Local News


Local Entities Release Strong Earnings Reports

Jasper (NNDC) – Three companies, Kimball International, German American Bancorp and Old National Bancorp are reporting increased earnings for the first quarter of 2017.

All three are publically traded; two are based in Jasper (Kimball and GAB).

Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ:KBAL) declared a quarterly dividend of 6 cents per share for all outstanding shares of common stock payable July 14, 2017, to share owners of record on June 23, 2017.

Meanwhile, German American Bancorp, Inc. reported strong first quarter 2017 earnings, posting a net income of $9.6 million, or $0.42 per share.

GAB Chairman and CEO Mark Schroeder says, “We’re pleased that our strong financial performance continued during the first quarter of 2017. One of the positive factors during the first quarter was the expansion of our net interest margin. Having operated in a historically low level of general market interest rates during most of the past decade, it is very encouraging to see this indication that recent upward movements in market interest rates had a positive impact on our margins.”

Also, Old National Bancorp, which has a regional office in Jasper, is reporting 1st quarter 2017 net income of $36.0 million, or $0.27 per diluted share.

Old National Chairman and CEO Bob Jones says, “With a 33% year-over-year increase in net income, strong commercial loan growth and well-controlled expenses, this was a strong 1st quarter for Old National and our stakeholders.  This performance demonstrates our continued focus on execution and our commitment to driving shareholder value.”

Announcing Our First Holiday World Tickets Winner! (VIDEO)

Jasper (NNDC) – Wednesday morning, NewsNow Dubois County Director of Marketing Mallory Humbert announced “LIVE” on NNDC our first Holiday World tickets winner!  The first of many this summer…

HPD’s New K9 Officer

ESTHER COP

CLICK FOR LARGER VIEW

Huntingburg (NNDC) – Huntingburg Police Department officer Cody Byrd is the department’s new K9 officer with partner “Esther.”

HPD Chief Arthur Parks says Byrd and K9 Ester attended the American Police Canine Association narcotic detection course in Bedford last month and two of them were certified as a team in the detection of illicit narcotics.

Byrd and K9 Ester are currently taking part in a five-week patrol school in which they will be certified in obedience, tracking, article, area, and building searches, as well as obedience / aggression control (apprehension & detaining).

Officer Byrd has been with HPD for 10 years.

K9 Esther is a four-year old German Shepherd from Poland. She became part of HPD in October of 2014

Rain Tonight; Cooler Temps Thursday (VIDEO)

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

Extra Neighborhood Patrol Results In Arrest On Drug Charges

Garcia Dixon

GARCIA-DIXON

Jasper (NNDC) – A Jasper man was arrested early Wednesday morning after police found him in possession of a synthetic drug and paraphernalia.

The Jasper Police Departmen says 21-year old Martin Salvador Garcia-Dixon was arrested at his home shortly after 1AM.

JPD says officers performing an extra patrol in the area of Cobblestone Road because of resident complaints of speeding vehicles and excessive noise observed a van driven by Garcia-Dixon failing to stop at a stop sign while southbound on Cobblestone.

A short time later, the van stopped at home in the 1700 block of Cobblestone where Garcia-Dixon lives.

After making contact with Garcia-Dixon, JPD officers found him to be driving as a habitual traffic violator (suspended for five years).  He was taken into custody.

JPD says a subsequent search of the van by officers found synthetic cannabinoids (K2/Spice) and paraphernalia for which he has been charged for being in possession of both.

He was also cited by police for failing to stop at a stop sign.

Kimball Office Celebrates Earth Day With Company-Wide Initiatives

Kimball Earth DayJasper (Local Sources) – Kimball Office is deeply committed to preserving a healthy, sustainable environment.

In recognition of Earth Day and Arbor Day and through our Trees of Tomorrow program, an evergreen seedling was given to each employee to plant that would further support the sustainable future of our environment. If an employee did not have a place to plant the seedling, Kimball Office donated the excess seedlings to local conservation clubs for planting in forests.

In addition, corporate office employees took time off during normal working hours to volunteer to help revitalize three local park communities for the upcoming summer season. Volunteers participated in activities that included planting of seedlings, spreading mulch, cleaning park landscape and picking up trash.

The Kimball Office sales teams throughout the country conducted similar activities unique to their areas to further support and promote environmental sustainability on Earth and Arbor Day. Some of these activities include: a further expansion of the Trees for Tomorrow program to the design community by presenting them with seedlings of a tree that could be planted, grow and thrive in their specific geographical area, planting of seedlings in and clean-up of local parks.

