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June 18, 2019

Volunteers honor the veterans
Volunteers honor the veterans
For the past several years Danny Schuck of the St. Bernard Council of the Knights of Columbus has coordinated the same reliable group of volunteers in placing flags at the graves of veterans buried in St. Mary's Cemetery prior to Memorial Day. Over 100 veterans are identified on a map Schuck keeps updated on an annual basis. From left are Lisa Vogel, Dan Megel (a Vietnam War veteran himself), Tyler Vogel, Schuck, Grace Kirchner and Megan Vogel.-Submitted Photo



Storms pound area, flood roads

Two different tornado warnings Saturday night had Jennings County area residents on pins and needles for several hours. Fortunately, there were no tornado touchdowns in the county, according to officials.

However, a series of torrential rains pounded Jennings County starting Saturday and into Sunday, flooding roads and causing widespread damage.

"We've had a lot of road washouts in our area," said Brian Ponsler, Jennings County Highway Department's District 3 foreman, as he and a crew worked to fill gaping holes in roadways near Zenas left by the flash flooding.

Saturday evening's storms forced the postponement of several events on the closing night of the Jennings County Fair. The Fireworks Extravaganza pyrotechnics display, concert by Back in the Day and karaoke contest have been reset for Saturday, June 22, at the fairgrounds.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Driver survives truck-train collision
A Medora man miraculously escaped serious injuries when the truck he was driving collided with a CSX Transportation freight train in Hayden Friday morning.

Monday, June 17, 2019

JCSC changes kindergarten enrollment date
For the 2019-2020 school year, the Jennings County School Corporation (JCSC) is extending the date for kindergarten enrollment, JCSC.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Police issue warning after ATV wreck
A North Vernon man suffered serious but nonlife-threatening injuries Tuesday afternoon, June 11, when he crashed an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) he was driving on a city street.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Fair brings in big crowds
The fairgrounds have dried out and people are flocking to the Jennings County Fair to enjoy a pleasing plethora of activities this week.

"We had nearly 2,000 people at the fair on Monday (opening night) and probably just as many Tuesday," said Randy Shepherd, fair board president. "With the good weather and the new midway, so many positive things are going on. Everything has just come together."

That is, indeed, good news, especially after heavy rains hit the fairgrounds Sunday and several days before, and after last year's fair that was hit with thunderstorms and tornado warnings on multiple evenings.

The sun came out early afternoon Monday and hasn't been covered by clouds since then as of midday Wednesday.

Fair officials and others worked overtime Monday to get the fairgrounds ready for the fair's opening night. The biggest effort came on the track at the grandstands.

"At 1 p.m. Monday, I thought there was no way we were going to have the track dry and in shape enough to hold the tractor pulls that night," Shepherd said. "I was very pleased that I was wrong."

Credit Matt Sporleder, president of the Jennings County commissioners, for making that happen, according to Shepherd.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

'Proud' inmates at work
On Thursday, June 4, a crew of male inmates and female inmates from the Jennings County Jail armed only with paint brushes and buckets began their handiwork at the Jennings County Fairgrounds.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

'Built to respond'
When Sheriff Kenny Freeman and two of his deputies took out his office's brand spanking new utility task vehicle (UTV) for an inaugural drive last Friday, they ended up giving the 2019 Polaris Ranger Crew a baptism by, well, mud.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Madison RR lands $4.2M for Graham bridge
The Madison Rail­road's plans to replace the old Graham Creek railroad bridge in Jennings County moved a huge step closer to reality this week. The U.S. Depart­ment of Transportation announced this week that the railroad has been awarded a $4.2 million Consolidated Rail Infra­structure and Safety Improvements grant for the project.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Madison RR lands $4.2M for Graham bridge
The Madison Rail­road's plans to replace the old Graham Creek railroad bridge in Jennings County moved a huge step closer to reality this week. The U.S. Depart­ment of Transportation announced this week that the railroad has been awarded a $4.2 million Consolidated Rail Infra­structure and Safety Improvements grant for the project.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Vacancy on JC School Board

After two-and-a-half years on the Jennings County School Board, Warren Lucas has resigned his District 1 post, he announced Thursday.

Lucas, of Butlerville, stepped down to take the job as the Jennings County School Corp. (JCSC) transportation and safety director. Currently an emergency medical technician with the Jennings County Emergency Medical Service/Rescue 20, Lucas will take the JCSC position on July 1. JCSC's conflict-of-interest policy prohibits school employees from serving on the school board.

"It was a big decision for me and my family," Lucas said. "I did a lot of soul searching, talking with my family and praying. I will miss being on the school board, but this is an opportunity I just couldn't pass up."

