A pair of accidents along State Road 56 kept Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies busy last night.

The first one happened just before 10:15 pm. Deputies were called to an injury accident on State Road 56 about 1/4 mile east of County Road 600 West on Ireland’s west side. Deputies say 18 year old Kaylan Meyer of Dubois was trying to pull out of a driveway and head eastbound on State Road 56. Meyer failed to see an oncoming vehicle being driven by 64-year-old Kenneth Dant of Washington and pulled out into its path. The front of Dant’s vehicle then hit Meyer’s vehicle in the driver’s side.

Meyer and Dant each complained of chest pain. Meyer was taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment. Three passengers in Dant’s vehicle (64-year-old Steven Fields, 56-year-old John Stader, and 60-year-old Dennis Solliday, all of Washington) also complained of pain, but refused treatment.

Both vehicles were total losses. Deputies say the highway was blocked for about 45 minutes last night while the scene was being cleared. All parties were wearing seat belts and deputies say that greatly reduced the severity of any injuries.

Memorial Hospital EMS, Ireland First Responders, and Uelbehors Wrecker Service also assisted.

The second accident happened about an hour later. Deputies were called to State Road 56 about 2 miles east of Haysville for this accident. Deputies say 31-year-old Mistee Hayes of Dubois was westbound on the highway when her car hydroplaned in the heavy rain and went off of the roadway to the right. Her car then hit a tree before coming to rest.

Deputies say the vehicle was drivable after the crash though it is thought to be a total loss.

The Rotary Club of Jasper will be featuring a special guest at its upcoming Leadership Luncheon.

State superintendent of public instruction Glenda Ritz will be the luncheon’s keynote speaker. The luncheon is set for Thursday October 16th from 11:30 am to 1 pm.

Ritz was elected back in 2012, defeating incumbent Tony Bennett. Ritz has been in education since 1978 and worked as a library media specialist for Indianapolis-based Crooked Creek Elementary School for many years.

Ritz is also a National Board Certified Teacher. She has two masters degrees and is licensed to teach at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Areas of Ritz’s teaching include special education, general education, and library science.

The cost to attend the luncheon is 25 dollars. The cost does include a lunch buffet.

Seating is limited, so folks are being encouraged to pay in advance to get seating faster. You must RSVP by October 11th to attend.

To register or for more information, you can contact Jim McFaul by emailing jmcfaul at vinu.edu.

Jasper Engines and Transmissions will be taking part in a program aimed at helping folks with their careers.

The company will be participating in the “Tour of Opportunity” program coming up on Saturday October 18th. The event will be held from 9 am to 2 pm.

Now as mentioned, the program is designed to showcase career opportunities and pathways at companies across the region. The program is open to students, parents, and the broad community.

It will feature open house events and facility tours at some of the companies. The rest will be represented by the Children’s Museum of Evansville.

More than 20 employers will be participating in the Tour of Opportunity. Other notable ones include Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Indiana, Vectren, Old National Bank, Dubois County Community Corrections, Meyer Distribution, Vincennes University, and the University of Southern Indiana.

The event is free to attend. Officials with JASPER Engines say the event is an important one to all the employers. They say the key to the success of all of the companies is skilled employees who are trained in modern day technologies and practices.

Jasper Community Arts has announced details for its fall workshops.

14 art classes in all are set to take place this fall. 6 of the classes are children’s courses while the other 8 are adult classes.

Notable children’s classes coming up this fall include cultural clay, canvas creations, pop art, and decorating your space. The adult classes will include wheel throwing, outdoor landscape painting, clay hand building, and non-technical photography. Costs for each of the workshops varies, though the cost range is between 10 and 60 dollars along with various material fees.

Now arts officials say enrollment for all of the classes is limited. Enrollment thus is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The deadline to register for the fall classes is Wednesday, October 1st. The fall classes then begin on Tuesday, October 7th. All classes will be finished by mid-November.

For more information or to register, you can call the Jasper Arts Center. That number is 482-3070.

The Ferdinand-Pike State Forest has announced details for an upcoming open house.

The open house is scheduled for Friday October 3rd from 3 til 7 pm. It will be held at the property office along State Road 264 about 6 miles northeast of Ferdinand.

Folks are invited to see displays of activities towards the future management of resources in the forest. Other operational and recreational projects will also be on display.

Carla Striegel-Winner will be presenting a history of the forest as part of the event. That presentation gets underway at 5:30 pm.

Cookies and light refreshments will be made available. Property staff will also be on hand to answer questions.

A cleanup effort at Patoka Lake this past weekend proved to be a huge success.

In a news release, interpretive naturalist Dana Reckelhoff says 72 people took part in the cleanup effort that was held last Saturday. Those folks took to the shore line of the reservoir to pick up trash and other debris.

Reckelhoff says the volunteers collected more debris than a large dump truck can hold.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for a new student center at Vincennes University’s main campus have now been set.

The ceremony will take place tomorrow morning beginning at 10:30 am. The ceremony will be along Chestnut Street between the Physical Education Complex and the McCormick Science Center.

Now the new student center is being built at a cost of 4.35 million dollars. The new center will be 2 stories with just under 21 thousand square feet of space. There will also be a Tech Cafe, Gaming Lounge, Study Areas, and Outdoor Seating Areas among other amenities.

VU officials say plans also are in place to connect the new center with the existing Bowling Alley and Physical Education Complex. Those are connected to the Aquatic Center as well as the Donald G. Bell Student Recreation Center. Construction on the new center is expected to last for 13 to 15 months.

Several different companies were awarded contracts for the project. These are Terre Haute-based CDI Incorporated for general construction, Vincennes-based Wabash Utilities for site preparation, Peyronnin Construction of Evansville for mechanical construction, and electrical construction was awarded to HEF Services of Terre Haute.