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Brison upsets Shepherd in Primary
Primary winner Tina Brison, left, bumps elbows with Jennings County Republic Party Chairman Jeanie Hahn after hearing the news that she beat incumbent Republican Kitty Shepherd in Tuesday’s election. – Staff photo by Kylan Higgs
Primary winner Tina Brison, left, bumps elbows with Jennings County Republic Party Chairman Jeanie Hahn after hearing the news that she beat incumbent Republican Kitty Shepherd in Tuesday’s election.
– Staff photo by Kylan Higgs
Political newcomer Tina Belding Brison snatched the most votes for Jennings County treasurer, unseating incumbent Kitty Shepherd on the Republican ticket during the 2020 Primary Election held Tuesday.

The first-time candidate ran against Shepherd, the well-known incumbent, all while working to keep her campaign from being eclipsed by the state's stay-at-home orders that began in March to combat a global pandemic.

The primary had been delayed from the traditional first Tuesday in May to June 2, as state officials worked to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the sometimes deadly disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

"It was hard at first," explained Brison, "because you couldn't go out and talk to people."

In fact, Jennings County Clerk Amy Thompson was surprised to see voter turnout as high as 22 percent, in spite of the virus, a limited number of candidates on the ballot, and the fact that primary elections generally do not draw a lot of voters to the polls.

Additionally, the county Board of Elections this year reduced the number of polling locations from 25 to nine, dividing them among Jennings County's schools. In previous years, polling locations were scattered throughout the county.

At the end of the day, Thompson said she had been overwhelmed by the number of positive responses from the community regarding the use of the schools, which gave voters lots of room to vote and still maintain the social distancing required to avoid contracting the virus. She said hard work in weeks leading up to the election by her staff was key in making this year's election so successful.

Additionally, Thompson said she was pleased with the workers, who manned polling locations and signed in voters, as well as the seasoned inspectors who had to travel throughout the 12-hour day to different precincts to ensure reporting was accurate.


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NEWS
Traditional July 4th activities to move to Labor Day weekend

Local residents will need to find another way to celebrate our nation's 244th birthday, thanks to COVID-19.


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• Coalition to address state race disparity
• Poll locations for June 2 Primary
• Legal Aid offers free phone clinic June 9
• APC to discuss rezoning 4 parcels at June 1 meeting
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• NV parks director hopes to open new pool June 14
• Virus testing set in Jennings
• Suspect in local man's murder dies in custody
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• Lucas defends Facebook posts
• Indiana NAACP calls for governor to remove Lucas
• Mayor Ochs calls city workers back as local businesses begin start-ups
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OBITUARIES
Lloyd William Kerkhof, Voss & Sons Funeral Service

Mr. Lloyd William Kerkhof, of Seymour, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus. He was born in Seymour to the late Floyd and Selma (Speaker) Kerkhof.


• Jose Manuel Perez Castro, 67, Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre
• Arthur "Art" Campbell, 81, Collins Funeral Home
• Deborah Gene Blackstone, 64, Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home
• Lindalu E. Hamilton, 79, Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home
• Carolyn Sue Giddings, 76, Bass & Gasper Funeral Home
• Dollie M. McCammon, 74, Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home
• Georgia Johnson-Hoaks, 88, Woodlawn Family Funeral Centre
• Wanda Lucille Malcomb McClanahan, 74, Morgan & nay Funeral Centre
• Mervin Oakes, 82, Voss & Sons Funeral Service
• Betty Gail Ownbey, 76, Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes
• Carmen V. Rodriguez-Soto, 62, Voss & Sons Funeral Service
• Carolyn E. Prewitt, 84, Voss & Sons Funeral Service
• Samuel "Sam" L. Phillips Jr., 87
• Shirley Ann Compton Shade, 96, Voss & Sons Funeral Service
• Morgan U. "Steve" Smith, 71, Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre
• Judy LaRue Walters, 76, Voss & Sons Funeral Service
• Michael Robert Sullivan, 63, Voss & Sons Funeral Service

SPORTS
Stearns' 'mudder' trio soars Tuesday in golf league play

After last week's rainout, golfers endured another rain delay before play in the Tuesday Men's Golf League. A squall as violent as Tony McDaniels' backswing left St. Annes Golf Course wet and muddy, resulting in at least one stuck golf cart driven by Steve "What Does CPO Mean?" Ogden.


• Shooting ranges reopened
• Delayed men's golf league starts up
• Former wrestler heads to law school this fall
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• Move It 4 Jennings to help raise funds
• The season that never was, continued
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• DNR reports updates amid the pandemic
• Licenses extended
• NV Parks planning late start for youth leagues
• Return of purple martins a sign of early spring
• Fish & Wildlife offices open via telephone only
• Friday is deadline to apply for reserved youth turkey hunts
• Crosley Fish & Wildlife Area shooting range open
• Challenging times for student-athletes
• DNR: Reservoirs remain open
• All sports at JCHS, JCMS are suspended

Editor's Notebook
It's been a tremendous honor

What a ride it has been.


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