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Jasper Rotary Club Says Revenue Generated from Will Read and Sing for Polio Exceeded Expectations

Members of the Jasper Rotary Club and others with a check for PolioPlus.

Members of the Jasper Rotary Club and others with a check for PolioPlus.

Jasper (Local Sources) – The Rotary Club of Jasper recently partnered with Will Read and Sing for Food* to bring the community a very special event titled Will Read and Sing for Polio. This event was held at KlubHaus 61 in Jasper on February 2, 2017.

The Rotary Club of Jasper is pleased to announce that Will Read and Sing for Polio donations from the event only totaled $3,900.

However, the event’s impact did not end there. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided a 2:1 match, bringing the donation to $11,700. Additionally, Rotary District 6580 provided matching funds of $.50 to the dollar, making the grand total a $17,550.00 donation to PolioPlus.

Admission to Will Read and Sing for Polio was a $10 per person donation, with all proceeds going to Rotary’s PolioPlus fund, a Rotary effort focused on the eradication of polio globally.

Performers for the evening included humor writer and event host Scott Saalman, vocalists and guitarists Kyle Lueken and Debbie Schuetter, Jasper Rotary Club’s own Ed Cole on harmonica, and special guest reggae musician Zion. “When I Wake,” an award winning short film created by Hannah Rydberg of Jasper High School, was also screened. WNIN’s Paola Marizan co-hosted the event with Saalman. Rotary International Past District Governor Timothy Lee of Greenwood, who has traveled the globe extensively for Rotary outreach endeavors, shared his knowledge about PolioPlus during a live interview with Marizan, viewable on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WillReadForFood.

Will Read and Sing for Polio was spearheaded by committee head and past Rotary Club of Jasper President Julie Dutchess, along with her team of Jasper Rotarians. Dutchess stated, “The Power of Rotary is amazing! Bringing the community together to support PolioPlus and shedding light on Polio eradication was my goal. I never anticipated what a huge financial impact this event would generate.”

Special thanks to show sponsors including Julie and Bob Dutchess, Seufert Construction, Ken Sendelweck (Merrill Lynch), Bob and Ann Schneider, Pieper Burns State Farm, Pat and MJ Saalman, Sandy and Ronnie Karney, and Dallas and Rae Anne Toothman. Rotary special guests for the evening included Tim and Amy Lee, Greenwood, IN along with Jim Bright, Past District 6580 Governor, Bloomington, IN.

Schnarr To Step Down From Jasper Council; Wells Resigns From Community Corrections


ScharrJasper (NNDC) – Jasper City Councilman Greg Schnarr has announced he is resigning from his seat on the governing body.  He made the announcement at the council’s meeting Wednesday night.

Schnarr (pictured) and his family are moving out of his district.  He was first elected to represent the city’s 2nd district on the council in 2011.  He won re-election for a second term in 2014.

The Dubois County Democratic Party will hold a caucus to select a successor for the remainder of Schnarr’s second term.


Jasper (NNDC) – The Dubois County Community Corrections program is once again looking for a new director.

William Wells, who has headed the program since late 2014 tendered his resignation on February 14th.  It was accepted by the program’s advisory board Tuesday night.

Wells cited certain ongoing philosophical differences between he and board chairman, Dubois Superior Court Judge Mark McConnell about the operation of the county’s Substance Abuse Services office which McConnell oversees.

Wells believes those philosophical difference in how the office should operate is resulting in a lower than acceptable success rate for participants (inmates) in the community corrections program.

When asked to comment on Wells’ resignation by NewsNow Dubois, Judge McConnell did not go into the specifics of Wells’ concerns but did say “William has done a wonderful job for the Community Corrections program and took it in a positive direction.”

Wells took over for J. P. Weisheit who stepped down in late November, 2014 over concerns the board with financial and bookkeeping concerns the board had while he was director.  Weisheit stayed with community corrections as a corrections officer until he retired recently.

Community Corrections Assistant Director Megan Durlauf will assume the title interim director effective immediately.  Wells’ final day on the job is February 28th.


Jasper (NNDC) – Kit Miracle has announced she is retiring as director of the Jasper Community Arts Commission.

