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Liberation League play at League Stadium


Baseball fans and sports fans alike will enjoy great baseball from the Liberation League being played weekly at the historic League Stadium Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday with week day games starting at 6:30 and weekend games are double headers 2:30 & 6:30.

Our game of the week is between the Indy Wind Storm and the Indiana Barn Owls – weather caused a few technical issues with the game at the end where we lost video signal in the 8th and 9th inning but we still have the play by play audio.

Click Below and enjoy the game, more games coming on News Now this month including the Liberation League Championship in October.


Friday Night Football Scores


The Wildcats continue their winning ways as they beat Evansville Bosse 45 – 0 in Friday nights home conference game.  The Wildcats were without their senior back Lance Dawkins but Senior QB Blake Mann and even relief QB Grant Young as the offense put the game away early scoring 35 points in the first quarter.  QB Young also passed to Caleb Burger for a 63 yard touchdown in the second quarter and Bosse had no answer and could not get on the board. The Wildcats are now 4-0 with their next match up against 1-3 Evansville Mater Dei at home in another conference match up.

The Southridge Raiders got on the board early and continued their winning ways beating the Pike Central Chargers 58 -0 in their away game Friday Night.   The Raiders offense continued to do their job with over 450 total yards, Rushing highlights Southridge: Taylor 6-132, 3 TD; Gasser 5-129, TD; Neukam 6-82, 2 TD;                            Springer 6-38, TD Fuller 1-17, TD Gibson Southern is up next for the 4-0 Raiders at home.


The Forest Park Rangers improved their record to 3-1 after defeating Tecumseh 13-0 at Lynnville.  #4 Cooper Uebelhor: 4-9, 78 yds, 1 tds  #24 Daniel Eckert: 8 car, 77 yds, 1 tds, #45 Jake Begle 10.5 Tackles.  The Rangers next non-conference game at home against 3-0 Mt. Vernon.

Local Man Arrested on Multiple Felony Charges

Jasper (NNDC):

TOMMY L CRITCHFIELD age 50, was arrested friday on multiple felony charges  (see all below):



Road Closure in Jasper

Jasper (NNDC):

The Jasper Street Dept along with contractor Knies Construction, will be closing 100 South between Kimball Blvd & Dispatch Rd beginning Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7:00 a.m. for road work.

This portion of 100 South is scheduled to re-open at approximately 4:00 p.m. barring any unforeseen events.

Motorists will need to find an alternate route, as there will be no thru traffic in this area.

Hoosier History Highlights for September 13 – 19


September 13 – September 19

The Week in Indiana History


1822     Hordes of gray squirrels invaded Indiana.  Thousands of them swarmed from east to west, destroying entire cornfields.  Historians theorize that the woodlands that year failed to produce enough nuts to supply adequate food for the hungry creatures.  Although some farmers patrolled their fields with rifles, much of the crop was destroyed within hours.

well1886     Natural gas was discovered in a well near Eaton, Indiana.  From a depth of 992 feet, a huge flame shot into the night sky, visible in Muncie, ten miles away.  Further exploration found the largest known gas field in the world, encompassing 17 Indiana counties.  The discovery ignited the historic Indiana “gas boom” which would have a profound effect on the state’s economy.


1901     Indiana Governor Winfield Durbin attended the funeral of President William McKinley in Canton, Ohio.  The President had been assassinated while attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.  McKinley had been in Indianapolis six months earlier to attend the funeral of his friend, former President Benjamin Harrison.

Lincoln 1932     Over 10,000 people witnessed the unveiling of a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Fort Wayne.  “The Hoosier Youth,” a 12-foot bronze sculpture by artist Paul Manship, depicts the young Lincoln seated on a tree stump holding a book.  An ax and a dog are at his side.  Lincoln had grown up in Southern Indiana, living there from age 7 to 21.

Fess Parker


 1970     Actor Fess Parker, well-known on TV as Daniel Boone, toured Indiana helping to light the torch for the United Way campaign.  He attended ceremonies in Indianapolis, Martinsville, Danville, Lebanon, Noblesville, and Greenfield.  He was accompanied on the trip by former Governor Harold W. Handley.  In Indianapolis, he was joined by Mayor Richard G. Lugar.

