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Why Dubois County? - video by Dubois Strong

Dubois County is a genuine community where people have careers, live comfortably and enjoy the amenities around them with family and friends at their side. It is more than just a place to live and work, it has various luxuries that allow you to call it home. Our existing businesses are growing, entrepreneurship remains on the rise and we are becoming more connected. The growth our county has seen over the past year is incredible.

Mid-States Corridor

  • Mid-States Corridor Economic Impact Study
  • The Mid-States Corridor Project Team expects to identify a preferred corridor for the improved highway connection in southern Indiana later this year. CLICK HERE for an updated project schedule.
  • The Mid-States Corridor Project Office has reopened by appointment only. Email or call to schedule an appointment. CLICK HERE for more information.

Chamber names 2023 ‘Best Places to Work in Indiana’

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Chamber of Commerce on Thursday unveiled its list of the Best Places to Work in Indiana for 2023. The list, which features 125 Hoosier businesses representing more than 30 cities and towns, was determined through employer reports and employee surveys.

Arizona Man Awarded 24th Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant 

Cody Vaden has been awarded a Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant. 

Radius Indiana welcomes new board members and presents initiatives for 2023

BEDFORD – Radius Indiana welcomed nine new board members and announced a new slate of officers and key initiatives for 2023, including expanded efforts in regional tourism, talent attraction and collaboration and development in the defense sector.

German American posts strong 4th quarter; declares 9% cash dividend increase

JASPER – German American Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: GABC) reported strong annual earnings of $81.8 million, or $2.78 per share, for the year end Dec. 31, 2022, representing the second highest level of annual earnings in the company’s history. This level of reported annual earnings resulted in a 13.4% return on average shareholders’ equity, marking the 18th consecutive fiscal year in which the company has delivered a double-digit return on shareholders’ equity. The company also announced the declaration of a 9% increase in its quarterly cash dividend, marking the 11th consecutive year of increased cash dividends.

Nine Dubois County companies receive manufacturing readiness grants

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), in partnership with Conexus Indiana, announced Thursday that 186 Manufacturing Readiness Grants totaling $22.7 million were awarded in 2022, supporting $352.7 million in technology-enabled capital investment among manufacturers. The innovative program, structured to allow Indiana based manufacturers to increase production efficiency, invested in 60 counties across Indiana in 2022.

Arizona Man Awarded Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant

Brock Reckelhoff has been awarded a Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant. 

Indiana Bankers Association Announces 2023 Board of Directors

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 12, 2023) – The members of the Indiana Bankers Association 2023 Board of Directors have assumed their positions effective Jan. 1. Board members were elected Sept. 12 at the IBA Annual Convention in French Lick. In addition to guiding IBA policy and setting long-term goals and objectives, the Board helps determine the Association’s legislative programs and positions on issues affecting Indiana’s banking community.

Dubois Strong Announces 2023 Board of Directors

Dubois Strong announces the 2023 board of directors, including a new chair who will help support the nonprofit’s work to foster economic growth in Dubois County. 

Kimball Electronics CEO to retire Feb. 28

Kimball Electronics, Inc. announced that Donald D. Charron, chairman and chief executive officer, will retire on February 28, 2023.

Dubois County: A Powerhouse of Manufacturing

JASPER – A local economy that is more than four times as manufacturing-intensive as the United States overall, Dubois County and its cities of Jasper and Huntingburg carry outsized weight in the economy of southwestern Indiana.

Kimball HQ in Jasper receives WELL Certified Platinum rating

JASPER – Kimball International Inc. announced this week its corporate headquarters in Jasper received the WELL Certified Platinum designation.

Dubois Strong Launches New Business Retention and Expansion Program to Support Local Businesses 

JASPER — Dubois Strong announces a unique new business retention and expansion (BR&E) program to learn more about conditions at businesses throughout the county and how the local economic development office can help support them. 

New Dubois County officials sworn-into office

JASPER — Retiring Dubois County Superior Court Judge Mark McConnell reminisced about his 14 years on the bench Wednesday, while officially swearing in the county’s newest elected officials, including the man who will now fill his seat during a ceremony at Jasper City Hall. The departing judge offered office holders three simple words of advice, “be the exception.”

Purdue workshop to guide farm families through generational transitions

WEST LAFAYETTE — To successfully guide a farm operation from generation to generation, farm owners and families need to have a plan for where they are going and knowledge of how they will fund that transition. The Purdue Extension Succession Planning Team is hosting workshops along with individualized sessions to help strategically structure a farm succession plan.

Commissioner Brames honored with state award

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Association of County Commissioners (IACC) announced Monday the Honorable Elmer Brames, Dubois County Commissioner was selected IACC’s Achievement Award winner as the “2022 South Distinguished County Commissioner of the Year”

Regional Home Brew Competition

Radius Indiana invites local homebrewers to put their skills to the test in its first-ever regional Home Brewing Competition Saturday, March 18 in Jasper, Indiana. 

Chicago Family Awarded 22nd Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant 

The Kueller family has been awarded a Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant. 

Area residents asked to take part in Indiana 15 Regional survey

FERDINAND — Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission is preparing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for 2023-2027. The purpose of the CEDS process is to analyze the local conditions of the six-county region and define goals and objectives to meet the needs of the district. The CEDS is designed to identify economic and community needs for Crawford, Dubois, Orange, Perry, Pike and Spencer counties.

Local law enforcement awarded grants to curb dangerous driving

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) awarded $5.7 million in grant funding to more than 200 police departments for enhanced traffic enforcement. Departments will use the funding to conduct overtime patrols and carry out strategies aimed at curbing dangerous and reckless driving.

Indiana unemployment rate up to 3%

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s unemployment rate rose to 3% in October, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. By comparison, the national unemployment rate in October stands at 3.7%, compared to 3.5% in September.

TDI Brands announces warehouse expansion in Jasper

JASPER — Local garden center industry supplier Tierra-Derco International, LLC, dba TDI Brands announced Friday the expansion of its distribution warehouse in Jasper.

Agriculture economic summit held in Jasper

JASPER — The seventh Southwest Indiana Agriculture Economic Summit featured several guest speakers that highlighted important topics from energy improvements, lighting systems, soil resiliency, and carbon markets.

NE Dubois Schools among 20 new Purple Star Schools

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) recently announced 20 newly-designated Purple Star schools. Schools receiving the Purple Star designation are awarded for their significant display of commitment to service members, veterans and students and families connected to our nation’s military. Among them were the three Northeast Dubois schools.

VU-Jasper hosts CTIM Challenge for students from 10 area high schools

JASPER — The Vincennes University-Jasper campus hosted a Center for Innovation, Technology and Manufacturing Challenge on Wednesday afternoon where local industry brought challenges for 140 students from 10 area high schools.

Dubois Council approves budget adoptions, fiscal moves during Oct. 24 meeting

JASPER — The Dubois County Council met for nearly four hours on Oct. 24, hearing updates on several county projects and approving fiscal moves within county government to help fund those efforts.

Kimball International included in Best-in-State Employers Forbes list for 2022

JASPER — Kimball International, Inc. announced Friday it has been named to Forbes’ list of “Best-in-State Employers” for 2022. According to Forbes, approximately 70,000 employees working for businesses with at least 500 employees were surveyed to determine the list.

Alabama Family Awarded Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant 

Sabrina Payne has been awarded a Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant.

Arizona Woman Awarded Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant 

Cassidy Allen has been awarded a Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant. 

Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center reverified as level III trauma center

JASPER — Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center has been reverified as a Level III Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes Memorial Hospital’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

Tour of Opportunity Helps High School Students Explore Local Job Opportunities

Dubois Strong – in partnership with Vincennes University Jasper, Patoka Valley CTE, Hub 19, Indiana Municipal Power Agency, the four Dubois County school corporations, and local businesses – will be providing 530 high school freshmen with a firsthand exploration of job opportunities in Dubois County on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. 

Helping Local Students find their Careers

Local Sources – In the United States, a majority of high school graduates do not know what they want their careers to be. One statewide organization wants to help with that.

Dubois County officially kicks off partnership with IU Rural Engagement

JASPER — Dubois County officially kicked-off a two-year partnership with the Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement Thursday night at Vincennes University-Jasper.

Purdue: Indiana farm fatality summary shows positive trends, stresses worker safety

WEST LAFAYETTE — Purdue University’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program released the annual Indiana Farm Fatality Summary with Historical Overview, coinciding with National Farm Safety and Health Week. The annual observance has taken place during the third week of September since 1944.

City of Jasper considering bond to maintain tax levy

JASPER — With rising property values, local tax rates are decreasing, resulting in less funding for local governments to operate. The City of Jasper began considering avenues to maintain a flax tax rate during a monthly meeting Wednesday.

Merkley receives 2022 Outstanding Treasurer Award

INDIANAPOLIS — The Association of Indiana Counties (AIC) announced Friday Dubois County Treasurer Kitty Merkley received the 2022 Outstanding Treasurer Award. The award recognized her contributions made to county government throughout her years of public service.

Dubois County Kick-Off event set for Thursday, September 22nd

JASPER — Local community leaders and Indiana University’s Center for Rural Engagement will officially kick off Dubois County’s Sustaining Hoosier Communities projects next Thursday, September 22.

Vincennes University-Jasper’s Center for Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing Theatre will host the event, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Julia Taylor Awarded Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant

Julia Taylor has been awarded a Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant.

Holland dairy among Prairie Farms dairies recognized at World Dairy Expo

The 2022 World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest just wrapped up, and the results are in. With a record number of entries from over 80 dairy companies, Prairie Farms Dairy and its family of companies received more awards than any other company, making Prairie Farms the reigning contest champion.

Five Dubois family farms honored at Indiana State Fair

INDIANAPOLIS — Five local farm families from Dubois County were among 106 Hoosier farm families presented with the Hoosier Homestead Award on Wednesday at the Indiana State Fair.

Dubois Strong provides update to Ferdinand Town Council

FERDINAND — Dubois Strong President Ed Cole provided an update on the different projects and initiatives that the community organization has been working on to the Ferdinand Town Council earlier this week.

County commissioners receive update on broadband expansion project

JASPER — The Dubois County Board of Commissioners were provided an updated on the ongoing county-wide expansion of fiber optic services during its Aug. 1 meeting.

Three local businesses honored with 2022 Half Century Award

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers awarded 47 Indiana companies and organizations with the Governor’s Century or Half-Century Business Award in recognition of each company’s longevity and service to its employees, community and the state.

Shelley Madison Awarded 16th Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant

Shelley Madison has been awarded the 16th Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant.

Anthony Tarullo Awarded 15th Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant

Anthony Tarullo has been awarded the 15th Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant.

California Family Awarded 14th Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant

Drew and Rachel Hasselbring have been awarded the 14th Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant.

State Invests in Future, Modernization of Indiana Manufacturing Operations through Next Round of Readiness Grants

INDIANAPOLIS (June 20, 2022) – The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), in partnership with Conexus Indiana, announced the sixth round of awards totaling nearly $4 million in Manufacturing Readiness Grants to 43 Indiana businesses, supporting a projected $46.1 million in technology-enabled capital investment across Indiana.

Christopher Moore Awarded 13th Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant

Christopher Moore has been awarded the 13th Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant. 

Sarah Fallon Awarded Twelfth Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant

Sarah Fallon has been awarded the twelfth Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant. 

Linda Shea Awarded Eleventh Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant

Linda Shea has been awarded the eleventh Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant. 

Erik Mosley Awarded Tenth Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant

Erik Mosley has been awarded the tenth Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant. 

William May Awarded Ninth Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant

William May has been awarded the ninth Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant. 

Tour of Opportunity to be Held May 12th

Dubois Strong – in partnership with Vincennes University Jasper, Patoka Valley CTE, Hub 19, the four Dubois County school corporations, and local businesses – will be providing 580 high school freshmen with a firsthand exploration of job opportunities in Dubois County on Thursday, May 12th. 

Caroline Brinster Awarded Eighth Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant

Caroline Brinster has been awarded the eighth Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant. 

Southern Indiana Gateway, including Dubois County to Focus on Childcare

Southern Indiana Gateway, including Dubois County to Focus on childcare

Seven counties in Southern Indiana are working together to better understand the supply and demand of child care within the region. Southern Indiana Gateway (SIG), a21st Century Talent Region, is comprised of six counties: Crawford, Dubois, Orange, Perry, Pike, and Spencer. Knox County is also partnering with these counties on this initiative.

Dubois Strong Awards Seventh Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant

Dubois Strong, in partnership with The Dubois County Community Foundation and Radius Indiana, has awarded the seventh Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant. 

Dubois Strong Hosts Annual Meeting at Thyen-Clark Cultural Center 

Dubois Strong held its 2022 Annual Meeting on the evening of Tuesday, April 26th at the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center in Jasper, Indiana. 

Japer Announced as the 2022 Strongest Town Winner

On Monday, April 4th, representatives from the two finalist towns—Norwood, Ohio and Jasper, Indiana—participated in a webcast with Rachel Quednau and Jay Stange of Strong Towns. The votes rolled in until polls closed Thursday, April 7th at 12 p.m. CDT.

After four rounds and tens of thousands of unique votes cast, Jasper was announced as the 2022 Strongest Town winner.

Michael Rickaby Receives Sixth Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant 

Dubois Strong, in partnership with The Dubois County Community Foundation and Radius Indiana, has awarded the fifth Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant. 

20 Indiana wood manufacturers recognized on ‘North America’s Largest’ list

Twenty wood manufacturing firms from Indiana have been included on the 2022 FDMC 300 list, which ranks the largest cabinet, furniture, millwork, store fixture, office/contract and component producers in North America.

Dubois Strong assists new startups with lending programs and directives

Dubois Strong is ready to help small business start-ups and existing businesses with available USDA grant dollars through the Dubois Strong Enterprise Loan Fund (ELF). 

Fifth Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant has been awarded

Dubois Strong, in partnership with The Dubois County Community Foundation and Radius Indiana, has awarded the fifth Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant. 

Fourth Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant has been awarded

Dubois Strong, in partnership with The Dubois County Community Foundation and Radius Indiana, has awarded the fourth Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant. 

Small Business Partnership Growing Support for Indiana Agribusinesses

The Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD), Purdue Extension, and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) today announced a partnership to launch the Agribusiness Initiative.  

Tell City Pretzels Announces Relocation to Jasper

Tell City Pretzels announces relocation of the production facility to 402 Jackson St., Jasper, IN and the opening of 2 outlet stores, one at the Jackson Street location in Jasper and one at Logo’s, 1001 Main Street in Tell City, IN, effective February 28th, 2022. Both outlet stores will carry the full line of flavors and an assortment of sizes.  

US EDA Grants Awarded

The Indiana Economic Development Association Foundation is pleased to announce that the US Economic Development Administration (US EDA) has awarded a $100,097 grant to assist four regions in Indiana in creating a strategy to leverage each region’s agricultural assets.  The grant will fund implementation of the Rural Economic Development Model (REDM): a first-of-its-kind process developed in Indiana to assist rural communities in creating new economic development opportunities for Indiana’s farmers.

Third Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant has been awarded

Bonnie Bee McKeefrey has become the third recipient of the Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant. This grant is provided in partnership with The Dubois County Community Foundation and Radius Indiana and is part of the Make My Move/Choose Southern Indiana initiative with TMap to incentivize out-of-state workers to move to Dubois County. 

Dubois Strong Announces 2022 Board of Directors

Dubois Strong announces the 2022 board of directors, including a new vice chair who will help support the nonprofit’s work to foster economic growth in Dubois County. 

Dubois County jobless rate under 1%

JASPER — Dubois County’s unemployment rate dipped to .8% in December, according to the latest data from Indiana Workforce Development.

State Funding Available to Help Small Businesses with Growth & Improvement Projects

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 18, 2022) – The Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) today announced applications are open for the Indiana Technical Assistance Program (INTAP) through Feb. 20, 2022. This statewide initiative connects small businesses with critical professional assistance to complete growth and improvement projects.  

Second Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant has been awarded

Dubois Strong, in partnership with The Dubois County Community Foundation and Radius Indiana, has awarded the second Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant.

2022 Huntingburg State of the City

Mayor Steve Schwinghamer published the annual State of the City address on Youtube Tuesday.

Secretary Sullivan Announces Record Number of Business Filings in 2021

IANAPOLIS (January 12, 2022) – Indiana Secretary of State Holli Sullivan announced a record-breaking number of new businesses were registered in Indiana in 2021, with nearly 100,000 new businesses registered.

Neal first relocation grant recipient

The first recipient of the Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant is a county native who is coming back home. Justin Neal, formerly of Huntingburg, is moving his family from Alabama back to Dubois County. The $5,000 grant will help Neal and his family establish their new life back home in Dubois County.

Radius Touts Relocation Program Success

BEDFORD – Radius Indiana says four candidates have relocated to southern Indiana in the last few months through its relocation incentive program, Choose Southern Indiana. The organization says the program has received more than 1,000 applications since its launch in July.

County unemployment rate continues to drop

Dubois County’s jobless rate fell to 1.6% in October, down from 1.8% in September, according to preliminary data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Soil and Water Conservation District announces grant funds for fall 2021 cover crops

The Dubois County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Supervisors are announcing the availability of cost-share funds for cover crops sown in the fall of 2021.  The funds are very limited.  Completed applications must be received by the SWCD office by 4 PM Monday, November 29, 2021.  Incomplete or phone applications will not be accepted. 

Economic outlook discussed at luncheon

JASPER — The 2022 state, national and international economic climate will not be simple or easy, economic experts said Thursday.

Community Crossings grants awarded

HUNTINGBURG — Huntingburg will receive more than $500,000 from the state to work on West First Street.

County jobless rate dropped in September

Dubois County’s jobless rate fell to 2.3% in September, down from 2.7% in August, according to preliminary data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

LifeSpring Health aims to serve without barriers to access

JASPER — Although they have been around Jasper since 2018, LifeSpring Health Systems is still considered new by many.

Courthouse Square redevelopment project design unveiled

JASPER — Plans to continue the revitalization of the Jasper Downtown Square are moving forward.

Schools, libraries to receive FCC funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Communications Commission announced this week that it has committed $2.63 billion in program funding to school and library applicants through the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program.

Some of those are in the local area.

Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools will receive $181,742, which includes $152,750 for equipment and $28,992 for services. Southeast Dubois School Corporation will receive a total of $63,102 for equipment.

Indiana Uplands READI Development Plan, “A Region on the Rise,” outlines regional development efforts and future opportunities for transformational growth

development plan submitted for the Indiana Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) is now available publicly.

News Release: Indiana Regions Deliver Bold Visions as Statewide READI Funding Requests Total More Than $1B

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 7, 2021) – Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced 17 regions representing all 92 counties submitted proposals for funding from the Indiana Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI). Together, these proposals, which aim to accelerate small- and large-scale growth within their communities, total more than $1 billion in requested funding; the READI budget is $500 million.

Townhomes to be built on former library property

JASPER — The Jasper Redevelopment Commission approved a plan Tuesday to build townhomes on the old Jasper Public Library property.

Kimball Highlights Medical Manufacturing Might

JASPER – From manufacturing the musical inner workings of electric home organs in the 1960s to auto injectors today that can block a life-threatening allergic reaction, Kimball Electronics’ legacy in Indiana is deep and diversified.

$4M in Covid-19 funding being considered for Dubois County broadband buildout

Dubois Rural Electric Coop and at least two broadband providers, PSCi and Orange County Fiber, approached the Dubois County Council to help fund the addition of miles of fiber optic internet Dubois County.

New Indiana Connectivity Program now open

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs today announced the Indiana Connectivity Program, a new resource designed to help more Hoosiers obtain access to reliable and quality broadband, is now open.

Airport to celebrate improved, longer runway

HUNTINGBURG — Work to lengthen and widen the Huntingburg Airport’s runway is pretty much complete.

The COVID Stops Here campaign recognizes Indiana workplaces that have achieved widespread vaccination

The Indiana Chamber and Wellness Council of Indiana are celebrating employers that are leading the fight against this virus — and encouraging more Hoosier workplaces to join their ranks.

Fischer Farms to be Recognized as Indiana SBDC’s 2021 Family-Owned Small Business of the Year

Fischer Farms Natural Foods has been recognized as the Indiana SBDC’s 2021 Family-Owned Small Business of the Year.

Fire departments awarded grants

Several local volunteer fire departments have been awarded Volunteer Fire Assistance grants, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Bortner announced Thursday.

Women’s recovery home to be renovated

FERDINAND — Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission has launched a community survey and website for its economic recovery and JASPER — Jasper’s east side will soon have a newly renovated women’s recovery home.

Survey launched for economic recovery, resiliency plan

FERDINAND — Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission has launched a community survey and website for its economic recovery and resiliency plan.

Smithville Completes $15M Fiber Network for Jasper

Ellettsville-based Smithville has completed its $15 million fiber overbuild project in the city of Jasper. 

Kimball Electronics introduces Kimball Medical Solutions

Kimball Electronics Inc. announced the introduction of Kimball Medical Solutions.

