Clerk Amy Thompson unloads 2020 ballots with the help of Warren Byford, left, and Lou Randall.—Staff Photo
Election squabbles cannot stop the 2020 election from going forward.
Ballots have arrived and are all securely locked up. The absentee board has been meeting the past week to go over absentee ballot requests. And as of Tuesday at the close of business, the Jennings County Election Office reports a total of 940 absentee ballots have been mailed out to local residents, including 6 e-mailed to military service people.
County Clerk Amy Thompson, accompanied by Republican representative Lou Randall and Democrat rep Warren Byford, traveled to Indianapolis Sept. 14 to pick up the 13,850 ballots requested. "This was my choice, to take them," explained Thompson, to avoid "any appearance of impropriety" concerning the ballots.
Whether it's a mild health concern, a fall, or an emergency, Jennings County's Rescue 20 is here to help. Like all front line workers, they are battling in the trenches in the war against COVID-19 and all other physical ailments. Health, safety and sanitization have always been the name of the game at this county service, but like most establishments, they have had to up the ante to combat the pandemic and still provide aid to those otherwise in need of their assistance.
A jury trial venued here from Scott County is expected to last up to 10 days in Circuit Court.On trial is Johnetta Ruth Hall, 47, who is charged with murder; conspiracy to commit murder, a Level 1 Felony; and obstruction of Justice, a Level 6 Felony. Prosecuting the case is Scott County Prosecutor Scott Owens assisted by Matthew Lemme while public defender Patrick Magrath will defend the woman assisted by Ashley Eklund.
Firefighters at the North Vernon/Center Township Fire Department were honored at a recent City Council meeting for their dedication and perseverance in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Performing live in Music City U.S.A, also known as Nashville, TN, would be a dream for any musician. But for Jacob Cruser of North Vernon, that dream has become a reality.
Crops across the state are looking bountiful and harvest is almost here. Farmers will soon be traveling in large slow-moving farm equipment on Indiana roads. To increase roadway safety, we are encouraging motorists to exercise caution and patience when approaching large farm equipment over the next few months.
Deb Hofelich shed tears when she laid a flower by the body of brown hound dog that didn't have a chance. Earlier that day, it had been hit by a vehicle and killed near her home in the Two-Mile Creek subdivision.
"He was a handsome animal," Hofelich said, "the poor little fella."
Across the street, a little girl playing in her yard was also disheartened.
"I saw that dog walking around our neighborhood a couple of days ago," said Olivia Sharp, 6. "It makes me sad that he is dead. What happened to him?"