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Local News: Monday, January 29, 2018

Lampert Announces He’ll Run for Sheriff

JASPER — Dubois County chief deputy Tim Lampert has announced he’s officially filed to run for sheriff in this year’s election.

The 48-year-old says he’ll run on the democratic ticket this November.

Lampert has been with the sheriff’s department for 27 years where he began as a jail officer in 1990.

He was later promoted to a road deputy 4 years later and appointed chief deputy in 2011.

In a statement released, Lampert says, “With my vast experience and leadership skills, I believe that I am an excellent choice to serve as the next Dubois County Sheriff.”

 

Alcoa Goes to Court to Stop City Ordinance 

BOONVILLE — Alcoa has filed an motion in Warrick County Superior Court asking a judge to stop the city of Boonville from enforcing a new ordinance that would block mining outside of the city limits.

Our media partner, WFIE-TV reports, in court documents filed Thursday, company officials argue the city doesn’t have the authority to stop the mining, adding the state’s regulatory agencies have full authority to regulate mining in incorporated areas.

Alcoa promises to restart 3 shuttered smelter lines in Warrick County by the second fiscal quarter of this year, adding about 275 jobs.  Liberty Mine, which is expanding, will provide the coal to fuel the new smelters.

The ordinance passed by Boonville officials late last year bans mining in the city AND in areas 3 miles outside of the city limits.

It also halts blasting within a thousand feet of city utilities.

 

 

More Pain Being Felt at the Pump in Indiana

STATEWIDE — Indiana’s gas prices are up about a penny from this time last week. The state average for a gallon of regular is about $2.56. The national average is $2.57. In Ft. Wayne, gas shot up about 14 cents since last week-from $2.42, to $2.56.

Gasbuddy.com senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan, said oil prices have gone up and are staying high, and that is what is causing the raise in what you pay.

“With oil maintaining strength, gasoline prices have continued to climb in many places, rising to their highest level since Hurricane Harvey dealt a blow to Texas and a significant portion of U.S. refining capacity,” said DeHaan.

“This time around, oil prices have been the culprit for gasoline prices rising to their highest level in over 130 days, and with U.S. crude oil inventories plummeting for 10 straight weeks, I see diminishing chances of the traditional winter relief that accompanies the year’s coldest months.

He said it may only get more expensive in 2018.

“Without gas prices falling, the current price environment may be the floor for what could become a more expensive year than anticipated, barring any change to OPEC policy that has led to today’s climate of lower supply and higher prices.”

But oil and energy analyst Phil Flynn said that even though it may not be the best thing for your family budget, it’s a good sign for the economy.

“Nobody believed a few years ago the economy could be doing this good. But, guess what. It is. And when the economy burns up like this, it burns a lot of oil,” said Flynn.

 

Avian Cholera Outbreak in Gibson Co. says DNR

GIBSON COUNTY, Ind. — The Indiana DNR has confirmed an outbreak of avian cholera in ducks and geese in Gibson County. Avian cholera is common in waterfowl like ducks and geese in North America, but the DNR says this is the first time that the disease has been detected in wild waterfowl in Indiana.

Health officials say the disease is not a huge risk for humans since it is spread bird-to-bird, but with goose season running through February 11th, you might want to make sure the bird you kill is clean before you chow down.

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