Dollar General opens in Celestine

Dollar General has opened at 255 N. Celestine Road S. in Celestine.

Census data shows county population growth

Dubois County has grown in terms of population, diversity and housing in the past decade, according to 2020 U.S. Census data released Thursday.

ROJAC to celebrate impact with special event

A special celebration is planned to recognize the great amount of development that has occurred since a small group of people pooled their time and passion for Jasper to form the Redevelop Old Jasper Action Coalition 18 years ago.

Farbest plans $32.5M expansion and updates at Huntingburg facility

Farbest Foods will be expanding and updating its Huntingburg facility again.

Covid-19 grants available for specialty crop growers

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), beginning Sept. 1, will seek project proposals from Indiana’s specialty crop industry for funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Dubois Strong works to attract talent, businesses

Dubois Strong has been keeping busy.

There are lots of committees, groups and meetings on different topics that are all looking to bring more businesses and more people to the county.

Local restaurants part of state culinary trails

Twenty-one food trails established by the Indiana Foodways Alliance tell the story about different areas across Indiana. So far, nine Dubois County establishments are on various trails.

Jasper to have electric vehicle charging stations

Electric vehicle charging stations will be available in Jasper beginning as early as this week.

‘Choose Southern Indiana’ aimed at increasing talent pool in Radius region

Radius Indiana, in coordination with Dubois Strong and the Orange County Economic Development Partnership, is proud to announce its latest economic development initiative for talent attraction and workforce development, Choose Southern Indiana.

Building being demolished at Y-intersection

Demolition of the former Ditto Sales building at the Y-intersection of U.S. 231 and State Road 56 in Jasper began last week.

County unemployment remains lower than state

Dubois County’s jobless rate slightly rose to 3.0% in June from 2.9% in May, according to preliminary data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Countywide bike, pedestrian plan complete

Dubois County is one step closer to becoming more bike and pedestrian friendly. A final draft of the Countywide Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan is complete and available online.

Kimball International Expanding in Jasper

Jasper-based Kimball International Inc. (Nasdaq: KBAL) has announced plans for an expansion of its warehousing operations.

Indiana Furniture investing more than $17M in expansion, move from downtown

Indiana Furniture is adding a 165,000 square foot addition on Jasper’s southside with plans to close the company’s 116-year-old location on Mill Street.

Dealer of the Year: Krempp Lumber Company

Successful businesses often find recognition that is described in terms such as “innovative,” or “groundbreaking,” or perhaps they’re mentioned as a “trailblazer” in their markets. These are all traits that describe an LBM Journal Dealer of the Year, but for Krempp Lumber Company, the recognition is described another way: as quietly as possible.

Mid-States Corridor Benefits to Extend Across Generations Study Shows

Economic development agency, Dubois Strong, conducted a study in partnership with Hunden Strategic Partners, Inc. (HSP) analyzing the impact the Mid-States Corridor Project will have on Dubois and Spencer Counties. Anticipated benefits of the project include increases in economic activity, reduction in congestion and transportation delays, improved access for other modes of transit, decreased costs for freight movement, new employment opportunities, and an overall increase in the quality of life for the region’s residents.

Help for Hoosiers

Help for Hoosiers Resource Guide provided by The Office of United States Senator Mike Braun.

Mid-States Preferred Corridor to be Identified This Year

Environmental Impact Statement expected this fall

Hoosier High School Students Invited to Pitch Entrepreneurial, Innovative Business Ideas

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 8, 2021) – Applications for the 2021 Innovate WithIN™ pitch competition, a statewide initiative hosted by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and the STARTedUP Foundation, are open to high school students across Indiana. Applications opened earlier this year, and student teams are encouraged to continue submitting video pitches before Feb. 28.

Young jeweler, family open store

HUNTINGBURG — Garrison Tretter is starting his career as a jeweler early.

Disinger Jewelers open with new owner

JASPER — Disinger Jewelers is back in business with a new owner. Teresa Heeke, a Jasper resident and longtime employee, took over the business at the beginning of January after its previous owners, Bob and Jacque Disinger, retired last year.

German American Reports Record Profits

Jasper-based German American Bancorp Inc. (Nasdaq: GABC) is reporting record quarterly and full-year earnings.

Hoosier Hills Credit Union Earns a 5-Star Rating from BauerFinancial

Despite the challenges of COVID-19 and its financial impact, Hoosier Hills Credit Union (HHCU) has again achieved a superior five-star rating from BauerFinancial, an independent research firm for unbiased bank and credit union ratings since 1983.

Assisted living facility planned for Huntingburg

HUNTINGBURG — An assisted living home is planned for land near an under-construction independent living community.

Ferdinand looks back on productive year

FERDINAND — Despite the pandemic, the town of Ferdinand had a pretty good year in 2020, Town Council President Ken Sicard said.

Kimball Electronics Records Q1 Profit

Jasper-based Kimball Electronics Inc. (Nasdaq: KE) is reporting fiscal first quarter net income of $16.8 million, compared to $6.5 million during the same period a year ago.

Indiana Extends Small Business Restart Grant Program, Expands Eligibility Criteria

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced changes to the Indiana Small Business Restart Grant to increase the availability of funding for Hoosier small businesses impacted by the global pandemic. The grant program, which provides working capital to accelerate economic recovery, is now:

Virtual mental health program will be timely

The Indiana AgriInstitute pulls no punches with a virtual seminar planned for Sept. 29. The title of the half-day Healing the Heartland program says all you need to know — Suicide Prevention: What to Know and How to Help.

Hoosier IT Company Creates ‘Classroom of the Future’

As schools throughout the country transition to e-learning, Jasper-based Matrix Integration has developed what it is calling the “Classroom of the Future.”

Mid-State Corridor Comments & Questions

Do you have questions about the Mid-States Corridor? Click the link below for the opportunity to share your thoughts. We welcome any comments or questions you may have.

Virtual Dubois County Entrepreneur and Innovators’ Happy Hour.

Calling all entrepreneurs, innovators, or additional distribution/marketing channels that may be interested.

Huntingburg Preparing for ‘Post-Pandemic Bounce’

The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting Indiana cities and towns hard with job losses and a massive drop in revenues, forcing some communities to delay or cancel projects. But in Dubois County, the city of Huntingburg last week celebrated tens of millions of dollars in projects and is preparing for what Mayor Denny Spinner says could be a post-pandemic bounce.

State Awards 20 Manufacturing Readiness Grants to Indiana Businesses

Hoosier businesses plan investments to modernize manufacturing operations, increase health care production to support ongoing COVID-19 response efforts

City offers loan assistance to small businesses

Huntingburg’s emergency loan program helped 10 small businesses in its first round. The program opened Monday for a second round.

Wagon Works open to community

Wagon Works open to community

Gov. Holcomb Announces Nearly $44 Million to Aid Economic Recovery Effort

Today, Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced several new economic recovery initiatives designed to bolster critical relief efforts while encouraging long-term planning and investments to stimulate Indiana’s economy well into the future. Through these initiatives, the state will allocate nearly $44 million to provide support and resources including approximately $37 million in direct funding through grants and investments to small businesses and manufacturers – two key drivers of the Hoosier economy.

Indiana’s Road to Recovery

Governor Eric Holcomb outlined the next steps Friday afternoon in getting the state back to business. The five-phase plan, called Back on Track Indiana, details a comprehensive process for reopening the economy, continued social distancing guidelines and more.

Advancement to the next phase is based on continuing evaluation of four key health principles.

· Full details on the Back on Track Indiana web site
· Governor Holcomb’s remarks

Indiana Banks Stand Ready to Help, Encourage Patience as Paycheck Protection Program Launches

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will offer some relief to small businesses in Indiana as it launches on Friday, April 3. Indiana bankers ask for patience from the public as the program begins. Application volume will be very high as the financial institutions qualified to offer these loans will strive to keep up with demand.

Hoosier By the Numbers Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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DWD to host statewide unemployment insurance webinar for Hoosiers impacted by COVID-19

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will host a live webinar for Hoosiers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. A 30-minute live program will be held […]

County in 3-way tie for No. 2 in employment

After having sole possession of the No. 1 slot on December’s leaderboard, Dubois County found itself in a three-way tie for runner-up when new employment numbers were released Tuesday.

Airport kicks off $7M runway extension project

Airport, local, state and national leaders gathered this morning at the site where the Huntingburg Airport’s runway will be extended.

County, cities to use grant to study trail connectivity

The county, Jasper and Huntingburg will look at the possibility of connecting communities through a countywide trail system.

VUJ looking to build student housing

Source from Dubois County Herald An addition to Vincennes University Jasper is in the works, this time geared toward student housing. Click here to read the […]

Hub 19 develops graduation profile tool

Dubois County teachers will soon have another tool to ensure students at all four school districts learn the soft skills they need to be successful.

Wagon Works application may be available next month

Sourced from The Dubois County Herald Applications for Wagon Works workforce apartments may be available as early as February, the project developer told the Huntingburg Common […]

Public meetings set for corridor route options

Sourced from The Dubois County Herald Public meetings to view and get input on the remaining options for the Mid-States Corridor will be held in mid-February. […]

County tops state with lowest unemployment

Sourced from The Dubois County Herald A coAfter being tied with Bartholomew County on November’s leaderboard, Dubois County claimed sole possession of Indiana’s lowest unemployment rate […]

Committee to tackle rural broadband issue

A committee has formed to work on the issue of rural broadband access and quality in Dubois County.

Speaker: ‘A lot of good things happening’ for economy

On Thursday, Brock Herr explained to a crowded audience at the Vincennes University Jasper Campus auditorium that the Indiana Economic Development Commission is continuing to implement strategies to push the state forward.

Dubois, Tipton share No. 1 in job report

Dubois and Tipton counties shared the lowest unemployment in the state in October, according to a new state report.

County, cities to consider trail master plan

Dubois County and the county’s two cities — Jasper and Huntingburg — have been talking about how a countywide trail system connecting all four of the county’s high schools could be done.

Wagon Works housing gets supplemental funding

TRI-CAP has announced that the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis Board of Directors has issued $500,000 in Affordable Housing Program supplemental funding for the Wagon Works housing development that is under construction in Huntingburg.

Fourth Street redesign mostly complete

The bulk of Historic Fourth Street’s redesign is complete.

Craft coffee roastery comes to Dubois County

A smile spread across Craig Weyer’s face Wednesday morning as the coffee beans turning in his professional-grade coffee roaster cracked, making a sound like popcorn popping in the microwave.

Brewery to be a destination on Fourth Street

Wade Pierce believes there’s a beer out there for everybody. Perhaps you haven’t found your beer just yet. That’s OK. A new local brewery and restaurant wants to help.

