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January 16, 2021

Post a yard sign; Join the campaign
Post a yard sign; Join the campaign
Jennings Mask Up! campaign workers Ashley Fullmer, left, and Ariel Galliher post a campaign sign in front of the newspaper office at 528 East O&M Avenue. The signs are available for the general public and businesses to post to help flatten the COVID curve in JC. The yard signs are free and can be picked up at the newspaper office or at to be announced times at the city parking lot's "Safe Exchange Zone."-Staff Photo by Barbara King



School Board re-elects leaders
The General Election in Nov. 2020 brought no new faces to the Jennings County School Board with uncontested incumbents Earl Taggart and Pat Sullivan elected for another term. Chelsea Morrison, who was contested, is also returning to the school board, this time for a full term after being selected to fulfill Warren Lucas' term. All three were sworn in last week.

At the first board meeting of 2021 on Jan. 7, members approved nominations for board officials. Pat Sullivan was re-elected president and Amy Pettit as vice president. Chelsea Morrison was voted secretary, the position previously held by Travis Shepherd.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Indiana representatives a mixed bag on decertification vote; both senators affirm
Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Board oks new HS classes; grant to provide weekend food; staff can get paid virus leave
After a two-week winter break, Jennings County Schools are back in session and so is the School Board of Trustees who met for the first time in 2021 on Thursday, Jan. 7 during a virtual live stream on YouTube.

The gathered school administration had much to discuss after board nominations were completed.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

APC amendments now up to JC, NV, Vernon
The Area Plan Commission held a regular meeting Dec. 7
Present were: president Chad Ebinger, Brian Hatfield, Travis SHepherd, Brenda Habenicht, Mike Gerth, John Post, Eli Brown, Tyler Stock, attorney Brad Kage and executive director Marie Shepherd.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Bald eagles removed from sate's list of endangered specis list but remain protected by state, federal laws
The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) recently removed the bald eagle from Indiana's list of state endangered and special concern species due to evidence of successful recovery.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021

ISP investigating murder of woman found just north of Holton in rural Ripley County
Detectives from the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post began a homicide investigation Monday, Jan. 11 after an adult female was located deceased in a residence in rural Ripley County, Indiana.

The investigation began shortly after 12:00 a.m. Monday morning when deputies from the Ripley County Sheriff's Office and troopers from the ISP-Versailles Post responded to a residence on County Road 700 West, just north of Holton, after receiving reports of an unresponsive female located inside a home.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

To 'V' or not to 'V' is timely question at hand
To vaccinate, or not to vaccinate, that is the question.

If William Shakespeare could have predicted the global pandemic of 2020, it's likely he would have written a masterpiece about it. Perhaps it would have been akin to Romeo & Juliet, but instead of the Capulets vs. the Montagues, the plot would be centered around the question whether to vaccinate or not.

With two COVID-19 vaccines currently being distributed nationwide, there is a debate between members of the public on whether or not they will, or should, get the injection even when it becomes regularly available to the public.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

City's new bond will save over $1 million
The City of North Vernon got $1.3 million richer last month, after its City Council voted unanimously to refinance its 2015 bond. That bond was taken out to clean up the Fifth Street area destroyed by the devastating downtown Nov. 2014 fire as well as to fund work needed to transform the quarry into a reservoir of fresh water for its utility customers.

Financial advisors had told the city fathers the refinancing was worth the time and effort if a savings of 3 percent could be realized. To their delight, the refinancing savings turned out to be in the 15 to 16 percent range, with gross savings calculated to be $1,397,476 over the next 20 years.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

New judge fulfills dream
This is Circuit Court Judge Ellie Webster Bright's first week on the bench. The daughter of retired Judge Jon and Julie Webster, the 36-year old mother of four and wife of Johnny Bright took the time to reflect on what could very well be the start of a judicial career as long as her dad's 24 years on the bench.

This is a special time for you and your family with your dad retiring and you stepping into his job.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Locals line up for shots
If telephone calls to the JC Health Deartment are any indication, people in Jennings County are anxious, if not impatient, to get the COVID-19 vaccination.

"We are overwhelmed with calls," noted Public Health Nurse Pam Petry last week. It was right after the Indiana Department of Health announced that vaccines would be available for anyone 80 and over that the calls started flooding the office.

Her advice?
Be patient.

Now, on Wednesday, Jan. 13, it may be announced that the vaccines will be available for those 70 and over. If this is announced, it will be put on our web site, plaindealer-sun.com.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

'Scarce resource' is in demand as state sets recipients of shots
According to public health nurse Pam Petry at the Jennings County Health Department, 200 doses of the Moderna COVID vaccine, 100 on Thursday, Jan. 7 and 100 on Monday, Jan. 11 will arrive in Jennings - fingers crossed!

Then, once the department's computer system is set to schedule and administer these lifesaving shots, injections will be starting sometime
next week for local targeted individuals.

If you are eligible to receive the vaccination but are unable to secure one of the 200 doses at the health department, fear not, you can still make an appointment at Columbus Regional Hospital.

