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NEWS July 3, 2015

Scholarship winners put on show
Scholarship winners put on show
Marilee Yeager Taylor conducts the Halle­lujah Chorus performing songs from "Messiah." Taylor, the 2006 scholarship recipient, was accompanied by Kelly Langevin on piano. All but two of the 11 scholarship recipients showed their talents during the show. Another $1,000 was raised with proceeds going to the scholarship fund.-Submitted Photo

Debi McKinley supports arts by going on stage, encouraging youth
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Bombshell in mayor's race
A bombshell was dropped Tuesday when Michael R. Marshall, a longtime Jennings County Democratic Party official and volunteer, filed as an independent candidate for mayor of North Vernon.

Marshall told the Plain Dealer he decided to run as an independent candidate for mayor because of his opposition to some aspects of North Vernon's Stellar Community pojects, such as the closing of Short Street.

"We were lied to about Short Street, Marshall said. "I am not only a business owner affected by it, I own property and live there. I've been here for 26 years.'

"Nevertheless, I plan to run a positive campaign and give voters a third option," he added.

The filing came as a surprise to Karen Snyder.

"I don't know why Mike filed for office. He hasn't talked to us," said Snyder, Jennings County Democratic Party chair. "He has a right to do that, though, and that is a freedom I appreciate."

There is some question as to whether or not Marshall can run for office. His conviction on three counts of voter fraud in 2013 may preclude him from being on the ballot, according to those familiar with the law.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Another big 4th of July celebration set
The skies over the North Vernon City Park and surrounding areas will be ablaze with dazzling fireworks after sunset on Saturday, July 4.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Avenue of Flags
A Jennings County project that began last spring is gaining steam, just in time for Independence Day.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Centerstone: Progress in area's crisis intervention
Jennings County was on the cutting edge when Centerstone spearheaded the formation of a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) in 2009.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

SR 250 bridge to close west of U'town Monday
The Indiana Depart­ment of Transportation (INDOT) will close State Road 250 in far eastern Jackson County near the Jennings County line after the holiday weekend for a $773,492 bridge replacement project. The bridge is west of Uniontown in Washington Township of Jackson County.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Messer blasts overtime proposal
U.S. Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind. 6th District) is not happy with the Department of Labor proposal made Tuesday that will change Federal overtime rules and raise the overtime threshold.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Holly Rose crowned fair queen
The third time was the charm for Holly Rose.

Rose, a Weston area resident, was crowned Miss Jennings County at Saturday's Jennings County Fair Queen Pageant in her third attempt at the honor.

"I was fine with not winning before," said the 20-year-old. "I had to go for it again."

Rose was one of eight queen contestants in the pageant held at the Jennings County Middle School auditorium. The daughter of Roger and Nicole Davidson, she is a junior at IUPUI where she is majoring in philanthropic studies and pre-law.

"My goal is to become an attorney," she said. "I want to do legal work involving nonprofit organizations. I want to help people who need the help the most."

It is an extra special honor for Rose, she said, because she is a former 4-H'er and wants to help promote the Jennings County Fair, which serves as the premier showcase for 4-H'ers and their livestock and other projects. The fair is next week, July 6-11.

"I'm so excited and am looking forward to being at the fair as queen," Rose said. "When I was in 4-H, I showed horses, rabbits and chickens. Horses were always my favorite."

Monday, June 29, 2015

Scipio 'bypass' bridge opens
The long-awaited new Scipio "bypass" bridge opened to traffic Monday morning, June 29.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Busy summer ahead for lawmaker
Summer won't exactly be vacation time for State Sen. Chip Perfect (R-Law­renceburg).

Monday, June 29, 2015

Police: Seymour runaway may be in the CSL area
The Seymour Police Department is requesting assistance in locating a runaway juvenile.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Holiday means earlier deadline for next issue of The Sun
Because of the upcoming Independence Day holiday, deadlines have been moved up earlier than usual for the July 7 edition of The Sun.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Another county bridge closed
Jennings County closed one of its oldest bridges last month, but it's only temporary, according to officials.

The Geneva Ford Bridge across Sand Creek in eastern Geneva Town­ship has been barricaded since mid-May after inspectors determined the historic span was unsafe for traffic. The emergency closing came immediately after the annual inspection.

"The rocks that the bridge sits on has shifted," said Jennings County Com­missioner Matt Sporleder (R-District 3) in explaining the problem. "The engineering firm (Jansenn & Spaans Engineering Inc.) that does our bridge inspections every year recommended the immediate closure."

The county hired the same firm to do the engineering plan for repairing the bridge, which is located on CR 260W at CR 675N. Those plans have not yet been presented to the county.

The engineering study will cost $19,000. The repair costs and how long the bridge will have to remain closed are not yet known.

"The engineers tell us that it will be worthwhile to repair the bridge," Spor­leder said. "They believe that with repairs we will be able to increase the weight limit, too, possibly up to as much as 12 tons."

The current weight limit posted at the barricaded bridge is five tons.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wreck sends woman to hospital
A Butlerville woman was hospitalized for injuries Wednesday morning when the vehicle she was driving veered off U.S. 50, narrowly missing a large tree before crashing into a deep drainage ditch.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Good Samaritan
A North Vernon man spotted smoke coming from an apartment house when he drove by Tuesday morning. He sprung into action, calling 9-1-1 then knocking on the doors to alert residents before racing into the kitchen of an unoccupied apartment where a cooking stove was on fire.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Rare glimpse at Smith Vawter Home
A showplace that has not been open to the pubic for nearly 50 years, the famous Smith Vawter Home is sure to impress all who see it during the Jennings County Historical Society's Town and Country Home and Garden Tour this weekend.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

More SR3 construction ahead
North Base Road in Sand Creek Township may take a beating again.

