Bradford Raths

Changes in the definition of floodplains in Huntingburg could affect some folks and their insurance costs.

Last night, the Huntingburg City Council approved a new ordinance that redraws the flood plain maps for the city. The previous map dates back to 1998.

Huntingburg mayor Denny Spinner says the changes needed to be made in light of new federal regulations:

Spinner says folks involved in this change will be getting letters from the city. Folks are being encouraged to contact their flood insurance provider to find out how the changes will affect their insurance rates.

Also last night, the council held a lengthy discussion on a new ordinance surrounding fire safety. If approved, the ordinance would require Knox Boxes to be installed on all new buildings constructed in Huntingburg. The idea was proposed by councilman Glen Kissling along with Huntingburg fire chief Scott Patberg.

Now the boxes are designed to allow fire departments and other emergency personnel easier entry in the event of a fire or other major incident such as a chemical spill. Building owners would give a set of building keys to the fire department. Another goal is to limit damage to entry doors and other ways into buildings that comes about due to trouble getting in when there is a major emergency.

Spinner says now is a great time to consider the idea with potential construction on the way:

The council did not make any decisions last night. They instructed Kissling and Patberg to work with city attorney Phil Schneider to come up with a more defined ordinance.

That ordinance will likely be presented at a future meeting.

Officials with the Dubois County Health Department have announced the availability of pediatric influenza vaccine.

The vaccine is set to be available starting on Monday October 13th. It will be available daily from 8 to 11 am and from 1 to 3 pm. Adult influenza vaccine will also be available.

Now Private Insurance, Medicaid and Medicare Part B are being accepted as a method of payment. All insurance cards must be presented at the time of service.

The Health Department is partnering with VaxCare, which will submit claims to certain private insurance companies and Medicare Part B.

Health department officials are once again reminding the public that the best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot each fall. They recommend that everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated.

The department also says there are a few groups of people who are at higher risk of getting the flu than others and thus need to be vaccinated. These are:

• Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old

• Adults 65 years of age and older

• Pregnant women

• People who have medical conditions including:

o Chronic lung disease

o Asthma (even if it’s controlled or mild)

The Buffalo Trace Council’s Lincoln Heritage District has presented this year’s Distinguished Citizen Award.

Ray Snowden was honored last night as the 22nd recipient of the local Boy Scout award. Snowden is the president and chief executive officer of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, a role he has held since 1999. Last year, Snowden was named as board chairperson.

Snowden says the award means a lot to him. He says serving the community is something that he has always enjoyed doing:

Snowden is currently a board member for German American Bank, the Indiana Hospital Association, and the Vincennes University Jasper Campus Foundation among others. He also serves on the Jasper Redevelopment Commission. Some of his past roles include past president of the Southwestern Indiana Hospital Association District and past board member for both the Patoka Valley Healthcare Cooperative and Dubois Strong.

John Harding is a scout executive for the Buffalo Trace Council. He says several things made Snowden the right choice for this year’s award:

Snowden will have even more community involvement into the future. He was recently chosen to be vice chair of the new Medical Education and Research Partners (MERP) board. That board is currently overseeing development of a new multi-institutional health science education and research campus. That new campus will be anchored by the new IU School of Medicine Evansville campus. It will also partner with the University of Southern Indiana, the University of Evansville, Ivy Tech Community College, and 4 regional hospitals.

Now a crowd of more than 380 people were on hand for last night’s event. The keynote speech was delivered by Radius Indiana CEO Becky Skillman. Skillman says the values taught in Boy Scouts are very much in demand:

Last night’s ceremony had many local sponsors. It was presented by German American Bank, Jasper Engines and Transmissions, Best Home Furnishings, and Wabash Valley Produce.

Huntingburg Police were kept busy with a pair of domestic incidents overnight.

Just before 9:50 last night, police were called to an apartment in the 100 block of East 17th Street for the first incident. When they arrived, officers found 29-year-old Ashley Dupont of Huntingburg engaged in a verbal argument with a man. Further investigation found that the two had gotten into a physical altercation. Police say the evidence led to the arrest of 29-year-old Cory Brown (also of Huntingburg) on domestic battery and strangulation charges. Brown was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center.

Then just before 11 pm, Huntingburg officers were called to a home in the 200 block of East 5th Street for a reported incident. When they arrived, police found that 33-year-old Kathryn Gutierrez had been battered and suffered facial injuries. Officers also discovered that children were present at the time of the incident.

Officers then found 36-year-old Hector Gutierrez outside of the residence and took him into custody. He was booked into the Dubois County Security Center on a Level 6 felony for domestic battery in the presence of children.

Indiana State Police, Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies, and Rescue unit 230 also assisted.

The Indiana Council for Continuing Education has recognized a Vincennes University Jasper Campus staff member for her work.

Stephanie Crockett was honored with the organization’s “Support Staff Member of the Year” Award. Crockett serves as secretary for the VUJC Continuing Education Department.

Now this annual award is given to an hourly paid support staff employee of a continuing education unit in an ICCE-member institution who has provided outstanding service to continuing education instructors, administrators, or students. Nominees have to show a deep commitment to serving the continuing education mission.

A Jasper resident, Crockett has worked for VU since 2008. She also works with the Center for Technology, Innovation, and Manufacturing.

Crockett will receive her award at the annual state meeting in Indianapolis next Wednesday.

3 scholarship winners from the recently held Westgate at Crane College Fair have been announced.

This year’s college fair attracted Big 10 colleges and almost 800 regional high school students to the WestGate Academy Conferencing and Training Center. The fair took place Monday afternoon.

Now as mentioned, 3 scholarship winners have been named from that event. 2 of those were 500 dollar scholarships. The winners were Logan Albright of Shoals Jr/Sr High School for his essay “Demining the World”. The other 500 dollar winner was Cecelia Craig of Bloomfield High School for her essay “Purifying Water Using Solar Energy.”

The grand prize winner was Blakely Heaton of Bloomfield High School. She received a 1 thousand dollar scholarship for her essay titled “Transferring Energy to Make Clean Water Possible Everywhere.”

This year marked the 2nd year of the college fair and the 1st time that scholarships were offered. Organizer Melissa Pittman says she was pleased with this year’s student turnout.

Pittman says next May, the Running for Our Future 5K event associated with the college fair should continue, thus creating more scholarship opportunities for next year’s college fair.

Jasper city and business leaders had the chance earlier today to learn more about investing in the future.

This morning, the Jasper Action Team hosted a forum titled “The Case for Place.” The forum was a chance for local leaders to hear from state officials and regional development consultants on economic development statewide and how the city of Jasper can use some of those methods to its advantage.

There were 3 speakers this morning, including keynote speaker Eric Doden. Doden, the president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, spoke largely about a 30 page study that the state recently did on economic development. For that study, Doden and other state leaders traveled to 6 cities around the country to learn more about their development methods. Those cities included Manhattan, Kansas, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and Denver, Colorado. Doden says several things stood out in each city, including very ambitious goals of city leaders. Doden says those ambitions needs to be used in Indiana, specifically in various smaller communities outside of Indianapolis that are struggling.

From a local standpoint, Doden says Jasper is in a good position to continue growing:

Doden says the growth that Jasper has experienced could expand to the rest of Southwestern Indiana as area other road or infrastructure projects are completed:

The other speakers this morning were Ed Curtin of Columbus-based CWC Latitudes and Gary Malone with Indianapolis-based Umbaugh and Associates.