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911 dispatchers 'step up'
Britt Burgmeier mans one of the consoles at the Jennings County 911 Emergency Dispatch Center, where he has been director for five years.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
Britt Burgmeier mans one of the consoles at the Jennings County 911 Emergency Dispatch Center, where he has been director for five years.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
For the past three weeks, the Jennings County 911 Emergency Dispatch Center has been working shorthanded - severely shorthanded.

The staff, normally numbering 15 dispatchers, is down to 11 after four employees recently left for other jobs in the private sector.

"We are getting by for now and we have some quality applicants for the open positions," said Britt Burgmeier, 911 director. "We are hopeful we can complete the hiring and training so we can fill those spots soon."

All four of the former dispatchers quit at about the same time. Yet the 911 staff has not missed a beat and continues to perform its essential service, noted Nicci Lucas, the county's human resources director.

"Britt and his staff have been amazing in how they have stepped up," she said.

A 21-year veteran of the county's 911 Dispatch, Burgmeier has been the director for five years.

"This is a prime example of the teamwork my staff demonstrates on a daily basis," he said. "We have worked overtime and switched schedules around to ensure adequate staffing. The crew at 911 is second to none. They face challenges daily that would make most rethink this career choice."


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Muscatatuck River and other scenic streams make pasttime more popular than ever in area


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Veterans officer may go full-time in 2020

There is a distinct possibility that the Jennings County Veterans Service Officer will be full-time starting Jan. 1, 2020 and that the office will be open Monday through Friday for the convenience of the 2000 or so local veterans.


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DNR confirms dead deer contracted EHD in southern Indiana

Preliminary lab results were positive for epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) virus in a sample of a dead deer from Clark County the Indiana Department of Natgural Resources (DNR) staff submitted to a lab for testing early this month.


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Checking off her bucket list

Her bucket list depleted, Bonnie Kelly now has to happily add to it. But first, she is going to bask in the supreme joy she experienced on her 89th birthday.


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