The block long stretch of Fifth Street in downtown North Vernon, from the intersection of Stellar Plaza to AmVets Drive, will be closed as of Monday Nov. 30 for as long as it takes to run a sewer line from the O'Mara's building (former Union Bank) across the street.
When Dr. Terry Sargent was hired as the new superintendent of the Jennings County School Corp. (JCSC) in 2011, he said he felt like he was returning home. After over four years at the helm of JCSC, Sargent has announced his intention to retire at the end of his current contract of June 2017. "I have presented my retirement letter to the board, effective June, 2017," Sargent told those who attended Monday night's Jennings County School Board meeting. "I have also supplied them with a process to use by which they can select a new superintendent." Now 64, Sargent worked for JCSC as a social studies teacher and coach from 1976 to 1988 before leaving to accept a position with Purdue University. After earning a doctoral degree in educational leadership nd administration, Sargent left Purdue in 1994 to become assistant principal and athletic director at South Decatur High School near Wesport. He then moved in to the role of South Decatur principal and remained there until 2002. Sargent was then hired as principal at Logansport High School. While there he was named as the Indiana Association of School Principals District 4 High School Principal of the year.
Royalty and Associates Insurance owner Bryant Layman decided that after a couple of years working out of another office, it was time to strike out on his own.Bryant opened his new office at 163 E. Walnut Street in downtown North Vernon. They are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment on Saturday."We are an independently owned and operated agency," explained Bryant. "I started in a one room shop and decided that I wanted to expand the company."Royalty and Associates differs from a majority of insurance businesses...
As the 2015-16 season gets underway, Jennings County High School head boys basketball coach Joe Hartwell has one focal point."Right now we are focusing on getting better every day," Hartwell said. "These first two weeks we have gotten better."And, naturally, the team wants to win the sectional since that is always the goal of any team."As we talk about winning the sectional we know there are a lot of new faces on this team," Hartwell added. "We are getting used to each other and winning together. We are starting to get some unity together as...
Drivers around North Vernon can rejoice.
This week's Pets of the Week at the Jennings County Animal Control Shelter are Tess, a 1-year-old intact female orange domestic shorthair; and Richard, a 2-year-old intact male black Lab mix. For more information on adopting these or other animals, call Animal Control at 812-346-5725 or stop by 580 W. CR 350N. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays (except holidays).-Submitted photos
For the rest of this year, Mike Ochs is concentrating on preparing for a new job that he will begin on Jan. 1. And he won't be getting paid during the six-week interim that started Nov. 20. North Vernon's mayor-elect last week withdrew his appeal for vacation pay at his previous job as security officer at the Jennings County Courthouse. "After a time of prayer and discussion with Connie (Ochs' wife) and discussion with friends, I decided not to pursue the vacation issue," Ochs said. "It would overshadow the transition to a new year and a new government administration in North Vernon."
Several Hoosier Hills Conference awards as well as state and local honors were handed out at the 2015 Jennings County High School boys soccer team's end of season program. "Highlights for this season were finishing fourth out of eight teams in the HHC. Last year, we were last," explained JCHS head boys soccer coach Brad Morris. "We made it to the sectional finals again and lost to a very good East Central team. This year we had a positive goal differential of 59 goals scored versus 44 allowed." Jonathon Hill and Jackson Shepherd were named to the HHC All-Conference team. Zach Taylor, Robbie Beal and Nick AmRhein were selected as HHC Honorable Mention players.
Kurt Howard of Right Auto Parts surveys the damage after an SUV ran into the west side of the building at 704 Buckeye St. early Wednesday. A 2001 Honda CRV owned by Richard Schmidt that was parked in the Olde Towne Centre parking lot somehow popped out of gear and rolled down the hill into the Right Auto Parts Building. According to police, Schmidt was at the Anytime Fitness Center working out at around 3 a.m. when the mishap occurred. Howard estimated damage to the building at over $2,000 and police estimated the SUV's damage at under $1,000-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer