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June 23, 2018

Storm causes extensive damage
Storm causes extensive damage
Several trees and limbs fell on this home on North Gum Street owned by Robin Vandervort.-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer



APC has busy meeting
The Area Plan Com­mission covered numerous matters during its meeting June 4 at the Jen­nings County Govern­ment Center.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

BZA to consider variances
The Board of Zoning Appeals will have a meeting Thursday, June 21, at 6 p.m. at the Jennings County Government Center.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Major setback for downtown
A major retail anchor is pulling out of downtown next month.

The Sears Hometown Store at 247 E. Walnut St. is closing its doors after over 12 years in North Vernon. The store is advertised to go out of business July 7 (see advertisement on page 7A today), but a store clerk said the outlet will likely remain open until July 23 as it tries to sell of remaining merchandise.

Owner-manager Nikki Day declined to comment to the Plain Dealer. The North Vernon woman has owned and managed the store since January 2017.

"I hate to see any businesses close in town," said North Vernon Mayor Mike Ochs. "This is quite a blow to our community and is very disheartening for me as mayor. Sears was a good place where people could go to buy tools, lawnmowers, appliances and other quality merchandise. I wish there was a way we could keep it open, but we can't. Sears stores like this are closing all across the country."

The building where Sears is located, formerly the site of Caradonna's 5 and 10 Cent Store, Danner's, Dollar General and the North Vernon Antique Mall, is owned by Howard and Martha Morgan of North Vernon.

Lonnie Pike opened the Sears outlet there in 2007, selling the business to Pam Graham in 2012.

"The building is in excellent shape, with a brand new roof, and is in a great location," Martha Morgan said. "We hate to see Sears go. I think something good could go in there."

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Busy start for NVPD's new K9
North Vernon Police Officer Shane Trepanier and the department's new K9, Zobi, had a busy first week of patrol after recently graduating from K9 training school.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

'Heritage' barns on display
Barns dot the landscape in Jennings County at numerous farms big and small. Those barns included more than a few that are historical structures dating back as much as 150 years.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

JC Fair ends with a big bang
Last week's 2018 Jen­nings County Fair is in the record books and despite some weather issues to start, the end brought out large crowds.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Drug overdose leads to arrest
An apparent drug overdose resulted in the arrest of a North Vernon man on felony charges last week.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Bicyclist is critically injured
A North Vernon bicyclist is in critical condition and a North Vernon motorist remains in jail as of Monday morning after a sports utility vehicle collided with a bicycle on the State Road 750 bypass Friday morning.
Thomas J. Mullikin, 60, is undergoing treatment at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis for undisclosed injuries he suffered in the accident. He is in the hospital's trauma unit.
The motorist, Robert A. Robak, 36, reportedly left the scene of the accident. He was later arrested by Deputy Shawn Minton of the Jennings County Sheriff's Department and booked into the Jennings County Jail where he is being held in lieu of a $2,555 cash bond.
According to Jennings County Sheriff Department Deputy Anthony Maberry, the lead investigator, Mullikin was riding his bicycle on SR 750 when Robak, traveling eastbound on County Road 200 North/Hurley Drive­ in a 1991 Dodge Durango, drove through the intersection and struck the bicycle at around 11:13 a.m.

Monday, June 18, 2018

'Not running on my name'
He is the brother of the vice president and the extremely heavy favorite in the 2018 race for Indiana's 6th District U.S. Congressional post.
Greg Pence made a campaign stop Friday at the Jennings County Fair amid little fanfare. He arrived at the Jack Heath Pavilion livestock arena over two hours before the 4-H livestock auction. The crowd had yet to build, but the Republican Party candidate got to press the flesh with many people - including a couple of women donning "Greg Pence for Congress" T-shirts.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Teen shot in face
A Paris Crossing man is recovering after accidentally being shot in the face on Thursday.
Michael J. Davenport, 19, was treated and released at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Over $17K raised at annual event
The 22nd annual Relay for Life of Jennings County has raised over $17,100 - and counting.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Unique, creative artwork reflects Jennings County diversity
The unveiling of two pieces of artwork created for the local community had everyone agreeing with JCHS art teacher Karen Chilman who said it was "a a great tribute to our students and town."

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Reprieve for historic home
The historic Cone-Schuck home has been spared from the wrecking ball, at least for now.

In a ruling this week, Jennings County Circuit Court Judge Jon Webster ruled the Area Plan Commission is "preliminarily enjoined from demolishing the home at 305 South Jennings Street" in North Vernon. The injunction will expire no later than Dec. 13, 2018, unless extended by Circuit Court.

