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September 30, 2020

Golf cart wreck critically injures 2
Golf cart wreck critically injures 2
This was the scene of the golf cart wreck Sunday afternoon that reportedly critically injured a juvenile and an adult male.-Submitted Photo from JCSO



Nine-Year-Old Racer is "Parking" it in the winner's circle
Most children don't start driving until they reach the age of 16, but nine-year-old Parker Perry has been putting pedal to the metal since he was four! But instead of driving a car, Parker races a miniature racecar.

Parker lives in North Vernon and his parents are Erica and Clayton Perry. He grew up watching his dad and grandfathers race and it inspired him to start racing, too.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

'Mask-erade' benefit for local woman
To support this beloved mother, daughter and wife, tickets will be sold for a fundraiser to be held on Saturday, October 10. The day will start off with a motorcycle ride from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting at the Rolling Hills Shrine Club located at 3815 State Hwy 7 in North Vernon and will end in Brownstown.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Training in child abuse detection, reporting now available here in Jennings County
Administrators of area schools now have two brand new options for child abuse education and staff training.

An adult-oriented program reviews some of the more standard as well as subtle signs of child abuse with teachers and educators, how to react when a child discloses abuse and also the key first steps to take if they suspect abuse.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Businesses, city preparing for total Walnut St. rehab
You will hardly recognize downtown North Vernon in a couple years as an $11 million road project cuts through not only the heart of the downtown but up and through residential areas clear up to about 700 feet west of West Poplar Street.

The "Walnut Street Project," as it is called, will not only include a complete re-paving of the thoroughfare from the new Buckeye Street (old Hwy. 50) paving out to Poplar, but new sidewalks, curb and gutters, ADA compliant ramps; a new stoplight; the relocation of all utilities; and the replacement of 20- feet-deep water and sewer lines.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Centerstone receives grant for suicide prevention
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased psychological issues within the population. Deaths of loved ones, job loss, and isolation can have a great mental toll on one's wellbeing. Local Indiana service providers have seen a 48 percent increase in suicide calls and a 116 percent
increase in crisis text contacts since the beginning of the pandemic.

A study from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), conducted in June 2020, found that mental health challenges, substance use and suicidal ideation related to the pandemic have significantly increased, with 40 percent of adults reportedly struggling with one or more of these concerns.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Project will honor local women who have made impact here in JC
August, 1920: Thirty-six states ratified a Constitutional amendment that would change the course of history. "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."(19th Amendment).

One hundred years later, in the year 2020, Indiana and all states across America are celebrating this historic day that gave women the right to vote and freedom to impact their communities and the nation. At the state level, a coalition of appointed members from Indiana Humanities, the Indianapolis Propylaeum, the Indiana Historical Society, and the Indiana Historical Bureau formed the Indiana Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Not murder; self defense
To just about everyone's relief, it wasn't a murder.

Sadly, though, the incident resulted in the death of Luis Silva, 23, of Florida.

The incident that captured the headlines and social media Monday morning began just after midnight at 12:44 a.m., when officers with the North Vernon Police Department responded to the area of the City Park just south of FDR Drive. A concerned citizen called 911 when they noticed what appeared to be a person laying in the grass behind a nearby business.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

UPDATE: Body found near NV City Park
On Monday, September 28, 2020 at 12:44 a.m., officers with the North Vernon Police Department responded to the area of the City Park just south of FDR Drive when a concerned citizen observed a person laying in the grass behind a nearby business.

Officers arrived and determined the person was deceased. Detective Ivory Sandefur & Detective Nick Megel spent nearly 20 hours collecting evidence related to the event. The detectives worked closely with the Jennings County Prosecutor's office throughout the investigation. Two males were identified as participants in an altercation which led to the death. Witness statements and security video of the event was collected from a business.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Fall is the time to be careful meeting farm equipment on roads
Crops across the state are looking bountiful and harvest is almost here. Farmers will soon be traveling in large slow-moving farm equipment on Indiana roads. To increase roadway safety, we are encouraging motorists to exercise caution and patience when approaching large farm equipment over the next few months.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

City gives blesssing for free COVID testing site to be at its ETC building
The North Vernon City Council embraced '-at arm's length - the new COVID-19 testing site to be at their Educational Training Center or ETC at their meeting last week, Monday, Sept. 14.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

