State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) pairs sneakers with his suit to help kick off National Cancer Prevention Month at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. He and others in the Indiana House of Representatives participated in the Suits and Sneakers Challenge to raise awareness. A cancer survivor, Lucas stresses the importance of following the American Cancer Society's recommended screenings.-Submitted Photo
Volunteers are always welcome at the Good Samaritan Food Pantry, even ones as high profile as U.S. Rep. Greg Pence.
The first-term 6th District Republican congressman from Columbus, who represents all of Jennings County, spent nearly two hours at the food pantry in North Vernon Friday morning where he helped carry in boxes full of canned goods, distributing items to shoppers and did other miscellaneous jobs.
"The main reason I'm here is to raise awareness and set an example so more people will support the food pantry," Pence said. "Nonprofits such as this one are vitally important to the Jennings County community. A lot of people here and everywhere need help with food, and it's up to those of us who can to provide that support."
Ginger Miller, Good Samaritan director, and other volunteers at the food pantry, were thankful.
"We can't thank Congressman Pence enough for taking time from his busy schedule to come help us today and for raising awareness," Miller said. Monday, February 24, 2020
For the second year in a row, young Joey Denny, of North Vernon, saved his Christmas money to purchase tennis balls to donate to Vampir and Axel, the two K-9s at with the Jennings County Sheriff's Office.
A project that came up "very quickly" was met with decisive action by the North Vernon Redevelopment Commission (NVRC or TIF board) on Friday, Feb. 14.
It was a sweet day for the Commission to hear that a 100 percent-owned local company was on the verge of a major breakthrough in its growth. Layman Fabrication, located at 3435 N. Fourth St., plans to construct a new facility, doubling its size and creating 15 new jobs by 2024.
The growth is the result of several factors which include an expansion of work among several clients, including one based near Chicago, and the company becoming a certified vendor for Honda North America in 2019. Layman Fabrication received its first contract with the automotive giant last month.
"Our new relationship with Honda will give us the opportunity to become one of their lead metal fabrication suppliers," according to information provided the Commission. Without the new facility and acreage, the company said it will be unable to complete the contract here in Jennings County.
Jennings County Economic Development Commission Director Kathy Ertel explained the proposal to the Commission was based on a plan to keep the company in Jennings County.
While the Jennings County 911 Emergency Dispatch Center handled slightly fewer incidents in 2019 than it did the year before, it wasn't because of a decrease in emergencies according to the center's end-of-year report released last week by director Britt Burgmeier.
When the Jennings County Board of Commissioners hold their regular semimonthly meeting Thursday, there will be no Second Amendment sanctuary resolution on the table.
When Sheriff Kenny Freeman, North Vernon Mayor Mike Ochs and State Rep. Jim Lucas signed the resolution declaring Jennings as a Second Amendment sanctuary county on Jan. 17, Freeman said he was considering introducing the measure for the commissioners to consider at their Feb. 13 meeting.
Now, Freeman says, he won't.
"I don't think it's necessary to bring it up to the commissioners," the sheriff said.
Whether the resolution has any legal authority is probably a matter of judicial interpretation. The resolution calls for local law enforcement personnel to uphold the Second Amendment and not enforce any new gun control measures enacted after Jan. 17. Many legal experts, however, say federal and state laws always supersede county laws.
Matt Sporleder, president of the Board of Commissioners, says he is relieved he and fellow commissioners Dave Lane and Bob Willhite will not be addressing the issue at Thursday's meeting.
"The way I understand it, we couldn't have signed it the way the resolution was written," Sporleder said.
Nevertheless, Freeman says he feels good about the resolution. (2 comments) Monday, February 10, 2020
Just short of three months from the loss of a beloved Jennings County administrator, the entryway to Jennings County High School will be named to celebrate the memory and far-reaching achievements of Paul "Ham" Wernke.
The clock is ticking, and it's about to strike midnight - at least as far as candidates throwing their hats into the ring for the 2020 election is concerned.
With just a few hours to go for candidates to file for this year's election, there has been no stampede by hopefuls to the Jennings County Courthouse in Vernon.
In fact, one person who entered as a candidate on the first day for filing, which was Jan. 8, withdrew his candidacy last week. Josh Yeager is no longer a Republican Party candidate for Jennings County Commissioner in District 2. Yeager, a Bigger Township resident and farmer, is a former two-term county councilor.
That leaves another Republican, Shane Boswell, as the lone candidate so far from either party for the District 2 commissioner seat where the current two-term incumbent, David Lane, is not running for re-election. Boswell is currently a member of the Campbell Township Advisory Board.
Candidates only have until noon Friday, Feb. 7, to file for this year's election.
Republican Party candidates have filed for all Jennings County offices on the 2020 ballot - including two for county treasurer where incumbent Kitty Shepherd is being challenged by Tina Belding Brison.
In contrast, Democratic Party hopefuls running for county slots are, so far, few and far between.
Only three Democrats have filed as of Wednesday morning, all for the District 1 commissioner seat - Floyd Bowman, Bill Elmore and Jeff Galliher. The winner of that race in the May 5 primary will face Republican incumbent Bob Willhite in the Nov. 3 general election. Wednesday, February 5, 2020
School was back in session at Hayden Elementary School Monday after the Jennings County School Corp. (JCSC) closed it for three days last week following an influenza outbreak that kept dozens of students home with the flu.