A new statewide initiative aimed at replacing the Community Conversations series will be coming soon to the Vincennes University Jasper Campus and Dubois County.

This morning, the planning committee for the All-In initiative held a meeting in the Center for Technology, Innovation, and Manufacturing on the Vincennes University Jasper Campus. This morning’s meeting focused on the Dubois County kickoff event. That event will take place on Tuesday, September 16th.

Now the All-In initiative was designed by Indiana Humanities, which is a statewide non-profit group aimed at connecting people with their communities. Its goal is to challenge Hoosiers to think, read, talk and do.The initiative does this through 16 challenges divided into different categories such as explore, discover, and dream. The All-In initiative was created as a new way to help connect folks with their communities ahead of Indiana’s 2016 bicentennial. The program’s statewide launch was back in mid-June.

Kristin Hess is the director of special projects for Indiana Humanities. She says the program has already held several launch parties across the state, including 1 last week at the University of Indianapolis that drew 600 incoming students. She says the All-In initiative has been well-received by those who have participated:

Hess says the All-In initiative has several launches coming up besides the one here in Dubois County. She says some of those include one in central Indiana’s Hamilton County and several statewide networks.

Meanwhile, Vincennes University Jasper Campus dean Dr. Alan Johnson says bringing the All-In campaign to Dubois County is a way to get more people involved:

Now as mentioned, the kickoff event for Dubois County is set for Tuesday September 16th. It will go from 5 til 7 pm in the CTIM building at VUJC. Some of the challenges that will be part of the Dubois County launch party will include ethic food and music, family stories, a timeline challenge called Indiana-versary, book donations, inspirational quotes, and shaping the future.

If you can’t make it to the event on September 16th, you can still get involved in the challenge. You can go online to indianahumanities.org/all-in to get involved.

CRANE (AP)-The Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, Purdue Research Foundation and Purdue’s Discovery Park have signed a partnership agreement aimed at showcasing their intellectual property and moving their innovations to the public.

Crane and Purdue will remain independent in ownership of their intellectual property, but Crane’s intellectual property will be marketed alongside Purdue University’s innovations through the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization.

Purdue Research Foundation President Dan Hasler says because much of Crane’s and Purdue’s research is focused on similar disciplines and industries, the partnership could lead to bundling Crane’s and Purdue’s licensing deals.

Brooke Pyne from Crane’s Technology Transfer Office says partnering with academia provides Crane a credible avenue to move even more innovative technology through the commercialization pipeline.

Options are now available for local farmers who will be using cover crops.

The Dubois County Soil and Water Conservation District has announced that it is accepting applications for its cover crop cost share program. Incentive payments available through the cost share program are set aside for crop ground in Dubois County.

Now cover crops (cereal grains, radishes, and clover) are typically planted prior to the end of September each year. They are designed to protect the ground from erosion that takes place during the winter months. The crops are also designed to hold in nutrients such as nitrogen and keep them from washing into waterways. Finally, the roots of the cover crops help in breaking up soil compaction, thus creating favorable spring planting conditions.

There will be 3 different payment rates in the cost share program. A diverse cover crop mix including 1 broad leaf and 1 legume species is 20 dollars per acre for aerial application. Its 15 dollars an acre for other application methods. The maximum coverage area will be 75 acres. Also, the SWCD is set to offer a cost share payment of 10 dollars an acre for any single cover crop species or grain. The maximum area there is capped at 50 acres.

Landowners have to aerially apply the seed or broadcast or drill the seed into their land through no-till or vertical tilling practices. Conventional tilling is not allowed. Also, the cover crops may not be harvested for forage. Those who apply will have to agree to no-till their cash crops for spring 2015 into these fields.

The SWCD is able to offer this program thanks to a Clean Water Indiana grant from the state. This is the 4th CWI grant awarded to the Dubois County SWCD for cover crop cost share. The current grant is valid for 3 years and will guarantee that cost share is available for cover crops to Dubois County landowners through this year.

For more information, you can call the Dubois County SWCD at 482-1171 extension 3. You can also go online to duboisswcd.org.

The deadline for applications is September 30th.

Officials in Holland are now looking for entries to this year’s celebration parade.

The Holland Community Fest will be holding its 155th event from September 12th through the 14th. The parade is set for 2 o’clock on Saturday the 13th. The parade is held once every 5 years and officials say this one may be the best one yet.

Entry forms and an event schedule are available by going online to hollandindiana.org. You can also call Andrea Peters at 683-2329 if you have questions or need further information.

The Dubois County Solid Waste District has announced details for this year’s Tire Recycling Day.

The event will take place on Monday September 15th from 10 am to 7 pm. It will be held at the district’s processing center located on Jasper’s west side.

Now the Solid Waste District will be recycling tires, but fees will apply. Those fees are 2 dollars for car tires, 8 dollars for truck tires, and 20 dollars for tractor tires that are not on rims. Tires on rims can be recycled for an additional 2 dollar fee.

For more information, you can contact Carla Striegel-Winner at 481-7040.

The Rotary Club of Jasper has presented the Athena Award for 2014.

Last night, Kathy Tretter became the 3rd winner of the award in Dubois County. She joins inaugural winner Jane Chappell and last year’s winner Brenda Stallings.

Tretter says the honor came as a complete surprise to her. She says being the third winner of the award is special:

A local nonprofit will also be honored as part of last night’s award. Tretter’s group of choice was Crisis Connection as she serves on that group’s board of directors. Crisis Connection will get a check for nearly 2 thousand dollars.

Now Tretter has been involved in the journalism field for more than 2 decades. Tretter and her family purchased the Ferdinand News and the Dale News back in 1990 in an effort to preserve local community newspapers. She has been editor and co-publisher for both papers since 1992 and has won numerous awards for excellence. Last year, the newspaper was selected as 1 of 3 Indiana Community Newspaper finalists for the Blue Ribbon Award, which is the highest honor presented by the Hoosier State Press Association.

In addition to her involvement with Crisis Connection, Tretter has served for 13 years on the Dubois County Contractual Library Board. She is also a former president of the Ferdinand Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Dubois County and Ferdinand Historical Societies. Tretter is one of seven donors who purchased the Wollenmann House in Ferdinand and then donated it to the Ferdinand Historical Society for its restoration.

Now last night’s ceremony also featured Leah Curry as the keynote speaker. Curry, who is the vice president of motor manufacturing for Toyota Manufacturing of Indiana, touched on leadership and the importance of the millennial generation for the future. Curry says learning to lead begins in one’s younger years:

Last night’s event drew a very large crowd to the Huntingburg Event Center. The award presentation was sponsored by several companies, including Kimball International, Matrix Integration, and Jasper Engines and Transmissions.

A Loogootee man was taken into custody on intoxication charges after an investigation into an accident.

At 6:30 last night, Jasper Police were called to Memorial Hospital on a reported minor property damage accident. Police then spoke with 58-year-old David Jones. After further investigation, Jones was found to be intoxicated with a BAC of .11 percent.

Jones was taken and lodged in the Dubois County Security Center. He is facing operating while intoxicated charges.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department also assisted.