Christkindlmarkt heralds Christmas season

This weekend marks the third weekend of November, and in Ferdinand that means the Olde World is coming.

CAP program at VUJC doubles in size

This semester, 28 students are enrolled in the Career Advancement Partnership program at Vincennes University Jasper Campus, more than double last year’s enrollment.

Merger creates countywide chamber of commerce

The Dubois County Chamber of Commerce will begin operations on Jan. 1 after the merger of the Ferdinand and Huntingburg chambers of commerce.

Summit: Opportunities abound in agriculture

There are opportunities in Indiana agriculture. That was the main message Jordan Seger, deputy director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and a Dubois County native, shared at the 2019 Southwest Indiana Agriculture Economic Summit Friday at Vincennes University Jasper Campus.

Hub 19 highlights districts’ collaboration

Hub 19’s Jim Mehling believes if you bring the right people into the room, good things will happen.

2019 Southwest Indiana Agriculture Economic Summit

Dubois County Soil and Water Conservation District with Dubois Strong will be hosting the Southwest Indiana Agricultural Economic Summit, geared towards updating local producers, agricultural businesses, and financial institutions on the latest in economic programs, education and opportunities in the county.

Developer hopes River Centre will ‘be a destination’

With the final leg of work ongoing at the site of the Jasper River Centre, the leader of the upcoming project gave a presentation on Thursday updating the Jasper Rotary Club of the project’s progress.

Neighborhood associations to connect residents

Huntingburg residents will soon have a new way to connect with each other and the government leaders who represent them.

Perfect Park Escape

This year is the Dubois County Park’s 50th anniversary — five decades of providing a much-needed, wooded escape for visitors.

IU center wins award for Huntingburg initiative

The Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement received the Award of Excellence in the category of Place from the University Economic Development Association during its annual summit in Nevada this month. This is the first year IU Bloomington has won the award.

Schools honored with National Blue Ribbon status

Holland, Ferdinand and Lincoln Trail elementaries were all named a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School.

Teens explore careers during Tour of Opportunity

Jasper High School freshmen Jane Franklin and Madison Kinder both love to bake. To them, a career in the food industry sounds like just the thing.

Tri-County YMCA fundraises for $2.3M expansion

The Tri-County YMCA is about to get bigger.

Fest features food, brews and the blues

People are invited to Market Street Park on Saturday to enjoy food, brews and the blues.

Park improvements on track to start next spring

The first phase of work for the Dubois County Park will likely start next year.

Events to explore importance of agriculture

Aimed at starting conversations and celebrating the past and future, a string of free community programs focused on exploring change in rural America will soon take place at various Jasper locations.

Festival Season

Each annual festival around Dubois County is a time for residents — and visitors, too — to celebrate the community, its people and its traditions.

Challenge connects students, local companies

Today is National Manufacturing Day, and Vincennes University Jasper Campus celebrated with a challenge.

Jasper Regional College Fair set

Vincennes University Jasper is hosting the Jasper Regional College Fair 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Ruxer Student Center.

Leaders discuss workforce attraction, retention

A new state-level talent attraction initiative and employee retention were the two big topics discussed at the 2019 Dubois Strong Workforce Retention and Attraction Forum Thursday.

Huntingburg, Jasper among safest cities

Research by Security Baron — a security-based review, comparison and news site — has identified Huntingburg and Jasper among Indiana’s 50 Safest Cities.

Dubois, Gibson share No. 2 in unemployment

Dubois and Gibson counties shared the second-lowest unemployment in the state in August, according to a new state report.

Robotics academy immerses students in industry

It’s still early in the school year, but Jasper High School senior David Uebelhor has already learned about technology he didn’t know existed.

Folk fest returns with biggest event

Folk music fans, artists and environmentally-minded people will have a local outlet for their passions Saturday at the 10th annual Ferdinand Folk Festival.

Jasper named among best cities to live

24/7 Wall St. recently named Jasper among the 50 best cities to live in the United States, according to a USA Today story.

Huntingburg named best place for young families

LendingTree recently named Huntingburg as the best place for young families in Indiana.

Old Town Lake project moving along

Ferdinand Park Board President Matt Weyer hears a lot of excitement around town when the Old Town Lake project comes up.

Restaurant delivery service coming to Jasper

Ever wanted a Big Mac delivered to your house? Soon, Jasper residents will be able to steer clear of drive-through and carryout lines and order food from a wide variety of fast food joints — as well as other restaurants — from a burgeoning service.

Fest’s music, dance open door to culture

There’s something about music and dance that can make a person feel close to their roots, while also bringing others closer to a way of life they’d never experienced before.

The Magic of Mill Street

Future development, downtown, homes, industry and scenic countryside — Mill Street offers it all in its nearly 3 1/2 miles.

Latino Culture Fest returns with more music, dance

The seventh annual Latino Culture Fest is this weekend at Huntingburg City Park.

City receives award for Market Street Park

Accelerate Indiana Municipalities is honoring the City of Huntingburg with a 2019 Community Placemaking Award for its Market Street Park.

County shares No. 1 in July jobs report

Sourced from The Dubois County Herald Dubois County and two others — Gibson and Bartholomew counties — remained tied for the lowest unemployment in the state […]

Corridor meeting addresses roadway’s pros, cons

More than 230 people attended a public informational Mid-States Corridor meeting at Jasper High School on Thursday night. Many — if not most — wondered the same thing: If the long-discussed road becomes a reality, who will see their property transformed into fast lanes and rumble strips?

Jasper business uses cold to transform

Whether you’re hoping to lose weight that stubbornly won’t burn away, or you want to clear up acne before a big day, a new beauty and wellness business has recently opened in Jasper to lend a hand.

Growth pushes Sander Catering to Jasper move

In the last 25 years, Sander Catering has grown by leaps and bounds.

Public meetings to address Mid-States Corridor

If you want to learn more about the Mid-States Corridor project or weigh in on the long-discussed roadway, you will soon have a few chances to do so.

ROI Quality of Place/Workforce Attraction Plan

Dubois Strong hosted a community meeting to collect input from the citizens of Dubois County for a Quality of Place and Workforce Attraction Plan on . Our […]

Survey requests ideas for future development

What ideas and developments should be worked on for Huntingburg? About 50 people came to an open house workshop Thursday evening to help answer that question.

Grant would address quality of place, workforce

Where do we go from here? Local government boards have posed that question and taken steps to answer it in 2019, and another group aims to contribute to the conversation — as well as the direction of Dubois County’s future.

County shares No. 1 in June jobs report

Dubois County and two others — Gibson and Bartholomew counties — tied for the lowest unemployment in the state in June, according to a new state report.

Pub ‘N’ Grub coming to Jasper

A Pub ‘N’ Grub is coming soon to 514 N. Jackson Street, the former location of 514 and Yaggi’s.

City looking to ‘reset the vision’ beyond Stellar

Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner delivered the annual State of the City address this morning to a crowd of 60 people at Old Town Hall.

Tier 1 Environmental Study Underway on Mid-States Corridor

Public meetings are scheduled. Meaningful public involvement is a key part of the environmental study process.

125 years in, stadium source of ‘a lot of pride’

How many lives do you think you could live in 125 years? What kind of impact could you leave with that kind of longevity? Would you be remembered as a fixture of your space and time? These questions aren’t so much philosophical concerns as they are the concrete conditions that surround Huntingburg’s League Stadium, one of the oldest fixtures in Dubois County.

City to begin updating comprehensive plan

The City of Huntingburg will begin a 10-month planning process to develop an update to the current comprehensive plan. “Your Home, Your Huntingburg” will establish a long-term vision for the future of the City, and serve as a road map for future growth and development.

Haysville set for 57th annual Sommerfest

Get ready for screaming, $35,000 garden tractors, slip-and-slide kickball with swimming pools in place of bases and the tastiest dressing to be found south of the East Fork of the White River.

Group hopes Foster Packs will provide comfort

When the Dubois County Department of Child Services places local children in foster care, those kids often only have the clothes on their backs to take with them. A team with the 2019 Dubois County Leadership Academy is trying to change that.

Astra releases second half of 2019 schedule

Next Act Inc, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the historic Astra Theatre in Jasper, released the second half of their 2019 season. This is the second season of entertainment to take place on the Jim and Pat Thyen Performance Stage in the theater since major renovations took place in 2017.

Jasper Chamber continues as hub for businesses

It’s a catalyst for business growth, a convener of people and a champion of a thriving community.

Project to bring AEDs to remote county areas

People in remote areas of the county will have a better chance of surviving a cardiac event thanks to a 2019 Dubois County Leadership Academy project.

Study launched for Mid-States Corridor project

The Mid-States Corridor Regional Development Authority announced this morning the initiation of the Tier 1 environmental impact study for the Mid-States Corridor project.

City of Jasper awarded for business, trade

The City of Jasper has won the Sister Cities International 2019 Innovation Award for Business and Trade for a city with a population less than 25,000.

Two schools win grant to ‘Upgrade’ wellness

When students and staff return to Ferdinand and Tenth Street elementaries this fall, they’ll be greeted by a new emphasis on health and wellness.

Jasper comprehensive plan details released

Jasper’s newest comprehensive plan is a 174-page document packed with data showing what the burgeoning city consists of today, as well as what goals it can chase to become an even better version of itself.

Strasse Pops brings frosty snacks to city parks

Alana Hulsman is a savvy entrepreneur who brought a tasty piece of her hometown to Jasper through her local business, Strasse Pops.

County tops state with low May unemployment

After being tied with Bartholomew County on April’s leaderboard, Dubois County claimed sole possession of Indiana’s lowest unemployment rate last month.

Huntingburg, Ferdinand chambers to merge

he Huntingburg and Ferdinand chambers of commerce announced this morning that the two entities will merge.

Outdoor concerts coming to park this summer

An evening of outdoor music, food and fun will be held in Huntingburg on the fourth Friday of each summer month.

Texas company buys Jasper shopping center

Woodcrest Capital of Forth Worth, Texas, has purchased the Jasper Manor Shopping Center located on the city’s southeast side.

Details being finalized for CDL classes

People wanting to become an over-the-road tractor-trailer driver will soon be able to take the needed class in Dubois County.

Lange to be inducted into HOF

Clement “Clem” M. Lange, co-founder and chairman of Best Chairs Inc/Best Home Furnishings, will be inducted into the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame on Oct. 20 during the High Point Market in High Point, North Carolina.

A Day In The Life: Jasper Riverwalk

For years, the Riverwalk has been part of Jasper’s story. But what are the stories of the people who follow its path daily?

