana (Class B misdemeanor), Possession of Paraphernalia (Class C misdemeanor), and Possession of a Chinese Throwing Star (Class C misdemeanor).

After Warm Monday; Temps Retreat A Bit (VIDEO)

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

‘Habitual Traffic Violator’ Arrested with Gun; Drugs in Vehicle



Jasper (NNDC) – While on routine patrol, Jasper police officers report identifying Brandon Wilkinson operating a motor vehicle.

Officers say they were aware from their prior encounters with Wilkinson that his driving status was listed as ‘Habitual Traffic Violator.’

While police were speaking with Wilkinson, they say he was lethargic, and stumbled when he walked.

Because of this, Wilkinson was transported to the hospital for a chemical test.

WILKINSON gunDue to the test results, Wilkinson was charged with Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated/Controlled Substance.

A K9 officer was called in to to assist with the investigation, and indicated the presence of narcotics inside the car.

Officers searched the vehicle and report that they located a handgun, scale, methamphetamine, heroin, and LSD (pictured).

After further investigation, authorities determined that Wilkinson did not have a handgun permit, so the charge was enhanced, due to being within 500 feet of a school.

Wilkinson was taken into custody and is currently lodged in the Dubois County Security Center.

JHS Radio; TV Students Fare Well In State Competition

Indianapolis (Local Sources) – Martinsville High School was named Television School of the Year and Homestead High School won Radio School of the Year at the 2017 Indiana Association of School Broadcasters (IASB) awards Monday at the University of Indianapolis.

Crown Point High School was the Television School of the Year runner-up; Jasper was second runner-up, while Carmel High School was the runner-up in the Radio School of the Year category.

More than 800 students and instructors from 30 Indiana high schools and career centers attended the IASB 14 th annual conference. Students participated in the IASB High School Broadcasting Competition and attended more than 20 workshops that addressed topics ranging from promotions, video production and storytelling to social media, radio and sports broadcasting.

The top six radio air personalities and news anchors competed live on WICR-FM, and their television counterparts competed in the UIndy TV studio.

“This year’s conference was the largest ever. The quality and variety of the professional development sessions was incredible. The students who performed live in the TV and radio news and radio air personality events were especially impressive, which made it tough for the judges to select a winner,” said IASB Executive Director and University of Indianapolis Communications instructor Scott Uecker.

Several Jasper High School students earned honors in individual categories.

Complete list of 2017 IASB High School Broadcasting Competition Award winners:

Radio Interview

1.) Zoe Dwiggins, Pendleton Heights High School

2.) Addison Laker, Franklin Central High School

3.) Dan Burkhard, Carmel High School

Radio Sportscast

1.) Jack Parisi, Homestead High School

2.) Leo Wroblewski, Carmel High School

3.) Michael Shetler and Andrew Mamone, Wawasee High School

Radio Spot Production

1.) Nathan Price, J. Everett Light Career Center

2.) Anne Zachodni, J. Everett Light Career Center

3.) Ryan Wilks and Malia Mulligan, Franklin Central High School

Radio Imaging

1.) Kolin Davis, Homestead High School

2.) Lela Anthony, Mya Tolliver, Zack Burton, Truman Henderson, J. Everett Light Career Center

3.) Amanda Ackerman, Brea-Anna Mullen, Hilary Bauer, RTV 2 Class, Jasper High School

Radio In-Depth

1.) Olivia Harris, Mae Ban, Carmel High School

2.) Patrick Simpson, Carmel High School

3.) Abigail Boylan, Homestead High School

Radio Drama

1.) Lizzie Riley and Kylie Lewis, Franklin Central High School

2.) Caleb Childers, SaraAnna Hohman, Juan Terrazas, Lilli Dwyer, Warsaw Community High School

3.) Kolin Davis, Khira Hickbottom, Jessie Majors, Homestead High School

Radio Play-by-Play

1.) Austin Render, Homestead High School

2.) Sam Bannon, Pendleton Heights High School

3.) Griffin Gonzalez, Carmel High School

Radio Sporting Event Broadcast

1.) Cory Vervynckt, Cole Bartek, Justin Margolius, Zachary Harshman, Ben Davis High School

2.) Austin Render, Matt Schreck, Gabe Smith, Garrett Willis, Homestead High School

