Christmas festivities are also set to take place in the city of Huntingburg.
Salem United Church of Christ will be hosting ‘A Night in Bethlehem’ next Saturday evening. The event will start at 6 pm and will follow the Huntingburg Lighted Christmas Parade.
A Night in Bethlehem is a hands-on Christmas experience and a glimpse into the past of the holy night when Christ was born. Folks will have the opportunity to “pay” taxes, interact with merchants, and sample simple foods. Folks will hear what the people of Bethlehem might have been saying that special night so long ago and will see the inn and share the innkeeper’s concern, as he tells how he directed Joseph and Mary to a nearby stable.
A Night in Bethlehem is FREE and everyone is welcome. The foods and beverages offered in the marketplace are also free. Salem UCC is located on the corner of Walnut and 4th St. in Huntingburg.
An annual Christmas celebration is coming to Jasper next weekend.
The Jasper Chamber of Commerce is set to host O’Tannenbaum Days next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (Dec 6th-8th). This year’s event will feature shopping opportunities at local businesses as well as treats, carriage rides, activities at the train depot, and Santa Claus in his house on the west side of the courthouse square.
Santa will be in his house throughout the weekend. The hours are: 5-8 pm on Friday and noon-3pm on both Saturday and Sunday. There will be opportunities for kids to get a photo with Santa. Several artists and artisans will also be on hand in stores to show off their skills. Photo opportunities for the entire family will also be available in front of the recently lit Christmas tree on the square.
Three local churches will be giving away treats starting on Saturday morning. Precious Blood Church will host its Christmas Bazaar starting at 8 am and continuing until 7 pm on Saturday. It will also run on Sunday from 8 am to noon. Trinity United Church of Christ will start their Cookie Walk at 8 am on Saturday and cookies will continue to be sold until 1 pm. St. Joseph’s Church will host a Christmas Bazaar from 8 am to 7 pm on Saturday and again from 8 am to 1 pm on Sunday.
Music around the downtown square on Saturday afternoon will come courtesy of local musician Ray Major.
For more information or questions, you can call Nancy Eckerle at the Jasper Chamber of Commerce at 482-6866.
Christmas festivities in a Spencer County community known for its Christmas celebration are set to get underway next week.
The town of Santa Claus will be hosting its 2013 Santa Claus Christmas Celebration over the first three weekends of December. The celebration will begin this upcoming Friday December 6th and will run on Fridays Saturdays and Sundays over the course of those three weekends.
New events this year include the Run Run Rudolph 5K through the Santa Claus Land of Lights at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, a Christmas Dog Parade at the Santa Claus Community Center, and a Holiday Cookie Contest with decorating demonstrations at Santa’s Lodge.
Additional holiday events throughout America’s Christmas Hometown include:
• International Fruitcake Eating Championship at the Santa Claus American Legion
• The Story of Santa Claus at the Santa Claus Museum & Village
• Santa Claus Arts & Crafts Shows at various locations
• Face painting at Holly Tree Christmas Shop
• Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire and Christmas Woodcarving Demonstrations at Santa’s Candy Castle
• Christmas Dinner with Santa at Santa’s Lodge
• Lincoln Amphitheatre presents “Scrooge’s Christmas” at Heritage Hills High School
• Wine Tasting at Christmas Lake Golf Course
• Christmas Lake Village Festival of Lights
Weekend lodging specials are available at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, Santa’s Cottages, Santa’s Lodge, Motel 6, and Rockport Comfort Inn & Suites.
For more information about the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration, lodging specials, and a schedule of events, call (888) 444-9252 or visit www.SantaClausInd.org/Christmas.
A nationally recognized group is set to perform in Jasper next weekend.
The Texas Tenors, who rocketed into the national spotlight on America’s Got Talent back in 2009, will be performing at the Jasper Arts Center next Sunday evening. The performance is scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm.
The trio regularly perform in front of sold-out crowds. They also make appearances in Las Vegas as well as in Branson, Missouri along with performances on their own cruises. The three members of the group (Marcus Collins, John Hagen, and J.C. Fisher) entered the America’s Got Talent competition after just a few weeks of performing together. Things wound up going so well that the group received one of the highest vote totals in the history of the show. After winning the competition, the group decided to continue their musical careers together.
Collins began singing along with the radio when he was 4. He then received classical training in college before starting his career. He has performed as a part of talent shows, fairs, and on cruises. He has also been in several Broadway productions and has acted in more than 100 episodes of network TV, 25 films, and multiple commercials.
Hagen graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and has served as a vocal instructor at Wartburg College. He has also performed at New York City’s Lincoln Center. He created three tenor roles for the world premier of ‘The Lost Dauphane’ on PBS and has been awarded for his classical performances on Broadway.
Fisher meanwhile has entertained in places around the world for the last 15 years. Originally a star football player in high school, he found that his passion for singing pushed him to get his music degree, which he earned at Wichita State University. Fisher went to Lucca, Italy after college and sang in the Puccini festival. He has also performed as a one-man show on more than 75 cruise ships. He is married to former Miss Kansas Jennifer Vanatta and the couple have three children.
The Texas Tenors’ performance ranges from gospel to country and opera to Broadway with some classical and contemporary music thrown in. Next Sunday’s performance will feature Christmas tunes and releases from their new album The Texas Tenors: You Should Dream Live.
Tickets will be 35 dollars for adults, 33 dollars for seniors, and 30 dollars for students and children. You can get tickets by calling the Jasper Arts Center at 482-3070.
DUGGER, Ind. (AP) – Supporters of a small high school in southwestern Indiana say many students will leave the district if it is closed, while others argue budget troubles leave the district no other options.
The Northeast Sullivan School Board could vote Monday night on whether to shut down the 172-student Union Junior-Senior High School in the town of Dugger.
Greg Ellis of the group Save UHS tells the Tribune-Star (http://bit.ly/1goFP5Y ) a survey shows almost none of its students would go about 20 miles away to Northeast Sullivan’s other high school, the 500-student North Central Junior-Senior High near Farmersburg.
District officials say some 20 teaching jobs have been cut in recent years as enrollment has declined.
Leslie Hawker of the group Save NESC says the closing is the most fiscally responsible decision.
The holiday season means police are on the lookout for Hoosiers who drink and drive.
Statistics show driving fatalities are always high during holiday times … Thanksgiving through New Year‘s being among the worst. National figures show people in their twenties have the highest level of involvement in alcohol-related driving.
Scott Watson of Indianapolis-based Heartland Intervention says alcohol and drugs during the holidays can easily lead to DUI’s and all of the issues involved with the legal system. He says many people turn to drugs and alcohol to deal with family.
Watson says care and moderation are especially important during the holiday season.
A man wanted on warrants in Kentucky was arrested early this morning in Huntingburg after he called in a complaint of suspicious activity.
Huntingburg Police were called to a residence in the 600 block of Shuler Avenue just after 2:35 this morning after receiving a call concerning suspicious activity. The complaining party (38-year-old Troy Young) told police that he had just looked outside and seen someone with a fireman’s jacket standing on his property. Young told police the person took off running as police were arriving.
Huntingburg Police say as they tried to obtain more information on what happened, Young’s story kept changing and didn’t make sense at all. Officers ran Young’s name, date of birth through county dispatch and further requested a warrant check through Dubois County and through Henderson County, Kentucky (where Young told police that he was originally from).
County dispatch told police that Young was wanted in Henderson County Kentucky on three felony charges and a misdemeanor. Henderson County stated that they would extradite Young, so Huntingburg Police arrested Young. Young was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center and will be extradited back to Kentucky. He faces Class D felonies for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, selling a stolen firearm, and theft. He also faces a Class B misdemeanor for criminal mischief.
All of the charges filed are in Kentucky. Huntingburg Police say no charges will be filed locally against Young.