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A guide to local government, resources, events and more

A special publication of the Rensselaer Republican and the Kankakee Valley Post News

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Serving District 5 - Pulaski County and portions of Jasper, LaPorte, Porter and Starke counties LEGISLATIVE & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES SENATE COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS * Health and Provider Services, Chair * Appropriations * Tax & Fiscal Policy * Health & Provider Services * Rules & Legislative Procedure CIVIC ACTIVITIES * Lake County United Way, Former Board Chairman * Porter County United Way, Former Board Chairman * Home Field Advantage Foundation President * Opportunity Enterprises, Former Board Vice Chair * The Methodist Hospitals, Lifetime Advisory Board Member LEGISLATIVE APPOINTMENTS * Great Lakes Legislative Caucus Executive Committee * Midwest Higher Education Commission * Independent Colleges of Indiana Board of Education FORMER GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE * Indiana State Ethics Commission * Prospective Payment Study Commission * Indiana Department of Environmental Management Budget Task Force *Indiana Steel Industry Advisory Commission

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS * Governor s Sagamore of the Wabash * Tradewinds Rehabilitation Center Sempre Vivum * One Region Outstanding Achievement PROFESSIONAL CAREER * U.S. Steel/USX Corp. * President & CEO - The Methodist Hospitals * President & CEO - Northwest Indiana Forum * Founder/Executive Director - Northwest Indiana Local Government Academy * Administrative Law Judge - Gary Police Civil Service Commissioner * Teacher - Gary Public School Corp. EDUCATION * Wabash College, B.A. * Loyola University, M.B.A. * South Texas College of Law, J.D. MILITARY SERVICE * U.S. Army Military Reserve, 1966-1972 FAMILY Charbonneau and his wife, Sharon, reside in Valparaiso. They are the proud parents of two children and enjoy spending time with their five grandchildren.

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On the Cover

The Iroquois River at Laird’s Landing off of SR 114 in Rensselaer. (PHOTO BY DAVE LONGSTRETH)


Cities & Towns 5-8 County Government 9-21 Jasper County REMC 22 Airport 23 Events and Festivals 24-27 Historical Society 30 Economic Development 32 Tourism Commission 33 Township Trustees 33 Schools 34-36 Jasper Foundation 37 Libraries 38 Jasper County Community Services 39 Hospital 41 Purdue Extension 45 Historical Sites 46-47


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Welcome to Jasper County

Dear Friend of Jasper County, It is our privilege to introduce the 2018 Jasper County Indiana Fact Book, a production of the Rensselaer Republican and Kankakee Valley Post newspapers. We hope that this publication will serve as your guide to Discover Jasper County. Jasper County, settled in 1832 and named in honor of Revolutionary War Sergeant William Jasper, is perfectly located south of Chicago and beautiful Lake Michigan and north of Indianapolis. Intersecting highways, railways, & waterways allow for easy transport of goods. Abundant transportation resources paired with the areas naturally rich soil make Jasper County a leading agriculture producer in Indiana. Jasper County is truly a place for everyone! Whether you enjoy the quiet of a small community or the hustle and bustle of a larger city, the Jasper County area provides something for everyone to enjoy. The Kankakee and Iroquois Rivers, along with Jasper-Pulaski State Wildlife Area provide ample access to fishing/hunting, camping, hiking, and birdwatching. Close proximity to cities like Chicago and Lafayette/West Lafayette allow you to “Bear Down” or “Boiler Up” and expose yourself to vibrant city life. An art-infused culture mixed with small-town charm invites you to explore our unique local shops, restaurants, breweries, and wineries. There is so much to discover when you live in or visit Jasper County.

2017 marked a year of transition in Jasper County, from the absence of St. Joseph’s College to the new direction Jasper County Economic Development Organization (JCEDO) headed. As a member of this community since 1986, JCEDO is encouraged by the resiliency of our community and the opportunities knocking at our door. As one of the few rural counties in the state with a growing population, we are primed to see unprecedented growth in the agricultural, industrial, and residential sectors. JCEDO is poised to seize this momentum by: • increasing opportunities to small businesses. • improving relationships with existing businesses. • continuing to grow and attract a strong workforce. • enhancing tourism efforts. • building a stronger relationship with the community we serve. Let’s rise up together and use this booklet as a guide to Discover Jasper County! Sincerely, Brian Washburn Chairman of the Board of Directors Jasper County Economic Development Organization

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The Jasper County Economic Development Organization was founded n 1986 as the county-wide economic development entity for Jasper County. Through our work we seek to grow the county tax base by leveraging increased business investment and job creation.

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Cities & Towns Town of DeMotte The town of DeMotte, which is located in Northern Jasper County, was named after Civil War veteran Mark DeMotte, who served as a first lieutenant with the Indiana Light Artillery.

DeMotte Town Council The DeMotte Town Council meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the DeMotte Town Hall. Town Council Board Members are President Mark Boer, Parks Commissioner Alana Bauman, Police Commissioner Jeff Cambe, Sewer Commissioner Terry Schultz, and Street Commissioner Dale Eenigenburg. Address: 112 Carnation St. SE, DeMotte In, 46310. Phone: (219) 987-3831. Website: DeMotte Police Department The DeMotte Police Chief is Tom Jarrette. The department has six full-time,

and five part-time, officers. The patrol staff is assisted by one Reserve Officer, Brian Burk. Address: 112 Carnation Street SE, DeMotte, Ind., Phone: (219) 987-3344 Website: Dial 911 for emergencies

DeMotte Park Board The DeMotte Park Board meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the DeMotte Town Hall from February to November. Park Board members are, president Peggy Michelin, vice-president Patti Padol, secretary Russ Bailey, and member Tom Frederich. DeMotte Planning Commission The DeMotte Planning Commission meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the DeMotte Town Hall. (If necessary). Members include chairmen Jody Melton, vice-chair lana Bauman, and mem-

bers Sara Patterson, John DeKock, Rick Herma, Steve Warren, Peggy Michelin and Dale Eenigenburg

DeMotte Board of Zoning Appeals Members include president John DeKock, and members, Cecile Wilbourne, Rick Eengenberg and Carolyn Davis. According to the United States Census Bureau, as of the census of 2010, there were 3,814 people, 1,560 households, and 1,062 families residing in DeMotte. The median household income reported for 2009 was $41,146.

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Town of Remington Remington, situated in southern Jasper County, was founded in the spring of 1860 and was a small farming community known at that time as Carpenter Station or Carpenter, after Carpenter’s Creek. The name was later changed to Remington, perhaps the name of a local store owner.  The railway was completed and known as the Logansport, Peoria & Burlington Railway.  The depot was constructed in the fall of 1859, built just west of the crossing at Ohio Street. Trains began running in January 1860.  On Sept. 6, 1869 the town held its first meeting to elect a board of trustees. Situated just 90 miles southeast of Chicago and 90 miles northwest of Indianapolis, Remington is host to many local businesses and community organizations. Interstate 65 is just two miles to the east, and U.S. 24 and U.S. 231 pass through town. Remington boasts many homes and landmarks of historic note, with many types of architecture represented. Remington’s town government is made up of five council members elected by ward. The term of office for a member is four years, beginning

Jan. 1 following the election. Two members are elected as president and vice president each year. The town departments report to the town council. The council passes ordinances, resolutions, establishes salaries for town employees, passes an annual budget and sets utility rates. Town Council Current town council members are Susie Flickner (President), Pat Berger, Jim Stewart (Vice President), Charlie Illingsworth and Bob Braaksma. Town attorneys are Pat Ryan and Jacob Taulman. Town clerk-treasurer is Terri Budde. Town council meetings are held the first Monday of each month. Meetings are held in the town hall at 6:30 p.m. (EST). Remington’s Town Manager is Jonathan Cripe. Remington is also home to a Main Street program that, through the cooperation of city officials and volunteers, is working continuously to improve the quality of life for Remington residents. Address: 24 S. Indiana St., Remington, IN Phone: 219-261-2523

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Website: Park Department Park board members are: Rudy Taulman president, Dana Pampel - vice president, Ashley Clark and Don Pampel. Phone: 219-261-2523 Remington Fire Department Fire Chief: Mike Martin Address: 509 N. Harrington Remington, IN 47977 Phone: 219-261-2050 Remington Police Department The Remington Police Department is led by Town Marshal John Schuetzenhofer. Phone: 219-261-3133 For emergencies dial 911. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 1,185 people, 503 households, and 329 families residing in the town as of the 2010 census.

