Local News: Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Fire Officials Want You to Dispose of Christmas Trees Safely

DUBOIS CO. — Now that Christmas is behind us, many of us will need to get rid of our live Christmas trees.

Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson wants to remind Hoosiers to properly, and safely, dispose of those trees.

Remember, the average life span of a Christmas tree is 1 month after purchase.  If needles are dropping, it means the tree is too dry and THAT’S a fire hazard.

Removed it from your home as soon as possible.

Before disposing of your live trees, Greeson says,  remove all of the lights and decorations.

Be sure to carefully secure the tree to your vehicle.  Remember, dried Christmas trees are very light and branches can break easily during travel.

Jasper residents can drop trees off at the Resource Recovery site.

For a full list of drop off locations in the area CLICK HERE.


Dangerous Cold Grips Area, Avoid Frostbite

AREA WIDE — The coldest air of the season has gripped Dubois County.

Low temperatures create a risk of frostbite if you leave skin exposed, or hypothermia if you don’t dress warmly. But professor of emergency medicine Dan Rusyniak at Eskenazi Health says frostbite patients at the E-R are almost always people who can’t or won’t come in from the cold: the homeless, the mentally ill, or people with substance abuse issues. Alcohol can create a double whammy: people sometimes pass out or fall asleep in the cold, and the physiological effects of the alcohol itself get in the way of the body’s ability to generate heat.

Blood-pressure medicines and some psychiatric medications can make you more vulnerable to frostbite, by interfering with the process of rushing blood to your fingers and toes to warm them up. And diabetes reduces blood flow, which can also impede the body’s ability to heat itself.

Temperatures will frequently dip into the single digits this week, and are expected to drop below zero Saturday night. And Rusyniak says the wind chill is just as significant as the adjusted temperature.



National Office Furniture Recognized for Healthy Space

JASPER — National Office Furniture is being recognized for its healthy work space.

The Jasper-based company becomes the first company of its kind to become Fitwel Certified.

The certification was created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the General Services Administration to rate workplaces that promote positive health outcomes for occupants.

In a statement, National Office Furniture president Kevin McCoy says,  “We’re excited to become the first office furniture manufacture to be recognized for achieving FitWel certification.”

He continued he’s looking forward to sharing their journey and helping to encourage health and wellness among the company’s supply and customer community.




Charges Filed in Fatal Gibson Co. Crash 

GIBSON CO. — Charges have been filed in a fatal crash on State Road 64 back in September.

Police say a semi driver, 54-year-old Darvin McCallister, was under the influence of meth when he failed to stop for a pick up truck waiting to make a left turn.

The driver of that truck was critically injured and a passenger, 40-year-old Dawn Jorgenson of Owensville was killed.

McCallister is now facing charges of OWI resulting in death and OWI causing serious bodily injury.

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