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NV to become 'Solar City'?
North Vernonís Carnegie Government Center would have a solar array design installed over its rear parking lot if the solar power plan is adopted.óRendering courtesy of Johnson-Melloh Solutions
North Vernonís Carnegie Government Center would have a solar array design installed over its rear parking lot if the solar power plan is adopted.óRendering courtesy of Johnson-Melloh Solutions
First, North Vernon was the "City of Rail­roads."

Now, that moniker might be changing to "Solar City."

That's because the City of North Vernon is on the verge of throwing over fossil fuel-powered electricity and transitioning to solar power, a move that would make North Vernon the state's first "Solar City."

That step - and it would be a bold one - was discussed at length at the City Council meeting Monday night. Kurt Schneider, vice president/partner of the Indianapolis-based John­son-Melloh Solutions, presented information his company has gathered here for the past year.

If that company sounds familiar, it should. Johnson-Mellow is the same firm that led the energy transformation at the Jennings County Public Library in 2014. Before the upgrade to solar, the library was spending as much as $4,500 a month in electric utility bills.

Today, after the installation of approximately 750 high-efficiency solar panels installed on its rooftop and a solar power tracking system at the main entrance, the library's most recent Duke Energy bill showed a credit for $97.85.

As reported previously in the Plain Dealer, library director Mary Hougland is an enthusiastic proponent of solar and the library itself has become somewhat of a tourist attraction, with visitors from around the country checking out the site.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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Jennings County officially celebrated its 200th birthday on Feb. 1, at - where else? - but Vernon, the county seat.

'Green' trend grows in JC

Despite no curbside recycling collection program in the city of North Vernon and despite the inconvenience of having to transport recyclables to drop-off sites often fairly far away from their homes and businesses, people in Jennings County are "greener" than ever.

• State cuts county budget
• Lawmakers push for road funds, looser gun laws
• Presidents Day closings
• Dupont man's death under investigation
• 'Giving Children a Voice'
• Lawmakers to be in NV for public forum Saturday
• 3 more heroin ODs in county on Saturday
• INDOT: SR 7 bridge work not until April

Edward Nelson Young, 56, Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home

• Lora Ann Cable, 38, Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre
• Laura Marie Welch, 93, Sawyer-Pickett Funeral Home
• Brandy Nichole Richardson, 40, Services pending at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home.
• Donald E. Brown Sr., 82, Hathaway-Myers Funeral Home
• Howard Wayne Cochran, 56, Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home
• Brenda L. Gay, 63, Voss & Sons Funeral Service
• Shirley S. Giddings, 72, Bass & Gasper Funeral Home
• Harold Lawrence Prentice, 71, Voss & Sons Funeral Service

Brendan Sutton is just a program kid

As he prepares to return to Indianapolis to compete in the IHSAA wrestling state finals, Jennings County High School senior Brendan Sutton sums up his career by simply stating "I'm a program kid."

• Black bear could wake soon from hibernation
• Panthers prepared for competition at wrestling finals
• Big Tree Register is now available
• DNR to open shop at boat, sport, travel show in Indy
• Panther hoops splits weekend action with a win and a loss
• Improve overall endurance
• Wathen excited about return
• Yes, it can be fun, but then ...

Editor's Notebook
North Vernon's role in 'Milan Miracle'

Albert Jackson scored 16 points when Milan came to North Vernon in February 1954. He led all scorers in that high school basketball game.

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• Let the 'feel good' stories continue into the new year
• Why did the chicken cross the road?
• Celebrating a big red barn

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Coming to Park Theatre
Coming to Park Theatre
The New Hoosier Broadcaster, including fiddler Ben Thompson, third from left, of Vernon, will be among the musical artists performing at the 14th annual Granville Johnson Music Festival at the Park Theatre on Saturday, March 11. Also performing will be Noodles Over Paris, featuring Tony and Shirley Bryant, Shania Johnson and the headliner, the Becky Buller Band. Tickets are $20 and on sale now at the Park Theatre box office.-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer

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