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County to follow city on solar
Frames are ready for soon-to-be-installed solar panels at the North Vernon City Park. Jennings County government facilities will soon be converted to solar energy, too.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
Frames are ready for soon-to-be-installed solar panels at the North Vernon City Park. Jennings County government facilities will soon be converted to solar energy, too.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
Jennings County is about to take the plunge.

Following the lead of the City of North Vernon, the county will soon be going the solar power route.

The Jennings County Council approved the move last Tuesday night by a 6-0-1 vote with Larry Maschino (D-District 2) abstaining because his nephew works for the Johnson-Melloh Solutions, the firm hired to undertake the conversion of county-owned facilities to solar power electricity.

The Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to proceed the previous Thursday.

The county will save $3.9 million in electrical utility costs over 25 years, estimates Kurt Schneider, vice president of Johnson-Melloh Solutions.

And, as with the city's solar project, where the conversion work is approximately 50 percent completed, the county project will not take any funds from the county coffers, according to Schneider and one of the county's financial consultants, Andrew Lanam.

"I've reviewed the cost analysis and asked (Johnson-Melloh staff) many questions," Lanam said. "I'm satisfied that no money will come out of pocket if you OK this."

While an increase in interest rates could affect the financial terms and President Trump recently increased tariff rates on solar panels made in China, the county will still be able to pay for the entire solar project without dipping into any funds, according to Schneider. All expenses will be paid by what the county saves on what it now pays electrical utilities, including the loan for the project.

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It was an extra special Our Hospice of Jennings County Gala on Saturday. The 20th anniversary of the fund-raising event raised over $63,000.

Tax proposal adds to jail controversy

Howard Malcomb and Paul Belding are the odd men out on the Jennings County Council. Despite being outvoted 5-2 last week on a move that could lead to a special-use income tax to fund a proposed new jail, Malcomb and Belding continue to loudly voice their opposition.

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DNR sets meetings on proposed rule changes for turkey hunting, bobcats

The Natural Resources Commission's Division of Hearings has scheduled two hearings to receive public comment on a package of proposed rule changes that includes wild turkey hunting, nuisance wild animals, and a proposed new bobcat hunting and trapping season.

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• Fishing, hunting guide, park passes now available
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• IHSAA boys swimming, diving sectional set to start Thursday
• Apply now for Indiana reserved turkey hunts
• DNR seeks CHAP groups
• AA meetings change their dates at CSL
• Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count set for this weekend
• IHSAA approves volleyball rules changes for 2018-19
• Tough day at semi-state for Panthers
• It is a tough farewell

Editor's Notebook
A magical musical journey accelerates

When Tom Moore recruited Dave Bishop and Delynne "Dee Dee" Wilson to perform during open microphone nights at the former Vernon Ale House nearly three years ago, it catapulted the duo to a magical musical adventure from what previously had been merely a hobby.

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• New highway's scenery is just plumb gorgeous
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• Lights, music, holiday cheer
• Christmas in the City was ... well, special
• 'Well done, good and faithful servant'
• 'Poor little fella'
• Staying active and remarkable
• Shooting the breeze on radio
• Lifetime of political activism

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Borrowed Tyme on Granfest bill
Borrowed Tyme on Granfest bill
Among the artists performing at the 15th annual Granville Johnson Music Festival at the Park Theatre Civic Centre on March 10 will be the Borrowed Tyme Band. From left are Dan Canerday on guitar, Rick Wilson on bass, Roger Brown on mandolin and Josh Woods on banjo. Also on the bill are The New Balance, Tony and Shirley Bryant and Friends, and, the headliner, Hamilton Creek. Tickets are $15 and now on saleat the Park Theatre box office.-Submitted Photo

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