Town of Ferdinand to Co-Sponsor Fourth Annual Basketball Tourney

The Town of Ferdinand, in conjunction with the Forest Park Junior-Senior High School boys basketball program will co-sponsor the fourth annual 3-on-3 boys basketball tournament at this year’s Heimatfest.

The tournament is set to take place on Saturday, June 22nd at 9 am at the 18th Street Basketball Court in Ferdinand.

The cost for a four-player team is $40 with all proceeds going to the Forest Park Junior-Senior High School boys basketball program. As was the case last year, the money will be used to help purchase uniforms for the program most in need.

Teams will be divided into three divisions:

  • Junior High (INCOMING  7th and 8th grade)
  • High School (INCOMING freshmen through seniors)
  • Open (high school graduates and above).

A downloadable PDF entry form can be found on the Town of Ferdinand’s website,

There also will be a free dunk contest for any individuals that would like to participate.  The dunk contest winner will receive a t-shirt.The first place teams of each division also will receive t-shirts.

All forms and money need to be returned by Friday, June 14, to the Ferdinand Town Hall, c/o Marc Steczyk, 2065 Main Street, P.O. Box 7, Ferdinand, Indiana 47532.

Any questions can be directed to Mark Steczyk at msteczyk@ferdinandindiana.or by calling 367-2282.

Dubois County Sheriff Seeking Assistance

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department is seeking assistance from anyone who witnessed a pickup truck pulling a trailer that went off of the road into a residential yard along U.S. 231 in Huntingburg just south of Southridge High School yesterday morning.

The sheriff’s department says the truck and trailer were pulled out of the yard by a semi. The accident occurred sometime between 7:30 and 8:30 am yesterday morning.

Anyone with information on the identity of the drivers is asked to contact the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department at 482-3522.

Messmer on the New State Budget

The Indiana House and Senate officially passed the state’s next two-year budget early Saturday morning before adjourning for the year.

The new budget calls for funding increases in both road improvements and in education, at both the K-12 and higher education levels.

Indiana District 63 State Representative Mark Messmer says instead of 12 cents of the 18 cent per gallon fuel tax that the state currently collects going towards road improvements, all of the money raised from that fuel tax would be put into road improvements along with about 20 percent of the sales tax on gasoline.  Messmer says overhead costs such as BMV operation costs that were previously paid by fuel tax will be paid out of the state’s general fund. He says the change in structure of road funding is long overdue:

Also, the budget sets aside $200 million per year to create the “Major Moves 2020” fund for funding future road improvements and projects across the state, such as the completion of I-69 between Bloomington and Indianapolis.

The budget also calls for increases in K-12 and higher education funding, which are already at their highest funding levels in state history. K-12 schools would get an average 2 percent increase in funding during the budget’s first year and another 1 percent increase in the second year of the budget. There is also $34 million built in to be allotted to high-performing teachers.

Messmer talks about the impact of the increases in both K-12 and higher education funding on students both locally and statewide:

The budget also includes about a 5 percent income tax cut phased in over four years starting in 2015, which is half of the tax cut that Indiana Governor Mike Pence had been pushing for, as well as the elimination of the inheritance tax.

Dubois Strong Pledges Money to I-67 Development Corp.

The local economic development group Dubois Strong has announced the commitment of $10,000 to the Interstate 67 Development Corporation in support of the ongoing effort to establish an Interstate highway corridor through south-central Indiana.

The decision to support the initiative comes after the publication of a feasibility study in 2012 and a recent trip by local officials and business leaders to Washington, D.C., aimed at raising awareness within Congress of the need for an improved highway corridor.

The proposed I-67 would upgrade part of U.S. 231 to interstate quality and a new 38 mile section of road would be constructed east of the current highway to connect to I-69 in Washington. The road would run on to Owensboro before continuing on to I-65 at Bowling Green.  Ultimately, the corridor could extend from Nashville, Tennessee, to Grand Rapids, Michigan.

One important objective for the coalition, led by OFS Brands CEO Hank Menke, is to secure a place on INDOT’s list of High-Priority Corridors. The list is now being studied, and at the end of this year, a government-appointed blue ribbon commission will meet to prioritize each of the 19 projects. Those projects in Tier 1 will be recommended for completion within five years. Those in Tier 2 should be completed in six to eight years and Tier 3 projects should be finished in 15 to 20 years.

