UPDATE 2/26/15  9:53AM

Cancellations for THURSDAY, February 26th

4-H Shooting Sports at the Dubois County Fairgrounds—CANCELLED

 

 

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The revitalization of Jasper’s Astra Theater has gotten another shot in the arm.

Next Act Inc, who is leading the effort, announced this morning that they have received a 50 thousand dollar grant from Friends of the Arts Inc. The grant dollars have been transferred to the group’s funds to create an endowment for the Astra and to purchase the building.

The investment is the 2nd largest one in the project to date. The largest was a 100 thousand dollar matching grant given by the Dubois County Community Foundation back in November of last year.

Next Act board president Marc Stecyzk says today’s announcement is important not only to Next Act, but to others who may be interested in this project:

Now Next Act began working to purchase and endow a sustainability fund for the Astra Theater back in December. The goal is still to raise 465 thousand dollars by March 31st. The funds will go towards buying the building and creating the endowment that will assist with monthly costs in the short term and will sustain the building for the long haul.

For more information, you can contact Friends of the Arts president Bob McCarty at (812)-482-5542. For more on Next Act, you can go to thenextact.org.

Local legislators and business leaders are continuing discussions with state officials on the Mid-States Corridor.

Earlier this week, project leader Hank Menke gave his update to the Dubois County Council. Menke told the council that he and District 63 State Representative Mike Braun met with Indiana Department of Transportation commissioner Karl Browning this past Friday to continue discussions on funding. Menke says funding continues to be the biggest issue.

He says Browning is insisting on private sector and local government funding sources before moving ahead:

Now Menke has been making the rounds to local government meetings to ask for their support. He says the public and private support has continued to be robust. Menke is also thankful for Braun’s efforts:

The Dubois County Council approved advertising for 5 thousand dollars a year over each of the next 2 years. Council president Greg Kendall says infrastructure remains a key part of economic development locally:

Menke says the meetings with INDOT will continue. He says consultants from Florida and Texas will also be brought in to get more input on how the project could be funded.

1-to-1 education technology will soon make its way to Jasper Middle School and Jasper High School.

The idea was discussed earlier this week at the Greater Jasper School Board’s regular monthly meeting. Superintendent Dr. Tracey Lorey says step 1 to making that happen is to work on upgrading the infrastructure at both buildings. The district would implement the technology for grades 6 through 12.

Lorey says roughly 1700 devices will need to be purchased. She says a big part of the change will be to make sure teachers understand the role of the technology:

Lorey says school officials are continuing to test out devices that could be used for this initiative. She says the district is also continuing to talk with teachers, students, and other school districts that already use the technology. Both the Northeast and Southeast Dubois school districts have already implemented the 1 to 1 technology.

Lorey says the devices will likely not be ready in time for the start of school next year, though they could be rolled out shortly thereafter. The Jasper school board will look further into the costs of the technology and associated upgrades at future meetings.

A Petersburg man found guilty on murder charges almost 2 years ago will now have his case heard before Indiana’s highest court.

The Evansville Courier reports that 39-year-old Andrew Satterfield’s appeal is set to be heard by the Indiana Supreme Court tomorrow. Satterfield was found guilty in November of 2013 for murdering his mother (58-year-old Kathy Satterfield) and setting her home on fire in December of 2011.

Reports say Satterfield’s attorneys are asking the state’s high court to reverse his life without parole sentence on the grounds that he is mentally ill. Satterfield’s attorneys say a 20 year history of mental illness should have been enough for the Pike County courts to rule in Satterfield’s favor.

Now Indiana State Police began investigating this case after fire crews and other emergency personnel were called to a fire at Satterfield’s home along Pike County Road 350 North just outside of Petersburg. Kathy Satterfield was found dead inside of the home by authorities.

State police say they found that the fire had been intentionally started during their investigation. State police also say Kathy Satterfield died of gunshot wounds and that Andrew shot and killed Kathy before setting the fire.

Andrew Satterfield was arrested in January of 2012 on murder and arson charges after a warrant was issued from the Pike County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Indiana Supreme Court will likely issue its ruling at a later date.

A Holland woman is facing felony battery charges following her arrest last night.

Just before 8:10 pm, Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies were called to investigate a possible battery that occurred at a residence in the 6800 block of West 1025 South just outside of Holland. When they AnJanette Welparrived on scene, deputies talked with a man who had been involved in the battery. He told deputies during an argument with 48-year-old AnJanette Welp, Welp hit him in the chest, causing redness and pain. Deputies say 2 children under the age of 16 were present when the incident happened.

Welp was found at a family member’s Jasper residence. She was arrested and taken to the Dubois County Security Center. Welp is charged with a Level 6 felony for domestic battery in the presence of a child.

The Holland Town Marshal also assisted.

Kimball International Inc. announced earlier today that the company’s board of directors have elected Thomas Tischhauser to the newly created position of lead independent director during its meeting held on February 17th.

The company says Tischhauser will chair non-management executive sessions of the board, act as a liaison between the board and executive management of the company, assist in setting meeting agendas, assist the chairman in board and board member performance assessments and act as chairman in the event the current chairman is unavailable.

Tischhauser, a former executive at Motorola, is a consultant to leading public companies. He has served on the board of Kimball International since 2008, including serving on the audit committee and the compensation and governance committee.