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Cold Weather and Snow cause cancellation of school for Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools, along with all Dubois County School Districts closed today

Jasper – (NNDC)

Jasper Greater Jasper Consolidated schools decided to cancel today.  Last night at the beginning of the snow a 2 hour delay was called but after consideration this morning and some slick roads and other factors they have decided to cancel.

In fact all Dubois County Schools, Southeast, Northeast, & Southwest are all closed today.

Impeachment Law Expert, Bi-Partisan Panel Discussion, and Audience Q&A to be held at VUJC

Jasper – (NNDC)

As the U.S. Congress opens public impeachment hearings about President Trump next week, an informal public presentation on impeachment by a nationally recognized expert and law professor, a bi-partisan panel discussion, and audience participation will be held on Thursday, November 14th, from 7 to 9 pm, at the VUJC Auditorium in Jasper.

The chief presenter, Professor Charles Geyh of the Indianapolis University Law School, is an expert on judicial misconduct and ethics and has prosecuted judicial impeachments. Geyh received his B.A. in Political Science in 1980, graduated from the Wisconsin Law School in 1983, and has written extensively on impeachment.

The bi-partisan panel will include Indianapolis Attorney and former Director of Common Cause Indiana Russ Sipes, Columbus Attorney, former head of the Ohio Election Board an Assistant Attorney General of Ohio, Greg “Jack” Haught, and finally, Jasper physician, Congressional Candidate, political writer and author of A Surgeon’s Odyssey, Doctor Richard Moss.

“This is the perfect time for all citizens to learn and think about the purpose and limits of Presidential Impeachment since the U.S. Congress is planning to start public hearings about Trump’s actions regarding Ukraine the same week as this presentation,” said Dubois County Democratic Chairperson Mike Kendall, the sponsor of the presentation.

The informal presentation by Professor Geyh will last about 30 minutes, followed by a panel discussion on the pros and cons of the impending impeachment of President Trump and questions from the audience.

“Republicans, Independents, and Democrats are all invited and will have a chance to ask questions and express their views about what may be only the third impeachment in 240 years of American history,” said Kendall.


Doors open at 6:30, and the auditorium seats 115 on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Special Program to be held

Jasper – (NNDC)

Jasper Community Arts, as part of a collaboration with the Jasper Public Library and Dubois County Museum, is hosting a special program as part of the Crossroads:Change in Rural America initiative featuring five local events.

Food for Thought – There and Gone and Back Again is a conversation sparked by the creative and
culinary arts. It will take place on Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 p.m. at the Parklands Pavilion, 800 W
15th St., Jasper, IN.

This will be the third of five events to take place in our community as part of Crossroads. Author and
journalist David Hoppe will be exploring themes of how creative entrepreneurs are using Indiana food
and agricultural heritage to spark new life in communities today.

This event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in attending are encouraged to reserve
seats by visiting jasperarts.corsizio.com or by calling the Jasper Arts Center at 812-482-3070.

Cheetah Chase construction underway!

Santa Claus – (NNDC)


Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari have officially placed the first pieces for their newest water coaster coming in 2020: Cheetah Chase.

Holiday World’s third water coaster will be the first launched water coaster in the world and will feature two ProSlide rocketBLAST®-powered racing slides totaling more than 1700 feet of track. Riders will experience a water-powered flat launch before racing against their families toward the finish line. South Shop Maintenance Manager, Anthony VanCamp shared an update, “Cheetah Chase is coming along great! We are finishing up the first phase of construction which consists of the footers and columns. The next phase is to keep going with the fiberglass and start on the station.”

The $7 million full-circuit racing water coaster project is on schedule to open in May. With this addition, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari will have:
-Wildebeest-the #1 water park ride in the world from the Golden Ticket Awards
-Mammoth-the longest water coaster in the world certified by Guiness Book of World Records

-Cheetah Chase-the first launched water coaster in the world
This unmatched trio of water coasters will make Splashin’ Safari the Water Coaster Capital of the world.

“It’s been exciting to watch the fiberglass arrive and foundations installed,” added Holiday World’s president, Matt Eckert. “Once the fiberglass is installed and the ride goes vertical, the whole thing starts to feel real. We’re beyond excited to open in 2020.”

For a live feed of the construction, Guests can go to www.holidayworld.com/splashcam2020 or follow Holiday World on social media.

Tickets and season passes are now on sale  for the 2020 season at www.holidayworld.com. Discount Season Passes are available through November 15.
Holiday World opens to the public May 2, and Splashin’ Safari opens May 7.


Neighborhood Association Informational Meeting Being Held at City Hall

Huntingburg -(NNDC)

An informational meeting about Neighborhood Associations is being held on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Huntingburg City Hall. The meeting will be facilitated by Huntingburg Councilmen Jeff Bounds and Tim Wehr. Kayla Johnson, Neighborhood Association Coordinator for the City of Marion will also be in attendance. Anyone interested in creating or belonging to a Neighborhood Association is encouraged to attend.

For more information, please contact Jeff Bounds, City of Huntingburg Councilman, at (812) 630-1285, or by email at jeffreylbounds@gmail.com.

Jasper Announces Christmas Home Decorating Contest

Jasper (NNDC):

The Jasper Jaycees and the Jasper Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce their combined efforts, once again this year, for the Outdoor Home/Christmas Decorating and Lighting Contest for Jasper residents.

