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More rentals and more affordable housing in general..that’s the proposed solution from Dubois Strong’s long-awaited housing study.

This morning, the study’s findings were unveiled at a press conference held at the CTIM building on the Vincennes University Jasper Campus. VUJC dean Dr. Alan Johnson and Dubois Strong president Ed Cole presented the study’s findings this morning. Johnson says the completion of this study confirms some of the theories about local housing, but also takes those theories further:

Now the study, which was done by Indianapolis-based Development Concepts Inc., laid out several key findings. Cole says one such finding was the type of housing available and the condition of those units:

Other findings included the age of some housing units, a lack of available land for housing, current development standards/regulations and the absence of workforce housing with very few such units built within the last 30 years.

Cole says Dubois Strong will now work in several different ways to address the issues in the study. The most significant is a proposed housing pilot program. That program will work to build between 30 and 50 affordable housing units. The cost range for ownership of a unit would be between 90 and 200 thousand dollars, though Dubois Strong has targeted an ownership price of $150,000.

The study lays out a similar idea for rental units. Cole says Dubois Strong has targeted an average rental cost of $675 per month, a figure based off of an individual income of $27,000 a year. Cole says there are several ways to get to that average rent figure, including economies of scale and tax incentives:

Cole says Dubois Strong will also work with area employers and banks to come up with other incentives.

Now Cole says one problem that the study encountered was the number of people who commute from other counties to work in Dubois County. He says about half of those people didn’t want to stop commuting in for work, thus he says getting just a small number of those people to move into housing in Dubois County would go a long way.

Indiana State Police took an Evansville man into custody yesterday afternoon after an investigation into allegations that he hit a teenage boy who was tied to a tree near a Pike County cemetery.

Christopher GrubbThe investigation began when a state trooper got a report that 25-year-old Christopher Grubb had allegedly battered a 14-year-old Warrick County boy back on June 13th. State police say the victim and a 17-year-old boy had gone to Grubb’s Evansville residence to visit. The 3 then decided to drive around later that night in a truck belonging to the 17-year-old’s parents.

ISP says the 3 then stopped near an old cemetary off of Meridian Road near County Road 775 South in Pike County at around 1:30 am on June 13th to take a walk in the woods. While in the woods, ISP says Grubb allegedly tied the 14-year-old boy to a tree using zip ties. Grubb then questioned the boy for about an hour about an alleged incident that took place earlier. During the questioning, state police say Grubb allegedly battered the boy’s face and chest. The other boy later took a knife from Grubb and released his friend from the tree. The 14-year-old boy did not need medical attention, though he did report the incident later in the day.

After further review, the Pike County Prosecutor’s Office filed criminal charges against Grubb and issued a warrant for his arrest. Grubb was taken into custody at his residence at around 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon without incident.

Grubb is being held on $125,000 bond in the Pike County Jail. He’s charged with a Level 5 felony for criminal confinement and a Class A misdemeanor for Battery.

Jasper-based Kimball International has announced changes in its change-in-control agreement that are designed to modernize things while aligning the interests of management and shareholders.

The agreement involves several company officers. These include CEO and board chairman Bob Schneider, President and chief operating officer Don Van Winkle, and Vice president and chief financial officer Michelle Schroeder among several others.

Now there are 3 significant modifications to the new agreement. These are tighter requirements for payouts to the executive officer through limiting future incentive pay, limiting payout amounts when a change-in-control takes place and a reduction in severance pay for the CEO to align those figures with what other corporate figures at Kimball would get.

Company officials say this move is part of a series of key events that has been taking place since last fall. Other events that have already happened are the spin-off of Kimball Electronics into its own company back in October, the concurrent retirement of former CEO/President Jim Thyen and equalizing the rights of the 2 classes of Kimball stock shares.

Other modifications have included establishing a Lead Independent Director role on the Board of Directors and new restrictions on hedging/pledging of Company shares held by board members and executives. The company says these changes were adopted by the Board of Directors back in February.

New branding is now in place for Crisis Connection.

c_h_logo_smallIn a news release, the agency says its old corded handset image was replaced earlier this month. The new logo is a sketched dove carrying an olive branch that’s designed to represent peace.

Crisis Connection Executive Director Beth Stein says the new branding came about after strategic planning which found that the image needed overhauling. She says the dove and olive branch logo is more representative of what the agency does.

Now Crisis Connection has grown exponentially over the last thirty years with a staff of eight now providing crisis intervention to over 700 domestic abuse/sexual assault clients and educational services to more than 24,000 people in an eight-county region each year. The primary service area for Crisis Connection includes Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Martin, Orange, Perry, Pike and Spencer counties. The main office is located in Jasper with satellite offices in Tell City and Rockport.

Crisis Connection also has announced a new website, which is www.crisisconnectioninc.org. The organization can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

You can call 812.482.1555 with any further questions.

If you’re looking for a 4th of July fireworks show, look no further than Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari.

Drew-CharacterGlassesThe park has announced that it will be hosting fireworks shows this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in honor of Independence Day. All 3 shows will be 15 minutes long and will begin after the park closes, which is 9 o’clock central time both Friday and Sunday and 10 o’clock central time on Saturday.

Fireworks will be launched from the northeast side of the park. Guests at Holiday World should be able to see the display throughout the park, though they are encouraged to go to the Thanksgiving section of Holiday World or the Kyana Falls section of Splashin’ Safari for the best view. The park will also be providing free souvenir 3D Fireworks glasses all 3 nights.Fireworks2013-red

On an additional note, Holiday World officials say the park will also debut its new 4th of July buffet this weekend. The all-you-can-eat picnic will be located in the park’s 4th of July section.

After this weekend’s fireworks, Holiday World will continue its scheduled Friday Night Fireworks celebrations on Fridays through the month of July.

Saturday was a busy day for Martin County authorities.

First just after 10:15 Saturday morning, Martin County deputies noticed a Buick LeSabre going northbound along Main Street in Shoals with the driver (Danny Krodel of Shoals) driving on a suspended license. After stopping the vehicle, K9 dog Virka went around the car and indicated that there were narcotics inside. A search of the vehicle confirmed Virka’s suspicions.

Deputies then searched Krodel’s residence and found methamphetamine and other items associated with meth. Krodel was taken into custody and booked into the Martin County Jail. Krodel is facing Level 6
felonies for possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance. He’s also charged with Class A misdemeanors for possession of paraphernalia and driving while suspended along with a Class B
misdemeanor for possession of marijuana.

A passenger in the vehicle (Tanner Diamond of Shoals) was also arrested and charged with a Class B misdemeanor for Visiting a Common Nuisance.

Then at around 3:30 Saturday afternoon, sheriff’s deputies were told that 31-year-old Michael Montgomery of Williams was staying in Padanaram Village near Shoals and he was wanted on a warrant out of Lawrence County on a Class B felony for Dealing Methamphetamine.

Deputies then went to the residence and took Montgomery into custody without incident. Montgomery was then extradited back to Lawrence County.

BLOOMFIELD, Ind. (AP) – Investigators haven’t yet determined what caused a fire that destroyed a southwestern Indiana meat processing plant.

Officials say about seven firefighters from around Greene County worked for several hours into early Friday after the blaze broke out at the Bloomfield Processing Co.

Switz City Fire Chief Bryan Woodall tells the Greene County Daily World (http://bit.ly/1GHzDBQ ) that no one was hurt in the fire but that the building about 25 miles southwest of Bloomington was a total loss.

Woodall says arson isn’t suspected, although an investigation by the state fire marshal’s office hasn’t been completed.