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Joe Barger is on the hunt this spring and it's definitely paying off. He shows off a few mushrooms he found in places unmentioned recently. Joe and family members estimate they gathered about 1000, some of which will be immediately enjoyed, while others will be dehydrated or frozen for enjoyment later in the year.-Submitted Photo



Area religious digest - April 28, 2016
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Search begins for new JCSC superintendent
The Jennings County School Board on Monday unanimously voted to retain the services of a search company to assist in finding a new superintendent for the Jennings County School Corp. (JCSC).

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

GOP hopefuls in showdown
Voter interest is higher than normal for Tuesday's Republican Party primary election in Jennings County.

"When you have that many contested races, it brings out the voters for a primary," said Jennings County Clerk Mary Kilgore. "I'm expecting a big turnout for the Republican primary."

The GOP has nine contested races on the ballot in most of Jennings County with five of them involving county offices. In contrast, on the Demo­cratic side there are only two races with more than one candidate - and both of those are at the federal level.

Counting the three Jennings County at-large seats, six Republican incumbents are being challenged by others of their same party. Dave Turner, the county's GOP chair, dismisses the notion that the high number suggests party infighting or discord. Rather, he says, the abundance of candidates is a sign of the party's strength.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sewer project celebrated
By the end of September, a sanitary sewer system will be up and running in the Hayden area, culminating an 11-year effort.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

NV opens mammoth hangar
When Kathy Ertel walked into a massive new aircraft hanger at the North Vernon Municipal Air­port on Friday, there were dollar signs in her eyes.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Design-An-Ad effort inspires local youth
Students in Jennings County were asked to let their creative juices flow when the annual Design-An-Ad contest got underway earlier this month.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

JC Farmers' Market to open new season
The Jennings County Farmers' Market may not have a roof over its head, but that won't stop it from opening for its 19th season on Saturday.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

IRS refunds county $96,000
When others told her she was wasting her time, Janice Ramey appealed to the Internal Revenue Service anyway.

As a result, a $90,000 mistake has been fixed.

"I am so relieved," said Ramey, the current Jennings County recorder who was then auditor. "I can't apologize enough to the taxpayers. But I don't apologize to the county council and commissioners. They didn't let me know what was going on (until they announced it)."

The IRS refunded the $90,000 in penalties, along with $6,000 in interest, to Jennings County earlier this month. The penalties were the result of the Jennings County Auditor's office for not paying $452,388.94 in payroll taxes owed to the IRS in 2014. The county paid those taxes in early 2015, shortly after Kay Vance took office as county auditor and discovered the oversight. Then last September, the auditor's office paid the $90,000 from the county's general fund to the IRS in order to avoid additional penalties, according to county officials.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Skimmer scammer found on gas pump at NV store
North Vernon Police officers are investigating what is believed to be a card skimming device that was located inside one of the gas pumps at the Circle K Marathon convenient store on April 12. It was discovered after employees did the routine checks of the pumps. The investigation is ongoing.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Jennings Co. man dies after 2-vehicle wreck in Westport
A Jennings County man died after a two-vehicle traffic accident in Westport Thursday morning.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Program to focus on how to prevent identity theft, fraud
The Jennings County United Way wants to help people prevent identity fraud and prevention. So it is offering a free presentation in collaboration with the Indiana Attorney General Consumer Protec­tion Office and the Indiana Attorney General's office.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Free HIV, hepatitis testing to be offered Thursday in NV
Positive Link, a program of Indiana Univer­sity Health Bloomington Community Health, will be conducting rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing in Jennings and Jackson counties on Thursday, April 28. All testing is free and open to the public and is provided quarterly in these counties.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Pinwheels for prevention
The month of April is designated as National Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Month.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Jennings Chamber disbands
It was not a surprising move, but it was still a shock to many.

The Jennings County Chamber of Commerce will soon be no more.

The Chamber's Board of Directors decided to disband the 61-year-old organization on Monday after accepting the resignation of Chamber Director Marie Shepherd.

The reason is simple: declining membership and lack of revenue.

"It was with much emotion and sadness that the board discussed and voted on the dissolution," Shepherd said. "Every effort has been made to continue operating in the best interest of our members. Due to the financial hardship, we can no longer offer the support and provide a needed service to this community. It is time to close our doors."

The Chamber's officers are Brenda Habenicht, president; Dr. Terry Sargent, vice president; Lindy Hensley, treasurer, and Rita Euers, secretary. Other board members are Dr. Adam Davis, Claudia Huelson, Ralph Miller and Tom Means.

Like many other businesspeople, realtor Larry Sporleder of Tom Lawson & Associates, a longtime Chamber member, is saddened by the development.

"I hate to see the Chamber close," he said. "It's one more thing leaving town."

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Police: NV man shoots through wall at deputy
A North Vernon man who allegedly shot at a Jennings County sheriff's deputy through a house wall Friday remains in jail on felony charges.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Sassafras tea and history
What do mock Civil War battles, Under­ground Railroad tours and spring fruit pie have in common?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Job fair at JCHS next week aims at younger crowd
Jennings County High School students will be offered a unique opportunity on Thursday, April 28, when a job fair, hosted by the Jen­nings County Eco­nomic Development Com­mission, arrives at the school.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

200 years at Vernon Baptist
The oldest church in Jennings County will celebrate its 200th anniversary Sunday, and Aase Donahue plans to be there.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

City offers $500K for Ford's Crossing
The North Vernon Redevelopment Commis­sion has made an offer of $500,000 for the former Ford's Crossing Golf Course property.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Coroner: NV woman died from drowning
Following an autopsy that was completed Monday on Jama D. Brown, Jennings County Coroner Gene Rudicel made a determination that the cause of her death was from drowing.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Hayden sewer groundbreaking
U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) will lead the ceremonies when a ribbon cutting will be held to mark the start of construction on the Hayden Wastewater Utility's sanitary sewer system.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Lt. governor to speak at Lincoln Day Dinner
Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb will be the featured speaker at the Jennings County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Tuesday, April 26.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Election office hours clarified
The Jennings County Election Office will be open for absentee-in person voting on weekdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 30.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Police: Woman's death 'suspicious'
Police are investigating the death of a North Vernon woman after her body was found Saturday afternoon in a lake near Country Meadows. The lake is located in the 1900 block of East CR 100S in Vernon Township.
Authorities identified the victim as Jama Brown, 49.
An autopsy was scheduled to be performed Mon­day morning, according to Sgt. Stephen Wheeles of the Indiana State Police.
"After the autopsy is completed, hopefully investigators will have a cause of death and will know what course the investigation takes at that point," Wheeles said.
At around 4 p.m. Saturday, Jennings County Sheriff's Depart­ment deputies responded to the area after a caller reported spotting a body in the lake. State police detectives were soon requested to respond to the scene to assist the sheriff's department with the ongoing investigation. Indiana Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) conservation officers also responded and provided K-9s and other resources.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Driver in fatal wreck was drunk, says prosecutor
Christopher S. Boggs, 21, of North Vernon, has been charged with causing death when operating a motor vehicle with an ACE (alcohol concentration equivalent) of .0.15 or more, a Level 4 felony; three counts of causing serious bodily injury when operating a vehicle while intoxicated, Level 6 felonies; operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15 or more, a Class A misdemeanor; and operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, a Class A misdemeanor.
Monday, April 18, 2016


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