A pair of local veterans are set to receive statewide honors this fall.

Yesterday, the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame announced its 2nd induction class. John Topper of Santa Claus will be among those inducted in the valorous military service category. Meanwhile, Edgar Whitcomb of Cannelton will be inducted in the combined military and community service category. They are part of an overall class of 18 military veterans with Indiana ties being honored.

Now nominations for this year’s class were opened up back in June. Nearly 50 applications in all were turned in.

This year’s induction ceremony will be held on Friday, November 13th at the Renaissance in Carmel, Indiana. For more information, you can go online to imvhof.com.

A Terre Haute woman lost her life in a crash in rural Daviess County over the weekend.

At around 3:25 yesterday afternoon, Daviess County Sheriff’s deputies were called to State Road 257 in the 7 curves area near I-69 on a reported head-on collision. Sheriff’s deputies say a Dodge Caravan driven by Terry Baker of Washington was going northbound on State Road 257 at the same time as a Honda Pilot driven by Ellen Shafer of Terre Haute was going southbound on the highway. Daviess County deputies say Baker’s van went left of center for an unknown reason and collided head-on with Shafer’s vehicle. 7 Curves Crash

Shafer was pronounced dead at the scene by the Daviess County Coroner’s Office.Baker was airlifted to Deaconness Hospital in Evansville for treatment. Meanwhile, Shafer’s husband Ronald Shafer, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes for treatment along with a passenger in Baker’s vehicle (Michael Thompson of Washington).

Daviess County Sheriff’s deputies were assisted by the Washington, Harrison and Southeast Volunteer Fire Departments along with Southwest Medical, an AirEvac Lifeteam, the Daviess County Coroner’s Office and Indiana Conservation Officers.

Last week was momentous for the ‘Friends of Otwell Elementary’ group..and its leader is hoping for even greater things as time goes on.

Bob Rhodes has been leading the ‘Friends of Otwell’ group for the last month or so. During that time, the group has become more organized, including this past week’s election of a Board of Directors. That board consists of 7 members including Rhodes, who is continuing as chairman. The other 6 are Mike Houtsch, Josh Byrd, Travis Troutman, David Jochim, Hannah Hill and Elizabeth Luff. Luff, who is an attorney in Velpen, will also help with legal concerns that the group may have.

Rhodes says with new leadership also comes a slight change in focus:

Now Rhodes stated last week that the charter document is nearing its completion. He says the group is still working its way through a first draft of the charter, thus its only a matter of time before it’s done.

Of course, the group will soon vote on a mission statement and put together letters of endorsement to help the charter school effort. Rhodes, who has served in the military and taught for 10 years at Washington Catholic High School, also discussed the strengths of a small school to help people come up with what to write in their letter of recommendation should they put one together.

Rhodes says saving Otwell Elementary would be a victory for small schools, many of which he says impact students as much or even more than the larger schools:

Now Otwell Elementary is using the recent efforts of Duggar Union, which successfully reopened this school year as a charter school, as inspiration for their work.

The next ‘Friends of Otwell Elementary’ group meeting is set for next Tuesday, October 6th.

Local residents interested in learning more about Indiana’s tax amnesty program for this year will get the chance to do so this upcoming week.

The Indiana Department of Revenue is partnering with the Jasper Kiwanis Club to conduct a free Tax Amnesty 2015 Seminar this upcoming Tuesday, September 29th. The seminar will go from noon to 1 pm at the Jasper VFW Post along North Newton Street.

Now Tax Amnesty 2015 is a limited-time opportunity for both individuals and businesses to pay past-due taxes free of penalty, interest and collection fees. All tax types managed by the Indiana Department of Revenue for periods ending prior to Jan. 1, 2013, are eligible for the program.

The free seminar will provide an overview of Tax Amnesty 2015, including:

Eligibility requirements;
Participation benefits;
Tax warrant expungement;
Payment plan options; and
Additional taxpayer resources.

Additionally, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of an experienced department representative.

District 48 senator Mark Messmer is among those who supported the tax amnesty, which was put in place this past legislative session to raise money for the state’s new Regional Cities initiative along with funding to support Amtrak’s Hoosier State rail passenger service between Indianapolis and Chicago.

Messmer says the tax amnesty is a great opportunity to get out from under your tax burden:

For a complete list of scheduled Tax Amnesty 2015 seminars, go to www.in.gov/dor/amnesty/5382.htm.

This year’s Huntingburg Herbstfest is in the books and officials have announced the winners from this year’s parade.

OFS Brands took home this year’s Herbstfest Queen’s Choice Award. Meanwhile, Shared Abundance took home Best Walking Unit, RG Mechanical was named as Best Car; Eagles Kid’s Club was chosen for the Mayor’s Choice Award; the Grand Marshal’s Award went to Central Christian Church; the Duckville Purple People Eater took home Best Float honors and the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department was awarded for having the Best Fire Apparatus.

Of course, the parade marked the official end of the Huntingburg Herbstfest. It got underway at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon along 4th Street.

A Warrick County man was jailed over the weekend after an investigation into aluminum that was taken from a Jasper business.

Back on September 17th, officials at Jasper Rubber Products contacted Jasper Police to report that aluminum items worth nearly $4,000 was stolen from one of the company’s facilities. JPD says they were able to develop 48-year-old Danny Saddler of Tennyson as the suspect throughout their investigation. Saddler was a Jasper Rubber employee and worked at the facility where the aluminum was stolen from according to police. Danny Saddler

Jasper Rubber officials then called police early Saturday morning to report that Saddler had several other items belonging to the company in his vehicle. After arriving on scene and taking Saddler into custody, police say they found another $500 worth of aluminum items inside of his vehicle.

Saddler was booked into the Dubois County Security Center. He faces a Level 6 felony count for theft.

Jasper Police are investigating credit card skimming devices that were found at a pair of local gas stations.

JPD says one of the devices was found at the Huck’s gas station along Hoffman Road in Jasper at pump #15. The 2nd device was found on pump #3 at the Huck’s location along 3rd Avenue.

Now JPD says the devices are believed to have been placed on the pumps back in July. Authorities found the skimmers yesterday.

Police are warning anyone who used those pumps between July and now to be particularly vigilant when it comes to the security of their credit or debit cards. Hucks is cooperating with authorities in this investigation.