Kuntz Honored As German American Heritage Award Winner

Yesterday was German American Day in Jasper and the day culminated with dinner and some recognition.

The 17th annual German American Day concluded at KlubHaus 61 with dinner and a program. The goal of the day was to celebrate the contributions made by German immigrants to the life and culture here in the United States.

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Lois Kuntz
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Lois Kuntz was honored as this year’s German American Heritage Award winner last night. Duane Busick, a self-employed videographer of Bloomington, led last night’s program. Busick’s presentation was titled “The German Heritage of Dubois and Spencer Counties..and how the area became so enamored with the celebration of Christmas.”

Last night’s event was put on by the Jasper German Club, the Jasper Partnership Commission and Sister Cities of Jasper, Inc. Officials say more than 90 people attended last night’s event.

Now there were also local students who were honored for their efforts in the German American Day Essay Contest. They are: Samantha Wendholt of Forest Park Junior Senior High School, Allison Reckelhoff of Jasper High School, Kelly Vonderheide of Northeast Dubois High School, and Jessica Schaeffer of Southridge High School.

German American presented each student with a $250 scholarship and certificate.

Suspicious Vehicle Near House Lands H’burg Man in Jail

A Huntingburg man is behind bars after a woman reported a suspicious vehicle near her home.

Just after 6:30 yesterday morning, Huntingburg Police were called to the 1100 block of North Jackson Street. The female caller stated there was a suspicious vehicle in the area that was still Ricardo Carbajalrunning.

After they arrived, police found 48-year-old Ricardo Carbajal slumped over the steering wheel of his van. Police say they could not wake Carbajal up until they opened the door and turned the engine off.

Officers soon noted an odor of alcohol coming from Carbajal. They confirmed their suspicion that Carbajal had been drinking once they got him out of the vehicle. Carbajal’s BAC came in at .11 percent.

Carbajal was taken to the Dubois County Security Center. He is facing operating while intoxicated charges.

Cyrilla Schwindel

89-year old Cyrilla Schwindel of St. Meinrad passed away Wednesday in Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

She is survived by,

Three daughters,

Mary Lou Vaal of St. Meinrad,

Mitzy Lewis of Bloomington

and Brenda Braslow of Denver, Colo.

One half-sister, 14 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren also survive. .

Funeral services for 89-year Cyrilla Schwindel of St. Meinrad will be held at 10 am CDT Saturday in St. Meinrad Catholic Church in St. Meinrad. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 till 8 pm CDT Friday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand and after 9 am CDT Saturday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

Volunteer Dubois County Offering Free Membership to NonProfits

All Dubois County nonprofits can now get a free membership to a countywide volunteer organization.

Volunteer Dubois County, a group that connects organizations that need volunteers with prospective volunteers, is now offering free membership for all Dubois County nonprofits.

Group officials say the change was made in order to get more nonprofit organizations to sign up, which would result in an increase of volunteer opportunities available to those who use the group’s website. The free membership is also there to encourage those who may have struggled to find success on the site to continue using the site. Membership had previously cost 75 dollars.

The group says its website has handled almost 200 inquiries about volunteering opportunities. Newsletters, community alerts, and Facebook activity reaches more than 350 volunteers.

For more information, you can visit volunteerduboiscounty.org.

Two Women Arrested in Huntingburg Parking Lot Fight

Two Huntingburg women were arrested last night after they got into an altercation in a parking lot.

Stephanie MathiesJessica GreenHuntingburg Police were called to the North Parking lot in the city park on a report of two females fighting. Police found 25-year-old Stephanie Matheis and 36-year-old Jessica Green yelling at each other. Both women had marks on themselves to suggest that there had been a physical fight between the two. Both women told police that they had indeed been fighting.

Both were arrested and charged with Class B misdemeanors for battery and disorderly conduct.

They were lodged at the Dubois County Jail. The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.