The St. Meinrad Archabbey will be holding an open house coming up next month.
The open house, which is being held to honore the Year of Consecrated Life, will take place on Sunday, February 8th. The event will go from 1 til 3 pm central time.
Monks will be leading tours of the public areas of the monastic house. They will also tour the sacristy, the Archabbey Church, and the monastic Chapter Room. Tours will start at the Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center.
There will be other exhibits on display that Sunday as well. Abstract art will be at the Archabbey’s Library Gallery. That art is done by fabric artist Julia Sermersheim of Santa Claus and Princeton-based sculptor Bob Zasadny.
A choral favorites concert will then be held at 3 o’clock central time in the Archabbey Church. The performance is by The Choir School of First Presbyterian Church out of Evansville.
The open house and its events are free and open to the public. Parking will be available in the Guest House and student parking lots.
For more information, you can call Mary Jeanne Schumacher at (812)-357-6501.
The former Jasper Power Plant’s future is 1 step closer to being determined.
Last night, the Jasper Utility Service Board approved sending out bid packets to salvage companies who would buy the plant for scrap. The recommendation was made by the board’s electric committee following their meeting last week.
Now utilities general manager Bud Hauersperger says more than 20 expressions of interest had been sent out for the property, but only a few of those were returned. Hauersperger says those firms that did return them had asked the city to buy power from them. The city cannot do that because of its contract with the Indiana Municipal Power Agency. Thus, Hauersperger says the most viable options came from the salvage companies.
Hauersperger says the salvage option isn’t necessarily the way the city wanted to go with the power plant:
The board also heard that IMPA has asked the city to write off the value of the power plant and the property since it hasn’t been used for almost 7 years. The value of the plant and property has been reported at $3.3 million.
In other business, the board heard an update on the spillway reconstruction at Beaver Lake. Hauersperger told the board the original hope was for construction on the project to begin this spring. However, he says the work will now be postponed until Labor Day.
Hauersperger says the Indiana Department of Environmental Management has had some delays with permits to allow for work on the spillway to begin. He says that process could be done inside of a week.
However, Hauersperger says other factors made it a better idea to move construction back to later this year:
Hauersperger says once construction does begin, work will be completed in about 3 months.
In final notes, the board held its reorganization meeting last night. Rick Stradtner was elected as chairman, replacing Wayne Schuetter. Doug Schulte became vice chairman and new board member Roger Seng was voted in as secretary.
Schuetter, who had been the chairman for the last 5 years, will now serve as the city’s electric commissioner. All other positions on the board are the same as 2014.
The Spencer County Tourism Commission is set to award grants this spring.
The commission says 5 thousand dollars in grants will be available to not-for-profit groups whose work is related to tourism efforts. The grants will be awarded to those organizations, events, or entities that promote tourism throughout Spencer County.
The event or project that funding is requested for must increase visitor attendance from outside of the immediate area. Commission president Eric Snow says the county has enjoyed a recent boom in tourism offerings for visitors. He says the grant program is designed to foster that development while maintaining Spencer County’s position as a top area destination for tourists. The county is currently home to nationally known attractions including Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari, Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort, and Lincoln’s Indiana Boyhood home with national and state parks.
For more information or to get an application, you can call the Spencer County Visitors Bureau at (812)-937-4199. The deadline for completed applications is March 30th.
Authorities are continuing to look into the disappearance of a Bloomfield woman who has been missing for nearly a month.
Indiana State Police detectives are working to figure out what might have happened to 18-year-old Marina Boelter. Boelter was last seen on New Year’s Eve getting into a 4 door 2009-2011 model year Mercury Milan outside of the Bloomfield IGA where she worked.
State police say the person of interest with the car had been described as a heavy set white man in his 40s or 50s. State police say all leads have been exhausted in this area and no further tips or information are needed relating to the vehicle or the man.
State police are continuing to follow up on any new leads or information they get. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Indiana State Police Bloomington Post at (812)-332-4411. You can also contact Sgt. Curt Durnil via the Bloomington Post’s Facebook and Twitter pages with more information. All tips can remain anonymous.
Now Boelter was last seen wearing blue jeans with rhinestone designs on the back pockets, a black and purple jacket and Nike tennis shoes, described as white, with a pink swoosh and black trim.
You can continue to help in the efforts by going to Facebook dot com forward slash Find Marina Boelter.
SULLIVAN, Ind. (AP) – Indiana State Police say an arrest has been made in the death of a pregnant Sullivan woman who went missing in November.
Authorities say 32-year-old Johnus Luke Orr of Sullivan was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with two counts of murder in the death of Tiffanie Adams. Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom says Orr is Adams’ stepbrother.
The 20-year-old Adams was reported missing on Nov. 7. She was last seen on November 5th walking from her father’s home to her mother’s house, nearly one block away. Her body was found Dec. 30 by a farmer harvesting corn in a field northeast of Sullivan. Authorities say she was almost 8 months pregnant at the time of her death.
Sullivan County Prosecutor John Springer has not released details of the case against Orr, who is jailed without bond.
Anyone who may have more information on this case is asked to call the Indiana State Police Putnamville Post at (765)-653-4114 and talk with Detective Michael Taylor. You can also report the information to Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom at (812)-268-4044.
All callers can remain anonymous.
An insurance fraud investigation spanning several months ended with a Huntingburg woman’s arrest on felony charges.
Back in October of last year, Huntingburg Police detective Sgt. Christian Gogel began investigating insurance fraud incidents involving a Sarah Ann Hernandez. Gogel says those incidents happened as far back as June of 2012.
After further investigation, Gogel found that 42-year-old Bernice Barrientos-Galeana was working at a local furniture factory using Sarah Ann Hernandez’s name and date of birth. She was also using a fake Driver’s License to get insurance. Gogel says the insurance provided by the factory to its employees had gotten its information from Jasper’s Memorial Hospital and then contacted the company.
At around 7 o’clock last night, Gogel and Dubois County Sheriff’s deputy Jesus Monarrez spoke with Barrientos-Galeana at the Huntingburg Police station to further investigate. Barrientos-Galeana was taken into custody at about 8 o’clock last night.
Barrientos-Galeana was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center on a Level 6 felony for Synthetic Identity Deception. She posted bond early this morning.
The Dubois County Community Foundation has announced the appointment of a pair of new board members
The foundation says new members Andy Seger and Dr. Kim Gunderson will be part of a 15-member board that oversees the foundation’s finances, grant-making policies and practices and strategic planning.
Seger serves as chief financial officer for Wabash Valley Produce, Inc. He is a graduate of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and serves on the board of Diversified Maintenance Systems, a janitorial-business based in Tampa, Fla., and works in portfolio investment for Frontenac Company, a private-equity firm based in Chicago. He also serves on the advisory board of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Indiana University and on the Economic Development Commission and Redevelopment Commission for the City of Jasper. Seger resides in Jasper. He and his wife, Audrey have four children.
Meanwhile, Dr. Gunderson is an optometrist at Gunderson Eyecare in Jasper, which she and her husband opened in 2006. The IU graduate has served as an examiner for the National Board of Examiners of Optometry and is a member of the Jasper Lions Club, was past president of the Ireland Elementary PTO and serves on Jasper Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors. Kim and her husband Todd live in Ireland with their three sons.
Other recent changes to board officers include Pat Miller’s appointment as president, replacing Bill Kaiser with Jen Verkamp taking Miller’s place as vice president.