The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department needs your help to find the driver involved in a hit-and-run accident.
Deputies say Adam Zehr of Birdseye was westbound along Schnellville Road at 5:30 yesterday morning when he saw an eastbound vehicle that was driving left of center. Deputies say the vehicle hit the left side of Zehr’s car and then left the scene without stopping. Zehr’s car sustained about 1 thousand dollars worth of damage.
Deputies are looking for a small blue pickup truck, possibly a Ford Ranger or Chevy S-10. Anyone who has any information is asked to call the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department at 482-3522. All callers may remain anonymous.
A stricter policy on overdue materials is set to take effect at your local library.
Last night, the Dubois County Contractual and Jasper Public Library boards both approved adding small claims court as another course of action. Under the new stipulation, someone that has overdue materials and has not responded to any of the three written/email notices given will receive a form letter and be given another 30 days to return the materials. If there is no response to the letter or the materials are not brought back, the person would then be sued in small claims court.
Library board attorney Bill Shaneyfelt says the new element of the policy was put into place due to a total of 65 thousand dollars in outstanding fines:
Now the changes will go into effect on January 1st. However, the library board also decided at last night’s meeting to give an amnesty period. Starting tomorrow and running through New Year’s Eve, folks with overdue materials may return those materials or put them in the book drop at the Jasper, Ferdinand, Dubois, or Birdseye libraries and the associated late fines will be waived. The waiver of fines will be in effect during the December 7th through 31st time frame ONLY. Fees for lost and/or damaged items as well as collection agency fees will NOT be waived.
Also last night, the board formally approved changes to the health insurance plan. The plan, which will be for full-time library employees only, will now exist as a stipend. Both boards agreed that a 7.1 percent stipend would be appropriate for employees for health insurance.
Shaneyfelt says the change in policy came after concerns about avoiding violations of the new Affordable Care Act. He says it also made sense financially for the library:
In final notes, the boards were informed that the Birdseye library did receive a 15 thousand dollar planning grant through Indiana Region 15 that they had applied for earlier this year. The grant will be used to conduct a study that would determine if the current Birdseye library (which is located in the old town hall building) could be expanded or if a new library building would be necessary. The two boards also approved next year’s salary resolution. That resolution calls for a 2 percent increase in salaries in addition to any applicable step increases for an employee based off of years of experience.
Jasper based Kimball International has announced the appointment of Kimberly Ryan to the company’s board of directors.
Ryan’s appointment will enhance the board’s strategic skillset as well as partially fill a void left by the death of board member “Hank” Bowman earlier this year. The formal appointment will be made at the next regularly scheduled board meeting on Feb. 18.
She was selected following a national search in partnership with Cook Associates Inc. of Chicago.
Ryan is president of Batesville Casket Co. She joined Batesville in 1989 as a staff accountant and has steadily progressed through a number of positions within the Hillenbrand family of companies in finance, operations, logistics, information technology and division leadership. She has been a senior executive of the company since 2003 and has a consistent record of achieving objectives in areas such as streamlining information systems and improving cost structures and waste reductions, all while maintaining market position and financial strength.
TDI Brands has opened a new showroom in The Gardens at AmericasMart in Atlanta.
The permanent showroom contains merchandising displays, examples of store layouts and a collection of gardening accents and accessories.
The space, mainly showcasing products from the Tierra Garden division, is positioned directly next to TDI Brands’ established Stone Age Creations showroom. Between the two showrooms, the majority of products offered by TDI Brands and its divisions are on display.
Local State Representative Mark Messmer says he’s pleased to see restitution for Shoals Community Schools from the settlement reached between the State of Indiana and the Indiana State Teachers Association and the National Education Association.
Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced earlier this week that her office finalized a settlement of a federal securities fraud lawsuit for $14 million, which accused ISTA and NEA of defrauding Hoosier schools out of over $27 million. Shoals Community Schools wills receive nearly 94-thousand dollars from the settlement.
In a release Messmer says while he’s pleased to see local schools receive a portion of their money back, he remains deeply troubled that the ISTA and NEA are not completely repaying Shoals Community Schools for the money they deliberately mismanaged. The republican from Jasper represents portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin Counties.
