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A longtime Dubois County automotive institution is closing it’s doors.

Owners of The Hasenour Motor Company in St. Anthony officially announced this morning the decision to close shop for good at the end of business on Saturday September 12th. The dealership has been business since 1922 serving the car and truck Sales and Service needs to a wide area of Southern Indiana and Dubois County.

Back in April of 2009 Hasenour’s was one of 1,100 General Motors dealerships notified by General Motors that its franchise agreement with auto giant would not be renewed in the fall of 2010. Company officials were told at that time that they could continue to sell used cars and trucks and maintain the company’s service business, but it would not be able to sell new vehicles. The dealership was allowed to continue ordering parts from GM and servicing vehicles.

However company president John Welp and co-owner Woody Fischer say that come October, GM will be discontinuing the Medium Duty Parts and Service program nationwide. Welp says without the program the company could no longer meet the needs and expectations of thier customers…..

Both Welp and Fischer have spent an combined 98 years with the Hasenour Motor Company and are thankful to thier employees and customers for the many wonderful years of service. Welp says despite a few bumps along the way its been a fun ride for both he and Fischer……

Once again Hasenour’s final business day will be Saturday September 12th.

An anonymous tip a week ago triggered an investigation by the Martin County Sheriff’s Department and various other law enforcement agencies as well as the Army National Guard that lead to the arrest of a Shoals couple on charges of cultivating marijuana.

About 10 minutes before 2 last Monday afternoon, the Martin County Sheriff’s Department received an anonymous tip that marijuana plants were being grown at a home along the 11000 block of Sherfick School Road east of Shoals.

At 2 PM, Martin County Sheriff Travis Roush along with Chief Deputy Josh Greene, and a trooper with the Indiana State State Police went to the residence where they discovered two marijuana plants and several “starter” plants.

Authorities say while Greene was obtaining a search warrant, 54-year old Paul Salmon of Shoals, arrived at the residence. Salmon was placed under arrest and transported to the Martin County Security Center without incident.

Officers were at the residence for an hour before the search warrant was obtained. They attempted to have any occupants of the residence come to the door by knocking, but they say nobody answered.

As officers were about to execute the search warrant, 55-year old Janet Tredway Shoals, showed up in the home’s garage. Tredway too was was placed under arrest and taken to the Martin County Security Center without incident.

Then at about a quarter after three that afternoon the search warrant was executed. The department’s K9 unit was called in to aid in the search.

Authorities found a small amount of marijuana. Also a helicopter courtesy of the Indiana State Police located two marijuana plants over two feet tall.

Additional plants were found approximately 650 feet east of the residence. The marijuana, in total, is expected to weigh well beyond 30 grams once dried.

Both Salmon and Tredway face Level 5 Felony counts of Cultivating Marijuana and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Department were assisted by the Indiana State Police, the National Forest Service, Indiana Conservation Officers, and the Army National.

Although Indiana is dealing with a teacher shortage, lawmakers say one area where jobs will be plentiful over the next few years in education is life sciences and technological innovation.

Lawmakers are touting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching as a strong future profession for young Hoosiers going to school for teaching. Indiana is projected to add 115,000 new STEM jobs by 2018. 40% of those jobs will require post-secondary education which would lead to an associate’s degree while the other 60% would require a 4 year degree.

Now these STEM jobs are part of a recruitment effort by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The Commission is funding the jobs through grants out of a program established by state lawmakers back in 2013. Officials say the grants will allow organizations to recruit, prepare, place and retain educators in schools where there are shortages of teachers with appropriate training and expertise in STEM subject areas.

District 48 senator Mark Messmer says the program is already working wonders:

New or existing non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for a portion of nearly $10 million to support their efforts to recruit, train, retain and place STEM-field teachers in high-need Indiana schools. To be eligible for the grant, applicants must present programs that result in individuals becoming licensed or trained to teach science, technology, engineering or math in Indiana public K-12 schools. Individuals receiving program support through this grant must seek employment in an eligible Indiana public school.

The full grant application and budget worksheet can be found online at Winning entries will be selected by a committee of K-12, higher education and workforce stakeholders and announced in November 2015.

A Jasper man was cited over the weekend after he hit a pole while driving drunk.

Just before 1:50 Sunday morning, Jasper Police were called to Clay Street just east of Wernsing Road about a 1 vehicle accident. JPD says 20-year-old Ricardo Herrera had been going south on Clay Street when his vehicle went left of center for an unknown reason. Herrera’s vehicle then hit a city owned light pole.

Police found that Herrera had been drinking prior to getting behind the wheel. Herrera also suffered a broken arm and was taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment. He was later cited for Minor Consuming and for Driving Without Ever Getting a License.

Damage to the light pole was estimated at $5,000. Jasper Police were assisted by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and a wrecker from Uelbehor’s.

Dubois County officials are set to host another Medication Collection Day in late September.

Officials say the collections will take place on Saturday, September 26th. There will be 3 collection locations set up across Dubois County. Locations are the Celestine Fire Station off of East State Road 164, the Ireland Fire Station off of West State Road 56 and the Jasper State Police Post on Jasper’s north side. The fire stations will be open for collections from 10 am until noon while the state police post will be open from 10 am to 2 pm.

Expired, unwanted, and unused medications, vitamins, ointments, syrups, drops and
aerosols not in pressurized containers will be accepted at the collection sites. No sharps, infectious materials (anything containing bodily fluids), or waste will be collected. Sites are open to Dubois County households only.

Now law enforcement officers will be at each site along with volunteers and staff to oversee disposal. Questions may be directed to the Dubois County Solid Waste District at (812)-482-7865.

The collection day is being sponsored by Indiana State Police, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Substance Abuse Council, TRI-CAP RSVP, Habig Older Americans Center, Dubois County Solid Waste Management District and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Of course, if you can’t make it this weekend, the Huntingburg Police Department has a 24/7 dropbox for residents to dispose of unwanted medicines. That dropbox is open to all Dubois County residents.

Officials with TRI-CAP are inviting the public to an open house for its south side Jasper facility next month.

The open house will take place on Thursday September 24th. A ribbon cutting will take place at 4 o’clock that afternoon. Guided tours and an open house will start around 4:15 and will continue until 6:30 pm.

The event will also feature a charity performance for TRI-CAP by Will Read and Sing for Food. That performance begins at 7 o’clock and the cost will be $10.

Of course, TRI-CAP is putting the finishing touches on the renovation of its 17,000 square foot clinic along Third Avenue in Jasper. The building also has office space and classrooms.

TRI-CAP also thanks the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, USDA Rural Development, Universal Design and Seufert Construction for their help with this renovation project.

Police arrested a Jasper man overnight after he violated a no-contact order against him.

At 2:55 this morning, JPD received a call from a person saying that 34-year-old Phil Neukam was calling in violation of a no-contact order from a previous case between the two. The caller also told JPD that Neukam had threatened them multiple times about the previous case in an effort to get the victim to drop the charges. Phillip Neukam

Police detained and questioned Neukam, who admitted to breaking the no-contact order. Neukam was booked into the Dubois County Security Center without incident.

Neukam is charged with a Level 6 felony for Intimidation along with a Class A misdemeanor for Invasion of Privacy.