Well tax season continues across the area and Dubois County officials are warning you to be on the lookout for your property tax statement.

County treasurer Chad Blessinger says the statements are set to be mailed out throughout this week. He says the deadline to pay the first installment on your property taxes is May 12th. If a statement does not come to you in the mail by April 21st, you should call Blessinger’s office at 481-7080 to request a duplicate statement.

The treasurer’s office is open from 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. Blessinger says the office will be open until 5 pm on May 12th and will have hours from 8 am til noon on Saturday, May 10th.

A regular medicine cabinet clean out day is coming up later this month in Perry County.

On Saturday, April 26th, the county will be holding a drug take-back day. The event will run from 8 am to noon that day and is supported by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Outdated or unnecessary medications can be dropped off at the Tell City fire station as well as at the family practice clinic in Leopold along State Road 37. The take-back is designed to keep the medicines from falling into children’s hands or finding their way into public water.

Statistics show that nearly 1 in 5 teenagers has used a narcotic pain reliever for nonmedical reasons. They also show that prescription medicines are among the most frequently stolen items in a home. 70 percent of teens that use the pain relievers took them from the home of a friend or a relative.

The DEA says the take-back days have proven to be a popular and safe way for folks to legally dispose of the old medications.

New state data released yesterday shows that teachers across the listening area are effectively doing their jobs for the most part.

Yesterday’s release by the Indiana Department of Education marks the first time that teacher evaluation data has been either compiled or released to the public. A teacher in Indiana can be evaluated into 1 of 4 different categories. These are highly effective, effective, improvement necessary, or ineffective. The evaluations were implemented after legislation mandating them was passed back in 2011.

Across our listening area, the data is as follows:

Greater Jasper: 205 highly effective or effective, 1 improvement necessary

NE Dubois: All 66 teachers evaluated either highly effective or effective.

SW Dubois: 107 teachers highly effective or effective, 2 improvement necessary

SE Dubois: All 84 teachers evaluated either highly effective or effective.

North Spencer: 126 highly effective or effective, 6 improvement necessary, 1 ineffective.

Pike Co: 154 either highly effective or effective, 3 improvement necessary, 1 ineffective

Washington: 140 either highly effective or effective, 1 improvement necessary, 8 NA.

Loogootee: No records available

South Spencer: No data available for district evaluations (98 in all)

Perry Central: 65 highly effective or effective, 1 ineffective, 2 NA

Tell City: No records available

Cannelton: All 22 teachers evaluated effective

North Daviess: 73 either highly effective or effective, 2 NA

Shoals: 37 either highly effective or effective, 5 improvement necessary, and 1 ineffective.

In all, about 88 percent of teachers or administrators statewide were in the effective category. Only 2 percent were shown as needing improvement. About 10 percent of educators were exempted due to their district having not reopened teacher contracts since the legislation was passed.

Now some experts have questioned the evaluation data. They say the fact that only 2 percent of teachers statewide are listed as needing improvement shows that some schools aren’t taking the rating system seriously. Indiana Chamber of Commerce policy expert Derek Redelman says the evaluations could lead to school performance improving. However, he says some of the reported rankings are not realistic.

A tanker truck driver suffered minor injuries when his truck turned over into a ditch yesterday.

Just after 11:40 yesterday morning, Jasper Police say 28-year-old Chance Fivecoat of Thorntown was southbound along County Road 400 West near Skyview Drive when the accident occurred. Police say Fivecoat was lost and wanted to turn around by backing onto Skyview Drive. However, he couldn’t turn back north and then decided to attempt going back south. As he tried to turn back south, the left side tires on the trailer went off of the roadway, causing the truck to flip into the ditch.

Fivecoat complained of left arm pain, but he refused treatment at the scene. Damage to the tanker was estimated at 50 thousand dollars. Police say the load in the truck was not spilled, but the roadway was closed for several hours while the truck was being offloaded.

BOONVILLE, Ind. (AP) – A former teacher at a southwestern Indiana middle school has pleaded guilty to charges that he secretly video recorded students and teachers in bathrooms and locker rooms.

Thirty-two-year-old Andrew Emmons entered the guilty plea during a Warrick County court hearing Monday to charges of attempted child exploitation and voyeurism.

Emmons was charged after a female faculty member at Boonville Middle School found a recording device in a staff bathroom in 2012. Police say investigators found video on his computer of female students changing clothes in a locker room.

Defense attorney Anthony Long tells the Evansville Courier & Press (http://bit.ly/PXPqZk ) that Emmons didn’t want the students to have to testify in a trial and that he’s been undergoing therapy for sexual addiction issues.

His sentencing is scheduled for May 22.

The Dubois County Community Foundation has announced a new fellowship opportunity for nonprofits across the area.

NonProfit Fellows is set to make funding available for eligible nonprofits with the goal of engaging interns from Indiana colleges and universities. The program is part of the DCCF’s Better Together Initiative.

The new program also aims to support two of the initiatives of the community foundation. These are helping to build healthy nonprofit organizations in Dubois County and providing college students with real life work experience in the county.

As part of the initiative, a student who completes 300 or more hours of service at an eligible nonprofit will then be eligible to get a 3 thousand dollar scholarship towards their continued education. Part-time fellowships will also be considered and that would adjust the eligible scholarships accordingly.

Now this year’s program marks the 2nd year of a 2 year pilot program. Last year, Dubois County Museum hosted Hilary (Waltz) Fleck as the intern director of the museum. Fleck is a student at Indiana University where she is pursuing a Masters of Art degree.

Foundation officials are hoping that nonprofits will use this new opportunity to address both the needs of the nonprofit and the students’ interests and abilities. Applications for the program can be found by going online to dccommunityfoundation.org. Fellowship opportunities can be discussed either by calling the DCCF or the Dubois County Museum.

The deadline for applications is April 16th.

A local youth organization has started a fundraising and awareness campaign aimed at raising teens’ awareness of money.

Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana has announced the start of the “Dollars Make Sense” campaign. The campaign is being sponsored by Old National Bank. It got underway last Sunday and is scheduled to run through April 30th to coincide with this month’s being Financial Literacy Month.

Junior Achievement officials say financial literacy is more important than its ever been. A 2013 survey from the organization found that one quarter of teens believed they would not be financially independent of their parents until sometime between age 25 and 27. Officials attribute that data to teens not knowing how to budget, use credit cards wisely, or investing money. A separate study for teens between the ages of 13 and 18 found that 41 percent of teens believe they know how to budget. Other data from that study shows that 26 percent understand how credit card interest and fees work, 14 percent know how income taxes work, and 13 percent are aware of what a 401 K plan is.

Now as part of the fundraising efforts, JA locations throughout southwestern Indiana will be “selling” Junior Achievement dollars. The JA dollars will represent a donation to Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana. The dollars have important tips on the back for parents and families to start discussing financial literacy at home. A QR code on the back will take folks to the Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana website to access additional information on financial literacy. Money raised in each county will be kept local or utilized for JA programs within the community.

For more information, you can go online to jaswin.org. Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana serves 11 counties and nearly 23 thousand students. The organization was founded back in 1964.