Local News: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dubois County Forecast

TODAY:  Mix of Clouds & Sun.  H 86

TONIGHT:  P Cloudy  L 69

WEDNESDAY:  PM T-Storms  H 86

2 County Families Recognized for Farm Longevity 

DUBOIS CO — Two Dubois County families are being recognized by state lawmakers for their family farms’ longevity in the community.

The Goeppner Farm, located here in Jasper, was recently awarded the Centennial Award, for being owned and maintained by the SAME family for over 100 years.

The Vonderheide farm in Dubois County was also honored with the centennial award for that family’s anchors in the community… for over 100 years.

State Senator Mark Messmer of Jasper says family owned farms, like the local ones run by the Vonderheide and Geoppner families, are the backbone of our state’s agricultural industry.


Latino Festival Seeking Court Nominees

HUNTINGBURG — The Latino Festival in Huntingburg is right around the corner and festival organizers are looking for festival court members.

The pageant members will host interviews for Latino Prince, Latina Princess and Latina Queen Sunday, August 20th at the Huntingburg Teen Outback at 2 PM.

Anyone who is interested can get more information on the festival’s Facebook page.

This year’s Latino Festival runs September 1st and 2nd at the Huntingburg City Park.


Teen Flips Car, Walks Away With Only Minor Injuries

DUBOIS CO. — An area teen escaped serious injury yesterday after losing control on the wet roadway, hitting an embankment and flipping the car on to its roof.

It happened on State Road 56.

The road was down to just one lane for about an hour as crews cleared the scene.

The 17-year-old driver refused treatment at the scene.


Experts Stress Eclipse Safety

AREA WIDE — Indiana will get a magnitude 9 solar eclipse next week. That means most of the eclipse will be visible. But, you don’t want to just go out and look at the eclipse. A NASA scientist says that could end with permanent damage to your eyes.

“A short glance, you won’t be able to see the partial eclipse because the sun is just too bright and you can hurt your eyes,” said Dr. Eric Christian, a senir research scientist with NASA. “You’ll get an afterimage in the short term and you can do retinal damage in the long term.”

If you get an afterimage, it means the image that you saw was literally burned into your eye and a photochemical reaction is what is causing it to stay there, even when you close your eyes.

The recommendation is to view the eclipse through a pin hole projector, which you can make, or special filtered glasses that you can buy on the internet.

But, Christian said buy the good ones.

“There’s a lot of apparently bootlegged, inexpensive glasses being sold that we don’t recommend. You need to have them certified and safe,” he said.

Christian also said you might want to resist the temptation to film the eclipse with your phone.

“If you tried filming it for too long, you could actually damage your camera.”

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