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NEWS August 20, 2014

There are about 500 solar panels on the roof of the Jennings County Public Library at the moment. When the project becomes finished, there will be 746 panels. - Staff Photo by Briana Barger



Extension to highlight programs Tuesday
The Jennings County Extension Board will hold its annual meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, in the Extension office at the Jennings County Govern­ment Center, 200 E. Brown St., Vernon. The public is invited.
In addition to reports given by local Extension officials, attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities, according to Atina Rozhon, Extension educator.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Motorist faces charges after 4 injured in wreck
Three people suffered injuries in a four-vehicle traffic accident on U.S. 50 near Hayden Friday night.
Monday, August 18, 2014

JCSC teachers gain salary hikes with new contract
The Jennings County School Board unanimously approved adopting a contract on Monday, Aug. 11, with the Jennings County Classroom Teach­er's Asso­ciation that includes pay raises of varying degrees.
Monday, August 18, 2014

South State traffic to soon shift to street's other side
Motorists weary of driving on the temporary and narrow lanes on South State Street will soon get a change.
Sometime early next month, the traffic will be routed on lanes on the other side of the street. Pedestrians who have had no sidewalks along the southern five blocks of the street will also have a new walkway soon.
Cement for sidewalks and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant curb ramps are being poured on the west side of South State Street as Indiana Department of Transportation's (INDOT) $3 million auxiliary lane project along SR 3&7 moves forward.

Monday, August 18, 2014

No rush for school board candidates
With just four days to go, candidates are apparently in no rush to file their candidacies for the four seats on the Jen­nings County School board that are up for election this year.
Monday, August 18, 2014

Army pleased with exercise
A U.S. Army North homeland emergency response exercise called Vibrant Response 14 transformed the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center into a true city in distress from Monday, July 21, through Thursday, Aug. 7.
Exercise participants arrived at the Butlerville center to see clothes hanging from trees, a flooded neighborhood with victims that needed to be rescued and a real train that appeared to be dangling precariously from a destroyed railroad trestle in order to simulate the aftermath of a nuclear attack.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Prime time at Farmers' Market
It is prime time - depending on one's tastes, of course - at the Jennings County Farmers' Market.
Two of the market's very most popular items, sweet corn and tomatoes, are now at their peak harvest. Other highly-sought late-summer vegetables and fruits are coming on in abundance, too, such as green beans, cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant, onions and peppers.
And shoppers are flocking to the three-day-a-week market at the North Vernon City Park to scarf up the bounty.
Among a couple recently were Tom and Gay Gorbett Schofer of Milford, Mich. They are Jennings County natives who still own property here.
"We always come here when we're in North Vernon," Gay Schofer said between stops at the growers' stands in shelter house No. 2 as she and her husband carried bags of items.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

City residents now own a golf course
The City of North Vernon is now the owner of a golf course.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

No electric bill at library
A new sight has arisen by the sign at the entry road leading to the Jen-nings County Public Library - a large tracker solar panel.
Since March, the library has undergone a campaign to cut down electrical utility expenses in order to help cut costs in its budget.
Part of the campaign includes switching all of the library's halogen light bulbs to the more energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lights, putting in insulation and upgrading the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HV/AC) system. That work has already been completed.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bypass junction to get flasher?
State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) has heard plenty of complaints about the junction of U.S. 50, SR 750 and Base Road located between North Vernon and Hayden. Many of his constituents believe a traffic signal needs to be installed there to replace the current two-way stop where eastbound traffic on U.S. 50 and westbound traffic on SR 750 does not stop.
The first-term legislator received so much feedback in the days after a fatal traffic accident there on June 26 that he contacted the Indiana Department of Transportation to look into ways to improve safety.
"Next week, I am scheduled to meet with an INDOT official to go look at the intersection," Lucas said Tuesday. "I have been in contact with INDOT quite a bit on this."

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Police, others welcome new mo-ped laws
Earlier this year, Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation that will create tighter control over mo-peds with engines of 50 cubic centimeters and less and the drivers of such motored scooters.
The law, which go into effect on Jan. 1, will make an impact in the state and the Jennings County area when it comes to safety on roadways and assistance in solving crimes related to mo-peds, according to local law enforcement officials.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ramming lands CSL man in jail
Police arrested a Country Squire Lakes man Wednesday on a multitude of felony charges after he allegedly repeatedly rammed his vehicle into a mobile home on Steple­worth Way in CSL.
Greg D. Loper, 43, also reportedly entered the home and battered three adult occupants inside, according to police.

