Bridge work at the Muscatatuck River is progressing where the new U.S. 50 bypass is being constructed.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
Work continues at a steady clip on the 3.25-mile eastern portion of U.S. 50 bypass, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation.
"So far, the construction crews are on schedule for completing the highway by the target date, Oct. 30," said Harry Maginity, INDOT spokesman. "We are hopeful but not promising that construction will be completed by then.
"However, we cannot open the highway until the city has its new (quarry) reservoir ready."
The city purchased the former Hanson Aggregates quarry in agreement with INDOT in order to assure a safe water supply for the city's water customers. The bypass bridge will span the Muscatatuck River a short distance above the city dam from which the city now draws its water. City officials were fearful of contamination from a chemical spill into the river resulting from a semi-truck accident at the new bridge, which led to the quarry agreement involving INDOT paying $2 million and the city $500,000 for the Hanson property.
Members of the 2016 graduating class at Jennings County High School shared a pot of nearly $200,000 in scholarship money. Scholarships were awarded to numerous members of the Class of 2016 at a special awards program Wednesday, May 11, in the Don Pelkey Auditorium at the high school. Scholarships came from a variety of sources with the vast amount coming from donations from the community. Listed below are the scholarships, the dollar amount when available and the winning senior.
Graham Creek Elementary School is small in number but mighty in influence. With 321 students, this little school has made a big impact on Jennings County Schools.
It took all the teachers turning in their grades before a valedictorian and salutatorian could be named for the 2016 graduating class at Jennings County High School.
Some roads at Muscatatuck Caverns are in such bad condition that it takes a four-wheel drive vehicle to navigate over them. Even then, sometimes that is not enough.
Louise Showman says she is no expert at gardening, but she is proud of the irises blooming outside her Hayden Pike home. "I transplanted these irises five years ago and this is the best they've ever looked," she says. "They are just beautiful this year. My roses are starting to come on, too."-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer