Holiday World and Splashin Safari has now joined the wave of fundraising efforts geared towards ALS research.

Yesterday, full-time staff at the park stood under the massive tipping bucket at Kima Bay and were doused with water as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge. The staff also brought their own buckets and hard hats with ice as part of the challenge. The park then issued its own ice bucket challenge to Kings Island, Dollywood, Six Flags St. Louis, and Silver Dollar City.

Now ALS, which is often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. As many as 30 thousand Americans face the disease at any one time.

As of yesterday, officials with the ALS Association reported more than 13 million dollars has been raised by groups and individuals accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Holiday World is set to make a 3-fold donation to ALS fundraising efforts. Those will come from staff, a park donation, and a donation from the Koch family.

Indiana’s unemployment rate is the same as it was last month.

Numbers released this morning by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development show the state unemployment rate remains at 5.9%. Indiana did post another month of strong private sector job growth, adding 99 hundred jobs. Of those, 55 hundred were added in the state’s manufacturing sector.

Now the unemployment rate remained steady due to another sizeable increase in the state’s labor force. Department of Workforce Development spokesman Joe Frank says that labor force has grown by more than 54 thousand over the last year.

Frank says Indiana’s continued job creation is driving people back to the workforce:

Other sectors that had gains this month included the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+3,200 jobs), private educational and health services (+2,100) and construction (+900).

Indiana’s unemployment rate remains lower than the national average. It’s the 2nd lowest in the region, trailing only Ohio.

Data for Dubois and surrounding counties is set to be released tomorrow as it is made available.

A Martin County Sheriff’s deputy escaped injury after a crash in the eastern part of the county yesterday.

At 3:30 pm, Martin County Deputy McBeth was headed westbound along US 50 just west of State Road 450 on his way to assist Indiana State Police and Loogootee Police with a domestic dispute in Loogootee. As he was driving, McBeth lost control of the department’s Ford Explorer pool vehicle. The vehicle then came to rest on its driver’s side.

Deputy McBeth was not hurt in the incident as mentioned. The Explorer has extensive front end damage. Deputies say the vehicle is a total loss.

Well the St. Anthony Sesquicentennial celebration is now in the books and parade winners have been announced.

Yesterday’s parade began at 4 pm after being pushed back from its original 1 o’clock start time due to rains across the area. There were 6 classes of parade float in all. Those were emergency vehicles, animal pulled/horseback, marching/walking units, best tractor, best vehicle, and best float.

The winners are as follows:

Best Emergency Vehicle: St. Anthony Fire Dept

Best Animal/Horseback Entry: Knies Saw Mill

Best Marching/Walking: Forest Park Marching Rangers

Best Tractor: Donny Lampert for Sheriff

Best Vehicle: Past St. Anthony Queens

Best Float: St Anthony Conservation Club

Yesterday also featured the beard judging contest and closing ceremonies.

A rainy day across our viewing area caused a few problems for folks yesterday.

Rains began falling during the early morning hours yesterday and continued through into the afternoon hours. The rains also wreaked havoc on outdoor events. The St. Anthony Sesquicentennial parade had to be moved back to 4 pm due to the rainfall. In spite of that, drizzle continued to fall throughout the parade.

Across the area, rain totals varied. Officials at the Jasper waste water plant reported 1 inch of rainfall yesterday. Meanwhile, in the southeastern part of the county, some folks reported getting as much as 3 inches of rain with the passing storms yesterday.

A warm up is on the way through the rest of the week. Temperatures will actually top out in the lower to mid 90′s by the weekend.

A Jasper woman was taken into custody over the weekend after she was found to be in possession of drugs with a group of children nearby.

At about 9 o’clock Saturday night, Jasper police recieved a call from a concerned citizen about a woman acting strangely, possibly due to being under the influence of drugs. Officers then went to the Hometown IGA along 2nd Street.

After further investigation, police found that Rebecca Long had taken prescription drugs that were not Rebecca Longhers. She was then taken to Memorial Hospital for a drug screening. Police say toxicology reports indicated that Long had also taken meth.

Long was then taken into custody and lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. She is facing several charges including public intoxication, possession of a Schedule 3 controlled substance, and possession of a legend drug.

Long is also charged with neglect of a dependent as police say she had 4 children present in her care when she was arrested.

Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies were kept busy over the weekend with a pair of accidents.

At 1:15 pm Saturday, deputies were called to the intersection of US 231 and County Road 1200 South near the Dubois and Spencer County lines. Deputies say Aaron Peters of Holland was westbound on County Road 1200 South and had stopped to check traffic. Peters then proceeded across the northbound lanes and then started across the southbound lanes after looking for traffic. However, Peters failed to see a southbound vehicle driven by Marcelo Mendoza of Dale.

Mendoza’s vehicle hit the passenger side of Peters’ vehicle. The impact caused the back of Mendoza’s vehicle to spin around, where it then hit Peters’ vehicle with the driver’s side of his vehicle. Both vehicles came to rest in an area just west of the intersection.

Both drivers were not hurt in this accident. Spencer County EMS was called in to check on the drivers’ well-being. Both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene as each sustained 5 thousand dollars in damage.

The Spencer County Sheriff’s Department and Spencer County EMS also assisted.

Then yesterday, an Oakland City woman sustained minour injuries after an accident near Ireland.

Just after 8:15 pm, deputies were called to County Road 500 West just north of Church Avenue on the reported incident. Deputies say 21-year-old Audrey Sheffler was going southbound on County Road 500 West as she tried to go around a curve.

Sheffler’s vehicle then spun on the roadway after hitting a Dubois REC utility pole head-on. The vehicle then continued off of the east side of the roadway and down a hill before coming to rest.

Sheffler complained of pain in her nose and right leg, but she refused EMS treatment at the scene. Her car was totalled in this accident.

Dubois REC personnel and a wrecker from Uelbehor and Sons also assisted.