Roadways were slick, even at the busy intersection of State and Walnut streets in North Vernon, Wednesday morning.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
An unusual late-season snow blanketed Jennings County Wednesday, closing schools, covering highways, streets and roads and making travel hazardous, especially on side roads.
"You never know about March," said Jim Reeves, Jennings County Highway Department superintendent, Wednesday morning as he and crews worked to plow the snow from county roads. "Snow this time of year is unusual but not unheard of."
Around four inches of snow - a wet and heavy snow, at that - had fallen in North Vernon as of 8 a.m. Wednesday with the white stuff still coming down. The Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center's weather station in Butlerville measured 5.75 inches, according to Joel Wahlman, SEPAC director. Other areas in the county recorded as much as six inches.
The snow started falling in North Vernon at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday - ironically, the first day of spring - and continued all night, reaching an intensity of half an inch an hour at times.
The annual National Honor Society (NHS) induction at Jennings County High School was on Thursday, March 8. The organization is the premier organization recognizing high school students that excel in four areas: academics, leadership, service and character.The local chapter was organized in 1968 and has been inducting mebers annually. Chelsey Thompson serves as the faculty sponsor of the local chapter.Officers of the NHS are: Evelyn McGuire, president; Hailey Cornet, vice-president; Laura Campbell, secretary; and Emily Guffrey, treasurer.
In a remarkable display of community spirit, supporters of North Vernon Elementary School came out in force.
The investigation continues after a large fire gutted a home in southeastern Jennings County early Tuesday.
A single-vehicle traffic accident Wednesday afternoon was an expensive one for a North Vernon automobile dealership.