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April 20, 2019

Good riddance to hazards
Good riddance to hazards
It was a good turnout for the spring Hazardous Collection Event for Jennings County on Saturday. Held twice a year by the Southeastern Indiana Recycling District (SEIRD), the event provides a safe alternative for residents to clean out such items as household cleaners, oil-based paints/stains, pesticides, mercury items, etc. Twenty-three residents participated, which was "a larger turnout than what we normally see," reported Mandy Creech of the SEIRD. Among those taking advantage of the collection were Greg and Nikki Bach of North Vernon who noted they wanted "to get rid of items safely."

Man dies in CSL shooting
A North Vernon man is dead following a shooting Monday evening in Country Squire Lakes. A Louisville man was arrested the next day in Louisville on a preliminary murder charge as well as two counts of attempted murder.

Donavon Booker, 23, died following the shooting that occurred at around 7 p.m. Monday, according to the Jennings County Sheriff's Office.

Stephon Moore, 30, has been charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder for his involvement. He is currently being held in Louisville awaiting extradition to Jennings County.

The shooting reportedly took place outside a residence on Squire Lakes Boulevard. Booker was shot in the upper torso part of his body, said Dave Turner, chief deputy.

"At no time did we feel the general public was in any danger," Turner added.

Moore allegedly shot Booker with a 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun.

"There was some kind of fight," said Sheriff Kenny Freeman. "The guy came up and shot the victim at point blank range. The rumors that the victim was caught in a crossfire or from a drive-by shooting are not true. The gun was pointed at him and shot. (Moore) also pointed at someone else and shot and missed. Then it misfired when (Moore) aimed at another person."

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

'Living Way of the Cross'
For the 40th consecutive year, a large group of spirited Jennings County youth will put on a dramatic outdoor production reenacting the final hours leading up to the execution of Christ.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Free summer movies count on sponsors
It's no secret that the Family Film Festival is a hugely popular weekly summer happening for children and families in North Vernon.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Firefighters keep busy with ISA Recycling blazes
Firefighters spent several hours Tuesday and then Wednesday battling a scrap pile fire at ISA Indiana Recycling in western Spencer Town­ship.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Day of Caring volunteers welcome
Volunteers can still register for the Jennings County United Way Day of Caring on Saturday, April 20.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

2 NV women die in 2-vehicle wreck
Two North Vernon women died in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday, April 10.

Erma M. Campbell, 78, and Rhonda R. Steinert, 45, died when vehicles they were driving collided nearly head on in the middle of State Road 3 in the Crosley State Fish and Wildlife Area.

The accident happened at around 1 p.m. near County Road 25 East south of the Crosley office.

The initial investigation by Trooper Matt Holley, Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team, indicated that a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Campbell was traveling northbound on State Road 3.

For an unknown reason, Campbell's vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of a southbound 2006 Ford Focus driven Steinert.

"The vehicles collided nearly head on in the middle of the roadway," said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, public information officer with the state police's Versailles District. "As a result of the collision, both drivers sustained fatal injuries."

Monday, April 15, 2019

Hard work pays off K-Kids
The Kiwanis Kids Club at North Vernon Elementary School is off to a good start.

Monday, April 15, 2019

County officials give support to Boys, Girls Club
The fledgling Boys & Girls Club project received support from the Jennings County Commissioners at their meeting Thursday night.

Monday, April 15, 2019

No trash pickup, recycling on Good Friday
Because of Good Friday, there will be no garbage pick up in the City of North Vernon on Friday, April 19. The garbage collection route normally followed that day will instead be on Monday, April 22. Monday's regular route will also be collected then.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Earlier deadline for next week's Sun
Because of Good Friday, deadlines have been moved up for the April 23 edition of The Sun. The deadline for submitting display and classified advertisements is noon on Thursday, April 18.

Monday, April 15, 2019

JCYF takes first step to fulfilling dream
The North Vernon City Council fully embraced the goal of building a Boys and Girls Club in Jennings County at their meeting Monday night, April 8.

Kelly Hatton, president of the local non-profit, introduced her organization's plan to apply for a $500,000 2019 Community Block Grant/Public Facilities Program grant to build what she described as a much-needed facility for youth.

As she told this writer, "High-quality out-of-school programs generate positive outcomes for youth. Communities and businesses also benefit when youth have safe and productive ways to spend their time while their parents are at work. Each of the clubs offers programs of the highest quality, most of which are evidence-based and developed by experts from Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Most importantly, Boys & Girls Clubs equip young people with the skills they need to resolve conflicts peacefully, improve relationships with every aspect of their day-to-day lives and function as responsible citizens."

