Jasper Celebrates National Police Week

Jasper’s regular Board of Public Works and Safety meeting came to order early Tuesday morning, paying tribute to Jasper’s law enforcement officers. 

Mayor Dean Vonderheide began by issuing a proclamation of May 12 th -18 th as National Police Week and thanking our Jasper Police Department for all that they do to keep the public safe. In his report to the board, Chief Nathan Schmitt said that there were 71 arrests last month, which is higher than usual, and included some more serious calls. He commended Jasper’s police officers for their handling of these situations, some of which included mental health interventions and the de-escalation of violent confrontations. The chief reminded everyone in the community to be respectful of their neighbors and to be courteous when driving through residential neighborhoods. The city’s program that adds patrol cars following school buses and the addition of cameras on the stop arms has been successful at reducing violations around school buses, but drivers still need to be more aware of frequents stops as children enter and exit the bus. 

The Dubois County Veterans Council will be bringing their Memorial Day event back to the county seat this year. Their observation of Memorial Day will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, May 25 th in Jasper, at the Veteran’s Memoria Fountain in Downtown Square, on the west side of the Courthouse. All Dubois County veterans’ organizations will be represented, and our fallen service members and veterans who have recently passed will be remembered. The lowering of the flag will be done by the Marine Corps League, followed by the singing of the National Anthem and other patriotic songs. 

Holy Family Catholic Church’s annual Corpus Christi procession will be held on Sunday, June 2 nd at 8:30 AM. It will begin at the church property and move through the Holy Family Church streets, including Schroeder, Brames, and Church. Traffic on these streets will be affected beginning at about 6:30 in the morning, and the procession will conclude by 10:30. Also on June 2 nd , at 10:30 AM, CrossPoint Church will hold their Church in the Park event at Bohnert Park. Services will begin at 10:30, followed by a lunch and games. 

For more information on these and other updates, visit jasperindiana.gov or JasperGov-Indiana on Facebook.

 - By Drew Hasselbring