LOCAL NEWS: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Flu Shots Now Available in Dubois County

COUNTYWIDE — The weather will be turning cooler in the coming weeks and that means flu season is right around the corner.

The Dubois County Health Department has announced it is offering the flu vaccine for both kids AND adults.

Flu vaccines are available daily from 8 AM – 11 AM and from 1PM – 3 PM at the health department on South Saint Charles Street.

Remember, it takes about two weeks after getting the vaccine for the antibodies to build up in your system.

The vaccine protects against the four most common influenza strains.

The Pneumonia vaccine is also available at the Dubois County Health Department.

No appointment is necessary and no prescription is required.


DNR:  Alcohol a Factor in Fatal ORV Crash

DNR officials now say alcohol is believed to have been a factor in a deadly off road vehicle crash in Spencer County over the weekend.

We first brought you the story yesterday.

Conservation officers also now telling us 60-year-old Jerome Meunier wasn’t wearing safety equipment or a helmet when he lost control of his off road vehicle on County Road 1025 NORTH.

He was ejected when the vehicle flipped.

He was found dead at the scene.


Are You Prepared?  September is Preparedness Month

STATEWIDE — September is National Preparedness Month and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging all Hoosiers to set time aside to practice your emergency plans.

Officials say, make sure all of your important documents, like social security cards and bank statements, are accounted for and readily available in the event of an evacuation.

Remember, most flood insurance policies have a 30-day waiting period before they go into effect.

Also, be sure you and your family have an emergency preparedness kit with non-perishable food items, a gallon of water PER person, PER DAY, battery powered flashlights and all hazards radios along with additional batteries.

First aid kits should also be in your kit with items like bandages, scissors and medication.

CLICK HERE For more information about preparing your family for disaster


4-H Names Priscilla Olson Jr. Leader of the Year

COUNTYWIDE — The Dubois County Junior Leaders program has named Priscilla Olson as its 2017 Junior Leader of the Year.

The new award was introduced this year for the program to reward members for their hard work and achievements.

Olson is a recent Jasper High School grad and she’s currently attending the University of Alabama.

She’s been active in 4-H since her freshman year in high school, assisting with school visits, visiting media outlets, and other 4 H events.

She also worked with residents at the Northwood Retirement Community including holiday visits, cook outs and more.


Bleak Jobless Numbers Could Signal Unemployment “Leveling Off”

STATEWIDE — A spike in Indiana’s unemployment rate doesn’t mean a recession’s around the corner. But it may mean the state’s four-year hot streak is leveling off:

Since 2013, Indiana’s monthly jobless rate had only gone up once, and was flirting with the record low last reached in 2000. Now it’s gone up twice in a row, with last month’s jump of nearly half a percent the biggest in eight years.

P-N-C economist Kurt Rankin suggests Indiana may have plateaued. He says while a growing Hoosier labor force is a good thing, it makes it harder and harder mathematically to generate enough new jobs to keep pushing the rate down. And he says some new entries into the workforce may be getting pickier about job offers.

The Labor Department says Indiana lost eight-thousand jobs last month, more than half in leisure and hospitality. But Rankin notes the industry measurements use a different methodology from the overall tally, and sometimes are significantly revised. The calculation of the overall rate is more stable, with revisions typically altering the number by no more than one or two tenths of a percent.

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