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Beckman Seeking Re-election To County Council

Jasper (NNDC) – Democrat Mary E. “Becky” Beckman, 64, is seeking re-election to the District 2 Dubois County Council seat. Beckman has been the Director of the TRI-CAP Retired and Senior Volunteer program since 2001.  She actively serves on the Dubois County Tax Abatement Committee, Communication Committee, Solid Waste Management District Board, Courthouse Security Committee, and the newly formed Criminal Justice Assessment Committee.

“I’m more than a meeting a month Councilperson. I work for the common good of the people of Dubois County, and I hear you and I am with you in knowing that billfolds only stretch so far.  Taxes are a shared responsibility. Each tax dollar is important to Dubois County’s bottom line and provision of services. Dubois County government is a business of service. That is why I work to get each taxpayer the biggest bang for their buck.”

Beckman is involved with the Dubois County Public Health Partnership’s Mental Health and Aging Health Concerns sub-committees, the Dubois County Substance Abuse Council, and Memorial Hospital’s HOPE Garden. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), is active with St. Joseph Church as a Eucharistic Minister, Light of the World retreatant, Confirmation speaker, and Memorial Hospital’s Prayer and Presence Team.

2018 Dubois County Business Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Jasper – (NNDC)

Dubois County, Indiana – Area business leaders Mark Schroeder and the late Stanley Krempp (1927-2016), were announced today (January 9) as the 2018 Dubois County Business Hall of Fame Laureates during a news conference at Vincennes
University Jasper Campus (VUJC).

Schroeder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of German American Bancorp and Krempp, founder of United Cabinet Corporation will be inducted into the Dubois County Business Hall of Fame at a breakfast ceremony at 7:30 a.m. (EST) on Thursday
April 26, 2018, at The Huntingburg Event Center.

The announcement was made by Assistant VP and Campus Dean of VUJC Christian Blume, who served as chair of this year’s Laureate Selection Committee. “As anyone who has had the pleasure of working or associating with them know, these two individuals are
well deserved of this prestigious honor.Through business excellence, vision, innovation, and community involvement, they have provided inspiring leadership. Mark Schroeder and Stanley Krempp are the kinds of role models we need for our young people, and for the area’s future business leaders as: pillars of the community, inspiring role models, and strong business leaders who have made a great impact in
our community.”



[MARK SCHROEDER: German American Bancorp (Active)Mark Schroeder is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of German American Bancorp. Mr. Schroeder has been employed with German American for over forty years, beginning his career as a vault attendant and working his way up to his current position at the top of the company. Prior to Mr. Schroeder’s current position, he served in various other leadership positions with German American, including Head of Lending, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.  German American has grown tremendously throughout the period of Mr. Schroeder’s career in large part due to his guidance and vision. German American has grown from a small local bank to its current position as a market leader throughout Southern Indiana and a respected industry leader in the state and the nation. German American operates 51 banking offices in 19 contiguous southern Indiana counties and one northern Kentucky county.


[STANLEY KREMPP: Founder, United Cabinet Corporation (1927-2016) Stanley Krempp
founded the United Cabinet Corporation which became Aristokraft and later MasterBrand Cabinets Inc. MBCI is one of the largest employers in Dubois County and the largest kitchen cabinet manufacturer in North America.][S] Aristokraft was founded in 1954 as United Cabinet Corporation by Krempp. It started out in a small 50 by 100 foot building in Celestine, Indiana. In 1963, it moved to
Jasper, Indiana, and in 1971, the company’s Jasper plant became the first in the nation to open an industrial ultraviolet curing line. Growth was so strong that United Cabinet Corporation opened two more plants, catching the attention of Beatrice Foods, which bought the company in 1974. Two years later United Cabinet Corporation established the Decora semi-custom division to serve a more upscale home owner. The stock cabinet division operated under the Aristokraft name which in 1983 replaced United Cabinets Corporation as the company name, becoming Aristokraft, Inc. American Brands acquired Aristokraft Inc. and folded Aristokraft and Decora into a new subsidiary called MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc. MBCI is now a $2.6 billion company supporting over 13,000 employees across North America.

The Dubois Business Hall of Fame honors members of the Dubois Business Community who exhibit strong vision, innovation, inspiring leadership and who are visionaries within their respective industries. A crystal eagle symbolizing the spirit of free enterprise is presented to each laureate. A monument with a citation and image of each laureate will also be displayed at the Dubois County Museum.

