Authorities are continuing to investigate a 2 vehicle accident on Jasper’s north side that sent 2 people to the hospital.

Just after 4:15 yesterday afternoon, Jasper Police were called to the intersection of 30th and Newton Streets. JPD says 44-year-old Jamie Blackburn of Paoli had been going eastbound on 30th Street approaching Newton Street at the same time as 57-year-old Glen Sanders of Birdseye was going northbound on Newton Street approaching 30th Street.

Sanders told police he had the green light and went through the intersection. Meanwhile, Blackburn told police she had been following traffic and went through the intersection. The 2 vehicles then collided and the impact caused both vehicles to wind up in the northeast corner of the intersection.

Both vehicles were total losses in this crash. Blackburn was not injured, but Sanders and a passenger in his vehicle (58-year-old Carol Sanders) were taken to Memorial Hospital to be treated for head and other injuries.

Again, this crash is still under investigation and anyone who may have witnessed the accident is being asked to call JPD at (812)-482-2255 or the department’s anonymous tip line at (812)-481-COPS.

Teachers at Dubois Middle School are working to get a head start on understanding new state education standards that will be taking effect next school year.

Last night, middle school principal Ryan Case told the Northeast Dubois School Board that 8 middle school teachers recently went to a consortium hosted by Judy Bueckert (BIE-KERT) at the Southern Indiana Education Center. Case says the focus of the consortium was on explaining Indiana’s new English/Language Arts and Math standards for teachers. The new standards were approved in April of last year and Case says prior to now, not much explanation had been given on them from anyone at the state level.

Case says the new standards mark a big change for teachers:

The Northeast Dubois School Board approved recommendations on teaching those standards during last night’s meeting.

Now much controversy surrounded last year’s decision to move to new state standards. Indiana had been under the national Common Core education standards for English/Language Arts and Math that were put in place back in 2010.

The new standards were put in place with the goal of making students more college or career ready. The Indiana Department of Education says the new standards have already been validated for doing that by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

Another day brings another award for Jasper’s Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center.

The hospital has been recognized for its excellence in lactation care by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and the International Lactation Consultant Association. The Women and Infant Services branch has been honored with the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants’ Care Award.

The Care Award is given to recognize staff professionals who are certified by the IBCLC and who provide a lactation program available to breastfeeding families at least 5 to 7 days each week. The hospital also demonstrated recent breastfeeding training for medical staff who care for new families along with completing other activities which help protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

For more information on this award, you can go to Mothers who are looking for an IBCLC near them can go online to and click on the “Find a Lactation Consultant” link.

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A couple of events for this year’s Ferdinand 175th birthday celebration have been announced.

Entries are currently being accepted for the “Fashions of Olde” contest (formerly Ladies of the Bustle). That contest is set for opening night of the celebration on Thursday June 18th at 6 o’clock in the Ferdinand Community Center.

Now women of all ages can participate in this event. Categories of fashion will include Little Dickens for those from infants up to 8 years old; Rebel Rousers for kids ages 9 to 17 and Lads and Lassies for those 18 and older. Individual prizes will be handed out for family groups, other groups, and best overall for either the most memorable individual or group.

Contestants can enter 2 categories with the same outfit and could enter a 3rd by changing their outfit. The entry deadline will be 6 pm on the 18th.

Then, a NEW event is being featured at this year’s celebration. Fitness at the Fest is scheduled for Friday June 19th and Saturday June 20th. The competition goes from 6 to 10 pm Friday night and from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday.

Some of the exercises in the competition will include box jumps, presses, running, sit-ups and burpees. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

The cost to enter this event is $35 and registration is due by Monday June 1st. For more information on all of the events at Ferdinand’s 175th celebration you can go online to

SANTA CLAUS, Ind. (AP) – A Spencer County woman is bringing a collection of English novels and a diamond ring on the PBS television show “Antiques Roadshow” to see what they’re worth.

Brenda Winkler of Santa Claus says she’s been trying to get on the program for four years.

Each of the items already has a story and sentimental value. When her father Chester died, he left Winkler an inheritance which she used to buy a diamond ring from Olinger Diamond Center in Jasper. The diamonds weigh three karats and are set in a 14K gold right.

She purchased the books for $25 years ago in the town of Arthur, 40 miles northeast of Evansville, during an antiquing trip with her father. She believes they are first edition books.

Today is the ultimate celebration of sacrifices made by so many men and women for our freedom and the Dubois County Veterans Council has been leading the effort to honor our nation’s veterans.

Saturday morning, the veterans council hosted Dubois County’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony on the Courthouse Square in downtown Jasper. The day featured many remembrances of our soldiers, including POW-MIA’s. Steve Bartles led the honors for local POW-MIA’s. Bartles says its all about keeping the memories alive for those who gave their all in defense of freedom:

The ceremony also featured recognition for deceased veteran Tom Messier. Messier was born in 1935 in Bourboness Illinois. He began serving in the United States Marine Corps as an artilleryman at the age of 19.

Messier left for Vietnam in August of 1965. He was an Artillery Chief in Vietnam and directed accurate fire in support of Marines and soldiers on the ground. Messier retired from the Marine Corps in August of 1974 with several commendations and medals.

Messier also helped to start the Southern Indiana Leatherneck detachment of the Marine Corps League and served as detachment paymaster for 7 years. He was later honored with Silver and Bronze Distinguished Citizen Medals among other honors.

Dave Englert of the Southern Indiana Leathernecks read a tribute to Messier. Englert told the crowd that serving his country ultimately shaped Messier’s life and legacy:

Family members then lay a wreath at the veterans memorial on the Courthouse Square in Messier’s honor.

NSA Crane Commander Timothy A Craddock was the guest speaker for Saturday’s ceremony. Craddock thanked those who made it to the ceremony and says its a sign that people’s views on veterans from years past is changing for the better:

More than 130 veterans who were living in Dubois County passed away over the last year. Their names were read as part of the ceremony as well.

A reported electrical fire at an area business kept fire crews busy for a short time.

At around 7 am, fire crews with the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department were called to the OFS Brands headquarters in the 1200 block of East 6th Street. Huntingburg Assistant Fire Chief Glen Kissling says when they arrived, there was no fire though smoke had filled the building. Kissling says a heating unit in the sauna room of the building’s fitness area had shorted out, causing an electrical smolder. Kissling says the power supply had been shut off prior to crews arriving on scene and fire crews spent their time clearing the smoke out of the building.

Kissling says there were about a dozen employees in the fitness area at the time of the fire, but there were no injuries. The Huntingburg Fire Department responded with 2 trucks and 12 men. Crews were on scene for about 20 minutes.