A Pike County coal mine has now officially ended operations ahead of an ownership change set for this week.

The Prosperity Mine, located just west of Petersburg, officially closed operations last Friday. The mine was built back in 1999 and began operations in 2000.

Officials with Vectren Corporation say the sale of subsidiary Vectren Fuels to Terre Haute-based Sunrise Coal LLC is set to become final tomorrow. The Prosperity mine had been operated by Five Star Mining LLC.

Now Prosperity Mine isnt the only one that is part of the sale. 2 mines located near Oaktown in Knox County are also being sold to Sunrise Coal.

In all, the three mines employed a total of 850 people. Vectren officials say the Prosperity Mine had more than 300 employees at its peak. 120 people worked at the mine prior to its closure.

Those workers at the Prosperity Mine were not offered new jobs with Sunrise Coal. Those working at the Oaktown mines were offered jobs with Sunrise.

Now Vectren says those who were not offered employment were released so they could find new work. They will be paid by Vectren through the end of this month.

A complaint of reckless driving led to a Jasper woman’s arrest on driving while suspended charges.

Just after 6:05 last night, Jasper Police received a report from Dubois County Dispatch about a vehicle that was swerving all over the roadway as it headed northbound on State Road 162 from the Bretzville Junction. A Jasper police officer then pulled the vehicle over at the Huck’s gas station on 3rd Avenue.

The officer then found that the driver (44-year-old Pamela Huckelby) had a license that was previously suspended. Huckelby was then taken into custody and lodged in the Dubois County Security Center.

She is facing charges for driving while suspended with a prior conviction.

An Odon man is now facing charges following an accident early yesterday morning in Daviess County.

Daviess County Sheriff’s deputies say 33-year-old Joe Farthing the 3rd was headed southbound along West Street when his car ran off of the side of the roadway. The car then overturned several times before coming to rest on its roof.

Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters extricated Farthing from his car. Farthing was taken to Daviess Community Hospital to be treated for neck pain. He was later airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Authorities say Farthing’s BAC registered at .26 percent, more than 3 times the legal limit. He is now facing Operating While Intoxicated charges. The accident is believed to have caused between 5 and 10 thousand dollars worth of damage.

3 troopers with the Jasper Post of the Indiana State Police were recognized for their service this afternoon.

Master Trooper Thomas Campbell, Trooper Robert Lambert, and Trooper Jeremy Galloway were all given awards honoring their work for the state. They were recognized during a ceremony held at the Indiana Government Center this afternoon.

Master Trooper Campbell was named the Jasper District’s Trooper of the Year for 2013. He was recognized for outstanding Troopers Honoredenforcement efforts in several areas. These included traffic and criminal enforcement, case and crash investigations, public information programs, and community service among others.

Meanwhile, Troopers Lambert and Galloway were honored with OWI awards for their work in removing impaired and intoxicated motorists from Indiana’s roads. Trooper Lambert was honored as 2012′s top OWI trooper with 60 OWI arrests. Trooper Galloway was 2013′s top trooper. He arrested 54 impaired drivers.

The City of Jasper has once again been recognized for its efforts in keeping workers safe.

This afternoon, Indiana Department of Labor Commissioner Rick Ruble presented the Indiana Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (INSHARP) designation to the city. This marks the 11th straight year that Jasper has been honored with the INSHARP designation. The city was first honored back in 2003.

Ruble says Jasper is the first and only municipality to earn the award. He says the city’s standing should be a good example for others to follow:

City director of personnel, safety, and loss control Cale Knies says the city’s Safety Committee and other employees deserve most of the credit for the designation. He says that type of effort will be important to keep earning the INSHARP designation in the future:

To earn the INSHARP designation, companies or cities have to develop, implement, and maintain exemplary systems for worker safety and health management. They also have to pass a comprehensive safety and health evaluation through the Indiana Department of Labor. Additionally, an entity must keep its occupational injury and illness rates below the national average.

As mentioned, Jasper is the only municipal entity to receive and maintain the INSHARP certification since 2003. In that time, 39 businesses statewide have received and kept the certification. That includes 3 of Huntingburg-based OFS Brands’ facilities.

One of the area’s top employers is now operating under a new name.

Jasper-based BR Associates Inc is changing its name to SERVUS! The name change is effective immediately.

Brooke Richards is the director of marketing and public relations. She says the name change is aimed at embracing the company’s mission:

Richards says SERVUS has grown a lot over its first 50 years. She is hopeful the growth will continue into the future:

In addition to the new name, the company has also unveiled a new branding campaign and website. The new site is online at

Now company ownership and staff will stay the same. The company was started by Robert and Lovella Ruckreigel in 1964.

SERVUS! currently owns and operates more than 180 restaurants across the Midwest among 5 nationally recognized brands. These are Long John Silvers, Denny’s, Wendy’s, Papa John’s, and Grandy’s.

The company also operates the Jasper 8 Theatres along with various commercial real estate.

The Jasper Chamber of Commerce has now announced details for its Fall 2014 Business Seminar series.

There will be 3 sessions in all coming up next month as part of the series. The first session will be on Tuesday September 9th from 6 to 8 pm while the second session will be from 6 to 8 pm on Tuesday, September 16th and Session 3 will be Wednesday September 17th from 8 to 10 am.

Session 1 will be held at Azura Cafe. There will be 2 speakers that night. Roger Seng with Seng and Seng CPA will talk about the importance of financial statements. Eric Shue with Bingham Greenebaum Doll will then talk about how to legally structure a business. That session is sponsored by Springs Valley Bank and Trust.

Session 2 will be at the Jasper Chamber’s office along West 6th Street. Vicki Hollanders with the Small Business Development Center will be holding a workshop on launching your own business. The Small Business Development Center of Indiana is set to sponsor this session.

Finally, Session 3 will be held at the Jasper Train Depot. It’s sponsored by German American Investment Services and the featured speaker will be David Pleiss. Pleiss is the Executive Vice President of Investment Services for German American.

Folks who are interested in attending any of the seminars can RSVP to the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. You can do so by calling 482-6866 or by emailing chamber at jasper in dot org.