Deputy Treasurer Tonja Castetter, left, and Treasurer Kitty Shepherd check the properties at the start of Friday’s tax sale.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
After taking office only eight-and-a-half months ago, Jennings County Treasurer Kitty Shepherd said she didn't know what to expect at her first tax sale.
She was happy when the final gavel sounded.
"I am pleased with the results of the tax sale today," Shepherd said. "Our ultimate goal was to collect as much tax money as possible and to get the properties back on the tax rolls. This was a good team effort."
That "team" included Shepherd and her staff, County Auditor Kay Sue Vance and her staff and SRI Services, the firm that managed the sale.
Friday's sale produced $371,007.22 for the county's coffers. Counting delinquent tax bills paid before the auction by property owners whose land was on the original tax sale, the county brought in an extra $207,688.55. In all, the county grossed $578,765.67. The total cost of the sale, counting the work of SRI Services and advertising, was $10,585.
It is always the biggest football game of the season .... homecoming. And on Friday night, the Jennings County High School football team picked up what some consider the biggest win of the year, against the Homecoming opponent.
The weather was cool but the rain cleared just in time for the Pioneer Days living history festival in Hayden earlier this month."It was slow early because of the weather but the attendance picked up as the day went on," said Rodger Ruddick, director of the Hayden Historical Museum where the activities were centered.And did it ever pick up.Spencer Township Volunteer Fire Department's annual chicken barbeque held in conjunction with the event sold out of chicken in late afternoon, earlier than the firefighters expected.
The new Vernon Festival of the Arts celebrates the creativity of the individual, including many local residents who displayed their work around the courthouse lawn.The following were judged as favorites of the judges:
Donkeys will be braying, pigs will be squealing, sheep will be bleating and rednecks will be, well, acting like rednecks in southern Jennings County this weekend.
Ashley Capper, left, and Chaena Perry talk with Indiana State Police Trooper Jacob Tolle after the car in which they were riding was badly damaged in a wreck on SR 750 at CR 200N Tuesday. The brakes failed and Capper, the driver, said she could not stop the Ford Taurus as they were eastbound on CR 200N. The car went into the intersection and was struck by an Indiana State Police Motor Carrier Inspection van driven by ISP inspector Kim Hill. There were no injuries and no citations.-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer