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The Huntingburg Police Department’s new anonymous tip line is now fully operational.

The tip line was launched late last month. Folks who have information on ongoing drug or other criminal activity in Huntingburg can call 812-684-2992 at any time.

The department has also announced a new partnership with CVS Pharmacy and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to launch a new drug collection program. The program, known as the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities, provides the department with a drug collection unit that allows for expired or unused medications to be safely disposed of.

Now the secure drug collection unit is open to the public 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It’s located at the front lobby of the police department in the 500 block of East 1st Street. There is no need for an appointment. You can call Tammy Luker at 683-3003 for more information.

Only non-controlled drugs and Schedule 2, 3, and 4 controlled substances will be accepted. Examples include prescriptions (patches and medications), over-the-counter medicines, and vitamins. Items such as aerosol cans, inhalers, and ointments will not be accepted.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the renovation of West Boggs Lake should bring in more anglers and money to the community.

The DNR says the renovation of the lake north of Loogootee will not only restore fishing conditions, but also is expected to revive the lake’s contribution to the local economy. West Boggs Lake was once a premier bluegill and bass fishing lake, drawing anglers from 81 Indiana counties plus Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. A DNR survey says Anglers spent an estimated $1.1 million in the local community in 1999. However, the DNR says increases in populations of undesirable fish in the lake have driven those numbers down to $326,000 annually. Recreational boating on the lake dropped 11 percent from 2004 to 2010 while angler visits dropped by 63 percent in that same time frame.

The fisheries renovation at West Boggs is set to start later this month with the removal of adult bass and catfish from the lake. Those fish will later be returned. Trained DNR staff will then apply rotenone, which is a substance aimed at detoxifying the environment with virtually no effect on mammals and birds. The lake will then be stocked with hatchery-raised game fish and the fish salvaged from the lake prior to the renovation.

A similar renovation was done at the lake in 1994. Angler visits to the lake increased by 71 percent annually following that renovation.

Officials here in Dubois County held the annual delinquent property tax sale yesterday.

County auditor Kathy Hopf and county treasurer Chad Blessinger presided over yesterday’s sale, which was conducted by Indianapolis-based SRI Incorporated. The sale offered up 23 parcels of land to 24 bidders.

More than 73 thousand 200 dollars was collected yesterday from owners and buyers. 65 parcels of land had all taxes, penalties, and other costs paid off in full. 9 other parcels of land did not sell yesterday. The county commissioners thus acquired a tax lien for those properties. County officials say those properties may be sold at a later date.

In a news release, Blessinger says tax sales are a necessary part of county government. He says going after folks who don’t pay their taxes is only fair to those who do.

Now state law requires these sales to be held in each of Indiana’s 92 counties. For more information, you can go online to sri-taxsale.com.

The Huntingburg City Council took some time to recognize Tom Dipple for a recent award he received.

On Wednesday evening, Dipple was honored with the 2014 Financial Management Award at the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (I-ACT’s) annual convention in Fort Wayne. The award goes to an individual who achieves the best in financial management.

Huntingburg mayor Denny Spinner presented the award to Dipple Wednesday night. Spinner, who also nominated Dipple for the award, says Dipple’s work has played a big part in the city’s success:

Dipple is currently serving his 4th term as Huntingburg’s chief fiscal officer. He is also a very active member in the community. Dipple is a life-long member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and has also served as president of the Optimist Club and is a former officer for the Huntingburg Young Men’s Institute.

Forever Families is hosting a fundraiser for two local families who are adopting internationally.

This will be a 5k this upcoming Saturday at 9am at the Jasper Youth Sports Complex. Teams of 5 or more will cost 20 dollars per person.

Now there will be a special guest at the event this year. Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader Stepanie B. is set to be in attendance tomorrow.

For more information or to register you can email forever5k.foreverfamilies at gmail dot com. Sign-up for tomorrow’s race begins at 7:30 am with the race starting at 9 o’clock.

All runners will have to sign a waiver prior to the race. Those runners under the age of 18 will have to have a waiver signed by their parents.

We’re now closing in on election season and the Dubois County Election Board has released upcoming voting times and dates.

Absentee voting at the Dubois County Courthouse is set to start Tuesday October 7th. Voting will run through that Friday. Voting will then be open Monday through Friday in the courthouse from 8 to 11 am and again from noon til 4 pm daily. Voting will be closed from 11 to noon for lunch each day.

There will also be 2 Saturday opportunities for absentee voting at the courthouse. Those will be on October 25th and November 1st. Hours both days will be from 8 am til 3 pm.

Satellite voting locations will also be set up at the Huntingburg Event Center and the Ferdinand Community Center this fall. Both locations will be open from 3 til 7 pm daily from Wednesday October 29th through Friday October 31st. The locations will also be open on Saturday November 1st from 8 am til noon.

Now this fall’s election will also see some adjustment in terms of the number of poll workers needed. County clerk Bridgette Jarboe says there will be fewer judges and inspectors this fall, changes that she says worked out well during May’s primary.

Jarboe says with the changes, the goal is still to make things easier for voters:

Now Jarboe says even with the changes, folks will still sign into the same voting precincts as they always have. She says there will also be the same number of clerks as before.

Jarboe also says there is some concern about voter turnout this upcoming fall, a concern that is shared by state election officials. Jarboe says the combination of local and state races this year still make this election significant:

This year’s key state races are for secretary of state, treasurer, and auditor.

Jarboe is also encouraging folks to get registered in order to vote in November. Folks who want to register or find out if their voter registration is up-to-date can go online to indianavoters.com.

The deadline for voter registrations is Monday October 6th.

A pair of accidents along State Road 56 kept Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies busy last night.

The first one happened just before 10:15 pm. Deputies were called to an injury accident on State Road 56 about 1/4 mile east of County Road 600 West on Ireland’s west side. Deputies say 18 year old Kaylan Meyer of Dubois was trying to pull out of a driveway and head eastbound on State Road 56. Meyer failed to see an oncoming vehicle being driven by 64-year-old Kenneth Dant of Washington and pulled out into its path. The front of Dant’s vehicle then hit Meyer’s vehicle in the driver’s side.

Meyer and Dant each complained of chest pain. Meyer was taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment. Three passengers in Dant’s vehicle (64-year-old Steven Fields, 56-year-old John Stader, and 60-year-old Dennis Solliday, all of Washington) also complained of pain, but refused treatment.

Both vehicles were total losses. Deputies say the highway was blocked for about 45 minutes last night while the scene was being cleared. All parties were wearing seat belts and deputies say that greatly reduced the severity of any injuries.

Memorial Hospital EMS, Ireland First Responders, and Uelbehors Wrecker Service also assisted.

The second accident happened about an hour later. Deputies were called to State Road 56 about 2 miles east of Haysville for this accident. Deputies say 31-year-old Mistee Hayes of Dubois was westbound on the highway when her car hydroplaned in the heavy rain and went off of the roadway to the right. Her car then hit a tree before coming to rest.

Deputies say the vehicle was drivable after the crash though it is thought to be a total loss.