A regional engineering firm has announced a new partnership aimed at spurring further growth.

During its annual meeting on Wednesday in French Lick, STIMULUS Engineering announced plans to join forces with Springs Valley Bank and Trust and marketing firm Percorso LLC. The partnership is part of STIMULUS’ strategic direction with the main goal of finding high-growth, high-potential opportunities while keeping a focus on sustaining high-caliber offerings to core customers.

STIMULUS announced a pair of initiatives at Wednesday’s meeting. These were additional funding raised with Springs Valley Bank’s help to accelerate growth and the introduction of early stages to a new branding initiative aimed at driving revenue and innovation with Percorso.

STIMULUS CEO Tim Wagler says the company remains committed to building a thriving organization and culture as they continue looking for the next wave of innovation and growth. Company co-founder Cary Bledsoe says officials are pleased with the results the company delivered in 2014. Bledsoe says there will be many opportunities for the company to grow in 2015 and beyond.

Meanwhile, Springs Valley Bank and Trust CEO Jamie Shinabarger says the modern business landscape requires the unique combination of proven implementation, widely applicable solutions, and uncommon leadership among other things. Shinabarger says the company’s investment in STIMULUS strengthens Springs Valley’s collaborative efforts to increase opportunity and economic growth in the community.

Percorso founder Deb Owen says STIMULUS has served as an ecosystem for success all around the area. She says she is honored to be part of the plans that are in place to lead STIMULUS into the future.

Indiana State Police are now looking for 2 men after one of them tried to run over a trooper during a traffic stop in Lawrence County earlier today.

ISP says just before 9:30 this morning, a trooper pulled over a green Chevrolet S10 pickup truck for a traffic violation. After initially refusing to stop, the driver led the Trooper to the Lehigh Cement Plant near Mitchell.

Once the pickup stopped, the driver waited for the Trooper to walk up. Then, without warning, the driver tried to run over the trooper.

Police say the trooper was not hit and proceeded to chase the pickup. The truck was found unoccupied a short time later near the Lehigh Plant off of Meridian Street just north of US 60. The pickup truck was located shortly thereafter, unoccupied near the Lehigh Plant, off of Meridian Street just north of US 60.

As mentioned, Indiana State Police and local law enforcement are looking for two unidentified white males that were in the truck. The only description available is two white males, unkempt and unshaven.

Folks who use AT&T in the Jasper area should see improvement in their network speed and service going forward.

The telecommunications company has announced the addition of a new mobile Internet cell site that will expand 4G LTE coverage into Jasper. The cell site is located just north of the city near US 231 and West County Road 500 North.

District 48 state senator Mark Messmer says the new cell site will allow people to have easier access to the Internet through their phones. He says now that the technology is in place, it will be important to keep up going forward:

Meanwhile, Dubois Strong president Ed Cole agrees that AT&T’s work will be key to economic development in the area. He says communications plays a key role in where businesses locate:

Now this new cell site is part of an ongoing effort by AT&T to expand its 4G LTE coverage nationwide. It’s also designed to help drive investment and innovation that will ensure that customers have the best and most advanced mobile Internet experience.

Since 2011, AT&T has invested nearly $1.75 billion into its wired and wireless networks in Indiana. The company has implemented a wide range of upgrades that are designed to enhance speed, reliability, coverage, and performance for both businesses and residents.

The company has invested more than 140 billion dollars into its wired and wireless networks nationwide since 2008.

The launch is also part of a 3 year project known as Project Velocity IP (VIP). The investment plan was launched back in the fall of 2012 with the goal of expanding and enhancing the company’s IP networks. AT&T says it will add macro cell sites nationwide by the end of next year as part of this project.

The city of Huntingburg is continuing to look at ways to fund projects in connection with its Stellar Communities effort.

The city is looking to refinance a water bond to allow for a pair of water department projects to get done. Those 2 projects are water line work along 4th Street along with repairs to the water line that feeds water to the city from Patoka Lake.

Huntingburg mayor Denny Spinner says the water bond was originally implemented back in 2000. The interest rate then was 2.9%. Spinner says the city could refinance the bond at 1.9% through Old National Bank and still pay it off in the originally allotted time frame. Spinner says the refinancing would free up 350 thousand dollars for the city’s water department to complete the 2 water line projects.

Spinner says he is thankful for the work of Old National Bank, the water department and others in this effort. He says the refinancing will go a long way for the city’s efforts:

Spinner says should the refinancing be approved, it will also boost the city’s efforts on other projects being done through Stellar:

Spinner says the refinancing needs to be done this year so that the city’s bonding limits will not be impacted.

The refinancing ordinance will be taken up by the Huntingburg’s City Council at its next regular meeting. That meeting is set for 7 o’clock this evening in the council chambers at Huntingburg City Hall.

A pair of Warrick County Sheriff’s deputies and an Indiana State Police trooper are being lauded for their efforts to help a homeless man get back to his family in time for the holidays.

At about 6:50 yesterday morning, Warrick County Sheriff’s deputies Adam Silva and Jim Altmeyer, along with Trooper John Puskas of the Evansville state police post were called to the Landmark subdivision along Epworth Road north of State Road 662 in the Newburgh area. Police say they were originally called there on a report of a suspicious person. However, the person turned out to be a 49-year-old homeless man from Richmond, Virginia. The man told police he wanted to go back home to Virginia and see his father. The man further told police he had been living in the Evansville area for about a year and had no money.

The officers then called his father, who was not able to send money for his son. The 3 officers then pooled some money together and bought the man a bus ticket to Richmond, VA.

They then took the man to the bus station in Dale where he boarded a Greyhound bus to go back home to Richmond.

Local law enforcement joined together to ring in the holiday season for children.

This morning, officers from the Jasper, Huntingburg, and Ferdinand Police Departments along with Dubois County Sheriff’s deputies, Indiana State Police, and District 7 Indiana Conservation Officers took part in ‘Cops for Kids,’ formerly known as ‘Shop with a Cop.’ More than 60 kids in all were paired up with officers for Christmas shopping at the Jasper Walmart. Each child had a 100 dollar spending limit.

Now the goal was for the kids to spend about 60 to 65 percent of that hundred dollars on clothes and other needed items. The rest of the money was for wants such as toys. The event is sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #138. This year’s ‘Cops for Kids’ day was coordinated by Jasper police officer Adam Bower.

Bower says today was a good chance for kids to see law enforcement officers in a different light:

The kids were from the TRI-CAP program’s office in Jasper. Following the morning shopping, the kids went to the Jasper Moose Lodge for lunch.

A water main break in western Pike County has led to a boil order for folks in the city of Petersburg.

According to the city’s Facebook page, a water main at State Road 61 and Interstate 69 broke sometime yesterday. In the Facebook post, Petersburg mayor Frank Coleman says the boil order includes residents living from Interstate 69 to Pike Central High School. The boil order DOES include the high school and the Pike County Highway Garage.

The boil order is in effect until further notice. It is expected to last between 48 and 72 hours.

In the meantime, Petersburg water customers who live in the affected area should bring all water used for cooking or drinking to a rolling boil for 5 minutes before using.