Officials with WestGate at Crane say yesterday’s annual College Fair was a huge success.

More than 800 students from 12 high schools across 5 counties attended the college fair. There were also additional individual groups and home schooled students who attended.

Now WestGate at Crane says 35 colleges and universities in all registered for the event. They came from across Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Of course, the college fair also featured a scholarship giveaway. The scholarships, which are in honor of Chuck LaSota, were funded by the ‘Running for Our Future’ 5K event. This year’s 5K raised $3,000 for scholarships.

There were 3 scholarship winners. Clay Reynolds of Shakamak High School took home a $500 scholarship, Jessa Newby from North Daviess Junior/Senior High School won $1,000 and Alex Stuffle (also from North Daviess) won a $1,500 scholarship.

The 3rd annual fair attracted more students, high schools, colleges and universities, and scholarship money than ever before. In a news release, fair organizer Alexandria Jackson says she’s really happy to be able to put this event together for area students. She says there isn’t really a better opportunity for students to learn more from these colleges and universities in one place at one time.

The event began at 9 o’clock and ran until 11 am. Scholarships were awarded at 10 o’clock.

Some of the colleges and universities on hand included Rose-Hulman, Marian University and the University of Southern Indiana.

Authorities in Huntingburg are continuing to investigate a hit-and-run accident involving a Perry County woman.

At around 1:45 yesterday afternoon, Huntingburg Police were called to the 1000 block of North Main Street just north of Toy’s Parts City on the reported accident. HPD says the victim (Mildred Mitchell of St. Croix) was turning her silver 2007 Jeep Compass into a parking lot when she was hit by a large, older 4 door sedan. The sedan was tan or beige with a burgundy top.

Again, police say the sedan left the scene. Anyone who has any information is asked to call Huntingburg Police at (812)-683-4111.

Those of you who are looking at getting a flu shot this year will get a chance to do so starting this week.

Dubois County health officials have announced that pediatric seasonal flu vaccine clinics will open for the season tomorrow morning at 8 am. They will be held daily from 8 to 11 am and then again from 1 til 3 pm.

Walk-ins are accepted for these clinics and no appointment is necessary. All insurance cards will need to be presented at the time of service. Hoosier Healthwise and Medicare Part B will also be accepted as forms of payment. The health department says there are no out of pocket costs for the flu vaccine associated with most health insurance policies.

Now the health department also says adult seasonal flu vaccine is still available daily. County health officials say the one best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu vaccine each fall.

The health department recommends that everyone age 6 months and older should be vaccinated.

A pair of Jasper housing projects are under consideration for county wide funding.

Last night, Pete Schwiegeraht of Miller-Valentine told the Dubois County Council of the need for extra funding on a pair of new investments. These are Phase 2 of the JOFCO workforce housing effort (which would add up to 40 additional units) and planned senior housing to be built in the former Jasper Wood Products building. Both projects were announced last week at the Jasper City Council’s regular monthly meeting.

Schwiegeraht asked the council for $200,000 in all, $100,000 to help towards each of the projects. He says that’s ultimately a small price to pay for what will likely be millions of dollars in local investment:

The council chose to table the issue until October, citing concerns over the area being part of Jasper’s recently created TIF district. TIF monies from that district will go to the city of Jasper rather than to the county.

In other business, the council voted to adopt the 2016 budget. The overall spending plan is right in line with last year’s, with a general fund of around $8 million. The county is still struggling with budget shortfalls as they had to make $1.7 million in cuts to overcome a $1.6 million deficit.

County Council president Greg Kendall says the county will have to put more emphasis on budgeting for needs and not wants to get out of the hole:

This is the 2nd year in a row for the county having to deal with a budget shortfall. Last year, the deficit came in at $1.3 million.

A member of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand will make her final profession of vows later this month.

Sister Doris Schepers will be making her perpetual monastic profession coming up on Saturday, October 17th. The ceremony gets underway at 1 o’clock that afternoon at the Monastery of Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. Schepers Doris

Bishop Charles C. Thompson of the Catholic Diocese of Evansville will be presiding over the special Mass. The public is invited to attend the Mass and a reception following the ceremony.

The 53-year-old Sister Doris is a native of Ferdinand. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Southeast in education, with a minor in math. She received her associate of applied science degree in computer programming from Ivy Tech Community College. She also has an associate of specialized business degree in computer science from Sullivan Junior College of Business.

Sr. Doris entered the monastery back in 2006. Prior to that, she worked as a systems administrator for former US Congressman Lee Hamilton and Congressman Baron Hill. She also served as youth minister for St. Anthony Parish in Clarksville, Indiana.

Sr. Doris made her first monastic profession back in 2009. She is currently in her 5th year of teaching religion at St. Patrick School in Louisville.

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

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.