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.
"They completely changed everything we agreed upon," said Sporleder (R-District 3), president of the commissioners.
The contract calls for a financial commitment of $150,000 a year for 20 years from Jennings County, though originally the figure agreed upon during negotiations was $142,500 and then $145,000, according to Sporleder.
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...
Connie Rayburn has announced her candidacy for re-election as the District 3 representative on the North Vernon City Council.She was first appointed to the position in 2010, then elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2015."My desire to run again for City Council is based on my love for our city - our citizens, neighborhoods, innovative spirit, quality of life, and care for youth," Rayburn said. "I am here to represent and serve everyone, regardless of party. The issues that are important to you are those very issues that are important to me."
After serving farmers and others in Jennings County for 44 years, Mark McClellan is now a Hall of Famer.The North Vernon man was inducted into the Gallery of Agricultural Leaders earlier this month, an honor bestowed upon Jennings County people who have made significant contributions to the agricultural community."I was taken completely by surprise," McClellan said, recounting how he was unaware he would be the next inductee when he attended the annual induction ceremony at the Hayden Historical Museum. "Juanita (McClellan's wife)...
Flooding has been frequent over the last few months in Jennings County because of heavy rains and above average precipitation.While the floods have been fairly minor, around a dozen water rescue operations have been undertaken in the county in the last five months after motorists got stranded in vehicles that became swamped in unexpected high water on roadways.The Jennings County Technical Rescue Team, formerly known as the Water Rescue Team, has begun a fundraising drive to purchase an airboat that its members say is desperately needed.
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.
A possible funnel cloud moves over the Jennings County Highway Department Garage on North Highway 3 Thursday afternoon. Tornado warnings were sounded in Jennings County but there were no reported tornado touchdowns in the county.-Photo by Gabe Lowman