Monday, August 11, 2014

NV man hurt as car overturns, runs off road
A North Vernon man was flown to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of injuries he suffered after the automobile he was driving overturned and crashed into a wooded area Thursday afternoon.
Johnathan Ross, 20, was driving a 2001 Pontiac Sunfire northbound at 2:51 p.m. on CR 150W near Centerville Baptist Church when, after cresting a hill, went off the right side of the roadway. Ross apparently overcorrected by steering hard to the left, which caused the vehicle to overturn, according to Deputy Mike Mowery of the Jen­nings County Sheriff's Depart­ment.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Girl mauled by dogs
A 6-year-old girl suffered serious injuries when she was attacked by two dogs Saturday evening near Scipio.
Joslin "Josie" Soto is in good condition after undergoing surgery Sunday at the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis where she was flown by a medical helicopter crew.
"A neighbor heard the attack and came to the residence where he shot both dogs and stopped the attack," said Maj. Jerry Shepherd of the Jennings County Sheriff's Depart­ment.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Young aviators keep soaring
It was a week in aviation heaven for four young pilots and pilots-in-training and their mentor from Jennings County involved in the Eagles Nest Projects program.
"It was a great time and very good experience for all of our kids," said Bob Kelly of Scipio, the mentor.
Two of the local youth, Austin Malcomb, a Jen­nings County High School senior, and Elijah Morris, a 2014 JCHS graduate, flew to the event from the North Vernon Municipal Airport in the aircraft they and others helped build from a kit.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Way more than chump change
Question: How much do 40,000 U.S. quarters weigh?
Answer: You wouldn't be that far off if you said a ton. Actually, it is a quarter of a ton or, in other words, considerably more than the typical pocket full of change, which an alleged thief or thieves found out recently.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Who's that at the door?
Two police officers went to a Country Squire Lakes home Friday night to arrest a man on a warrant for burglary. When the officers walked up to knock on the front door, the suspect saw them, exited the back door and took off running in a futile attempt to stay out of jail.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

JCSC jumps high in ISTEPs
The 2014 spring Indi­ana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) results are in and the Jennings County School Corp. (JCSC) had more students pass the exam than at any other time in history.
"I am very pleased with the results," said Dr. Terry Sargent, JCSC superintendent. "I was terrified that with those 14 days of school we missed because of snow, it would affect our scores."
The final two months of the 2013-14 school year saw the day extended by 45 minutes to make up for the missed school days. The extended days began a few weeks before the spring ISTEP+ testing and there had been concern if there was enough time to teach the students everything they needed to know before the actual testing
"Obviously the teachers used that time to focus every day on getting their students ready for the ISTEP+," Sargent pointed out. "They did a fantastic job. You can speculate we might have done even better had we not missed those days, but we'll take the improved scores."
As a corporation, there were 82.3 percent of JCSC students who passed the language arts portion of the test. For math, 87.7 percent passed and 77.3 percent passed both parts of the test.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Land squabbles delay highway
Rampant rumors that the state does not have the money to complete the U.S. 50 bypass around North Vernon are blatantly false, according to the Indiana Department of Transporta­tion.
"The funding for the project is secure," said Will Wingfield of INDOT.
Construction on the $20 million, 3.2-mile eastern portion of the bypass was originally scheduled to begin this year. Now, INDOT says that work will not start until next year.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Religious digest - July 31, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

2 hospitalized after accident
Two North Vernon women were hospitalized for injuries when a vehicle went off SR 7 and into a ditch at around 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Rosemary Stevens, 25, suffered a broken heel and deep cut to a leg, and Beva Barnsfather, 55, suffered bruises in the wreck.
Two young children in the vehicle's back seat were not hurt.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ready or not, school to start Tuesday
Tuesday, Aug. 5, is the magical day for Jennings County. That's the day local students will be returning to the classroom for the start of the 2014-15 school year.
Students will attend a full day of classes on Tuesday as they kick-off the school year. Teachers and other Jennings County School Corp. (JCSC) employees will have their first full day of work on Monday, Aug. 4.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Rescued dog now in new home
Beamer the dog is now living the happy life in a new home after a brush with death three months ago. ("A dog named 'Beam­er'," The Sun, July 1.)
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

JCSC proposes $45M budget
At their meeting on Monday night, the Jennings County School Board got their first look at how much it is going to cost taxpayers to run the school district in 2015.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ready or not, school to start Tuesday
Tuesday, Aug. 5, is the magical day for Jennings County. That's the day local students will be returning to the classroom for the start of the 2014-15 school year.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014


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