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April 25, 2019

Good riddance to hazards
Good riddance to hazards
It was a good turnout for the spring Hazardous Collection Event for Jennings County on Saturday. Held twice a year by the Southeastern Indiana Recycling District (SEIRD), the event provides a safe alternative for residents to clean out such items as household cleaners, oil-based paints/stains, pesticides, mercury items, etc. Twenty-three residents participated, which was "a larger turnout than what we normally see," reported Mandy Creech of the SEIRD. Among those taking advantage of the collection were Greg and Nikki Bach of North Vernon who noted they wanted "to get rid of items safely."



Passion play: Living Way of the Cross
The show must go on and it did for the 40th annual "Living Way of the Cross."

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Sassafras tea and history too
Vernon will be awash with sassafras tea and Civil War reenactors this weekend, a sure sign that spring is here.

The 57th annual Sassafras Tea Festival and Civil War Living History will be Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28 with numerous activities and attractions both in the county seat and at the Muscatatuck Park.

"It is rare that an annual event continues for more than half a century," said Asher of the Jennings County Histori­cal Society, the nonprofit group that is hosting the two-day event. "Founding members of the Historical Society started the Sas­safras Tea Festival in 1962 as a way to announce spring in Jen­nings County and raise funds to operate the North American House, which it had recently purchased.

"Now, 57 years later, the Historical Society is still serving sassafras tea and celebrating the beauty of spring in Jennings County.

"Passion runs deep in keeping traditions of history, arts, quality family friendly events and the North American House Museum available to locals and visitors," she added.

The Sassafras Tea Festival and other Society-sponsored events bring thousands of visitors to the county.
"Tourism dollars help everyone," noted His­torical Society president Brad Bender.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Prom excitement at JCHS
The buildup to Jennings County High School's 2019 Prom is causing quite a buzz.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Jennings Farmers' Market to open for 21st season Saturday
Strawberry plants are barely starting to bloom in the Jennings County area, if at all, but other vegetables and fruit are growing and some early-season produce is ready for harvest.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Drug Take Back Day at NV Saturday
The Jennings County Health Department and North Vernon Fire Department are local sponsors of the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Volunteers called to 'sweep' river
Illegal dumping is an age-old problem, one that the Friends of the Muscatatuck River Society combats every year through its semiannual river sweeps.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

3 more arrested after shooting
A North Vernon woman, who was on the run for five days after a deadly shooting in Country Squire Lakes last week in which she was an alleged accessory, turned herself in to authorities late Saturday.

Destiny L. Bailey, 25, was arrested just before midnight Saturday and booked into the Jennings County Jail. Bailey was wanted for her involvement in the shooting death of Donavon Booker, 23, of North Vernon on Monday evening. Her arrest warrant was for assisting a criminal, a Level 5 felony.

"We put out a social media blitz last Thursday hoping she would turn herself in, and that's just what she did," said Chief Deputy Dave Turner of the Jennings County Sheriff's Office.

Last Tuesday, police arrested Stephon Moore, 30, of Louisville, who is charged with Booker's murder. Moore is also charged with two counts of attempted murder and is currently being held by the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections awaiting extradition to Jennings County.

Police arrested two others in connection with Booker's death while executing a search warrant in Louisville last Tuesday: Frank Maurise Bailey, 20, of North Vernon, and Fashion L. Ellis, 31, of Louisville.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Fireworks show to be bigger, better at fair
Alicia Barbour could not resist the pun.

Monday, April 22, 2019

2 face felony arson charges
A North Vernon man and woman are in the Jennings County Jail on felony arson and other preliminary charges after a vehicle and foot pursuit in Country Squire Lakes.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Man dies in CSL shooting
A North Vernon man is dead following a shooting Monday evening in Country Squire Lakes. A Louisville man was arrested the next day in Louisville on a preliminary murder charge as well as two counts of attempted murder.

Donavon Booker, 23, died following the shooting that occurred at around 7 p.m. Monday, according to the Jennings County Sheriff's Office.

Stephon Moore, 30, has been charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder for his involvement. He is currently being held in Louisville awaiting extradition to Jennings County.

The shooting reportedly took place outside a residence on Squire Lakes Boulevard. Booker was shot in the upper torso part of his body, said Dave Turner, chief deputy.

"At no time did we feel the general public was in any danger," Turner added.

Moore allegedly shot Booker with a 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun.

"There was some kind of fight," said Sheriff Kenny Freeman. "The guy came up and shot the victim at point blank range. The rumors that the victim was caught in a crossfire or from a drive-by shooting are not true. The gun was pointed at him and shot. (Moore) also pointed at someone else and shot and missed. Then it misfired when (Moore) aimed at another person."