AmVets hosting a benefit on Friday for late member
A very good member of Amvets Post #7, Brad Anderson, passed away last month and Amvets is hosting a memorial/ benefit in his honor this Friday, September 25. Brad was a veteran, husband, father and a great friend., says Terry Baker, office administrator.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Downtown welcomes ice cream shop
Downtown North Vernon streets are lined with beautiful, historical buildings just waiting to be refilled with businesses. To see downtown bustling with activity and life is the goal of Joshua Carlton, a 32-year-old of Dover, KY, who recently purchased the old pool hall on N Madison Ave a few months ago, to which its most recent incarnation is as an ice cream parlor.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Rescue 20 will keep 'new normal' in place
Whether it's a mild health concern, a fall, or an emergency, Jennings County's Rescue 20 is here to help. Like all front line workers, they are battling in the trenches in the war against COVID-19 and all other physical ailments. Health, safety and sanitization have always been the name of the game at this county service, but like most establishments, they have had to up the ante to combat the pandemic and still provide aid to those otherwise in need of their assistance.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Trial commences for 'NASCAR' murder trial venued in from Scott
A jury trial venued here from Scott County is expected to last up to 10 days in Circuit Court.

On trial is Johnetta Ruth Hall, 47, who is charged with murder; conspiracy to commit murder, a Level 1 Felony; and obstruction of Justice, a Level 6 Felony. Prosecuting the case is Scott County Prosecutor Scott Owens assisted by Matthew Lemme while public defender Patrick Magrath will defend the woman assisted by Ashley Eklund.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

2020 election voting begins!
Election squabbles cannot stop the 2020 election from going forward.

Ballots have arrived and are all securely locked up. The absentee board has been meeting the past week to go over absentee ballot requests. And as of Tuesday at the close of business, the Jennings County Election Office reports a total of 940 absentee ballots have been mailed out to local residents, including 6 e-mailed to military service people.

County Clerk Amy Thompson, accompanied by Republican representative Lou Randall and Democrat rep Warren Byford, traveled to Indianapolis Sept. 14 to pick up the 13,850 ballots requested. "This was my choice, to take them," explained Thompson, to avoid "any appearance of impropriety" concerning the ballots.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

A Future Star
Performing live in Music City U.S.A, also known as Nashville, TN, would be a dream for any musician. But for Jacob Cruser of North Vernon, that dream has become a reality.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Bereavement groups can help with support
Bereavement groups are now meeting virtually to offer support for anyone desiring to join.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Brush Creek closure bringing out the best in students and staff
Just shy of four full weeks after the first day of school, the months and months of health and safety planning and prep work elicited by the Jennings County School Corporation leading up to the start of the 2020-21 school year has been put to the test.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Donate blood at local church on Monday
The American Red Cross needs people of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a blood supply as diverse as the patients who depend on it.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Saturday meal to help family of 3-year-old
The summer of 2020 is a summer most of us would choose to forget, but is especially true for the family of Poppy Petry who learned July 30 the little almost-three-year-old is suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

There is such a thing as free lunch
With a new, re-imagined and uncertain school year still ahead of local students, food will be one less item for our young scholars to worry about thanks to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Local contractor reaches settlement with state, DOJ
Dave O'Mara Contractor Inc. (DOCI), a North Vernon-based asphalt contractor, has agreed to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by misrepresenting to the government the materials it used to pave federally-funded roads in the state of Indiana. The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that the company has agreed to pay over $4.25 million over a period of four years.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Incumbent hopes to continue serving JC
Bob Willhite is the Republican candidate for Commissioner of Jennings County District 1. Having lived in Jennings County all his life, Bob says that he has the best interest of the residents in mind.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Work release soon an option
By next spring, residents who have been convicted of non-violent, low-level F6 felony crimes may find themselves serving their sentences outside of jail by working full-time, receiving counseling and even getting themselves educated.

That is the goal of the Jackson-Jennings Community Corrections Work Release Center, which broke ground Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 310 Dupont Drive on the east side of Seymour. The center, 20 years in becoming a reality, will offer an alternative to the standard jail experience which should give participants a new lease on a new life by the time they have completed their sentences.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

COVID-19 positive case at JCHS
The following was posted to the Jennings County High School Facebook page Sept. 11, 2020.


Friday, September 11, 2020


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