NSA Crane, Indiana University Strike Partnership Agreement

Indiana University and Naval Support Activity Crane have come to a new agreement.

IU students, faculty and researchers will use Naval Support Activity Crane as a lab for applied research in science, information technology, engineering, math, sustainability and other applied skills. The NSA Crane Educational Partnership Agreement will also allow IU students to apply their talents toward the challenges of operating a large naval base with diverse military missions. Initial projects will include an energy-management study.

Along with IU’s participation in research and studies at the base, including programs for academic credit, the partnership calls for NSA Crane to identify and take part in science projects and internships. IU will solicit students to participate in NSA Crane opportunities, seek partnerships with other IU campuses that benefit NSA Crane, provide occasional space for base functions and share on-campus computers for student-employee collaboration.

The new agreement will officially be signed tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 pm in the Wrubel Commons Conference Room of IU Bloomington’s Cyberinfrastructure Building.

Bounds Excited for Time on Huntingburg Council

New Huntingburg District 2 city councilman Jeffrey Bounds says he’s eager to get to work.

The council’s regular meeting Thursday night was Bounds’ first one. Bounds does already have experience in local government however. He’s served on the Patoka Township Advisory Board and has been part of the Huntingburg Economic Development Commission.

Bounds says he still has a lot to learn. However, he says there is one thing that has him ready to get to work:

Of course, Bounds defeated former District 2 councilman Alex Blackgrove during May’s primary election by a 60 vote margin. Bounds was named to the seat on September 30th after Blackgrove moved out of the district, thus he had to resign.

Although Stellar has Bounds the most excited about his new job, he says it will be important to balance that with city needs such as street projects:

Bounds will serve the rest of Blackgrove’s current term, which runs through December 31st. He is running unopposed in the November general election.

Lawmakers: ‘Indiana Grown’ Good Idea to Support Hoosier Farmers

State lawmakers say they view harvest season as another opportunity to lend their support to the state’s farmers.

Indiana Grown is a program that was established recently by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. The goal of it is to work towards raising statewide awareness of products grown here in the Hoosier State and to connect local suppliers with local consumers, embracing the farm-to-fork concept. Of the $16 billion that Indiana consumers typically spend on food, less than 10 percent of those purchases are currently sourced within Indiana according to officials.

Now Indiana Grown has several goals in mind other than being a ‘buy local’ label. The 3 major components are:

Help Indiana farmers and producers have a greater market for their products;

Support Indiana processors in their effort to process more Indiana Grown products;


Educate consumers on the importance of buying Indiana Grown products.

District 48 senator Mark Messmer says the program has already spawned new partnerships, including one with Marsh Supermarkets. Marsh will partner with the ISDA to launch Indiana Grown kiosks at more than 50 of their stores statewide. The kiosks will showcase more than 100 locally sourced products.

Messmer says the program has also generated at least 1 federal award to date:

Now there are 4 categories you can use to find home grown products while shopping at grocery stores across the area. These are..100% Indiana, Prepared in Indiana, Partner and Indiana Grown.

To learn more about Indiana Grown or become a member, visit www.IndianaGrown.org.

Of course, agriculture remains big business in Indiana. State officials say more than 190,000 Hoosier jobs are supported by agriculture and approximately $11 billion in agriculture products are sold in Indiana every year.

Huntingburg Woman Arrested on OWI Charges in Jasper

Jasper Police arrested a Huntingburg woman overnight following a citizen’s complaint about her driving.

At 8:45 last night, JPD says they received a call about a possibly impaired driver headed northbound on US 231. Officers pulled the vehicle over at 9th and Newton Streets and spoke with the driver (30-year-old Melissa Wheatley).
Melissa Wheatley

During the conversation, officers determined that Wheatley had indeed been drinking. This was confirmed through a test that showed her BAC at .08% or right at the legal limit. JPD says there was also a child in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop and an open container of alcohol was found in the vehicle.

Wheatley was booked into the Dubois County Security Center. She’s charged with a Class C misdemeanor for Operating While Intoxicated along with a Class A misdemeanor for OWI-Endangering a Passenger under the age of 18.

Additionally, Wheatley was cited for several traffic violations. These are having an open container, driving while suspended, driving left of center and unsafe lane movement.

Rosenvolk Medieval Festival Coming to Ferdinand This Weekend

A new festival in Dubois County will give you the chance to go medieval.

Officials with the Dubois County Visitors Center have announced details for the first ever Rosenvolk German Medieval Festival. The fest will take place this Friday through Sunday October 16th to the 18th on the grounds of the Monastery of Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand.

As mentioned, this will be the first time for the Rosenvolk Medieval Festival. There will be a variety of entertainment acts on hand, including musicians, jugglers, jousters, fire eaters and more. There will also be food, beer, wine and other spirits available for purchase. The Under the Stars Masquerade Ball will be held this Saturday night from 7 pm until midnight outside on the Monastery grounds.

For more information or a complete schedule of events, you can go online to visitduboiscounty.com.

Pike County Man Jailed Following Early Morning Shouting Match

A fight and subsequent disturbance led to a Pike County man’s arrest in Huntingburg.

Just before 4 o’clock this morning, Huntingburg Police were called to a residence in the 300 block of North Chestnut Street for a fight in progress. After arriving, police found 22-year-old Christopher Clark in Petersburg in the front yard yelling and crying with his shirt off. Officers tried to calm him down but to no avail.
Christopher Clark

Police say Clark was trying to talk to someone inside the apartment building but that person did not want to talk to him. Clark was then found to be intoxicated and was taken to a relative’s residence along First Avenue.

HPD was called back to North Chestnut Street at around 5 o’clock this morning after Clark was heard yelling and screaming in the backyard. Clark was found in a nearby vehicle pretending to be asleep and was arrested.

Clark was booked into the Dubois County Security Center on disorderly conduct charges.

Gas Station Incident Leads to Charges for Huntingburg Man

A Huntingburg teen was arrested on alcohol related charges after an incident at a gas station.

Just before 7:15 last night, Huntingburg Police were called to Huck’s in the 600 block of North Main Street on a report of a man causing a disturbance inside. When they arrived, police found out the man (20-year-old Christopher Correa) had left the store.
Christopher Correa

After catching up with Correa near 9th and Washington Streets, HPD officers noted a strong smell of alcohol on Correa’s breath. A portable breath test found his BAC to be .15 percent or almost twice the legal limit.

He was taken and booked into the Dubois County Security Center. He’s charged with Minor Consuming.