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Jasper Police are looking for a man they say stole a donation jar from a south side gas station earlier this month.

The department says back on November 1st, the man took the donation jar from the counter at Sternbergs Citgo in the 1700 block of South US 231. Police say the jar was being used to help with funeral expenses for a family in need.

Anyone who has any information is asked to call Jasper Police at 482-2255.

You can also call the department’s anonymous tip line at 481-COPS.

A required water quality project for the city of Jasper is set to move forward.

Last night, the Jasper Utility Service board approved funding for an ultraviolet water treatment project. The project was mandated a couple of years ago by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Now UV treatment is often used as a pre-treatment or polishing step to disinfect water and sterilize it. Jasper Utilities General Manager Bud Hauersperger says the UV treatment also will allow for less chlorine to be used in water treatment.

The project is expected to cost $1.4 million. The utility board approved borrowing the money from the city’s electric distribution department. The borrowed money comes with the condition that it will have to be paid off within 5 years.

Hauersperger says borrowing from the electric utility was a better option for funding:

Hauersperger says digging for the project began yesterday. Work is expected to be done in July or August of next year.

Also last night, Hauersperger told the board about an environmental study to be done at the former Jasper power plant. Hauersperger says Lisa Gehlhausen with the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission approached the city recently about state funding that had become available to do such a study.

Hauersperger says getting the study done this way is different than in the past:

The utility board previously sent out requests for expressions of interest on the former power plant building. Those are still being accepted. The final deadline for them is coming up on December 1st.

Radius Indiana has announced a new communications director.

President/CEO Becky Skillman says Amy Lore has taken over all communications and marketing responsibilities for Radius. Skillman says Lore will also support the communications efforts for the WestGate at Crane technology park through her work with STIMULUS Engineering Services.

In a news release, Skillman says she is happy to have Lore join Radius Indiana. She cited Lore’s understanding of small cities and towns along with her passion for making them better.

Lore comes to Radius Indiana after many years working for state and federal lawmakers. After a stint as a staff member for former US Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona, Lore joined Skillman’s statehouse staff in 2005 as a member of Skillman’s communications team. Lore served 7 years with Skillman before leaving in 2012 to pursue graduate studies. Lore returned to the workforce last year with STIMULUS Engineering Services.

Lore is a native of Linton, Indiana.

Radius Indiana is a regional partnership that was formed back in 2009. It serves 8 counties in all. Those include Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Martin, and Orange counties locally.

Radius is also the main point of contact for NSWC Crane outside of the gates.

Jasper residents will once again have the opportunity to participate in a Christmas contest.

The Jasper Chamber of Commerce will be partnering with the Jasper Jaycees for this year’s Outdoor Home/Christmas Decorating and Lighting Contest. It will be open to all residents of Jasper and folks living within a mile of the city limits.

The contest will award winners in several different categories. These are Most Traditional, Best Use of Lights, Family Theme, and Most Original. The top 3 homes in each category will receive prizes.

Entry forms are available at the Jasper Chamber of Commerce along West 6th Street. You can also call 482-6866 to get a form. Folks who entered this contest in the past are encouraged to enter it again.

Entries are due to the Jasper Chamber office no later than December 10th. They can be mailed in, emailed to or faxed. The fax number is 812-848-2015.

Judging for this year’s contest will take place on the night of Friday December 12th. Lights should be turned on by 6 o’clock that evening.

The former chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Kimball International says promotion could be key to keeping Dubois and surrounding counties moving in the right direction.

During his speech at the Jasper Chamber Luncheon on Friday, James Thyen touched on several topics related to moving the community forward. Thyen specifically discussed ‘seizing the day’. He says there are opportunities that the area needs to take advantage of in order to grow:

As for the ongoing concern about attracting people to fill jobs in the county, Thyen went back to the theme of promotion. He says people outside of our area need to hear more about Dubois County and what the area has to offer:

Thyen also spoke on other issues such as high speed internet that may keep people from coming to the area to live.

Thyen retired from Kimball earlier this year. He had worked for the company since 1966.

Now Kimball had 2 other speakers in addition to Thyen. New Kimball International CEO Bob Schneider and Kimball Electronics chairman of the board and CEO Don Charron also spoke about the future of their respective companies.

Friday’s luncheon also featured the presentation of the President’s Community Excellence Award. That award went to Memorial Hospital Foundation executive director Mike Jones.

Well its only mid-November, but we’ve already had our first snow of the season.

The snow storm rolled in late yesterday afternoon and into the evening. Now winter storm warnings were posted for Dubois and many of the surrounding counties yesterday morning by the National Weather Service. Those warnings remain in effect until noon today in some areas as the storm system moves out.

The snow also caused issues for schools across the area. Greater Jasper Schools along with Southeast, Southwest, and Northeast Dubois all closed today due to the weather. St. Mary’s Pre-School cancelled its morning classes while St. Henry Preschool is closed today.

Moving to other counties, several other schools closed. These include Pike County, North Spencer, Perry Central, and Crawford County schools. A complete list of closings and delays for today can be found on our website at

In all, area forecasts called for 2 to 4 inches of snow through this morning. The Jasper waste water plant reported an inch of snow this morning. 2 inches of snow was measured outside of the WBDC studios.

The snow will be tapering off from west to east throughout the morning. The end of the snow will mean bitter cold across the area. Temperatures today are expected to fall throughout the day.

A pair of Jasper men were taken into custody over the weekend following separate battery incidents.

At 3:25 yesterday afternoon, Jasper Police were called to the Dubois apartments on the first reported battery incident. When they arrived, police found 21-year-old Jacob Courter and a pregnant teenage girl outside of Apartment 10.

According to Jasper Police, Courter pushed the girl to the ground during the course of the altercation. Officers also found drug paraphernalia on his person.

Courter was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. He is facing criminal mischief, possession of paraphernalia, and domestic battery charges.

Then at 11 o’clock last night, JPD got a complaint about an altercation that had just happened in the 3300 block of Newton Street. Police also learned that the suspect (21-year-old John Kempf) had left on foot.

Once they arrived on scene, police located and detained Kempf. After further investigation, police say the altercation stemmed from a relationship ending over the weekend. Kempf and the daughter of the complaintant broke up earlier in the weekend and police say Kempf was asked not to return. When Kempf did return seeking to rekindle the relationship, another man was at the residence and the two fought.

Kempf was taken into custody and booked into the Dubois County Security Center. He is charged with battery causing bodily injury and disorderly conduct.

The complaintant complained of back and neck pain as a result of the struggle.