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Dog Shot and Killed After Attacking Police

Jasper (NNDC) – After attacking a Jasper City Police officer early Thursday afternoon just off Highway 162 on Jasper’s Southeast side, an aggressive black and white pit bull was shot and killed by the policemen.

Police reports say at approximately 12:40 they received a complaint of a pit bull running at large near Wooden Keg Liquors.  An officer with JPD and a deputy with the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department went to Wooden Keg Liquors. Upon their arrival they were advised that the dog had returned to 820 Hilary Drive, where it resides. The officers went to that location and attempted to make contact with the homeowner.

After knocking on the door it opened, a black and white pit bull ran out the door, and the door was slammed behind the dog. The dog ran towards one of the officers in an aggressive manor, snarling, barking and lunged at the officer. In fear of getting bit officers shot the dog to stop its aggressive advance and threat towards them. In turn the dog succumbed to the injuries it received.

Jasper Engines & Transmissions has been named ESOP Company of the Year for 2018

Jasper (NNDC) –

Jasper Engines & Transmissions has been named ESOP Company of the Year for 2018 by The ESOP Association, Indiana Chapter. The announcement was made February 27th at an Association conference in Carmel, Indiana.

“We are truly honored to receive this award,” said Doug Bawel, JASPER Chairman/CEO. “We have 2,900 associate-owners who are very proud of their 75-year company, and this recognition is all about them.”

The ESOP Association is the largest employer-sponsored advocacy and education association in the United States.  The association focuses on employee stock ownership plans (ESOP). Founded in 1978, the association seeks to enhance federal laws governing ESOPs, provide members with expert information, and fund research via the employee ownership foundation.

JASPER has seen immense growth since the inception of the ESOP in 2009. In 2010 the company had grown to approximately $280 million in revenue, and approximately 1,800 Associates nationwide. In the last six years, JASPER conducted strategic acquisitions within the automotive industry that allowed the company to grow and prosper. JASPER also expanded its remanufacturing facilities in Jasper and Leavenworth, Indiana, as well as Willow Springs, Missouri.

Today, JASPER has 2,900 full-time Associate-Owners, with revenue in excess of $608 million. The company’s ESOP stock has grown in six years from $2.30/share to over $220/share at the end of 2016.

“We will be announcing our current share price in April, and we are excited about our 2017 growth and success, which we feel will reflect in our stock price,” said Bawel.

National Office Furniture Receives Beacon Award from Kentucky Excellence in Environmental Leadership Program

Jasper (NNDC) – National Office Furniture, a unit of Kimball International, Inc., has been recognized by the Kentucky Excellence in Environmental Leadership (KY EXCEL) program for their continued dedication to environmental protection within their Danville, Kentucky, facility. National’s Danville, Kentucky, facility was awarded the KY EXCEL Beacon Award in the Performance Improvement category for their noteworthy 20% absolute emission reduction in VOCs for 2016.

The Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance awarded National with this honor for their exemplary achievements in the reduction of air pollution.
The KY EXCEL program is a voluntary program that is open to any individual, organization, community, or business that wishes to improve and protect Kentucky’s environment in ways that extend beyond Kentucky’s environmental requirements.

National is one of only thirty manufacturers in Kentucky that have chosen to participate in this voluntary program designed to further their commitment to protecting Kentucky’s resources. Both of National’s Kentucky based facilities (located in Danville and Fordsville) are involved with this program.

“It is an honor to receive this award,” said Mike Potter, National Danville’s Plant Manager. “It’s an example of the passion this team has for our environment. The entire Danville team is committed to protecting our environment and all of its natural resources. We strive to ensure our future generations have a spectacular place to enjoy with their families.”


Shown in picture: Eric Kenoyer, National’s Danville Human Resources Manager, Amanda LeFevre, Director of Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance, and Chris Knies, National’s Danville Environmental Coordinator

About National Office Furniture:
National Office Furniture, a brand unit of Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBAL), is a Jasper, Indiana-based manufacturer of high-quality office furnishings. Since 1980, National has built a reputation for excellence with stylish furniture of exceptional value; a dedication to personalized service; product designs that reflect a passion for the user’s comfort and productivity; and a commitment to environmental responsibility. National operates facilities in Santa Claus and Jasper, Indiana; and Fordsville and Danville, Kentucky. For more information about National and its products, visit www.NationalOfficeFurniture.com.

Farmer Appreciation Day always draws a crowd

Jasper (NNDC) – Not so great weather, really good food, many friendly folks always make for a good event.  Dubois County Tire held their annual Farmer Appreciation day at the Jasper Moose Lodge Wednesday and hundreds of local farmers came out.  Folks in the crowd had a chance to learn about many types of farm tires, talk with local and national reps and just have a good time.