On Monday, Jan. 4, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) approved first responders, such as firefighters and police officers, to be included in the category of people who are eligible to receive the vaccine. It was initially thought that people in the 75+ age range would be the next to receive the vaccine; however, vaccine eligibility is delegated by the ISDH, but that hasn't stopped the multiple phone calls the local health department experiences daily.

"It's a scarce resource," Petry said of the medicine and the department
must take their orders from the state who determine what segment of the populaltion the shots can be administer to.

"As it changes we will let you know," the public health nurse said.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Series will help young farmers be successful
Next-generation farmers and business partners are encouraged to join Purdue Extension for the eight session virtual series "Grow Your Farm Operation." The series will be delivered virtually via Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9 p.m. (ET) beginning on Jan. 12 and ending on March 2.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021

New report on family farms now released
On Friday the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service released the 2020 edition of its America's Diverse Family Farms report, which provides the latest statistics on farm production, financial performance, and household characteristics by farm size.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Widow, 14 'chicklens' struggling after sudden death of husband, father
Far too young and far too soon, the husband of a Jennings County native passed away due to a brain bleed in October of 2020 at the age of 44, leaving behind his wife and 14 children.

Christopher Morey was the husband of Chatney Morey, daughter of Robert and Pauline Vogel of Jennings County. Chatney grew up in Commiksey, graduating from Jennings County High School in 1994. Christopher grew up in Jamul, California.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

JC schools return despite county's COVID red status
School reopening plans for Jan. 5 did not change despite the Red status. Grades K-6 return to school daily with safety protocols in place since classrooms are able to maintain distancing and keep students in smaller groups.

For at least the first two weeks, grades 7-12 will return following the hybrid schedule to enable social distancing and smaller classes.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

State sets vaccination schedule for population
The following are the general phases of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility set forth by the CDC. Note this can differ day-to-day and state-to-state:
Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Reins of government handed over to new officials
Retiring Judge Jon Webster swore in his daughter Ellie Bright as the new Circuit Court Judge in a bittersweet ceremony New Year's Day. With two of her children holding the Bible and her husband Johnny and mother/Judge Webster's wife Julie each holding the youngest boys, the oath took minutes to recite as one generation stepped aside for the next.

Rev. Aubrey Bessenger began the ceremonial rite of passage with inspirational words.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Fire shuts Vernon Restaurant
They say when you hit rock bottom, the only way left to go is up. It is a shame that a beloved local establishment had to end the unprecedented year of 2020 in such a tragic way, but if the above saying is true, then 2021 has great things in store for Linda's Log Cabin in Vernon.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021

New crisis hotline has proved to be lifeline during pandemic
The Be Well Crisis Helpline recently passed an important milepost as it enters its sixth month of operation. The free service was launched in July to support the mental health needs of Hoosiers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The service has answered more than 6,000 calls for help as it continues to provide 24/7 access to experienced and compassionate counselors, specially trained to help with the personal challenges that have come along with this pandemic.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Jeff Daniels returns to Park
Jeff Daniels is coming back to North Vernon - at least virtually.
Daniels, who performed in 2004 and 2015 to sellout crowds at the Park Theatre Civic Centre, will present a special live remote concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

The award-winning actor, writer and musician will be live streaming the concert. The show will feature songs from his new album, "Alive and Well Enough."

Tickets are $20 per single concertgoer or $30 for more than one viewer. They can be purchased on Crowdcast a https://www. crowdcast.io/e/jeffdanielsparktheatrejan26/register.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Vaccines arriving this week
According to public health nurse Pam Petry at the Jennings County Health Department, 200 doses of the Moderna COVID vaccine, 100 on Thursday, Jan. 7 and 100 on Monday, Jan. 11 will arrive in Jennings - fingers crossed!

Then, once the department's computer system is set to schedule and administer these lifesaving shots, injections will be starting sometime next week for local targeted individuals.

If you are eligible to receive the vaccination but are unable to secure one of the 200 doses at the health department, fear not, you can still make an appointment at Columbus Regional Hospital.

On Monday, Jan. 4, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) approved first responders, such as firefighters and police officers, to be included in the category of people who are eligible to receive the vaccine. It was initially thought that people in the 75+ age range would be the next to receive the vaccine; however, vaccine eligibility is delegated by the ISDH, but that hasn't stopped the multiple phone calls
the local health department experiences daily.

"It's a scarce resource," Petry said of the medicine and the department must take their orders from the state who determine what segment of the populaltion the shots can be administer to.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

North Vernon Police need the community's help in two active theft cases
The North Vernon Police Department are asking for the public's help in two active theft cases that were both reported the morning of Thursday, Dec. 31.
Thursday, December 31, 2020

Local restaurant catches fire early Thursday morning
Thursday, December 31, 2020

JC Mask-Up Task Force dispenses their gear to local businesses
The Mask Up Jennings! educational campaign was inspired by a group of Jennings County community leaders and health professionals who are committed to fighting the spread and keeping our businesses open, students and teachers healthy, and healthcare workers protected.
Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Bald eagles no longer endangered species in IN state anymore
The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) recently removed the bald eagle from Indiana's list of state endangered and special concern species due to evidence of successful recovery.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020


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