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Jasper Man Killed In Alumni Stadium Accident

Jasper (NNDC) – A 62-year-old Jasper man was killed Monday afternoon after being thrown from a boom lift at Jerry Brewer Alumni Stadium in Jasper. The accident occurred shortly after noon.

The victim, Earl W. Hulsman, and 60-year-old Kurt D. Brescher of Velpen were operating the lift to install lights on a light standard at the field when it suddenly tipped and fell to the ground, throwing both men approximately 40 feet to the ground. Hulsman was unresponsive following the fall, Brescher was conscious and complained of injury.

Both were taken to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center where Hulsman died of injuries suffered in the fall. Brescher was treated for non-life threatening injuries, but was admitted to the hospital.


Dubois REC Assisting In Hurricane Recovery


JOINING RECOVERY EFFORTS – Don Kerstiens (l.) and Tyler Asbell of Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative are shown just before departing for Florida Monday to assist with the Hurricane Irma recovery efforts.

Indianapolis (From Releases) – Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative is sending crews and equipment to assist in Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. The storm has created widespread property damage with more than 6 million without power in the southeastern part of the country.

An estimated 60 Indiana electric cooperative linemen will leave Clark County REMC in SellersburgTuesday, Sept. 12. The crews will work in two week shifts until power is restored to the region.

“We take care of needs at home first, but our crews are eager to help those in need,” said Don Book, CEO of Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative. “They take tremendous pride in representing Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative and the state of Indiana. They represent us well with how hard, professionally and safely they work.”

Because the national network of transmission and distribution infrastructure owned by electric cooperatives has been built to federal standards, line crews from any American electric cooperative can arrive on the scene ready to provide support, secure in their knowledge of the system’s engineering.

“Every cooperative in the Indiana electric cooperative family is an integral part of a state and national network of hundreds of fellow cooperatives,” said Gayvin Strantz, vice president of job training and safety for Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “It is incumbent upon us to work together and help one another in times of disaster, to make sure our power delivery systems are repaired as quickly, safely and cost-effectively as possible.”

The Indiana electric cooperative mutual aid program is coordinated by Indiana Electric Cooperative’s job training and safety department and provides cooperative assistance in service restoration from storms or other events that result in significant power outages.

E-mail Based Walking Program Available

(NNDC) – Get WalkIN, a free, e-mail based program designed to encourage individuals to learn more about the health benefits of walking and encourage individuals to get move, is being offered through Purdue Extension-Dubois County.

Participants can sign up, walk on their own or with a buddy, and receive support and information from weekly emails.

Walking is a popular form of physical activity good for your health. Only half of all American adults get the recommended amount of physical activity. Lack of physical activity is directly related to the occurrence of adult obesity and overweight. Regular physical activity can lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, and falls in older adults. Walking is an excellent way for most people to increase their physical activity, an easy way to start and maintain a physically active lifestyle.

For additional information on Get WalkIN call 812 482-1782 or contact Jan Dougan at jmdougan@purdue.edu. The program begins the week of September 17. Registration deadline is Friday, September 15.

Popplewell Sentenced To 86 Years In Prison

Popplewell at time of arraignment

 Jasper (NNDC) – Kyle Popplewell was sentenced to a total of 86 years at the Indiana Department of Corrections Friday after pleading guilty earlier to charges of murder, criminal confinement, and battery resulting in serious bodily injury. The charges stemmed from the January 10, 2016 fatal stabbing of 37-year-old Jeffrey Perry of St. Henry.

Dubois Circuit Court Judge Nathan Verkamp accepted the plea agreement filed August 9 and issued the sentence following a sentencing hearing Friday. The defendant was was sentenced to 65 years on Count 2 Murder, a felony; six years on Count 7 Criminal Confinement, a level 5 felony; and 15 years on count 8   Aggravated Battery, a level 3 felonly. The sentences will run consecutively for the 86 year total.

Following the sentencing Prosecutor Anthony Quinn stated, “I hope the Perry family can find some comfort in knowing the defendant will be in prison for a very long time. Overall, I am satisfied that this agreement is in the best interest of the Jeff Perry family, the other crime victims, and the citizens of Dubois County.”


Juried Art Exhibit Winners Announced

Jasper (NNDC) – Winners for the 24th annual Juried Art Exhibit at the Krempp Gallery have been announced.

Best of Show went to Louisville artist Kathy Loomis for her fiber piece Left Coast. Other local and regional winners were Michael Nichols, Bowling Green, Kentucky; Wendi Smith, Corydon; Curtis Laux, Celestine, and Katherine Fries, Indianapolis.

The judge for this year’s show was Betsy Stirratt, director of the Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University in Bloomington. The judging was made without identifying the artists.

The exhibit will remain up through September 29. Krempp Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, until 7 p.m. Thursdays, and from noon to 3 p.m. Sundays. There is no admission charge to the gallery.

Lions Club Radio Auction Next Week

JASPER (From Release) – The 56th annual Jasper Lions Club Radio Auction is scheduled Monday through Friday, September 11 through September 15, on radio station WITZ, 104.7 FM. The auction will be held from 5:30 to 7 each evening at the Dubois County Museum in Jasper.