In the meantime, Indiana Landmarks, which has championed saving the home, was ordered to post a $500 cash surety with the county clerk.

The nonprofit will now have its day in court on Aug. 22 with the court hearing its argument why it should be allowed six months to provide Indiana Landmarks the opportunity to cure the unsafe conditions at the property.

The condition of the 1894 Victorian home has been the subject of numerous Area Plan Commission attempts to have it repaired.

On June 25, 2012, the APC filed its first motion in court seeking demolition or an order to repair the property. By Aug. 6, 2015 the court authorized the APC to complete repairs itself, including removing the deteriorated porch; however, the APC never completed the work.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

No tornado, but rains lead to flash flooding
Tornado warning sirens sounded Tuesday night in Jennings County after a funnel cloud was spotted in the Butlerville area around 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Rain can't keep fair down
"Rain, rain go away" is the song being heard at the Jennings County Fair this week.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Big boost for JCCDV
The transformation was stunning, according to director Sally Wood, volunteer Gail McCoy and others on the Jen­nings County Council on Domestic Violence (JCCDV) staff.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Meetings on child care laws
Two public informational meetings and discussions regarding changes in Indiana regulations of licensed child care centers will be held in the area on Wednesday, June 20.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Rain or not, the fair goes on
While rain may have put a damper on some of the activities at the Jennings County Fair Monday, it didn't dampen the spirit of fair goers.

There is a slight chance of rain each day throughout the week, but forecasters are calling for the chances to be scattered around the county. Hopes are high it will rain somewhere other than at the fairgrounds.

Inside the Jack Heath Livestock Arena on the fair's opening day, 4-H'ers and audience members stayed dry during several 4-H animal shows starting with the rabbit show on a rainy morning.

There are lots of activities scheduled throughout the week at the fairgrounds not only at the grandstand, but at the Activity Center pavilion and at the free concert stage. Tuesday's activities include UMRA Midget racing in the grandstand with gates opening at 4 p.m., the Country Kickers performing at the pavilion at 7 and Hank Haggard and the Orange Possum Special Band on the live stage at 7. There is also a pie eating contest at the pavilion starting at 9:30 p.m.

The midway officially opens on Tuesday evening as well. Luehrs' Ideal Rides returns as the carnival provider. Rides and games will open at 6 p.m. on the midway.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Road work to start this week on SR 7, U.S. 50
Road work on two major highways in Jennings County slated to start this week will likely cause some minor traffic issues at times starting this week, but Indiana Department of Transportation officials say they hope to keep delays to a minimum.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Donation funds playground
Construction is nearing completion on a brand new playground at St. Mary's School.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Road work to start this week on SR 7, U.S. 50
Road work on two major highways in Jennings County slated to start this week will likely cause some minor traffic issues at times starting this week, but Indiana Department of Transportation officials say they hope to keep delays to a minimum.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Jennings firms eligible for disaster loans
Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in Jennings County are now eligible to apply for Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans as part of the disaster declaration resulting from severe storms and flooding earlier this year.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Ready for community affair
The livestock animals are being prepped for judging, the Open Class projects are being given their final touches and the 4-H members have it all ready to roll as the 138th annual Jennings County Fair gets underway next week.

Under the direction of a basically all new fair board, this year's fair is designed to be more of a community affair than in the past, according to fair board president Randy Shepherd.

"We want to make this fair more community oriented," Shepherd explained. "We have out-of-town vendors coming in, but we are looking for ways to keep the money within our community."

In today's issue you will find a special section with lots of information about the fair. Also included are introductions to the 10-year 4-H members, a preview of the grandstand events and a sneak peak at what's on tap on the midway.

This year the North Vernon Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs will be in charge of parking. They will use the donations they receive to fund a variety of projects that they provide as a service for local residents. Although there is no set fee for parking at the fair, those attending are asked to donate to the two organizations upon arrival at the fairgrounds.

The fair officially gets underway on Monday morning. However, on Sunday evening the First Church of the Nazarene Church will host the annual vespers service in the pavilion at the fairgrounds starting at 5 p.m. This is a community event and everyone is invited to attend the special program.

Monday morning there will be the 4-H rabbit show at 9 a.m. with the 4-H dairy and pygmy goat show at 2 p.m. in the Jack Heath livestock arena.

New to this year's fair is live music every night. The New Hoosier Broadcasters will be performing on the live stage from 7 to 10 p.m. The stage will be located in the grassy area behind the Community Building.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Concert for historic home
If anyone can empathize with the efforts to save the historic Cone-Schuck house, it is the people at the Park Theatre Civic Centre.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Free kids' lunch program adds educational twist
Free Lunch All Sum­mer is back in 2018, Hooray!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018


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