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January 23, 2021


The Hope for America
Civil religion and politics will never lead to salvation, and politicians make terrible saviors.  For that reason, we must never embrace the fallacy that ultimate hope lies in the political process and outcome.  People all across the political spectrum need to be remined of this. 
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Vinomian System names plant species
Most of us are not fluent in Latin so distinguishing between an Aesculus parviflora and an Aesculus pavia may take some extra effort. Throw hybrids and cultivars into the mix and our plant choices may increase with our confusion.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

25 Years Ago & Longer
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

A look-back at 2020: July-December
As 2020 continued, Jennings County did its best to soldier on and not let COVID-19 dominate our day-to-day lives. That said, please enjoy Part Two of the Top Stories of 2020, from July to December, as reported by the Plain Dealer & Sun.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

100 Years Ago
Items gleaned from newspapers on file on microfilm at the Jennings County Public Library
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Steps to take to prevent birth defects
Birth defects affect 1 in 33 babies every year and cause 1 in 5 infant deaths. For many babies born with a birth defect, there is no family history of the condition. However, there are steps women can take to help prevent birth defects.

Not all birth defects can be prevented. But you can increase your chances of having a healthy baby by managing health conditions and by adopting healthy behaviors before and during pregnancy. Here are tips:

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Columnist discusses just who are his favorite birds
I like birds. Everybody who knows me knows that. People who know me and people who have read an article I wrote for the newspapers often send me questions about birds. The question I'm asked most is, "What is your favorite bird?"

It's a simple question but the answer often changes. Now, for example, I'm eating breakfast and watching birds outside the window and there's a red-breasted nuthatch on the bird feeder. Red-breasted nuthatches nest in forests in Canada. They're a winter bird in northern Indiana, but I never see more than one and I don't see one every winter. To me they are uncommon.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

25 Years Ago & Longer
Wednesday, January 13, 2021

A look-back at 2020: Jan-June
When former Plain Dealer & Sun editor Bryce Mayer, who retired in March 2020 after 22 years, wrote the opening line "An eventful year, for sure, was 2019 in Jennings County" in his annual Top Stories of the Year report in January 2020, he had no idea that in just two months, 2020 would surpass its predecessor 1,000 fold as one of the most eventful years, not just locally but globally, in recent memory.

Most would agree, however, that while the rest of the country and the world erupted into chaos, our sleepy little county thankfully did not see half the craziness of its big-city counterparts.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Community members reflect upon 2020, set goals for 2021
The phrase "Hindsight is 20/20" has never rang more true than in the year 2020. Most of us will never forget such an unprecedented 365 days of our lives and will reflect upon them for years to come.

2021 is a New Year being welcomed with open arms, and with the door between the years swinging closed, here are what some of the Jennings County community members are reflecting upon and what goals they are setting for 2021.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021


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