Dubois County is now ALL-IN.
Last night marked the county launch event for the ALL-IN initiative of Indiana Humanities. The event was held from 5 to 7 pm at the Center for Technology, Innovation, and Manufacturing on the Vincennes University Jasper Campus.
The launch was an opportunity for folks of all ages to get involved with the interactive ALL-IN program. Indiana Humanities designed the web-based program with the idea of connecting people with their communities ahead of the state’s bicentennial celebration in 2016. The program accomplishes this through 16 interactive challenges. The challenges are divided into categories such as explore, discover, and dream.
Keira Amstutz is the president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. She says the organization is pleased with the mix of people who showed up to last night’s launch:
Some of the challenges at the launch included ethnic food and music, family stories, a timeline challenge called “Indiana-versary,” book donations, inspirational quotes, and a board to recognize folks in the community who are shaping the future of Indiana.
Vincennes University Jasper Campus dean Dr. Alan Johnson says he was pleased with the turnout. He says many in the community came together to make the event a reality:
Now several organizations partnered with Indiana Humanities for last night’s launch. These included VUJC, the municipalities of Jasper, Huntingburg, and Ferdinand, the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, Purdue Extension, and the Sisters of St. Benedict.
Now if you were unable to make it to last night’s launch, you can still get involved with the ALL-IN initiative. You can go to indianahumanities.org/all-in to do so.
A Huntingburg man was taken into custody yesterday afternoon after he was found to be out of control for unknown reasons.
Just before 3:45 pm, Huntingburg Police were called to a home in the 100 block of South Chestnut Street on the report. When they arrived, police were told that 48-year-old Donald Cawthorne and 70-year-old Robert DeBoard (also of Huntingburg) had been travelling in a vehicle together when Cawthorne began hitting DeBoard for an unknown reason.
The two were calmed down and returned to the home. At that point, Cawthorne became agitated again and started breaking things inside the home before police arrived. After briefly detaining Cawthorne, police decided to file charges against him.
Cawthorne was taken into custody and lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. He is facing a Class A misdemeanor for battery.
A Jasper man was taken into custody after a verbal dispute turned violent.
At 2:30 this morning, Jasper Police were called to a verbal dispute that had taken place at a home in Jasper. A woman at that home told police that she and 23-year-old Robert McKee had gotten into a verbal spat prior to officers arriving. As McKee left the residence, he then punched out the rear window of the woman’s vehicle.
Police later found McKee at a residence in the 500 block of West 43rd Street. He was then questioned about the broken rear window. During the investigation, police say McKee did not cooperate and struggled with officers.
McKee was taken into custody and lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. He is facing charges for criminal mischief and resisting law enforcement.
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 Hospitality 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.