The ISTA offered teachers and other school employees a medical plan that allowed school corporations to invest their excess claim balances to offset future health care costs. The Secretary of State’s complaint alleges that the ISTA did not invest the money as promised, but instead used the money to cover significant shortfalls in their long-term disability plan and to invest for ISTA’s own benefit.
The winter storm that we’ve all been hearing about the last several days looks to be on its way.
The National Weather Service is calling for a mixture of freezing rain and sleet to start anytime in the listening area from this evening into the overnight hours.
A WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR MOST OF IF NOT ALL OF SOUTHERN INDIANA. IT WILL TAKE EFFECT FROM 10 PM EST THIS EVENING TILL 1 O’CLOCK EST SATURDAY MORNING.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS THE INITIAL CHANGE OVER TO A WINTRY MIX OF SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED TO OCCUR ACROSS SOUTHERN INDIANA LATER THIS EVENING.
THE PRECIPITATION SHOULD TRANSITION AGAIN TO JUST SNOW DURING THE MORNING HOURS…WITH SNOW INTENSITY FORECAST TO PICK UP DURING THE AFTERNOON.
SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS WILL RANGE FROM 4 TO 8 INCHES ACROSS SOUTHERN INDIANA WITH THE HEAVIEST OF THE SNOW EXPECTED TO FALL FRIDAY AFTERNOON.
FORECASTERS SAY THERE WILL BE A BRIEF PERIOD DURING THE LATE EVENING AND OVERNIGHT HOURS WHERE FREEZING RAIN WILL MAKE
DRIVING EVEN MORE DANGEROUS. TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO RAPIDLY FALL ACROSS THE ENTIRE AREA ON FRIDAY NIGHT.
These conditions, in addition to low temperatures, may cause roads to be extremely icy and travel conditions dangerous.
With all of the weather that’s expected, state, county, and local street crews spent today putting plows on trucks and loading up on salt.
Jasper street commissioner Raymie Eckerle says not being able to pretreat the roads has changed the preparation for this storm to an extent:
Eckerle says the unpredictability of the weather makes the job of street crews that much more difficult:
With this significant winter weather system expected to make its way to Indiana this
evening, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is also encouraging folks to prepare in advance.
Preparations include charging cell phones and other items in case power is interrupted, evaluating whether driving is necessary, taking your time if you decide to drive, and gathering items for your car and home in case they are needed.
Those considering going out onto the roads are advised to check the weather forecast and travel conditions prior to leaving, and allow for extra travel time. If driving during the storm is necessary, make sure you have a fully charged and functioning cell phone. A vehicle preparedness kit is also strongly encouraged.
Plans for the former Jasper Country Club property continue to take shape.
During a public meeting held yesterday afternoon at Jasper City Hall, project consultants Barry Alberts of CityVisions and David Gamble of Gamble and Associates presented their visions for the country club property to a full house in the council chambers. Gamble and Alberts’ presentation laid out 13 points for transforming the country club site. Some of the key points were: a publically accessible site that’s open all year round, an easily accessible place with a series of small, distributed parking areas, and a transformation implemented with flexibility and change in mind.
Gamble says the plans came about thanks to their work with the advisory team:
Gamble says both he and Alberts hope to be a part of the final design and implementation of any changes to the property.
Meanwhile, Jasper mayor Terry Seitz says both Gamble and Associates and CityVisions did great work on this project. He says its now up to the city and others to give the consultants what they need to move forward:
The meeting was not without debate however. A portion of last night’s meeting was spent debating the use of country club land by the Greater Jasper School Corporation for any future development. At the center of the issue is the possibility of a new elementary school for the corporation, stemming from the ongoing feasibility study being done for the corporation by Indianapolis-based Gibraltar Design. Gibraltar has stated at previous school board meetings that 15 acres of land would be their recommendation and some folks have contacted city council members to express their concerns about such a purchase.
Greater Jasper School Board president Nancy Habig says the school board never planned to do anything until the consultants had reached this point in their work. She says now that the consultants have reached this point, discussions between the school board and others are now necessary before further actions are taken:
Habig also says the city and school board need to look for win-win situations all around. She says she is hopeful that more in-depth discussions will take place as time goes on.