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The Holland water tower is now set to undergo renovations.

Last night, the Holland town board discussed needed renovation work to be done on the water tower during a special meeting with Robert Curry of Danville, Indiana-based Curry and Associates. The project would likely be done in two steps, with the 200 thousand gallon tower in Holland being done first at a cost of around 130 thousand dollars. The low bid was submitted by Caldwell Tanks.

Town board president Tom Thacker says the town hopes to get that work underway this summer after a source of funding is found. Now work will include sandblasting the inside of the tank followed by repainting. Additional work to be done will include outside coating and various other repairs.

The 2nd part of the project would involve renovation of the Stendal water tower. That came back at a cost of around 100 thousand dollars to complete. Thacker says that is causing the board to consider other options for water service in the Stendal area:

The Stendal water tower holds 20 thousand gallons of water. In the end, Thacker says getting the tower renovation done now is important:

The board directed Curry to look into other options for the Stendal tower. Those will be brought back to the board at a later date.

A Birdseye teen was taken to the hospital following an accident near Ferdinand yesterday afternoon.

Deputies say 16-year-old Savannah Voegerl of Birdseye was northbound along Club Road at 3:10 pm when she says the left rear tire on her vehicle popped. The tire pop caused Voegerl to lose control of her vehicle. It then went left of center and then off of the west side of Club Road where it hit a tree. The impact caused Voegerl’s vehicle to roll over before it came to rest up-right facing south.

Voegerl was taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment of pain in her head, lower back, and left leg. Her vehicle was a total loss.

Ferdinand Police, Ferdinand First Responders, Memorial Hospital EMS, and Berg’s Wrecker Service also assisted.

Minor injuries were the result of a 2 car crash near Ireland yesterday.

Just after 5:35 pm, Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies say 67-year-old Charles Blunk of Jasper was westbound along State Road 56 at the intersection with County Road 500 West. Blunk told deputies he thought he had the green light but he couldn’t see the light due to the sun. Blunk’s vehicle hit the driver’s side of a vehicle driven by 15-year-old Emily Biggs of Jasper, who was southbound on County Road 500 West and had tried to go through the intersection after they told deputies that they had the green light.

Biggs and a passenger in her vehicle (Brian Biggs) complained of pain, but refused treatment at the scene. A second passenger in Biggs’ vehicle (Zoe Biggs) and Blunk were not injured. Blunk’s vehicle sustained 4 thousand dollars worth of damage, though he was able to drive away from the scene. Biggs’ vehicle sustained 7 thousand dollars worth of damage and had to be towed from the scene according to deputies. This accident remains under investigation.

Memorial Hospital EMS, Ireland First Responders, and a wrecker from Blesch Sales and Service also assisted.

Road construction season continues across our listening area and folks in Perry County that use State Road 66 may need to seek another route.

Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation say beginning on Monday, April 28th, crews will begin reconstructing the intersection of State Road 66 and State Road 166 in the southern part of the county. State Road 66 will be closed between State Road 166 and State Road 237. However, officials say local traffic and emergenct personnel will have access up to the point of closure about 900 feet to the west of the intersection. All work is set to be done and the road reopened on or after May 4th. That is, of course, weather permitting.

The detour in this area will use State Roads 66, 70, 37, and 237. As always, INDOT is urging folks to slow down, use caution, and consider worker safety when travelling in work zones all across the state.

The Dubois County Community Foundation has announced plans to host a marketing seminar for nonprofit groups.

The seminar, titled “10 Ways to Pump Up Nonprofit Marketing Communications,” is being held as part of the DCCF’s BetterTogether series. The event is presented courtesy of Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network.Danielle Falconer, vice president of Indianapolis-based ad agency Borshoff, will be the featured guest.

The event is being held on May 6th on the Vincennes University Jasper Campus from 11 am to 1:30 pm. Registration for the event is 15 dollars and includes lunch. Seating is limited, so folks should reserve their spot by April 29th.

For more information or to register, you can call the Dubois County Community Foundation at 482-5295 or June Miller at 421-7482.

2 local candidates for office have received high profile endorsements.

Indiana Farm Bureau ELECT has announced that it endorses Republican house candidate Mike Braun and state senate candidate Mark Messmer. Farm Bureau ELECT is the political action committee representing the Indiana Farm Bureau.

Messmer currently represents District 63 in the Indiana House of Representatives, but he has announced his intent to run for the state Senate. Meanwhile, Braun is running to fill Messmer’s seat in the house.

IFB officials say both candidates understand how important agriculture is to Indiana. They say the endorsement is recognition of that understanding.

House District 63 covers all or part of Daviess, Dubois, Martin, and Pike counties. Senate District 48 covers all or part of Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Pike, Spencer, and Warrick counties.

The Jasper City Hall, Street Department and all Utilities Administrative offices will be closed tomorrow Friday April 18th for Good Friday.

The Jasper Street Department and Resource and Recovery Site will also be closed Saturday April 19th.

Trash and regular recycling normally collected Friday, April 18th is being picked up today.

Also, the Ferdinand Town Hall, Huntingburg City Hall and Street and Utillity Departments for those communities as well as all Dubois County non emergency offices including the Dubois Couty Courthouse and Annex will be closed Friday for the holiday.

Normal working hours will resume Monday April 21st.


The Dubois County Museum in Jasper will be closed Friday and Sunday for Good Friday and Easter. The museum Saturday at its normal hours of 10 am till 4 pm.


And the Jasper Public Library, Ferdinand Branch Library and Dubois Branch Library will be closed Friday in observance of Good Friday.

The Jasper Public library will also be closed this Sunday for Easter.

All libraries will be open for regular hours on Saturday April the 19th.

Book drops are available at each location fro the return of all materials.