In addition to honoring Mark Schroeder and Stanley Krempp, the Dubois County Business Hall of Fame will raise funds benefitting Junior Achievement programs in Dubois County. We are delighted to have Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLC as our returning
title sponsor. Sponsorship information, table reservations, or individual tickets can be obtained from Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana at 812-425-8152

One Transported to Hospital after Buggy and Ambulance Collide

Indiana State Police – (NNDC)

Daviess County: Monday evening  at approximately 8:27pm troopers from the Jasper Post responded to a two vehicle crash on County Road 900E at County Road 975N involving a Daviess County Ambulance (Southwest Medical) and a horse and buggy.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the ambulance was traveling south, on CR 900 E, with its emergency lights activated but no siren, transporting a patient to the hospital. As the ambulance approached CR 975N they met a line of horse and buggies also traveling south.  Travis Wagler, 19 of Odon, was driving the last buggy in the line.  Wagler did not see nor hear the ambulance when he began to turn his buggy left onto CR 975N.  The driver of the ambulance, Dawn Wagoner, 38, of Odon, did not have time to avoid the buggy and struck the left side of the buggy causing it to flip with the occupants still inside.

Wagler and one of the passengers received minor cuts and bruises, however a female occupant of the buggy was transported to the Daviess County Hospital for treatment of her injuries.  No one including the patient on board the ambulance was injured.

The ambulance had damage to the right front and the buggy had extensive damage.  The horse was dazed but not injured.

Assisting ISP at the scene was the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, Odon Town Marshall, Odon First Responders, Southwest Medical, and Wagler’s Towing.

Wildcats, Rangers, Jeeps Win Saturday Basketball Games

DUBOIS COUNTY (NNDC) – Jasper, Forest Park, and Northeast Dubois posted Saturday night basketball victories.

The Wildcats rolled to a 74 to 33 home court victory over winless Mt. Vernon. Jasper, now 4-4, plays host to Washington Friday.

The Rangers coasted to an 85 to 37 home court win over Perry Central. Forest Park improved its record to 10-1 and will play again Friday at Rockport against South Spencer.

The Jeeps defeated Southridge, 58 to 41, at Dubois. NE Dubois, now 5-6, will play at Paoli Friday. The Raiders, now 8-6, play at Perry Central Friday.

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Wildcats, Raiders Win; Rangers, Jeeps Lose In Prep Basketball Action Friday

Dubois County (NNDC) – Jasper and Southridge were winners Friday night while Forest Park and North East Dubois suffered losses on the road in local high school boys basketball action.

The Wildcats pulled even for the season with a homecourt 61 to 49 win over Vincennes Lincoln. Jasper, now 4 and 4, will see action again tonight (Saturday) at home against Mt. Vernon.

The Raiders rolled to a 52 to 38 road victory over Tecumseh. Sophomore Jaden Hayes tossed in 21 points to lead the Southridge scoring. The Raiders improved to 7 and 4 for the season. They play again tonight at Northeast Dubois.

Barr-Reeve handed Forest Park its first loss of the season, 52 to 50, at Montgomery. Both teams are now 9 and 1. Barr-Reeve’s only loss was to Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian. The Rangers play again tonight at home against Perry Central.

Northeast Dubois lost a road decision at South Knox, 52 to 45. The loss dropped the games to 3 and 6. They play again tonight, hosting rival Southridge.

Dubois County 4H Council will not pursue Motocross Idea at this time

Jasper – (NNDC) The Dubois county 4H Council has decided not to pursue the Motocross track location close to the Buechler Estates after continued complaints and unwillingness to compromise by the residents adjacent to the fairgrounds.  The council issued this statement ““We regret having to make this decision.,” the statement continued. “We apologize to the youth in our community whom would have benefited from this opportunity. The Dubois County 4-H Council will continue to seek additional ventures to be held at the fairgrounds as this proves invaluable to the council in our ability to provide additional funding and expansion of the 4-H program.”

The idea of the motocross track has received a lot of support from local business and families currently involved in this sport of motocross racing in other areas.

