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June 5, 2020

4/8/2020 12:18:00 PM
25 Years Ago & Longer
Parents brought their kids in tow for the annual Psi Ote bunny breakfast Saturday. While the crowd consisted mainly of mothers and children, some fathers braved the event, including local veterinarian Steve Sollman. Bunny ears and all, the doc holds his youngest daughter, Rachael, 8 months old, as the family takes a break.  Staff Photo by Barbara King
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Parents brought their kids in tow for the annual Psi Ote bunny breakfast Saturday. While the crowd consisted mainly of mothers and children, some fathers braved the event, including local veterinarian Steve Sollman. Bunny ears and all, the doc holds his youngest daughter, Rachael, 8 months old, as the family takes a break. Staff Photo by Barbara King

County Oks Sharing Funds
Jennings County commissioners, at their meeting Monday, approved an interlocal cooperation agreement for the purpose of sharing 10 percent of Switzerland County's annual revenue generated by the adjusted gross receipt tax imposed on riverboat gambling games.

The decision to sign on for the gambling tax money was unanimous. If a gaming boat is approved, chairman Russell "Whitey" Richardson said, "For the next five years, I'd like to see it go on roads." Next in line
would be sewer and water projects.

"This is a must," he said. "I would like to see everyone get it."

Tourism Board Summoned
The North Vernon City Council has requested a meeting with the tourism board to discuss their new logo, which prominently features a Confederate flag.

Saying she was "extremely upset" with the artwork, Council President Patti Yount made her position very clear. Yount's duties at St. Mary's
School includes teaching Indiana history.

"We are not a Confederate state," she said. In fact, the original state Constitution had a clause in it that Indiana would be a "free" state, she noted. ... "This county's history is Quakers and the Underground Railroad."

The tourism group has said the reason the rebel flag was included in their new design was because Morgan's Raiders came to Vernon. An Indianapolis firm, in conjunction with the tourism board, came up with the design.

Council OK's Tax with Stipulations
Before a standing-room-only crowd, and despite several protests, the Jennings County Council approvedthe implementation of a County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) at a public meeting held Thursday, March 30.

At a rate of .25 percent, approximately $615,000 will be raised. A total of 73 percent, or $448,950, will go to Jennings County; 25 percent, or about $154,000 will go to the City of North Vernon, and the Town of Vernon will receive 2 percent, or about $12,000.

One of the strongest objections to the tax came from Ernest Kennedy. He noted that part of the tax is to go to the Jennings County Visitors Center, adding, "tourism was good in its time. We have some basic needs in this county that need to be met. The roads are pitiful."

30 Years Ago
"Oklahoma" is coming to the JCHS stage when the choral department presents its annual production later this month.

Jeff Cumberworth caught a 7-pound bass while fishing at Broomsage Ranch earlier this week.

Mark Barber of North Vernon started the 1990 racing season off on the right foot at the Brownstown Speedway as he piloted his car to a first-place victory in the 15-lap feature event.

35 Years Ago
Ione Trapp was presented a check for $1,000 from the North Vernon Jay C Store during a special drawing the store had during a recent promotion.

50 Years Ago
Take your last few bumpy rides over the old humpedback Red Bridge on North State Street because it will be gone in a short time.

Mrs. Ivey Reece Marshall, who was the first volunteer from Jennings County to serve with Volunteers in Service to America five years ago will speak Monday at the JCHS auditorium about the VISTA program.

Margaret Khars and Alma Simmons are the district crew leaders for the 1970 census in Jennings County. Other census workers are Jane Patrick,
Ann Welton and Judy Mahl.

The Geneva Gems Girls 4-H Club met on April 1. Debbie Marsh gave the demonstration on "The Care of a Cat," while Millie Flora gave one on "Knitting and Crocheting."

60 Years Ago
A decision will be forthcoming shortly as to whether or not Spencer Township will operate the high school at Hayden next year, according
to a statement given by Willard Wohrer, Spencer trustee.

Marilyn Boggs, Sue Chambers, Larry Wahlman, Barbara Robinson, Nanette Modlenhauer and Marvin Boggs were named to the San Jacinto grade school honor roll.

Douglas Zehrung, an eighth-grader at Zenas School, proved to be the best speller in the county during the annual Spelling Bee.





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