The contest is open to all residents of Jasper and those living within one mile of the city limits. Past response to the contest has been tremendous and former entries are encouraged to enter again. Residents are encouraged to make plans now for the 2019 Contest.

It is a wonderful way to show your Christmas spirit and a great way to help decorate the City of Jasper for the holidays.

The categories for this year’s contest are: Most Traditional; Best Use of Lights; Family Theme; and Most Original. Prizes are awarded to the top three homes in each category.

The entry blank for the contest will be published three times in The Herald. It will appear on Saturday, November 23, Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26.

Additional forms are available at the Jasper Chamber of Commerce at 302 West 6th Street or by calling 812/482-6866.

Entries must be received in the Jasper Chamber office no later than Monday,

December 9. Mail all entries to P.O. Box 307, Jasper, Indiana 47547-0307,

email to chamber@jasperin.org or fax to the Chamber at 812/848-2015.

Judging will take place on Friday evening, December 13.

Lights should be turned on by 6:00 p.m. that evening.

Cold and Snow Likely Tomorrow

Dubois County (NNDC):

Snow and slick ice spots are on the horizon. Temperatures in the teens with wind chills of around  degrees. Road crews have been hard at work testing equipment and driving test routes to make sure everything will be in working order.  Preparations have been ongoing since early October, earlier so INDOT feels prepared for the season.

Drivers are advised to take special caution when driving as the roads not are going to be slick but also to give snowplow drivers the space they need to do their job.

Thr National Weather Service predicts the weather be moving through the state all day Tuesday hitting northern areas, such as Lafayette, Crawfordsville and Kokomo between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Central Indiana can expect to see rain and snow move through between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Southern portions of the state will get some nasty weather from 1 p.m. and into the evening.

34th Annual Huntingburg Christmas Stroll (UPDATED WITH PICTURES AND VIDEOS)

Huntingburg (NNDC):

Downtown Fourth Street’s Annual Christmas Stroll was held this weekend downtown Huntingburg. Most of the renovations are complete bring Huntingburg’s old time back to life.

The stroll officially began  with last Sunday evening’s tree lighting in Market Street Park. It will continue though Sunday with various events, eats and festive fun. The Christmas Stroll is seen by many as that kickoff to the Dubois County holiday season.

New to this year’s festival is the addition of two food trucks the Ole Canoe Slider Co. of French Lick and the German Corner of Vevay, which will be stationed on Huntingburg City Hall’s parking lot Friday and Saturday.

Also added is the outdoor movie on Saturday night, hosted by Destination Huntingburg. The movie “Elf” will be shown on a large outdoor screen at Market Street Park at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Barriers have been removed so that vehicular traffic can use the road during the stroll. The sidewalks will continue to be open for pedestrians.

Also as usual.  Santa will be around Saturday to spread holiday cheer and carolers will walk around singing Christmas favorites. Photo hot spots will also be located along the street, and people are encouraged to take photos with the large cutouts.

Again Local Merchants will participate in Window Wars, in which they decorate their windows and seek votes to win bragging rights. Visitors can vote for designs by placing monetary donations in a designated container at each business. The proceeds go to future beatification efforts, including purchasing decorations for next year’s stroll.

There will also be free carriage rides through downtown from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; loading will be at the Huntingburg City Hall parking lot. And a cookie walk will be held at Teen Outback from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Huntingburg Christmas Stroll schedule:


11 a.m. Cookie walk at Teen Outback

Noon Merchants along Fourth Street open until 5 p.m.; carriage rides start at City Hall parking lot

Dubois County Veterans Held their Annual Memorial Services in Jasper on Saturday

Dubois County (NNDC):

The Dubois County Veterans Council has announced activities fortheir observance of Veterans Day on Saturday November 9th with everyone being invited to attend and participate. All Veteran Organizations from Dubois County will be represented for this event.

The day will began with an 8:00 am mass at St. Joseph Church Jasper. All Veterans Groups were asked to join in the procession of posting their colors in the front of church. All Veteran organizations were recognized. Remembering our MIA’s will be presented by Steve Bartels of American Legion Post 147.

DCVC Vice-President Chris Knies will present the Living Veterans
Award to this years recipient Kent Schreiner.Kent Schreiner, the son of the late Norbert M. and Cyrilla Senninger Schreiner and a 1966 graduate of St. Ferdinand High School attended Automation Training Institute of Indianapolis for one year before being drafted. On April 3rd of 1968, Kent was inducted into the

United States Army taking his basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky
and then sent to Fort Sam Houston to be trained as a combat medic.
In early September of 1968 his orders took him to Vietnam where he
served for one year.

While in Tay Ninh, Vietnam, Schreiner was attached to the 25th
Infantry Division in the III Corps Sector. On November 27, 1968,
Schreiner and his Company B while waiting to be airlifted to base
camp for Thanksgiving dinner were dispatched to assist Company A
which was under attack. During this battle 36 men were injured and 18 soldiers lost their life. For his actions this day, PFC Schreiner was
awarded both a Purple Heart and the Silver Star for gallantry in action.

Knights of Columbus Honor Fellow Deceased Knights in Solemn Ceremony

Jasper (NNDC): 

Thursday Evening the Local Knights of Columbus remembered and prayed for all Knights who have passed away last year.  There were 14 recipients.

The evening was to honor all that have gone before us, honoring their memory and providing solace to Those left behind.

Chad Lueken describes the event.


Pictures from the event.



Video clips of the ceremony.


Each deceased member received a certificate and a rosary given to a family member:


Closing of the Ceremony.