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Local News: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Two State Troopers at Jasper Post Promoted

JASPER — Two Indiana State Troopers out of the Jasper post have been promoted to serve as detectives.

ISP superintendent Douglas Carter made it official yesterday for Senior Trooper Brock Werne and Trooper Josh Greer.

Werne is a Jasper native; a graduate of Jasper High School and Vincennes University.

Greer is a native of Warrick County and graduate of Boonville High School.

He serves as a crash re-constructionist and he’s a member of the Emergency Ordinance Disposal unit.

 

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.

 

Dubois Co. Ranked Among Healthiest in Indiana

DUBOIS CO. — Dubois County has been ranked among the healthiest places in Indiana.

The study by Smart Asset, ranks Indiana counties based on smoking and drinking rates.  Obesity and insurance rates also factor in.

Dubois County ranked 6th in the State.

The study found smoking rates of 17 percent here in our county and an adult obesity rate just under 28 percent.

Warrick County ranked number 3 with Hamilton County coming in as the healthiest in the state.

 

TRAFFIC ALERT:  Work to Tie Up 1st Ave & McKinley Rd.

JASPER — The Jasper Street Department will be doing milling and resurfacing on 1st Avenue and McKinley Road beginning tomorrow.

The work is expected to go through Friday, weather permitting.

Drivers may want to use other routes as there will be numerous traffic delays during this process.

 

 

 

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