Traffic will undoubtedly increase on the north-south road later this summer when the Indiana Depart­ment of Transportation (INDOT) closes a section of State Road 3 for road work.

"I'm dying laughing from reading this," said Jennings County Commissioner Matt Sporleder (R-District 3), tongue firmly in cheek, referring to correspondence from INDOT explaining the project and its official and unofficial detour routes. "This is the same road that got torn up when the highway was closed for construction of the Sand Creek bridge."

For that project, SR 3 was closed for seven months in 2011. That resulted in much heavier traffic than normal on Base Road from CR 500N north to the Jennings-Decatur County line during that time. The wear and tear on the road was substantial. It has since been repaved, with the state paying for part but not all of the expense.

Sporleder is worried that Base Road could incur more damage when the highway is closed again.

"We (the county) have the unofficial detour?" Sporleder asked with a cynical tone in his voice. "INDOT tells us that semis will take the official detour. We saw how well that worked the last time. Semi-trucks will be back using Base Road, just like they did four years ago."

The SR 3 project will involve the deck overlay of the bridge over Wyaloosing Creek just north of Pleasant View Church. The highway is scheduled to be closed in early September and reopen in the later part of the month. INDOT has not set specific dates.

INDOT's official detour will be SR 7 in North Vernon to U.S. 31 to SR 46 in Columbus to SR 3 in Greensburg.

Monday, June 22, 2015

NV couple die in wreck Friday
A recently married North Vernon couple were killed and a Seymour woman was injured Friday during a four-vehicle crash on U.S. 50 between Hayden and Seymour.

Monday, June 22, 2015

New store will boost Queensville-CSL area
Construction on a new retail variety store is nearly complete, and with it will come a new shopping option in an area where there has been none before.

Dollar General, a national chain that already has a store at 624 Buckeye St. in North Vernon's Olde Towne Centre strip mall, will open the new outlet in about a month with an exact date of the grand opening to be announced.

The new store is located at 3745 N. Highway 7 in the Queensville neighborhood, just south of the Rolling Hills Shrine Club in southern Geneva Township.

The other Dollar General store in North Vernon, which opened in 1984, will remain open, according to Crystal Ghassemi, a Dollar General spokesperson.

That is good news for the people who rely on the original store near the city's downtown district and for residents who live in the northern part of the county.

"I'm excited about seeing a large, new store come to that area," said Cheryl Trisler, Jennings County Area Plan Commission director. "That end of town has never been able to offer anything like this before."

Dollar General touts itself as a discount store that offers convenience for shoppers. Stores in the chain stock a wide assortment of general merchandise ranging from grocery items, limited clothing, over-the-counter medicines, health and beauty products, cleaning supplies, pet products, paper goods and more.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

NV man drowns in CSL lake
A North Vernon man drowned in the main lake at Country Squire Lakes, his body recovered early Tuesday nearly six hours after Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) divers began searching for him.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

3 people hospitalized after 2 wrecks Tuesday
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Treasurer: staff shortage hurts county
The Jennings County Treasurer's office collected over $20 million for the county's coffers last year. It could be more if the office had a larger staff, according to Sandy Vance, who is in her second term as treasurer.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Treasurer: staff shortage hurts county
The Jennings County Treasurer's office collected over $20 million for the county's coffers last year. It could be more if the office had a larger staff, according to Sandy Vance, who is in her second term as treasurer.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tour to include pre-1796 cabin
One of the featured spots in the upcoming Jennings County His­torical Society's Town and Country Home and Gar­den Tour will be one of the oldest houses in the region, the Sweet Apple Cabin in Vernon.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tragedy hits home on I-65
Three people, including two children from Jennings County, died in two related traffic accidents Thursday afternoon on Interstate 65 near Columbus.

Addyson Engle, 6, and Keghan McCrory-Engle, 11, cousins, died at the scene when the sports utility vehicle in which they were riding slammed into the rear of a stopped semi-truck trailer on southbound I-65 at around 5 p.m. Traffic was backed up at the time because of an accident that occurred around an hour earlier.

The first wreck took the life of Hunter Dean Patton, 58, of Dupont.

Patton was southbound on a motorcycle when it blew a tire south of the SR 46 interchange. Patton was driving the motorcycle with his wife, Kathlene, 55, a passenger. When the tire blew, the bike went into the median and struck a hole, ejecting both of them. The motorcycle, a 1998 Harley Davidson, went airborne and came down on top of the driver, breaking his neck.

Kathleen Patton was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital where she is being treated for her injuries. She is expected to be released today.

Both of the Pattons had reportedly been wearing helmets while riding their motorcycle earlier, but had taken them off due to the warm weather. They were returning from a ride to the Beanblossom area of Brown County with another couple. The group decided to take the interstate because of threatening weather, attempting to get home quicker to beat the rain.

About an hour after the first crash, traffic was still backed up when the second crash occurred. The two children were passengers in a 2014 Chevrolet Equinox driven by their aunt, Kathy Scroggins, 55, that struck the back of a stopped semi, sliding underneath it.

Monday, June 15, 2015

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