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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Deputies, county reach settlement
Jennings County Sheriff’s Department deputies Cody Low, left, and Tom Webster confer outside the Jennngs County Government Center conference room Thursday.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
Jennings County Sheriff’s Department deputies Cody Low, left, and Tom Webster confer outside the Jennngs County Government Center conference room Thursday.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
For a long while Thursday night, a group of Jennings County sheriff's deputies and the Board of Commissioners were at an impasse.

In fact, the deputies seeking a reported $150,000 in compensation for wages they said they should have received but did not get over a period from 2010 to 2014, walked out of the Jennings County Government Center. It looked then like no end to the stalemate was in sight.

"This is not good," said James Blevins, one of the deputies, said at the scene. "We couldn't come to an agreement. I don't know what will happen now."

A short while later, Matt Sporleder (R-District 3), president of the commissioners, exited the building heading to his parked vehicle. Blevins, who was with 10 other deputies outside, posed a question to Sporleder.

"I was ready to get in my truck and leave when Jimmy asked me, 'Is it too late to settle?'" Sporleder recounted. "I told him we could, but it needs to be unanimous (with all the deputies agreeing to the offer)."

After a phone call to one of the deputies not present, Blevins and the others agreed to the county's offer.

They will receive an as yet undisclosed amount that reportedly is around $50,000, about one-third of what the deputies originally were seeking.

Sporleder, other county officials and deputies would not comment on the figures, saying the numbers will be made public if and when the proposed agreement is finalized.

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Forty-seven degrees, a cold drizzle and it's early Saturday morning, Oct. 3.In the lazy old days a high school kid, an adult or a retiree would have rolled over and enjoyed the weekend comfort and warmth of their domicile. These are good new days.Forty-one kids, many adults and a few retirees, adding up to 75 in all, left the comfort of their bed at the dawn's early light to make pristine the banks of the meandering Muscatatuck River and help keep pure the precious water that flows in it and through the water taps of Jennings County.

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The North Vernon City Council will convene for its semimonthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Carnegie Government Center.

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On June 11, the Jennings County High School girls cross country team had a preseason meeting and at that meeting they set their first goal for the upcoming year-win the sectional.

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Editor's Notebook

A neighborhood in mourning

For 16 happy years, Roscoe had the run of his neighborhood on North Vernon's southwest side. Now, he has a temporary memorial, with different wording on both sides and vases of red roses around it, sadly informing the vehicular and pedestrian traffic on Norris Avenue that he is no longer there.

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Kendall Wildey stands next to the display showing the status of the Jennings County United Way's 2015-16 fund drive Saturday. The campaign formally began with a special Day of Caring in which volunteers completed a wide assortment of projects during the morning, then were treated to a cookout at the United Way Center at noon. The campaign goal is $195,000 of which over $70,000 has been pledged so far. "We are off to a good start," said Wildey, who is the campaign chairman.-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer

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