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August 14, 2020

5/13/2020 12:48:00 PM
25 Years Ago
Shawn Moore of Butlerville shows a large golden morel mushroom that is 12 inches tall and 12 inches in circumference. He bagged it recently on a family mushroom hunt in a woods about two miles from his home. -Staff photo by Phil Milholland
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Shawn Moore of Butlerville shows a large golden morel mushroom that is 12 inches tall and 12 inches in circumference. He bagged it recently on a family mushroom hunt in a woods about two miles from his home. -Staff photo by Phil Milholland

Library board seeks signatures
The Jennings County Library started distributing petitions for supporters to gather signatures Friday. The signatures are necessary to show support for a $2,568,000 bond issue, which would fund the new facility.

Library director Larry Cunningham said the board's goal is to get as many signatures as possible. His personal goal is to obtain at least 15 percent of the registered library cardholders, which works out to be about 2,250 names.

The new library would be built on 8 acres sold to the library by Dr. Max and Geri Joseph off Highway 3 North. The board has voted to go with a design/construct library building that will, says Cunningham, help keep construction and maintenance costs down.

State awards $125k grant
Judy O'Bannon, wife of Indiana's Lt. Gov. Frank O'Bannon, was in North Vernon on Wednesday, May 10, to announce the city has received a $125,000 Community Development Block Grant Microenterprise Assistance Program.

"This is used as a pool of money to folks in this area to get," O'Bannon explained. "The money is for loans to small businesses, because they are who really drive our economy."

The program provides grants to small businesses that help create capital investment and new jobs. O'Bannon added the state is "proud to support such entrepreneurs because it is here at the local level where innovative ideas are born."

The money will be matched with at least $125,000 by the city. O'Bannon said the great thing about this loan program is "it is administered by local people. A local board will be made up of bankers, local business people and others from this area.

Currently, there have been three people appointed to the committee that will decide who gets the loan. Marie Elsner, Joe Spicer and Mary McKinney have already been appointed.

North Vernon Mayor John Hall said he is "very excited" to learn they
received the loan.

Students take part in 'Just Say No" walk
Students in Jennings County Schools are ready to take a public stand against alcohol and drug abuse. Activities for the sixth annual "Just Say No" walk are under way.

This year, the walk will be held on Wednesday, May 17. Students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades will gather at the North Vernon City Building at 10:30 a.m. The walk will start at 11 a.m. The Jennings High School band will lead the way, with many officials of the county also joining in. The walk is a public display for the students to show their commitment to a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle.

Chamber members Celebrate 'the best'
Jennings County's business community gathered Thursday for its annual celebration of "All the Best" here in Jennings County.

Barbara Shaw was honored as Volunteer Citizen of the Year. Wayne Zamora received the $500 Chamber Civic Scholarship; Harmon Construction was named Outstanding Small Business of the Year; and CEW was voted Industry of the Year for the Jennings County Economic Development Commission. Former 15-year North Vernon City Council member Jo Hall received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award.

Sullivan named Teacher of the Year
Pilot plant manager Wanda Ferguson had the honor of introducing Hayden sixth-grade teacher Pat Sullivan as the Dr. Carl A. Wildey/Pilot Industries Distinguished Teacher of the Year.

Sullivan, Ferguson said, is someone who has "influenced many lives" and is "a teacher who has made a difference.

Sullivan accepted the honor, saying "One of the reasons I teach is because i really do care about what I am doing. He went on to pay tribute to his parents, Robert and Clara Sullivan, for the values they instilled in him.

"Education is not for sissies," he said.

Shaw named Volunteer of the Year
With tears in her eyes, Barbara Shaw told the audience at the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner that she was honored to be named Jennings County Volunteer of the Year.

"I love this community. I love the people," Shaw proclaimed. I love to do what I do, and I receive a lot more than I give.

Shaw was described as a volunteer who devotes more than 100 hours a year to the Chamber of Commerce. Serving on its board for about four years, she has chaired its Fund Raising Committee and also assisted
with various outings.

Shaw is also committed to her Independent Bible Baptist Church. She is the church's treasurer, teaches Sunday school, and is involved with one of the church's leadership development programs. Shaw also works with the annual "Jail and Bail" program for the March of Dimes and is a
director for the Jennings County United Way.

She and her husband, John, have two children and five grandchildren.

Butlerville receives sewer project grant
With the approival of a $45,000 planning grant by the state Department of Commerce, the proposed Butlerville Regional Sewer District is moving closer to reality. Julie Berry of Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission updated county commissioners on the project Monday.

The process is an involved one, Berry explained. The SIRCP, which provides services to the county, has been working on the project for some time now. "It is quite a milestone for us," Berry said, as she related the request for proposal on analyzing and planning of the sewer system as the next step. Commissioners plan to open the proposals June 19.

Reeves named road foreman
The third district highway foreman situation is resolved. Jim Reeves of Bigger Township was named as the new foreman by county commissioners during the Monday evening meeting of the commission.

