Proper disposal of Personal Protective Equipment such as masks has become a problem across the U.S., including here in Jennings. You are asked to dispose of masks and gloves in trash containers to limit the spread of germs, and not in the street, as above.—Staff Photo
State guidelines were elevated last week as Indiana's cases of COVID-19 continue to climb.
Since last Thursday, local cases have increased by seven. Deaths here from the virus remains at 12, although Health Dept. office manager/Environ-mental Health Specialist Peggy Roe told county officials last week that in the case of 2 other deaths here, COVID was the "probable" cause.
This increase was reflected across the state and prompted Gov. Eric Holcomb to make the wearing of masks mandatory for businesses and individuals as of Monday, July 27, except where social distancing is possible in offices and in outdoor situations.
A few local storefront businesses have front door greeters, but they are much smaller and furrier than you might expect.
The Jennings County School Board approved the request to postpone the back-to-school date from August 6 to August 13 during the virtual special meeting held on Thursday, July 23 and, contrary to what some may assume, it is NOT because of increased concerns regarding COVID-19.
A global pandemic did not stop Jennings County's Free Lunch All Summer, Hooray! better known as FLASH, a free lunch summer program which has been serving food to those in need for 10 years.
In her brand-new, kitchen, Kenzie Wilson (nee Caldwell) can be found surrounded by bowls of homemade cake batter and frosting.
Two North Vernon locals, Catonya Bottos Patton and her husband, Charlie Patton, were involved in a motorcycle crash that occurred Saturday, July 25. There is no official police report as of yet, but family member, Cassey Bottos Smith, posted on Facebook that her sister and brother-in-law were traveling on Hwy 3 when a white car pulled out in front them.
Deb Hofelich shed tears when she laid a flower by the body of brown hound dog that didn't have a chance. Earlier that day, it had been hit by a vehicle and killed near her home in the Two-Mile Creek subdivision.
"He was a handsome animal," Hofelich said, "the poor little fella."
Across the street, a little girl playing in her yard was also disheartened.
"I saw that dog walking around our neighborhood a couple of days ago," said Olivia Sharp, 6. "It makes me sad that he is dead. What happened to him?"