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UPDATE 03/04/15 05:20am

Cancellations for THURSDAY, March 5th

ALL DUBOIS COUNTY SCHOOLS – CLOSED
ALL SPENCER COUNTY SCHOOLS – CLOSED
ALL MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOLS – CLOSED
ALL GIBSON COUNTY SCHOOLS – CLOSED
ALL PIKE COUNTY SCHOOLS – CLOSED
ALL ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOLS – CLOSED
ALL CRAWFORD COUNTY SCHOOLS – CLOSED
ALL WARRICK COUNTY SCHOOLS – CLOSED
ALL PERRY COUNTY SCHOOLS – CLOSED
ALL SOUTH KNOX COUNTY SCHOOLS – CLOSED
WASHINGTON CATHOLIC SCHOOLS – CLOSED

University Of Evansville – CLOSED
University Of Southern Indiana – Day/Evening Classes – CANCELLED – Campus CLOSED
Oakland City University – CLOSED

Businesses
All Dubois County Government offices on a 2 HOUR DELAY!

Servants Inc has CANCELLED all production! Office use discretion!

National Office Furniture Santa Claus – 2 HOUR DELAY

National Office Furniture Jasper 11th Ave – 2 HOUR DELAY

Jasper Engines & Transmissions at both Jasper and Crawford County locations will operate on a 2 HOUR DELAY (8:30am to 5:00pm) for all manufacturing. Office and sales use discretion!

Kimball Hospitality – Jasper Production – starts at 7am

Kimball Office-Jasper – Day Shift 2 hr delay

Stens Corp – 2 HOUR DELAY

Jasper Rubber Products – 1st Shift 2 HOUR DELAY – Maintenance, Supervision, Office, & Lead People Responsible For Production Start Up Report At Normal Time.

Indiana Furniture – All Shifts 2 Hour Delay – Maintenance & Office Use Discretion.

Farbest Foods – All Shifts CANCELLED, Except Loading Crews

Dubois Distributers in Huntingburg – CLOSED

Jasper Group / Jasper Seating Plant 2-3-4-80: 8:00am start.  Plant #1 8:30am start

Dubois County Humane Society Spay/Neuter Transport for today has been rescheduled for Monday March 30th.  Everyone Registered will be automatically moved to the new date.

Scenic Hills in Ferdinand will not have 10:30am Mass

Dr. Bruce Nonte’s Office in Ferdinand is CLOSED

Offices of Dr. Ehrhard and Dr. Stubbs – CLOSED

Memorial Hospital Office Of Audiology – CLOSED

Center for Psychological Services – CLOSED

Medical of Dubois – CLOSED

Kid City USA – CLOSED

Azura in Jasper – CLOSED

Mehringer Plumbing & Heating – CLOSED

Leeds Selling Tools & Leeds Logistics – CLOSED

Huntingburg Senior Citizens Center – CLOSED

Huntingburg Transit will not be running today

Breakaway Lanes in Huntingburg – CANCELLED

St. Joseph’s in Dale – 24 Hour Adoration CANCELLED

Huntingburg Optimist Club Meeting – CANCELLED

Weight Watchers Meeting in Santa Claus – CANCELLED

 

For the latest in cancellations and delays as always keep tuned to 100.9FM WBDC, 103.3FM WAXL, and 94.5FM WRZR

(Updated 03/04/2015 10:30PM EST) Make sure you refresh this page frequently as more are added

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Although economic development is ongoing in several areas for the city of Jasper, questions still remain about the future of several old buildings, particularly the former Jasper Cabinet buildings.

The buildings, located along the Patoka River, were closed back in 2002 after the Jasper Cabinet company could not recover from a labor strike that happened a couple of years prior to the closing.

Jasper mayor Terry Seitz says the city has been actively working to find uses for the building as part of the city’s Downtown Riverfront Master Plan:

Seitz says the discussions for use of the Jasper Cabinet building have been going on for about 6 months or so. He says the city will have to balance its own interests in finding a developer for the buildings with the fact that they are privately owned. The buildings are currently owned by Jerry Fuhs.

Seitz says even if a private company chooses to invest in the Jasper Cabinet buildings, there will have to be some work on the city’s part:

Seitz says though the city does have money to use to spur development in the former Jasper Cabinet buildings, the city will have to use the money responsibly.

On a related note, Seitz says discussions are continuing on uses for the former Hoosier Desk building. A shared space for the Jasper Public Library, the Jasper Arts Commission and some apartment housing continues to be one of the primary options that’s being worked on for that building.

Today will likely be a rough day all across the listening area as Old Man Winter brings another round of fury.