Trail project kicks off at Old Town lake

The Old Town Lake has been on the town’s radar since the 1990s, and Park Board member Dolores Boeglin knows it’s been part of the park board’s five-year plan at least since she joined in 2001.

Amish creamery scoops its way into Jasper

Jasper welcomed a Florida original to the Courthouse Square Saturday and they are looking to give the people what they want — ice cream.

Sultan’s Run No. 6 best course in state

Sultan’s Run Golf Club has been ranked No. 6 of the Best Courses You Can Play in Indiana for 2019 by Golfweek magazine, which has “more than 750 raters who judge courses based on 10 criteria that range from memorability of the par 3s to a ‘walk in the park’ test.”

Groundbreaking set for trail project

The Ferdinand Park Board, Universal Design & Associates and Seufert Construction will host a groundbreaking ceremony at 3 p.m. on Monday to kick off the Ferdinand Old Town Lake Trail project.

Jasper coworking space ‘all about convenience’

You’ll soon be able to assemble for meetings, grab a bite to eat and have your car picked up for a car wash or oil change — all under one Jasper roof.

Crowd welcomes new veterans memorial

Marine Corps veteran Leon Weyer can’t believe the veterans memorial he championed for Ferdinand last year is complete.

U.S. Census: County, communities see growth

The townships, cities and towns in Dubois County have, for the most part, grown in population over the years.

Spinner to serve on federal advocacy committee

Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner has been appointed to the National League of Cities 2019 Transportation and Infrastructure Services federal advocacy committee.

Youth center to provide teens safe space

A youth center in the works in Birdseye could open by the end of summer.

Dubois, Bartholomew share No. 1 in jobs report

Dubois and Bartholomew counties shared the lowest unemployment in the state in April, according to a new state report.

Crouch: Local partnerships vital to community success

Indiana’s Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch walked around Market Street Park with Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner Thursday afternoon, admiring the different features of the new park.

Health center to open with community support

Crossroads Behavioral Health in the former St. Joseph’s Hospital building in Huntingburg, will begin taking patients Monday.

Airport considers future improvement projects

Now that the runway expansion project is on the fast track to becoming a reality, the Dubois County Airport Authority is looking at other improvements that could be made at the Huntingburg Airport.

River Centre businesses announced

The names of businesses that will soon occupy the Jasper River Centre in Jasper were announced on Thursday.

‘Unique challenges’ come with low unemployment

Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Fred Payne’s stop in Dubois County was part of a trip he’s making to meet with mayors across Indiana.

Senior community brings Indiana native home

Linda Kerr has never had an address in Jasper. But after walking into her new townhome at Legacy Living of Jasper, Kerr was struck with a familiar feeling.

Grants to allow schools to create makerspaces

Students at two local middle schools will get to dabble with a variety of science- and art-related activities thanks to grants from the Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative.

Bawel, Menke join business hall of fame

Doug Bawel and the late Robert “Bob” Menke were inducted into the Dubois County Business Hall of Fame this morning at a ceremony at the Huntingburg Event Center

Market Street Park given innovation award

Regional Opportunity Initiatives Inc. awarded Huntingburg’s Market Street Park project Thursday with the Indiana Uplands Regional Quality of Place Innovation Award at their annual report to the region event in French Lick.

Townhome project possible for Vine Street area

In an area desperate for affordable housing options, a neighborhood of income-based townhomes could one day spring up outside of downtown Jasper.

Development council awarded grant

Duke Energy recently awarded the Southwest Indiana Development Council — which serves Daviess, Dubois, Knox, Martin, Orange, Pike, Perry, Posey and Spencer counties — a $5,000 grant for the Marketing Partnership Program.

County shares No. 1 in March jobs report

Dubois County and two others — Hamilton and Boone counties — tied for the lowest unemployment in the state in March, according to a new state report.

Fiber project to push city into ‘big data’ future

As part of Smithville Fiber’s $15 million fiber optic internet build across the county seat, the company has installed a 100-gigabit core network node in its Jasper communications facility.

Braun: Depend on each other, not government

U.S. Sen. Mike Braun was the featured speaker at the Dubois Strong annual meeting Thursday.

Study will consider 5 Mid-States Corridor routes

When and how the Mid-States Corridor will be completed after the initial study on the project is done are burning questions people have been wanting answered.

Study: Plan should include diversifying economy

At Wednesday night’s Jasper Common Council meeting, consultants shared ways Dubois County could diversify its economy.

Memorial honored with presidential-level quality award

More than 500 miles from Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center’s home base in Jasper, a crowd erupted on Sunday night when the local organization was ceremoniously honored with the 2018 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Proposed corridor project gets study consultant

The Mid-States Corridor Regional Development Authority and the Indiana Department of Transportation have selected the Lochmueller Group of Evansville as the consultant for the completion of a Tier 1 Study for the Mid-States Corridor project.

Construction begins on Thyen-Clark Cultural Center

The Jasper Public Library and Jasper Community Arts Commission officially broke ground Tuesday on the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center.

Community invited to help shape city’s vision, goals

As the development of Jasper’s comprehensive plan pushes to a close, city leadership is encouraging residents to attend a planning open house that will impact the ongoing project and the future of the city.

Community Crossings funding awarded locally

Local communities have been awarded Community Crossings funding for road and bridge projects.

City awarded $350K grant for home repairs

The City of Huntingburg has been awarded a $350,000 grant that will be used to make repairs to some residents’ homes.

County in 4-way tie for No. 1 employment

Dubois County and three others — Hamilton, Gibson and Boone counties — tied for the lowest unemployment in the state in February, according to a new state report.

StatFlight to relocate to Huntingburg airport

St. Vincent StatFlight will relocate its Evansville-based aircraft to the Huntingburg Airport by the end of April.

Report: Dubois 12th healthiest county in state

According to a recently-published report, Dubois County is healthier today than it was a year ago.

More space benefit of new career, tech building

When the career and technical education students at Forest Park Junior-Senior High School returned to class last fall, they were greeted by a new, larger space — a career and tech building.

Programs to focus on change in community

A series of free programs hosted through the combined efforts of the Jasper Community Arts, Jasper Public Library and Dubois County Museum will explore change in the community.

Cultural center groundbreaking set

The City of Jasper has set a date for the groundbreaking for the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center, which will unite the Jasper Public Library and Jasper Community Arts Commission under one roof on the former Hoosier Desk site at the corner of Third and Mill streets.

Dubois, Gibson share No. 1 in jobs report

Dubois and Gibson counties shared the lowest unemployment in the state in January, according to a new state report.

Local schools named Four Star

The Indiana Department of Education announced Friday the schools across the state that received the Four Star School Award for the 2017-18 school year.

Group continues work to unite community

After two years of community engagement work, the Latino Collaboration Table is going to evaluate its efforts.

New REM owner excited for bike shop’s potential

In December, 27-year-old Ethan Trusty of Huntingburg became the new owner of REM Bicycle and Fitness in Jasper.

Businesses Rely on General Aviation

The business community in Dubois County is dominated by a niche industry: furniture. Some of the county’s largest employers are furniture manufacturers, like Best Home Furnishings, Masterbrand Cabinets, Kimball International, and my business, OFS. Though our businesses have locations across the country, we all take advantage of Indiana’s manufacturing tradition.

Geriatric health facility ‘coming along pretty well’

A geriatric behavioral health facility will be completed at the former St. Joseph’s Hospital site by the end March.

Workshop encourages Latino students to be leaders

English and Spanish filled the community room at Jasper High School Friday as 80 Latino students from Southridge and Jasper high school socialized.

Economists: Economy will be good, but down from 2018

The 2019 economy will be down a bit from 2018, but still good, according to a forecast from three Indiana University professors.

Tour familiarizes students with local careers

Students from Southridge High School toured Jasper Engines & Transmissions Wednesday as part of the school’s Jobs for America’s Graduates program.

Let’s recognize the value that airports bring to our area

As a family owned business for four generations, our business has experienced so many changes since our founding in 1937, but our reliance on general aviation to reach those goals has stayed the same.

Trail from Riverwalk to Buffalo Trace soon to be reality

Backed by more than $2 million in grant funding from the Indiana Department of Transportation and a 20 percent match from the city’s wallet, the yet-to-be-laid stretch of trail will begin at the current Riverwalk access point at 15th Street, run to Kellerville Road, along Cathy Lane to Mill Street, and back to the north end of the Buffalo Trace Golf Course.

Walk-a-thon allows Kimball Electronics to give back

Employees at Kimball Electronics are walking while they work to raise money for the community.

New center focuses on addiction, mental health

Located in the SERVUS! Building at 4201 Mannheim Road, New Visions Counseling Center is a for-profit outpatient center that specializes in treatment for adults struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues.

Jasper named a ‘safest city’

Alarms.org recently published a study by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, listing “The Safest Cities in Indiana 2019,” and Jasper made the list as the No. 5 safest city.

in.form: Dubois Strong

Bill Potter sits down with Ed Cole to discuss Dubois Strong.

‘No magic bullet’ in spurring economic growth

Dubois Strong has its sights set on another big year, and there might be a hefty chunk of money waiting for the organization near the end of 2019.

Keys to the Past: Kimball Piano

A recent performance at Kimball International featured the last piano off the Kimball piano plant line, marking the first time the instrument had been played by a professional in years. The artifact holds 88 keys that connect the past to the present.

Site names Dad’s root beer No. 1

Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer — owned by Hedinger Beverage, which is headquartered in Jasper — was named the best root beer in a recent MSN article.

Krempp Construction awarded cultural center project

In another major step forward for the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center, the Jasper City/Library LLC awarded Krempp Construction of Jasper the construction contract Wednesday night.

County named ‘healthy community’ in state

Dubois County has been named an Indiana Healthy Community by the Wellness Council of Indiana.

County slips to No. 2 in unemployment

After a tie with Bartholomew County for the state’s employment lead in November, Dubois County landed in the No. 2 spot in December, according to a new state report.

Hub 19 to bridge gap between education, industry

Local educators and industry leaders have teamed up to revamp education in Dubois County’s public schools. Thanks to two Regional Opportunity Initiatives grants, the county’s education system will soon be more focused on career readiness, with local industries in mind.

Grad Grid speaks at Statehouse

Representatives from Grad Grid, Jasper High School’s alumni engagement platform developed by alumni, spoke to the Committee on Education and Career Development at the Indiana Statehouse Wednesday.

Father-son duo expanding apartment development

By the end of the year, 12 more apartments will be available in the town of Ferdinand.

Work moving along at River Centre site

The Fairfield Inn and Suites will likely open in March, with the apartments and business spaces opening at the end of the year or early 2020.

