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A Ferdinand man escaped injury after he crashed his truck into some trees overnight.

At 10:45 pm, Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies were called to County Road 825 East near Club Road. Deputies say 18-year-old Richard Dooley had been going southbound on County Road 825 South when he became distracted and failed to see a 90 degree curve in the road. He tried to make the turn, but his truck went off of the south side of the roadway and hit 2 trees before coming to rest.

As mentioned earlier, Dooley was not injured. Damage to the front and passenger side of his truck was estimated at $10,000.

A wrecker from Berg’s Garage also assisted.

Tomorrow marks a big day for a new bike share program in Huntingburg.

The new citywide program will mark its grand opening tomorrow with a ribbon cutting at Huntingburg City Park. The ceremony gets underway at 10:30 tomorrow morning.

Now the new bike share program is being done in a partnership between the city and bicycle provider Zagster of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Huntingburg mayor Denny Spinner says there was also a lot of local help to make this project happen:

There will be 8 new bicycles in all set up at Huntingburg City Park. The idea for the program was presented last fall to the Huntingburg Park Board by the Dubois County Leadership Academy.

Those interested in joining the new bike share program can do so by downloading the Zagster Mobile App or by going to zagster.com/huntingburg. Rentals will cost $3 an hour or $24 a day up to 24 hours.

A filmmaker who spent much of his life in Jasper will be teaching a special class at VUJC coming up next month.

Los Angeles-based actor and filmmaker Jordan Jones will be leading the class “The Art and Craft of Filmmaking”. The class is part of the Kids’ College initiative at VUJC and will be held June 9th through the 12th from 8:30 am to noon each day.

Jordan JonesNow the class aims to give students entering grade 6 and older a solid foundation to develop and create their own movies. Jones will give students steps to turn their vision of a movie into a reality. Students will have hands-on training in the creative process and utilizing and understanding what tools are needed to make a film project fun, memorable and how to deliver their message to the world through film.

Those participating in the class will need to bring a video recording device such as a camcorder, flip camera or a smart phone as there will be a limited number of cameras available for loan. The cost of the class sessions in $99, which includes a T-shirt.

The registration deadline is May 29th. For more information, you can call VUJC at (812)-481-5937.

Jones was born in 1985. Originally from Connecticut he was raised in Jasper with the dream of being on the ‘Silver-Screen’, a dream inspired by his parents’ work in the entertainment business. Jones moved to Los Angeles shortly after graduating high school and began his career as a screenwriter and host for a closed circuit TV show known as ‘EB TV’, which aired in what are now GameStop stores all across America.

From there, Jones has gone on to have film credits in several movies including ‘Killing Uncle Roman’, ‘Blademaster’ and ‘The Love Punch’.

Jones recently returned from acting on tour with ‘Marvel Universe Live’, where he played ‘Tony Stark’.

More recognition has been bestowed on a Spencer County campground.

Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort was named among the top 10 Best Family Campgrounds in the United States by TravelChannel.com. Lake Rudolph came in at #9 on this year’s list and the list cited the many different amenities at Lake Rudolph such as cabins, rental RVs, and cottages along with the Christmas theme.

Other entities on the list are:

Jellystone Park, Larkspur, CO

Herkimer Diamond KOA, Herkimer, NY

Bend-Sunriver RV Campground, Bend, OR

Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes, Friday Harbor, WA

Fort Yargo State Park, Winder, GA

Blue Bell Campground, Custer, SD

Ventura Ranch KOA, Santa Paula, CA

Jellystone Park Mammoth Cave, Cave City, KY

AND

Lake George Escape, Diamond Point, NY

The complete article is available by going online to travelchannel.com.

Lake Rudolph is open daily through October 31. To make reservations visit LakeRudolph.com or call 1-877-478-3657.

A pair of Jasper residents are facing charges following an investigation into a drug complaint.

Bryce SadlerAt 5:30 last night, Jasper Police were in the middle of investigating a drug complaint at Bohnert Park along Meridian Road. JPD says at that point, an officer noticed the suspect’s vehicle at 2nd and 3rd Avenues and followed them into the parking lot at the Los Bravos restaurant. The officer then called for help from the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit while they spoke with 23-year-old Bryce Sadler and 19-year-old Gina Kieffner.

The K-9 soon indicated that there was contraband in the vehicle. A further search of the vehicle found a loaded handgun in Sadler’s backpack and drug paraphernalia.

Sadler was arrested and lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. He is charged with carrying a handgun without a permit and possession of paraphernalia.

Meanwhile, Kieffner was released after being cited for possession of paraphernalia.

Huntingburg mayor Denny Spinner says city funding for Stellar projects will give direction and flexibility in several different ways.

Of course the Huntingburg City Council voted last week to issue more than $6 million in TIF bonds to fund ongoing Stellar Communities work. The council also decided to create a Redevelopment Authority for Lease Financing.

Spinner says a couple of things were taken into account while TIF was being identified as a funding source:

Now the bonds include financial backup from the city’s TIF funds up to $1 million. The city will also issue up to $3.5 million in Pure TIF bonds and will be using the just over $5 million in TIF funds available. All of these will fund the $10 million of the city’s portion of Stellar, with $30 million to come from state, federal, and private sources.

Spinner says the TIF funding will also be available in case of an emergency:

Of course, 2 Stellar projects are expected to get underway in the near future. The 4th Street Heritage Trail and the Market Street Park projects are in the planning stages. A public hearing for both projects is planned for Wednesday May 27th at Old Town Hall.

On a related note, work on the 9th Street Extension project will soon be underway. That project, which extends 9th Street westward from Styline Drive to Moenkhaus Drive, is expected to be completed by the end of September.

The new T hangar at the Huntingburg Airport has celebrated its long-awaited opening.

Yesterday afternoon officials from the city of Huntingburg and Dubois County held a formal ribbon cutting for the new T hangar. Huntingburg mayor Denny Spinner says the hangar announcement is a big celebration for not just the airport, but for the city as a whole:

Meanwhile, other local officials are also pleased with the new hangar:

Now work on the T-hangar project was finished within the last couple of weeks. Airport manager Travis McQueen says the hangar is already filled to capacity.

Construction on this project was done by Evansville-based WB Koester Inc and Jasper Lumber.