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Jasper’s newest apparel and footwear store has now chosen its management.

Officials with Glik Stores have announced Hillary Falk will be the manager for the Jasper location at Germantown Shopping Center. The location opened back on November 7th.

Glik ManagerFalk is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Art and specialized in fashion marketing. At one time, Falk was employed by Top Shop in Chicago.

Falk comes to the Jasper Glik location after serving as senior assistant manager of the Effingham, Illinois location.

Glik Stores now has 62 locations across 9 Midwestern states. The company was founded back in 1897.

Jasper Community Arts is set to host its first production for the 2014-2015 Performers Series-New Directions.

Coming up this Sunday evening, Ballroom with a Twist will be taking the stage at the Jasper Arts Center. The show will get underway at 7 o’clock.

The show will feature performances from many familiar names including Dmitry Chaplin, Jonathan Platero, BallroomC.J. Bair, and Randi Lynn Strong among several others. All of the performers come from the TV shows Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and American Idol.

Tickets are still available for the Sunday night show. They are $35 for adults, $33 for seniors, and $30 for students/children.

You can order your tickets by calling the Jasper Arts Center at 482-3070. You can go online to jasperarts.org for more information.

Jasper Police are looking for a man they say stole a donation jar from a south side gas station earlier this month.

The department says back on November 1st, the man took the donation jar from the counter at Sternbergs Citgo in the 1700 block of South US 231. Police say the jar was being used to help with funeral expenses for a family in need.

Anyone who has any information is asked to call Jasper Police at 482-2255.

You can also call the department’s anonymous tip line at 481-COPS.

A required water quality project for the city of Jasper is set to move forward.

Last night, the Jasper Utility Service board approved funding for an ultraviolet water treatment project. The project was mandated a couple of years ago by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Now UV treatment is often used as a pre-treatment or polishing step to disinfect water and sterilize it. Jasper Utilities General Manager Bud Hauersperger says the UV treatment also will allow for less chlorine to be used in water treatment.

The project is expected to cost $1.4 million. The utility board approved borrowing the money from the city’s electric distribution department. The borrowed money comes with the condition that it will have to be paid off within 5 years.

Hauersperger says borrowing from the electric utility was a better option for funding:

Hauersperger says digging for the project began yesterday. Work is expected to be done in July or August of next year.

Also last night, Hauersperger told the board about an environmental study to be done at the former Jasper power plant. Hauersperger says Lisa Gehlhausen with the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission approached the city recently about state funding that had become available to do such a study.

Hauersperger says getting the study done this way is different than in the past:

The utility board previously sent out requests for expressions of interest on the former power plant building. Those are still being accepted. The final deadline for them is coming up on December 1st.

Radius Indiana has announced a new communications director.

President/CEO Becky Skillman says Amy Lore has taken over all communications and marketing responsibilities for Radius. Skillman says Lore will also support the communications efforts for the WestGate at Crane technology park through her work with STIMULUS Engineering Services.

In a news release, Skillman says she is happy to have Lore join Radius Indiana. She cited Lore’s understanding of small cities and towns along with her passion for making them better.

Lore comes to Radius Indiana after many years working for state and federal lawmakers. After a stint as a staff member for former US Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona, Lore joined Skillman’s statehouse staff in 2005 as a member of Skillman’s communications team. Lore served 7 years with Skillman before leaving in 2012 to pursue graduate studies. Lore returned to the workforce last year with STIMULUS Engineering Services.

Lore is a native of Linton, Indiana.

Radius Indiana is a regional partnership that was formed back in 2009. It serves 8 counties in all. Those include Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Martin, and Orange counties locally.

Radius is also the main point of contact for NSWC Crane outside of the gates.

Jasper residents will once again have the opportunity to participate in a Christmas contest.

The Jasper Chamber of Commerce will be partnering with the Jasper Jaycees for this year’s Outdoor Home/Christmas Decorating and Lighting Contest. It will be open to all residents of Jasper and folks living within a mile of the city limits.

The contest will award winners in several different categories. These are Most Traditional, Best Use of Lights, Family Theme, and Most Original. The top 3 homes in each category will receive prizes.

Entry forms are available at the Jasper Chamber of Commerce along West 6th Street. You can also call 482-6866 to get a form. Folks who entered this contest in the past are encouraged to enter it again.

Entries are due to the Jasper Chamber office no later than December 10th. They can be mailed in, emailed to chamber@jasperin.org or faxed. The fax number is 812-848-2015.

Judging for this year’s contest will take place on the night of Friday December 12th. Lights should be turned on by 6 o’clock that evening.