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City of Rensselaer When Rensselaer was initially platted in 1839, it was named Newton, but was renamed in 1844 after James Van Rensselaer. Many events take place in Rensselaer each year, like the Little Cousin Jasper Festival, Rock the Arts, Oktoberfest, the Farmer’s Market, Fire Dept. Pancake Breakfast, Prairie Arts-Carnegie Center Events, the Christmas Parade, Cops Night Out, Halloween Trunk or Treat and Cruise Night just to name a few. There are many organizations that help to promote and improve the quality of life in Rensselaer from the Greater Rensselaer Chamber of Commerce, Jasper County Economic Development Organization, Retail Merchants Association and Main Street Rensselaer. Rensselaer is also home to the Franciscan Health Rensselaer, the Jasper County Courthouse, Jasper County Detention Center, Rensselaer Central School Corporation (grades K-12), Saint Joseph’s College, and St. Augustine School (grades K-5). There is an Amtrak train depot in Rensselaer providing daily service to Chicago and Indianapolis.

The City of Rensselaer takes great pride in its large parks department that includes several parks and green spaces, sports programs for adults and youth, a public swimming pool, and about three miles of recreational walking trails. City council Rensselaer is currently governed by a mayor and five elected council members. The council includes: Mayor Steve Wood, Scott Barton, At Large, William Hollerman, 1st Ward, Rick Odle, 2nd Ward, George Cover, 3rd Ward, Ernest Watson Jr., 4th Ward The city council meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the city hall council chambers at 124 S. Van Rensselaer St. in Rensselaer. Phone: 219866-5212 Website: City attorney is Michael Riley. The Rensselaer Community Recreational Development Corporation meets on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Rensselaer Park Headquarters in Iroquois

Park, 222 N. College Ave., in Rensselaer. The park superintendent is Joe Effinger. Mail all correspondence to: Rensselaer Park Board, P.O. Box 280, Rensselaer, IN. Police Department The Rensselaer Police department is headed by Police Chief Matthew Anderson. The Rensselaer Police have 11 full-time officers and 6 full-time communication personnel. Parks Department Members of the park board include: Michael Manis, president; Bill Wornhoff, vice president, Glen Allie, treasurer; Rick Williams, secretary and Julie Koczan. Rensselaer offers residents five different utilities: electricity, gas, water, sewage, and sanitation that includes curb-side recycling pickup. New residents can sign up for all utilities at Rensselaer City Hall (124 S. Van Rensselaer St.). According to the United States Census Bureau, as of the census of 2010, there were 5,859 people, 2,336 households, and 1,517 families residing in Rensselaer.

Over the years, we have grown and gained resources that add to Rensselaer’s quality of life. We are working hard to retain our businesses while working on gaining new, and are proud of the expansions of our industries which is better for all. The new fire department building was completed in Spring of 2016. The new wet weather treatment plant was completed in 2017, along with the new electric substation completed January 2018. The upgrading and remodeling of the old fire station as the new police station is scheduled for completion in 2018 as is the improvement of the Mt. Calvary Road & US 231 intersection. The City of Rensselaer has obtained a grant for the downtown revitalization and is in the final steps of this plan. The new bridge and brick facade on Washington Street is a first step. The “Parks for People Campaign” - project to upgrade our city parks & park facilities, is in full swing. I believe all of our citizens hoping the Phoenix project (St. Joseph’s College campus) comes to light very soon. Rensselaer is unique in many ways. Our constant mission is to plan ways to promote growth, economic stability and be environmentally friendly.

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Town of Wheatfield

The town of Wheatfield was founded in 1883 on land donated to the town by Simon and Mae Thompson. The first post office was opened a year prior to that, in 1882. Wheatfield may have gotten its name from the wild rice or swamp grass that grew in the area, which was said to look like a field of grain or because it was the area where the first field of wheat in the county was planted. Wheatfield was originally a railroad town with the Plymouth, Kankakee and Pacific railroad running through it. The railroad was used to ship wildlife caught by local hunters to the markets in the Chicago area. Wheatfield is now known for its Sandhill Crane Festival, which features a car show, entertainment, food and crafts. Wheatfield Town Council Wheatfield Town Council meets the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

at the Wheatfield Municipal Building. Town Council members are President Dean Stalbaum, Vice President Janice Moore, Council Member Jeff Moolenaar, and Clerk Treasurer Deborah Norberg. The Wheatfield Town Hall is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Address: 170 S. Grace Street, Wheatfield Phone: 219-956-3119 Wheatfield Public Safety The Wheatfield Town Marshal is David Schaetzel. Address: 160 S Grace St, Wheatfield, IN 46392 Phone: 219-866-7334. Dial 911 for emergencies.

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Wheatfield Volunteer Fire Department Address: 91 N Bierma St., Wheatfield Phone: 219-956-2319 Dial 911 for emergencies. Chamber of Commerce The Town of Wheatfield is served by the Wheatfield Chamber of Commerce. The chamber meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the town’s municipal building. There is a fee of $5 to help provide meals at the meetings. Address: P.O. Box 183, Wheatfield, IN 46392 As of the census of 2010, there were 853 people, 322 households, and 221 families residing in the town. The median income for a household in the town was $38,021, and the median income for a family was $43,750.

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County Government

Jasper County Council

Jasper County Commissioners

The Jasper County Commissioners serve as the executive and legislative authority for the county. Commissioners have a number of duties including receiving bids and authorizing contracts, approving construction and maintenance of county bridges, management of county property, auditing and authorizing of claims, supervision of county building regulations and appointments to boards, commissions, committee and certain department heads. The commissioners meet the first Monday of each month at 8:15 a.m. in the commissioners’ room at the Jasper County Courthouse in Rensselaer. Address: 115 W. Washington St., Suite 200, Rensselaer, IN, 47978 Phone: 219-866-4930 Website: Current Jasper County Commissioners are Kendell Culp, Richard Maxwell and Jim Walstra.

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County Offices

Jasper County Plan Commission

The Jasper County Plan Commission meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m., provided there is an agenda, in the commissioners’ room of the Jasper County Courthouse in Rensselaer. Address: 115 W. Washington St., Suite 109, Rensselaer, IN, 47978. Phone: 219-866-4908 Website: Plan commission members are James Martin, Justin Rodibaugh, Todd Peterson, Gerritt DeVries, Sandra Putt, Bryan Overstreet, Vince Urbano, Kent Korniak and Jim Walstra.

Jasper County Board of Zoning Appeals

The Jasper County Board of Zoning Appeals meet the fourth Monday of each month following the Jasper County Plan Commission meeting, provided there is an agenda, in the commissioners’ room of the Jasper County Courthouse in Rensselaer. Address: 115 W. Washington St., Suite 109, Rensselaer, IN, 47978. Phone: 219-866-4908 Website: Board of zoning appeals are James Martin, Kent Korniak, Scott Walstra, Lance Strange and Mark Jordan.

Jasper County Planning & Development

This office issues building permits for the nonmunicipal area of Jasper County, inspects building sites for code compliance and administers the county plan commission and board of zoning appeals. The current building inspector is Mary Scheurich. Address: 115 W. Washington St., Ste. 109, Rensselaer, IN, 47978 Phone: 219-866-4908; Fax: 219-866-9435 Website:

Jasper County Auditor As the accountant of the county, the auditor distributes money collected by the treasurer’s office to various government agencies. The auditor’s office is responsible for payroll and billing, and calculates the county tax rates each year. The auditor also serves as secretary for the county commissioners, county council and county board of review. Minutes for these meetings are kept and stored at the auditor’s office, as well as land transfer records. Kim Grow is currently auditor. The auditor’s office is located on the second floor of the Kim Grow Jasper County Courthouse. Address: Ste. 200, 115 W. Washington St., Rensselaer, IN 47978 Phone: 219-866-4930, Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Jasper County Surveyor

The Jasper County Surveyor’s Office is responsible for perpetually maintaining all government section corners throughout the county and to maintain official records related to these corners. The surveyor is the technical authority on the construction, reconstruction and maintenance of all regulated or proposed open and tiled drains in the county and serves as an ex-officio member Vince Urbano of the Jasper County Drainage Board and the Kankakee Indiana Regional Planning Commission (KIRPC). The Jasper County Surveyor is also a member of the Jasper County Plan Commission, the Jasper County Technical Advisory Committee, the Kankakee River Basin Commission, Iroquois River Conservancy District and several multi-county drainage boards.

