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The capabilities of NSWC Crane and the surrounding region were once again put on display.

The Association of Old Crows Crane Roost recently held the 6th annual NSWC Crane/AOC Capability Gaps and Enabling Technologies Operational and Technical Information Exchange. The event featured a showcase at the WestGate Academy Conferencing and Training Center.

The showcase attracted vendors big and small to provide booth exhibits and discuss the wide variety of work the defense industry does to support the military’s electronic warfare requirements.

In a news release, AOC Crane Roost president Jim Hearn says there has been tremendous support for Crane from both the national AOC organization and the local EW community at Crane. Hearn says the hope is that the showcase will grow and connect local students and workforce with activities on the base.

EW is one of the specialities at NSWC Crane. In fact, the bases Electronic Warfare Center is the Department of Defense’s largest multi-service facility for EW, EW sensors, and electronics. Those kind of resources have been housed at Crane for more than 30 years.

This year’s event lasted 3 days in all. It began on Tuesday and ran through Thursday.

Authorities have now released the names of those involved in a one vehicle accident northeast of Jasper Sunday evening that left 1 person dead and injured another.

Just before 6 o’clock last night Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a 1 vehicle accident in the 3400 block of County Road 125 East north of County Road 300 North. Once on the scene deputies immediately called for emergency medical services, as well as the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department first responders and a Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative crew.

Deputies say they found 2 front seat occupants in the vehicle, both of whom were wearing seatbelts. Deputies say the vehicle had hit a utility pole, causing it to break. The vehicle was lying on its drivers side against the pole. Deputies also found an electric ground wire that had been exposed and other electric lines that had fallen across the vehicle.

The sheriff’s department says their initial investigation found that the 2003 Dodge Neon driven by 18-year old Theodore Boeglin of Jasper, a senior at Jasper High School, was headed southbound on County Road 125 East when it went off of the west side of the road and into a grassy field. Authorities say the car hit landscaping stonework in the area before taking down the utility pole. Sheriff’s deputies are citing unsafe speed and weather conditions as contributing factors to this accident. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of drug paraphernalia.

Boeglin was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the accident. His death marks the seventh roadway fatality in Dubois County this year.

A front seat passenger 19-year old Justin Wright also of Jasper had to be extricated from the vehicle and taken to Jasper’s Memorial Hospital before being transferred via LifeFlight helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville for treatment of a right leg and left wrist injury.

Now a third occupant in the vehicle had initially fled from the accident scene. Deputies searched the area and were initially unable to locate that passenger while on the scene. However deputies were able to contact that passenger 23-year old Logan Williams of Jasper and interview him later. Williams was not injured from the crash.

Authorities say the accident is still under investigation and the Dubois County Coroner’s Office is still awaiting a toxicology report that typically takes 2-3 weeks to complete.

Dubois First Responders, Dubois REC, Memorial Hospital EMS, and Indiana State Police all assisted Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies.

Sheriff’s deputies want to send their condolences to the family of the driver. They are also thanking all of those who assisted on scene.

Also the sheriff’s department is reminding the public to use extreme caution and be safe when driving in rain or snow. That includes following the posted speed limit.

Dubois County once again has the lowest unemployment in the state, but the gap is closing.

Preliminary figures released this morning by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development show the county’s unemployment rate is at 3.8% for the month of October. That figure is up 4 tenths of a percent from September.

This marks the 25th time in the last 30 months that Dubois County has either held or tied for the state’s lowest unemployment rate. Hamilton County on the north side of Indianapolis remains in 2nd place. The margin was cut in half down to 2 tenths of a percent. The gap was 4 tenths of a percent
in September.

Among other local counties, Daviess County remains in the top 5 statewide. They are tied for the 5th lowest rate at 4.2%. Martin and Warrick Counties were also in the top 10 this month. Warrick County was 9th lowest at 4.3%. Martin County came in at 10th lowest in the state at 4.4%.

