Contractors can take a significant financial hit if they break the rules, according to Cheryl Trisler, executive director of the Jennings County Area Plan Commission (APC). She and her staff are taking proactive steps to help them avoid that. "The cost of compliance with the 2012 Indiana Energy Code can drastically cut into contractors' profits if they do not calculate that into their quotes," Trisler said. That is why she and her staff, with assistance from the Jackson-Jennings Builders Organization, will be hosting a free lunchtime session for area builders and do-it-yourselfers. The meeting will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the Jennings County Public Library. Travis Dunn of TSI Energy Solutions in Indianapolis will lead the informative session on the code. The latest version of the energy code, which deals with insulation of walls, ductwork and pipes in residential buildings, was updated three years ago. However, many contractors working in Jennings County are still following earlier standards, according to the APC.
Once again, Jennings County High School threw open its doors and welcomed the community to come in and take a look around when the annual Panther Fest was held on Wednesday, Feb. 11.
Good seats remain, but tickets are being snapped up quickly for the 12th annual Granville Johnson Music Festival to be held at the Park Theatre Civic Centre.
Cub Scout Pack No. 5536 of North Vernon held its annual Pinewood Derby recently. To say the boys enjoyed themselves, both during the competition and in building their cars, is putting it mildly, according to Bill Browning."The boys had a blast with it," said Browning, the Cub Scout Master for Pack No. 5536. "It really is a lot of fun. This gives them a great activity during the winter when we can't do much outside because of the cold."
When Valerie Hoppock started with McDonald's 34 years ago, she admits if someone had told her she'd stay that long, she'd never have believed them.
So close. So very, very close. While there is no "winning cigar" yet for the Jennings County United Way, volunteers are hopeful the mark can be met and are urging people to come forward with help - even those who have already pledged or given donations. United Way volunteers announced this week that the annual campaign has pulled within $5,600 of reaching its fundraising goal for the year. Now the last concerted effort is on to climb to the $220,000 mark.
After winter weather interrupted the normal schedule, the Jennings County High School boys swim team traveled to Highland Hills Middle School Monday evening to compete in the 2015 IHSAA Floyd Central sectional. The team swam the sectional preliminary round Thursday evening and had prepared to swim the sectional finals round on Saturday, but due to inclement road conditions, the final round was moved to Monday evening. When all the swimming and diving had finished, Jeffersonville had claimed the sectional title for the fifth straight year, scoring 432 points. Following in second place was Floyd Central, scoring 397. Third place went to Seymour, with 310 points, and JCHS placed fourth tallying 255 points.
Many people have to work outside in the cold and snow, but few if any in the brutally frigid conditions seen last week in North Vernon. Despite the coldest, most snowy and extreme weather of the winter, a four-man crew from SRU Electric worked five days to upgrade equipment at a cellular telephone tower on Rodgers Park Drive behind the North Vernon Fire Station. While schools were called off all last week and many businesses were closed because of the wintry onslaught, the tower team kept working. It has to be harrowing enough working several hundred feet high, even more so when temperatures are near zero and the wind chill makes it feel even colder.
Olivia Colwell, 10, left, and Kadence Laman, 11, shovel snow from a sidewalk on Jennings Street. The two friends were trying to make a bit of spending money by working in their neighborhood Saturday.-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer