DCBi Staff

Funeral services for 91-year old Lucille Heilers of Ferdinand will be held at 10 am Friday in St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Ferdinand.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call for visitation from 2 till 8 pm this evening and from 7 till 9:30 Friday morning at the Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Benedict.

A second person is now in the running for the office of Mayor for the city of Jasper.

Yesterday Steve Messmer announced he would seek the Republican Party’s nomination for the office.

The office is up for election in 2015.

The 63-year old Messmer is a lifelong resident of Jasper and is a graduate of Jasper High School and Lockyear Business College in Evansville.

He has been involved with Junior Achievement and is a member of the Jasper Moose Lodge and the Jasper Optimists Club. He is also a member of the Sons of the American Legion and attends St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Messmer has led the advertising and marketing efforts of two local corporations ó Spencer Industries of Dale and Uebelhor & Sons of Jasper and Vincennes. He has also continued to work in radio, cable television, technology and website development as well as other corporate ventures.

In a news release Messmer says though the years Jasper has experienced tremendous growth and prosperity due to the vision, planning, and full cooperation of city leaders.

He says as mayor, he will continue that long term vision of growth and success, always working close with city employees, officials, and departments, plus seeking input from all citizens.

Steve Messmer

Steve and his wife, Andrea, live in Jasper and have two sons who also reside in the community.

Messmer is the second person to announce his intentions for the office.  Current Jasper mayor Terry Seitz announced his plans to seek re-election back in late July.

The 47th annual Dale Fall Festival known as the “Biggest Small Town Festival in Southern Indiana”, gets into full swing tonight and will continue through Saturday evening.

Events actually kicked off last Sunday with the 1-thousand dollar scholarship queens pageant held at the Heritage Hills Auditorium.

This years winners included Jennifer Heltzel who was crowned 2014 Fall Fest Queen as well as Miss Photogenic.  Jennifer also picked up an interview scholarship.

Madison Gogel was first runner up. Dallas Buse second runner up and she too gathered an interview scholarship.  Third runner up was Mariah Burdin, Derian Scales fourth runner up and Miss Congeniality was Shelby Klueh.

Tonight the grounds will open at 6 pm CDT featuring carnival rides, games, a beer garden offering thirsty Thursday all evening long and many types of food.  Also at 6 is the Cheerleader and Dance Team performance. At 6:30 its the Little Miss and Mister Pageant at the center park stage and a Euchre tourney will take place in the Beer Garden beginning at 7 o’clock.

Other notable events to look forward to this weekend include the Kiddie Tractor Pull, a Dart Tourney, a Keg Toss, 3 on 3 Basketball tourney all on Friday along with plenty of entertainment through the evening.

Saturday’s Events include a 5k Walk and Run, a golf scramble, the children’s games and pet parade, a couple new events including the people’s choice chili judging contest and a barbecue contest, plus the huge Dale fall Festival Parade beginning at 2 pm with the theme “Honoring those who serve” with Corky Dugas  serving as grand marshall.

Also on Saturday its the next leg of the WBDC Cornhole Tournament of Champions at 4 pm with registration beginning at 3 at the Brown Brothers lot.

The Fest will wrap up at 11 o’clock Saturday evening with the Grand Raffle.

Sister station, 101 Country WBDC will be providing live reports from the 47th annual Dale Fall Festival beginning Friday evening and continuing through the weekend.

Yesterday the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department reported that a male inmate was pronounced dead early that morning at the Dubois County Community Corrections Center in Jasper.

29-year old Christopher Klee was pronounced dead after the sheriff’s department responded to the corrections center at 4 am to the report of an unresponsive male subject. The county coroner’s office was also dispatched to the scene.

A release from the sheriff’s office said an autopsy conducted Wednesday morning found the death was from natural causes and no foul play is suspected. They say toxicology samples were taken and it’ll be several weeks before they receive the results.

Just after 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon, Dubois Volunteer Firefighters were called to the report of smoke in a shop building at Patoka Regional Water and Sewer District along the 2600 block of N State Road 545.

Fire Department spokesman Zach Eichmiller says a construction crew was on scene doing some digging work on an expansion project at the facility when they hit an underground power line.

The incident caused electric current to flow to multiple buildings at the facility, possibly through the water line the crew was working on.  Eichmiller says several fixtures in multiple buildings were damaged from the heavy electrical current, but there was no structural damage.

Dubois REC responded to the scene and in short time disconnecting all power to the facility in order for the electric line to be repaired and all fixtures could be inspected that were involved in the incident.  All the buildings involved in the incident were checked by firefighters for hot spots before departing the scene.

Eichmiller said the facility was operating off of generator power when units departed, and would continue to do so until all repairs were made and Dubois REC was able to restore power.

There were no injuries.

Three trucks with 13 firemen responded to the scene where they spent about an hour.

Dubois firefighters were assisted by Dubois REC and Memorial Hospital EMS.

A Huntingburg man was taken into custody after he was accused of causing damage to an inside wall at a local group home Wednesday evening.

Just before 6 pm Huntingburg Police were called to the Transitional Services Group Home located along the 100 Block of Chestnut Street where a man was reported to be destroying the inside of the residence.

Upon their arrival Police made contract with 18-year old Avary Allgood and immediately took him into custody.

Police determined that Allgood had used a metal pipe to knock out a wall in the home’s living room and due to the amount of damage, Avary was charged with a Class A misdemeanor count of Criminal Mischief.

He was taken to and booked into the Dubois County Security Center.

A Jasper woman landed behind bars after she was suspected of shoplifting at the Jasper WalMart Store on the city’s northside.

At about a quarter after 8 last night Jasper Police received a report of a possible shoplifter at the store.  An investigation by authorities found that 31-year old Tessa Zehr of Jasper attempted to steal items from the store valued at nearly 48-dollars.

Zehr was taken to and lodged into the Dubois County Security Center on theft charges.