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The Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce and the Huntingburg Herbstfest are once again partnering for this Saturday’s Farmer’s Market.

For this week only, the city farmer’s market will be at the Huntingburg Municipal Park in front of Dan Merkel Field. The market will be run in conjunction with the weekend’s Herbstfest.

In a news release, Huntingburg Chamber director Nick Stevens says it is an honor to have the 2 community activities held in the same place this weekend. He says it is a great opportunity for the community.

Now the market is looking for local farmers and folks interested in selling produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, meat, and various other homemade/handcrafted items. All items sold have to be grown or made in Dubois or adjoining counties. Booth spaces at the market are 7 dollars a week.

For more information or to become a vendor, you can contact the Chamber at 683-5699.

The Vincennes University Jasper Campus is hosting an open house coming up next week.

The 3 part open house is set to start at 4 pm next Thursday October 2nd. The event is being sponsored by the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, the VUJC Foundation, and the Jasper Arts Center.

The Jasper Chamber will host a “Time Out from Business” event from 4 til 6 pm. That will take place at the Ruxer Center and will feature a self-guided walking tour showcasing the campus and the Jasper Arts Center’s Krempp Gallery. There will also be door prizes available.

Also from 4 to 6, the Center for Technology, Innovation, and Manufacturing will be observing “National Manufacturing Day.” That observation will feature demonstrations of advanced manufacturing processes along with displays from students and local firms.

First Thursday will be held from 5 to 8 pm at the Jasper Arts Center. That event will feature a reception with Louisville painter James Russell May and sculptor Laura Levine of Carmel.

Dubois County will now have a unified Catholic school system.

This morning, Father Gary Kaiser of Precious Blood Catholic Church announced the creation of Holy Trinity Catholic School. The announcement took place in front of a standing room-only crowd in the gymnasium at Kundek Hall on the St. Joseph’s campus.

The new school system will combine St. Mary Catholic School in Ireland with Precious Blood and Holy Family schools in Jasper. Catholic school students from all 11 parishes in Dubois County will be able to attend Holy Trinity. Holy Trinity will use all 3 current campuses, though corresponding grade levels and campuses have yet to be determined.

Now the plans for this transition have been in the works for 10 months. A listening session was held back in May to get more input from parents as the process went along.

Kaiser says this decision was part of the strategic plan for the local Catholic schools that was laid out by the Jasper Deanery. Kaiser, who will serve as the first priest delegate, says though the united school system will be a great option for students, parents also stand to benefit:

Evansville Catholic Diocese superintendent of schools Dr. Daryl Hagan also took part in this morning’s announcement. Hagan says the idea being implemented in Jasper is one that other Catholic school systems across the diocese can look to:

Others in attendance this morning included Fathers Ray Brenner and John Boeglin. Principals Michelle Brandle of Precious Blood school and Sally Sternberg of Holy Family school also took part.

The new Holy Trinity school system will be opening in time for the start of the 2015-2016 school year. The school’s colors will be purple, white and gold. Sports teams will compete under the nickname “Saints.”

Now there will be more news about Holy Trinity in the months ahead. The school mascot and the use of the campuses among other items will be announced at a special meeting for parents. That meeting is set for Wednesday, October 15th at 6:30 pm. It will also be held in the St. Joseph’s Parish Center.

The 1st sentencing in connection with a recent Dubois County drug raid has now taken place.

35-year-old Jason Schepers of Birdseye was sentenced to a total of 11 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections. The sentencing was handed down yesterday in Dubois Superior Court.

Schepers was facing a Class B felony for dealing in methamphetamine. He was 1 of 16 people arrested in the raid, known as “Operation Big Brother.” The raid took place the morning of June 5th and was coordinated by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department. Schepers entered a plea agreement with the state back on September 3rd.

The plea agreement covers the drug dealing charge and a prior case that Schepers was on probation for. It calls for Schepers to serve 180 days at the Dubois County Security Center for the probation case. He then will serve 10 and a half years at the state department of corrections on the meth dealing charge.

