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Disaster relief for JC farmers
A freshly planted farm field in Columbia Township is flooded after torrential rains hit the area last month. The Jennings County region has been pounded by numerous downpours over the last three months, preventing numerous farmers from getting corn and soybeans planted.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
A freshly planted farm field in Columbia Township is flooded after torrential rains hit the area last month. The Jennings County region has been pounded by numerous downpours over the last three months, preventing numerous farmers from getting corn and soybeans planted.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer

Jennings County area farmers are getting some help from the government as they struggle with getting crops planted after a what may be the wettest spring and early summer on record here.

On Friday, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that the state is requesting a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretarial disaster designation for 88 counties, including Jennings, due to losses caused by flooding and excessive rain this planting season. The designation would allow emergency low-interest loans to be made available to farmers.

Also last week, several Indiana lawmakers helped secure the extension of the USDA crop reporting deadline to July 22.

"This is welcome news from Gov. Holcomb and the USDA," said Brad Ponsler of North Vernon, Indiana Farm Bureau regional manager for Jennings, Jefferson, Ripley, Switzerland, Dearborn and Ohio counties. "This year's planting season has been one of the most challenging for all farmers across the state, not just Jennings County."

The state is requesting a USDA Secretarial disaster designation for Jennings County and 87 other counties due to losses caused by flooding and excessive rain this planting season.

"Heavy and persistent rainfall has saturated fields across the state, hurting Indiana crops and our farmers," Hol­comb said in a news release. "As I continue to monitor this situation, Hoosier farmers can rest assured that we will keep a close eye on the long-term effects of these relentless rains."

Ponsler says farmers need all the assistance they can get.

"This year has been very stressful for area farmers with the various decisions that needed to be made during planting season," he noted. "With the tight farm economy and this spring's challenges with rain, farmers have had a lot on their minds.


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NEWS
Toddler critically injured in lawn mower accident

A 2-year-old North Vernon boy is undergoing treatment at the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis after being severely injured in a lawn mower accident Saturday.


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OBITUARIES
Mr. Jack Pershing Miller, 87, Voss & Sons Funeral Service

Mr. Jack Pershing Miller, 87, of Seymour, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family.

• Rowland L. Deputy, 91, Voss & Sons Funeral Service
• Connie Sue Smith Ashmore, 77, Voss & Sons Funeral Service
• Nora A. Compton, 69, Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home
• Vera Sue Collins, 72, Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home
• Ronald L. Hobson, 76, Voss & Sons Funeral Service
• Kimberly "Kim" Dawn Hickman, 53, Adams Family Funeral Home
• Mary Jo James, Voss & Sons Funeral Service
• Wilma Spicer, 78, Buchanan Funeral Home
• David Russell Long, 52, Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home
• Dennis Allen "Dink" Murrell, 54, Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home
• Charles Edward Sanders, 82, Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home

SPORTS
Hot action in Girls Pony League

Once again, as the fireworks were being set up, the Girls Softball Pony League on Cas­tetter Field at the North Vernon City Park was being lit up with a different kind of fireworks.


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• Lady Panther Basketball Camp is set next week
• Women to compete at French Lick
• OC trio hot in men's golf loop
• Jennings County's Miller is football all-star manager
• Miss Madison wins Gold Cup
• Baylee Krueger earns honors at Indiana Southeast
• CSL fishing tourney
• Campbell, Hauersperger trios weather storm in men's golf loop
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Editor's Notebook
Astronaut's NV connections

For years, Kay Robbins of North Vernon kept a large framed photograph of her cousin hanging on her family's living room wall.


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• Genealogy and local history
• 'Back in the saddle again ...'
• Hobos in our midst
• 36 years of serious dedication
• 'Poor little fella'
• Staying active and remarkable

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Rick McGill, left, of the North Vernon-Center Township Fire Department and others check out the fire damage to a house Tuesday morning. The fire somehow started outside the house, located at 114 Washington St., and spread to the structure. The damage was minimal and limited to the vinyl siding and insulation at the northeast corner of the house. Officials declined to speculate how the fire may have started.-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer




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