Jennings County Council members Charlie Weber, from left, Dave Woodall and Mike Gerth look over figures shown to them by Sheriff Kenny Freeman.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
The Jennings County Sheriff's Office is proposing adding a 56-bed modular addition behind the current jail.
The addition, which Sheriff Kenny Freeman and Jail Commander Jason Bliton call a "pod" design, has an estimated cost of $2.7 million and would be used to house female inmates.
"Our first step is to get a GEO study done (site analysis)," Bliton told the Jennings County Council last Tuesday. "We have to make sure the ground behind the jail is suitable for putting up a pod."
The study, which will involve the analysis of core samples drilled at the site, will cost $3,700. The council unanimously agreed to reimburse the sheriff's office for that cost, which will initially be covered by the jail's commissary fund.
Veterans Day was celebrated early at Hayden Elementary School last Friday and with a special guest.
With the official opening of Tripton Park now signed off on, next comes some rules issued by the city with the hope of keeping the nearly $2 million investment in quality of life and healthful activities in tip top shape.
Local teenage girls received a powerful message at the ninth annual REACH conference held at The Barn on Monday Oct. 28.
When Jennings County Sheriff's deputies and an Indiana State Police trooper showed up at a Spencer Township residence to arrest a man wanted in both Jennings and Jackson counties on multiple felony charges, the suspect fled on foot into nearby woods.
The line was long at Thursday's viewing for the late Paul "Ham" Wernke. Tons of friends and acquaintances waited two hours and longer to say their final goodbye to this Jennings County icon who died Tuesday at the age of 86.
It may be too early for Mardi Gras, but Jennings County High School student Ariyah Stidham is ready for the celebration. She was one of several students who served as instructors in the Saturday Classic session that concentrated on French culture. More photos will be in this week's Plain Dealer.-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer