This week is Strassenfest week in Jasper and royalty has been crowned.

Camille Ruff, the daughter of Dr. Michael and Whitney Ruff will be the 2015 Miss Strassenfest. First runner-up was Kelsey Graman, the second runner-up was Mikaela Lechner. Brooke Epple is Miss Congeniality and Kayla Werner is Miss Photogenic.

Meanwhile, Andrea Burkhart will be this year’s Jr. Miss Strassenfest. Grace Truesdale was the 1st runner-up, Kate Stemle took home 2nd runner-up, Caroline Prechtel was Miss Congeniality and Isabelle Blazey took home Miss Photogenic Honors.Twins Ayden and Cole Lampert were named Little Miss and Little Mister Strassenfest, respectively.

Of course, this year’s Strassenfest officially gets underway Thursday night with opening ceremonies. The Strassenfest will conclude on Sunday.

Now the Strassenfest pageants will air in their entirety on 18 WJTS. They will air Friday August 7th at 7:30 pm after the local newscast and again on Sunday, August 9th at 2 o’clock eastern time.

An Indianapolis man was arrested in Huntingburg after authorities found him walking along a major highway with various narcotic drugs.

Roger WarrinerAt around 12:30 yesterday afternoon, Huntingburg Police were called about a possibly intoxicated man walking on the shoulder of US 231 north of 17th Street. A short time later, officers found 54-year-old Roger Warriner walking along the shoulder of the highway. Officers say Warriner was very disoriented and his words were slurred.

A portable breath test found that Warriner had not drank any alcohol. Emergency personnel were then called to the area to look at Warriner, who told officers he was having diabetic issues. After being asked for identification, Warriner opened his wallet and officers saw narcotic pills in a small baggie in plain sight. Police say Warriner had 27 Xanax pills and 4 Valium pills without a prescription. Both are Schedule 4 controlled substances.

Warriner was booked into the Dubois County Security Center. He’s charged with Possession of a Schedule 4 Controlled Substance.

Officials with the Jasper Municipal Water Department are letting their customers and the general public be aware that due to multiple water leaks along Second Avenue and Riverside Drive a boil order has been issued.

Water officials say the area affected is east on Second Avenue beginning at Hillside Drive which includes Hillside and Riverside Drives as well as Sherri Lane.  They say this is the only portion of The city of Jasper that is affected.

Officials also note that this boil order will remain in effect for a minimum of 48 hours.  The Jasper Municipal Water Department says they will notify local media once the boil order is lifted but again it will remain in place for at least a 48 hour period.

In the meantime areas affected are advised to boil their water for human and pet consumption for a minimum of 5 minutes.

Any further questions can be directed to the Jasper Water Department.  Their number is 812-482-5252.

Four people were injured including two young children in a two vehicle head-on collision early Wednesday evening along State Road 56 just east of the Dubois Crossroads.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department says just before 6 o’clock last night 57-year old Brian Baker of West Baden was headed eastbound on State Road 56 and, for an unknown reason, his SUV crossed the center line and drove into the path of a westbound passenger car driven by 54-year Jeannine Martin of Jasper.

Authorities say both Baker and Martin were extricated from their vehicles and taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper, where they were both later lifeflighted to St. Mary’s Medical Center In Evansville. They say Baker  sustained an injury to his upper left leg while Martin suffered chest and abdominal injuries. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.      

Two young children in Martin’s vehicle, a 2 Year old and 10 Month old child suffered minor injuries and were also transported by ambulance to Memorial where they were treated and released.    

Police say both vehicles were a total loss and credit the use of properly worn safety restraints by both drivers and passengers for lessening the severity of their injuries.

The accident is still currently under investigation and authorities say charges are pending.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by Indiana State Police, Dubois Fire Department and First Responders and Memorial Hospital EMS.

A Birdseye man lost his life when he lost control of his motorcycle near a railroad track was struck by a train in Birdseye Thursday evening.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department says just after 8:30 last night deputies were called the area of State Road 145 at the railroad tracks where deputies who were assisted by Indiana State Police say 57-year old Larry Schwartz of Birdseye had been operating his Harley Davidson motorcycle and traveled south on State Road 145 at the railroad tracks.

Authorities say Schwartz disregarded the track’s cross arms that were down in order to warn drivers of an approaching train that was about to cross 145.

They say as Schwartz drove his bike between the cross arms south across the tracks, he turned south onto First Street, drove off the right side of the street, and into a rock area next to the railroad tracks where deputies say he lost control of his Harley and laid the bike on its side on top of him pinning himself underneath.

Deputies say it was at this time the train was passing by and struck Schwartz who suffered massive head trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dubois County Coroner.

Authorities estimated Schwartz’s Harley Davidson had sustained under 1-thousand dollars in damages.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by Indiana State Police, the Birdseye Town Marshall, Birdseye First Responders and Memorial Hospital.

Officials from the cities of Jasper, Huntingburg and Dubois County gathered Tuesday afternoon in the Pfaffenweiler Room at Jasper City Hall for a meeting with District 63 Indiana State Representative Mike Braun of Jasper to discuss the possibility of a  bypass road for US Highway 231 here in Dubois County.

About 50 people consisting of members of the Jasper & Huntingburg City Councils, along with members of the Dubois County Commissioners, the Dubois County council as well as business leaders and the general public were on hand to listen to Braun’s stance on the idea and offer comments and questions.

Back in the early 2000s, The Indiana Department of Transportation had plans to create a U.S. 231 that would bypass the cities and towns through which the current U.S. 231 runs. The Spencer County portion was finished and the plan was for INDOT to continue north into Dubois County. Those plans were eventually scrapped by INDOT.

Braun said the purpose of Tuesday’s meeting in which he’s been involved with several leading up to this point was that if Dubois County as a community wants to actually have something accomplished with the roadway’s potential construction and it’s potential benefits, now’s the time to take the initiative:

For nearly five years now the Mid-State Corridor Coalition,  a local group of business and community leaders and residents has been pushing for the creation of a 37-mile bypass Through the county that would connect the improved portion of U.S. 231 at the edge of the county to I-69 in Washington.

Braun who is a member of the group says the idea of a possible US 231 bypass around the  Huntingburg and Jasper communities is more of a primary local issue that also has regional and long term implications. Braun says he feels confident the Coalition would throw their support behind the 231 bypass.

Meanwhile Braun says a bypass around Jasper & Huntingburg would benefit those communities in a number of ways. Especially from a traffic standpoint….

Braun says he will do his part and continue to fight for the US 231 bypass to become a reality. But he says at this time it’s up local city and county government officials. He says he will continue to discuss the idea with those groups in future public meetings and hopes they’ll pick up the gauntlet and run with it.

Four Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their profession of monastic vows on August 22 at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand.

The jubilee Mass will be at 1 p.m. EDT in the monastery church. Bishop Charles C. Thompson, bishop of the Diocese of Evansville, will preside at the Mass.  A reception for family and friends will follow in St. Gertrude Hall in the monastery.

Sister Eileen

Sister Eileen

The jubilarians, Sisters Eileen Reckelhoff, Jane Becker, Agnes Weinzapfel, and Donna Marie Herr each professed their monastic vows in 1965. They entered the Ferdinand monastery in 1963.

Sister Eileen, from Ferdinand, served as an elementary teacher at Resurrection

Sister Jane

Sister Jane

School and as a French teacher at Memorial High School, both in Evansville.  Currently Sister Eileen serves as the Coordinator of Pastoral Care for Hildegard Health Center at the monastery.

Sister Jane, a native of Evansville, taught at Saint Meinrad College and was director of counseling services at Saint Meinrad School of Theology.   She currently serves as sub-prioress.

Sister Agnes

Sister Agnes

Sister Agnes, from St. Philip, served as an elementary teacher at Holy Redeemer and St. Joseph schools in Evansville, Pine Ridge in Birdseye, Mount Vernon, Rockport, and Schnellville, where she also taught religious education. She has been a CNA and director of activities in the monastery’s Hildegard Health Center and is currently a CNA in the sisters’ Community Health Office.

And Sister Donna Marie, from Chandler, was a religion and social studies teacher at Mater Dei High School in Evansville and an administrative assistant

Sister Donna

Sister Donna

in the retreat ministry at Kordes Center in Ferdinand. For the past seven years she has served, and continues to serve, as manager of the St. Vincent de Paul Pantry and Office of Emergency Assistance in Evansville.

Founded in 1867, the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand currently number 150 and serve in areas of education, parish work, health care, retreat and spirituality work, social services, counseling, and mission work in Indiana, Kentucky, and Peru.