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The Jennings County School Board approved the request to move the back-to-school date from August 6 to Thursday, August 13.

Equal internet access a concern
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
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.

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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.

Don't plant Chinese 'seeds' instead send to ag experts

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.

• JCYF prepares to distribute supplies
• Applications open for Lilly scholarship
• Suspect sought in 6 home burglaries
• City rep's goal is to 'save our heritage'
• 'Virtual auction' replaces annual livestock auction to help 4'Hers
• Pets of the Week
• Lucas: Mask order 'obscene'
• Young Professional group forms
• COVID update
• But there's hope for chickens
• September sure isn't what it used to be
• Taggart is first to file
• Demos field county council hopeful
• JC EDC is determined to help
• Board meets at JCHS
• Candidates can submit info
• Local woman finds career path in an unexpected conversation
• Mystery of 'Order of Magellan' is hopefully on way to being solved


• Jerry M. Chandler, 82, Myers-Reed Chapel
• Darlena Lynn Barrett, 57, Norman Funeral Home
• Judy Marie Landwehr Gatewood, 81, Bass & Gasper Funeral Home
• Phyllis J. Craig, 82, Sawyer-Pickett Funeral Home
• JoAnn Gardner, 69, Bass & Gasper Funeral Home
• Mary Grein, 96, Voss & Son Funeral Service
• Stella B. Kirchner, 87, St. Mary's Cemetery
• Betty Sue Lauber, 83, Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home
• Kenneth Scott Hughes, 90, Voss & Son Funeral Home
• Marian Anita Cook Lloyd, 84, Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home
• Paul Wayne Marsh, 83, Sawyer-Pickett Funeral Home
• Russell Lloyd Montgomery, 91
• Lester Edgar Otte, 73, Voss & Son Funeral Service
• Michael 'Mike' Ritchie, 53, Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home
• Herbert Lewis Taylor, 73, Adams Family Funeral Home
• William 'Bill' Richard Toborg, 87, Voss & Son Funeral Home
• Dennis Wilson, 69 and Vicki Wilson, 68
• Betty Sue Lauber, 83, Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home
• Mary Grein, 96, Voss and Sons Funeral Service

Our Hospice tournament raises $22,000 for non-profit services

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.

• It's F.A.M.I.L.Y. time on the football field
• Bittersweet night for York team
• Like local sports?
• 'Mr. JC Soccer' himself to lead girls team
• Big Oaks Wildlife Refuge reopening Juy 20
• Johnson trio storms St. Annes course
• New cross country coach says it's full speed ahead for the JCHS team
• Joemeo's pin placements befuddle men's league golfers
• Hanover College working to welcome back athletes with thoughful, comprehensive plan
• Johnson, Stearns are happy haymakers
• Yes, there will be school sports this fall
• Baseball/softball returning to park in July
• Fishing tournament this weekend will be fun and help charity
• Franklin College team to lead soccer camp
• Emotions laid bare in Tuesday night golf
• Bailey, Schroeder trios soar in the men's Tuesday Golf League
• Golf Tourney July 17 benefits Our Hospice
• Stearns' 'mudder' trio stands out in Tuesday's golf league play
• Shooting ranges reopened

Editor's Notebook

'Poor little fella'

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?"

"He got ran over by a car," Hofelich answered.

Olivia frowned.

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• Shooting the breeze on radio
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• Jennings GOP's man in Tampa
• 'And this one belongs to the Reds'
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• NASCAR's NV connection
• Now gone but not forgotten
• Saving money ... and the earth
• A reunion to remember
• A big, really really big, city
• Holton tornado nightmare
• Putting others first
• Soap box derby excitement
• 'My soldier on my arm'
• 'That's my girl!'
• Restoration of faith
• Six degrees of separation

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