Local News: Thursday, August 10, 2017

Back-to-School Today for Dubois Co. Students

COUNTYWIDE — Dubois County students are returning to school today.

State Police want to remind you to drive carefully out there, especially near bus stops and school zones.

Police also want you to remember to slow down when you see a bus flashing yellow lights and stop on the red.

Blowing past a bus with its red lights on could be very expensive… a fine of up to $10,000.


Plea Deal Reached in Popplewell Murder Case

JASPER — A plea deal has been reached in the murder trial of Kyle Popplewell.

He’s accused of criminal confinement, rape and murder stemming from an incident back in January of last year at a home east of Saint Henry.

Our media partner, Matt Crane with the Dubois County Free Press has been covering the proceedings.

He tells me, under the agreement, Popplewell could face up to 86 years in prison for the murder of Jeffrey Perry of Saint Henry and for the criminal confinement and aggravated battery that occurred on the night in question.

Popplewell was originally charged with stabbing Perry to death before raping a woman staying in the home.

Now, the judge in the case has to decide whether or not to accept the terms of the plea deal.

That will be decided when Popplewell appears BACK in Dubois County court September 8th.


More Pain at the Pump as Gas Prices Spike

STATEWIDE — If you filled up your gas tank earlier in the week it might have been in your favor.

Gas prices are on the rise once again.

GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHaan tweeted earlier that thanks to a widespread gas spike in Indiana, and surrounding states, gas surged to $2.37 overnight in some areas.

Here in Dubois County, we’re averaging about $2.29 a gallon.

Our friends in Spencer County— they’re paying a bit more,  $2.41 a gallon.


231 Bridge Work Complete North of WITZ Bottoms

COUNTYWIDE — If you travel U.S. 231 in between Jasper and Huntingburg, your trip just got a bit easier.

The bridge work just north of us here at the WITZ bottoms wrapped up yesterday.

By the afternoon rush, both lanes were open on the bridge, and the temporary signals were removed.


National Office Furniture Wins REACH Award

JASPER — National Office Furniture, a unit of Jasper-based Kimball International, recently received the REACH award from Premier Inc., a leading health care improvement company.

National Office Furniture is only one of only two companies to receive the award this year for its growth and support of the REACH program.

That program includes education, hospitality, recreation, community and business organizations.


Holiday World Moves to Weekend-Only Schedule

SANTA CLAUS — Holiday World Splashin Safari is moving to its end-of-summer schedule.

With kids back in class, the Santa Claus theme park will now only be open on the weekends through the rest of the 2017 season.

That ends mid October.

The water park, Splashin’ Safari, closes September 16th.




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