Future energy concerns in the Northeast Dubois School Corporation are now being addressed.

Last night, the Northeast Dubois school board approved advertising for a “Request for Qualifications.” The request allows for the board to hire a qualified heating and air provider to resolve the issues.

Now the corporation has dealt with issues surrounding heating and air for the last several years. Superintendent Bill Hochgesang says the heating and air units in several buildings are nearly 20 years old and are on their last legs. Hochgesang and corporation maintenence director Marvin Betz have since been discussing solutions.

Hochgesang says seeking the qualifications is a big step for the corporation. He says the district will have to be creative in finding solutions in light of the district’s tight budget:

Now the effort to replace the heating and air systems for the district is being made possible through a refinancing of the district’s debt service bonds. That refinancing was done back in May.

The cost would be covered by funds from the refinancing. The refinancing made about 870 thousand dollars available to the district for this and other related projects.

We’re now approaching the month of October and some folks at Holiday World are already starting to get prepared.

A group of 10 people are rehearsing to be ghouls for the Graveyard Smash show. They come from as far away as Hawaii and 3 of them are local residents. The local residents involved are Tyra Wilson of Jasper, and Leah Koch and Kylee Kaetzel (both of Santa Claus).

Trevor Mays is returning this year to serve as the grave digger for Graveyard Smash.

Holiday World’s Happy Halloween Weekends begin Saturday, September 20, and run through October 26, featuring the park’s rides plus themed shows, attractions, and activities. For more information and discounted tickets, visit the park’s website at HolidayWorld.com/Halloween or call 1-877-463-2645.

BOONVILLE, Ind.(AP)- Police say the SUV belonging to a southwestern Indiana woman missing for a month has been pulled from a lake with a body presumed to be hers inside.

The Warrick County Sheriff’s Department says the SUV owned by 27-year-old Kristy Kelley of Boonville was detected Tuesday by a private sonar search group in a small lake a couple miles south of Boonville.

Sheriff Brett Kruse says clothing on the body matches what Kelley was wearing when she was last seen although a positive identification hasn’t yet been made. Kruse say investigators found no immediate signs of foul play.

Hundreds of volunteers had joined searches in the area just east of Evansville since the mother of two was last seen leaving a Boonville veterans lodge about 1:30 a.m. Aug. 15.

An Ohio man was taken into custody after causing a disturbance and then running away from police.

At 12:45 this morning, Jasper Police were called to the Holiday Inn Express along the 2000 block of Nathaniel ShermanHospitality Drive on Jasper’s south side. Police say several people at the hotel were drinking and being excessively loud. One of them (25-year-old Nathaniel Sherman of Urbana, Ohio) ran away from police, but was found a short time later.

Sherman was lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. He is charged with public intoxication and 2 counts for resisting law enforcement.

Needed technology upgrades for the city of Jasper are now set to move forward.

Last night, the Jasper Utility Service Board approved an agreement with Technology Dynamics to design a new phone system for the city and replace the current system. That project is expected to cost nearly 17 thousand 800 dollars. The city will pay half of the cost and the other half will be paid by the utility service board.

Now the new system will be used at all city and utility offices. Utilities general manager Bud Hauersperger says the updates are long overdue:

Hauersperger says the communication between departments would be much easier with a new phone system.

The board also continued discussions on plans for a fiber network. The city is now getting proposals for a project that would create a fiber optic cable loop.

Hauersperger says the idea could wind up being for more than just city government:

Hauersperger says a couple of companies who were asked for proposals have shown interest in adding a city-wide fiber optic network.

In other business, the board heard updates on a couple of different gas and water department projects. Gas and water commissioner Ernie Hinkle told the board that the Whoderville gas main extension project is now moving forward. Hinkle stated that the materials for the project are set to be ordered this week. He says the goal is to get the project done by the winter so the line can have gas in it. Hinkle also told the board that the Kimball industrial park gas line extension continues to move along. Hinkle says pipe has now been delivered for that project and work to get it finished will now continue.

Finally last night, Hinkle informed the board that fall hydrant flushing is now underway throughout the city of Jasper. It got started last Monday. The flushing will be completed coming up in mid-October.

A pair of railroad crossing closures in our area have once again been rescheduled.

Norfolk Southern railroad crews will now close the crossing at State Road 64 in Huntingburg next Monday. It had been set to start yesterday. The crossing at State Road 257 in Velpen over in Pike County will be closed beginning tomorrow.

Now the State Road 64 crossing will be closed all next week. The repairs are expected to be completed by Friday, September 26th. Traffic will be detoured along US 231 and State Road 162.

Meanwhile, the Velpen crossing closure will begin tomorrow and run through this Friday, September 19th. That detour will follow State Roads 56, 61, and 64.

INDOT says local traffic will have access up to the railroad crossing at both locations while work is being done. All lanes will be closed at the crossing and there will be no through traffic.

The new Jasper Engines and Transmissions re manufacturing facility on Power Drive has completed its first week of operations.

Production at the new facility officially began last Monday, September 8th. Company officials say the first transmission to be re manufactured there was a front-wheel drive GM 4T65E.

Now the Power Drive facility will feature 14 work areas known as PODS for re manufacturing of the transmissions when all is said and done. Specific transmission families will be re manufactured in specific PODS. Mega-PODS will be utilized for re manufacturing higher volume transmissions.

There are a few long-term goals in place for the Power Drive facility as well. One of those is to eventually begin all new transmission product launches from the facility. Another is the possibility of future growth. Company officials say the Power Drive facility will only take up about 60 percent of the space in the building initially. There will then be opportunities to expand into the remaining space in future years.

The Power Drive expansion was announced back in April. It is the company’s 3rd major expansion within the last few years. Up to 235 new jobs could be created at the facility by the year 2017.

The Power Drive facility is 1 of 5 re manufacturing facilities that Jasper Engines has. The others are Wernsing Road, Jasper West, Crawford County, and Willow Springs, Missouri.