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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.

MUSEUM CLOSED

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.

LIBRARIES CLOSED GOOD FRIDAY TOO.

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.

A new area code is on its way and folks need to be prepared.

That was the message delivered this morning at the fifth round of the Huntingburg Chamber’s Business Education Series. Pepper Mulherin with AT&T was this morning’s speaker. Topics included what the change was, how it will affect folks in our area, and how to get prepared.

Mulherin says businesses are among the primary areas of concern for phone companies as the new area code is implemented:

Mulherin says companies also remain concerned about the lack of interest in the issue from folks thus far. She says the change will happen sooner than people may think.

Huntingburg Chamber director Nick Stevens went through an area code change himself when the 7-6-5 area code was implemented in north central Indiana a little more than 10 years ago. He says the importance of being prepared for it cannot be overstated:

Now March 1st marked the beginning of a 6 month grace period for folks to get used to the dialing changes as the 9-3-0 area code is implemented. Folks are being asked during the 6 month period to begin using 10 digit dialing for all local phone calls. 7 digit dialing for calls will still work until September 6th. However, all calls will be 10 digit phone calls locally beginning on that date.

The 930 area code is being added to our area through an overlay method. Officials say that method has been used for every new area code added nationwide since 2008. The positive news about the overlay: You don’t have to change your existing phone number. New landlines will be assigned the 930 area code beginning on October 6th. That also applies to customers who move to a new location in southern Indiana at that time.

This morning, Huntingburg mayor Denny Spinner and Maura Robinson of MG Robinson Inc. announced details of an upcoming Latino summit.

The summit will be the first of its kind to be held in Dubois County. Robinson previously hosted a Latino summit in Evansville.

The city and MG Robinson are partnering together with local businesses and other community organizations to host the summit, which will be held Friday May 9th from 8:30 am to 1 pm at the Huntingburg Event Center. These include Vincennes University Jasper Campus, German American, and Toyota Manufacturing of Indiana.

Robinson says the message of acceptance will be the biggest theme of the event:

Meanwhile, Spinner says from a city standpoint, the event will be about bringing everyone together:

Several different people are scheduled to speak during the summit. These will include Reverend Denis Robinson with St. Meinrad’s School of Seminary and Theology. Maura Robinson will also speak as will Sheryl Stanton with the Southwest Dubois School Corporation.

The public is invited to attend the summit. The cost to register is 35 dollars per person, which includes materials and lunch. There are several sponsorship levels available and booth rentals for the event will cost 30 dollars.

Questions can be directed to Maura Robinson at 457-8423 or by email at maurarobinson@mgrobinsoninc.com.

Folks who use State Road 145 in southern Dubois County will have to find a new route.

The Indiana Department of Transportation says the road is closed indefinitely from the junction with Interstate 64 to the junction with State Road 64. INDOT says the closure was brought about by concerns with a bridge about 4.3 miles north of I64.

INDOT will have crews out repairing the bridge. They say once repairs are done and signed off on, the road will be reopened to traffic. In the meantime, a detour route will be available for folks. That route will use I64 as well as State Roads 37 and 64.

As always, INDOT is reminding motorists to follow posted work zone speed limits, use caution, and consider worker safety when travelling in work zones statewide.