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Huntingburg is the latest Dubois County community to join the broadband revolution.

This morning, city officials and representatives of Perry-Spencer Communications (PSC) came together to announce a joint effort to bring broadband to Huntingburg. The plan, dubbed ‘High Speed Huntingburg’, will begin to take shape over the coming year.

Huntingburg mayor Denny Spinner says broadband is long overdue in the city. He says broadband access holds the key to the city’s long-term success:

Now broadband will be a new city utility in Huntingburg. PSC will be working with city utilities in the design and buildout of this project, which will begin in the spring of 2016.

PSC president and CEO Jim Dauby was also on hand for this morning’s announcement. He says the project has been a long time coming for the city and says its part of addressing a much bigger problem:

Dauby says the project is expected to cost around $3 million in all based on past experience with broadband buildouts. He says the company will soon begin working with the city on design plans. The project will be an entirely private investment made by PSC with no subsidies from the city.

Huntingburg is the 2nd community this year to announce a major broadband project. Earlier this year, Jasper city officials announced a partnership with Smithville Telecom of Ellettsville for the region’s first ‘Gigacity’.

A Monday afternoon crash in northeastern Dubois County claimed the life of an Orange County woman.

Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies were called to State Road 56 east of County Road 750 East at around 3:40 pm. Sheriff’s deputies say 71-year-old Beverly Stiles of Paoli was driving eastbound on State Road 56 when she told deputies she tried to move her vehicle to the right for a combine that was going westbound on the highway. IMG_0309After moving her car over, she told deputies she lost control of the car before going over into a ditch on the south side of State Road 56, hitting an embankment at the end of the ditch before coming to rest.

Stiles had to be extricated from her vehicle by Dubois Volunteer firefighters, an effort that took more than half an hour. She was then taken by ambulance to Jasper’s Memorial Hospital before being airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville. She succumbed to her injuries at St. Mary’s at 5:20 pm central time.

Authorities say they are continuing to investigate the crash. The Dubois Fire Department, Memorial Hospital EMS and the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office all assisted sheriff’s deputies.

2 people were jailed Monday evening after Huntingburg police say a call for help led to the discovery of drugs.

At 8:15 last night, HPD was called to the 500 block of East 7th Street in Huntingburg on a reported domestic incident. After arriving, police were unable to find anyone in the area who was troubled. However, officers soon smelled marijuana at a nearby residence. Cole Denton

After getting a search warrant, Huntingburg Police found 27-year-old Cole Denton of Huntingburg and 36-year-old Jamie Manning of Petersburg inside the residence. Police also found numerous drug paraphernalia items, smoking/snorting devices, prescription pills, syringes and several different substances that field tests found to be methamphetamine.

Both Denton and Manning were arrested and booked into the Dubois County Security Center. They are each facing Level 6 felonies for Possession of a Legend Drug, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Syringe. They each also face a Class A misdemeanor for Possession of Paraphernalia. Jamie Manning

Meanwhile, Denton faces an additional Level 6 felony for Maintaining a Common Nuisance. Manning is charged with a Class B misdemeanor for Visiting a Common Nuisance.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s department assisted Huntingburg Police officers.

8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon has announced plans to hold a pair of town halls in Dubois and Daviess counties later this month.

Officials with the Congressman’s office say the events will give Hoosiers a chance to hear from Bucshon about issues facing the state of Indiana, the rest of the country and Congress.

Now Bucshon will be holding both town hall meetings next week. The one in Dubois County will be held next Tuesday at the CTIM building on the Vincennes University Jasper Campus. The Daviess County forum will take place at the Washington Park Community building in the 500 block of Burkhart Drive in Washington. Both town halls will run from 5:30 to 7 pm eastern standard time. Of course, both events are open to the public.

This starts the 2nd round of public appearances for Bucshon. Back in August, the Congressman held a series of town halls, listening sessions, and office hours. Those were in Knox, Crawford, Owen, Parke, Clay, Vigo, Spencer and Vanderburgh Counties.

Indiana’s 8th Congressional District covers all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.

Election season is upon us and the Dubois County Clerk’s Office has announced early voting times for November’s city elections.

County clerk Bridgette Jarboe says early voting will get underway next Monday October 12th and will run through Monday November 2nd, the day before the election. Early voting will also feature Saturday hours on both October 24th and on Halloween Saturday, October 31st. Now early voting hours will be from 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday with no closing for lunch. The Saturday hours will be from 8 am to 2 pm. The final deadline for early voting will be at noon on Monday, November 2nd.

Now Jarboe has also announced satellite voting locations and hours. Satellite locations will be set up at the Huntingburg Event Center and the Ferdinand Community Center. Hours at both locations will be from 10 am to 6 pm on Thursday October 29th and Saturday October 31st from 8 am until noon. The Huntingburg location will be open on Friday October 30th from 10 am to 6 pm. The Ferdinand location will not have voting hours that Friday.

Of course, yesterday was the deadline to register to vote in this November’s election. Jarboe once again is reminding the public that this election is a city election, thus voting is only open to residents in the cities of Jasper and Huntingburg along with the town of Ferdinand.

Voters have to live within the limits of their respective community in order to cast a ballot.

Spencer County’s burn ban is no longer in effect.

Yesterday, the Spencer County Commissioners lifted the ban, which had been in place for just under 2 weeks. Recent rains and the saturation of the ground and vegetation led to the ban’s lifting.

Of course, Dubois County lifted its burn ban this past weekend. Martin County also had a burn ban in place, but it was lifted yesterday as well.

Once again, the Spencer County Commissioners have lifted that county’s burn ban due to recent rains and the saturation of the ground and vegetation throughout the county. There are now no area counties with burn bans as Dubois County lifted its burn ban this past weekend.

Martin County officials lifted their burn ban yesterday as well.

As Indiana’s economy continues to be led by the manufacturing sector, manufacturing education is working to keep up.

Thursday’s celebration of ‘National Manufacturing Day’ at the Center for Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing on the Vincennes University Jasper Campus was an example of that work. There were several different developments on display, specifically in advanced manufacturing. These included a virtual welder that students could practice on to help sharpen their skills.

Of course, the CTIM program launched back in May of 2013 with the opening of the CTIM building. Ray Niehaus is the director of the CTIM program. He says the advancements in the manufacturing sector are being met by better technology..along with more people taking an interest in the CTIM program:

Now Niehaus says there is still work to do in keeping up as manufacturing, particularly advanced manufacturing, continues to reinvent itself for the future.

The need for manufacturing education in Indiana is also being underscored by state officials. Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Steve Braun stopped by Thursday’s celebration. Braun says getting needed job skills aligned with education at all levels is still a work in progress:

Now in the past, local educators have thrown out the possibility of internships at the high school level to help close the state’s ongoing skills gap. Braun says its the right idea and one that needs to be pursued more:

Braun says he has worked with educators over the last few months, particularly career and technical educators. He says the goal is to expand the state’s CTE initiatives further once his department can show there is a demand for manufacturing and other skilled positions throughout Indiana.