Local News: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Local Newsman Mick Birge Dies at 56

JASPER — We are incredibly sad to report, Dubois County journalist, Mick Birge, has died.

He was the founder of News Now Dubois County, and covered county news and events here at home for years.

He was a fixture at just about any county event, documenting the events of our town for his readers.

Mick was just 56-years-old.

No word right now on a cause of death.

Our deepest sympathy and our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Mick’s family, colleagues and friends.


New Housing Complex Could Open in Huntingburg

HUNTINGBURG — More housing options could soon be coming to Huntingburg as the city’s redevelopment commission recommends the city council grant a tax abatement for a new $5.8 million apartment complex.

Indianapolis – based Paragus plans on building three new apartment buildings on the former Wagon Works Property on North Washington Street, according to our media partner, Matt Crane with the Dubois County Free Press.

The three buildings would house 56 apartments.

Renters will need to be employed and comply with rent-controlled guidelines through the state.

Studio apartments would begin at $234 a month, going up to $599 a month for two bedroom apartments.

The Huntingburg City Council will consider the tax abatement when it meets August 22nd.

Affordable housing has been identified has a major project for the city of Huntingburg under its Stellar Community application.

Dubois Co. Among Lowest Credit Card Debt Rates

DUBOIS CO. — Smart Asset, a financial tech company, has ranked Dubois County among the counties in Indiana with the least credit card debt.

According to the report, Dubois County had the fourth lowest rate of credit card debt in the state at 7 percent of income.

Neighboring Perry County came in 3rd.

Posey County had the lowest credit card debt in the state at 6.9 percent.


Area Farmers Surprised by New Crop Reports

AREA WIDE — Many Hoosier farmers are surprised by findings of a new crop production report by the USDA.

Mid-Summer AG progress reports showing corn and soybean rates similar to last year’s yields in Indiana.

Farmers,especially here in Dubois County, were expecting lower yields than foretasted this year due to Spring flooding and cool days through the first week of May.

A Parke County farmer told the Indiana Farm Bureau, he had to re-plant his corn multiple times this season, putting him 30 days behind.

Man Missing After Spencer Co. Crash

SPENCER CO. — Police in Spencer County are investigating after a man disappeared after crashing a car off of State Route 1-61 Monday night near the Blue Bridge.

Police haven’t released many details.

Police say witnesses saw a man running from the scene of the crash.


Jury Finds Tell City Man Guilty of Murder

TELL CITY — A Perry County jury convicted Randal Coalter, of Tell City, for the murder of 62-year-old David Weedman of Saint Croix.

Prosecutors say Coalter and Weedman had a fight the day victim was seen alive.

Coalter will be back in court for sentencing September 8th.

Man Facing Multiple Felonies on Warrants & Drug


PERRY CO — A Perry County man is facing numerous felony and misdemeanor charges after State Police find narcotics while trying to serve a warrant.

Police were serving multiple warrants on 36-year-old Charles Cronin Jr. yesterday at a home on Dexter Magnet Road, when police say they found a glass smoking pipe and baggies of meth.

Cronin’s warrants are pretty serious.  Felony warrants for Domestic Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Intimidation, dealing in a “look-alike” substance, possession of meth, invasion of Privacy and other charges.

He now faces new charges of possession of meth and paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.




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