Pike County has been recognized for its efforts through the Indiana Farm Bureau.

The county was 1 of 7 that were honored during the IFB State Convention held in French Lick this past Friday and Saturday. Pike County was honored as 1 of 3 winners in the “public relations and education” category. The county was lauded for its county fair-based campaign to increase its public profile.

IFB specifically honored the county for its financial support of the Pike County 4H Council, purchasing of livestock in the 4H auction, and promoting farm safety to non-farm families among other efforts. Kosciusko and Franklin counties were the other 2 winners in this category.

All recognition came courtesy of IFB’s county recognition program. All 92 Indiana counties took part in the program this year.

Jasper residents can now pick up their copy of the 2015 city calendar.

City officials say the calendars are now available at 3 locations. These are at Jasper City Hall between 7:30 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday, 24 hours a day at the Jasper Police Department, or the Parks and Recreation Office and Habig Center between 8 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday.

The city provides the calendars each year to help folks determine their trash and recycling pick-up weeks. A feature page listing all pertinent trash and recycling information is included in this year’s

The calendars are available free of charge.

Jasper Police took 2 people into custody Saturday evening on OWI charges.

At 6 o’clock that night, JPD officers were called to the northside McDonalds after an employee reported Jeremy Skeltona possibly intoxicated driver going through the drive-thru. When officers arrived, they saw the vehicle still in the drive-thru lane. Police then stopped the driver (37-year-old Jeremy Skelton of Otwell).

After stopping Skelton, police found that he had in fact been drinking. His BAC tested .09 percent.

Skelton was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. He faces OWI and OWI Endangerment charges.

Then just after 10 o’clock Saturday, Jasper Police received a call about a person who was driving Lucas Parrwrecklessly along Newton Street. After getting a description of the vehicle, officers were able to pull it over at 14th and Newton Streets.

Police say the driver (34-year-old Lucas Parr of Jasper) was under the influence of a controlled substance. Officers also saw Parr drive left of center and noted that the vehicle had a false and fictitious license plate.

Parr was arrested and booked into the Dubois County Security Center. He faces OWI/Controlled Substance charges.

The Dubois County Visitors Center & Tourism Commission is now accepting applications for grants from the Tourism Promotion Fund.

The grant application is open to non-profit, tourism-related events including festivals and attractions that bring visitors from outside the immediate area. Applications that are approved for projects and events that were previously funded can get new grant money if an additional benefit to tourism can be proven. Special consideration goes to organizations that are establishing new events.

To get an application, you can call the Dubois County Visitors Center at 482-9115. The deadline for applications is January 15th, 2015.

VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) – Five southern Indiana counties have formed a coalition to try to secure money to clean up abandoned and oftentimes contaminated commercial and industrial sites.

The Vincennes Sun-Commercial reports ( ) Knox, Daviess, Greene, Lawrence and Martin counties are working with the Southern Indiana Development Commission in Loogootee in applying for a $600,000 brownfield grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The money would be used to identify brownfield sites, abandoned properties that could pose an environmental threat because of previous manufacturing or storage practices, and work to develop plans to get them cleaned up.

If the grant is awarded, the commission would establish a committee aimed at compiling a list of potential sites and prioritizing them for assessment.

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan to see if they can get financial and technical help for reducing fertilizer runoff from their fields.

The department says farmer in Indiana and Michigan will have until next Friday to sign up. The deadline in Ohio is Jan. 16.

Cutting down fertilizer runoff has become a big priority since algae on Lake Erie fouled the water supply in the Toledo area this past August.

Nutrients from the runoff are one of the contributors to the algae problem on the lake.

The money from the department’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program can help farmers add buffer strips and cover crops or improve their drainage and improve water quality.

Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation say one lane of I-64 may be closed each day next week between 7 am and 3 pm

The department says weather permitting, mobile pavement patching crews will be performing maintenence work on sections of the highway in Crawford, Dubois, Perry and Spencer counties.

More information and a map of the locations is available through INDOT’s TrafficWise traveler information service at

INDOT urges drivers to slow down and stay alert near mobile crews that are working to provide a smoother, safer ride.

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