The leading edge of the next winter storm has already made its way into the area as rain fell throughout the night, causing some roads to flood. Meterologist Michael Wilhite with SouthernIndianaWeather dot com says that rain will continue through the morning, but it remains unclear when it will changeover to sleet and snow:

The snow will then continue falling into this evening before tapering off.

The National Weather Service in Louisville has put us under a Winter Storm Watch. The watch started at 6 o’clock this morning and goes until noon tomorrow due to this storm. The storm will then give way to cold temperatures tomorrow and Friday before it warms up into the 40s over the weekend.

History has been made at Jasper’s Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center.

The hospital has announced that family physician Dr. Stanley Tretter has been appointed to be Memorial’s first ever Chief Medical Officer. Hospital officials say the recently created position will be part of the administrative staff and will act as a liason between the hospital’s administration and medical staff. Dr. Tretter will continue to practice at Dale Family Medicine on a
Tretterpart-time basis along with his new role.

Dr. Tretter earned his medical degree at the IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He completed his residency through the Deaconess Family Practice Residency Program in Evansville. Dr. Tretter started at Dale Family Medicine in 2001 after joining Memorial Hospital’s active medical staff. He is board certified in Family Medicine.

Dr. Tretter is the current Medical Director of Core Nursing and Rehab in Dale along with being a Spencer County Health Officer. He has also served in several leadership roles at Memorial Hospital and in the community. These include the Spencer County Board of Health and Memorial Hospital’s Board of Directors among others.

Dr. Tretter and his wife Jennifer live in Spencer County with their 3 daughters.

Patoka Lake is getting some recognition as a tourist attraction from 1 statewide publication.

Outdoor Indiana magazine’s March and April issue has a removable 8-page booklet on the lake and surrounding area. Other stories in the magazine include a story on vultures, Indiana’s role in the Underground Railroad and reclamation of coal-mined land into recreational areas.

Now the lake offers 88 hundred acres of tree-lined waters and 26 thousand acres of forested land. The lake of course spans Crawford, Dubois, and Orange counties and is highlighted by the Newton-Stewart Recreation Area. Newton-Stewart is the largest single campground in the state park system and is located near Birdseye.

The Patoka Lake booklet is part of Outdoor Indiana magazine’s series where 1 state park or reservoir will be featured each month. The series will continue through 2016, which is Indiana’s 200th birthday and is also the 100th anniversary of the Indiana state park system.

Outdoor Indiana magazine is available at Barnes and Noble stores across the state for 4 dollars a copy. You can subscribe to the magazine for 15 dollars a year (6 issues) or 28 dollars for 2 years (12 issues).

For more information or to subscribe, you can call (317)-233-3046 or go online to innsgifts.com.

A Huntingburg man is behind bars after he threatened to shoot and kill his wife and mother-in-law.

Just after 12:15 yesterday afternoon, Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies were called about threats being made to the 2 women via cell phone. One of the women was found at her job in Jasper and the other was in her vehicle driving through Dubois County when the threats were made. After getting a description of the vehicle, deputies identified the suspect as 25-year-old Donovan Cummins Jr.

Huntingburg Police officers and sheriff’s deputies later found and pulled over Cummins’ vehicle at the intersection of 2nd and Van Buren Streets in Huntingburg. Cummins was taken into custody Donovan Cumminswithout incident.

Authorities say Cummins had a felony conviction back in 2007 and did not have a permit to be carrying a handgun. Cummins was booked into the Dubois County Security Center.

Cummins is charged with 2 Level 6 felonies for Intimidation and a Level 5 felony for Carrying a Handgun Without a Permit with a Prior Felony Conviction.

Cummins is being held on 10 thousand dollars cash only bond at the security center. His first court appearance is set for today.

District 48 State Senator Mark Messmer says the fight over territory between cities and rural electric cooperatives has been blown way out of proportion.

Senate Bill 309, which bans cities and towns from providing electrical service to areas that they annex, passed out of the Senate a couple of weeks ago with little opposition and much to the delight of the REC’s. However, cities and towns have cried foul, saying the bill would only hurt their chances for economic development.

Messmer says Senate Bill 309 is simply intended as a compromise between the 2 sides rather than as something to fight over:

The main argument that communities and the Indiana Municipal Power Agency have used is that REC’s already own 93% of the electrical territory in the state. However, Messmer says that argument doesn’t account for available customers in said service area:

Dubois REC general manager Don Book has been pleased with the progress of the bill. He says the bill remains essential for Dubois and other REC’s around the state to be viable into the future.

The bill is still in the Indiana House awaiting a vote.