A traffic stop along the State Road 162 bypass in Jasper led to the arrest of a Dubois man on drug possession charges.

At 12:30 this morning, Jasper Police stopped a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Anthony Wilkins for a driving while suspended Richard Looneyinfraction. Police then asked to search the vehicle. After getting consent to do so, police found a prescription for Tramadol in the vehicle. Police say the prescription was for another person not in the vehicle.

Police say a passenger in the vehicle (26-year-old Richard Looney) admitted that he had stolen the prescription out of a co-worker’s vehicle at Monster Recycling. Looney was then arrested and lodged in the Dubois County Security Center.

Looney is facing possession of a legend drug and theft charges.

Ferdinand Police are continuing to investigate an accident that caused extensive damage to 2 vehicles yesterday.

At 5:55 pm, police were called to State Road 162 south of 9th Street for the reported accident. Police say 46-year-old Melissa Wehr of St. Anthony had been going southbound on State Road 162 when she saw an unidentified vehicle headed northbound that she thought was going to hit her vehicle. Wehr then swerved right to avoid the oncoming vehicle and hit an unoccupied vehicle belonging to Rock Emmert that was parked along State Road 162. The impact pushed Emmert’s vehicle about 20 feet before it stopped according to police.

Wehr was not injured in the accident. Damage to both vehicles was estimated at 85 hundred dollars. No charges have been filed as of this morning, but police say Wehr was faulted for the accident and is responsible for the damage to both vehicles.

Wreckers from Berg’s Garage and Hasenour Motor Company also assisted.

The Dubois County Emerging Leaders are set to hold an event coming up early next month.

The group will be meeting at the Tri-County YMCA in Ferdinand on Thursday August 7th at 6 pm. The evening will include networking opportunities along with a tour of the YMCA. MasterBrand Cabinets president Dave Randich will be the guest speaker. He will be sharing his thoughts on philanthropy.

Light refreshments will be served as part of this event. All young adults interested in giving are encouraged to attend this event.

Emerging Leaders was originally established back in 2012. The group serves as a way for young adults to put their funds together in order to strengthen communities all across Dubois County for the future. Members of the group commit to giving 120 dollars per individual or 180 dollars per couple each year. Group members then vote on who will recieve the group’s grant money at the end of the year.

For more information, you can go online to or you can call the Dubois County Community Foundation. That number is 482-5295.

Pre-sale tickets are now available for this year’s Little Miss and Mister, Jr. Miss, and Miss Strassenfest pageants.

The tickets are available through July 25th. They will be 5 dollars each and can be purchased Monday through Friday at the Jasper Chamber of Commerce’s office along West 6th Street. The best times to buy your tickets are between 10 am and 1 pm and from 2 to 4 pm.

Separate tickets will be needed for the afternoon and evening sessions. Limited numbers of tickets are available for each session and they will be sold first-come, first-serve. Tickets may or may not be available at the door this year depending on the success of the pre-sale.

This year’s Strassenfest pageants will be held on Saturday July 26th at the Jasper Middle School Auditorium. The Little Miss and Little Mister Strassenfest pageants get underway at 3 o’clock that afternoon. The Jr. Miss and Miss Strassenfest pageants will begin at 7 o’clock that Saturday evening. has once again recognized a Spencer County water park as one of the best in America.

The site ranks Splashin’ Safari at number 4 in the nation on that list. The park trails only Disney and SeaWorld parks in the US rankings. The park was also ranked 13th in the world by TripAdvisor.

TripAdvisor’s review specifically pointed to the park’s “excellent value” for visitors. The park offers free soft drinks, sunscreen, parking, and use of inner tubes and Wi-Fi.

In a news release, park president Matt Eckert says the park’s naming to the list is a huge tribute to the hosts and hostesses who work at the park. He says the votes came from visitors to the park and those visitors were most impressed with both the rides available and the friendliness of park staff.

At 40 acres, Splashin’ Safari is one of the largest water parks in the world. It is also home to the 2 longest water coasters in the world (Mammoth and Wildebeest) as well as dozens of other water attractions, slides, and wave pools.

Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari are open daily. For more information, you can call 1-877-463-2645 or go online to

The French Lick Casino has been recognized for its popularity nationwide.

Yahoo! Travel has recognized the casino as one of the top 10 casinos located outside of Las Vegas. French Lick came in at #3 on the list.

The article ranks the casinos based on how many Yahoo searches are generated for each casino. The article points to the French Lick casino being part of 2 national historic landmark designations as reason for its lofty ranking. These are being part of the Hoosier National Forest as well as its association with the historic French Lick and West Baden Springs hotels. The French Lick Casino originally opened in 2006.

The Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut took top honors on the list. Others on the list included the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City New Jersey (2nd on the list), the Thunder Valley Casino in northern California (4th), the Harrah’s Lake Tahoe casino (8th), and the Peppermill Casino in Reno, Nevada, which rounded out the list in 10th.

A program aimed at getting parents in the Northeast Dubois district more involved is having great success.

Last night, Frank Kiefer with Parent Connections told the Northeast Dubois school board that the program has seen a lot of growth recently. The program is entering its 4th year of existence in the district.

Kiefer reported that meetings the program holds are drawing 15 to 20 parents along with several children. That’s up from the earlier years, when few parents or kids attended the meetings.

Kiefer says the program has made it easier for parents and teachers to get to know each other. He says it also helps newcomers to the community, like himself:

Kiefer says the kids also benefit. He says kids between the ages of 3 years up to 5th and 6th graders are getting to know each other through the program. Many of those friendships last through to middle and high school, when the older and younger kids often wind up in the same building.

In the end, Kiefer is hopeful that the program will continue its growth:

Kiefer says one goal is to get the program to expand to the middle school and high school levels. He told the board that several high school students have already been involved with the program.


In other business, the NE Dubois board approved the advertising of its budget for the upcoming school year.

The 2014-2015 budget adds up to more than 11 million dollars, including more than 6 million dollars in the general fund. NE Dubois superintendent Bill Hochgesang says the budget is largely unchanged from last year’s. He says that also means the tax rate will stay about where it is now:

Hochgesang says the only real increase in the budget for this year is in the capital projects fund.

The budget will be advertised on August 6th and 13th. Most of the budget is approved by the Dubois County Council. A public hearing will be held at a September 10th county council meeting with adoption set for September 29th.

The NE Dubois board will then hold a public hearing at its September meeting for the remainder of the budget. Adoption of the rest of the budget would then happen at the board’s regular meeting in October.