Superintendent Teresa Brown, State Rep. Randy Frye and JCS IT Director Josh Taylor checked internet connectivity in rural JC last week. Frye holds a “Cradlepoint,” which can have better reception than a regular “hotspot.” The three are working to ensure all students have internet access. —Submitted Photo
The spectre of COVID-19 forcing the closing of local schools again has staff members working overtime to ensure high quality internet connectivity is available to all students in the county, no matter where they live.
In this technically advanced age of virtual reality and social media, you may be surprised to find that approximately 30-38 percent of Jennings County families do not have access to quality internet. This lack of connectivity has been a major obstacle to overcome since schools closed in light of the global pandemic, forcing students to complete the 2019-20 school year via online learning.
The last time a team from Jennings County High School played in a game was March 7th in Seymour. That night, the boys basketball team faced off against Floyd Central in the sectional finals after securing two wins earlier that week.
A car crashed into the Village Apartment building located on 555 Brownstown Road in North Vernon across from Jennings County High School as a result of an initial car-to-car collision on Wednesday, July 29, knocking a corner of the building's foundation loose and tearing out five units of electric.
The future of downtown North Vernon just got a lot brighter this week.According to Greg Sekula, Jerry Greene, owner of 504 East O&M Avenue, is in the process of giving Indiana Landmarks ownership of the now-condemned structure at the corner of Fifth Street and East O&M. That building, as well as the block-long 462 E. O&M Ave. are known as the former Greathouse Hardware buildings and were purchased by Greene, an Indianapolis designer, in summer 2017.
With the outbreak of COVID-19 and the unemployment rate in Indiana, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, reaching 11.2 in June and being as high as 17.5 in April, many families have had to seek out different alternatives in order to acquire their basic necessities. In North Vernon, the Jennings County Coordinating Council offers JC families the opportunity to receive food provisions.
People across the country are receiving unsolicited packages of unidentified seeds in the mail that seem to be coming from China. The Office of Indiana State Chemist, located at Purdue University, is urging Hoosiers not to plant or dispose of the seeds since they could be spreading noxious weeds, plant diseases or invasive species.
The 26th Annual Decatur Golf Tournament held on July 17th generated an estimated $22,000 in net revenue this year. Nineteen teams and 76 golfers supported the annual fundraiser to benefit Our Hospice of South Central Indiana patients and families in the Decatur County service area. Winning the tournament this year for the four (4) low-net scores mixed was Senior Spirits. Team members were John Nieman, Dick Brown, Terry Hogg and Dan Beesley.
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?"