Local News: Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Funeral & Procession Details for Chief Mike Bennett 

JASPER — Jasper Police Chief Mike Bennett will be laid to rest Thursday and police have released details about his funeral procession.

The procession will leave from Becher – Kluesner Downtown Chapel to Redemption Christian Church by going WEST on 6th Street, Past JPD headquarters and around the court house square.

If you wish to go down to pay your respects, you can do so around Sieberts, Jay’s Computer, Bread and Butter or Libbies around 10:30 Thursday morning.

Mayor Seitz Orders Flags at Half-Staff

Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz has signed an order that all flags in the city be lowered to half – staff tomorrow for the funeral services.

Under the mayor’s executive order, flags at homes, businesses and government buildings should be at half staff from dawn going through 2 P.M. Thursday.

Funeral & Visitation for Chief Bennett

A Celebration of Life Service for J. Michael Bennett will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at Redemption Christian Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Jasper.  

Mayor Terry Seitz and Chaplain Rick Mann will officiate.  The American Legion Post #147 in conjunction with the Jasper Police and Indiana State Police will conduct Military gravesite rites.

 A visitation will be held from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, Indiana.


Huntingburg Crash Causes Diesel Spill

HUNTINGBURG — A crash Monday night didn’t result in any injuries but it did cause a semi – truck to spill diesel in the intersection of Sixth and Chestnut Streets in Huntingburg.

Police say it happened just after 11 Monday night when a driver crashed into the semi’s diesel tank, causing it to rupture.

Crews were on scene for over an hour cleaning up the spill.


New Jasper Elementary School Gets Another Green Light

JASPER — Plans for a new combined elementary school in Jasper got another green light this week.

Officials with Greater Jasper Schools say they haven’t received a single petition against plans for the new school, which would be built next to the middle school.

The school would hold 750 students and span 16 acres.

Some residents have expressed concern about traffic congestion at the intersection of Portersville Road and West 36th Street.

LISTEN:  Tracey Lorey tells Matt Crane with the Free Press, officials have been addressing congestion concerns.

The school corporation plans to open bids by fall.

The bid proposals should go out in February with construction likely beginning by the summer of 2018.  Kids could be walking the halls by fall of 2019.

  • WITZ media partner, Matt Crane with the Dubois County Free Press contributed to this story.



Two Hoosier Universities Set New Enrollment Records

STATEWIDE — Two Indiana universities are celebrating new records in enrollment as the school year gets underway.

Ball State University says with this year’s freshman class of 4,002 new students, the second largest freshman class in the school’s history, the school now has 22,513 full-time students enrolled. That is the largest enrollment Ball State has had in the last 100 years.

“We are very proud of all these numbers, not simply the sheer size of total enrollment and the freshman class but also the quality,” said Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns. “As we head into our Centennial year in 2018, Ball State is in a great position and we’re all very excited about the future.”

Meanwhile, Indiana State University has a freshman class of 2,688 new students. That is a nearly 10-percent increase compared to last year’s freshman class. It also bring’s ISU total enrollment to 13,771 full-time students, which is the the most the school has ever had in it’s 152 year history.



Jasper Roads to Close Saturday for Marathon

JASPER — This weekend, several roads in Jasper will be closed for the Heartland Half Marathon and 5K .

Organizers ask drivers to be on the lookout for runners coming through Saturday morning and be sure to watch out for closed roads.

Closures will begin around 6:30 Saturday morning and will go through about 7:35 a.m. on Third Avenue from the Azura Grill & Cafe to Mill Street.

Mill will also be closed from Third to Ninth Street.

The route begins at the Patoka River Bridge.  The Finish line will be on the river walk at Buehler Plaza.

If you’d like to run or donate, CLICK HERE.






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