City’s future includes planning next phase of growth

There was a lot of growth and development in Huntingburg in 2018. It will be no different in 2019, but there will also be evaluation and study of what should come in Huntingburg’s future.

Jasper: Small-town values, big-city vision

According to a list assembled by 24/7 Wall Street and shared by USA Today last week, Jasper is the best Indiana city to call home.

Busy year expected for development in Ferdinand

The new year will bring new housing developments to Ferdinand, as well as a new park.

County shares No. 1 position in jobs report

Dubois County shared the lowest unemployment in the state in November with Bartholomew County.

TJ Maxx coming to Jasper’s Germantown

T.J. Maxx is coming to Germantown Shopping Center in Jasper next fall.

Nonprofit conducting housing survey

Regional Opportunity Initiatives is funding a regional housing study to help identify workforce housing needs and strategies for advancing housing opportunities in every county.

Brames elected as district president

Dubois County Commissioner Elmer Brames has been elected president of the Indiana Association of County Commissioners’ Southwest District.

Career Connections

Internships can tell a student a lot about their desired career path. Most of the time, that happens later in the student’s education; however, high school seniors across the county are getting the opportunity to intern in various fields, molding their future career plans before they even graduate high school.

New website aims to connect Jasper alumni

Jasper High School alumni Noah Bawel and Luke Hochgesang have created a website for JHS graduates to network and to stay in touch with their hometown.

Downtown planning at heart of survey, workshops

What do you think of when you picture downtown Jasper?

Free limo rides home offered for troops

Redstone, a taxi/limousine/car service company in Jasper, is offering a free ride from the airport or bus station this holiday season for active duty military persons returning home from deployment.

Working For A Dream

Angel Serrano’s family came to the U.S. from El Salvador for a better life. That’s also why he and his wife relocated from Los Angeles to Dubois County. And now, thanks to hard work and dedication, the Jasper man runs a successful Jasper business, La Frontera Haircuts.

Dubois County in 3-way tie for No. 1 employment

Dubois County and two others — Bartholomew and Tipton — tied for the lowest unemployment in the state in October, according to a new state report.

Memorial awarded for innovation, leadership

Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center announced today that the hospital has been honored with the Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award.

Jasper honored, cited as a role model

Jasper was named the Indiana chamber’s Community of the Year in early September, and last night, the city was recognized at the yearly event.

Restaurant to bring traditional Cuban flavors, with flair

Yasel Garcia knows that everyone likes Cuban food. If you’ve never had it before, you’ll crave it after you try it. And now you have the chance to do just that.

Christkindlmarkt kicks off holiday season in Ferdinand

Thousands of people will flock to Ferdinand this weekend to experience the Olde World during the 22nd annual Christkindlmarkt.

New senior apartments transform vacant factory

Jasper’s newest affordable housing facility is open and ready for new tenants.

Grant helps applicants ‘get repairs done free

The city is seeking residents to apply for a state-funded home rehabillitation program. Approved applicants will get repairs done free of charge.

Medical equipment business ‘all about helping people

Family Home Medical Equipment is located in the Southgate Shopping Center on Jasper’s west side. The shop is slated to open on Monday, Nov. 19.

County hosts pitch competition for startups

The second annual Dubois County Pitch Competition showcased entrepreneurs and startups across the state Monday night at Brew in Jasper.

Kimball reports highest quarterly sales in 15 years

Kimball International Inc. announced Monday $194.1 million in sales for the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 that ended Sept. 30, marking its highest quarterly sales in more than 15 years.

Drivers awaiting opening of overpass this week

The overpass is expected to open at the end of this week, weather permitting.

Scenic Hills at the Monastery to open late next year

An addition is coming to the grounds of Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand in the form of a senior living facility.

Grant to help board with regional workforce issues

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development awarded the Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce Board Inc. a $150,000 performance grant to help address critical workforce issues in the region.

Academy to immerse students in local industry

Starting in the fall of 2019, Dubois County high school students will have a new opportunity to learn high-demand skills relevant to local industry.

Railroad overpass days away from opening

Good weather conditions to pave 14th Street is the only delay.

Kimball International appoints Juster as CEO

Kimball International Inc. has named Kristine “Kristie” L. Juster as its new CEO, effective Nov. 1

Holland Commons project recognized

Holland Commons, a project to preserve the unique history of Holland, is the recipient of the Indiana Historical Society’s 2018 Outstanding Collaborative Project Award.

County shares No. 1 position in September jobs report

Dubois County shared the lowest unemployment in the state in September with Adams County in the northeast portion of Indiana.

Menke Matriarch

Phyllis Menke is dedicated to her family as well as philanthropy and environmental work in the community. And at 93, she’s still the face of her family-owned company, OFS Brands.

Kimball makes $4.85M acquisition

Kimball, a unit of Kimball International Inc., has signed a definitive agreement to acquire David Edward, a premier designer and contract furniture manufacturer headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland., for $4.85 million.

Jasper native created Mattel’s ‘Girls Toy of the Year’

A Jasper native and his invention company were recognized by Mattel for a new toy line that is now available in stores.

New Ferdinand development to feed housing need

The landscape along Ferdinand’s Industrial Park Road will start to change next week as crews move in to start work on Country Ridge Estates.

Holland water tower project progressing

A meeting today with potential bidders is but the latest development in the Town of Holland’s $1.13 million project to rehabilitate one water tower and completely replace another.

Rosenvolk to bring ‘a little more magic in our lives’

The three-day Renaissance faire starts Friday in Ferdinand’s 18th Street Park.

River Centre hotel to be ready in January 2019

The project’s mixed-use building that will include apartments and retail space is expected to be finished at the end of 2019.

Startups invited to enter pitch competition

Elevate Ventures and Current Blend will host the second annual Dubois County Pitch Competition from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5 at Brew, 408 Main Street, Jasper.

IU center collaborates to improve lives of Hoosiers

Indiana University’s Center for Rural Engagement is currently inventorying Dubois County’s parks and recreation facilities and has other projects in the works, locally, that focus on health and wellness, resilience and quality of place.

City approves funding for corridor study

The City of Huntingburg will contribute $350,000 to help fund a feasibility study required before the Midstate Corridor project can be designated as a state project and eligible for federal funding.

Board looks to expand Dubois County Park

Years from now, Dubois County Park will be bigger to accommodate more campers and to have amenities that encourage day visitors to use park facilities.

City wants site to be construction-ready by year’s end

The City of Jasper hopes to have awarded a construction contract and be closing on bonds for the future Thyen-Clark Cultural Center by the end of 2018.

Spooky, yet entertaining weekend ahead in Huntingburg

It will be a monster mash of the scary and the entertaining this weekend in Huntingburg, with something for those who like to be scared and those who don’t.

Spinner elected AIM president

Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner has been elected as Accelerate Indiana Municipalities’ next association president.

Jasper Engines named business of the year

The Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce Development Board recognized Jasper Engines & Transmissions as its “Business of the Year” at its annual meeting Sept. 28.

$4M center to expand digestive care services

Officials ceremoniously broke ground Thursday evening on a new health care facility that will bring previously unoffered services to the city of Jasper.

Market Street Park to open for Haunted Huntingburg

Crews are finishing work on the more than $4.4 million Huntingburg park.

City honored for Parklands project

Accelerate Indiana Municipalities, which serves as an advocate for Indiana municipalities, announced Tuesday that the City of Jasper has been named a 2018 Community Placemaking Award winner in the 10,000 to 20,000 population category.

Business Hall of Fame to call county museum home

A permanent place to showcase the Dubois County Business Hall of Fame is under construction at the Dubois County Museum.

Menke: Sacrifices will come with Midstate Corridor

The prospect of constructing a north and south Midstate Corridor highway has made strides recently, and a group of the roadway’s proponents spoke Thursday at a Rotary Club of Jasper leadership luncheon about the benefits the discussed corridor would bring to Dubois County.

Business, education partnerships key for workforce

Attracting and retaining skilled workers may be done more efficiently if employers are willing to help their workers obtain those skills.

Dubois County in 3-way tie for No. 1 employment

Dubois County and two others — Bartholomew and LaGrange counties — tied for the lowest unemployment in the state in August, according to a new state report.

Longtime hobby morphs into My Little Soap Shop

A local woman with a passion for soap making has turned her hobby of nearly a decade into a new, local business.

Jasper commits $1.4M for Midstate Corridor study

The prospect of constructing the long-discussed Midstate Corridor project took a leap forward Wednesday night when the Jasper Common Council authorized the commitment of more than $1 million in funds to a necessary environmental impact study for the potential highway.

German-inspired laundromat coming to Jasper

The Waschsalon Laundromat will open after its ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Event to honor Jasper as Community of the Year

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce will present the City of Jasper with its Community of the Year Award on Nov. 13, at the at the Indiana Chamber’s 29th Annual Awards Dinner at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

Business owners honored for dedication to community

Business owners were honored with awards and congratulated by attendees at the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon Thursday at Venue 1408.

Thousands expected at Saturday’s folk fest

Musicians will assemble Saturday for a day of good music, good food and good company when the town’s ninth annual Folk Festival takes center stage at Ferdinand’s 18th Street Park.

Community at heart of Schnellville Picnic

The Schnellville community is getting ready for its annual picnic this weekend. And organizers are anticipating a lot of fun, food and fellowship.

Jasper’s newest boutique is ‘Top Notch’

Alyssa (Knepp) Wagler of Montgomery was looking for a profession she could see herself doing the rest of her life.

Construction ready to start on $5.8M workforce housing

The last component needed to start construction on a $5.8 million workforce housing development was put in place Tuesday night.

Indiana Chamber names Jasper ‘Community of the Year’

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce announced this morning that Jasper has been named its “Community of the Year” for 2018.

Authentic flavor highlights Latino Culture Fest

Southridge YoungLife leader Terry Fogle shoveled down eight tacos Saturday evening to win the Latino Culture Fest’s first taco-eating contest. He’d never participated in an eating contest before, though he said he’d been preparing for this one his whole life.

Kimball announces ‘Design Hack’ winner

Kimball, in partnership with Metropolis magazine, chose O2U as the winner of the Kimball Design Hack, a Smart Furniture Design Competition.

Septemberfest features ‘a lot of fun moments’

The Dubois Ruritan Club’s 17th annual Septemberfest will take place at the park Friday and Saturday

Designation equips Memorial Hospital to handle trauma

After years of work improving its trauma care, Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center achieved verification as a level-three trauma center in June.

Latino fest grows with group’s increased membership

The Latino Culture Fest is set for Friday and Saturday at Huntingburg City Park.

Thermography business targets early cancer detection

A new local business aims to find the root of your bodily pain and facilitate the possible early detection of cancer and other diseases — all by looking at a picture of your body.

