The Rotary Club of Jasper has presented the Athena Award for 2014.

Last night, Kathy Tretter became the 3rd winner of the award in Dubois County. She joins inaugural winner Jane Chappell and last year’s winner Brenda Stallings.

Tretter says the honor came as a complete surprise to her. She says being the third winner of the award is special:

A local nonprofit will also be honored as part of last night’s award. Tretter’s group of choice was Crisis Connection as she serves on that group’s board of directors. Crisis Connection will get a check for nearly 2 thousand dollars.

Now Tretter has been involved in the journalism field for more than 2 decades. Tretter and her family purchased the Ferdinand News and the Dale News back in 1990 in an effort to preserve local community newspapers. She has been editor and co-publisher for both papers since 1992 and has won numerous awards for excellence. Last year, the newspaper was selected as 1 of 3 Indiana Community Newspaper finalists for the Blue Ribbon Award, which is the highest honor presented by the Hoosier State Press Association.

In addition to her involvement with Crisis Connection, Tretter has served for 13 years on the Dubois County Contractual Library Board. She is also a former president of the Ferdinand Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Dubois County and Ferdinand Historical Societies. Tretter is one of seven donors who purchased the Wollenmann House in Ferdinand and then donated it to the Ferdinand Historical Society for its restoration.

Now last night’s ceremony also featured Leah Curry as the keynote speaker. Curry, who is the vice president of motor manufacturing for Toyota Manufacturing of Indiana, touched on leadership and the importance of the millennial generation for the future. Curry says learning to lead begins in one’s younger years:

Last night’s event drew a very large crowd to the Huntingburg Event Center. The award presentation was sponsored by several companies, including Kimball International, Matrix Integration, and Jasper Engines and Transmissions.

A Loogootee man was taken into custody on intoxication charges after an investigation into an accident.

At 6:30 last night, Jasper Police were called to Memorial Hospital on a reported minor property damage accident. Police then spoke with 58-year-old David Jones. After further investigation, Jones was found to be intoxicated with a BAC of .11 percent.

Jones was taken and lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. He is facing operating while intoxicated charges.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department also assisted.

A report of drug activity on the Vincennes University Jasper Campus led to a Jasper man’s arrest yesterday.

At 10:15 last night, Jasper Police were called to a parking lot on campus on a report of drug activity. After arriving at the parking lot, police spoke with 18-year-old Ross Gehlhausen and another male juvenile. After getting consent to search a nearby vehicle, police found marijuana and paraphernalia inside. Gehlhausen admitted to police that all of the items were his.

Gehlhausen was taken into custody and lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. He was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

The juvenile was then released to his parents.

Fire crews in northern Dubois County were kept busy with a barn fire for more than 5 hours yesterday.

Just before 11:15 yesterday morning, firefighters with the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department were called to the reported fire at Skyview Farms in the 2900 block of East 725 North. Dubois fire department spokesman Zach Eichmiller says the barn, which was roughly 50 feet by 500 feet, was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

Eichmiller says the barn was used to store manure from chicken barns on both sides. Eichmiller says the barn to the north didn’t have any chickens in it at the time, but the barn to the south was full. Firefighters immediately aimed to protect the buildings with birds in them as heavy smoke was coming out of the eves of the barn on fire. No chickens were harmed in the fire and no injuries were reported.

Now several other fire departments also got involved with this fire. In addition to the 3 trucks and 27 men from the Dubois department, the Haysville, Celestine, Lost River Township, Madison Township, and Orange County Rural fire departments all assisted with manpower. All but the Haysville department brought tanker trucks to the scene. Memorial Hospital Ambulance Service also assisted with cooling off firefighters as temperatures were very hot yesterday even without the fire. Units were on scene for five hours and fifteen minutes yesterday.

Eichmiller says spontaneous combustion of the manure was the likely cause of the fire. The barn was a total loss.

A missing Haysville man was found safe after several hours of searching.

At about 9 o’clock last night, the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department received a call on the disappearance of 51-year-old Steve Noble. Family members told police that Noble had gone into a wooded area near Haysville at around 10:30 yesterday morning and did not return. Noble had taken a shotgun with him, possibly to hunt for squirrels.

The Haysville Fire Department and Indiana Conservation Officers were then called in to assist sheriff’s deputies with the search. Authorities searched the area for about 3 hours, but did not find any signs of Noble.

The search was called off at that point. Authorities say Noble returned home on his own at about 6:30 this morning.

Management of the Parklands property has now become a topic of interest for Jasper city officials.

Last night, the Jasper City Council held a discussion on how the land should be governed. Currently, the Jasper Redevelopment Commission holds the land and its managed by the Jasper Parks Department.

That didn’t sit well with some on the council. The discussion then moved towards having the park board take sole control of the Parklands property for any present and future development.

Jasper mayor Terry Seitz says the discussion is all part of what will be a lengthy process for the Parklands property:

Seitz says 2015′s budget will mark the first time for the city to specifically set aside money for the Parklands property. He says the next budget will utilize reserve money from the park department’s budget to be used for that purpose.

The final vision report is set to be presented at the next meeting of the park board. That meeting is set for September 9th.

The Parklands property opened for public use back on July 1st as a walking trail and managed meadows area. It had been closed since the end of 2012 when the former Jasper Country Club ceased operations.

A Jasper man was taken into custody after he battered a woman at his apartment.

Just after 12:30 yesterday, Jasper Police were called to an apartment in the 300 block of East 5th Street after a 9-1-1 call from Apartment B was disconnected before dispatch could speak with anyone. When they Vincent Gonzalesarrived at the home, officers were told that 30-year-old Vincent Gonzales had battered a woman who lives at the apartment. Officers then learned a second woman tried to call 9-1-1 after the incident, but the call was disconnected after Gonzales pulled the phone cord from the phone.

Gonzales was taken into custody and lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. He is facing a battery charge along with a Class A misdemeanor for interfering with the reporting of a crime.