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Jasper Northside McDonald’s Ribbon Cutting for the new self service Kiosk Today!

Jasper (NNDC) -The Jasper Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for their new Kiosk ordering
machines today 05/17/2018. A new way to order food and get it fast.  Mayor Terry Seitz as well as many Chamber members and members of the press along with the public were also in attendance.

Kiosk machines are essentially high tech touch screen computers allowing users to order and pay without having to go to the counter. Simple to use and easy to understand. I/we actually viewed people in their 80’s and 90’s using them like pro’s. You could actually order a cheeseburger “without cheese”.











The Jasper band and the local VFW post assisted with an inspirational and patriotic
raising of the flag and introduction to the ceremony.


More from the Northside McDonald’s coming up on NewsNow Dubois County.

Ireland Elementary School Honors Students Today!

Ireland (NNDC) – K – 5th grade students were honored today at Ireland Elementary, it’s all part of a program where students show Kindness, Empathy, Gratitude, Honesty, Cooperation, Perseverance, and Respect for others.  This is the first year for the program and  today all those students were recognized and their parents got to attend.

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Every  month during the school year each teacher picks two students from their class to be honored.  Second grade teacher Mrs. Hanneman explains the program to NewsNow.

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Tonight the students honored during the year and their parents get to see the Jasper Wildcats in Baseball action and many of the boys and girls are looking forward to that.

Great Job!  Boys and Girls!

Old Jasper Day, Strawberry Festival Sunday

Jasper (NNDC) – Sunday is “Old Jasper Day – Strawberry Festival” in Jasper. Sponsored by the Jasper Lions Club, the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, and Patoka 2000, the fun-filled day is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The activities include the Strawberry Festival (strawberries, sandwiches, and other treats all day long in the shelter house by the Plaza), Spirit of Jasper Train Rides (Tickets are $3 and will be on sale in the Jasper Train Depot. Rides tentatively scheduled at noon, 1, 2, and 3 o’clock. Rides are supported by German American Bank), Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides (Scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Hop on near the train depot for a short ride around Old Jasper. No charge to ride, but donations appreciated). Jasper City Mill (Come into the mill and watch as corn is ground into cornmeal every 30 minutes and learn about the history of Jasper and the Mill). Patoka 2000 Duck Race (Begins at 1 p.m. on the Patoka River. Family fun event featuring great prizes. Sponsor one plastic duck for $5 or three for $10. Proceeds benefit beautification of Jasper efforts in and around the Patoka River area). Concert in the Gazebo (scheduled from 3-5 p.m. featuring solo musician Jed Guillaume).

Other activities include walking the 2.1 files of the RiverWalk along the Patoka River all day long, Face Painting by Ruth for a small charge, visiting the Historic Barn on East 4th Street at the entrance to the RiverWalk for lots of activities including stone carvers, blacksmith, hand-hewing of logs and more, and a Historic Walking Tour of Jasper. Just follow the map and learn about Jasper.

Motorists are advised the automobile entrance under the Patoka River bridge into the plaza area is closed. One can park in the train depot area and walk to the plaza or they can park near the Shaeffer Barn using the 4th Street entrance.

Everyone welcome.

Crossroads Behavioral Health Center Groundbreaking Today!

Huntingburg (NNDC) – A project that got started nearly nine years ago broke ground today and is full steam ahead.  Mayor Denny Spinner of Huntingburg can only be pleased that one of the first Stellar projects announced is now reality and its all because of continual effort by the owner of the project Dr. Ijaz Mahmood his family, the City of Huntingburg, Mayor Denny Spinner, local banker Ken Schnaus and many others.

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The first part of this project is scheduled to be done January or February of this coming year will bring jobs to the area and we are told as the projects are finished that more job opportunities will be available.  Dr. Mahmood addressed the crowd.

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Mayor Denny Spinner shared his thoughts on this project and the team involved.

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As mentioned by everyone in attendance today it took a team effort to get this project to this point today and Ken Schnaus from Springs Valley Bank & Trust was a big part of that team.

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A special presentation was made to the Huntingburg Partners,LLC by Brian Turley of Edwards-Rigdon Construction Co., Inc. and Jack Hollingsworth Chief Architect with Array Architecture & Interiors.

3 Vehicle Accident involving a semi sends two people to the hospital for minor injuries

Jasper (NNDC) – From Jasper Police Department

A 2015 Ford Edge driven by Gary Siddons of Jasper was northbound on US 231 attempting to turn on Mannheim road due to a semi – tractor trailer facing south in the turn lane, Siddons was unable to see oncoming traffic on 231.  Siddons turned in front of and failed to yield to a vehicle driven by Kathy Johnson of Shoals a third vehicle driven by Frederick  Freitag of Terre Haute was stopped at the stop sign at Mannheim road.  The momentum of the crash propelled Siddons and Johnson into the vehicle driven by Freitag.

Siddons was cited for failure to yield and both Siddons and Johnson were transported for various injuries including chest pain and pain in lower left arm.

Ribbon Cutting for Bailey Chiropractic in Jasper

Jasper (NNDC) – Family, friends, and patients attended the ribbon cutting of Bailey Chiropractic  along with Jasper Chamber members and Mayor Terry Seitz. Bailey Chiropractic is located at 1450 Executive Blvd, Dr. Bailey purchased the business from Dr. Nonte who is now officially retired but according to Dr. Nonte he could not be any happier about Dr.  Bailey taking over the practice and putting her own touch to it.

Dr. Bailey is originally from Jasper and was up in the Munster area near Indianapolis when this opportunity became available and with the help of family and friends her lifelong dream of having her own practice has come true.

