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Varieties of Foods and Entertainment Coming to Down Town Jasper

Jasper (NNDC):

Jasper foodies can now find a new way to Chowdown at the city’s new food truck event starting in May – Downtown Chowdown!

Downtown Chowdown is the name selected after a survey was sent out to members of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce and Greater Downtown Jasper Business Association.

The event will be held the second Wednesday of the month from 6:00pm – 9:00pm starting on May 13th, rain or shine, on the square in downtown Jasper.  A list of dates is listed below:

Wednesday, May 13th

Wednesday, June 10th

Wednesday, July 8th

Wednesday, August 12th

Wednesday, September 9th

Wednesday, October 14th

Downtown Chowdown will have multiple food truck vendors from throughout the region serving a variety of foods, live music sponsored by Smithville Fiber, Farmers’ Market vendors, late shopping hours, games, and great conversations in a laid-back setting.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Scheduled

Indiana (NNDC):

Local law enforcement is warning drivers to always drive sober with March being typically dangerous. In March of last year, there were 433 alcohol related crashes in Indiana, resulting in 205 injuries and five fatalities.

County law enforcement will join agencies from across the country for the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign. Officers will increase overtime patrols and sobriety checkpoints during the month to prevent dangerous and impaired driving.

March is known for alcohol related incidents due to celebrations including St. Patrick’s Day and the NCAA tournament.


Legislation Underway to Help with Surprise Medical Bills

Indiana (NNDC):

How much you really owe for medical procedures is now being discussed in the State House and Senate which have both unanimously approved bills to ban “surprise billing.”

Surprise billing typically occurs when a specialist who’s part of your treatment ends up being outside your insurance network, resulting in higher unknown costs to the consumer. There are several differences in whether the language should be absolute or include exceptions for procedures which take place offsite. Allowing patients to comparison-shop is also a goal in attempt to lowering medical cost.

Both House and Senate face a Thursday deadline to get bills through committee. Neither the database bill nor the surprise billing proposals have been scheduled for hearings yet, but legislators are trying to finalize an agreement quickly and hearings are hopeful next week in order to get positive legislation on the table before the final days of this legislative session.

Plea agreement in the Friz’s case reached


Released from Dubois County Prosecutor Anthony Quinn

A plea/sentencing hearing was held Friday morning in Crawford Circuit Court at which time Judge Nathan Verkamp accepted the plea agreement filed with the Court involving both Alan and Aimee Friz.  Both parties entered pleas to two counts of neglect of a dependent as level 6 felonies with convictions entered as Class A Misdemeanors.  This agreement required the Friz’s to accept some level of responsibility for their actions and will require the Friz’s to be supervised for a period of time.

Although this plea clearly represents a lenient resolution for the defendants in light of the severity of the charges filed against them, this plea was offered with the input of the victim, her guardians, and others working closely with her. Prosecutor Quinn, after a long period of discussion and consultation with the victim, felt it was vital to close this case so that the victim can move forward with her life.  “It was a difficult decision to offer this plea, difficult as a prosecutor and for the law enforcement officers who worked hard to build a solid case against the Friz’s.  Nevertheless, the case ultimately is about the victim.   We felt continuing the trauma she has endured while this case has been pending, and by having to testify to a jury does not serve her best interests,” said Quinn. “ I hope the victim continues to thrive in her new environment and continues on the path of healing.”

Boys H.S. Basketball Sectionals Announced


Boys Basketball sectional is right around the corner, local games start Tuesday March 3rd.  Locally Jasper will face Harrison in round one in sectional 16, Southridge the host of sectional 48 received a bye in the first round and will face the winner of the Forest Park vs South Spencer match up, and our good friends the Jeeps will face Cannelton in round one at Springs Valley.  Good luck to all teams, coaches, and fans in this year’s tournament.