Now the remaining 15 cases that are part of the raid are still pending and those involved are still waiting to stand trial. Dubois County Prosecutor Kevin Crouse says he was pleased with the outcome in this case. He says the remaining 15 individuals will likely be convicted and receive significant prison sentences through the state department of correction.

A new event for NSWC Crane was held yesterday.

The inaugural Invention and Technology Showcase was held at the WestGate Academy and Training Center throughout the day yesterday. The event was designed to unite inventors and community partners.

The goal of the showcase was to highlight innovation and the exchange of ideas between Crane and its network of partnerships. Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann was featured as yesterday’s keynote speaker.

In her speech, Ellspermann touched on Crane’s inventors, employees and several state business partners. She also noted how Crane’s Innovation Discovery Events now serve as a national model for disclosure and identification of Intellectual Property (IP) across the US Dept of Defense.

In a news release, Ellspermann says the work ethic and intellect at Crane combine to create a desire to solve tough problems for the military. She also says the Innovation Discovery Events serve as a chance to put Crane’s IP on display while pulling economic value from that work.

Now Crane’s patent portfolio is part of the base’s Technology Transfer (T2) program. T2 seeks to license and collaborate with local individuals, companies, and academic institutions in order to transfer government protected innovations for commercialization back to the government.

Habitat for Humanity of Dubois County is preparing for another groundbreaking ceremony.

The organization is set to break ground on another home project coming up next Saturday October 4th at 8 am. It will take place in the 4000 block of South County Road 170 East, which is just north of Bretzville.

Now this will be the 13th home to be built by Habitat here in Dubois County. The home is for the Rita Bender-Schroeder family.

Next Saturday’s events begin with a blessing and prayer. That will then be followed by the ceremonial turning of the dirt.

In a news release, executive director Melissa Baxter says this groundbreaking will be the first time in Dubois County HFH history that 2 homes will be built in 1 year. She says the public is invited and encouraged to come out and learn more about the organization and its efforts.

The Dubois County chapter of Habitat for Humanity was founded back in 1997. As mentioned, 13 local families have been helped by the organization through the construction of simple and decent housing. Funding for the projects comes from individual and corporate donors as well as from the organization’s ReStore. ReStore is the organization’s retail business that sells new and gently used home items such as furniture and decorations at discounted rates. The ReStore opened in June of last year.

For more information or to volunteer or donate, you can contact Melissa Baxter at 482-5995.

A Perry County woman lost her life in a major accident north of Ferdinand today.

Just after 3 o’clock this afternoon, Indiana State Police say 23-year-old Brandon Chamberlain of Huntingburg was northbound Ferdinand Crash 1along State Road 162 when he went left of center for an unknown reason. Chamberlain then hit a car driven by 60-year-old Donna Marie Evans of Cannelton. The impact of the crash sent Evans’ car backwards and off of the east side of the road.

State police say Chamberlain’s truck then kept going north and Chamberlain could not keep control. Due to the impact of the collision, an ATV in the back of Chamberlain’s truck went up in the air before bouncing through the windshield and roof line Ferdinand Crash 2of a third vehicle driven by 58-year-old Donna Trafton of Ferdinand. That impact shattered Trafton’s windshield and peeled the roof back before it came off of the car and wound up in a driveway on the highway’s west side. Trafton’s vehicle then wound up on a hill side along the west side of the road.

Meanwhile, Chamberlain’s truck rolled onto its drivers side and slid northbound in the northbound lane. State police say it came to rest without rolling over any more than that.

Evans and Trafton were both taken to Memorial Hospital. Evans succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the Ferdinand Crash 3hospital by the Dubois County Coroner. Trafton is listed in stable condition after breaking 2 vertebrae. Chamberlain was extricated from his truck and was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville for treatment of a broken tibia.

State police say this crash is still under investigation. State Road 162 was closed for almost three and a half hours this afternoon while the scene was being processed by investigators.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Ferdinand Police Department, the Ferdinand and St. Anthony Fire Departments, Memorial Hospital EMS, and the Dubois County Coroner’s Office all assisted state police.