The rather nonchalant action came after two attempts by Republican commissioner "Chet" Klingner to name a new forman in prior meetings. During those sessions, both Democratic commissioners refused to go along with Klingner's request. However, apparently, things were worked out during an executive session earlier this month.

30 years ago
May 17,1990

When Tammie Mull told her sixth-grade students at North Vernon Elementary School they would be studying poetry, the class responded with a collective groan. When she added the poetry would be put to rap music, she got a different response.

Ben Richman of Modern Woodmen receives thanks for his donation to purchase a wind screen for the JCHS baseball diamond by coach Bob Howe, Jason Johnston, Corey Franklin, Jeff Reagan, Ashley McCreary, Brad Byford, Jeff Vettrick and Mike Amrhein.

Ann Gross picked up the only Panther first place win when she captured the top spot in the shot put against Floyd Central.

Becky Lacey and Charles Batts were named queen and king of the 1990 JCHS prom. The theme of the prom was "Moonlight Madness."

Thomas Allen Horton received a bachelor's degree from International Bible College.

Former JCHS baseball player John Rayburn picked up a senior award during Marian College's Student Achievement Program.

35 years ago
May 16,1985

A union strike has slowed work at the new Brush Creek Elementary School. Work has stopped on three renovation programs of residential units at Muscatatuck State Hospital.

The Jennings County High School graduation is set for this Sunday, May 19. Co-valedictorians are Scott Akins and Ira Holmes.

Scott Akins has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD. He is the son of Clayton and Lois Akins of Paris Crossing.

Eight-year-old Julie Miller stole the show when the Jennings County Players presented "The Miracle Worker." She played the demanding role of the young Helen Keller.

40 Years ago
May 15,1980

The hail really came down for a time Sunday in Jennings. John David Beverly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Beverly, loaded his toy dirt mover up with some of the frozen pellets.

Bill Nall and Jack Heath have purchased the IGA Foodliner in North Vernon. They bought it from Carlos Luken.

"Bouncin' Billy" Cash takes the trophy from Bobby Wilson after the Columbus native had carried the checkered flag around the track, symbolizing victory.

JCHS athletics didn't fare so well in competition this school year for the All-Sports trophy from the Hoosier Hills Conference. The Panther boys finished last in the standings, and the JCHS girls were next to last.

An open house honoring the 80th birthday of Helen McConnell will be held at the Scipio Presbyterian Church on Sunday.

Mrs. Inez Dixon was hostess for the regular monthly meeting of the Sand Creek Extension Homemakers.

50 years ago
May 21, 1970

Plans for an expansion of the Arvin Industries plant were announced by Forrest R. Brown, manager of the company's local operation. The expansion will double their size.

The Indiana Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses honored Mrs. Robert Colbert [Ada Shelton Colbert] of North Vernon as Outstanding LPN in Indiana.

The delay in the assessment totals, which caused a delay in getting the tax duplicates mail, has, in turn, caused a delay in getting tax money has left the Jennings County school system in a mess.

Graham Creek Elementary School graduated 10 students from kindergarten this year. They are Tod Brooks, Jennifer Galliher, Cathy Hughes, Ricky Lucas, Monica Ross, LaDonna Royalty, Victoria Sullivan, Brian Vaughn, Michelle Vaught and Cynthiana Sinks.

Richard Mars was sworn in as the new local Jaycees president.

The Dick Vance contingent has kept the lead in Twilight League action at the Muscatatuck Country Club.

Mr. and Mrs. John Murphy of North Vernon celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary quietly at home.

Marine Sgt. Charles Wilson was promoted to his present rank while serving at the Marine Barracks, Naval Base, Subic Bay, Philippines.

Ronald Wayne Galyen will receive his bachelor's degree in elementary education during ceremonies at Oakland City College.

Melinda Ritchie, 3, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Zebedee Ritchie, was treated at the Seymour hospital for an injury to her arm that she suffered in a fall from a pony.

60 Years Ago
May 19, 1960

Although it is not yet definite, the National Guard is looking at the possibility of constructing an armory in North Vernon.

In a move that caught most local railroaders by surprise, the Baltimore and Ohio this week asked permission from the Indiana Public Service Commission to discontinue operating four passenger trains through North Vernon.

Georgia Fendrick of North Vernon has been named as the 9th District representative for the Nixon for President committee.

Elected as varsity cheerleaders for next year at the North Vernon High School were Judy Greathouse, Connie Banta, Ann Carr and Eloise Kelley. Reserve cheerleaders are Jane Goss, Bonnie Johnson, Anita Stearns and Sally Anderson.

Eight members of the 1960 Paris Crossing eighth grade graduating class received their diplomas. They were Hope Bonesteel, Bobby Corya, Larry Gray, Wanda Malcomb, Connie Price and Marilyn Speer.

Sally Sparks and Don Wells were chosen as queen and king of the North Vernon junior prom.

Now showing at the Park Theatre: "Jailhouse Rock," starring Elvis Presley. Starting on Sunday is "Imitation of Life," starring Lana Turner, Sandra Dee and Robert Alda [father of actor Alan Alda].

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