O'Bannon2003     A memorial service was held at the Indiana Statehouse for Governor Frank O’Bannon, who had died five days earlier as the result of a stroke.  O’Bannon, the state’s 47th Governor, was praised by all as a kind and thoughtful friend.  United States Senator and former Governor Evan Bayh, with whom O’Bannon had served as Lieutenant Governor, described him as “a good man, a decent man, a statesman.”  Among those paying their respects were four former Indiana governors, a dozen Congressmen, nine governors or former governors from other states, and many members of the state General Assembly.  Hundreds of school children were there, invited by First Lady Judy O’Bannon. Pictured:  The official portrait of Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon by Indiana artist Michael Allan Chelich.  


Indiana Quick Quiz

Lincoln and Indiana

1.  The Lincoln family settled in Indiana near  a/ Clearwater Creek   b/  Little Pigeon Creek   c/ Blue Water Creek

2.  On the way to his inauguration, Lincoln stayed in Indianapolis at which hotel?  a/ Bates House           b/ Antler Inn   c/ Palmer House

3.  Which Indiana Chief Executive was known as “Lincoln’s favorite governor”?   a/ Henry Lane              b/ Conrad Baker  c/ Oliver P. Morton

Answers Below

Hoosier  Quote of the Week


    “Before you can think outside of the box, you have to start with a box.”

– – -Twyla Tharp  (Born in Portland, Indiana, she is a dancer, choreographer, and author who now lives and works in New York City.)

Did You Know?

     The “Gas Boom” in Indiana lasted only about 15 years at the end of the 19th century, yet it had a huge effect on the state’s economy.  Because of the cheap and seemingly endless supply of natural gas, hundreds of factories were established all over Central Indiana.  Frank C. Ball and his four brothers decided to move their fruit jar company from Buffalo, New York, to Muncie.  Other companies followed, and soon Muncie was the second-largest producer of glass in the country, second only to Pittsburgh.  The Hoosier “Gas Belt” included other cities like Anderson, Kokomo, and Marion.  Greentown, in Howard County, became famous for beautiful art glass, highly prized today by collectors.  In 1901, something happened which few expected:  the gas ran out.  Most of the glass producers closed down, but they left a manufacturing base ready and waiting for entrepreneurs in other fields.  The foundation of industry and labor were in place when automobile builders turned their attention to the Hoosier State in the early years of the 20th Century.


ANSWERS:  1. b   2. a   3. c

Jasper Engines and Transmissions has announced the naming of Randy Bauer as Vice President of Support Services

Jasper (NNDC):

Randy has been with JASPER for 29 years. Over the years, he has served as Customer Service Manager and as the Gas Engine Division Manager for both the Jasper and Crawford County facilities.

Currently, Randy is serving as the Director of JASPER’s Maintenance Department, Fleet Service Department, Environmental Department, and Facilities Group for all manufacturing facilities.

In addition to these responsibilities, Randy’s new role will be expanded to include overseeing the Indiana Tool and Die Division, as well as the Construction Department.

“We are excited to have Randy in this new role and look forward to his leadership in these additional areas,” said JASPER President Zach Bawel.  “His cross-functional experience with JASPER will continue to help us grow.”

“I’m very excited for this new opportunity,” said Bauer.  “I am looking forward to working with our support teams to help drive improvement in Safety, Quality, Productivity, Customer Service, and Reduction of Waste.  This will equate to improved ESOP value for our JASPER Associate-Owners.



It’s hard to believe 9/11 happened 19 years ago, it seems like yesterday but when it comes to life events you never forget it was one that pulled America together like it hadn’t since World War II.   Where were you that morning right before 9am?  For me Barter Box had just finished and we were preparing for our morning sales meeting network radio broke in with the first announcements followed by Live breaking TV coverage as the hijacked planes flew into the world trade center then the next plane hit and everything changed.

Thank you to all the men and women who joined the arm forces to serve our county because of 9/11

and the men and women rescuers, fire fighters, and others including those at home and their efforts as a result of the attack on America.







The events that morning:

  • 8:46 a.m. eastern time: Hijackers crash Flight 11 into the north tower.
  • 9:03 a.m.: Hijackers crash United Airlines Flight 175 into the south tower.
  • 9:37 a.m.: Hijackers crash American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon.
  • 9:59 a.m.: The south tower collapses.
  • 10:03 a.m.: Passengers launch a counterattack on hijackers aboard United Airlines Flight 93.
  • 10:28 a.m.: The north tower collapses.