Spencer and Perry Counties were tied at 4.8% unemployment last month, Pike County was at 4.9%, Orange 5.6%, and Crawford County’s unemployment was reported at 6%. The highest October unemployment in Indiana was in Sullivan County. They reported in at 7.3%

Statewide unemployment was at 5.3% last month. That number held steady due to 14 thousand Hoosiers entering the workforce. Indiana’s labor force has grown by more than 65 thousand since last year. That is one of the largest increases in the US.

A Pike County man was taken into custody on intoxication charges after he was reported for erratic driving.

At 11:50 yesterday morning, Jasper Police dispatch received a number of calls about an older brown James Jonestruck that was driving all over the roadway starting in an area around Manor Drive. Officers caught up with the truck along Newton Street and pulled it over near the 1600 block of Newton Street.

The driver of the truck (27-year-old James Richard Jones the 2nd of Petersburg) was found to be intoxicated. A certified test done at Jasper Police headquarters found his BAC at .25 percent, more than 3 times the legal limit.

After being medically cleared at Memorial Hospital, Jones was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. He is facing a misdemeanor count for Operating While Intoxicated.

This past Veterans Day marked the beginning of a new opportunity for some veterans at West Boggs Park.

The park unveiled a new Freedom Promise Passport for those who have served our country. The pass will allow qualified disabled military veterans residing in either Daviess or Martin counties to get the same type of entrance as Annual Park Pass holders. The Daviess-Martin Joint County Parks and Recreation Board approved the issuing of the pass back on Veteran’s Day.

The new pass is usable as a discount card by the veteran. It gives them a 25% discount for all camping, boating, golf, and golf cart permits. It’s also good for other services that the department offers. The passes do not expire and they come at no cost to the veteran.

A disabled veteran will have to provide a valid ID showing that they live within the 2 county district in order to qualify for the pass. They will also need a certification from the local Veterans Services office that they meet the same qualifications established by the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles for getting a Disabled Veterans License Plate.

Now that certification requirement can be waived by presenting a valid vehicle registration that shows a Disabled Veterans License Plate has already been issued.

Indiana 8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon is 1 of 2 Hoosier State representatives who will serve on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Bucshon announced his new assignment to the committee yesterday afternoon. The committee oversees energy and environmental legislation, along with major business areas including telecommunications, food and drug safety, and environmental quality. Republican Congressman Fred Upton of Michigan chairs the committee.

Bucshon was elected to a 3rd term as 8th District congressman earlier this month. He was originally elected to Congress in 2010. Bucshon unsuccessfully pressed President Barack Obama to tour a coal mine with him when the president visited Princeton, Indiana, last month. The proposed tour was in response to recent efforts of the EPA to futher regulate the coal industry.

Susan Brooks of Indiana’s 5th District is the other member of Congress from the state to serve on the committee. 5 other Congressman were selected to the committee. They come from New York, North Dakota, Texas, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.

Last year was a banner year for 10th Street Elementary.

Last night, principal Kent Taylor along with teachers and staff presented some of the data from last year to the Greater Jasper School Board. The main focus of the data was on ISTEP scores.

Now 10th Street School had originally set out a goal in 2010 to improve ISTEP scores. The original goal laid out by the school was to get to an 80 percent passing rate in all reading subcategories of the test. The plan was originally supposed to take 5 years to complete. However, the school reached their goal in 4 years. Taylor told the board they came close to that goal several times in the first couple of years, but didn’t quite make it until this year. The school’s overall ISTEP passing rate was up to 76.6% last year. That was a jump of nearly 5 percent from the 2013 test.

Taylor says several things including more small group instruction and the addition of strategic writing to the curriculum had a positive impact on scores. Greater Jasper superintendent Dr. Tracey Lorey says the specific writing instruction played a key role:

10th Street school hosted a celebration of that success for students and parents back in September. Both 5th and 10th Street elementaries raised their state school performance grades this year. Each school went from a ‘C’ to an ‘A’.

Also last night, the board discussed next year’s calendar. The specific discussion centered around the number of snow days. Next year’s calendar will feature 6 snow days in all. That’s up from 5 this year.

Of course, Jasper is among the area schools that have already used 1 snow day this year. Lorey says the district will have to find a way to make things work should this winter cause numerous school cancellations:

Monday’s snow day will be made up on Martin Luther King Day (Monday January 19th).