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.



End of October

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


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.
Caitlin O’Hara/The Herald


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.
Caitlin O’Hara/The Herald


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.
Caitlin O’Hara/The Herald



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