Community gathers at ‘The Farmers Table’

Fourth Street in front of City Hall was transformed into an outdoor restaurant Saturday evening.

All-natural products to come with ‘Sweet Emotions’

The store, specializing in natural skin care and household products, will host a soft opening the week of Sept. 16 on Fourth Street in Huntingburg.

Corporation takes charge of cultural center project

The Jasper City/Library LLC board kicked off its work for the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center Wednesday evening.

County tied at No. 1 in July jobs report

Dubois, Elkhart and Bartholomew counties tied for the lowest unemployment in the state in July, according to a new state report.

What’s in Jasper’s future? Festgoers chime in

The city is in the midst of creating its next comprehensive plan and the public gets to weigh in.

Seger family recognized for vision in agriculture

The Jerry Seger family received the AgriVision Award Thursday at the Indiana State Fair.

VU Jasper Fall 2018 Continuing Education Classes

VU Jasper is pleased to offer a variety of training programs for Fall 2018.

PTAC Workshop: Introduction to Government Contracting and Marketing

Area businesses –
Attend this workshop to learn how to:
Identify Opportunities
Compete Smarter
Win Government Contracts

Education vital for workforce of tomorrow

Education was the hot topic Tuesday during a visit from Blair Milo, Indiana’s secretary of career connections and talent.

Old Town Lake plans include trail, shelter house

The people of Ferdinand will have a new trail around Old Town Lake by 2020 if everything goes according to plan.

Demolition on schedule at cultural center site

The sounds of machinery plowing through the old Hoosier Desk building have filled the streets of downtown Jasper since demolition work began on the structure last month, and the dust will soon settle for good when the wrecking project ends.

Senior living facility set to open July 2019

Jasper’s newest senior living facility, Legacy Living of Jasper, is under construction on the north side of State Road 56 right across from Shiloh United Methodist Church.

$1M grant to fund innovation hub at VUJC

The Regional Opportunity Initiatives grant is a collaboration between Dubois County’s four school districts, VUJC and local employers.

Study looks at vitality of city since Stellar

Huntingburg has benefited from the Stellar Communities program, beyond the financial benefits, according to a recent study.

Community support key for city’s future

Mayor Denny Spinner said in this morning’s State of the City address that everyone in the community must become active members and support each other.

Southwest schools ‘committed to bettering our best’

Southwest Dubois Superintendent Tim LaGrange began his State of the Schools address this morning by pretending to announce his retirement.

City will help fund townhomes if state does

The St. Joseph’s Townhomes are proposed for a site near 20th Street and Leland Drive in Huntingburg.

County unemployment remains in runner-up tie

A new state report shows area unemployment edged up in June but Dubois County remained tied with Elkhart County for Indiana’s second-best rate.

Parklands sees thousands of visitors in first weeks

It’s been two weeks since The Parklands opened on Jasper’s north side, and Parks Department staff are still seeing crowds every day.

Hoosier Desk demolition ushers in new era

More than 100 people gathered at the corner of Mill and Third streets to celebrate Jasper’s history and future this morning as demolition began on the Hoosier Desk building.

Hoosier Desk: A notable history

Demolition of the building at the corner of Third and Mill streets will begin Monday to make way for the future Jasper Cultural Center.

New site matches homebuyers with sellers

Tim and Jacob Brewer of Huntingburg launched VillaPar late last month, hoping to create a convenient and pressure-free environment for home buying.

Library, museum partnership provides free admission

People looking to learn more about Dubois County history have an new opportunity to do so thanks to a new partnership between the Dubois County Contractual Public Library and the Dubois County Museum.

Collaborative community shines in Parklands project

Sourced from The Dubois County Herald The Parklands officially opened to the public Saturday. Click here to read the full story. 

$11M townhome project proposed for city’s north side

A new housing complex comprised mostly of townhouses is being pursued for the northwest side of the former St. Joseph’s Hospital site in Huntingburg.

Jasper Company Earns Military Contract

JASPER – Jasper-based Krempp Construction has earned a nearly $17 million military contract. The deal involves the construction of new buildings at Naval Support Activity Crane in southern Indiana, as well as the demolition of 11 buildings.

TDI supports Anderson Woods

Jasper-based TDI Brands presented a check to Anderson Woods, Inc. for $1,200, as a donation from their recently held Annual Warehouse Sale.

U.S. Census: Three county communities see growth

The estimate found that Jasper, Huntingburg and Ferdinand’s populations have increased.

Community center planned for Dubois park

Construction of a community center building inside the Dubois Community Park could begin in just a few months.

Discussions continue on proposed Midstate Corridor

In the last two weeks, state and local officials and local companies have had discussions about the Midstate Corridor.

Group hopes to clean up former landmark site

The Birdseye site that was once home to the historic Koerner Commercial Block building — which was destroyed by arson fire last October — could be used as greenspace for the community or developed by an interested company.

Two-time Grammy winner Rodney Crowell coming to the Astra Theatre in November

Rodney Crowell will perform at the historic Astra Theatre in Jasper on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

School officials, students break ground on new Jasper Elementary School

A new combined elementary school is Jasper is closer to reality. School officials and students took part in the groundbreaking Monday morning officially kicking off construction of the new multi-million dollar project.

Work on $20M Superior Ag mill nears end

DALE — Superior Ag held a ribbon-cutting this morning for its new state-of-the-art mill in Dale, a nearly year-and-a-half-long project.

Study finds Jasper’s story a good lesson for others

Jasper city officials have long touted the city’s attributes as the root for the city’s success. Now, the city is getting a nod from outside the Jasper bubble, too.

Memorial Hospital recognized for outstanding patient experience

Sourced from Dubois County Free Press Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center achieved the Healthgrades 2018 Outstanding Patient Experience Award. Memorial Hospital has received this designation for 10 […]

Jasper Elementary School ground breaking next Monday

The Greater Jasper Consolidated School Corporation will break ground on Jasper Elementary School on Monday, May 21, 2018, at 9:30 a.m.

Crossroads Behavioral Health groundbreaking Wednesday

The Crossroads Behavioral Health Center groundbreaking is set to occur at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

Hunter’s Crossing: You’re in good company!

Hunters Crossing You’re in Good Company Incentives. Available to anyone employed in Dubois County.

Springs Valley Bank & Trust recognized for excellence

Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company received honors during the recent Indiana Bankers Association Mega Conference.

County celebrates bicentennial with year of events

Dubois County’s bicentennial celebration will include events throughout the year, County Tourism Director Kevin Manley told the Dubois County Commissioners Monday.

County considers contribution for corridor study

JASPER -Funding to help cover the cost of the Midstate Corridor project’s feasibility study will be the topic of discussion at a meeting this week between representatives of Dubois County, Jasper and Huntingburg.

Sales Drive Record Profit at Kimball Electronics

Jasper-based Kimball Electronics Inc. (Nasdaq: KE) says fiscal third quarter profit was higher than ever before. The manufacturer is reporting record net income of $10.8 million, compared to $8.1 million in the same period a year earlier.

Group hopes to break barriers for Latino community

The Latino Collaboration Table has identified three areas of focus: language and culture; education; and immigration.

As fiber project wraps up, city considers free wifi

High speed fiber broadband service is available to most of the city now, and will be available to all by the end of May.

Indiana Furniture debuts new workspace product

Indiana Furniture, headquartered in Jasper, is now taking orders on a new space division series — Square One.

County discusses financing of Midstate Corridor

Information about financing for the Midstate Corridor project was discussed at the Dubois County Council’s Monday meeting.

Communities plan for future senior population

U.S. Census projections indicate that the 65-and-older population will be the county’s largest age group by 2030.

Hoosier Desk demo could begin in early May

The site is the future home of the Jasper Cultural Center, which will unite the city’s public library and community arts commission.

Museum looks to entice, inspire younger generations

The Dubois County Museum is striving to entice younger generations to visit and become part of the museum family. With that, the museum elected a new president in January, 35-year-old Amy Weyer.

Historic Astra Theatre once again open for business

The renovation is complete and The Astra Theatre will enter a new era with Saturday’s grand-reopening show.

Holcomb helps announce Jasper Group’s expansion

Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb and elected officials joined executives from Jasper Group today as the company announced plans to expand to Orleans.

Construction to start on $18M senior community

More dust will soon be flying in Jasper, this time on the city’s west side.

Hospital to become $10M behavioral health center

Officials will break ground on Crossroads Behavioral Health at the former St. Joseph’s Hospital building next month.

Plans for medieval village moving slowly

Plans for creating a German medieval village in the northeast corner of the county are still moving, albeit slowly.

River Centre hotel on track for winter completion

Construction is expected to begin on the development’s apartments and retail space this summer.

Unlike some neighbors, Dubois County grows

A new section of multi-use trail could be under construction in 2019.

Trail portion to stretch from Riverwalk to Buffalo Trace

A new section of multi-use trail could be under construction in 2019.

FitFuel owner wants ‘to see others succeed’

In less than a year, Ashley Downes’ health and wellness business, FitFuel, blossomed.

Interest in helping, healing leads woman to acupuncture

Dubois County native Dana Weidenbenner, 36, has brought a millennia-old health care practice to Jasper: acupuncture.

Group hopes to spread art, culture around city

A Destination Huntingburg committee is bringing arts and cultural activities to the city.

Mayor: Quality of place ‘makes Jasper, Jasper’

Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz teared up at the end of his 2018 State of the City address Tuesday as he dedicated the speech to the late J. Michael Bennett, Jasper’s former police chief who died in August.

Expanded services coming to new senior community

Officials broke ground Friday on Trilogy Health Services’ new senior living community that will be located on Sisters of St. Benedict-owned land in Ferdinand.

Transformation continues for Vine Street

Driving Vine Street between 12th and 14th streets, motorists will see a lot of torn up ground.

Indiana Furniture Growing in Chicago

JASPER – Jasper-based Indiana Furniture is expanding its Chicago showroom. The company says it will double its footprint in the Merchandise Mart, with plans to launch in June.

Prime for growth

Although a chilly rain fell throughout the day last Friday, February 23, the mood inside Ferdinand Town Hall was anything but gloomy. 

German American expands with purchase of five branches

German American Bancorp, Inc. announced that its banking subsidiary, German American Bancorp, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire five branches in Columbus and Greensburg, Indiana.

Old National Bank included in list of most ethical companies

Recognition honors those who operate with purpose and incorporate integrity into their ecosystems.

Astra Theatre’s grand reopening set for April 14

With a $1.6 million renovation headed toward completion, Nashville recording artists Will Kimbrough and Patrick Sweany are set to reopen the historic Astra Theatre on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the performance beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Kimball Electronics recognized for environmental stewardship

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management recognized Kimball Electronics for their efforts at environmental stewardship.

