Local News


Tree Down Closes lane of 231 in the area of old VFW

Jasper (NNDC):

Downed tree closes North / South lane of 231 around 6:00 PM, probably due to the high winds.  Traffic is moving slowly as cleanup continues.  Eyewitness report a white van or suv was being towed from the scene.

This is a developing story, stay tuned to News Now for updates.

Tornado WARNING now in Effect for Dubois County

Dubois County (NNDC):

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado WARNING for Dubois County as of 1:10 PM extending until at least 5 PM.  The warning sirens were activated.  Residents are urged to take shelter in an interior room on the lowest level when storm levels increase.  Heavy rain is already causing flash flooding of roads and lowlands.

Damage and flooding as well as accidents, downed trees and power lines have already been reported. 

A funnel cloud was reported near the French Lick Airport.

News Now will keep you posted with updates.

Former Senator Birch Bayh Passed Away

Indiana (NNDC):

Birch Bayh former Senator and father of past Senator and Governor Evan Bayh has died. Birch was US Senator from Indiana from 1963 to 1981.

During his political career, he drafted two Constitutional Amendments. He passed away at age 91.

 

News Now will keep you updated as details emerge.

Severe Weather on it’s Way (UPDATED FOR TORNADO WATCHES AND WARNINGS)

Dubois County (NNDC):

According to the National Weather Service, Dubois and surrounding counties may experience high winds and heavy rain over the day ot two.  Thursday the NWS issued a tornado watch for Dubois County and tornado warnings for Pike & Spencer Counties and the Evansville area.

The bulk of the strong storm system headed our way will contain high winds, heavy rain, lightning and possible hail. Some isolated severe weather will occur as the storm moves through Wednesday night into Thursday.

With high winds, there is always the chance of power lines getting knocked down and possible flooding may also happen.  Given the fact that our area has already saturated ground, drivers should remain cautious.

The public is asked to monitor weather conditions as this unusual system moves through our area.

Habitat for Humanity Hires New Director and Accepting Applications for Next Property

Dubois County (NNDC):

Habitat for Humanity of Dubois County has appointed Andrea Ward as the new executive director and is also accepting applications for it’s next property.

Andrea has previously served as a volunteer workforce manager with Habitat for Humanity of Evansville and holds a Master of Science in Industrial Management and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technologies, Construction Management and Design Option from Southeast Missouri State University.

Habitat for Humanity partners with qualified families and the community to provide affordable housing for those in need. Habitat is a Christian ministry founded with a mission objective of every man, woman, and child should have a simple, safe and affordable place to live with dignity.

Habitat Homeowners provide volunteer hours during the construction of their home and assume ownership with a low mortgage rate.

Ward and her husband, Mitchell, have two children, Micah and Alicen and live in Jasper.

Habitat for Humanity of Dubois County is currently accepting applications for the next future Habitat  homeowner until April 11, 2019.

Applications can be downloaded and printed from Habitat’s website, duboishabitat.org, or picked up at the ReStore Wednesday thru Friday 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. ReStore can be found at 4232 S 170 E in Huntingburg.

Impaired Drivers Beware

Dubois County (NNDC):

Indiana State Police from the Jasper Post are conducting a sobriety check on Friday, March 22, at an undisclosed location in Dubois County.

Drivers encountering the checkpoint will need to have licenses and vehicle registrations during stops that police say should be brief unless further investigation is necessary.

The purpose of the checkpoint will be to remove impaired drivers from roadways.

Police are required by law to announce checkpoints in advance after a United States Supreme Court ruled that they are constitutionally permissible.

Local Company Issues Voluntary Recall

Jasper (NNDC):

Merkley and Sons of Jasper, is voluntarily recalling Hickory Smoked Pork in BBQ Sauce because the product may contain soy allergen, which was not included on the ingredient label. The recalled pork was sold at grocery stores in eight Indiana counties including Dubois Co.

Hickory Smoked Pork in BBQ Sauce is sold in 32 ounce as well as 64 ounce refrigerated packages with a yellow and red label bearing their trademark logo. Merkley is asking consumers to return or destroy the product.

Local Businesses Still Looking for Workers and Unemployment Drops

Dubois County (NNDC):

Many local businesses struggle to find qualified workers as Dubois County once again ties with one other County for the lowest unemployment in Indiana for the month of February.

The county previously took second spot for the first time in more than a year in January.

NOTE:  NNDC offers job listings for Dubois County.  Call Bryce Schepers at 812-631-5348 Steve Luegers at 812-631-4648, or Noel Fleck at 812-639-2066.

Ireland to Host St. Patrick’s Activities

Ireland (NNDC):

Ireland will be conducting it’s annual St. Patrick’s festivities this coming weekend (See full schedule below).  News Now will be broadcasting the Parade Live on Sunday and archive it for future viewing.

NOTE: for best viewing, soom the schedule to about 150%.

Astra to Host Comedians Friday

Jasper (NNDC):

The Astra will host several comedians this coming Friday Evening with doors opening at 6:30 with Peter Swanz from Louisville taking the stage at 7:30.  Headliner comedian Costaki Economopoulos will present his act beginning at 8:30.

Costaki Economopoulos has been a comedian for 20 years and is known as joke philosopher by the comedy community. His approach is light playful with multi layered jokes on topics ranging from parenting and football to pirates and rice cakes.

He has performed in all 50 states, at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival and well known for his regular segments on the syndicated Bob & Tom Radio Show

Tickets are on sale now at www.TheNextAct.org. General admission tickets are $14.95.