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In Jasper County, the tax assessor’s office maintains property tax records filed by the tax assessor, who also oversees a general assessment in the county and serves as secretary of the Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals. Dawn Hoffman is the current Jasper County tas assessor. Dawn Hoffman The assessor’s office is located in Room 104 of the Jasper County Courthouse, 115 W. Washington St., Rensselaer, IN 47978. Phone: 219-866-4915 Office hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Jasper County Recorder The office of recorder was the first constitutional office in county government in Indiana. The recorder preserves public records, including deeds, mortgages, liens, leases, articles of incorporation, powers of attorney, military discharges, certificates authorizing foreign corporations to do business within the state, bankruptcy notices and miscellaBeth Warren neous records. Beth Warren is the current recorder. Address: 115 W. Washington St., Suite 203, Rensselaer, IN, 47978



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Jasper County Clerk Treasurer

Jasper County Circuit Clerk The Jasper County Circuit Clerk’s office administers marriage licenses, child support payments, and traffic ticket payments. The microfilm department is under the jurisdiction of this office, as well as the circuit and superior court clerk offices. Vickie Bozell “In Indiana, the Clerk is also the official who oversees and conducts all elections, as a member of the Election Board. The Clerk is responsible to administer and certify results for all federal, state, county, township, municipal, special and school board elections,” according to the county website. Vickie Bozell is the current county clerk. Phone: 219-866-4926 Address: 115 W. Washington St., Suite 204, Rensselaer, IN 47978 Website:

The constitution of Indiana provides for the election of a treasurer in each county. The Jasper County treasurer is responsible for the collection of county property taxes and is the custodian for all money belonging to the county. The treasurer is also responsible to invest the public funds in a manner which provides the highest investment return with maximum security. The Treasurer is responsible for the mailing of the tax statements and for the collection and distribution of the taxes generated in Jas- Donya Jordan per County. The treasurer also collects drainage assessments, excise tax, sewer liens, inn keepers tax and inheritance tax. The Jasper County Treasurer is Donya Jordan. Address: 115 W Washington St. Suite 201, Rensselaer, IN 47978 Phone: 219-866-4938 Office hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Jasper County Coroner The Jasper County Coroner is responsible for determining the manner and cause of death in cases involving violent or unexplained circumstances. It is an elected position. The current county coroner is Diana Boersma. Address: 2748 West 1400 North, Wheatfield, Ind. 46392 Phone: 219-863-3957 Email address:

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Jasper County Health Department The county health department encompasses several diverse but related functions with the county. The clerk-registrar of the department is responsible for keeping the records of all births and deaths that occur within the county. The food sanitarian is responsible for licensing and inspecting restaurants, grocery stores, taverns, caterers and booths at county fairs, as well as investigating complaints stemming from food-borne illnesses. The food sanitarian is also responsible for animal-related health problems such as bites or ticks that make a person ill. The environmental sanitarians are responsible for on-site inspection of all wells and septic systems in the county and for issuing permits. Bacteria tests for new wells are submitted to this office. These sanitarians are also responsible for unfit dwelling inspections and condemnation of houses. The health department also employs nurses who are responsible for immunizations and investigation of communicable disease reports. The department is also trained for a public health emergency with a preparedness coordinator and handles dog and tick bites. Marianne Nelson M.D. is the current county health officer. Address: The office is located in the Courthouse Annex on the Corner of Cullen and Kellner streets. Phone: 219-866-4917 Website:

Jasper County Department of Weights and Measures Jasper County is required to have a weights and measures department due to its population. Michael Harper is the weights and measures inspector for the county, working part-time. He can be reached at 219-866-5523. Harper inspects and certifies gas pumps, scales (including grocer, pharmacy, high school and middle school wrestling scales and vehicle scales) and timed devices such as dryers at laundromats. Every weight and measure has to be checked every year. The inspector does not have a specific time or date when he shows up for the inspections and usually does so without prior notification. When he has inspected something, a new sticker will be placed on the devise with his name and the number listed.

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County Courts

Jasper County Superior Court

Jasper County Circuit Court

The Jasper County Circuit Court, located on the top floor of the Jasper County Courthouse, handles all of the juvenile cases in the county as well as small claims and infraction cases. The Circuit and Superior Courts share criminal and civil cases, including paternity and domestic relations cases, adoptions, estates and guardianships. Criminal cases are assigned to the courts on a predetermined basis pursuant to the Supreme John D. Potter Court rules; however, in most civil matters, the litigants may choose the court in which they wish to file their cases. The court reporters and bailiff for the circuit court are appointed positions. The are 92 circuit courts in the state, with each county having one. Superior courts are created by the legislature and based upon population and other factors. Circuit and Superior court judges are elected for a term of six years and although the judges are partly paid by the county they serve, the judges are state officers. The current Circuit Court Judge is John D. Potter who has served since 2006. He was appointed to that position by former Governor Mitch Daniels and was re-elected to the post in 2012. Address: 115 West Washington St., Rensselaer, IN 47978 Phone: (219) 866-4941 Office Hours: 8 a.m. - noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Jasper County Superior Court is located on the top floor of the Jasper County Courthouse. It is a court of general jurisdiction that handles all matters including infractions, small claims and juvenile cases. The current Superior Court Judge is Russell Bailey. He was re-elected to the post in 2014. Court security for both superior courts is provided by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office. Phone: (219) 866-4971 Address: 115 West Washington St., Rensselaer, Russell Bailey IN 47978 Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

Jasper County Superior Court Clerk’s Office The Jasper County Superior Court Clerk’s office is located on the ground floor of the Jasper County Courthouse. The office handles small claims records and some criminal and civil records for Jasper County. Title and search records, divorce records, Department of Natural Resources violations, bond records and traffic violations that involve misdemeanor or felony charges are available to the public through this office. Small claims cases may be filled or paid through this office as well. This clerk’s office also manages the main room of the county law library. The library is open to the public to read and make copies only. To contact the Superior Court I Clerks Office: call 866-4922 for civil cases; 866-4913 for criminal cases; and 866-4912 for small claims.











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Jasper County Public Safety

Jasper County Sheriff

The county Sheriff ’s Office is an elected position that was established under the Indiana constitution. The sheriff is

Jasper County Emergency Management Agency

The director of the Emergency Management Department responsible for law-enforcement, jail operations, transis responsible for developing, portation of inmates, security of the courts,civil proadministering, and maintaining cess service, Sheriff ’s sales, emergency communication emergency response procedures center,and administrative duties that include handgun for the duration and aftermath of permit applications. disasters within the county. Sheriff Terry The Jasper County Sheriff ’s Office currently employs The director coordinates and Risner 22 merit deputies. All of the merit officers must be an Karen Wilson maintains the intake and disIndiana Law Enforcement Academy graduate and mainbursement of the Homeland Secutain certified training hours each year to stay current as a law-enforcement officer. Duties that officers are involved in include, drug interdiction and rity Grant monies received by Jasper County from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. investigations, detectives, sexual assault investigations, homicide investigations,poly-graph opera- The director controls and accounts to the state the expenditure of these monies on authorized equiptions, certified School Resource Officer, advanced crash investigations, advance patrol and traffic safety, high risk warrant and suspect apprehen- ment to gain county security. Karen Wilson is the current EMA director. sion operations, courthouse security specialist, and tactical team operaAddress: 103 Kellner Blvd., Rensselaer, IN, tions, plus any duties assigned by the Sheriff. 47978 The current sheriff is Terry Risner. Phone: 219-866-9423 Phone: 219-866-7344 (non-emergency) Website: Website: Physical address: 2171 N. McKinley Ave, Rensselaer, IN 47978 Mailing address: P.O. Box 296 Rensselaer, IN 47978

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Jasper County Sheriff’s Office Services The sheriff’s office provides a number of services. Some of those are gun permits, accident reports, vendor/purchasing requirements, and obtaining officials records.

Code Red

Code Red is Jasper County’s Emergency Mass Notification System which can alert residents, businesses and schools of any natural or man-made threats to the community. This system will allow the department to send informational messages to telephones and cellphones in the event of an emergency. These alerts can also be used to notify the public in the event of abductions, missing children, crime spikes, information gathering, etc. To register a telephone or cellphone, please complete the online form at If you are unable to complete the online form, please call the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office at 219-866-7344 and provide your name, address, and phone number(s). To be removed from the system contact the sheriff’s office at 219-866-7344 and provide your name, address, phone number and reason for removal.

Handgun License Applications License applications may be processed Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the sheriff’s office. You may also apply online from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department website at • Hunting and/or Target Practice Fees: $5 (state) and $10 (local) • Personal Protection Fees: $30 (state) and $10 (local) • Firearm Dealer Fee: Exempt • Retired Police Officer Fee: Exempt

Offense/Crash Reports Contact either Bonnie or Tammy at 219-866-4987 or 219-8661350, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Allow 48 hrs after the incident before requesting a report. There is a $5 processing charge per report. Reports may also be obtained at the Jasper County Sheriff’s North Annex which is located on CR600 W. State Road 10 in DeMotte; Hours: 1:30-6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and noon-5 p.m. on Friday.

Offender Watch

Our office is pleased to provide OffenderWatch® for the citizens of Jasper County. OffenderWatch® is the nation’s leading registered sex offender management and community notification tool with hundreds of leading agencies in dozens of states utilizing it. Jasper County’s law enforcement utilizes OffenderWatch® to manage and monitor the whereabouts, conduct and compliance status of the registered offenders in Jasper County. OffenderWatch® provides the most accurate and timely information available and now this information is available to residents. OffenderWatch® is updated instantaneously throughout the day as offender addresses and other offender information is updated at the sheriff’s office. Residents may enter any address in the county and see real-time information on the publishable offenders within the specified radius of the address you enter. Offenders move frequently, so instead of having to check the maps on a weekly basis, the best way to stay informed is to take advantage of the department’s free email alert system. You may confidentially register as many addresses in the county as you wish. The Jasper County IN Sheriff’s Office maintains this OffenderWatch® portal as a community service.

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Jasper County Sheriff’s Office Services Jasper County 911


Indiana VINE, is the Automated Victim Information and Notification Service for Indiana County Jails. Indiana VINE is an innovative service providing crime victims and other concerned citizens with free, prompt and confidential notification and status information for offenders in Indiana County Jails. You may also register to receive automated messages by telephone or email when a particular offender is released, transferred, or escapes. You may register through this website or by calling 1-866-959-VINE. VINE is a free service offered by the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association. VINE Service Number : (866) 959-8463 TTY: (866) 847-1298

Civil Process Papers Contact either Tim or Tammy at 219-866-4998 or 219-866-1350.

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The Jasper County 911 Communications Center serves the citizens of Jasper County 24 hours a day, seven days a week dispatching police, fire and EMS. 911 operators are well trained and have various certifications in order to meet the standard care for the citizens of Jasper County. The 911 center monitors multiple radio frequencies, uses a computer-aided dispatch system and answers both emergency and non-emergency telephone calls amongst many other tasks. If you have an emergency and need immediate assistance, please dial 911. Allow the 911 operator to ask the questions he or she are trained to ask. This will allow them to obtain the help you need as soon as possible. After calling 911, listen to the 911 operator’s instructions and do not hang up the phone until the 911 operator tells you as additional information may be needed. If you mistakenly reach the 911 center, please do not hang up before the 911 operator answers the phone. If you are not on the phone when the operator answers, he or she will call you back to check if there are any problems.


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Jasper County Animal Shelter

The Jasper County Animal Control and Shelter was established by the Jasper County Commissioners in 1998. Animal Control is responsible for reporting of animal bites, and the enforcement of issues pertaining to animals running at large, nuisance barking, leash laws, etc. Enforcement powers have been granted under County Ordinance. The Jasper County Animal Shelter is located at 2430 West Clark St. (SR. 114), Rensselaer, IN 47978 (West of the Jasper County Airport, across from the Jasper County Fairgrounds.) Phone: 219-866-5756 Mark Sinclair- Shelter Director and Chief Animal Control Officer Kelly Minix -Animal Control Officer Vicki Williams -Shelter Assisstant Laura Collins-Kennel Assisstant

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Jasper County Bureau of Motor Highway Department Vehicle Branches

The following are phone numbers and addresses of license branches in Jasper and Newton counties. All branches provide title and plate services, as well as operators CDL, motorcycle and water craft licenses. DeMotte License Branch The DeMotte license branch is at 411 N. Halleck St. Phone: 219-987-5141 Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 a.m.-noon/1- 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: Closed Morocco License Branch The Morocco license branch is at 113 E. State St. Phone: 219-285-6848 Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 a.m.-noon/1- 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: Closed Rensselaer License Branch The Rensselaer license branch is at 646 S. College Ave. Phone: 219-866-3004 Hours: Tuesday, Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-noon/1- 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Closed

The Jasper County Highway Department is committed to maintaining and improving the quality of county roadways and right-of-way. The department is committed to the safety and quality of the road system in the county jurisdiction to provide travelers with the best system of roads possible. This system includes 941.17 miles of road (562 square miles) and 128 bridges, serving 30,043 county residents. JCHD is responsible for the following maintenance, repair, and construction activities: • Construction of New Bridges and Roads • Paving • Patching of Asphalt Roads • Cleaning of Roadside Ditches • Removal of Trees and Brush from Roads and County Right-of-Way • Removal of Snow • Grading of Gravel Roads • Issuance of Driveway Permits • Installation of Culverts under County Roads and in County Right-ofWay • Repair of Tile under County Roads and in County Right-of-Way • Repair of Wash-outs • Placement and Maintenance of Road Signs • Shoulder Dressing • Maintenance of County Highway Vehicles • Chip and Seal Maintenance of Asphalt Roads • Erosion Control

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Jasper County Department of Veterans Services There is a Department of Veterans Services available to Jasper County veterans. The office provides a location for veterans to apply for benefits. It is best to call the office for an appointment. The office also provides information and services to veterans and their dependents. Services include Death and Disability Pensions, Disability Compensation, VA Guaranteed Loans, Education Benefits, Burial Assistance, and Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance. The administrator of the department is Chris Woodcock. Address: 115 W. Washington St., Suite 102, Rensselaer, IN 47978 Email: Phone: 219-866-4901 Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

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Rural Electric Membership Corporation

Jasper County Rural Electric Membership C orporation (REMC) is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative. Headquartered in Rensselaer, Indiana, we serve over 8,500 customers across 1,078 miles of line. We serve Jasper and parts of White, Starke, Pulaski, Porter and Newton counties, in northwest Indiana. Our Corporation is owned and governed by the people we serve. A nine-member board of directors is elected by and from our membership. The board sets the policies and guidelines by which we operate. As a customer of Jasper County REMC, you are also a member/owner of our company which entitles you to vote for the Board of Directors each year at the annual meeting. Current board members are Dain Hayworth, Bart Nesius, JoAnn McElfresh, Scott Green, Kerry Miller, Mark Hurley,

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Jasper County Rural Electric Membership Corporation (REMC) is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative. Headquartered in Rensselaer. Kenneth DeYoung, Joseph A. Misch and David Duttlinger. The annual meeting of REMC is always held the second Tuesday in June.

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Jasper County Airport Authority

Serving as the general aviation gateway to Jasper County since 1933, Jasper County Airport (KRZL) is located on the west side of Rensselaer in central Jasper County. Meeting monthly on the first Wednesday, the Jasper County Airport Authority is responsible for safely operating, maintaining, and improving the airport’s two runways, fuel farm, and hangar infrastructure in year-round service to all business, agricultural, and recreational users in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. The airport provides 24-hour self-service fueling as well as assisted self-service fueling (for an additional charge) and a fivepassenger courtesy car that can be operated within 20 miles of the airport. The airport is open seven days a week, 365 days a year, but is attended Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members of the Jasper County Airport Authority Board are:

The Jasper County Airport has served Jasper County and those flying in the area since 1933. President Timothy A. Curless, Vice President David W. Pettet, Secretary/Treasurer W. Craig Jackson, member Kimberlie J. DeWees and member Sean M.


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Jasper County Festivals & Events

Little 500 May 19 The Saint Joseph Alumni Organization will be hosting the Little 500 at the Jasper County Fair Grounds.

Vietnam Memorial Wall May 24 - 28 Honor those who served this Memorial Day Weekend. The Vietnam Traveling Wall is an 80% replica of the Vietnam Wall Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Wall will be located in Brookside Park in Rensselaer, IN. The wall will be open for visitors around the clock from Noon on May 24th - 3pm May 28th. Rensselaer Farmer’s Market May-October Every Sat. Located on the Court House Square in Rensselaer, it is convenient and festive for vendors and shoppers alike! The market is open every Saturday May-October 7:30-11:30am. The Market is also open on Tuesdays July & August 4-6pm.


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Jasper County Festivals & Events

DeMotte’s Market In The Park May - August Every Wed. Held in Spencer Park every Wednesday May-August. Crafters, Farmers, Food Vendors, Entertainment, Civic & Non-profit Organization Events.

Remington Water Tower Days June 8-9 There is something for everyone at this 2 day event! Parade, Fish Fry, Beer/Wine Garden, 5K walk/run, kids Activities, Entertainment & more. Fireworks Display July 2018 Starts at Dusk at the Jasper County Fair Grounds, Rensselaer JC Cruisers Car Show & Cruise Night July 2018 Car and motorcycle show at Brookside Park in Rensselaer from 8am-4pm. Cruise night from 6-9pm in downtown Rensselaer.

Locals listen to special music performances and enjoy food from local vendors during the 2017 Oktoberfest celebration on Van Rensselaer Street.

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Jasper County Festivals & Events

Jasper County Fair July 2018 Rensselaer Fair Grounds hosts the annual Jasper County 4H Fair! Food, Fun, and Family... Live Entertainment & Grandstand Events, Vendors, 4H activities & livestock.

Fountain Park Chautauqua July 15-30 Fountain Park in Remington has continued to promote the concepts of the early Chautauqua movement with art and entertainment. There are nondenominational Sunday worship services and daily devotions. Rock The Arts July 28 Rensselaer’s Potawatomi Park from noon to 11pm. Engage your 5 senses in the sights, smells, taste, feel, and sound of this event! A fun evening filled with art, food, and live music!

At Spencer Park in DeMotte, the Touch of Dutch Festival features live entertainment, car show, craft and food vendors, beer garden, kids’ entertainment, parade, giveaways, Rotary Ramble 5K run/walk and so much more!

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Jasper County Festivals & Events

Touch of Dutch Festival & Parade Aug 10-11 At Spencer Park in DeMotte. The family-fun event features live entertainment, car show, craft and food vendors, beer garden, kids’ entertainment, parade, giveaways, Rotary Ramble 5K run/walk and so much more! Remington Ride Aug 2018 A full selection of rides that begin at the Remington Community Park. Rest stops include Carpenter Creek Cellars Winery, St. Josephs College, Fair Oaks Farms. Ride the century, a half-century or one of the shorter rides.


Sandhill Crane Festival& Car Show Sept 15 Held in Downtown Wheatfield during the peak of the Sandhill Crane Migration, this festival boasts a large car show. There are also craft vendors, food, children’s games and an art exhibit at Town Hall. Rensselaer Oktoberfest Sept 22 Main Street Rensselaer invites you to enjoy a festive night of German and American cuisine from local eateries, try wines from our local winery and sample seasonal beer at our beer garden. Enjoy live entertainment on the Historic Downtown Rensselaer square. Kankakee River Sandhill Crane Paddle 2018 Canoe along the Kankakee River National Water Trail at starting at Dunn’s Bridge.



Little Cousin Jasper Festival Sept 7, 8, 9 The Theme for 2018 is: Baseball - Hotdogs - Apple Pie & Chevrolet There will be something for everyone: Parade, Car Show, Music, Entertainment, Vendors, Crafts, Food.

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Jasper County Historical Society


The Jasper County Historical Society collects artifacts and catalogues historical information of Jasper County. The group maintains the Museum in Rensselaer that is open on the first and third Saturdays each month or by appointment. The meetings take place at 6:30 PM on the third Tuesday each month from September to June excluding January. The group’s current goal includes cataloging historical items online. New members are always welcome to join the historical society. The annual dues for individuals are $15, family at $25, and a lifetime membership is $150. President Roger Buschman, Vi c e P r e s i d e n t L i n d a Buschman, Secretary Janett Kingman and Treasurer Mike

The Jasper County Historical Society has been working to improve the Quick/Walters/Hall log cabin. Kingman lead the group with the help of county genealogist Sue Caldwell and county histo-

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The Arts in Jasper County PRAIRIE ARTS COUNCIL

There is a thriving and energetic arts community within Jasper County, led primarily by the Prairie Arts Council. Established in 1993, the Prairie Arts Council is an arts program and service organization that serves Jasper and Newton counties. The organization is headquartered in the historic Carnegie Center in Rensselaer where it maintains an office and operates the Lilian Fendig Gallery. The Prairie Arts Council presents, sponsors, and supports programs that provide arts and cultural activities for the public as well as providing a forum and resources for local artists in the performing and visual arts. Prairie Arts Council annual arts activities include: --Art Camp which is held the last full week of June --Rock The Arts, which is held the last Saturday of July. --The annual Holiday Art Sale and Show the 2nd Friday and Saturday of November. . The Prairie Arts Council is a non-profit corporation supported by its members, donations, event sponsorships and grants from the Indiana Arts Commission and other arts support groups and foundations. Everyone is invited to become a Prairie Arts Council member and gain the satisfaction of supporting arts and cultural activities in the local area. Members do receive some benefits such as discount on purchases, classes, admissions and the use of PAC resources. Phone: 1-219-866-5278 Find us online at:

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Jasper County Economic Development The Jasper County Economic Development Organization, Inc. is the county-wide economic development entity for Jasper County. Incorporated in 1986 as a 501(c)3 corporation, JCEDO’s purposes include: • To promote and stimulate agricultural, business, civic, commercial, financial, industrial, recreation, residential, tourism, and trade interests. • To strive to achieve maximum employment and wealth creation in Jasper County through the attraction of new businesses and residents, the expansion of existing businesses, marketing of the county and its unique attributes, public policy advocacy, and strategic economic planning and related public infrastructure investment. The president of the JCEDO is Stephen Eastridge. Address: 223 W Kellner Blvd, Rensselaer, IN 47978 Phone: 219-866-3080 Web: RIGHT: The president of the JCEDO is Stephen Eastridge.

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Jasper County Jasper County Tourism Commission Townships Trustees

The Jasper County To u r i s m C o m m i s s i o n (JCTC) is the lead entity guiding the countywide tourism initiative and invests in productive activities designed to increase the economic impact produced by visitors’ spending at hotels, restaurants, attractions, events, and other tourism oriented businesses. JCEDO provides administrative and professional staffing services to support the JCTC’s efforts.

Following is a list of contacts for the townships that make up Jasper County.

Richelle Winstead – Director of Tourism & Community Relations

Barkley Township Richard Bozell 219-866-8991 Carpenter Township Gloria Hawkes 219-297-3395 Gillam Township Dennis Wireman 219-843-7753 or 219-866-0028 (work) Hanging Grove Township Rebecca Brandenburg 219-253-7300 Jordan Township Sandra E. Putt 219-866-7227 Kankakee Township Randy L. Allen

219-956-4985 Keener Township Diana Haberlin 219-987-7825 Marion Township Dain Hayworth 219-866-7740 Milroy Township David Webb 219-866-5397 Newton Township Margaret Miller 219-866-5473 Union Township Nicole Davis 219-613-6909 Walker Township Eldon H Jeffries 219-956-4147 Wheatfield Township Rachel Myers 219-816-0072


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Jasper County Schools

Kankakee Valley School Corporation

Wheatfield Elementary School Address: 251 S Center St, Wheatfield, IN 46392 Phone: 219-956-3221 DeMotte Elementary School Grades 1-3. Address: 1000 S. Halleck St. P.O. Box 340 DeMotte, IN 46310 Phone: 219-987-2789 Kankakee Valley Middle School Grades 6 through 8. Address: 5258 W Sr 10, Wheatfield, IN 46392 Phone: 219-987-8810 Kankakee Valley Intermediate School Grades 4 and 5. Address: 12345 N 550 W, Wheatfield, IN 46392 Phone 219-987-2027 Kankakee Valley High School

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Grades: 9-12. Address: 3923 West Sr 10; Wheatfield, IN Phone: 219-956-3143 Covenant Christian Address: 611 15th Street SW, PO Box 369, DeMotte, IN 46310, PO Box 430 Phone: 219-987-7651 DeMotte Christian School Address: 1223 Begonia Street SE, DeMotte, IN, 46310 PO Box 430 Phone: 219-987-3721 Website:

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Mission Statement

The Greater Rensselaer Chamber of Commerce exists to cultivate a prosperous business and community environment, to support our local government, and to enhance the quality of life for the Rensselaer Area. We strive to promote and strengthen the principles of free enterprise, and community self-reliance.

• Business After Hours • Community Shred Days • Golf Outing • Christmas Parade • Ribbon Cuttings • Monthly Luncheons • Advertising Opportunities • Business Seminars • County Fair Presence • Promoting Members thru Welcome Bags for new residents • Kid’s Night at Farmer’s Market • Member Referrals • Seasonal Promotions by Retailers • Civic Awards & Celebrations • Follow us on Facebook

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Jasper County Schools

Rensselaer Central Schools Corporation

Administration Address: 900 E. Washington St., Rensselaer, IN 47978 Phone: 219-866-7822 Website: Rensselaer Central High School Principal: Andrew Jones. Enrollment 2015-2016: 535 students. Address: 1106 E. Grace St., Rensselaer, IN 47978 Phone: 219-866-5175 Rensselaer Central Middle School Principal: Eric Huffman. Enrollment 2015-2016: 368 students. Address: 1106 Bomber Blvd., Rensselaer, IN 47978 Phone: 219-866-4661 Van Rensselaer Elementary Principal: Chad Wynn. Enrollment 2015-2016: 362 students. Address: 902 E. Washington St., Rensselaer, IN 47978 Phone: 219-866-8212 Rensselaer Central Primary School Principal: Jennifer Norris Enrollment 2015-2016: 403 students.

Address: 1144 N. Melville St., Rensselaer, IN 47978 Phone: 219-866-5441 St. Augustine Catholic School Principal: Bruce Schooler Address: 328 N. McKinley Ave., Rensselaer, IN 47978 Phone: 219-866-5480 Website:

Attention Managers, CEO’s & Business Owners, You can book the Bridal House at the Pavilion at Sandy Pines for corporate meetings and seminars, staff meetings, and workshops. Our facility lets you treat your employees and guests to a tranquil, serene setting with all of the amenities available for an on site learning/brainstorming experience. Beautiful and spacious meeting rooms and outside venue available. Accepting Bookings for Monday through Thursday for • Corporate Events • Breakfast & Brunch Meetings • Seminars • Lunch Meetings Services offered • Facilities offer Seating from 20 to 200 • Catering Available • Box Lunches Available • Simple Breakfast Bar or Snack Bar Available • On Site Director • Plenty of Parking 10527 Bunker Dr. • DeMotte, IN

For Weddings,Bridal Showers or Event Bookings call Julee Kistler, Events Director 219-670-3766

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Jasper County Schools

Tri-County School Corporation

Administration Superintendent: Dr. Kathy Goad Address: 105 N. 2nd Street, Wolcott, IN 47995 Phone: 219-279-2418 Website: Tri-County Junior/Senior High School Dr. Cathy Rowe is the principal. Address: 11298 W. 100 S., Wolcott, IN 47995 Phone: 219-279-2105 Tri-County Intermediate School Brian Hagan is the principal. Address: 200 W. North Street, Wolcott, IN 47995 Phone: 219-279-2138 Tri-County Primary School Elaine Hall is the principal. Address: 300 E. Michigan, Remington, IN 47977 Phone: 219-261-2214

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A flatbed truckload carrier operating primarily in the Southwest, Southeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Our corporate headquarters/terminal is located at 111 80 Spur in Cuba, Alabama. We primarily haul building products and have been in business since the 1960’s. We are committed to supporting families and get all of our driver’s home every other weekend. We also have many regional operations allowing drivers to be home during the week as well.

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The Jasper Foundation

The Jasper Foundation and its affiliate, the Newton County Community Foundation, are two of 94 community foundations serving the State of Indiana. All community foundations seek to provide: • Services to donors by offering various fund options and ways of giving, and by making possible the use of gifts and memorials or tributes to specific individuals. Gifts may also be distributed to benefit selected areas of interest or specific organizations. • Services to non-profit organizations include grants from the earnings of the community foundation unrestricted fund to address special needs. Additionally, the foundation can provide income for agency programs. • Services to the com-

munity by ultimately initiating projects and approving grant requests from community organizations to improve the quality of community life. More specifically, the Foundations can do many things for its constituency: • Represent not-for-profits and donors providing flexible and cost-effective services and grants • Provide ways for donors to accomplish their charitable giving goals • Assist communities though building, over time, substantial endowed funds from contributions — large and small. Executive Director: Brienne Hooker Phone: 219-866-5899 Address: 301 N. Van Rensselaer St., Rensselaer Website:

Executive Director: Brienne Hooker

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Jasper County Libraries

Local libraries have books, movies, music, genealogy and local history, and programs for adults, teens and children.

Jasper County Public Library Branches

DeMotte Library Address: 901 Birch St. S.W. in DeMotte Phone: 219-987-2221 Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: closed Website: Rensselaer Library Address: 208 W. Susan St. in Rensselaer Phone: 219-866-5881 Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday - Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday - closed Website: Wheatfield Library Address: 350 S. Bierma St. in Wheatfield Phone: 219-956-3774 Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday

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Wyatt Lentino (left) and Tuesday Lentino check out one of the model trains on display during the Rensselaer Library’s Family Train Day in winter 2017.

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Remington Carpenter Township Public Library

Address: 105 N. Ohio St. in Remington. Phone: 219-261-2543 Hours (Eastern Time) : Monday and Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday and Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Sunday: closed; Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Website:

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Jasper County Community Services

Jasper County Community Services, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that has been serving the community through federal, state and county funded programs and services since 1975. JCCS’s outreach to the residents of Jasper County is provided through three senior/nutrition centers, which are located in Rensselaer, DeMotte and Remington, Indiana. The people of Jasper County look to JCCS to meet their needs for congregate meals, public transportation, energy assistance and education, weatherization, section 8 housing intake, homemaker and in-home services, preventative health and nutrition programs, community workshops, social events and activities. The agency is under the leadership of a 15 member Board of Directors and Executive Director Sharon

Colee. JCCS serves the three Jasper County Community Service locations, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Address: 967 E. Leopold Street, Rensselaer Phone: 219-866-8071 Toll Free: 1-888-526-0305 Rensselaer Senior Center

- 219-866-4333 Robert A. Fase Senior Center - (DeMotte) 219-987-7909 Remington Senior Center - 219-261-2228

Law Office of Samantha M. Joslyn, P.C. Samantha M. Joslyn - Attorney FAMILY LAW - CRIMINAL LAW APPEALS - WILLS - ESTATES - POWER OF ATTORNEY 129 E. WASHINGTON ST. • RENSSELAER, IN 47978 219-866-3060 (PHONE) 219-866-0220 (FAX)