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Transition Fair will spotlight options
A great opportunity for students, parents and community members who have any type of disability to "see what is out there" is set for this Friday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jennings County Public Library.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Company expanding with TIF help
Good news on the economic front this week as Decatur Plastic Products (DPP) will be expanding and hiring up to 70 new people by 2023.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Guardian Response returning to MUTC
From April 16 to May 22, Muscatatuck Urban Training Center will host the federal emergency response exercise "Guardian Response," which will simulate a national emergency incident in order to test the preparedness of federal emergency response teams.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

JCYF has grown since it was founded back in 2010
The Jennings County Youth Foundation (JCYF) was formed in October 2010 through an initiative of Janet Clerkin who organized an event for youth called Jennings County's Got Talent.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Pinwheels for Prevention

The number of child abuse and neglect reports in Jennings County have dropped in recent years.

The bad news is, there are still way too many incidents, says Deb Satterfield, local office director at the Jennings County office of the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS).

"Historically, this county has always had a high number of child abuse cases per capita," she said. "The number has been declining quite a bit, though, and we want to see that continue."

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the DCS staff in Jennings County is doing what it can to raise awareness.

Last week, as part of the Pinwheels for Preven­tion campaign, 17 of the local DCS staff completed a pinwheel display outside the office along busy Hurley Drive on North Vernon's north side.

"We know this isn't going to stop child abuse, but hopefully people will see it and it will raise awareness," said Kim LaFollette of the staff.

The pinwheel has been the national symbol of child abuse prevention since 2008 when Prevent Child Abuse America introduced Pinwheels for Prevention campaign.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Popular fishin' hole to close for over a year
The Indiana Depart-ment of Natural Re­sources (DNR) has scheduled renovations for Crosley Lake dam, which will close the large lake for over a year.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Day of Caring, a time to help
It's almost too late, but not quite, for submitting projects for the upcoming Jennings County United Way's annual spring Day of Caring.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Arc to hold meeting on forming advocacy group
On Thursday, April 11, the Jennings County Arc, with assistance from the Jennings Rehabilitation Industries, will hold an informational meeting about starting a Self-Advocate group in Jennings County. The meeting will be held at Jennings Rehabilitation Industries in Scipio at 3 p.m. Self-Advocates are citizens who speak out and advocate and educate for equal rights, respect and inclusion for all in the community.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Pre-register for Life Line screenings
Residents living in and around the North Vernon area can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Life Screening.

Monday, April 8, 2019

US 50 Yard Sale dates
The twentieth annual Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale has been announced for May 17, 18, and 19, 2019.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Three-man manufacturing team leading a 'renaissance' at storied plastic bag factory
Hilex-Poly's recent sponsoring of free student tickets to a home basketball game is just one sign the company is recommitting itself to its community and workforce.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Interlocal agreement OK'd
A flurry of 11th-hour negotiations last week culminated in enough funding being committed by three governmental agencies for a planned work release center that will serve Jennings and Jackson counties.

As reported Tuesday in The Sun, the Jennings County Council approved a 20-year contract for the initiative after a lengthy special meeting on Wednesday, March 27. The council agreed to pay an amount not to exceed $150,000 annually starting in 2020.

"This is way more than the typical inmate rehabilitation program at a county jail," said Mike Gerth (R-District 1).

Added Charlie Weber (R-District 4), "I think it's immoral that we don't have anything besides a jail."

Both ultimately voted for the plan, as did Paul Belding (R-at large), Bob Ellis (R-District 3) and Howard Malcomb (R-at large). Mandy Creek (R-District 2) and Dave Woodall (R-at large) were not present.

The Jackson County Council previously approved a commitment of the same amount.

The City of Seymour was the last of the three entities to agree to the commitment. When it considered the contract early last week, Sey­mour's City Council rejected it after city attorney Rodney Farrow advised it would result in double taxation for Seymour residents because they pay county taxes, too.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Free tax filing is 'great'
It is down to the final countdown for filing income tax returns, and volunteers with the Jennings County United Way are busy helping people beat the Monday, April 15, deadline.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Sassafras time nears in Vernon
"It is surely spring and tea time in Jennings County with roots and smiles like these", says Louise Malcomb as she and others gathered sassafras roots on a cool early spring day.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

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