Other goals for 2013 include continued grassroots outreach to local governments along the proposed corridor as well as exploration of a multi-jurisdictional port authority, which would bring regional governments together and provide a vehicle to cooperatively drive development to the proposed corridor.


Martin County Man Arrested After Accident

A Loogootee man is behind bars after a traffic accident Saturday afternoon led to his arrest on intoxication charges.

Indiana State Police say that Martin County Dispatch recieved a call at approximately 1:35 pm Saturday afternoon of a possible personal injury traffic accident on State Road 550 at Abel Hill Road involving a silver Ford Focus. Police say dispatch was also informed that a vehicle matching that same description had damaged the concrete wall in the 8600 block of Progress School Road and left the scene.

An Indiana State Police trooper and a Martin County Sheriff’s deputy went to the accident scene, where they located the silver Ford Focus off of the roadway, down an embankment, and up against a utility pole. They found 47-year-old John Kendall of Loogootee in the vehicle being checked for potential injuries by the fire department. The state police trooper noted that several alcohol containers were in Kendall’s vehicle along with other items that suggested that Kendall was intoxicated.

After the injury check, Kendall refused to get out of his vehicle at the prompting of officers, so police broke out a window on the car. Even after breaking out the window, Kendall resisted officers until he was tasered and dragged out of the vehicle with the help of a fireman on scene.

While Kendall was being searched, police say they also found several pills in his pockets. Kendall was transported to the Martin County jail, where a certified chemical test found his BrAC to be .24 percent, or three times the legal limit. He was arrested and lodged in the Martin County Jail. Police later found Kendall to be in possession of Hydrocodone, a Schedule 3 controlled substance, Levetiracetam, a Legend drug, and Peroxetine, a Legend drug.

Kendall faces a Class D felony for possession of a Legend drug, a Class B felony for possession of a Schedule 3 Controlled Substance, and a Class A misdemeanor for Operating While Intoxicated.

Perry County Man Arrested Following 35 Mile Chase

A Perry County man is behind bars after leading state police on a chase and crashing his vehicle early Saturday.

Around midnight on Saturday morning, Indiana State Police say a motorist called 9-1-1 to report a white Ford Explorer weaving all over the road along Interstate 64 near the 88 mile marker. Police say the caller followed the vehicle as it exited off of I-64 and headed southbound on State Road 37 towards Tell City. There, a state police trooper attempted to stop the vehicle, driven by 23-year-old Stephen Curl of Cannelton, for going 88 mph in a 55 mph speed zone, but Curl refused to stop.

Police say the pursuit lasted for 35 miles and went along state roads and county roads. The pursuit finally ended when Curl, traveling northbound on 1st Street near Herzelle Street in Cannelton, swerved to miss a concrete barrier at Herzelle Street and collided with the flood wall.

Curl was not injured in the crash, but resisted officers as they attempted to arrest him. After Curl was taken into custody, officers found illegal drugs and drug paraphernelia both on Curl and in his vehicle.

Police say Curl submitted to a test for intoxication, where he tested positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine, opiates, and cannabinoids. Curl was lodged in the Perry County Jail without further incident.

Curl faces a Class D felony for resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, a Class B felony for possession of a Schedule 1 or 2 controlled substance, and Class A misdemeanors for operating while intoxicated and possession of drug parapherneila.

Indiana State Police were assisted in the pursuit by the Crawford County and Perry County Sheriff’s Offices and the Tell City and Cannelton Police Departments.

Think Lincoln Group Making Plans for State Bicentennial Celebration

Late last week, the Think Lincoln group of Spencer County held a meeting to begin their focus on tying Abraham Lincoln into the state of Indiana’s bicentennial celebration, which is coming up in 2016.

Jeff Lindsey, an attorney with Jefferson Law Associates who works with the Think Lincoln group, says the details are still to be worked out:

Lindsey says the group wants to coordinate its efforts with the state’s plans to celebrate the bicentennial. He says Lincoln has a big role in Indiana’s history:

Lindsey did not divulge any of the preliminary ideas that came out during this recent meeting. The next meeting of the Think Lincoln group is scheduled for May 24th at 9 AM.