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January 27, 2021

Busy at the blood drive
 Busy at the blood drive
Last week's blood drive at Coffee Creek Christian Church was a success, reports Pastor John Rigs.Twenty-one people stopped by to give the gift of life. Now, the pastor is looking to the next blood drive set for April 17 and has set a goal of 40 donations. Can you help reach that goal? The church is located at 2970 W 990 S, Paris Crossing.

Holding her breath...
The story below as written by Melanie Tucker of The Daily Times in Blount County, Tennessee about former resident Laurie Boyd, a 1978 graduate of JCHS who grew up in Hayden. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Gordon Boyd, who was raised in Butlerville and has many relatives here in Jennings. Laurie has a sister, Penny Wingate of Elizabethtown and Amy Young of Indy. Gordon has brothers Marshal, Wesley and Andrew living here in JC as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

The couple has three grown children and six grandchildren and celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary in October.

Experiencing life on the sidelines was never the life Laurie Boyd pictured for herself.

The 60-year-old resident of Friendsville, a wife of 44 years, mother of three and grandmother to six, always preferred being outdoors versus a sedentary state of mind. She is her happiest with grandchildren in tow, calling them "her world."

But because of COVID-19 and another major medical condition, Boyd has stayed home for months, waiting.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Business Spotlight: Furniture & Things
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

County Council appointees
The Jennings County Council also has appointments for committee and boards. All are for one-year terms for 2021. No information was available as to whether the appointees had served in these positions previously.

Here they are:

911 Board: Dave Woodall

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Commissioners pick boards, commissions
The JC Commis-sioners have made the following appointments to various county committees and positions at their last meeting, all of which are for one year unless noted. Asterick designates a re-appointment:

Alcohol Beverage Board: Robert Curry, Jr.*

Area Plan Commis-sion: Chad Ebinger*, Shane Boswell, Eli Brown

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

City Council 1st to approve proposed changes to JC zoning law
Describing it as "a great ordinance," the North Vernon City Council became the first of three entities needed to approve proposed changes to the county's Unified Zoning Ordinance on Monday night, Jan. 25.

Councilman Jerry Lamb, local realtor, continued his summary of the proposal, adding "I agree with this very much." That said, it was unanimously approved 4-0. The fifth city councilor, Jack Kelley, was not present for the meeting.

APC Commission member Tyler Stock presented the proposal via a one-hour Powerpoint presentation, starting with thanking fellow committee members for their dedicated and hard work: Brian Hatfield, representing the City Council; Charlie Weber, JC County Council; John Post, Vernon; Bob Steiner, JC Commission-ers; and community members Susie Hall and Nita Hicks.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

COVID-19 update
The IN State Dept. of Health says the number of confirmed cases of COVID in Jennings as of Wednesday morning is 2009, 70 more than last week. Deaths are at 37, 2 more than last week.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Free advice
Legal Aid is holding a free legal aid phone clinic 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Registration is required between 12 noon to 2 p.m. that day.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Center will hand out free lunches
Senior Resources will begin serving meals again, on a somewhat limited basis. The free meal is available for pick-up only due to COVID precautions.

President Sandy Vance reports the resumption of meals will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Feb. 9. Fifty free meals will be given out on a first come, first serve "take out" basis and consist of a sandwich with a serving of fruit.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

"There's no place like home"says former Vice-Prez
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

2 young people injured in crash on U.S. Hwy. 50
The daughter of JC Sheriff Kenny Freeman was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 50 in Jennings County on Thursday, Jan. 21 at approximately 4:15 p.m.

The initial investigation by Senior Trooper David Owsley indicated that Corey Freeman, 24, was driving a 2006 Honda Civic and traveling southbound on CR 580 West approaching U.S. 50 in western Jennings County. Apparently, Freeman disregarded the stop sign at the intersection. Her vehicle entered U.S. 50 into the path of an eastbound 2015 Chevy Silverado pulling a trailer, driven by Cody St John, 21, of North Vernon.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

New political party forms here in county
On Saturday, January 2, the Libertarian Party of Jennings County held their Organization Convention and affiliated with the Libertarian Party of Indiana. Kevin Coryell organized the Convention held at the JC library with the assistance of Rebecca Jackson.

Coryell was elected chairperson of the local party and Jackson treasurer. By-laws for the county affiliate were adopted and accepted along with the bylaws of the Libertarian Party of Indiana. The decision to affiliate with the state Party was voted on and passed unanimously.

The idea to start a county affiliate for Jennings came to Coryell during the last election cycle, when he became very unsatisfied with the governor's race in Indiana. It was at that time the name Donald Rainwater came to the forefront of a lot of conversations.

"I was approached by the Rainwater campaign to chair his Jennings County campaign in late August and spent the next couple of months getting the word out," said Coryell.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine output slow, steady
The vaccination of Hoosiers against COVID-19 is definitely taking on shades of the tortoise vs. hare fable. It's reassuring to remember that the slow and steady tortoise wins the race.

In the seventh week of national distribution, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is now permitting Hoosiers age 70 and older eligible to schedule a vaccination appointment along with long-term care residents, first responders (fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, reservists and volunteers) who have in-person contact with the public and licensed and unlicensed healthcare workers who have in-person contact with patients or infectious material in any healthcare setting.