Lucas was elected to the school board in 2016, unseating three-term incumbent Glorianna Robbins.

"I'm very proud of my time on the school board," Lucas said. "I hope the voters realize that I always tried to do what I thought was best for the kids of Jennings County. That was always my priority."

Monday, June 10, 2019

Dry weather ahead for fair?
Rain washed out most of Sunday evening's activities at the Jennings County Fair, but the forecast looks good for the rest of the week.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Sheriff, deputies break in new UTV with chase, arrest
He was in the wrong place at exactly the wrong time.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Road work to start on U.S. 50 East
Just as road work is being completed on State Road 3&7 in the Vernon area, motorists will now have to deal with another highway project in Jennings County starting this week.

Monday, June 10, 2019

NV couple jailed on drug, firearm charges
Police arrested a North Vernon couple and seized a cache of drugs and firearms after a traffic stop Wednesday evening.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Class of 2019 - 'It is now your turn to make a difference'
Smiles were everywhere while loud cheers, hoots and hollers filled the Charles Hurley Gymna­sium during Saturday's Jennings County High School graduation ceremony.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

German American hosting special day for customers
Customers at all German American locations will be able to enjoy refreshments and enter to win prizes during a Customer Appreciation Celebration on Friday, June 14.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Free legal aid clinic is all set for June 18
Legal Aid District 11 will present a free legal aid clinic Tuesday, June 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Jennings County Public Library, 2375 SR 3N.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Stressful time for area farmers
Farmers in Jennings County and throughout the region are struggling to get their crops planted as an unusually rainy spring has delayed or prevented nearly all growers from getting out into their fields.

"At times it makes me wonder what I've got myself into," said Tom Low, a farmer based in Columbia Township who also grows crops in Sand Creek, Geneva and Center townships. "You get aggravated at yourself and at Mother Nature, but you've got to laugh about it."

A stretch of sunny weather early this week dried out many areas enough to allow Low and other farmers in the area to plant corn and soybeans.

Low says he is about a month behind his usual schedule despite a lot of late nights recently on his tractor pulling a planter.

"Last year at this time, I was completely done with planting," he said. "I'm finishing up planting corn today (Tuesday), but I have about 800 acres of beans yet to plant."

On the other side of the county at Hayden and Four Corners, Andy Maschino and his family are even further behind.

"We're only about 25 percent done with planting corn," Maschino said, "and we haven't even started with beans yet. Most of our fields have just been too wet to get into. But we've been making some progress this week."

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Weather also delays city pool construction
Not only is weather impacting local farmers, but it is also affecting reaction - swiming - at the North Vernon City Park.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

NV man can't hide from police K-9
A North Vernon man is in the Jennings County Jail without bond facing multiple felony charges after he tried to hide from police in an attic and kicked a police K-9.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Earlier start for Jennings Co. Fair
The official start of the 139th Jennings County Fair is Monday, June 10.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Jail plans work-release program
The Jail Division of the Jennings County Sheriff's Office will be adding a program aimed at what Sheriff Kenny Freeman says will help to rehabilitate inmates and give them another tool to use when they re-enter society - a job.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Teetering building poses threat
For the second time in less than three months, a building in downtown North Vernon has been condemned and will eventually be torn down.

That is, if the building doesn't fall into the street first.

Jennings County Area Plan Inspector Matt Bauguess condemned the rear section of the structure at 504 E. O&M Ave. on Thursday morning. He was called to the scene after authorities noticed the side of the rear section had separated from the main building.

As pigeons fluttered in and out of the building through open windows, Bauguess said, "The back (part of the building) needs to come down. It's almost down on its own. She is definitely structurally compromised."

The roof of the building has already collapsed, he noted, adding, "We go by the '3 R's' - Repair, Renovate or Remove."
In this case, there is no other choice but to remove.

Jerry Green is the owner of the building in jeopardy and also owns the former location of Greathouse Hardware across Fifth Street. An Indianapolis resident, Greene purchased both historic buildings in Nov­ember 2017 and announced he planned to establish art studios complete with artist living and working space at the locations.

Monday, June 3, 2019

NV woman swallows bag of meth
A Butlerville woman being booked into the Jennings County Jail allegedly swallowed a plastic bag containing methamphetamine, causing her to suffer what Indiana State Police call "a medical emergency" at around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Motorist totals car, leaves accident scene
A North Vernon man somehow escaped serious injuries when the car he was driving rolled down an embankment after it went off the side of U.S. 50 near Butlerville Friday morning.

Monday, June 3, 2019


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