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This year’s 3rd edition of the Heartland Half Marathon was a huge success.

This morning, officials with DC Multisport presented the proceeds from this year’s event. More than 23 thousand dollars in all was raised.

Proceeds were split between the Philip R Dawkins Cardiovascular Center and the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center. Each received a check for a little over 11 thousand 800 dollars.

Now this year’s event featured two new events. These were a team challenge and a kids fun run.

Kevin Manley is the executive director for the Dubois County Visitors Center. He says the new events helped to grow this year’s marathon. He also says the support of sponsors should help the event to grow into the future:

860 people took part in this year’s event. Of those, nearly 630 of them came from 9 different states.

Last night marked one of the last chances for area residents to interact with candidates for the Indiana District 8 Congressional seat.

The Jasper Arts Center hosted a forum with all 3 candidates yesterday evening.Incumbent Larry Bucshon, Democratic challenger Tommy Spangler and Libertarian candidate Andy Horning started off by answering questions from a panel. The panel consisted of 2 media members and a VUJC student. Each candidate spent 18 minutes on several topics from the Ebola virus outbreak to foreign policy to public education, both K-12 and higher education. That was followed by a round of questioning with forum moderator and VUJC dean Dr. Alan Johnson.

Each candidate had 90 seconds to answer a question posed by Johnson. The questions ranged from what we can do to help veterans to the federal government’s role in areas such as gun control, healthcare, and student loan debt among others. Questions were submitted by those in attendance and through the Jasper Congressional Forum’s Facebook page.

Now all 3 candidates are feeling fairly confident about where they stand heading into next Tuesday’s election. Incumbent Republican Larry Bucshon says his message continues to garner good responses from folks:

Meanwhile, Spangler is also confident. He says though he started out at a disadvantage financially compared to his opponent, taking a personalized approach to campaigning was the right way to go:

Finally, Horning says he’s also had positive feedback to his message. However, he says a lot of people are afraid to vote for third party candidates, which is something he has noticed throughout his campaign.

Horning says the only way to change things in Washington DC is to change how we vote:

Last night’s forum was sponsored by the City of Jasper and Vincennes University.

A Birdseye man was killed overnight after he was hit by a passing train.

Just before 10:45 pm, Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies were called to an area just west of the intersection of 1st Street and State Road 145 in Birdseye on the reported accident. Deputies say 44-year-old Dwight Daniel Ellis was just south of the Whistle Stop Tavern when he was hit by a passing train. Ellis was found after the train crew contacted authorities to notify them of the incident.

First responders immediately began trying to revive Ellis, but could not. Ellis was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead by an emergency room doctor.

Sheriff’s deputies believe alcohol played a role in Ellis’ death. They say this investigation is still ongoing.

Birdseye First Responders, Memorial Hospital EMS, Indiana State Police, and Norfolk Southern Railroad Police also assisted.

Dubois Strong is now forming a new group aimed at keeping various projects moving forward.

Last night, board president Dr. Alan Johnson appeared before the Dubois County Council to discuss the new group. The new entity will be called Grow Dubois County. It’s being set up as a not-for-profit organization.

Now the goal of Grow Dubois County will be to oversee economic development based projects. These include the ongoing housing study among others. Other goals are geared towards small business. These include fostering an atmosphere for innovation in Dubois County, attracting talent, and instilling business fundamentals into young entrepreneurs.

Dubois County Council president Greg Kendall says the group will help to move things forward:

The Vincennes University Jasper Campus Foundation and the Dubois County Community Foundation will be partnering with Dubois Strong for the new effort.

Part of Dubois Strong’s annual funding will be funneled towards Grow Dubois County. That will amount to 15 thousand dollars.

The new group will be governed by a board of directors as well. New Dubois Strong president Ed Cole will be on that board and the county council will also make an appointment to the board.

Kendall says its all part of the county’s responsibility to keep Dubois Strong moving in the right direction:

Some questions came up during the meeting about if the funding change would make Grow Dubois County subject to Indiana’s Open Door Law as far as public meetings go. Attorney Bill Kaiser told the council Grow Dubois County would not be subject to the Open Door Law this year. However, he was not sure what would happen next year depending on the funding for next year. Kaiser did say the money should now go more directly to programs and services than it has in the past.

In final notes, the council voted 4-3 to move ahead with a salary study for the county. The study would be done by Waggner, Irwin, Scheele, and Associates at a cost not to exceed 50 thousand dollars.

A traffic stop in Jasper found drugs and other related items in a vehicle and led to the arrest of a Dubois man.

Just before 7:10 last night, Jasper Police pulled over a vehicle driven by 35-year-old Casey Cole for Casey Coleseatbelt and license plate violations. Police say the license plate belonged to a white 1993 Dodge 4D. Cole was driving a red Geo Metro.

Further investigation found meth, marijuana, and other drug paraphernalia in Cole’s vehicle. Cole was charged with a Level 6 felony for possession of paraphernalia with a prior conviction along with a Level 5 felony for possession of meth. He also faces a Class B misdemeanor for possession of marijuana and citations for having an open container and operating a vehicle with false/fictitious registration.

A passenger in Cole’s vehicle (35-year-old Cassandra DeKemper of Jasper) was also charged. She is facing a Level 5 felony for possession of methamphetamine along with a Class A misdemeanor for possession of paraphernalia and a Class B misdemeanor for possession of marijuana.

Both were lodged in the Dubois County Security Center.

A Huntingburg man was arrested overnight after police investigated a hit-and-run accident.

Just before 9:35 last night, Huntingburg Police were called to a residence in the 800 block of North Jackson Street referencing an impaired man. When they arrived, police found that 25-year-old Andrew Andrew Bowman

Bowman had taken a 2000 Gold Buick Regal owned by Janet Schepers. They also found Bowman had hit a 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer owned by Logan Karpiak, causing about 3 thousand dollars worth of damage to Karpiak’s vehicle. Bowman then continued to the Jackson Street residence.

Police took Bowman into custody. Further investigation found that he had a Schedule 4 controlled substance known as diazepam on him.

Bowman was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. He’s charged with failing to stop after an accident and possession of a Schedule 4 Controlled Substance.

Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies and Rescue Unit 230 also assisted.

Officials at 5th Street Elementary are continuing their efforts to improve the school.

Last night, principal Leah Jesse along with several teachers and students were in attendance to tell the Greater Jasper School Board more about what they’re doing. The presentation focused on the school’s ongoing efforts to gain accreditation through advanced education.

Now there are 5 standards in the accreditation process. These are leadership, leadership in general, assessment for student learning, support services, and the use of school data. The 5 categories are under a broader framework of purpose and direction.

Jesse told the board school faculty and staff generally look at the whole child to find ways to encourage them to excell in the classroom rather than just looking at data.

Jesse says the goal is to ensure that students are in a strong learning environment:

Jesse says a second goal is to let student data drive the efforts of teachers to make children successful. However, she says data can’t be the main focus:

5th Street Elementary currently has an enrollment of 418 students. They range from pre-school to 2nd grade.

There are about 50 faculty and staff members.