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May 30, 2020

4/1/2020 12:53:00 PM
25 Years Ago & Longer
TOWN OF VERNON CLEANUP, MARCH 25, 1995: Carol Engle, one of the several Vernon women involved in preparing and serving lunch, hands a filled plate to Marvin Proffitt. Teacher is Damian Villa. —File Photo
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TOWN OF VERNON CLEANUP, MARCH 25, 1995: Carol Engle, one of the several Vernon women involved in preparing and serving lunch, hands a filled plate to Marvin Proffitt. Teacher is Damian Villa. —File Photo

Top 10 Students in Class of '95
The top 10 seniors at Jennings County High School have been announced for the Class of 1995. 

According to Shirley Hinton, JCHS senior guidance counselor, it appears that Amanda Belle Mackey, daughter of Jim and Lucy Mackey, will be the valedictorian for the class and the salutatorian honors fall to Robe Beal, son of Kevin and Susan Beal. 

The other students, in alphabetical order, are Melanie Sue Apsley, daughter of Dennis and Melly Apsley; Amy Beeman, daughter of Merrill and Danita Wilson; K. Annie Dunham, daughter of Ben Dunham and Carol Lawdermill; Kristi Dawn Green, daughter of Roy and Wanda Green; Michelle Hauer, daughter of Mike and Tina Anderson; Heidi Ponsler, daughter of Nelson and Jean Ponsler; Clinton Wayne St. John, son of Jerry and Janet St. John; and Marshall Wayne Zamora, son of Eva and Wayne Fletcher.

Bank Reception
After 26 years in banking, including 10 years as Hayden's official banker, Frances Huff will be retiring from her National City post this Friday afternoon.

From where she sits alongside U.S. 50 as manager of the Hayden branch, Mrs. Huff has a great view of the pretty countryside. When she was first transferred to the bank's branch, that bucolic atmosphere took some getting used to. 

Now, she describes her tenure at Hayden in glowing terms. "I've really enjoyed the customers out here. I'm going to miss them. They've been like family," she says.

Mrs. Huff speculates that she'll have no problem finding things to do. First on her list is continuing to cheer on her grandchildren, John and Jessica Huff, at their sporting events. She will also pursue her love of crafts and has already joined the Winding Waters Quilt Club.

Route Upgrades
Another access route to North Vernon's growing industrial park and airport is about ready to be upgraded for convenience and safety.
The North Vernon City Council heard at their meeting Monday night, March 27, work is about to start on improving Fourth Street. The project will run approximately two-and-a-half miles, starting at Hoosier and Fourth in the city's Historic Uptown area.

The road will be repaved from Hoosier to JFK Drive, then chipped and sealed from there to the road's intersection at 25 West, then on out to St. Anne's Road. 

The most dramatic change, though, will be the infamous curve at the North Vernon Cemetery. This practically perpendicular turn will be straightened out, due to the city's acquisition of Ida Grove's one-acre property across the street from the graveyard. Mrs. Groves has lived at that site for the last 50 years.

Dave O'Mara Paving will be doing the work. At $324,261.30, the company was the lowest of three bids viewed by the city's
Redevelopment Commission. 

Half of the project will be financed by the state, while the other half is covered by the bonds issued for the project.

Lookin' Good
Vernon is showing the effects of a whirlwind spring cleaning Saturday. The cleanup was a joint effort be adults and children, as well as town businesses and other organizations.

"Thanks is hardly ample enough to describe the true feelings I have for each and every person that got involved in Vernon's first attempt in seven to eight years to pitch in and clean up," said town Councilman Bob Spaulding.

"We were all so busy trying to get our loads to the landfill by 1 p.m., a pretty good bunch of trash went out of here," said Mayor Ollie Hazelwood. "It worked out fine. He reports that three dump truck loads and two pickup loads were hauled away. "I appreciate all the efforts, especially Bob Spaulding, who coordinated the whole thing. 

Hazelwood promises keeping the town looking nice as a high priority.
Lunch was served to the workers with food donated by the Old Tunnel Inn, Log Cabin Inn and Pike Street Restaurant. The Vernon Commons, a playground along the river, was cleaned by those who use it most - the children. They picked up several bags of trash that had accumulated over the winter.

