A consortium aimed at highlighting the progress of Interstate 69 is coming to Dubois County next month.

The Celebration of Innovation for the I-69 Innovation Corridor will be coming to the Huntingburg Event Center on Thursday November 13th. The event will take place from 9 am to 1 pm. Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann will give the opening speech.

The consortium is made up of southwestern Indiana government leaders, representatives for business, healthcare and education, and various economic development officials. The goal is to build capacity along the new I-69 corridor through southwestern Indiana. They also want to showcase the area as a corridor for innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity.

The overall goal of the consortium is to increase the innovation index by 20 percent by the year 2025. This will be tried through programs falling into a group of initiatives. These include Brainpower, Branding Experiences, Civic Collaborations, and Quality Connected Places among others.

This consortium is convened by the University of Southern Indiana. It’s free and open to the public, though registration is required by Friday November 7th. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, you can contact Michael Thissen at 812-464-1851 or by email at mathissen@usi.edu.

OAKLAND CITY, Ind. (AP) – A southwestern Indiana city councilman has resigned his seat after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice.

Oakland City Councilman Darrell Corn entered the plea Wednesday in Gibson Superior Court. He admitted he tried to bribe a policeman $500 in August to drop minor consumption charges against his grandson. Indiana State Police say the officer refused and reported the incident to his chief.

City Attorney Jason Spindler says the 74-year-old Corn resigned his city council seat.

It wasn’t clear when Corn will be sentenced or the penalties he might face. Obstruction of justice is a Level 6 felony, the lowest classification of felony in Indiana.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP)-5 local counties are among 17 across Southern Indiana that will be sharing 330 thousand dollars in funding from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The funds come from the Division of Forestry’s sale of timber from trees that were cut down in state forests. The DNR says half of the money that each county receives will go to rural and volunteer fire departments that maintain a cooperative agreement with the DNR’s fire control headquarters.

More than 135 departments will benefit from the program. Fire departments are encouraged to use the funds to improve their wild land firefighting capability.

Monroe County is getting the largest share of the money at nearly $108,000, followed by Brown County at $55,000. Here locally, Dubois County will be getting just over $8,000. Crawford County is getting just over $9,900; Martin County will get just over $39.500; Perry County just over $4,400; and Pike County will get just over $5,600 in all.

The DNR’S Division of Forestry allocates 15 percent of timber sale revenue from state forests to counties where the harvests occur.

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) – State correction officials say an Indiana man who fatally stabbed and shot a fellow Purdue University student earlier this year has been found dead in his prison cell.

The Indiana Department of Correction released a statement Wednesday saying 24-year-old Cody Cousins was pronounced dead from an apparent suicide about 30 minutes after he was found unresponsive Tuesday night at the Indiana State Prison.

The department says Cousins suffered self-inflicted lacerations to his neck and arms.

Investigators say Cousins entered a classroom filled with students on the West Lafayette campus on Jan. 21 and attacked 21-year-old Andrew Boldt. Boldt was from West Bend, Wisconsin.

Cousins was sentenced last month to 65 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder.

This year’s 3rd edition of the Heartland Half Marathon was a huge success.

This morning, officials with DC Multisport presented the proceeds from this year’s event. More than 23 thousand dollars in all was raised.

Proceeds were split between the Philip R Dawkins Cardiovascular Center and the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center. Each received a check for a little over 11 thousand 800 dollars.

Now this year’s event featured two new events. These were a team challenge and a kids fun run.

Kevin Manley is the executive director for the Dubois County Visitors Center. He says the new events helped to grow this year’s marathon. He also says the support of sponsors should help the event to grow into the future:

860 people took part in this year’s event. Of those, nearly 630 of them came from 9 different states.

Last night marked one of the last chances for area residents to interact with candidates for the Indiana District 8 Congressional seat.

The Jasper Arts Center hosted a forum with all 3 candidates yesterday evening.Incumbent Larry Bucshon, Democratic challenger Tommy Spangler and Libertarian candidate Andy Horning started off by answering questions from a panel. The panel consisted of 2 media members and a VUJC student. Each candidate spent 18 minutes on several topics from the Ebola virus outbreak to foreign policy to public education, both K-12 and higher education. That was followed by a round of questioning with forum moderator and VUJC dean Dr. Alan Johnson.

Each candidate had 90 seconds to answer a question posed by Johnson. The questions ranged from what we can do to help veterans to the federal government’s role in areas such as gun control, healthcare, and student loan debt among others. Questions were submitted by those in attendance and through the Jasper Congressional Forum’s Facebook page.

Now all 3 candidates are feeling fairly confident about where they stand heading into next Tuesday’s election. Incumbent Republican Larry Bucshon says his message continues to garner good responses from folks:

Meanwhile, Spangler is also confident. He says though he started out at a disadvantage financially compared to his opponent, taking a personalized approach to campaigning was the right way to go:

Finally, Horning says he’s also had positive feedback to his message. However, he says a lot of people are afraid to vote for third party candidates, which is something he has noticed throughout his campaign.

Horning says the only way to change things in Washington DC is to change how we vote:

Last night’s forum was sponsored by the City of Jasper and Vincennes University.

A Birdseye man was killed overnight after he was hit by a passing train.

Just before 10:45 pm, Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies were called to an area just west of the intersection of 1st Street and State Road 145 in Birdseye on the reported accident. Deputies say 44-year-old Dwight Daniel Ellis was just south of the Whistle Stop Tavern when he was hit by a passing train. Ellis was found after the train crew contacted authorities to notify them of the incident.

First responders immediately began trying to revive Ellis, but could not. Ellis was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead by an emergency room doctor.

Sheriff’s deputies believe alcohol played a role in Ellis’ death. They say this investigation is still ongoing.

Birdseye First Responders, Memorial Hospital EMS, Indiana State Police, and Norfolk Southern Railroad Police also assisted.