Local students will be taking part in a statewide challenge on fuel efficiency later this month.

Coming up on Monday April 28th, students from Forest Park, Jasper, South Spencer, and Southridge High Schools will be taking part in the 19th annual Indiana Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education Alliance Super Mileage Challenge. The challenge will be held at Lucas Oil Raceway park on Indianapolis’ west side starting at 8:30 am on the 28th.

In this competition, students build their own cars under the supervision of a school faculty member. Students are responsible for designing and building the cars as well as for raising any and all funding needed for their project.

Engines are provided by Briggs and Stratton Corporation, but all other parts have to be bought by the team or donated by event sponsors. The challenge is sponsored by Vincennes University, the schools of technology at both Ball State and Purdue Universities, and Lucas Oil Raceway Park.

Now there are 31 cars in all entered in this year’s challenge. The cars represent 23 Indiana high schools. 2 cars from Greenville High School in Tennessee are also competing this year. The cars are broken up into four classes. These are stock, new stock, unlimited, and exhibition. 7 cars each will run in the stock and new stock classes. 15 cars will compete in the unlimited class while 2 will compete in the exhibition class. Cars in the unlimited class are among the most economically built in the world. The average mileage: more than 1 thousand miles per gallon. This year’s field will seek to break the 15 hundred mile per gallon barrier.

To be eligible, a school has to submit a detailed technical proposal covering all aspects of designing and constructing the car. The proposal thus ensures that students will be exposed to scientific principles that go into high mileage and technology of car building.

2 men were taken into custody yesterday afternoon after they got into a fight at a Warrick County WalMart.

Indiana State Police say 64-year-old Bennie Duvall got angry with 28-year-old Brandon Leeds when Leeds entered the Newburgh WalMart through the exit doors. After an exchange of words, state police say Duvall punched Leeds.

Duvall was taken into custody on battery charges while Leeds was arrested on a Warrick County warrant for failing to appear. Both men were lodged in the Warrick County Jail, but were released after posting bond.

The Holland water tower is now set to undergo renovations.

Last night, the Holland town board discussed needed renovation work to be done on the water tower during a special meeting with Robert Curry of Danville, Indiana-based Curry and Associates. The project would likely be done in two steps, with the 200 thousand gallon tower in Holland being done first at a cost of around 130 thousand dollars. The low bid was submitted by Caldwell Tanks.

Town board president Tom Thacker says the town hopes to get that work underway this summer after a source of funding is found. Now work will include sandblasting the inside of the tank followed by repainting. Additional work to be done will include outside coating and various other repairs.

The 2nd part of the project would involve renovation of the Stendal water tower. That came back at a cost of around 100 thousand dollars to complete. Thacker says that is causing the board to consider other options for water service in the Stendal area:

The Stendal water tower holds 20 thousand gallons of water. In the end, Thacker says getting the tower renovation done now is important:

The board directed Curry to look into other options for the Stendal tower. Those will be brought back to the board at a later date.

A Birdseye teen was taken to the hospital following an accident near Ferdinand yesterday afternoon.

Deputies say 16-year-old Savannah Voegerl of Birdseye was northbound along Club Road at 3:10 pm when she says the left rear tire on her vehicle popped. The tire pop caused Voegerl to lose control of her vehicle. It then went left of center and then off of the west side of Club Road where it hit a tree. The impact caused Voegerl’s vehicle to roll over before it came to rest up-right facing south.

Voegerl was taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment of pain in her head, lower back, and left leg. Her vehicle was a total loss.

Ferdinand Police, Ferdinand First Responders, Memorial Hospital EMS, and Berg’s Wrecker Service also assisted.

Minor injuries were the result of a 2 car crash near Ireland yesterday.

Just after 5:35 pm, Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies say 67-year-old Charles Blunk of Jasper was westbound along State Road 56 at the intersection with County Road 500 West. Blunk told deputies he thought he had the green light but he couldn’t see the light due to the sun. Blunk’s vehicle hit the driver’s side of a vehicle driven by 15-year-old Emily Biggs of Jasper, who was southbound on County Road 500 West and had tried to go through the intersection after they told deputies that they had the green light.

Biggs and a passenger in her vehicle (Brian Biggs) complained of pain, but refused treatment at the scene. A second passenger in Biggs’ vehicle (Zoe Biggs) and Blunk were not injured. Blunk’s vehicle sustained 4 thousand dollars worth of damage, though he was able to drive away from the scene. Biggs’ vehicle sustained 7 thousand dollars worth of damage and had to be towed from the scene according to deputies. This accident remains under investigation.

Memorial Hospital EMS, Ireland First Responders, and a wrecker from Blesch Sales and Service also assisted.

Road construction season continues across our listening area and folks in Perry County that use State Road 66 may need to seek another route.

Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation say beginning on Monday, April 28th, crews will begin reconstructing the intersection of State Road 66 and State Road 166 in the southern part of the county. State Road 66 will be closed between State Road 166 and State Road 237. However, officials say local traffic and emergenct personnel will have access up to the point of closure about 900 feet to the west of the intersection. All work is set to be done and the road reopened on or after May 4th. That is, of course, weather permitting.

The detour in this area will use State Roads 66, 70, 37, and 237. As always, INDOT is urging folks to slow down, use caution, and consider worker safety when travelling in work zones all across the state.

The Dubois County Community Foundation has announced plans to host a marketing seminar for nonprofit groups.

The seminar, titled “10 Ways to Pump Up Nonprofit Marketing Communications,” is being held as part of the DCCF’s BetterTogether series. The event is presented courtesy of Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network.Danielle Falconer, vice president of Indianapolis-based ad agency Borshoff, will be the featured guest.

The event is being held on May 6th on the Vincennes University Jasper Campus from 11 am to 1:30 pm. Registration for the event is 15 dollars and includes lunch. Seating is limited, so folks should reserve their spot by April 29th.

For more information or to register, you can call the Dubois County Community Foundation at 482-5295 or June Miller at 421-7482.