Sectional 16 at North

Game 1: Harrison (9-13) vs. Jasper (16-5)

Game 2: Central (3-17) vs. Castle (10-10)

Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Reitz (15-6)

Game 4: Winner of Game 2 vs. North (9-11) 

Game 5: Championship

Class 3A

Sectional 31 at Vincennes Lincoln

Game 1: Washington (17-4) vs. Vincennes Lincoln (9-11)

Game 2: Princeton (9-11) vs. Sullivan (19-3)

Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Pike Central (1-18)

Game 4: Championship

Sectional 32 at Boonville

Game 1: Gibson Southern (7-13) vs. Bosse (15-6)

Game 2: Memorial (5-15) vs. Boonville (8-13)

Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Heritage Hills (18-3)

Game 4: Winner of Game 2 vs. Mount Vernon (2-22) 

Game 5: Championship

Class 2A

Sectional 46 at Crawford County

Game 1: Tell City (11-11) vs. Perry Central (13-9)

Game 2: Eastern (Pekin) (2-19) vs. Paoli (18-3)

Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Crawford County (11-11) 

Game 4: Championship

Sectional 47 at North Knox

Game 1: Mitchell (10-9) vs. Eastern Greene (6-15)

Game 2: North Knox (10-12) vs. Linton-Stockton (21-2) 

Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. South Knox (10-11)

Game 4: Championship

Sectional 48 at Southridge

Game 1: North Posey (12-9) vs. Mater Dei (14-6)

Game 2: South Spencer (17-4) vs. Forest Park (14-8)

Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Tecumseh (10-11)

Game 4: Winner of Game 2 vs. Southridge (8-14)

Game 5: Championship

Class 1A

Sectional 63 at Loogootee

Game 1: Washington Catholic (2-18) vs. Shoals (9-12)

Game 2: Barr-Reeve (21-1) vs. North Daviess (15-7)

Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Orleans (8-14)

Game 4: Winner of Game 2 vs. Loogootee (17-5)

Game 5: Championship

Sectional 64 at Springs Valley

Game 1: Day School (10-9) vs. Springs Valley (5-16)

Game 2: Northeast Dubois (12-10) vs. Cannelton (6-17)

Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Wood Memorial (5-16)

Game 4: Winner of Game 2 vs. Vincennes Rivet (5-14) 

Game 5: Championship

Notes Jokes & Quotes

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Notes & Facts:

  •  At more than 2,716.5 feet tall and more than 160 stories the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world in 2008.
  • Washington Irving, the author, suffered from chronic insomnia created one of the least sleep-deprived literary characters in literature, Rip Van Winkle.
  • This long disbanded musical group reunited to perform at Bill Clinton’s 1993 inaugural ball, Fleetwood Mac “Don’t Stop”.
  • Coco Chanel, the designer, is the first known woman to create women’s suits with colorless jackets and fitted skirts beginning in the 1920s.
  • Italy is the world’s greatest producer of wine.
  • According to grocery sales, America’s favorite cookie is the Oreo.
  • Coca Cola was the first brand name product featured on the cover of Time Magazine, in May 1950.



  •  I’m on a whiskey diet, I lost 3 days already.
  • My Mother-in-law fell down a wishing well, I was amazed, I never knew they worked.
  • “My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We’ll see about that.”
  • Old accountants never die, they just loose their balance.
  • Do NOT argue with an idiot! He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
  • I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandpa, not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.
  • The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it’s still on the list.
  • The evening news is where they begin with “Good evening”, then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.
  • “Watched “Mission Impossible 3” the other day, thought to myself “It’s not really impossible if he’s already done it twice”.
  • I never wanted to believe that my Dad was stealing from his job as a road worker. But, when I got home, all the signs were there”




Mid-States Corridor Meeting in Jasper Thursday Huge Success (Click Icon for videos)

Jasper / Southern Indiana (NNDC):

Thursday evening the Mid-States Corridor project hosted an open house to discuss and present the next stage in this long awaited and much needed endeavor to connect Southern Indiana to the rest of the State.

Jasper Police ask Public’s Help

Jasper (NNDC):

Jasper Police are asking for your help investigating a crash Thursday afternoon at the intersection of 6th Street and Truman Road.  Police say it happened around 4:40 p.m.

A driver was waiting to turn left onto Truman when the light turned yellow and then made a turn into the intersection as another vehicle approached and subsequently collided.

The driver who was turning contends the other driver ran the red light.  The female driver says it was yellow when she proceeded through the intersection.

JPD asks that if the public can shed some light on the accident, please contact them and ask for Sgt. Bower.

The female driver, a Jasper woman, was taken to the hospital complaining of chest pain.  The other driver, a male, was not injured in the indecent.