The cleanup was accomplished with the help of county Commissioner "Skip" Fry; county highway workers Mike Barber, Charles Fortner and Merle Lacey; restitution workers; Vernon Branch of the Dupont State Bank, and Dave Shaw, as well as Vernon residents Bill Smock, Bob Rockey, John Percifield, Steve Heitzman, Eugene Earl, John Roberson, Tom Gosman, Tom Angle, Mark Ramey, Christine Oswald, Hazel Cook and Spaulding.

The lunch was prepared and served by Bonnie Boggs, Becky Burchell, Debbie Ramey, Carol Engle, Dottie Shaw, Joann Rockey and Lisa Lawson.

30 Years Ago
Green Bay Packers reserve quarterback Blair Kiel will be another special guest at "The Great Outdoors" extravaganza at the Jennings County Fairgrounds.

Helen Stites received the "Sagamore of the Wabash" award from Secretary of State Joseph Hogsett at the annual Democratic fund-raiser dance.

Edward Russell and Virginia Marie Sierp will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Robert Zeigler will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on April 8 at the East Columbus United Methodist Church. 
Gordon and Alberta Ross of Westport will have an open house at Westport Town Hall to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. 

Jonathan Smith of Commiskey is one of 100 students in grades four through eight who were named state finalists in the second annual National Geography Bee.

Lisa French and Nancy Cobb received honorable mention in the Franklin College Student Enterainment Board's "Puttin' on the Hits" contest.
Sandy Fields of Scipio will compete in the Miss Cover Girl Pageant on Saturday at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Indianapolis. She is a first-grader at Scipio Elementary School. 

35 Years Ago
Vying for king and queen of the Scipio Spring Festival are Scott Brown, Angie Carnahan, Jason Harper, Kristen Huddleston, Natalie Graham, Valerie Lewis, Ronnie Marcoux, Brian Meeks, Jason Brown, Jeanie Grizard, Chris Hanna and Ginger Henry.

Georganna Hull did the honors of pouring punch at the celebration Saturday for John Mills on his 60th year of business.

Jill Robbins has been accepted as a state finalist in the Miss American Pre-Teen Pageant to be held at the Indianapolis Hilton.

Soloists for the Vernon Presbyterian Church Choir Cantata, "Dawn in the Garden," will be Jennie Hanna and Gay Hollinger. 

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Helm will be honored with a reception to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

40 Years Ago
Attending Redkens Spring Seminar in Batesville were Janet Perry and Mary Hill.

Hazel Smith was chosen by the North Vernon Business and Professional Women's Club as their 1980 Woman of the Year.

Girl Scouts recently spent the day switching careers with local government officials. Joyce Aumick switched with Jim Lamb, chief of police, while Annette Clark was the Scout clerk with Lulu Belle Webb, city clerk.

50 Years Ago
Donald Schroeder, varsity basketball coach at JCHS, will conduct a basketball clinic this summer with boys in the county.

Carl "Mike" Booner, Blain Carney and John Hauer, all seniors at JCHS, have joined the U.S. Marine Corps' delayed entry program.

Mrs. Leona Mendenhall gives a demonstration of the new microfilm reader that is now ready for public use at the Jennings County Library.
The Sunshine Extension Homemakers Club met in the home of Mrs. Willard Hines on Thursday.

55 Years Ago
W.H, Huelson, Jennings County superintendent of schools, went to Scottsburg Wednesday morning, where he attended a district conference held for county superintendents.

Activity aplenty at the Shull Park Addition in North Vernon these days, with Dunlaps building two pilot homes for the moderately priced dwellings they hope to put up in the addition. One of the homes, a three-bedroom structure, will carry a price tag of around $11,500.
Crowned king and queen of Jennings County 4-H'ers are Melvin Sporleder and Mary Ann Horstman. They were crowned by last year's royal couple, Ralph Cooley and Linda Murphy.

Mr. and Mrs. Everett Bunch and daughter, Pat, and Dean Brewer of Indianapolis spent Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. A.I. Allee.





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