Family members gather for the annual 9/11 Memorial and Museum anniversary ceremony in New York, NY on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. Photo by Ben Hider, 9/11 Memorial


Huntingburg (NNDC):


On Monday, September 14th at 10 am EST the Dubois County Airport Authority is partnering with the Dubois County Chamber of Commerce to present the opening of a new tunnel located on C.R. 200 South. This tunnel is a milestone accomplishment in the overall project goal to expand the Huntingburg Regional Airport. This accomplishment is part one of a four-part plan to extend the local aviation runway and happens to be the first Indiana Airport with a tunnel.

The overall project consists of a $13.1 million dollar expansion of the runway that includes lengthening
and widening to allow service to larger aircraft. It is 90% funded by the FAA, which prioritizes projects
throughout the nation. With the first conversations about expanding the runway starting two decades
ago, the Dubois County Airport Authority is excited to see it come to fruition.

“We are thankful for our partnership with the FAA and INDOT to see this project fulfilled. Our main goal
is always serving our regional aviation needs better, and this is a great step,” says airport manager,
Travis McQueen.

A ribbon-cutting will be held to commemorate the opening at the south entrance of the brand new
tunnel, adjacent to the intersection of C.R. 900 South and C.R. 200 West. The public is welcome to
attend. For more information, visit www.DuboisCountyChamber.com or email



Rally to stop the Mid-States Corridor announced September 26th, 10am-12pm  to be held at the Dubois County Courthouse.  Organizers are asking for people to come and join the fight to protect their farms, homes, and properties that will be impacted by the building of the Mid-States project, everyone is also reminded to bring your mask because of COVID risk.




Former youth mentor convicted on two counts of child molesting

(NNDC) From the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office

Jasper – A former youth mentor, Nathan C. Albrecht, 28, of Ferdinand, was convicted on September 3, 2020, on two counts of child molesting after a two-day trial in Dubois County Circuit Court.  The charges in the case and subsequent conviction stem from an investigation that began on August 20, 2019. At that time, Officer Christian Gogel, of the Ferdinand Police Department, met with the mother of the victim, who had filed a report alleging the ongoing child molestation of her child by Albrecht for a period of 6-9 months. The victim’s mother told officers that her child was involved in a group called “Mentors for Youth” and that Mr. Albrecht had been the victim’s mentor for the previous two years.

Prosecutor Anthony Quinn noted at the time of the conviction, “I want to thank my team at the Prosecutor’s office and the excellent work of the Ferdinand Police Department, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department Detective John Anderson, as well as the Forensic interviewers at the Child Advocacy Center for bringing this to trial and securing a conviction for the victim and the victim’s family. The victim should also be commended for bravery in coming forward.”

A forensic interview was conducted by The Southwest Indiana Child Advocacy Center in Jasper on August 22, 2019. Forensic interviews are done by professionals trained in interviewing child victims in cases alleging child sexual or other abuse. During that interview, the victim confirmed Albrecht had abused the victim on more than one occasion. The victim also reported to forensic  interviewers that the abuse began toward the end of the last school year and continued through up to two weeks before his mother notified police.

On August 23rd, 2019, Officer’s Eric Hopkins, Tyler Foss and Deputy John Anderson brought Albrecht in for questioning at the Ferdinand Police Station. After being advised of his rights, Albrecht declined to be interviewed without a lawyer present, but stated he would need to have an attorney appointed to represent him. Albrecht was placed under arrest and charged with child molestation and child seduction at that time.

The jury trial, the first in Dubois County since the Covid pandemic, was held over two days as Deputy Prosecutor Stephanie Smith presented the case for the State. Members of the jury deliberated for 2.5 hours before handing down the guilty verdict. Albrecht was convicted of 2 counts of Child Molestation as Level 1 Felonies and 1 count of Performance Harmful to a Minor as a Level 6 felony. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for October 1, 2020.

“I hope the swift outcome in this case will encourage other victims to come forward with the confidence that we will actively pursue justice and aggressively prosecute heinous crimes like these. We will always work tirelessly to protect vulnerable youth in our community,” said Quinn.