Actions, activities and processes that are part of the City of Jasper’s overall economic development strategy will be shared next week during a meeting of the Jasper Economic Development Commission.
City officials, department heads, civic and business leaders and the general public are invited to hear a presentation by Mayor Terry Seitz during the meeting that’s set for 8 till 8:30 am next Thursday, Dec. 12, in the City Hall council chambers. A welcome reception will begin at 7:30 a.m.
Seitz says that for more than a year city officials have been delighted to hear guests, contractors and city staff come to City Hall and proclaim the words, ‘Jasper has so much going on.’ the mayor says this phrase accurately reflects forward movement in the city and on the city’s overall economic development strategy.
Seitz said he recently shared some of what will constitute his upcoming presentation with Andy Seger, president of the city’s economic development council, and they decided it would be ideal to share the same information with the entire commission and the public at large.
PAOLI, Ind. (AP) – A southern Indiana ski slope is hoping the cold weather being forecast will allow it to open up for skiers in a couple weeks.
Paoli (pay-OH’-lee) Peaks spokeswoman Lauren Grenier says its crews are planning to start up its snow-making machines this weekend, with plans to start its ski season on Dec. 14.
The forecast for the Paoli area about 70 miles northeast of Evansville calls for some snowfall and temperatures below freezing through the weekend.
The Evansville Courier & Press reports (http://bit.ly/1bd0at9 ) that Paoli Peaks’ ski season typically runs from mid-December through mid-March. But that can vary widely depending on the weather.
The call for changes at a Daviess County intersection has grown louder after a toddler was killed in a car accident there earlier this year.
Noah Briggeman died recently from injuries sustained when the van he was riding in with his family collided with a semi at the intersection of US 50 and State Road 257 just outside of Washington. Since Briggeman’s death, several people have signed off on a petition started by Derrick Clarke to make changes in order to make the intersection safer.
Washington mayor Joe Wellman says the main problem at the intersection starts with people’s thought process:
Clarke, who addressed the Washington City Council at a meeting last night, says several people, such as Steve Durnil and a Vincennes family, have been killed at the intersection and many other serious accidents have occurred there. Clarke’s petition has garnered more than 200 signatures as of news time.
Now the petition calls for overhead flashing lights to be installed about 1 thousand feet from the intersection to the east and west. The petition additionally calls for signs that would say ‘Prepare to Stop When Flashing’ to be installed. Clarke has also been on radio and met with members of the community and INDOT concerning the plan.
Wellman says though the state has concerns about warning signs, he feels that would be the best way to go:
The Washington City Council gave its unanimous support to Clarke’s petition. Councilman Blake Chambers says he travels through the intersection on a regular basis and he says his pulse speeds up every time he nears the intersection.
Wellman says any possibility of having increased police patrols in the area would likely come from the county or state police as the highway falls under their jurisdiction. He says in the end, people just need to pay attention as they drive in order to avoid serious accidents and to keep everyone safe.
A local hospital will be offering an opportunity to decorate a community Christmas tree in remembrance of loved ones this holiday season.
The Family Pallative Care unit of Jasper-based Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center will be holding “Light Up a Life” throughout the current holiday season. The community tree is set to be on display at Hometown IGA at the Crossing through New Year’s Day.
For a $5 donation, a dove ornament will be inscribed “in honor,” “in memory,” or “in celebration” of a friend, relative, or loved one – anyone whom the donor wishes to have honored or remembered.
Forms for donations are available at the Hometown IGA at the Crossing’s service desk or at the information desk at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center.
All proceeds from the “Light Up a Life” program go to benefit Family Pallative Care, which is a free service of Memorial Hospital dedicated to providing care and making life as meaningful as possible in the final days of life for both the patient and family.
For more information about “Light Up a Life” or Family Palliative Care services, please call the Family Palliative Care staff at 996-0234 or toll free, 800-852-7279, ext. 0234.
The holiday season started with Black Friday and continued today with Cyber Monday. Today involves a bit of a different campaign however.
Giving Tuesday, a campaign to create a national day of giving, is set for today as part of the start of the annual holiday season. Now the day is designed to celebrate and encourage charity and giving through activities that support not for profit organizations. This can be done through online contributions or sharing via social media what matters most to folks around the holidays.
Giving Tuesday was launched last year (mostly through social media) and has more than 25 hundred partners across all 50 US states, including the Dubois County Community Foundation. The movement has recently added the United Nations Foundation as a partner and principle funder.
Online donations will be encouraged tomorrow as part of Giving Tuesday. Locally, you can go online to dccommunityfoundation.org or you can call 482-5295 for more information on giving here in Dubois County.
This past weekend offered an opportunity for youth to learn the art of pheasant hunting at a Daviess County park.
Glendale Fish and Wildlife Area hosted its 10th annual youth pheasant hunt this past Saturday. 8 hunters in all (each between the ages of 11 and 16) participated in this past weekend’s hunt. The day began with registration at 8:30 am, followed by the young hunters receiving general safety instruction from local conservation officers. The young hunters then honed their shooting skills by shooting clay targets on a range instructed by Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division’s Hunter Education Coordinator Tim Beck, volunteer hunter education instructors, Glendale Fish and Wildlife Area personnel, and Indiana Conservation Officers.
Following a break for lunch, the young hunters were assigned into groups with dogs and handlers to hunt pheasants. This marked the first experience hunting pheasants with dogs for many of the youth and it was the first overall hunting experience for four of them.
Cash donations for the event were received from the Dubois County Sportsman Club, First National Bank of Odon, Hoefling Cycle Sales, and the Daviess County Visitor’s Bureau. These donations were used to purchase sweatshirts and ammunition, for the youth hunters, and provide lunch for all participants.
Plans for the 2014 event have already started, any donations or volunteering of services will be accepted by contacting Glendale Fish and Wildlife Area at 812-644-7711.
A Spencer County resort has contributed money to a regional Ronald McDonald House.
Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort recently donated 11 thousand 300 dollars to the Ronald McDonald House of Evansville. The resort partners with McDonald’s restaurants each Christmas season.
As part of that partnership, participating McDonald’s offer discount coupons for the drive-thru Santa Claus Land of Lights Family Christmas Light Adventure each Christmas season. Resort officials say over the last 4 holiday seasons, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) have received more than 38 thousand dollars in donations from Lake Rudolph as well as the Santa Claus Land of Lights.
Evansville Ronald McDonald House executive director Jeremy Evans says his group couldn’t serve the families around the Evansville tri-state area and beyond if it weren’t for donations like the ones from Lake Rudolph. He says those contributions enrich the community and make a difference in many lives.
For more information about the Ronald McDonald House in Evansville you can visit their website at rmhevansville.org.
The Santa Claus Land of Lights is now open from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. CST on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through December 8 and opens nightly December 13 through New Year’s Eve. The light show is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For a complete operating schedule or to purchase pre-paid passes, visit the website at SantaClausLandofLights.com.