Ignorance is at the root of racism and bigotry. By shedding the light on at least one small part of little-known American history, knowledge and understanding can increase.
That is the reason why the Park Theatre Civic Centre and three North Vernon churches are sponsoring a free movie presentation on Monday as a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.
The Rev. James Wood and the Rev. Johnnie Edwards will lead a short prayer before the award-winning movie, "Hidden Figures."
Both Wood and Edwards believe Monday's event is a perfect way to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on the 90th anniversary of his birth and the importance of equal rights for all Americans.
"This is an amazing movie that shows part of our history that many people are not aware of," said Wood, pastor of Golden Harvest Community Church, where his wife, Lisa, is an evangelist leader. "It will get people to thinking and open more good understanding and perhaps even dialogue."
Edwards, pastor of the Second United Methodist Church, agreed.
"We need to understand all walks of lives involving all races and ethnic groups in our great country," Edwards said. "This movie opens the door to that and to more communication in the North Vernon community."
North Vernon Mayor Mike Ochs announced Wednesday, Jan. 9, that he will run for re-election this year. He filed on the first day that a municipal candidate may file a Declaration of Candidacy in Indiana.
Yvonne L. Mitchner, 52, of North Vernon, passed away on Friday, January 18, 2019, at her residence. She is the widow of Kenneth Leon Mitchner. Arrangements are pending at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
finding themselves in an early three-point hole in their matchup against Brown County at Nashville after the first quarter on Tuesday night, the Jennings County High School Lady Panthers bounced back to end the half by more than doubling their score in the second quarter, 18-8.
Jennings County Highway Department plow truck driver Chad Capps waits as Superintendent Jim Reeves uses a front loader to load ice melt and cinders into the back of the truck at the highway department facility on North Highway 3 Saturday.-Photo by Jamie Tomlinson