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Memorial Hospital recognized for “Outstanding Patient Experience”

Jasper (NNDC) – Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center announced today that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2018 Outstanding Patient Experience Award(tm). Memorial Hospital has received this designation for 10 years in a row.

The 2018 distinction recognizes Memorial Hospital among the top 15 percent of hospitals nationwide, according to Healthgrades<http://www.healthgrades.com/>, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Healthgrades evaluated 3,478 hospitals that submitted at least 100 patient experience surveys to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), covering admissions from April 2016 to March 2017 to identify hospital performance in this area. Healthgrades evaluated hospital performance by applying a scoring methodology to 10 patient experience measures, using data collected from a 32-question patient experience survey of the hospital’s own patients.

The survey questions focus on patients’ perspectives of their care in the hospital. The topics of these questions ranged from cleanliness and noise levels in patient rooms to factors such as pain management and responsiveness to patients’ needs. The measures also include whether a patient would recommend the hospital to friends or family. In order to be recognized by Healthgrades, hospitals must meet eligibility requirements for consideration, which includes clinical performance thresholds in addition to a minimum of 100 survey responses. Nationally, almost 3,000 hospitals met those requirements with 439 hospitals outperforming their peers-based on their patients’ responses-to achieve this distinction.

Memorial Hospital’s performance places it among the top five percent in the nation. “Patient experience surveys offer important insights about hospitals and their commitment to providing patients with outstanding experience, and furthermore, consumers value that information when making care decisions,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Hospitals that have received the Healthgrades 2018 Outstanding Patient Experience Award have received high marks from their most important stakeholders-the patients themselves.”

First “Rock Lotto” Fundraising Event at the Astra in July

Jasper (NNDC) – If you like Rock N Roll and competition you’re going to love “Rock Lotto” at the Astra. The area’s first “Rock Lotto” will hit the Jim and Pat Thyen Performance Stage at the Astra on July 21, 2018, at 7 p.m. The unique event will take 12 local musicians, divide them into three bands, and have the newly-formed “bands” perform five songs each. Audience members will receive a voucher worth ten points to vote for their favorite band and additional “votes” can be given in the form of tips, with each dollar counting as  one vote.

Rock Lotto will feature the following local musicians: Wade Baker, Jeff Crandall, Michael Cummings, Evan Elrod, Nathan Harman, Danny Luegers, Joe Luegers, Kyle Lueken, Shauna Lueken, Devin Sorrells, Mark Sparrow, and Steven Wagler. Rock Lotto tickets are $10 and are available at www.TheNextAct.org <http://www.thenextact.org/> or directly here www.RockLottoAtTheAstra.e ventbrite.com <http://www.rocklottoattheastra.eventbrite.com/>. All proceeds from the event will be used for the historic Astra Theatre’s ongoing programming and maintenance needs.


Ground Breaking for New Elementary School next Monday

Jasper (NNDC) – The Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools will officially break ground on Jasper Elementary School on Monday May 21st at 9:30am at 3799 N Portersville Road. the 111,132 square foot elementary school will be home to approximately 850 students in grades PreK-5 from Fifth Street Elementary and Tenth Street Elementary.  The school design will include enhanced safety features and incorporate learning environments conducive to small group instruction and STEM exploration.

The school corporation accepted a bid for $25,794,235 for construction and equipment costs back  in April. That cost does not include soft costs but falls within the $30,925,000 bond issued to cover the cost of the elementary school as well as any costs associated with the decommissioning of the other two elementary schools.

Attendees and special guests are permitted to park at the Church of the Nazarene on Ackerman Road for the ceremony. 

Jasper Water Utilities Issues Limited Area Boil Order

Jasper (From Release) – The Jasper Water Department is issuing a boil order on the southeast side of the city for residential and business customers along the following streets:

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • E
  • Hillbrook
  • Raymond
  • Highland
  • St. James
  • Hill Road
  • Energy Drive
  • 3rd Avenue from Liberty Street to South Meridian Road

The area affected includes Redemption Christian Church and Dubois REC offices. Until further notice, residential and business customers in the affected area need to boil their water before consuming. Water samples will be tested overnight. Water from the site must pass two samples over a 48 hour period before the order is lifted. Until further notice, residential and business customers in the affected area need to boil their water before consuming.



A boil water advisory is issued when some type of event has created the potential for contamination to enter the water supply. Jasper Water customers in the impacted neighborhood should bring water used for drinking, coffee, tea, powdered drinks, fountain drinks, ice, brushing teeth and washing dishes to a full boil for at least five minutes before consuming.

A boil water advisory is issued when some type of event has created the potential for contamination to enter the water supply.

Bring the water to a full boil for at least five minutes. Cool and aerate the boiled water by pouring it through the air from one clean container to another, or mixing rapidly with a clean utensil.  Aeration will reduce the flat taste caused by boiling.

Boil water in the following instances:

  • All water used in beverages such as coffee, tea, or Kool-aid
  • All water used as an ingredient in any food products (sauces, dressings, desserts, etc.)
  • All water used to make ice
  • All water used for handwashing or brushing teeth
  • All water used for washing dishes or food contact surfaces
  • All water used for washing produce
  • All water used for feeding animals


  • Water filtering or treatment units will not remove all of the possible contaminants that the order is targeting.
  • Dishwashers do not reach a temperature high enough to remove all of the possible contaminants
  • Use of single-service (paper plates, plastic utensils, etc.) is advisable
  • Water is suitable for bathing purposes
  • Dispose of ice already accumulated in ice machines


These above listed recommendations will be reviewed and amended as necessary.