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County Council questions extra pay
Like his predecessor, Jennings County Asses­sor Randy Shepherd is being paid more than his base salary. Since taking office in January, Shepherd has been paid based on not only a $41,815 salary, but also wages based on an additional $15,000 in annual add-ons to the salary.

Those additions are part of the assessor's office budget, which was approved last year by the Jennings County Council.

That was one of the issues discussed by the Council on Tuesday when Shepherd brought it to the seven members' attention.

"I apologize for not consulting with you before," Shepherd said. "It was a rookie mistake."

"I'm mad because you came in here and did this without telling us first," said Councilor Dave Woodall (R-at large). "We all agreed for Linda (former Assessor Linda Kovacich) to get paid this other money because of her years of experience."

The extra annual wages for Shepherd involve $8,000 for personal property assessment duties and $7,000 for verification of sales disclosures.


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U.S. Rep. Greg Pence (R-6th District) made a surprise visit to North Vernon Tuesday afternoon as part of a whirlwind tour to touch base with constituents, he said.Pence's office did not announce the visit before he stopped for around 30 minutes at McDonald's in North Vernon where he talked with members of the Jennings County Repub­lican Party and others."I see constituents every day in Washington, but this gives them a chance to talk to me face to face in their home towns," Pence told the Plain Dealer. "I want to hear what issues they...


NEWS
Work-release plan hits snag

The Jennings County Council will hold a special meeting for the third time in a month on Wednesday, March 27, all related to the county jail.

The council has more questions on a proposed work-release center in Seymour to serve Jennings County, Jackson County and the City of Seymour that councilors say they need answered before they can approve funding.
So does the Jennings County Board of Commissioners.

The contract for the interlocal cooperation agreement on the work-release center was presented to both county bodies last week, and Matt Sporleder didn't like what he saw.


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OBITUARIES
Services

Mark Stocks, Lois P. Tylicki, & Christina Yeager

• Helen M. Kinney, services pending at Woodlawn Family Funeral Centre
• L. G. Stangle, 92, Collins Funeral Home
• Rosalie Johnson, 96, Voss & Sons Funeral Service
• Tressia Jean Hallawell, 86, Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home
• Barbara M. Dailey, 87, Voss & Sons Funeral Service
• Dan R. Haggard, 63, Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home
• Eric Dean Burkman, Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home
• Dan R. Haggard, 63, Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home
• Tressia Jean Hallawell, 86, Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home
• Barbara M. Dailey, 87, Voss & Sons Funeral Service
• Rosalie Johnson, 96, Voss & Sons Funeral Service
• Tressia Hallawell, 86, Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home
• Eric Burkman, 62, pending at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home

SPORTS
Conservation Officers urge Hoosiers to 'Spring Aboard'

Indiana Conser­vation Officers are again partnering with the National Association of State Boating Law Adminis­trators (NASBLA) this year to encourage boaters to "Spring Aboard" and enroll in a boater education course.


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• Bobbleheads commemorate Milan Miracle
• Tuesday Men's Golf League meeting Tuesday at St. Annes
• Registration online for Spring JC Youth Volleyball Camp
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• Graham Creek stays unbeaten in elementary school wrestling duals
• Wathen headed to Franklin
• Spring JC Youth Volleyball Camp to have 3 age groups

Editor's Notebook
Mother Nature's policeman

He has arrested countless poachers and ginseng thieves, those who would abuse the natural environment in the name of cruelty and greed.

He has assisted in dozens of rescues of innocent victims and manhunts for dangerous criminals.

He has taught dozens of hunter education and boater education classes.

He has even investigated reports of sightings of the infamous Crosley Monster, the fabled creature whose elusiveness keeps this bigfoot an unsolved mystery in many minds, but not in Bill Beville's.


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