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Chambers of Commerce

DeMotte Chamber of Commerce The DeMotte Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to foster an environment conducive to business growth through good government/ business relations, showcasing quality housing, displaying community pride through various public events and promoting the business community. The DeMotte Chamber sponsors the annual Touch of Dutch Festival. Executive director is Diva Rish. Address: 327 N. Halleck St., PO Box 721, DeMotte Phone: 219-987-5800 Email: Website: Office hours are Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed on Wednesday Greater Rensselaer Chamber of Commerce The goal of Greater Rensselaer Chamber of Commerce is to promote local businesses and the positive atmosphere of the City for new businesses and expansion. The November-December 2015 issue of on-line ranks Rensselaer

as the 8th Best Place to start a Small Business in Indiana. Whereas small businesses may be at the nucleus of the city, we are also home to several national corporations. The Chamber of Commerce works within the community as an advocate of civic events and recognition of local businesses as together we strive to raise awareness of the city’s appeal. The Chamber hosts monthly luncheons with speakers and organizes Community Shred Days, the annual Christmas parade and Civic Awards. The Rensselaer Chamber is the parent organization of the Retail Merchants. The merchants group works to highlight the smaller businesses that maintains the personality of community. Over the years, this group has raised monies to enhance the City with US flags, banners and holiday decorations. The director of the Greater Rensselaer Chamber Of Commerce is Linda Comingore. Address: 129 N. Weston St. Phone: 219-866-8223 E-mail: Website: Wheatfield Chamber of Commerce The Wheatfield Chamber of Commerce

was organized in 2005. It sponsors the annual Sandhill Crane Festival & Car Show the third Saturday of September. It also sponsors the Christmas Tree Lighting Annual Event serving ham and beans and chili soups along with hot chocolate and coffee. Address: PO Box 183, Wheatfield, IN 46392 Website: Remington Main Street Organization Remington’s Main Street is a segment of the Indiana Main Street Organization and works to promote and enhance historic downtown Remington. The group organizes the annual Remington Water Tower Days Festival and works to promote downtown beautification efforts. The group has developed a Downtown Revitalization Plan that includes renovations to the railroad depot as well as other structures. The Remington Main Street organization is made up of volunteers and others are always welcome to join. The group meets the third Thursday of every month 5:30 p.m. at the Remington library.


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Health & Wellness

FRANCISCAN HEALTH RENSSELAER Franciscan Health Rensselaer is a member of Mishawaka, Ind.-based Franciscan Alliance, one of the largest Catholic healthcare systems in the Midwest with 14 growing hospitals, approximately 20,000 employees and a number of nationally recognized Centers of Healthcare Excellence. Franciscan Health Rensselaer includes Franciscan Brook Health Center, Franciscan Health and Fitness Center, and Franciscan Wheatfield Health Center. Franciscan Health Rensselaer is accredited by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, American College of Radiology, Life Safety Code/CMS, Occupational Health and Safety Administration, and the Indiana State Department of Health. Franciscan Health Rensselaer is affiliated with Indiana Hospital Association, Indiana Rural Hospital Association and American Hospital Association. Franciscan Health Rensselaer offers the following services: emergency services, home care and hospice, out-

Franciscan Health Rensselaer is Jasper County’s only hospital. patient surgery, critical care, oncology, cardiology, ear-nose-throat, ophthalmology, orthopedics, general surgery, urology, podiatry, neurology, nephrology, pain management and gynecology, radiology services, sleep/EEG, laboratory, wellness, rehabilitation, long-term acute care and respiratory care. Other available services offered

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offers outpatient rehabilitation such as physical therapy, speech therapy and more. This facility also offers a fitness center that is fully equipped with stateof-the-art exercise equipment. Johnson Health and Wellness located on Saint Joseph’s College campus also offers primary care for individuals.

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in Jasper County include ExpressCare, primary care outpatient offices and a fitness center. Franciscan Wheatfield located at 492 South Bierma Street in Wheatfield offers primary care for individuals from infant to geriatrics. Franciscan Health and Fitness Center located at 4109 W. State Road 10

4259 W. State Road 10 (219) 956-3922

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Jasper County Attractions

Carpenter Creek Cellars Winery 219-866-4334 11144 Jordan Road, Remington, IN 47977 CarpenterCreekCellars A farm winery producing world-class wines offering tours, a free tasting room, and special events. Part of the Indiana Wine Trail. Curtis Creek 219-866-7729 5385 S 1080 W, Rensselaer, IN 47978 Now Open to the Public!  This challenging 18 hole golf course has a driving range as well as chipping and putting greens. The Curtis Creek Golf & Grill is on site with a full menu.  DeMotte Historical Society Depot Museum Spencer Park, DeMotte, IN 46310  A hands on real train caboose filled with photos, articles, and memorabilia regarding the importance of trains in the history of DeMotte and Jasper County. Open Saturdays 9am-noon

“Celebrating a Century”

Embers Venue 219-869-9537 230 W. Washington Street, Rensselaer, IN 47978 Providing the community with a unique experience, this event venue offers a combination of historical significance with modern design. Dine at “The Station” at Embers for a one of a kind brick oven culinary experience! Fair Oaks Farms 219-394-2025 856 N 600 E, Fair Oaks, IN 47943 Family fun down on the farm! Fill your day with The Dairy and Pig Adventure tours, Mooville, The Pork Education Center, dining and much more! Jasper County Historical Society Museum 479 N. Van Rensselaer Street, Rensselaer, IN 47978 Open the 1st and 3rd Saturday each month from 10am-1pm.



DeMotte State Bank DeMotte 219.987.4141

Roselawn 219.345.4141

Wheatfield 219.956.2756

Rensselaer 219.866.0013

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Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area 5822 N. Fish and Wildlife Lane, Medaryville, IN 47957 Encompassing 8142 Acres of wetlands offering quality hiking, bird watching, fishing, and hunting opportunities highlighted by the Sandhill Crane migration.

DeMotte, IN Welcome to Triple B Tilapia your Northwest Indiana stop for fresh tilapia. We are a family owned grow out farm and hatchery, dedicated to bringing our customers the freshest all naturally grown fish.

Kankakee River National Water Trail Experience 133 miles of ancient wetlands, cliffs, wooded islands, and peaceful farmland along the Kankakee River.

Fenwick Farm’s Brewery 219-866-3773 219 W Washington Street, Rensselaer, Indiana 47978 Fenwick Farms Brewing Company is extremely proud to be Rensselaer’s first brewery. Live entertainment every Saturday night!

Sandy Pines Golf Club 219-987-3611 10527 Bunker Drive, DeMotte, IN 46310 www.SandyPinesGC.Com A beautiful 18 hole golf course with Carolina Style characteristics. SP19 American kitchen & bar has a full menu. Wedding accommodations include The Pavilion and an elegant Bridal Suite. New driving range coming spring 2018! Triple B Tilapia Farm


The Homestead 219-261-2138 Delicious, home-cooked meals are hard to come by these days. Sometimes, you wish you could go back to simpler times, back to when mothers had hours to plan nutritious meals. We know this isn’t always possible and that schedules can tend to get a little crazy, but we also know you want to feed your children meals you can feel good about with all the balance and flavor of those old-fashioned dishes. We’re here to make that possible.

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Boundary Waters offers a full service bar. Come for a beer, wine or cocktail in our comfortable lodge themed bar area. 514 N. Halleck St. - DeMotte, IN • 219-987-5757

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Jasper County Legislative Delegation The two houses of the General Assembly (House and Senate) were created at the time Indiana became a state in 1816. The current makeup of the General Assembly, consisting of 100 Representatives serving 2-year terms and 50 senators serving 4-year terms, was established in the Constitution of 1851. The General Assembly meets annually. State Senators Brian Buchanan (R) District: 7 Phone: 317-2329400 Address: 200 W. Brian Washington Buchanan

St., Indianapolis, IN 46204 Email is Senator.Buchanan@

Ed Charbonneau (R) District: 5 Phone: 800382-9467 Address: 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Ed IN 46204


State Representatives Doug Gutwein (R) District: 16 Phone: 800-382-9841 Address: 200 W.

Doug Gutwein

Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Sharon Negele (R) District: 13 Phone: 800-382-9841 Address: 200 W. Washington Sharon Negele St., Indianapolis, IN 46204 Congressional Legislators Senator Joe Donnelly (D) Phone: 202-224-4814 Address: SR-B33 Russell Joe Donnelly Senate Office Building, Washington DC


Senator Todd Young (R) Phone: 202-224-5623 Address: B33 Russell Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20510 Website: www.young. Todd Young Representative Todd Rokita (R) Phone: 317-718-0404 Address: 355 S. Washington St., Danville, IN 46122 Website: Todd Rokita http://rokita.

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At CDC we believe every person should have the opportunity to develop to their maximum potential. In partnership with the community, we provide progressive services and supports necessary to individuals with disabilities and their families which nurture their talents and skills toward becoming fully productive citizens.

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Purdue Cooperative Extension Office Information about agriculture, natural resources and consumer and family sciences can be found in this office, which is the statewide informal educational arm of Purdue University. It is part of a national network of extension services based at each state’s land-grant university and in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Brochures, pamphlets, and other media productions on a wide array of topics are available to the public through this office. The 4-H youth program is run by this office. Address: 2530 N. McKinley Ave., Rensselaer Phone: 219-866-5741 Web site: The Cooperative Extension Service is one of the nation’s largest providers of scientific research-based information and education. It’s a network of colleges, universities, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, serving communities and counties across America. The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service program areas are: Agriculture and Natural Resources Health and Human Sciences Economic and Community Development 4-H Youth Development Purdue Extension is a service tailored to meet the needs of Indiana, needs we know firsthand. Our educators, specialists, and volunteers live and work in all 92 Indiana counties. We provide the link between Land Grant research and Indiana citizens. In doing that we provide practical solutions to local issues. We provide information and expertise that’s available in the form you want, when you want it. That’s Purdue Extension, Indiana’s home team advantage. Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension educators with agricultural and natural resource specialties offer programs and information on agricultural production and financial management for farmers, food and fiber processors, manufacturers and consumers. We also provide expertise in environmental issues, natural resource conservation and land use.



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Health and Human Sciences Health and Human Sciences Extension specialists and educators provide education to people. We: - help communities analyze, identify and meet the needs of families. - train volunteers and paraprofessionals to assist in areas of critical concern to families. - motivate people to become leaders and address community issues. - collaborate with agencies, community organizations, and educational groups to address the needs of families. Community Development Purdue Extension Community Development strengthens the capacity of local leaders, residents, and organizations to build strong, vibrant communities by using research-based resources to guide their decisions. It provides local support and resources in the areas of leadership and civic engagement, community and organizational planning, economic and business development, local government education, and creating quality places. 4-H Youth Development A dedicated network of Extension educators, parents, local leaders and volunteer staff, makes Indiana 4-H one of the most valued youth programs in the state. Purdue Extension youth educators develop individual talents, life skills and leadership abilities among Indiana’s young people through the traditional venue of 4-H clubs and county fairs, but also through field-tested school enrichment materials and local-led community programs.

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Jasper County Historical Landmarks

The Jasper County Courthouse that sits in the center of the Rensselaer downtown square is not the first county courthouse. The structure of Bedford limestone, turrets, curving arches and gabled dormers is the third courthouse to house the county government. According to “The Jasper County Courthouse 18961996,” in late 1839, a log building was constructed in Newton (Rensselaer). In 1845, a second courthouse was built with a frame building, while in 1857 a third courthouse was built of brick. The third building was damaged by fire that started under mysterious circumstances on Jan. 18, 1865, according to the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana website. It was

repaired and continued to serve the county until 1895 when commissioners hired an architect from Fort Wayne to design a fireproof courthouse. Construction for the building began in 1896. County officials were able to move into the completed courthouse in 1898. Since then the courthouse has received continuous upkeep and in 1996 decorative painters restores original interior stencils, gilding, and a 16-color paint scheme in celebration of the courthouse’s 100th birthday. The roof of the courthouse was replaced in 2012 from shingles to slate, that is said to resemble the slate that covered the roof when it was built in 1896 to 1898. The courthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Place in 1983.

The historic Jasper County Courthouse was built in 1898 and is still in use today.

Do You Know?????

How do you receive Love, Joy, Peace? Ask Christ Jesus to come into your heart and forgive you of all of your sins. We are all sinners and come short of the glory of the Lord God Almighty, who loves us so much. The Lord created us so we would have a choice to receive His love or reject Him. But to prove His great love for us the Father sent His only Son, Christ Jesus, to give His life, shed His blood, be the perfect sacrifice for our sins, bringing us to the Father to be a son or daughter into their family. We give thanks to you, Lord Jesus. God is true love. Only thing you have to do is ask then believe. - by Opal Sutton

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Jasper County Historical Landmarks

Beside the courthouse, some other sites in Jasper County on the National Register of Historic Places are: Fountain Park Chautauqua, added in 2001. It is located at 6244 W. County

Road. 1600 S, Remington. Independence Methodist Church, located southeast of Wheatfield, added in 1982. The Remington Water Tower and Town Hall, located at 3 E. Michigan St. in Remington, added in 2003. Rensselaer Carnegie Center, located at 301 N. Van Rensselaer St. in Rensselaer, added in 1994. St. Joseph Indian Normal School (also known as Drexel Hall), located on the Saint Joseph’s College Campus, added in 1973.

Above: Independence Methodist church, built in 1872, was added to the National Register in 1982.

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Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing In-Patient and Out-Patient Therapy • Physical/Occupational & Speech Therapies • Daily Medication, Reminders & Snacks • Elegant dining room • Social, spiritual and recreational activities • Barber & Beauty Shop

Oak Grove Christian Retirement Village 221 West Division Road • DeMotte, IN • 219-987-7005

The Remington Water Tower, built in 1897, was added to the National Register in 2003.

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Jasper County SWCD

In Indiana, a soil and water conservation district (SWCD) is a unit of state government responsible for soil and water conservation programs within its county boundaries. The district provides a means for all interested people in a county to work together for natural resource conservation and development. It is funded through a variety of sources including county and state appropriations, activities, grants, and private donations. There is a district office in each county in Indiana. The SWCD belongs to the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and they provide more information on the partnerships needed to be successful in conserving our natural resources. The official governing body of the SWCD consists of five supervisors. Three are elected (one each year for a three-year term) at an annual meeting of land occupiers held in January or February. Two are appointed (also for staggered three-year terms) by the State Soil Conservation Board based upon recommendations of the leadership in the district. Thus, selection of all

five supervisors is based on input from the local people they serve. Identifying local resource concerns and addressing the needs of the community is a priority for the Jasper County SWCD. This is accomplished by conducting community meetings with the residents who best know the natural resource problems. After priorities are established the district looks for ways in which to address the problems. This may involve developing educational programs or applying for funding to implement conservation practices on private lands. Promoting a Healthy Environment by... Providing assistance to local residents for reducing soil erosion, conserving and protecting water quality, and solving other natural resource problems. Working directly with private landowners and residents, the district coordinates technical assistance to develop plans uniquely suited to their resource concerns. Providing information and education outreach to youth and adults, encouraging good stewardship of our natural resources.

Contact the Jasper County SWCD office for more information. SWCD Board Meetings Are held the fourth Friday of each month at 8:00 a.m. at the USDA Service Center, 211 East Drexel Parkway in Rensselaer. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Due to conflicting schedules, the meeting date does occasionally change. Check with our office to confirm. SWCD Supervisors Chairman Kyler Laird Vice-Chairman Lana Zimmer Member Derek Luchik Member Mark Jordan Member Mark Kingma

SWCD Staff Sheila Schroeder, Asst. District Director/ Treasurer Daniel Perkins, District Director/ Conservation Programs Specialist Carolyn Ahler, Watershed Outreach Coordinator

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Consult with your physician to see if a HeartScan would be beneficial for you. Based on your medical history, your physician can determine if you are at risk for heart disease.

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