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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Community Building project OK'd
The Community Building will undergo extensive renovations beginning later this year and is expected to be ready in time for the 2018 Jennings County Fair.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
The Community Building will undergo extensive renovations beginning later this year and is expected to be ready in time for the 2018 Jennings County Fair.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
The Jennings County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to accept a bid from a North Vernon contractor to renovate, remodel and upgrade the Community Building at the Jennings County Fairgrounds.
Bradshaw Building Specialties had the lowest bid of only two offered for the project, coming in at $588,665. Harmon Construction, also of North Vernon, submitted a bid of $682,000.
The commissioners and project engineer Bernard Hauersperger discussed the possibility of reducing the project's costs to get it closer to the engineer's estimate of $500,000.
Hauersperger pointed out that he believed that could be possible by cutting back on several features in the project's plans. Among the possibilities would be eliminating exterior sidewalks, drainage improvements, sound panels, exterior lighting and a fire alarm and security system; installing single-phase electrical service for the HVAC system; and using some of the appliances in the Community Building's current kitchen area;.

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North Vernon Police arrested two people Sunday evening on multiple felony charges after a man allegedly threatened a family with a meat cleaver while demanding they hand over money.
Police jailed Joshua R. Collett, 26, and Kelby R. Leonard, 25, both of North Vernon after making a felony traffic stop on their vehicle.

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Positives seen in 49-29 loss opening night loss

Friday night's season opener for the Jennings County High School football team may not have ended the way they wanted, but they were able to find some positives to take away from the field.
The JCHS squad fell 49-24 to the Batesville Bulldogs. A big positive coming from the game was the scoring by the Panthers, considering this was the first game they had played with their new offensive strategy.
The Bulldogs took a 14-0 lead in the first period. The Panthers came back and started the second quarter with a three-yard touchdown run by James Colina. Dylan Boswell scored a PAT to put the score at 14-7.

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Editor's Notebook
Chronicling Indiana's rich Civil War history

Ann Niblack Baxter has ancestors from Jennings County. Her husband, Arthur "Art" Baxter, does, too, and his are more noteworthy, she says.

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