The City of Jasper will welcome 35 guests from their Sister City, Pfaffenweiler, Germany, Wednesday July 29th, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Partnership of the two communities.  The guests from German will be in Jasper until August 9 and will be staying with Host Families.    

Now there will be a renewal of the Sister City Partnership at a western celebration dinner party on Tuesday evening, August 4th at KlubHaus 61.  The doors open at 5:30 with a meal at 6:30 followed by an exchange of gifts, songs by the Pfaffenweiler band and the Grandview Junction Bluegrass Band.

This event is open to the public but does require reservations.  You can call Lois Kuntz at Jasper City Hall at 812-482-4255 or e-mail your reservation to

The cost is $15 per person, paid at the door.

Those planning to attend are encouraged to wear their western attire.

The Rotary Club of Jasper, host of the fourth annual Dubois County  ATHENA International Leadership Award presentation, has announced this year’s five finalists.

Those finalists include Phyllis Ackerman, Darla Blazey, Julie Dutchess, Nancy Eckerle, and Ann Knies.

The event will be held at the Huntingburg Event Center on Thursday, August 20th beginning with cocktails at 6 pm with Linda White, President and CEO of the Deaconess Health System, as the keynote speaker. Ms. White is also an ATHENA recipient, having garnered the 2001 Evansville award. The dinner will begin at 6:30 pm.

Founded in 1982 by Martha Mayhood Mertz, ATHENA International is a non-profit organization that seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders.† The program inspires women to reach their full potential and strives to create balance in leadership worldwide.

Supporting, honoring and developing women leaders are the foundations of the ATHENA Leadership Model, developed through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The model identifies eight distinct attributes†that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: Authentic Self, Relationships, Giving Back, Collaboration, Courageous Acts, Learning, Fierce Advocacy, and Celebration & Joy.

German American, Kimball Electronics, and Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center are platinum sponsors of this event.

The Rotary Club of Jasper is coordinating the event.

Local Police placed a Jasper woman under arrest for allegedly shoplifting at the Jasper WalMart store as well as Driving under the Influence after she was later involved in an accident Monday evening in Huntingburg.

Jasper Police say they learned of the thefts around 6:40 last night and later were able to question 50-year old Melinda Eckert of Jasper about the incident at the northside supercenter after Huntingburg Police took her to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for a potential OWI blood draw.

Jasper Police believe Eckert took approximately $396.90 worth of merchandise into the store’s restroom, put them in a bag, and left the store without paying for them.

Authorities say Eckert confessed to taking the items and was subsequently charged with theft by Jasper Police and Operating while Intoxicated by Huntingburg Police.

Eckert was taken to and booked into the Dubois County Security Center.

Local authorities say they have received some information in reference to a recent stolen boat case.

Last Friday, deputies with the Dubois County Sheriffs Department with the assistance of officers from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources recovered a boat from a residence south of Birdseye that was thought to have been stolen.

They say the boat found was believed to have been a 1997 Fisher F20 Fish and Ski with a 200 HP mercury outboard motor on a Fisher boat trailer. They also say the hull identification number had been removed.

Now initially officers said they did not know where the boat was stolen from. However authorities now believe they have now located the owner of the boat in the Leavenworth area. They say they are waiting for the probable owner to make a positive identification on the craft and thank the public for their assistance in it’s recovery.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department says their investigation is ongoing and continuing to ask that

anyone with any information about the theft to contact Detective John Anderson at 812-639-9055 or 812-482-3522.

All calls can remain confidential.

Conservation Officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are investigating an ATV accident that took place in Northeastern Dubois County Sunday night that resulted in the hospitalization of a Dubois woman.

Dubois ATV Crash Photo

Authorities say 26-year old Amanda Jones of Dubois was a passenger of a Polaris Razor side by side ATV operated by 29-year old Zachery Linne of Dubois

They say while the couple was headed eastbound on Dubois the Cuzco Road the ATV left the roadway before it re-entered the road and rolled on its side.

Conservation officers say Jones was ejected onto the pavement. They say she suffered facial injuries, abrasions and road rash. She was transported to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for treatment.

Officers report the only safety gear worn by either subject was a seatbelt by the driver and that alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the cause of the accident.

Indiana Conservation Officers along with the Dubois County Sheriffs Department, Indiana State Police, Dubois EMS and Dubois Fire Department all responded to the scene.

As always Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage the use of protective equipment such as helmets, gloves and riding boots while operating an ATV.

Motorists who use State Road 66 in southern Spencer County will have to change their route a bit over the next couple of weeks.

Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation say starting on or around this upcoming Monday, July 20th, contractors will be closing the State Road 66 bridge that crosses Sandy Creek east of Grandview for paving. The closure will impact State Road 66 about 500 feet from either end of the bridge as crews will be doing a concrete overlay and working on bridge approaches.

Now local traffic will have access up to the point of closure. The official detour will use US 231 and State Road 70. INDOT says the project is expected to take several weeks and will be completed by mid-August, weather permitting.

As always, INDOT is urging drivers to slow down and stay alert when near construction crews. For the latest news and information on road closings or traffic delays in our area, you can go to the INDOT Southwest Facebook and Twitter pages.

With the amount of rain and water flow this spring and summer, officials with the Patoka River Watershed are working to get the word out about improving water quality.

Patoka Watershed officials are working on area water management thanks to a 319 grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The watershed serves as a mediator between the government and landowners to control water quality and help reduce runoff.

Patoka River Watershed Coordinator Julie Loehr says cover crops are one of the best ways to control water quality as the roots absorb the water, thus keeping it from running off into ditches. Loehr says there are also other ways to improve the water quality:

Of course, this spring and summer have been among the wettest on record in the area. Loehr says though the record-setting rains cause issues with water quality, there are still ways to control that quality:

The Patoka River Watershed will be hosting a pair of events coming up next month about water quality. The first will be “Hoosier River Watch Training” on Saturday, August 8th. The course, which will be held at VUJC, is designed to help people identify problems with creeks or streams near their homes and to do tests of the water.

The 2nd event will be held at the Patoka Lake Watershed on Saturday, September 12th. That event is a cleanup day where people will pick up trash from along the banks of the lake and can tour the lake watershed.