So far, 459,701 Hoosiers have received the first dose of either the Moderna or the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine while 106,874 have received both doses.
Here in Jennings, 1,301 of us have now received the first shot.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

How much will stimulus checks help JC?
While many consumers continue to wait for their $600 stimulus checks, doxo, the all-in-one web and mobile bill pay service, recently released a new doxoINSIGHTS report that reveals that the majority of Americans (59%) plan to use the money to pay household bills, with utilities; cable/internet; and mobile phone bills topping the list.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

APC oks new survey
The Area Plan Commission held a meeting Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, via zoom. Present were: president Chad Ebinger, Brian Hatfield, Travis Shepherd, Mike Gerth, Eli Brown, and executive director Marie Shepherd.

The following survey was addressed:

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Party affiliation affects impeachment vote
All Indiana Republi-can representatives to the U.S. House voted against impeaching President Donald Trump last week.

Included in this group was Jennings rep Greg Pence from Columbus. Here is how he explained his vote:

"Today I voted against impeaching President Trump. The President has made it clear he will support a peaceful transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden. It's time to move on and focus on what truly helps the American people: recovering from COVID-19 & restoring our economy.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Columbus cop arrested for battery, misconduct
The cruel irony of life is one who is meant to serve and protect is no longer the protector, but the attacker.

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, a Columbus police officer was arrested on felony Battery and Official Misconduct Charges after an investigation by detectives with the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Jennings Democrats take MLK's national 'Day of Service' to heart
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Red Kettle giving may be down, but gratitude is not
The Jennings County Service Extension of Salvation Army reports that Jennings County residents donated $7,052.48 to the 2020 Red Kettle Campaign. Forty individuals rang the Salvation Army Bell for 94 hours at the local Walmart and Walgreens.

While this is 30 percent less than prior years, Red Kettle Coordinator Eric Jarboe expresses gratitude to each person who volunteered.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

New lawyers taking on local responsibilities
Alex Zimmerman is the new county attorney for Jennings. While he is a newcomer to the county itself, his wife, the former Kayla Ellis, is the daughter of Bob and Tina Ellis and grew up here. The couple has purchased a home in Vernon Township, are currently fixing it up and plan to relocate here from Greenwood "in a month or two."

His wife is also an attorney and is currently practicing at Eichhorn & Eichhorn specializing in medical malpractice.

The two met as undergraduates at Franklin College and married at the Ellis' country home in June 2018.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

'21 county leadership elected
Leadership for county government has been set for 2021.

Matt Sporleder was re-elected president of the commissioners last week, even though at an earlier and contentious meeting this fall he had said he would not accept this leadership position again. Apparently the adage "time heals all wounds" applies in this instance.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Goodwill written large
There is always a silver lining during dark times. The influx of compassion and generosity that has arisen in Jennings County amidst physical, economic and social unrest is that bright and shiny metallic lining.

Even before the pandemic, Jennings County had many charitable organizations working to help those in need. Pavilion Ministries, a collaboration between Christ's Way Christian Church, Trinity Full Gospel Church, North Vernon Wesleyan Church, Zenas Baptist Church, North Vernon Church of the Nazarene, and The Well ministries, is one of those organizations.

They are the foundation of The Potter's House, a non-profit housing ministry for wayward souls, and serve as coordinators for donation drives to help students in need at local schools, something they have done for years.
With the onset of the pandemic, need has definitely increased.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

$60,000 drug busts in 4 days
The Jennings County Sheriff's Office wins the award for starting their New Year's resolutions strong with several major crime busts in the past few weeks, the biggest of which happened within four days of each other.

The first occurred not long after midnight on Monday, Jan. 11. A Jennings deputy conducted a traffic stop on a 2014 Mazda SUV on U.S. Hwy 50 near 4th Street.

During the traffic stop, the deputy detected the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. While speaking with the occupants, the deputy suspected they were trafficking marijuana and/or other illegal drugs. A search of the vehicle uncovered marijuana, evidence of large-scale drug trafficking and over $30,000 in cash. The currency was packaged in a way that would indicate a large scale drug trafficking operation.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

School Board re-elects leaders
The General Election in Nov. 2020 brought no new faces to the Jennings County School Board with uncontested incumbents Earl Taggart and Pat Sullivan elected for another term. Chelsea Morrison, who was contested, is also returning to the school board, this time for a full term after being selected to fulfill Warren Lucas' term. All three were sworn in last week.

At the first board meeting of 2021 on Jan. 7, members approved nominations for board officials. Pat Sullivan was re-elected president and Amy Pettit as vice president. Chelsea Morrison was voted secretary, the position previously held by Travis Shepherd.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Indiana representatives a mixed bag on decertification vote; both senators affirm
Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Board oks new HS classes; grant to provide weekend food; staff can get paid virus leave
After a two-week winter break, Jennings County Schools are back in session and so is the School Board of Trustees who met for the first time in 2021 on Thursday, Jan. 7 during a virtual live stream on YouTube.

The gathered school administration had much to discuss after board nominations were completed.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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