Ferdinand site being considered for state economic development designation

The Office of Community and Rural Affairs along with Dubois Strong and the Town of Ferdinand will be presenting the Mobel property in Ferdinand as an Indiana Prime Site on Friday, February 23 at 10:30 a.m. EDT at the Ferdinand Town Hall, 2065 Main Street.

Schnitzelbank listed as one of Indiana’s most charming restaurants

The Schnitzelbank Restaurant has been included in a list of most charming restaurants in each state by lovefood.com.

Ross Dress for Less planned for Jasper’s northside

Another national chain has its sights set on Jasper.

Memorial Hospital recognized for medical excellence and patient safety

Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center has been recognized as being in the top 100 in the nation for medical excellence in heart failure treatment and the top 100 in the nation for patient safety in joint replacement.

New series: Business Development Your Way

Have you ever considered starting your own business?  Don’t know where to start?  Current Blend, Ferdinand Chamber of Commerce, and Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting a six-part series to help you out!

New business: Market Street Soup n Salad born from fresh concepts and good friendships

He’s worked in construction his entire life. She’s worked as the business manager for her husband’s Jasper medical practice. But, friendship brought Greg Kane and Rachelle Rader together to create Huntingburg’s newest eatery, Market Street Soup n Salad.

New business opening: Fitfuel helps clients focus on overall health

“I had a gymnastics coach that always spoke to us about using food as fuel,” Ashley Downes, the owner of FitFuel Nutrition + Fitness, explained.

Access Storage Now acquires Birdseye Self-Storage

2018 is looking to be another successful year for the locally owned self-storage company, Access Storage Now, after completing the transaction with Steve Morrow on the purchase of Birdseye Self-Storage earlier today.

Memorial orthopaedic awarded gold seal of approval

Memorial Hospital’s Orthopaedic Center of Excellence is the first in the state of Indiana to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hip Fracture.

Jasper Group expands manufacturing operations into Orange County

Jasper Group has expanded its operations with the purchase of a 1.2 million square foot manufacturing facility in Orleans.

Fleekseats: New Jasper business sells tickets, supports clean water

A group of local investors has launched a website dedicated to selling tickets for concerts, professional and collegiate sporting events and other venues across the United States.

Hoosier Business Machines employee named top Kyocera tech

A technician from Jasper-based Hoosier Busines Machines was named the national winner of the Kyocera Technical Service Awards Competition by KYOCERA Document Solutions America.

Jasper native is all about small businesses

JASPER — Jasper native Brittany Becher, 32, loves small businesses.

Current Blend pitch contest helps fund two local startups

Huntingburg—Last week, Current Blend hosted a pitch contest which ended with two local entrepreneurs receiving grant money to support their aspirations.

Fresh perspective, fresh approach, Cash Saver Market Opens Dec 8th

Buehler Inc announced Save A Lot will be rebranded as Cash Saver Market beginning December 8.

GMOs present controversy; Are they safe?

JASPER— Food production was the hot topic Friday morning at the second annual Southwest Indiana Agriculture Economic Summit.

Jasper Chamber Luncheon: John Seng recognized for service, Governor outlines pillars of improvement

John Seng has no problem reciting the Boy Scout Law.
A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
“It’s things you should do,” he explained.

Meyer Distributing named Warehouse Distributor of the Year

Meyer Distributing was named the Warehouse Distributor of the Year Thursday evening at the 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association’s (SEMA) conference in Las Vegas.

Local entrepreneurs release second edition of special planner/calendar

After a successful 2016 launch, Dubois County-based business owners Crystal Buehler and Amanda Tempel are releasing a 2018 edition of their Empower + Attain Planner. The organizational product is designed for those seeking motivation and structure in their lives.

Kimball Hospitality to purchase California furniture company for $20 million

Kimball Hospitality, a subsidiary of Kimball International, Inc. announced the acquisition of the assets of D’style Inc. and its subsidiary Allan Copley Designs, headquartered in Chula Vista, Calif. The closing is expected to be complete within the next 30 days.

Memorial Hospital graded “A” in patient safety

Memorial Hospital Receives an “A” for Patient Safety in Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.

Longtime Huntingburg event venue under new ownership, new name: Venue 1408

Reflections, an event venue on Huntingburg’s northside, is getting some new owners as well as a major facelift.

Germantown welcomes Harbor Freight and JOANN Fabric

Regency Properties, a commercial real estate company specializing in county seat communities, announced the addition of Harbor Freight and JOANN Stores to their national and regional tenant lineup at Germantown Shopping Center in Jasper, Indiana.

Yes Power Yoga moves studio to new Fourth Street location

Yes Power Yoga has moved from its original location on Fourth Street to the opposite end of the street.

Two Jasper businesses to combine

Made with Grace announced they will purchase the Jasper Gift Basket & Popcorn Company and move the company to the Newton Street location in the beginning of 2018.

Economic development group announces support of Midstate Corridor

Radius Indiana announced today its support for the Midstate Corridor, which is planned as an interstate-level route connecting U.S. Highway 231 in southern Dubois County to a point along I-69 in the north.

Current Blend hosting “Shark Tank” competition

Current Blend and Elevate Southwest Indiana is hosting a Shark Tank-style pitch competition at Current Blend, 307 E 4th St. in Huntingburg, Tuesday, November 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Stellar progress: Fourth Street construction to begin in February

Work on the major renovation of Huntingburg’s historic and iconic Fourth Street is set to begin in February.

New Jasper elementary school plans continue to develop

Dr. Tracy Lorey, the superintendent of the Greater Jasper Consolidated School Corporation, likened the process of designing and implementing a new combined elementary school to a puzzle.

Attracted by spirit of hospitality, new hotel construction underway

Peaking the interest of a major hotel management company like General Hotels and actually getting them to invest in a community are usually separated by a chasm of uncertainty.

Current Blend expands programming with $10,000 grant

Our world keeps changing and growing. We experience the changes in our own lives and we know from experts that the change will continue. Changes in how we live and work are happening all around. Today, coding is a basic skill needed for the new systems, and Current Blend seeks to help train students for the coming age.

Former Swifty station will be new Marathon Gas Station

The former Swifty Gas Station on Huntingburg’s northside is being renovated to be turned into a Marathon Gas Station and convenience store.

Latino collaboration group to hold discussions

The Latino Collaboration Table will host a series of discussions on employment and school relations in the Latino community

Groundbreaking set for new Jasper hotel

Marriott Jasper will break ground on the new Fairfield Inn and Suites at the River Centre on Wednesday, October 18.

Construction underway on Huntingburg’s Market Street Park

Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner’s voice choked up as he was finishing his remarks regarding the creation of Market Street Park at Tuesday’s groundbreaking.

Special funding for local roads tops $2.4 million

Governor Eric J. Holcomb and INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness visited Jasper to announce 396 Indiana cities, towns and counties received a combined $150 million in state-matching funds for local road projects through the Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative.

Harbor Freight to open in Jasper’s Germantown Shopping Center

Harbor Freight will be opening a store at Germantown Shopping Center.

VUJC offers writing/marketing class

VU Jasper will offer in October short noncredit workshop to improve communication and customer service skills.

VUJC offering Qualified Medication Aide class

Vincennes University Jasper will offer a new Qualified Medication Aide (QMA) training program for Fall 2017.

Dance by Mallory culmination of dancer’s passion and love for her community

Former Colts cheerleader and Jasper native Mallory Humbert opened a dance studio in the Jasper Arts Center last week.

Birdseye Dairy Barn recognized as ‘Best of Indiana’

Electric Consumer, the monthly publication of Indiana’s electric cooperatives, is recognizing businesses and attractions throughout the state its “Best of Indiana” contest. The magazine’s sixth readers’ choice contest in 15 years allowed readers to vote in eight categories.

Huntingburg Chamber honors community members and businesses creating the next generation of leadership

About 180 people left the Huntingburg Event Center after lunch Thursday with a chicken-themed song playing through their heads.

Jasper Lyft driver looking to localize his driving adventures

There was the one time Shannon Roberts drove three IU students from Bloomington to Lansing, Michigan to pick up a Maserati.

Ferdinand Folk Festival this Saturday

The 8th annual Ferdinand Folk Festival, a family and earth-friendly event featuring live music, art, and environmental education, is scheduled Saturday at 18th Street Park in Ferdinand.

Huntingburg agrees to help fund downtown group’s new director’s position

The Huntingburg Council approved a one-year $20,000 contract with the non-profit Destination Huntingburg during Tuesday’s meeting.

Huntingburg Wagon Works development completes final local steps

The Huntingburg Common Council took three steps to push the new Wagon Works housing development along its path to becoming a reality during the regular meeting Tuesday.

Jasper’s economic story map launched

The City of Jasper has unleashed an online storytelling tool designed to provide an interactive map-based look at the economic and social investments that have occurred in the city over the past few years.

Dubois County linemen heading to help with Irma electrical outages

Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative is sending crews and equipment to assist in Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. The storm has created widespread property damage with more than 6 million without power in the southeastern part of the country.

Statewide initiative promotes local, skilled jobs

Vincennes University Jasper Campus Dean Christian Blome has not seen anything quite like the combination of Indiana’s Workforce Ready Grant and Employer Training Grant — and that’s great news for Dubois County students and companies with a stake in Indiana’s specialized workforce.

Current Blend hosting “Get off the couch” series

Have you ever had an idea and spent a lot of time thinking about it while sitting at home on your couch?  Did that idea get very far in implementation?  We’re guessing not!  That’s why Current Blend wants to bring people together to “get your idea off the couch” in our Fall 2017 series.

Astra Theatre renovation well underway

Sourced from Dubois County Free Press Click here to see a video of the ongoing renovation on the Astra Theatre on the Square in Jasper from […]

Network Jasper fun, fast business relationship building over breakfast

Speed dating for business owners; that’s how the founders of a new business networking group in Jasper describes their event.

Automation on the rise in area manufacturing

With changing technologies, some area manufacturers say there’s no doubt the amount of automation they use within their facilities will increase in years to come.

County joins group with Midstate Corridor as goal

Dubois County is the first to agree to be part of a regional development authority whose goal is to get a bypass road built that would ultimately connect Dubois County to I-69.

The Dubois County Council agreed Monday to join the group.

Jasper Community Arts offers exciting season of entertainment; tickets on sale now

Jasper Community Arts announced that individual tickets for its upcoming 2017-2018 Season are now available.

$5.8 million affordable housing development planned for Huntingburg

A new $5.8 million affordable housing development could bring 56 apartments to Huntingburg.