Local Coverage

The Huntingburg City Council took some time to recognize Tom Dipple for a recent award he received.

On Wednesday evening, Dipple was honored with the 2014 Financial Management Award at the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (I-ACT’s) annual convention in Fort Wayne. The award goes to an individual who achieves the best in financial management.

Huntingburg mayor Denny Spinner presented the award to Dipple Wednesday night. Spinner, who also nominated Dipple for the award, says Dipple’s work has played a big part in the city’s success:

Dipple is currently serving his 4th term as Huntingburg’s chief fiscal officer. He is also a very active member in the community. Dipple is a life-long member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and has also served as president of the Optimist Club and is a former officer for the Huntingburg Young Men’s Institute.

Forever Families is hosting a fundraiser for two local families who are adopting internationally.

This will be a 5k this upcoming Saturday at 9am at the Jasper Youth Sports Complex. Teams of 5 or more will cost 20 dollars per person.

Now there will be a special guest at the event this year. Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader Stepanie B. is set to be in attendance tomorrow.

For more information or to register you can email forever5k.foreverfamilies at gmail dot com. Sign-up for tomorrow’s race begins at 7:30 am with the race starting at 9 o’clock.

All runners will have to sign a waiver prior to the race. Those runners under the age of 18 will have to have a waiver signed by their parents.

We’re now closing in on election season and the Dubois County Election Board has released upcoming voting times and dates.

Absentee voting at the Dubois County Courthouse is set to start Tuesday October 7th. Voting will run through that Friday. Voting will then be open Monday through Friday in the courthouse from 8 to 11 am and again from noon til 4 pm daily. Voting will be closed from 11 to noon for lunch each day.

There will also be 2 Saturday opportunities for absentee voting at the courthouse. Those will be on October 25th and November 1st. Hours both days will be from 8 am til 3 pm.

Satellite voting locations will also be set up at the Huntingburg Event Center and the Ferdinand Community Center this fall. Both locations will be open from 3 til 7 pm daily from Wednesday October 29th through Friday October 31st. The locations will also be open on Saturday November 1st from 8 am til noon.

Now this fall’s election will also see some adjustment in terms of the number of poll workers needed. County clerk Bridgette Jarboe says there will be fewer judges and inspectors this fall, changes that she says worked out well during May’s primary.

Jarboe says with the changes, the goal is still to make things easier for voters:

Now Jarboe says even with the changes, folks will still sign into the same voting precincts as they always have. She says there will also be the same number of clerks as before.

Jarboe also says there is some concern about voter turnout this upcoming fall, a concern that is shared by state election officials. Jarboe says the combination of local and state races this year still make this election significant:

This year’s key state races are for secretary of state, treasurer, and auditor.

Jarboe is also encouraging folks to get registered in order to vote in November. Folks who want to register or find out if their voter registration is up-to-date can go online to indianavoters.com.

The deadline for voter registrations is Monday October 6th.

A pair of accidents along State Road 56 kept Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies busy last night.

The first one happened just before 10:15 pm. Deputies were called to an injury accident on State Road 56 about 1/4 mile east of County Road 600 West on Ireland’s west side. Deputies say 18 year old Kaylan Meyer of Dubois was trying to pull out of a driveway and head eastbound on State Road 56. Meyer failed to see an oncoming vehicle being driven by 64-year-old Kenneth Dant of Washington and pulled out into its path. The front of Dant’s vehicle then hit Meyer’s vehicle in the driver’s side.

Meyer and Dant each complained of chest pain. Meyer was taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment. Three passengers in Dant’s vehicle (64-year-old Steven Fields, 56-year-old John Stader, and 60-year-old Dennis Solliday, all of Washington) also complained of pain, but refused treatment.

Both vehicles were total losses. Deputies say the highway was blocked for about 45 minutes last night while the scene was being cleared. All parties were wearing seat belts and deputies say that greatly reduced the severity of any injuries.

Memorial Hospital EMS, Ireland First Responders, and Uelbehors Wrecker Service also assisted.

The second accident happened about an hour later. Deputies were called to State Road 56 about 2 miles east of Haysville for this accident. Deputies say 31-year-old Mistee Hayes of Dubois was westbound on the highway when her car hydroplaned in the heavy rain and went off of the roadway to the right. Her car then hit a tree before coming to rest.

Deputies say the vehicle was drivable after the crash though it is thought to be a total loss.

The Rotary Club of Jasper will be featuring a special guest at its upcoming Leadership Luncheon.

State superintendent of public instruction Glenda Ritz will be the luncheon’s keynote speaker. The luncheon is set for Thursday October 16th from 11:30 am to 1 pm.

Ritz was elected back in 2012, defeating incumbent Tony Bennett. Ritz has been in education since 1978 and worked as a library media specialist for Indianapolis-based Crooked Creek Elementary School for many years.

Ritz is also a National Board Certified Teacher. She has two masters degrees and is licensed to teach at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Areas of Ritz’s teaching include special education, general education, and library science.

The cost to attend the luncheon is 25 dollars. The cost does include a lunch buffet.

Seating is limited, so folks are being encouraged to pay in advance to get seating faster. You must RSVP by October 11th to attend.

To register or for more information, you can contact Jim McFaul by emailing jmcfaul at vinu.edu.

Jasper Engines and Transmissions will be taking part in a program aimed at helping folks with their careers.

The company will be participating in the “Tour of Opportunity” program coming up on Saturday October 18th. The event will be held from 9 am to 2 pm.

Now as mentioned, the program is designed to showcase career opportunities and pathways at companies across the region. The program is open to students, parents, and the broad community.

It will feature open house events and facility tours at some of the companies. The rest will be represented by the Children’s Museum of Evansville.

More than 20 employers will be participating in the Tour of Opportunity. Other notable ones include Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Indiana, Vectren, Old National Bank, Dubois County Community Corrections, Meyer Distribution, Vincennes University, and the University of Southern Indiana.

The event is free to attend. Officials with JASPER Engines say the event is an important one to all the employers. They say the key to the success of all of the companies is skilled employees who are trained in modern day technologies and practices.

Jasper Community Arts has announced details for its fall workshops.

14 art classes in all are set to take place this fall. 6 of the classes are children’s courses while the other 8 are adult classes.

Notable children’s classes coming up this fall include cultural clay, canvas creations, pop art, and decorating your space. The adult classes will include wheel throwing, outdoor landscape painting, clay hand building, and non-technical photography. Costs for each of the workshops varies, though the cost range is between 10 and 60 dollars along with various material fees.

Now arts officials say enrollment for all of the classes is limited. Enrollment thus is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The deadline to register for the fall classes is Wednesday, October 1st. The fall classes then begin on Tuesday, October 7th. All classes will be finished by mid-November.

For more information or to register, you can call the Jasper Arts Center. That number is 482-3070.