Hoosier History Highlights Feb 23-29th

Indiana (NNDC):

Hoosier History Highlights

February 23 – February 29

The Week in Indiana History

Bethel1836     The Bethel African American Episcopal Church was founded in Indianapolis.  Home to the city’s oldest African American congregation, the church was part of the Underground Railroad.  This Indiana Historical Marker is located on West Vermont Street, near the building where members met for 147 years.  In recent years, a new worship center was opened on Zionsville Road.

Susan B. Anthony

1873     Susan B. Anthony gave a lecture at Hamilton’s Hall in Fort Wayne.  Her subject was “American Citizenship, or How I Came to Vote.”  The newspaper ad for her appearance stated that she was “under indictment for voting in Rochester, New York.”  Admission to the lecture was 50 cents with no reserved seats.

1887     A brawl erupted in the Indiana Legislature.  It was fueled by a bitter disagreement over who should be elected to represent the state in the United States Senate.  Shouting and fistfights forced Governor Isaac Gray to call in the police.  The headline in the Indianapolis Journal said, “A Very Turbulent and Exciting Scene in the State Senate Yesterday.”

USS Indiana1893     The USS Indiana was launched in Philadelphia.  Over 10,000 people, including President Benjamin Harrison, braved sleet and rain to witness the new battleship slide into the Delaware River.  A reporter on the scene wrote that it was “as beautiful a model of marine architecture as ever left a builder’s yards.”  The Indiana served in the Spanish-American War as part of the North Atlantic fleet.

1921     Two passenger trains hit head-on near Porter, Indiana, killing 37 people.  An investigation revealed that engineers on one of the trains had misread warning signals.  Newspapers reported that the thunderous crash and the blast of steam escaping from the engines could be heard miles away.

needle1954     Doctors began the first mass inoculation of children with the Salk polio vaccine, produced by the Eli Lilly Laboratories in Indianapolis.  The clinical trials were the largest ever conducted up to that time, involving over four million children.

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  Name the county seat city for each of the following counties.

1.  Hancock County

2.  Tippecanoe County

3.  Vanderburgh County

4.  Porter County

5.  Monroe County

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Did You Know?

     A brand new USS Indiana was commissioned by the United States Navy in September of 2018.  It is a nuclear-powered attack submarine, armed with 2000-pound torpedoes which can travel 50 mph to their targets. This Indiana is the fourth vessel to be name for the Hoosier State and the first to be in active military service since World War II.

The 2020 Census is almost here!  The federal government relied on Census date to provide over $17.9 billion in funding to Indiana for the fiscal year 2016.  This equates to about $2,710 per person.  And that was for just one year!   Watch for the census questionnaire in your mailbox in March.

ANSWERS:  1.  Greenfield           2.  Lafayette  3.  Evansville           4.  Valparaiso  5.  Bloomington

Boy Scouts of America announce bankruptcy filing – Local councils will not be directly affected


From the Boy Scouts of America:

The Boy Scouts of America believes our organization has a social and moral responsibility to equitably compensate all victims who were abused during their time in Scouting.  We also have a duty to carry out our mission for years to come.

In order to meet these dual objectives, the national organization has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The BSA is using this process to help ensure that all victims of past abuse in our programs receive compensation.  We believe victims, we support them, we pay for counseling by a provider of their choice, and we encourage them to come forward.

  • We are heartbroken and outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our programs to abuse innocent children and sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting.
  • Our plan is to use this Chapter 11 process to create a Trust that will provide equitable compensation to victims.
  • The safety of the children in our programs is the BSA’s absolute top priority.
  • Approximately 90% of pending and asserted abuse claims against the BSA relate to abuse that occurred more than 30 years ago.
  • Local councils are legally independent, separate and distinct from the national organization.
  • No local council assets are directly affected by the Chapter 11 filing because the local councils are not filing entities.
  • However, the national organization is working diligently to protect local councils’ interests through this process.
  • Local councils are not part of the Chapter 11 filings, but each local council will have an opportunity to contribute to the Victims Compensation Trust.
  • Scouting programs will continue to serve youth, families and local communities throughout this process and for many years to come.
  • Unit meetings and activities, district and council events, other Scouting adventures and countless service projects will take place as usual.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Scouting continues.