Local News: Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse to Darken County Skies This Afternoon

AREA WIDE — Today’s the big day!  Some have dubbed it the “Day of Darkness,” while others say they’re “Preparing for Totality.”

This afternoon, Dubois County will get a great view of the solar eclipse sweeping the nation.

With nearly 97 percent totality here, it should be an amazing site.

For the best view, a TOTAL solar eclipse, you have to travel to Kentucky.

But if you’re staying home, here are some details about the eclipse for us here in Dubois County.

The eclipse HERE will begin just before 1 this afternoon.

It’s a slow process.  The best time to view it in Dubois County will be at 2:25 p.m.

That’s when we are expected to see 97 percent totality here in our area.

These times include our friends down in Spencer County and Daviess, Martin and Orange Counties as well.


Explosion Destroys Boat on Patoka Lake Sunday

PATOKA LAKE — An explosion set a house boat ablaze yesterday on Patoka Lake.

DNR officials say Paul Eckert of Jasper was operating the boat around 4 Sunday afternoon, when he heard an explosion from the engine compartment.

A nearby boater was able to take Eckert to safety.

Photos from the scene show the boat engulfed in flames with thick, black smoke billowing from blaze.

Luckily no one was hurt.

No word this morning on what caused the explosion.

The vessel is a total loss with damage around $90,000.

DNR officials continue to investigate.


First Cases of West Nile Reported in Dubois County 

COUNTY WIDE — The Dubois County Health Department is reminding residents to stay vigilant in protecting themselves from West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.  Two samples of mosquitoes have recently tested positive for West Nile Virus in Dubois County.

The Dubois County Health Department encourages everyone in the county to protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes by following these simple steps: apply insect repellent containing DEET to clothes and exposed skin; wear light colored clothing; Avoid wet, highly vegetative areas where mosquitoes live; and avoid being outdoors during prime mosquito biting times, dusk to dawn, when possible.

Some simple steps to prevent mosquitoes from breeding are as follows.

  • Eliminate areas of standing water on your property
  • Repair failing septic systems.
  • Remove any containers that will hold water.
  • Clean your clogged gutters.
  • Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed.  Tall vegetation is an excellent harborage area for mosquitoes.
  • Keep swimming pools chlorinated and clean.
  • The basic rule is; if water lasts more than 4 days mosquitoes can reproduce. Even a small bucket can produce up to a 1,000 mosquitoes in just a few days.

Some symptoms of West Nile Virus are;

  • High Fever
  • Severe Headache
  • Stiff Neck
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Confusion

West Nile Virus can also infect our domestic animals like horses.  The Virus is very serious and often fatal in horses.  It is very important to contact your Veterinarian to get your horse immunized if you haven’t already.

ISP to Conduct Checkpoint in Crawford Co. Friday

CRAWFORD CO. — Indiana State Police have announced they’ll conduct a sobriety checkpoint somewhere in Crawford County this Friday, August 25th.

The exact location is undisclosed.

If you’re stopped at a checkpoint, you’re asked to have your license and registration ready to present to troopers.

State Police hope the checkpoint helps to remove impaired drivers from area roadways.



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