An investigation into money stolen from a Huntingburg business led to an employee’s arrest last night.

Alicia HiggsHuntingburg police were originally called to Casey’s General Store in the 300 block of South Main Street at about 7:30 yesterday morning on a reported employee theft. HPD says an employee (later identified as 32-year-old Alicia Higgs of Huntingburg) had taken money out of the cash register. Additionally, HPD says Higgs was wanted on warrant out of Gibson County for Aggravated Assault, a probation violation and family strong-arm. Higgs’ driver’s license was also found to be suspended due to prior traffic convictions.

Police watched Higgs drive into the parking lot of Casey’s at around 8:40 pm and immediately took her into custody on the warrants. After arresting Higgs, police noted a strong smell of alcohol. Higgs was taken to Jasper police headquarters, where a certified chemical test found her BAC at .113g/210.

Higgs was booked into the Dubois County Security Center on the Gibson County warrant. She is also charged with Operating While Intoxicated and Driving While Suspended-Prior.

Police say the theft investigation is continuing and Higgs may face more charges down the road.

Big changes are in the works at the Dubois County Museum.

In a news release, museum officials says admission fees will be charged beginning on September 1st. Currently, the museum does not charge admissions, but encourages visitors to donate money.

Now admissions will be set at $12 per family, $5 for adults, $3 for high school students and $2 for middle and elementary school students. Children younger than 4 years old along with museum membership card carriers will get in for free.

The museum is also announcing membership prices for 2016. Levels of membership are $25 per person, $40 for a couple and $50 per family. Other memberships that can be purchased are Bronze ($100), Copper ($250), Silver ($500), Gold ($1,000), Platinum ($3,000) and Benefactor ($5,000). The museum is a 501c3 non-profit and all donations are tax-deductible.

The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays from 10 to 4 pm and Sundays from 1 to 4 pm. The Dubois County Museum is closed on Monday.

For more information or to apply for a membership, you can go to duboiscountymususem.org. You can also call the museum at (812)-634-7733.

8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon has announced plans for a job fair to be held in Dubois County.

Bucshon will be hosting the fair on Friday August 28th at Ruxer Gym on the Vincennes University Jasper Campus. The job fair will begin at 1 o’clock with the first hour until 2 pm for veterans only. The job fair is then open to the public from 2 pm until its conclusion at 5 pm.

Now more than 400 employers have been invited to take part in the job fair. It’s being put on in coordination with WorkOne Southwest, the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, VUJC and the City of Jasper.

To register for this year’s job fair, you can go to bucshon.house.gov/event/2015-dubois-county-job-fair. Jasper Chamber director Nancy Eckerle says booth spaces are still available for this event.

Details have been announced for another fundraiser for this year’s Ferdinand Folk Fest.

Bloodshot Records recording artist Bobby Bare Jr. will perform at the Gaslight in Huntingburg to raise money. That performance will take place at 7:30 pm on Saturday, August 29th.

Bare Jr.Bare Jr., the son of Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare, has 1 Grammy nomination to his name along with several successful albums from his band the Young Criminals’ Starvation League. He also was the front man for the critically-acclaimed southern rock band Bare Jr. in the 1990’s.

Bare Jr. has been involved in music since he was 8 years old. Critics say his musical style is somewhere between hard rock, roots rock, indie rock and alternate country. For more information, you can go to bobbybarejr.com.

Tickets for the August 29th show will be $10. Tickets are available at the door and all net proceeds will go to this year’s 6th annual Ferdinand Folk Fest.

The 2015 Ferdinand Folk Festival is Saturday, September 19th at Ferdinand’s 18th Street Park. It’s free to attend and is once again presented by Best Home Furnishings.

Other sponsors are Kyana Woodstock, Access Storage Now and Kimball Electronics.

Tonight will mark the beginning of the 2015 Jasper Strassenfest.

The 37th annual fest formally gets underway at 6:15 tonight with Opening Ceremonies though there are other events throughout the day. The Celebration Singers will perform on the east steps of the courthouse beginning at 5:45. Other events tonight will include the opening of the beer garden, the baby photo contest, Full Out Tumble and Cheer and the Karaoke Contest.

Of course, the Strassenfest will continue through the weekend. Other events will include the Coca-Cola Hotshot Contest, a golf scramble, rides on the Spirit of Jasper train, and the parade. This year’s Strassenfest parade gets underway at 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon. Fireworks will cap the Strassenfest at 10 o’clock Sunday night.

Now this year’s Strassenfest will have special meaning. 36 guests from Jasper’s sister city of Pfaffenwieler, Germany arrived in town early this morning. The contingent, which includes Pfaffenwieler mayor Dieter Hahn, will take part in tonight’s opening ceremonies and will be staying in the city until Sunday August 9th thanks to several host families.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Sister Cities partnership between Jasper and Pfaffenwieler. Former Jasper mayor Fritz Gutgsell, who led the partnership effort on Jasper’s behalf, will also be on hand for tonight’s opening ceremony.

Current Jasper mayor Terry Seitz traveled to Pfaffenwieler last summer. He says the partnership is still a great opportunity for both cities thanks to a new generation of local leaders:

Keep it tuned here to 18 WJTS for more on Strassenfest throughout the weekend.

Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for the person or people responsible for money that was unintentionally taken from a Jasper business.

Walmart DriverDeputies say the money was accidentally taken last Thursday from the Walmart on Jasper’s north side. Deputies say a customer accidentally left an undisclosed amount of cash at the store. DCSD says a person or several people picked up the money and its believed that they aren’t sure how to go about finding the rightful owner.

The case is being investigated by sheriff’s department detective John Anderson, whose goal is to return the money to its rightful owner. Anderson is asking anyone who may have information to call (812)-482-3522. He can also be reached on his cell phone at (812) 639-9055.

Though there is still no decision on a future site for the Jasper Library, there may be an end in sight.

Last night in a special meeting, the Jasper Library Board continued its lengthy discussion on the feasibility of the former desk site. The board learned that the ‘Jasper Cultural Center’ project will also be tied in with the city’s ongoing push to become one of ‘America’s Best Communities.’

Board president Dean Vonderheide stated that the cultural center would be 1 of 2 projects that would be considered for city funding should Jasper win the America’s Best Communities designation. Of course, Jasper is currently in the quarterfinal round of that competition.

Vonderheide says having the cultural center project as a potential funding target should Jasper become one of America’s Best Communities only reinforces his view:

The board also learned that state DINO tax credits are not contingent on the preservation of the building, meaning part of the Hoosier Desk building could be torn down if need be. Additionally, library director Christine Golden told the board that if the new cultural center were to be built at least 2 feet above the flood zone, flood insurance would not be required according to officials with German American Insurance. Temporary flood insurance would be needed if part of the building remained in the flood zone though that would depend on the lender.

Now the board heard about a modified timeline for a likely decision on a future site. The Jasper Common Council and Jasper Arts Commission will meet in executive session on August 12th to discuss the cultural center. That meeting falls the day before the Jasper Library Board’s next regular meeting on August 13th.

There was some public comment on the project at last night’s meeting. Jasper resident Janice Kemker told the board something needs to be done soon:

Meanwhile, Vonderheide says the board is trying to stay patient while plans come together:

On a somewhat related note, Jasper city officials will be hosting a public celebration of its success to date in the America’s Best Communities competition. That will take place on Thursday August 6th from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Hoosier Desk site.