The new $1.2 million county bond will fund 4 projects, including work on outbuildings’ roofs at the JC fairgounds. Some will be redone; others just painted. —Staff Photo
A new campground, new 911 radios, upgrades at the county fairgrounds and new patrol cars for the sheriff are all included in the new $1.2 million general obligation bond the county is in the process of issuing.
Amazingly, the four projects were chosen from a pile of projects totaling over $2.5 million after commissioners asked their county department chiefs for their "wish lists" the bond could fund. The list was compiled into a document pages long and contained a hodge podge of requests for articles ranging from computers to new elevators at the courthouse and government annex.
Only an update from Jerry Shepherd, Director of JC Emergency Management, saved the commissioners and county councilors from hours of deliberations on how to divvy up the $1.2 million among the various departments.
The only C-word that is getting passed around this holiday season is Christmas spirit. The Jennings County Youth Foundation is not letting a pandemic get in the way of bringing joy, food and a sense of community to the local residents. The good cheer began in early summer when JCYF made adjustments to their summer food programs in order to comply with CDC guidelines while still providing food to those in need. By adding drive-thru and to-go options, among other COVID-safe additions such as face masks and social distancing, the CSL Clubhouse...
This Thursday, Nov. 19, is the day a group of people working to improve you and your family's health is in the spotlight.National Rural Health Day has been observed as the third Thursday of November for the past nine years. It is the day to celebrate the "Power of Rural" and to bring much needed attention to the ongoing efforts to improve the health of the estimated 57 million rural Americans.
Local veterans were welcomed at the traditional Veterans Day ceremony honoring their service held at the entrance to North Vernon Hillcrest Cemetery just slightly past the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month.
In keeping with the COVID-19 times, the semi-annual Friends of the Muscatatuck River Society found it necessary to amend its tactics. A statement issued by the group conveyed, "The FMRS has always encouraged everyone to be stewards of the environment, and our #1 emphasis has always been "Safety First." Due to social distancing protocols caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not "officially" conduct our annual Fall River Sweep. Any individual or group efforts will not be sanctioned by the FMRS.
The Golden Ticket 50/50 Raffle will help raise money for JCYF's programs that support the children in Jennings County. Not only is this a fundraiser, but one lucky person is going to win a lot of money just in time for Christmas!
Tickets for the raffle will be $10 each and you can pick them up during office hours at the JCYF office on 100 S Webster St in North Vernon. You can also text 812-718-2055 to make other arrangements to pick up tickets. You can also contact one of their board members to buy tickets: Casey Ernstes, Vicky Lacey, Angi Grider, Barb Galliher, or Ramona Leach. The tickets will be on sale until Dec. 10 at 4 p.m.
Imagine being sentenced to serve seven years in prison because of your addiction to drugs and three years later you are three years sober and a Life Coach, helping others just like you rehabilitate by making the community a better place.