Local News: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Schmitt Named New Jasper Police Chief

JASPER — Jasper mayor Terry Seitz has named Assistant Police Chief Nathan Schmitt as his choice to replace former chief Mike Bennett who died unexpectedly back in August.

Schmitt tells our media partner, Matt Crane with the Dubois County Free Press, “When I make a decision, I am going to think about Chief Bennett a lot.”

Mayor Seitz says he sought input from senior officers within the department before making his decision.

Schmitt, the mayor says, played a key role in the development of the current police force and was a “natural choice to become the new police chief.”


1 Killed, 1 Hurt in Work Accident at Football Field

JASPER — One of the two men injured in a rollover accident yesterday on the Jasper Football Field has died.

First responders were called to the field just after noon yesterday after the workers were thrown from a boom lift they were operating while installing lights.

The men fell about 40 feet.

62-year-old Earl Huls-man of Jasper died at Memorial Hospital from his injuries.

His co-worker, 60-year-old Kurt Brescher of Velpen was admitted to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Yesterday’s JV game, set to be played last night on the field, was moved to Heritage Hills.



Jasper Unveils New “Story Map”

JASPER — The city of Jasper says it has a great story to tell and now, officials are rolling out a new way to see all of the private and public economic development throughout the city.

The Community Development and Planning Department has created an electronic document that showcases the new program.

The Story Map is described as an on-line tool that provides a map of the city with the major projects identified by number.

When users click a number, a window pops up with photographs and a description of the project.

You can also see the city’s estimated investment – when that data is available.

CLICK HERE to see the new map


“Major Announcement” Promised at Park Ground Breaking

HUNTINGBURG — The city of Huntingburg has announced a date for groundbreaking of the new Market Street Park.

Mayor Denny Spinner tells me, during the groundbreaking, a MAJOR announcement will be made.

It will be Tuesday, September 26th at 10 a.m. at the site of the soon- to – be park.

The park promises to create a space in downtown Huntingburg for events and activities while also connecting 4th Street to Market Street.





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