Local & Area News: Thursday, June 29, 2017

NEW! Dubois Co. Community Foundation

Scholarships Available

COUNTY-WIDE — The Dubois County Community Foundation released the following press statement Thursday to announce opportunities for area students in the county to get help paying for college.


Dubois County Community Foundation is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for 2018.

Through the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, a full tuition, four-year scholarship will be awarded to one 2018 graduate of a Dubois County High school.

The scholarship provides full tuition, required fees and an annual stipend of up to $900 per year for required books and equipment for four years of full-time undergraduate study leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private college or university accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Dubois County Community Foundation will award over $90,000 in scholarship grants from various charitable scholarship endowments.  Student eligibility is determined by his or her respective high school (from which they are graduating or have graduated from) and the specific criteria of each scholarship).  Employer based scholarship opportunities are also available for dependents of employees of Best Home Furnishings and Parke-Bell, Ltd.

New timeline for Dubois County Community Foundation Scholarship Program

Scholarship applications for both programs will now be available online beginning August 1, 2017.  The applications will close on October 1, 2017.

The fall application date represents an earlier timeline for the Community Foundation scholarship application and will now be in conjunction with the Lilly Scholarship program.

Additional information and applications for both programs are accessed through the Dubois County Community Foundation website at www.dccommunityfoundation.org.

For questions, contact Nona Baker at the Community Foundation at 812-482-5295.


Sheriff’s Office Searches for Wanted Man

DUBOIS — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a wanted violent felon, and they’re asking for the public’s help.

Police say they attempted to take Christopher Jones, 38 of Dubois in to custody yesterday for an outstanding warrant for possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

That’s when deputies say Jones took off into a heavily wooded area.  Investigators haven’t been able to locate him.

He’s 5’6  – 130 pounds – white with numerous tattoos on his arm.

Anyone with information on Jones’ whereabouts should contact the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

All calls can be kept confidential.



ISP Reminds You to Have Sober Driver July 4th


STATEWIDE — With the big July 4th weekend upon us, Indiana State Police are reminding residents to designate a sober driver.

Police will be out in full force this weekend through Independence Day looking for impaired drivers.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over means zero tolerance for those who drive impaired.

There were a 146 alcohol or drug related crashes in Indiana during the holiday weekend this time last year.

82 people were injured — 6 lost their lives.

Police remind you, buzzed driving is drunk driving.  Designate OR be a designated driver.  Use public transportation OR consider celebrating at home.



Sen. Messmer to Chair Committee on Commerce &

Economic Development

JASPER —  State Senator Mark Messmer ( R – Jasper ) has been appointed to serve as Chairman of the Interim Study on Commerce and Economic Development.

The committee is tasked with preparing for the 2018 legislative session.

Messmer said in a statement that he’s honored to serve as committee chairman; adding Economic Development is critical to our state’s success and, “It is important to make sure the policies we enact will help Hoosiers find quality, high – wage jobs.”


Senate Health Care Bill Would Shut Down HIP 2.0 in


STATEWIDE — The Senate health care bill could shut down Indiana’s HIP 2.0, says Sen. Joe Donnelly. That’s one reason Donnelly says he opposes it, and so does AARP Indiana.

If you have diabetes, MS or any other pre-existing condition, Sen. Joe Donnelly says you might not be covered under the new Senate health care bill.

“If our goal is to provide access to quality, affordable health care, the proposed Senate health care bill that we’ve seen this week is not a solution. “The Affordable Care Act’s not perfect and I want to work to make it better and so that ought to be the focus, how do we make health care better?” said Donnelly.

Donnelly said he believes the 400,000 Hoosiers who currently depend on the Healthy Indiana Plan, or HIP2.0, could lose their coverage under the Senate bill, and that rural hospitals could be in danger because of fewer ways to get payments. Essentially they could be forced to take care of people who can’t afford to pay, without a way to collect.

“HIP 2.0 will go away. It will end. It’s incredibly damaging, number one to those individuals. But, number two, it makes it really, really hard for our rural hospitals to survive,” said Donnelly. He also cited potential cuts to Medicaid as damaging to smaller hospitals.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that with the current laws in effect, Medicaid spending would go up by about $250 billion in the next ten years. Under the Senate bill, that spending would only go up by about $50 billion.

“It raises costs for families. It raises costs for adults and children with pre-existing conditions and disabilities. It raises costs for older Hoosiers. It raises costs for seniors.”

LISTEN:  Chris Davis reports.




Dubois Co. Prosecutor & DNR Info. on ATV Helmet


COUNTY-WIDE — The Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office wants to be sure residents are aware of the new A-T-V Helmet Law in Indiana that goes in to effect this Saturday.

The office has partnered with the Department of Natural Resources to answer questions residents may have about the law, which requires anyone under the age of 18 to wear a helmet while on an A-T-V in Indiana.

The information sheet discusses which off road vehicles are covered  and when there are exemptions for farm work.

See the full sheet below.


This law requires that children <18 wear a helmet, while riding an off-road vehicle, on public and private land.

ATV Helmet Law: Frequently asked questions

Does the Helmet Law apply to Side by Sides and UTV’s?

Yes, the law pertains to all vehicles that are designed for cross country travel.

If I place a child in a car seat, does the helmet law still apply?

Yes, the use of a car seat does not exclude a child, under age 18 from being required to wear a helmet when riding on an off-road vehicle.

Does the helmet law apply to ATV’s being used around the farm?

When used for “Farm purposes” the helmet law does not apply, however the law does apply when the vehicle is used for something other than “farming purposes”

Does the helmet law apply to Golf Carts?

Golf carts are excluded from this law and no helmet is required.

Does my child need to wear a helmet when on a motorized mini-bike or dirt-bike?

Yes, the law applies to all vehicles specifically designed for off-road travel, excluding golf-carts.

Is a helmet required when my child is operating or riding on a Go-Cart?

Yes, this law also applies to Go-Carts.

Does the helmet law apply to battery operated toy machines?

The law applies to any machine that is designed for cross country travel.  It includes certain battery operated machines, but the common toy machines that are only capable of slow back yard travel are not considered off road vehicles and helmets are not required for them.

Does this law only apply to public property or roadways?

No, the helmet law applies on public and private property.

Who is responsible if a violation is found by an officer?

The operator of any vehicle is ultimately responsible for any violation, including the failure of the operator to wear a helmet.  However, the new law also allows the adult that is responsible for the ATV to be cited for the offense.

Are Jeeps, Trucks, Crawlers, Dunebuggies or similar vehicles included on this list?

If a vehicle is unregistered through the BMV and used for the purpose of cross-country travel it is within the definition that requires a helmet for all occupants under the age of 18.






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