 

Local Man Arrested For Child Molesting

Huntingburg (NNDC) – A Huntingburg man has been arrested for Child Molesting following a joint investigation by the Huntingburg Police Department and the Dubois County Department of Child and Family Services.

HPD says 37-year old Adam Humbert is now facing a Level 4 Felony count of Child Molesting.

HPD says the investigation began April 19th when police received DCDCF received a complaint about an incident in March concerning a four-year old girl.

HPD says detective Sgt. Christian Gogel talked with Humbert Tuesday at HPD headquarters as part of the investigation.

Humbert was taken into custody at about 6 o’clock Tuesday evening without incident.

He’s being held without bond at the Dubois County Security Center.

If convicted, a Level 4 felony in Indiana carries a maximum prison sentence of 12 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

 

 

Local Man Flees Drug Court; Arrested After Being Chased Into Patoka River

GehlhausenJasper (NNDC) – A local man fled the Dubois County Drug Court office after an appoiuntment there late Tuesday morning but was caught a short time later in the Patoka River.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department says 37-year old Brett Gehlhausen of Jasper was spotted a short time after leaving the drug court at about 11 o’clock office walking the bank of the Patoka River near South Newton Street in the area of Riverwalk Park.

A DCSD deputy spotted Gehlhausen who then fled into the river where the water was about 3-4 feet deep according.

DCSD says Gehlhausen hid for a short time in a large culvert under Clay Street.  He eventually came out of the culvert and went back into the river before a second deputy entered the river and took Gehlhausen into custody as he tried to flee once again.

Gehlhausen was arrested for Resisting Law Enforcement (a Class A Misdemenor).  He is currently being held at the Dubois County Security Center without bond on the drug charges including possession of cocaine.

Jasper School Board Approves New Turf Field At Alumni Stadium; New Track Too

STADIUMJasper (NNDC) – The Greater Jasper Consolidate School Board gave its formal approval Monday night to the installation of a new artificial turf at Jerry Brewer Alumni Stadium.

The vote comes in time for the new turf to be in place for this fall’s football season.

The almost $872,000 price tag will be paid with a gift from a donor family according to school superintendent Dr. Tracy Lorey.  The family wishes to remain anonymous.

The field will be named after Joe Rohleder, the long-time Jasper football assistant coach and varsity wrestling coach.  Rohleder was an assistant under former head coach Jerry Brewer who led the Wildcats for 44 years; winning the 4A state championship in 2001..

Rohleder is an inductee of both the Indiana Football and Wrestling Halls of Fame.

Jasper will be the first member of the Big 8 Conference with an artificial turf home field.   Jasper also competes in the IHSAA Class 4A Sectional which does included several Evansville schools that do have turf fields.

JHS Athletic Director Andy Noblitt says the new field will be quite a benefit for the Wildcats football program.

He says, ” The new turf football field will allow our football program to practice and play everyday on the one of the finest synthetic surfaces in the entire
country.  No longer will weather play a factor in our ability to practice during the days leading up to our games.”

He went on to say, “In addition, the turf opens up the possibility of usage by our younger football players in the JMS football program and the Jasper Junior Football League.”

Monday’s vote of approval comes after several years of debate that included possible health concerns since the turf uses ground up rubber from recycled tires.  It will be installed by FieldTurf of Calhoun, Georgia.

The board also approved the resurfacing of the all-weather track around the field.  The price tag for it is $105,000 and it will be installed by Tennis Technology of Louisville.

Also Monday night, the Jasper school board approved the promotion of Ryan Erny to the position of principal at 5th Street Elementary School starting with the 2017-18 school year.  Erny replaces Leah Jessee, who is retiring after eight years as the school’s principal.

Erny, who is also Jasper High School’s girls varsity basketball head coach currently teaches 4th Grade at Ireland Elementary.  He’s been at Ireland for the last 17 years.  He plans to relinquish his coaching duties when he takes over at 5th Street.

 The new turf football field will allow our football program to practice and
play everyday on the one of the finest synthetic surfaces in the entire
country.  No longer will weather play a factor in our ability to practice
during the days leading up to our games.

Our players will be much safer with a maximized infill system that will
reduce the likelihood of injuries.  The turf also brings the ability to
have practice on the surface that we will most likely see in our IHSAA
tournament sectional games.

In addition, the turf opens up the possibility of usage by our younger
football players in the JMS football program and the Jasper Junior Football
League.

It should be noted that increased usage is expected by our track teams,
soccer teams, baseball and softball teams, out of season training programs,
JHS band, and the students of 5th street school.

Rain Returns Wednesday (VIDEO)

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