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

'Living Way of the Cross'
For the 40th consecutive year, a large group of spirited Jennings County youth will put on a dramatic outdoor production reenacting the final hours leading up to the execution of Christ.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Free summer movies count on sponsors
It's no secret that the Family Film Festival is a hugely popular weekly summer happening for children and families in North Vernon.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Firefighters keep busy with ISA Recycling blazes
Firefighters spent several hours Tuesday and then Wednesday battling a scrap pile fire at ISA Indiana Recycling in western Spencer Town­ship.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Day of Caring volunteers welcome
Volunteers can still register for the Jennings County United Way Day of Caring on Saturday, April 20.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

2 NV women die in 2-vehicle wreck
Two North Vernon women died in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday, April 10.

Erma M. Campbell, 78, and Rhonda R. Steinert, 45, died when vehicles they were driving collided nearly head on in the middle of State Road 3 in the Crosley State Fish and Wildlife Area.

The accident happened at around 1 p.m. near County Road 25 East south of the Crosley office.

The initial investigation by Trooper Matt Holley, Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team, indicated that a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Campbell was traveling northbound on State Road 3.

For an unknown reason, Campbell's vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of a southbound 2006 Ford Focus driven Steinert.

"The vehicles collided nearly head on in the middle of the roadway," said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, public information officer with the state police's Versailles District. "As a result of the collision, both drivers sustained fatal injuries."

Monday, April 15, 2019

Hard work pays off K-Kids
The Kiwanis Kids Club at North Vernon Elementary School is off to a good start.

Monday, April 15, 2019

County officials give support to Boys, Girls Club
The fledgling Boys & Girls Club project received support from the Jennings County Commissioners at their meeting Thursday night.

Monday, April 15, 2019

No trash pickup, recycling on Good Friday
Because of Good Friday, there will be no garbage pick up in the City of North Vernon on Friday, April 19. The garbage collection route normally followed that day will instead be on Monday, April 22. Monday's regular route will also be collected then.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Earlier deadline for next week's Sun
Because of Good Friday, deadlines have been moved up for the April 23 edition of The Sun. The deadline for submitting display and classified advertisements is noon on Thursday, April 18.

Monday, April 15, 2019

JCYF takes first step to fulfilling dream
The North Vernon City Council fully embraced the goal of building a Boys and Girls Club in Jennings County at their meeting Monday night, April 8.

Kelly Hatton, president of the local non-profit, introduced her organization's plan to apply for a $500,000 2019 Community Block Grant/Public Facilities Program grant to build what she described as a much-needed facility for youth.

As she told this writer, "High-quality out-of-school programs generate positive outcomes for youth. Communities and businesses also benefit when youth have safe and productive ways to spend their time while their parents are at work. Each of the clubs offers programs of the highest quality, most of which are evidence-based and developed by experts from Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Most importantly, Boys & Girls Clubs equip young people with the skills they need to resolve conflicts peacefully, improve relationships with every aspect of their day-to-day lives and function as responsible citizens."

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Transition Fair will spotlight options
A great opportunity for students, parents and community members who have any type of disability to "see what is out there" is set for this Friday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jennings County Public Library.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Company expanding with TIF help
Good news on the economic front this week as Decatur Plastic Products (DPP) will be expanding and hiring up to 70 new people by 2023.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Guardian Response returning to MUTC
From April 16 to May 22, Muscatatuck Urban Training Center will host the federal emergency response exercise "Guardian Response," which will simulate a national emergency incident in order to test the preparedness of federal emergency response teams.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

JCYF has grown since it was founded back in 2010
The Jennings County Youth Foundation (JCYF) was formed in October 2010 through an initiative of Janet Clerkin who organized an event for youth called Jennings County's Got Talent.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Pinwheels for Prevention

The number of child abuse and neglect reports in Jennings County have dropped in recent years.

The bad news is, there are still way too many incidents, says Deb Satterfield, local office director at the Jennings County office of the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS).

"Historically, this county has always had a high number of child abuse cases per capita," she said. "The number has been declining quite a bit, though, and we want to see that continue."

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the DCS staff in Jennings County is doing what it can to raise awareness.

Last week, as part of the Pinwheels for Preven­tion campaign, 17 of the local DCS staff completed a pinwheel display outside the office along busy Hurley Drive on North Vernon's north side.

"We know this isn't going to stop child abuse, but hopefully people will see it and it will raise awareness," said Kim LaFollette of the staff.

The pinwheel has been the national symbol of child abuse prevention since 2008 when Prevent Child Abuse America introduced Pinwheels for Prevention campaign.

Monday, April 8, 2019


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