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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Expanding the court system
moved a step closer to reality last week.

The Indiana House of Representatives' Interim Study Committee on Courts and the Judiciary recommended Thurs­day, Oct. 17, that the General Assembly vote to allow Jen­nings County to hire an additional magistrate.

If supported by state lawmakers next session, this additional magistrate would jointly serve the county's circuit and superior courts.

"Our courts in Jennings County are seeing more and more cases each year," said State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg), who represents the eastern part of the county and is on the interim committee. "An additional magistrate would help alleviate the additional caseload judges and staff are experiencing."

Unlike judges who are elected, magistrates are hired to preside over minor civil and criminal cases, and conduct preliminary hearings. Magistrates can also assist in expediting cases through the judicial process, freeing up valuable resources and helping reduce jail populations.

"Thank you to the members of the interim committee for recognizing this dire need and supporting the addition of a new magistrate," Frye said. "During the upcoming legislative session, I will work with my fellow lawmakers to pass a bill to create this position for our community."

State Sen. Chip Perfect (R-Lawrenceburg) and State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour), whose districts include all or part of Jennings County, have also voiced support for the magistrate.

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Unusual occurrence as NVRC is on receiving end

Instead of paying out money per its usual practice, the North Vernon Redevelopment Commission (NVRC) had the unusual experience of actually having money paid to them at their meeting Monday.

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Kyla Merri Ortlieb, 21, Sawyer-Pickett Funeral Home

Kyla Merri Ortlieb, 21, of North Vernon, passed away tragically on Sunday, October 20, 2019, in Columbus.

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• Harold E. Spurgeon, 81, pending at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home
• Kyla Merri Ortlieb, 21, pending at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral Home
• Jamie Lynn Nichols (Boknecht), 40, Voss & Sons Funeral Service
• Brian David Abraham, 49, Voss & Sons Funeral Service
• Michael "Dirk" Byram, 65, Sawyer-Pickett Funeral Home
• Shane Michael England, 42, Bass & Gasper Funeral Home
• Sharon K. Hatcher, 52
• Melissa Gale Bliton Frisque, 55, Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre
• Wanda Mae Pace, 78, Adams Family Funeral Home
• Elsie Mae Money, 76, Adams Family Funeral Home
• Lola Mae Perry, 87, Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home
• Jerry Lee Root, 65, Johnson Funeral Home
• Roger Eugene Raney, 72, Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home
• Rose Marie Schafstall, 72, Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home
• Phillip Dean "Phil" Walker, 78, Voss & Sons Funeral Service
• Marvin Lee Wischmeier, 87, Spurgeon Funeral Home, Inc.
• Michael "Dirk" Byram, 65, Sawyer-Pickett Funeral Home

Panther runners gear up for semi-state

There are many reasons for optimism, says coach Bryant Layman, as his Jennings County boys cross country team goes into Saturday's semi-state at Brown County.

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• Jennings boys sweep at XC sectional
• JCHS to host recruiting symposium
• Miscues, Jeff defense hamper Jennings Co.
• 8th grade volleyball teams
• Jennings rally comes up short in volleyball
• JCMS Blue soccer squad
• JCMS cross country teams
• DNR: Fall is a great time for crappie fishing
• Jennings starts strong but falls to FC
• Panthers heading down home stretch

Editor's Notebook
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And so it begins.

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• NV man's fountain of youth
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• Staying active and remarkable
• Shooting the breeze on radio
• Lifetime of political activism
• Jennings GOP's man in Tampa
• 'And this one belongs to the Reds'
• Freedom fighter
• Golf trip of a lifetime
• NASCAR's NV connection

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Celebrating a school record
It's not often when an athlete who sets a school record gets to celebrate with the previous record holder. Nathan Lewis, from left, whose Jennings County High School record has stood since 1989, is with his former coach, Gene Morrison, current JCHS coach Bryant Layman and Carter Leak Saturday at Ceraland Park. Leak, a JCHS senior cross country runner, broke Lewis' 30-year-old record there during the Columbus North Regional. A story and more photos are on pages 1B and 2B.-Submitted Photo

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