Fire in Loogootee

An awful fire wiped out five local businesses in downtown Loogootee, Ind. on Wednesday, Nov. 12. I drove up to report for the Herald. Over 100 emergency personnel responded, and the fire is still smoldering, over twenty-four hours after the 911 call. My thoughts are with the kind people of Loogootee. I know residents will band together and help rebuild the historic downtown. That’s what small towns do.



Election Night in Dubois County

Local elections would make even the toughest cynic believe in our democratic system. The two major parties don’t necessarily align with the national party platforms in rural Indiana, so, in the eyes of this reporter, people seem less polarized and more genuine. I was assigned to cover the local democratic party candidates at the Jasper Knights of Columbus. Crowded around radios and in the arms of loved ones, candidates awaited results.

Democratic candidate for County Commissioner (District 2) Elmer Brames of Maltersville, and his daughter, Tara Eckman of Jasper, left, waited for results to be broadcast on the radio Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus in Jasper. Brames won the race.

Democratic candidate for County Council (District 3) Nancy Wilson was comforted by Gail Gramelspacher of Jasper while they waited for results Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus in Jasper.

Grandsons of Elmer Brames Kai Kunz, 7, left, Abe Eckman, 10, center, and Leo Eckman, 9, right, all of Jasper, looked at results as they are reported Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus in Jasper.

Democratic candidate for circuit judge Nathan Verkamp of Jasper shared a moment of celebration with his wife, Jody on Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus in Jasper. Verkamp won the election and will take over the office that his father, Joe Verkamp held fr



End of October

Along with community events, October brought post-season high school sports and beautiful Indiana foliage.

Kindergartener Sam Gasser of Huntingburg sat with his grandparents, Jasper residents Sue and Ray Persohn during the Grandparent’s Day program Tuesday at Huntingburg Elementary. He wore a costume made by his mother Misty Gasser of Huntingburg for the prese

Jasper’s Tyler Haskins lead a pep talk for his teammates before the first half of overtime during the 2A regional final Saturday in Washington. The Wildcats lost in 3-2 penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw in regulation and overtime. Caitlin O’Hara/The Herald

Heritage Hills’ Brandon Hanloh, center, threw his helmet up with his teammates after winning the game against Vincennes Lincoln on Friday in Lincoln City. The Patriots won 27-20.Caitlin O’Hara/The Herald

Caitlin O’Hara/The HeraldMike Smith of Jasper used a rake to clear debris in the running and walking trail he is forging at Vincennes University Jasper Campus on Thursday in Jasper. “It will be an interpretive trail, so people have options to create their

Heritage Hills’ Miriah Leibering returned the ball during the sectional semifinal Thursday against Washington at Vincennes Lincoln. The Patriots won 3-0.Caitlin O’Hara / Dubois County Herald

Caitlin O’Hara/The HeraldPatty and Keith Muller of Ferdinand walked their dog Buddy, and their kids’ dogs Misty and Simon through the foliage Tuesday in the Ferdinand Forest. The Mullers try to walk through the forest every morning. “We thought we weren’t


Full-Out Rehearsal

Joni Blackburn of Paoli, 13, relaxed with her teammates before a dress rehearsal demonstration of their routine for parents at Full Out Tumble and Cheer on Saturday in Jasper. The teams (separated by age group and ability) competed in their first competition of the season this weekend.
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Knocked Out

Heritage Hills’ senior Miriah Leibering, left, comforted freshman teammate Abby Wetzel as she cried after the sectional Saturday at Vincennes Lincoln. The Wildcats swept the Patriots 3-0, knocking them from the tournament for the fourth year in a row and ending their season.
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Oct. 17: House Fire

Mary-Kaye Krieg of Jasper hugged her next-door neighbor Joe, who didn’t wish to give his full name, after the house he was staying in caught fire Friday on Jackson Street in Jasper. Mary-Kaye’s husband Norman offered to lend him some clothing until he is able to get things in order. No one was injured in the fire.
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