Miracle, 64, has been with the arts commission for the last 17 years and as its director since 2006.

Miracle is credited with expanding both the number of and quality of shows and performances hosted by JCAC and for her role in teaming up with the Jasper Library Board for the new Jasper Cultural Center which was overwhelmingly approved by local voters by referendum this past November.

Colder Weather Returns By Weekend (VIDEO)

Jasper (NNDC) – Wayne Hart with our media partner, the Eyewitness News Weather Authority, with our latest forecast…

UPDATE: Baby; Mother Injured In Two-Vehicle Jasper Accident (VIDEO)

Jasper (NNDC) – Indiana State Police at Jasper say a mother and her baby were injured in a two-vehicle Wednesday night accident on Jasper’s southside.

Police say 15-year old Beronica Dubon of Huntingburg was driving a car southbound on Meridian Road just before 9:00pm but failed to yield to traffic at the intersection of Indiana 162 and collided with a second car that was westbound on the highway.

ISP says the impact caused Dubon’s unrestrained baby to be ejected from her car.  Jasper Fire Department first responders had to extricate Dubon from her vehicle.

ISP says the nine-month old baby was lifeflighted to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville where she is listed in stable condition.  Monica Dubon was taken to St. Mary’s by ambulance and is also listed in stable condition.

The driver of the second car, 28-year old Morgan Schnarr suffered a lacerated knee in the accident.  She was taken to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for treatment.

Her car ended up off  the side of the highway and in a field from the force of the impact.


Jasper Dance Team’s “Senior Night” Performance (VIDEO)

Jasper (NNDC) – The award-winning Jasper High School Dance Team performed for the final 2016-17 basketball regular season game Tuesday night…

Dubois County Man Escapes Serious Injury When His Car Crashes In Semi On I-64

schmitt vehicleLynnville (Local Sources) – Police are saying a seatbelt saved the life of a Jasper man after the car he was driving Tuesday night crashed into the rear of  a semi-tractor/trailer.

Indiana State Police and the Warrick County Sheriff’s Department say 21-year old Derek Schmitt was driving eastbound on I-64 west of Lynnville when he looked away from the roadway to read a text message he had received.

Police say Schmitt then collided into the rear of the tractor-trailer (see photo).

Schmitt was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

His vehicle was totaled. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

Ashley Boeglin’s “I’ll Never Stop Trying!” Attitude Finds Michael’s Wedding Ring (VIDEO)

Ferdinand (Local Sources) – When Ashley Boeglin went to look through her late husband Michael’s semi cab, she went looking for something of his she was convinced was gone forever…

A truck salvage company is buying Michael Boeglin’s semi.  Only the cab was damaged by the fire.  Ashley says in a way, this way, her husband’s truck can get back out on the road.

Drone Captures For Jasper Cabinet Building’s Partial Demolition

Jasper (Local Sources) – Jasper mayor Terry Seitz and proposed River Centre developer Jane Hendrixson Tuesday released video from a drone that flew above the former Jasper Cabinet Company building on Friday, February 17th, “capturing moments of the day,” according to the mayor

You can click below to watch video from the drone…


Colts Cheerleader Mallory Humbert; Autographs and Photos at JV Boys Basketball Game Tonight

MalloryColtsCheerJasper (NNDC) – Mallory Humbert, Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader and Jasper native, says to the local community, “LET’S GET A PICTURE!!”

Mallory will be at the Jasper High School JV Boys Basketball game TONIGHT. The JV game starts at 6:00pm.

She will be signing autographs and taking pictures up until the Varsity game. Don’t miss your chance to come show her your support!

Along with being a Colts Cheerleader, Mallory is the Director of Marketing at NewsNow Dubois County. She was also the 2013 Miss Strassenfest Queen. In high school, Mallory was on the JHS Cheerleading Team and the JHS Dance Team, winning both State and National Championships.

Mallory took her talents to the next level by becoming a professional athlete in the elite world of the NFL.

As a community, we are very proud of Mallory’s accomplishments and her passion to follow her dreams.

Spring-Like Weather To Remain; Until The Weekend (VIDEO)

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