The Dubois County Community Foundation is set to host a grant workshop later this month.
Coming up on March 13th, the foundation will be hosting the event for local nonprofits in order to introduce a new open application process. The new process is designed to allow organizations the flexibility to apply for grants all throughout the year rather than 1 time per year as it stands now.
The process will also include the debut of Community Force, which is an online software system that will be used to cut down on the amount of paperwork while streamlining the application process as a whole.
In a news release, DCCF program director Nona Baker says the foundation has been using feedback from grantees along with research into best practices to guide the improvements. She says its an exciting change that will benefit local nonprofit groups.
Potential applicants for grants including nonprofit staff, volunteers, and board members among others are invited to attend this event to learn how they can apply for grants. The foundation says it will be giving away more than 90 thousand dollars in grants this year.
The workshop will begin at 10 am on the 13th and is set to last for an hour and a half. The workshop will be held at the DCCF’s building along 6th Street in Jasper. Reservations are required by next Monday.
For more information or to reserve your spot, you can call 482-5295 or you can visit dccommunityfoundation.org.
The 2014 Jasper Strassenfest Committee has announced a book and button design contest for this year’s big event.
The committee is holding the contest in order to seek public input on the design that will be used for the 2014 Strassenfest program book cover and the collectors buttons. The contest is open to everyone.
Folks can enter their design for either the book or the button or for both items. The winning design will be used on more than 8 thousand program covers, 10 thousand buttons and other promotional media for the Strassenfest. The winner of this contest will have their picture and a short biography featured in the program book. They will also receive a Strassenfest care package.
All entries should be submitted with the theme “Alive with the Arts” in mind. All types of 2 dimensional media will be accepted. Entry forms are available at the Jasper Chamber of Commerce office or at jasperstrassenfest.org. Entries can be mailed to the Jasper Chamber of Commerce PO Box 307 in Jasper, IN 47547. They can also be emailed to email@example.com or dropped off in person at the Jasper Chamber’s office along 6th Street.
Entries must be turned in by April 1st.
Old Man Winter isn’t quite ready to loosen his grip on our listening area.
That was evident yesterday as yet another round of snow, sleet, and freezing rain pummeled the area throughout the day yesterday and into the overnight hours. The first wave of freezing rain made its way into the area during the mid-morning hours yesterday. The second wave (which hit in the afternoon) started as freezing rain and sleet before changing over to all snow by the evening. Officials with the Jasper wastewater department reported 2 and a half inches of snow on the ground as of this morning.
Our weather partner Michael Wilhite with southernindianaweather.com says in the end, the storm’s impact was less than expected especially when it comes to the amount of ice:
A winter storm warning went into effect across our entire area Saturday night. it will remain in effect until 1 pm eastern time today. Meanwhile, street crews were kept busy throughout the day yesterday and into this morning as the storm was passing through.
Jasper assistant street commissioner Jeff Theising says the department had 1 crew on call through the day yesterday and into the evening before a different crew took over through the overnight and into this morning. Theising says in spite of some concerns prior to the storm, all went smoothly with the street cleanup:
Now that the storm is gone, temperatures are expected to warm up as the week goes on. We may even reach the upper 40s to near 50 degrees across the listening area by Saturday.
We’ll have more on what you can expect coming up later on in your local forecast.
A single car crash in Martin County yesterday morning left 5 people injured and the driver facing charges.
Indiana State Police say 30-year-old Brandy Nobbe of Indianapolis was southbound along US 231 at Truelove Church Road just after 9:40 yesterday morning when police say she lost control of her vehicle. Nobbe’s vehicle then crossed into the northbound lane of travel and left the roadway, hitting a ditch and a utility pole in the process. State police say Nobbe’s vehicle was totaled in the crash.
Nobbe, 39-year-old Angel Royer of Loogootee, and 3 children were all taken to Jasper’s Memorial Hospital. Nobbe suffered a broken spine in the crash while Royer suffered a fractured sternum. Royer’s 3 children (11-year-old Alexis, 10-year-old Brinley, and 2-year-old Addison) were treated and released for neck and facial contusions.
Further investigation by state police found that Nobbe tested positive for a controlled substance. She was cited into court for Operating While Intoxicated with Minor Passengers as well as for Speed too Fast for the Weather Conditions. The investigation also found that Royer was wanted in both Daviess and Spencer counties for check deception. Royer was arrested and lodged in the Daviess County Jail on those warrants.
Jasper Police are continuing to investigate an incident where a woman was shot in the leg.
At 2:15 on Saturday afternoon, police were called to Memorial Hospital to investigate a report of a gunshot victim. When they arrived, an unidentified 34-year-old woman was found to have a gunshot wound in her leg. Police say the wound was not life-threatening and the woman was later released from the hospital.
However, police say the woman has not cooperated with the investigation. They say she refused to tell them when and where she was shot and did not reveal the circumstances under which she was shot. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to contact the Jasper Police Department at 482-2255. You can also call the anonymous tip line at 481-COPS.
Indiana State Police, the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office, and Memorial Hospital have also assisted with this case.
A disturbance at a Jasper hotel led to a Kentucky man’s arrest over the weekend.
Jasper Police were called to the Ramada Inn along Wernsing Road at 12:45 yesterday morning on a report of a man disturbing other hotel guests. When they arrived, police told the man (27-year-old Alan Wrye of Lexington Kentucky) to quiet down, but Wrye continued to be disorderly.
Police found that Wrye was intoxicated and he was taken into custody on public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges. While being booked into the Dubois County Security Center, Wrye was additionally charged with public nudity, a second count of disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief.
The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department assisted.
A Tennyson man was taken into custody last week in connection with a bomb threat at a Spencer County shipyard in late January.
26-year-old Randall Kline, who worked at the Corn Island Shipyard, was taken into custody late last week. Police say Kline placed a call to the shipyard office just before 2 pm on January 30th and told the secretary that there was a bomb in the shipyard. The secretary immediately reported the threat to the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies with the department along with an Indiana State Police bomb-squad specialist went to the scene to sweep the area, but found nothing suspicious.
An investigation into phone records by police found that 3 calls were placed to the shipyard’s office around the same time. 1 of those calls was traced to a cell phone left at a residence that Kline was staying at. Police say Kline made the call in order to avoid going to a 4:30 pm orientation on January 30th. Kline told police he had been having personal issues and didn’t want anyone around him on the day of the incident.
Kline was lodged in the Spencer County Security Center on a Class D felony for false informing. He is being held there on a 500 dollar bond while awaiting a psychiatric evaluation and a judge’s decision about his release. Kline may also face legal action to reimburse money to the shipyard. The shipyard was billed 2 thousand dollars by the Grandview Fire Department for expenses during the response to the threat.