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A rate increase for Jasper water customers is one step closer to reality.

Last night, the Jasper Utility Service Board approved the recommendation of its water committee to increase rates by 17%. City officials say nearly 10% of that increase is due to city utility projects that are being mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency. 2 such projects are work on the Beaver Lake spillway and the ongoing work on the UV project.

Of course, Umbaugh and Associates had originally recommended a rate increase between 25 and 28%, but city officials did not find that palatable. Earlier this month, Jasper utilities general manager Bud Hauersperger said though the rates will be higher than other local communities initially, everything will soon balance out:

The recommendation will now be heard by the Jasper City Council at their meeting tomorrow night. If approved, the increase will go into effect on your utility bill in August.

This would be the first rate increase for Jasper water customers since 2010.

Though the rains have continued to slow down farming this year, there are other things for farmers to be thinking about when they do get the chance to work in their fields.

Purdue Extension of Dubois County Ag Agent Ken Eck says weed control is one of those things. Eck says options with weed control have changed over the last few years. He says the biggest change has been in the types of weeds that are now growing in farm fields, which is something that farmers need to keep up with:

Eck says farmers will also need to manage weed growth in order to have the best yield that they possibly can with the shortened planting season.

Eck also says cover crops are playing a key role this year in helping yields. Eck says the crops can serve several purposes, all of which benefit local farmers:

Eck says many of the cover crops have already died off due to hard frosts from the winter. He says farmers need to kill off their cover crops before they go in and plant so as to save themselves from any future issues in their fields.

The next event is now set for the Dubois County Emerging Leaders.

The group will be hosting a luncheon coming up on May 14th from noon to 1 pm. It will be held at Current Blend along 4th Street in Huntingburg and the featured speakers are Jasper mayor Terry Seitz and Huntingburg mayor Denny Spinner.

This event is open to current members of Emerging Leaders. It’s also open to those interested in learning more about the group and its efforts in giving back to the community. The luncheon is free to attend and box lunches will be provided. There will also be time to talk with the mayors about local efforts to attract and retain the next generation of talent to support the Dubois County economy.

RSVP’s are requested for this luncheon. To reserve your seat, you can call (812)-482-5295 or you can email engage@dccommunityfoundation.org.

A Jasper woman was jailed after police say she hit a parked vehicle while driving drunk.

Just before 6 o’clock last night, Jasper Police were called about the accident in the 900 block of North Jackson Street. JPD says 28-year-old Carol Sizemore sideswiped a parked car in the southbound lane and came to rest off of the west side of the roadway.Carol Sizemore

Police soon found that Sizemore had been drinking and her BAC registered at .14%, nearly twice the legal limit. Sizemore was then arrested and booked into the Dubois County Security Center.

Sizemore is charged with a felony count for OWI, since she has a conviction on OWI charges in the last 5 years. A wrecker from Uelbehor’s also assisted.

The Indiana Department of Transportation says they have studied community comments and suggestions and is preparing actions to be recommended to help improve safety at the U.S. 231 and State Road 62 junctions near Dale.

INDOT says officials will update the community during a public meeting set for next Thursday, April 30th, in the Heritage Hills High School auditoriumin Lincoln City.

The formal presentation will begin at 6 pm Central time. Following the presentation, INDOT representatives will be available to answer questions.

For more information, follow INDOT on social media at facebook.com/INDOTVincennesDistrict and twitter.com/INDOTSouthwest or visit the web page for INDOT’s regional district at vincennes.indot.in.gov.

The rainy conditions throughout the month have created problems for Indiana’s farmers.

Farmers locally and statewide have not been able to plant this year’s crop as fields continue to be flooded or too soft to move heavy equipment on. The US Department of Agriculture says Indiana has seen less than 2 days between March 31st and April 4th that were suitable for working in the fields.

Purdue Extension of Dubois County Ag Educator Ken Eck says the cause of the rain has been a weather pattern which has set up across the western United States. Eck says the pattern is not likely to change anytime soon:

Eck says even with all of the rain, there are some things that farmers can be doing to get ready:

Now locally, the Jasper Wastewater Treatment plant says we’ve had 10.9 inches of rain this month. That is nearly 2 inches more than for April 2014 and the most rain Jasper has seen in April since 2011.

Of course, the news may not all be bad. Purdue Extension officials say corn and soybean planting was also delayed last year due to rain. However, Indiana farmers wound up with record crops for both corn and soybeans.

Local authorities are still investigating an accident where a dog was hit by a motorcycle…and they need your help to find the dog’s owner.

Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies were called about this crash just before 8 o’clock on Friday morning. Deputies say the accident happened along County Road 1075 South to the south of Holland.

Deputies say 27-year-old Christopher Mutschler of Dale had been going eastbound on County Road 1075 South when he saw a dog along the south side of the road. Deputies say the dog then ran into the road and hit the motorcycle’s front tire.

The impact caused Mutschler to lose control of his motorcycle. He was thrown off as the motorcycle slid off of the north side of the road. Police found the dog deceased along the side of the road nearby.

Now sheriff’s deputies say the dog was a large white and brown dog with an orange collar, but no identification tags. The owner still has not been found according to deputies.

Anyone with any information on who the dog may have belonged to can call the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department at (812)-482-3522.