Most items can be viewed on the Lions Facebook page Jasper Indiana Lions Club. A wide variety of items will be auctioned, from small, personal items to larger pieces of furniture and vacation trips.

Telephone bids will be taken nightly from the auction’s start at 5:30 and will continue until the bell rings at 7 o’clock. Bidders may call in bids to 812 482-5955 or they can join the auction live at the museum and bid in person.

The Lion Club’s main goal is to provide eye care and vision awareness to the communities it serves.

Hiway 162 Fatal Accident Victim Identified

DUBOIS COUNTY ( NNDC) – The victim in the Tuesday afternoon fatal automobile accident just south of the Dubois County Highway Department on State Road 162 has been identified. Larry J. Fogleman, 66, of Greenwood, was pronounced dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper at 3:45 Tuesday afternoon. Reports state the fatality was linked to a medical condition.

Fogleman’s wife, Nancy E. Fogleman, 66, suffered minor injuries in the accident. Both were entrapped inside the vehicle which left the highway and traveled down a steep embankment south of Schnellville Road just north of the Maltersville Bridge. Both were extricated by first responders and taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital. Officials report Fogleman passed away at the hospital due to an unspecified medical condition.

The sheriff’s department says Fogleman was driving northbound when he experienced the medical condition that caused him to lose control of his 2005 Buick LaCrosse. The vehicle rolled several times going down the embankment before stopping on its top.

The sheiff’s department withheld identification of the victim until Wednesday morning at the request of Mrs. Fogleman who asked for time to notify her family and friends of the passing of her husband.

The accident was Dubois County’s seventh roadway fatality of 2017.

County Residents Helping Hurricane Harvey Victims

DUBOIS COUNTY – (From Releases) – Hurricane Harvey has left a huge hole in the heart of Texas and several local companies are pulling together to help get those in the Houston and Beaumont area get back on their feet.

OFS Brands, Kimball, Jasper Engines & Transmissions, and Best Home Furnishings are Sending Love to Texas. Local residents can join the effort by donating appropriate items to any of the designated drop off locations. Volunteers are available at each drop point to help organize and inventory your donations.

Phase 1 of the collections began Monday and will continue through Friday (September 8). The drop off locations and drop off times are as follows:

HUNTINGBURG MEMORIAL GYM (OFS Brands) – Daily through Friday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.

JASPER MUNICIPAL POOL (Kimball) – Daily through Friday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 4 to 6 p.m.

SCHROEDER COMPLEX IN JASPER (Jasper Engines & Transmissions) – Daily through Friday 3 to 6 p.m.

PLANT 3 ON KENTUCKY STREET IN FERDINAND (Best Home Furnishings) Daily through Friday 3 to 6 p.m.

Phase 1 of the collection project is considered Emergency Mode. Those wanting to help are urged to bring an item from the approved list shown below:

  • BABY ITEMS – Diapers, baby wipes, Desitin, A&D ointment, powder, formula & bottles.
  • PERSONAL HYGIENE SUPPLIES – Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, feminine products.
  • CASH – Any cash donation collected will be used to purchase pallets of bottled water.


Latino Festival This Weekend in Huntingburg

HUNTINGBURG (NNDC) – The 5th annual Latino Festival, which opened Friday, concludes today and tonight in Huntingburg City Park, 203 South Cherry Street. Activities are scheduled through 11 o’clock tonight. The family-friendly event includes a queen pageant, food booths from Latin American, cultural performances, live music, and more. Organized by the Association of Latino Americans in Southern Indiana and local sponsors. Everyone is welcome.

ATTENTION: Clubs, Organizations, all NNDC Viewers

(NNDC) – As we reported earlier, NewsNow Dubois County’s local news and sports coverage has been thrown into temporary, partial hiatus with the passing of Mick Birge, NNDC’s founder and CEO.

Mick personally produced and published the bulk of the news and sports on the on-line and cable service. His loss has created an immediate void in the coverage. Fortunately, some of NNDC’s features (obituaries, community calendar, and the daily birthday drawing) have continued as normal. The transition may take a number of weeks and local viewers are still being asked to be patient as it is completed. Your patience will certainly be appreciated.

A second problem has developed, partially caused by the Houston hurricane. NewsNow’s email server has been down for a couple of days and immediate repair is not possible because of the hurricane. The company that services the email is based in Houston and is operating with a skeleton staff since most of its employees are not able to travel to work because of the water.

Most emails being sent to info@newsnowdc.com, jerry@newsnowdc.com, obits@newsnowdc.com, birthdays@newsnowdc.com, ron@newsnowdc.com, and mick@newsnowdc.com are not being delivered. Anyone sending an email to any of those addresses is asked to also send it to jbirge@twc.com. Your cooperation will be appreciated.

Members of the Birge family want to again thank the many people who continue to submit words of consolation and concern to them during this difficult time. It is heartwarming to hear so many people say they are regular viewers of NNDC, many of them out of state residents. The kind words are very comforting to the family. God bless.