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A traffic stop in Daviess County ended with a Loogootee man behind bars.

Just before 1:10 yesterday afternoon, an Indiana State Police trooper noticed that a black 1999 Pontiac Grand Am was speeding on County Road 900 East just north of County Road 200 North. The trooper pulled the vehicle over a short time later and spoke with the driver (29-year-old Nathan Williams).

After talking with Williams, the trooper had probable cause to believe that Williams was driving while intoxicated. Williams’ BAC came in at .11% and the trooper also found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

Williams was arrested and booked into the Dubois County Security Center. He is facing Level 6 felonies for OWI with a Prior Conviction and Possession of Methamphetamine.

Williams is additionally charged with Possession of Paraphernalia.

Tis the week for property tax statements to be mailed out.

Dubois County Treasurer Chad Blessinger says this year’s property taxes have been calculated and statements are being sent out this week. Blessinger says the deadline to have your first installment paid on time is on May 11th. The 2nd installment is not due until November 10th.

The treasurer’s office will be open from 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. Additional hours will be held on Saturday May 9th from 8 am until noon and the office will be open for an hour longer on May 11th. If you do not get a tax statement by April 20th, Blessinger says you need to call his office to get a duplicate statement at (812)-481-7080.

Now you can pay your property taxes by mail, in-person, or by using the 24 hour drop box located on the corner of 6th and Jackson Streets on the side of the Courthouse Annex building.

Though Indiana’s unemployment rate is now above the national average, federal officials say the state is still setting a good example in some respects for the rest of the country.

Data for February found that Indiana’s unemployment rate is at 5.9%. State officials say 17 hundred new jobs were added in the month of February, led mostly by private educational and health services, manufacturing and the leisure and hospitality sectors. The state says about 80 thousand people returned to the labor force in February.

Now the national picture isn’t quite as rosy in some respects. Despite the national average for unemployment being at 5 and a half percent, job creation has slowed. The most recent data found that just 126 thousand jobs were created nationwide. That ended a 14 month streak where at least 200 thousand jobs were created each month.

8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon says though the unemployment rate is higher in Indiana, the state is doing some things that the rest of the nation needs to pick up on:

Bucshon says the federal budget remains a big issue that can hinder job creation. The budget recently passed by the House came in at $3.8 trillion.

Another issue with employment has been the discussion about job training. Bucshon says career and technical training needs to become part of the conversation:

Locally, Dubois County’s unemployment rate continues to be among the state’s leaders. The county’s rate was at 4.2% last month, good for 2nd lowest.

Daviess, Warrick, Pike, and Martin counties also had unemployment rates that were at or below the 5 and a half percent national average.

Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center has announced the appointment of its newest doctor.

On its Facebook page, the hospital says Dr. Brent Schwarm has joined the active medical staff. Dr. Schwarm will be working as a hospitalist and managing the medical care given to hospitalized patients for other primary care physicians.

Dr. Schwarm earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois Medical School in Peoria, Illinois. He then completed his residency in internal medicine at Michigan State University’s Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies.

Schwarm is board certified in internal medicine.

Last week marked a special week for some Hoosier veterans.

State Senator Mark Messmer welcomed Indiana members and relatives of the First Special Force of World War 2 to the Statehouse last Tuesday. The group was honored with Senate Concurrent Resolution 30 for the significant role that it played in World War 2.

The brigade was more commonly known as the “Devil’s Brigade”. The group earned that name for fighting 99 days on its own and taking strategic land areas through covert operations. 92 of its 1800 member force came from Indiana.

In a news release, Messmer says the brigade fought tirelessly during World War 2. He says the resolution is the least we can do to honor their efforts and sacrifice.

Now the unit as a whole was given national recognition back in February. They received the Congressional Gold Medal, which is the country’s highest civilian honor for distinguished achievement.

Officials with the Indiana Department of Transporation say weather permitting State Road 257 will close to all traffic next Monday, April 13th, at the Cup Creek bridge less than one mile north of State Road 64.

INDOT says contractor’s will be resurfacing and preserving the bridge deck as part of a $112,000 project.

The detour for heavy highway traffic will follow State Road 64, U.S. 231 and State Road 56. INDOT says hopes are the bridge will reopen in late May.

Updated information and a map can be found on the Indiana Department of Transportation’s TrafficWise service at indot.carsprogram.org/roadReports.

You can also follow INDOT on social media at facebook.com/INDOTVincennesDistrict and twitter.com/INDOTSouthwest.

This past weekend was a special one for the Indy Honor Flight…and flights are set to begin in southwestern Indiana later this year.

Indy Honor Flight 10 set a pair of milestones for this past Saturday’s flight to Washington DC. This was the largest trip to date for Indy Honor Flight with 200 veterans and 2 planes taking part. The trip also featured the oldest veteran to ever make the flight to Washington DC. Warren Englehardt set that mark at the age of 102. He’ll be 103 in September.

Now as mentioned, Indy Honor Flight has recently started efforts in southwestern Indiana. Formed back in January, Honor Flight of Southern Indiana will serve veterans from Daviess, Dubois, Martin, Pike, Perry, Spencer, and Warrick counties among others. The flights will be based at Evansville Regional Airport.

Honor Flight of Southern Indiana will have its first flight on May 30th. Indy Honor Flight chairman Grant Thompson says the hub is the newest hub in the Indy Honor Flight network, which now has more than 100 hubs nationwide.

Thompson says more veterans are being sought for that first flight out of Evansville:

As of Saturday, Honor Flight of Southern Indiana reported on its Facebook page that its closing in on having 70 veterans for that first flight.

There will also be plenty of opportunities to volunteer. For more information or to apply, you can call (812)-297-4136. You can also go online to indyhonorflight.org/evv.