3.) Griffin Gonzalez, Nick Lewis, Max Hurwitz, Carmel High School

Radio Talk Show

1.) Mitch Bolda, Jack Gardner, Kyle Gilson, Reece Grapenthien, Crown Point High School

2.) Jackson Ammons and Ethan Sellers, Carmel High School

3.) Leo Wroblewski, Griffin Gonzalez, Nick Lewis, Carmel High School

Radio Copywriting

1.) Hannah Cougill, Franklin Central High School

2.) Samuel Ridge, Porter County Career Center

3.) Hannah Dubord, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center

Radio Bit or Skit

1.) Zach Miller, Jack Michal, Carmel High School

2.) Kolin Davis, Homestead High School

3.) Jonathan Phillippe, Franklin Central High School

Radio News Anchor

1.) Kolin Davis, Homestead High School

2.) Cory Balkenbusch, Homestead High School

3.) Olivia Johnson, Pendleton Heights High School

Radio Air Personality

1.) Jackson Ammons, Carmel High School

2.) Kolin Davis, Homestead High School

3.) Zack Burton, J. Everett Light Career Center

Radio School of the Year

Winner: Homestead High School

First Runner-Up: Carmel High School

Second Runner-Up: Franklin Central High School

Television Spot Production

1.) Owen Rendel, Jasper High School

2.) Ann Longjohn, Kokomo Area Career Center

3.) Haley Bramwell, Crown Point High School

Music Video

1.) David Israbian, Carroll High School

2.) Nolan Cauley, Pendleton Heights High School

3.) Diana Ortiz, Hammond Area Career Center

Video Magazine

1.) Advanced Broadcasting Class, Martinsville High School

2.) Zack Travelsted, Mason Schafer, Nick McGrotty, Cameron Chapman, Brownsburg High School

3.) Studio 415 Staff, Carroll High School

Television Package

1.) Evan Holland, Crown Point High School

2.) Andrew Walker, Martinsville High School

3.) Carmen Haynes, Ben Davis High School

Television School Newscast

1.) Advanced Broadcasting Class, Martinsville High School

2.) CPTV Staff, Crown Point High School

3.) HHS In Depth, Homestead High School

Video In-Depth

1.) MaKayla Melton, Ben Davis High School

2.) Annie Keister, Martinsville High School

3.) Ben Myers and Andrew Baum, Brownsburg High School

Live Telecast

1.) Extended Play Studios & BHS-TV, Brownsburg High School

2.) CPTV Staff, Crown Point High School

3.) Grant Siefker, Carmel High School

Corporate Video

1.) Andrew Walker, Martinsville High School

2.) Houston Carver, Rebekah Williams, Greg Lyons, Zo Villafuerte, Richmond High School

3.) Alexander Phams and Aryeh Phillips, Arsenal Tech High School

Short Film

1.) Allison Rogers, Priscilla Olson, Tyler Armstrong, Jasper High School

2.) Meredith Cavaleri, Haley Reed, Hunter Reed, Whiteland Community High School

3.) Evan Hay, J. Everett Light Career Center

Video Show Open/Close

1.) CPTV Staff, Crown Point High School

2.) Brea-Anna Mullen, Jasper High School

3.) John Sullivan and Blaine Holton, Franklin Central High School

Television Copywriting

1.) Hayley Parnell, Martinsville High School

2.) Madelaine Haltom, Franklin Central High School

3.) Andrea Rillo, Jasper High School


1.) Nick Morgan, Crown Point High School

2.) Grant Siefker, Carmel High School

3.) Haley Bramwell, Crown Point High School


1.) Evan Smoker and Adele Reich, Carmel High School

2.) Austin Shepard, Prairie Heights High School

3.) MaKayla Melton, Madisen Wells, Ben Davis High School

Sound Design

1.) Zach Piner, Porter County Career Center

2.) Meredith Cavaleri and Alli Hahn, Whiteland Community High School

3.) Malik Benberry, Abe Sieka, Taegrin Hughey, J. Everett Light Career Center

Television News Anchor

1.) Andrew Walker, Martinsville High School

2.) Mikaili Azziz, Walker Career Center

3.) JD Arland, Carmel High School

Television School of the Year

Martinsville High School

First Runner-Up: Crown Point High School

Second Runner-Up: Jasper High School