Officials with the City of Huntingburg have reported a water main leak along 4th Street between Main Street (US 231) and Jackson Street.
Residents and businesses in the area may experience low water pressure and/or discolored water. Officials ask folks to use caution when driving through the area.
A local industrial company has a new group to help with giving in the area.
A new philanthropy group known as Today and Tomorrow was founded earlier this year by associates of Jasper Engines and transmissions.
The mission of JETT is to create a unique giving experience that allows Jasper Engines & Transmissions associates and their families the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of philanthropy, while combining resources to be used for the betterment of their communities.
In early November, the group had a party at which each of four charities — Dubois County Community Meal, Anderson Woods, Mentors for Youth of Dubois County and Young Life — took about 10 minutes to educate JETT members on the charity’s focus, who it serves and how it would use a grant if awarded.
After the presentations, the members of JETT weighed the merits and possible outreach of the organizations and then took an anonymous vote to determine the grant recipient.
On November 14th, the group presented its inaugural JETT grant of $7,575 to Dubois County Community Meal Director Mike Hagerdon.
Hagerdon said the entire grant will be used to reach out to schoolchildren who are on the free or reduced-price lunch program and help bridge the hurdle for when they are not in school.
A founding member of JETT Mark Balsmeyer says in addition to giving the grant, the associates put just over 5-thousand dollars into their endowment fund.
The court fight between the city of Jasper and Healthy Dubois County over the conversion of the city’s power plant to biomass drags on.
Late last week, Judge Sherry Gregg Gilmore issued a partial summary judgment in favor of the city of Jasper. The ruling comes following a request by city attorneys to limit the new trial to only the allegations that were not a part of the first trial.
The ruling means that six executive sessions included in the original open door complaint made by defendant Healthy Dubois County back in August of 2011 will no longer be included in the proceedings of the new trial. The new trial also was rescheduled as a part of the decision. The trial will now be held on April 15th and 16th of next year rather than on the originally scheduled dates of January 14th and 15th. The new trial had been set following a successful appeal of Judge Lucy Goffinet’s original ruling in favor of the city of Jasper.
Back in January of 2012, Goffinet ruled that the executive sessions in question did not violate the Indiana Open Door Law as Healthy Dubois County had charged. She also refused the group’s request for more discovery concerning a volunteer group that met as few as 13 and as many as 15 times during negotiations with Jay Catasien to lease the plant to Twisted Oak Corporation of Atlanta, Georgia. Healthy Dubois County appealed concerning the volunteer group and that appeal was granted by the Indiana Court of Appeals and thus the new trial was set for January of next year.
Now back in October, Judge Gilmore heard arguments on both sides concerning a request to limit the scope of the trial. HDC attorney Too Keller of Carmel-based law firm Keller Macaluso told the court at the time that the appellate court’s decision allowed for a new trial to take place. He further argued that the six executive sessions should be included in the trial due to the role played by the volunteer group. Meanwhile, city of Jasper attorney Greg Neibarger of Bingham Greenebaum Doll argued that the volunteer group should be the sole subject of the trial and the executive sessions should be excluded.
In a statement, Jasper Utility Service board chairman Wayne Schuetter says the board is happy to receive the decision in their favor. He further says the board appreciates the judge’s diligence and thoroughness.
Motorists driving north along the new Interstate 69 near Crane have had to get off of the highway fairly quickly over the last year. However, officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation says work on Section 4 of the highway is holding close to schedule.
Section 4, which is set to link Crane to State Road 37 in Bloomington, is continuing to be built according to INDOT spokeswoman Cher Elliott. In the meantime, drivers making the northern trip along the highway have been forced to drive along curvy two lane highways in order to continue northward through the construction zone.
Elliott says the geography of the area where Section 4 is being built has proven to be a bit more difficult for workers than the initial sections:
Elliott also says weather has played a factor this year. She says weather plays a big role in construction season:
The increase in precipitation has brought a delay in the project. Elliott says the rain has mostly caused problems as crews are doing dirt work to get the area ready for a paved highway, which is something that cannot be done in rainy weather.
Elliott says some of Section 4 will be open on schedule, but some of it may not open to traffic until 2015.
Now Section 4 of the highway will also include the addition of several new interchanges according to Elliott. These will be State Road 45, State Road 445, and State Road 37 on the south side of Bloomington. An interchange with US 231 in Greene County was added as part of the finishing work on Section 3 of the project.
A Huntingburg man was arrested early this morning after it turns out that he never had a driver’s license.
Huntingburg Police stopped a vehicle driven by 57-year-old Celestino Rivas at about 2:30 this morning after he was found driving left of center in an area around West 6th Street and County Road 400 West.
Rivas told police that he had never had a driver’s license. He did provide police with an Indiana identification card, which police ran through Dubois County Dispatch. Dispatch told police that Rivas indeed had never been licensed and only had the state-issued ID.
Rivas was taken into custody and was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. He is charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Ever Receiving a License.
BLOOMFIELD, Ind. (AP) – One of two men accused of killing a 19-year-old southwestern Indiana woman and dumping her body in a lake has pleaded guilty in the case.
Under a deal with prosecutors, 26-year-old Jordan Buskirk of Jasonville pleaded guilty Tuesday in Greene Superior Court to charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit rape and criminal confinement in the death of Katelyn Wolfe of Linton.
Authorities say Wolfe was reported missing by her father on June 6, a day after she was last seen in Linton, about 30 miles southeast of Terre Haute. Her body was found four days later in a rural lake.
Buskirk has agreed to testify in the May trial of 25-year-old co-defendant Randal Crosley of Jasonville.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Democratic schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz and other members of the Indiana State Board of Education are meeting with a mediator called in to help with the state’s ongoing education battles.
The group planned to meet Wednesday morning with officials from the National Association of State Boards of Education. Ritz and Republican Gov. Mike Pence agreed last week to bring in the national leaders after disagreements escalated.
Ritz stormed out of a board meeting last month after a Pence-appointed member pressed a measure Ritz said would shift power from her office. She previously sued other board members alleging violation of the state’s public access laws.
Ritz is chairwoman of the education board, but the other 10 members have been appointed by either Pence or former Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels.