A Huntingburg man was arrested after he led state police on a short chase in the Evansville area over the weekend.
At about 12:50 on Saturday afternoon, Master Trooper Gary Goodman with the Evansville Post was patrolling US 41 south of Interstate 164 when he clocked a northbound Pontiac Grand Prix going 75 mph in a 50 mph zone. Goodman attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver sped back up to 75 mph and the chase was on.
State police say the driver then ran 2 red lights. One was at US 41 and Riverside Drive. The other was at Riverside Drive and Lodge. The driver then went northbound on Lodge for a short distance before stopping. The male driver and a female passenger fled on foot.
Both were taken into custody after a short foot pursuit through yards and over a couple of chain link fences. The driver (23-year-old James Dixey) and the 17-year-old girl were both Huntingburg residents.
Both Dixey and the girl were taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail. The girl was released to her mother. Dixey is being held without bond.
The Providence Home Health Care Center in Jasper will soon be under new ownership.
Ide Management Group has announced its plans to purchase the home effective November 1st. Founded back in 1997, Ide manages skilled nursing and long-term care facilities in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa.
Group founder Mark Ide says he’s excited about taking over ownership of the facility. Ide worked for non-profit organizations for 15 years, during which he decided to raise the bar on care and rehab services for senior citizens. That desire led to the founding of Ide Management Group. The group has its headquarters in Indianapolis.
Now Providence Home will also be undergoing a name change. Effective November 1st, it will be known as the Cathedral Health Care Center. The name was chosen in order to keep previous religious affiliations according to Ide officials. The home will remain as a worship site for several hundred Catholics in Dubois County.
Ide Management will be busy introducing facility best practices and programs to residents of the home over the next several months. Management officials will be meeting with staff, residents, and their families to ensure a smooth transition for all involved.
Jasper-based Kimball International is planning a new round of public presentations as part of its upcoming spin off of Kimball Electronics.
The presentations, which are aimed at the equity investment community, will be led by Bob Schneider, Michelle Schroeder, and Dennis Gerber. Schneider will be Kimball Electronics’ CEO and chairman, Schroeder will serve as chief financial officer, and Gerber will be the treasurer.
The presentations are viewable online. You can go to kimball.com to see them.
Now this was the 3rd announcement by the company this week concerning the electronics spin off. On Monday, company officials announced the distribution of common stock for Kimball Electronics. Then on Tuesday, company officials stated that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had declared the Form 10 registration statement that the company filed effective.
That move cleared the way for the spin off.
The local district of the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association has crowned royalty for the upcoming year.
The 2015 Miss Flame for District 18 is Jasmine Vonderheide. Vonderheide, the daughter of Eric and Carrie Vonderheide, represents the Haysville Fire Department. Makayla Jones representing the West Baden Fire Department took home 1st runner-up honors and Bethany Dodd took home 2nd runner-up honors representing the Dubois Fire Department.
IVFA District 18 also held its annual parade yesterday in Schnellville. The Duckville Duck took home the Best Float honors. Best New Emergency Equipment went to the Jefferson Township Fire Department of Pike County, the K-9 VFD Australian Shepherds won the Best Walking Unit, Best Special Interest went to Hammer Down Haulin, Sherry Schnell’s unit won the Best Equestrian category, Rick Morgan won the Best Antique Vehicle honors. Finally, the Schnellville Community Club was recognized for Best Antique Tractor.
Jasper Police are seeking the public’s help as they investigate an act of vandalisim that they say took place sometime last weekend.
JPD say two job site office trailers owned by Messmer Mechanical were broken into and damaged sometime between last Friday October the 3rd and Sunday the 5th.
The surplus trailers were parked near 101 Centennial Drive near Centennial Park on the city’s north side. Police say nothing of any value was in the trailers, however they were extensively damaged.
They says the cost of repairing the trailers will likely exceed 2-thousand dollars.
Any one with any information as far as perhaps knowing who may be responsible is asked to call the Jasper Police Department at 482-2255 or the department’s anonymous tip line at 481-COPS.
Discussions continue surrounding the future of the Jasper Library.
Last night, the Jasper library building committee gave its final recommendations to the Jasper Library Board. These options are rebuilding on the current Jasper library site, utilizing part of the former Hoosier Desk building as the new library, or building a new library on land along South Newton Street.
Now work on the current building would also have options. Those are to tear the current building down and build a new building from the ground up, or do a 2-phase rebuild that would allow for part of the old building to remain open while construction goes on in the other area.
Brad Ward is the chairman of the building committee. He says even with the space issues, the current site can still be part of the future:
The committee previously discussed several different issues with the current building. These include aisles that are too narrow, the height of shelves, and no room to grow the building’s collection. The current building is 11 thousand square feet as a whole and just 34 hundred square feet of it is used for housing the collection. The library is looking to more than double the size for any future building. The plans call for 25 to 30 thousand square feet.
Discussions also continued about the former Hoosier Desk building and the South Newton street property as options. The Hoosier Desk building was recommended by consultants Gamble and Associates. That firm put together the city’s downtown riverfront master plan.
Ward says the Hoosier Desk site would take work in the form of public-private partnerships to make things happen:
As for the South Newton property, Ward says it is a bit of a wildcard because it was voted down during the previous referendum. However, he says there is good reason for having it as an option:
The committee has briefly discussed sites outside of the downtown area but the idea of such a location hasn’t gained much traction. As for Ward, he maintained his stance that the library should stay as close to downtown Jasper as possible:
The Jasper library board’s goal is still to bring the issue to a referendum in November of 2015. That would mean deciding on an option by April 2015.
Changes in the definition of floodplains in Huntingburg could affect some folks and their insurance costs.
Last night, the Huntingburg City Council approved a new ordinance that redraws the flood plain maps for the city. The previous map dates back to 1998.
Huntingburg mayor Denny Spinner says the changes needed to be made in light of new federal regulations:
Spinner says folks involved in this change will be getting letters from the city. Folks are being encouraged to contact their flood insurance provider to find out how the changes will affect their insurance rates.
Also last night, the council held a lengthy discussion on a new ordinance surrounding fire safety. If approved, the ordinance would require Knox Boxes to be installed on all new buildings constructed in Huntingburg. The idea was proposed by councilman Glen Kissling along with Huntingburg fire chief Scott Patberg.
Now the boxes are designed to allow fire departments and other emergency personnel easier entry in the event of a fire or other major incident such as a chemical spill. Building owners would give a set of building keys to the fire department. Another goal is to limit damage to entry doors and other ways into buildings that comes about due to trouble getting in when there is a major emergency.
Spinner says now is a great time to consider the idea with potential construction on the way:
The council did not make any decisions last night. They instructed Kissling and Patberg to work with city attorney Phil Schneider to come up with a more defined ordinance.
That ordinance will likely be presented at a future meeting.