Another Great Year for Charitable Giving and Supporting Wellness

Jasper – (NNDC)

This past year, DC Multisport continued in pursuit of its mission of promoting health and wellness while giving back to the Dubois County communities. Since DC Multisport’s formation in April of 2012, the organization has been able to give $142,059.63 to local charities.  Newsnow had a chance to talk with Kevin Manley with the Dubois County Visitors Center / DC Multisport about DC Multisport  and some of the future projects DC Multisport is hoping to accomplish.

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On July 22, 2017, DC Multisport’s annual Dubois County Youth Triathlon, Duathlon,
and Team Relay occurred at the Huntingburg City Park with 70 participants aged 6 to
14 competing on the course. The course features distances customized based on the
age of the participant and aspects of swimming, biking, and running. Proceeds from
this event totaled $3,000, of which $2,000 was donated to the Mentors for Youth.
Mentors for Youth enhances the lives of many individuals through their various
mentoring programs and activities.



The remaining $1,000 was donated to the Huntingburg Teen Outback. This donation will be used in support of the Teen Outback’s healthy eating / active living initiative, focusing on children’s nutrition.


On August 6, 118 cyclist joined in the annual Strassenfest Bike Ride, featuring multiple routes to accommodate all levels of riders. Proceeds from the Strassenfest Bike Ride cover general DC Multisport expenses throughout the year.

On September 2, the annual Heartland Half Marathon, 5K, and Team Challenge occurred throughout the city of Jasper with a total of 593 participants, 179 of which were out of the county. The participants came from 10 different states: Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio, Missouri, Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas. Memorial Hospital is the corporate sponsor for the Heartland Half Marathon, 5K, and Team Challenge.

$12,000 in proceeds from this 2017 event will go toward the replacement of a Holter
scanning device at Memorial Hospital’s Phillip R. Dawkins Heart & Vascular Center.
This device records heart rhythms for diagnosis and medication evaluation, and helps
detect “hidden bursts” of atrial fibrillation.

$14,000 in proceeds from the 2016 Heartland Half Marathon, 5K, and Team Challenge
went toward the purchase of a Sonosite Ultrasound machine that helps locate veins
for stent and IV placement. Other past purchases also include a stepper and books
and videos in the lending library for cardiac rehab patients.

It is important to note that DC Multisport would not be able to hold these events without the many sponsors and volunteers. The DC Multisport Board thanks each company or individual that has helped in supporting these health focused events and allows DC Multisport to give to these charitable organizations.

DC Multisport also hosts the Jingle Bell Jog, hikes with entry costs being food items to give to the Dubois County Food Bank, and other health-related activities. The organization also promotes other fitness events on their website and on social media in its goal to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Please, visit the website,www.dcmultisport.com, to see the list of fitness events and “like” DC Multisport on Facebook. Contact DC Multisport if you have a fitness event you wish to have promoted.

“Dubois County 2017-The Year in Review”

Jasper – (NNDC)  The Jasper Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Jasper and VU Jasper will host the “Dubois County 2017 – The Year in Review” to be held January 25th, at 11:30 – 1:00 pm at the VU Jasper Campus- Center for Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing.  The public is invited to hear the top 12 stories in local news and sports of 2017 told by the local media.

Attendees should  RSVP by January 19 to the Jasper Chamber of Commerce at 812-482-6866. Price of the lunch is  $10.00.

Did Supermoon Bring Super Cold?

Jasper – (NNDC)

We have experienced our first Super Moon of 2018, what is a Supermoon?  A supermoon happens when the full moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to Earth in its orbit. Supermoons make the moon appear a little brighter and closer than normal, although the difference is hard to spot with the naked eye. The last supermoon (the only one of 2017) happened on Dec. 3.

According to the people who know the supermoon does affect tides because of the earth’s gravitational pull but the supermoon is probably not affecting our local weather.

Wind chill advisory remains in effect making it feel much colder than it is as temperatures will remain bitterly cold at times see our extended forecast on newsnowdc.com.

At the end of the month there will be another Big full moon called a Blue moon.  Thanks Cody for the great picture.

New Year’s Resolutions – Can you keep them?

Jasper – (NNDC) New Year’s resolutions, can you keep them? Most people don’t but every year you do the same thing start out with good intentions wanting to make changes in the new year to better yourself in many ways.

Click on the video to hear about a few changes you can make in the new year.