The event has been held for many years and has continued to grow now into the Jasper Moose Lodge where area farmers were served a delicious meal from Sander’s Catering.

below are some pictures from the event – 

Craft Beer Retreat Scheduled at St. Benedict’s

Ferdinand (NNDC) – St. Benedict’s Brew Works, located on the grounds of Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, and the Sisters of St. Benedict are offering a “monastic beer experience” March 23-24. Brewery owners Vince Luecke and Andy Hedinger will share the history of beer and reflections on gospel parables about grain, earth, yeast, and water. Participants will sample beers, learn beer terminology, and make craft beer.

Sign-in begins March 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Benedictine Hospitality Center in Kordes Hall, 841 E. 14th Street in Ferdinand. The program begins at 7 at St. Benedict Brew Works. The first evening will be a social and a discussion of beer styles for brewing on the second day. The retreat concludes at 7 p.m. March 24.

Retreat size is limited to 12 people. Cost is $235, which includes meals, abundant beer sampling, and one night of lodging at the Benedictine Hospitality Center in Kordes Hall. Commuter cost is $175. To register call 812 367-1411, extension 2915, go to www.thedome.org/events, or email kordes@thedome.org. For additional information contact Vince Luecke at 812 719-2301 or email brewing@stbendictsbrewworks.com.


Memorial Scholarship Now Available to Local College Students

Jasper (From Release) – The Dubois County Extension Homemakers organization’s Memorial Scholarship program is now available to local college students who are continuing their pursuit of a college degree in health and human sciences, agriculture or a related field of study.

A $300 scholarship will be awarded to a qualifying applicant who meets the application criteria. Former 4-H members and relatives of Extension Homemaker members are encouraged to apply by June 30.

Applications are available from the Purdue Extension-Dubois County office, 1482 Executive Boulevard in Jasper or on the Purdue Extension-Dubois County website at




Awards Banquet Honors Wrestling Wildcats

Jasper (NNDC) – The annual Jasper High School Wrestling Banquet, recognizing the successes of the 2017-2018 season, was held Tuesday night. A number of awards were presented to members of the Wrestling Wildcats, coached by Jace Brescher.

AWARD WINNERS – Most Valuable Wrestler: Zach Flynn, Most Improved: Quade Popp, Team Motivator: Zach Rydberg, Eli Green Award: Noah Heim, Most Valuable JV: Quintin Gordon, Freshman Award: Quade Popp, Iron Man Award: Zach Rydberg, Most Team Points: Cameron Eckstein, Bobby Schitter Takedown Award: Zachary Flynn, Fastest Pin Award: Cameron Eckstein (0:15), Coaches Award: Quade Popp, John McComish Wrestling/Football Award: Zach Weisheit and Logan Niehaus, All Conference: Sam Bies, Senior Academic All State 1st Team: Noah Heim, Junior Academic All State 1st Team: Landon Betz and Abhay Rathee, Academic All State Honorable Mention: Zach Flynn, Kelli Eckert Spirit Award: Zach Rydberg, Rick Stenftenagel Sportsmanship Award: Zach Flynn 15th Man Award: Quintin Gordon.

Special recognition and honors were given to the senior wrestlers, Noah Heim, Quintin Gordon, Zach Weisheit, and Logan Niehaus.

Good Lovelies Concert at Jasper Arts Center Friday

Jasper (NNDC) – Award-winning group The Good Lovelies will appear in concert Friday at the Jasper Arts Center. The concert, part of the Center’s Backstage Series, begins at 7:30 p.m. The Good Lovelies were winners of the 2010 Juno Award for Roots Album of the Year and 4-time winners of the Canadian Folk Music Award. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $15 for students. Tickets available at the door or by going to www.jasperarts.org.

Plans Announced For 2018 Garden Gate Festival

Huntingburg (NNDC) – The 2018 Garden Gate Jazz, Art, Wine, and Craft Beer Festival will be held Saturday, April 28. This year the festival will be held in Huntingburg City Park.

Festival highlights include food trucks, art vendors, beer and wine gardens, and two stages of live entertainment.

The Cosmic Collective, a Nashville-based group that covers multiple styles of music from Jazz to Motown, Funk, R&B, and Pop, will headline this year’s list of outstanding entertainers. Cosmic Collective recently released the electric jazz album “Abstract Notions.”

Other groups featured at this year’s festival include Logan Dyer & Friends, Vincennes University, Olney Central College, On the One, and the Shawn Needham Trio.