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NEWS September 1, 2014

Initial plans called for pavers and landscaping to replace the unsightly asphalt that is on 8-9 feet of the Madison Port Authority railroad right of way in the second phase of the Stellar Plaza work downtown on Madison Avenue. Now, the Council has decided they will forego dealing with the railroad and will just stay completely off the right of way. This means the asphalt will remain.-Staff Photos by Barbara King

New orchestra leader plans to building on 'great work' of predecessor Eric Jarboe
Jennings County High School and Middle School welcomed Grant Pfifer as the new orchestra and middle school band director to kick off the 2014-15 school year.
Pfifer was hired to fill the position previously held by Eric Jarboe. Jarboe made the decision to retire last year after being the director for 40 years. Jarboe is credited with starting the orchestra program in Jennings County.

Friday, August 29, 2014

'Drive Sober' campaign winds up over Labor Day
The North Vernon Police Dept. has a very direct message for motorists: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Local officers have announced zero tolerance for anyone attempting to drive while impaired.
Friday, August 29, 2014

Documentary is moving experience for area veterans
For over 100 veterans, their family members and friends, Tuesday's free screening of "Honor Flights" at the Park Theatre Civic Centre was a moving experience - and more.
Friday, August 29, 2014

Video leads to felony arrest
Because of a photograph of a burglary suspect published in the Aug. 28 issue of the Plain Dealer and shown in other media outlets, police were able to track down and arrest the alleged criminal.
Friday, August 29, 2014

Colorful mural celebrates Vernon's 200-year history
The old Swing Factory building has just undergone a colorful change - just in time for the 54th annual Labor Day Festival and for next year's bicentennial.
Friday, August 29, 2014

Festival-filled weekend
The attraction of using antique saws to cut a piece of wood is greater for some than others.
But when a unique design is added to the wood with a heated metal brand, the appeal is magnified significantly.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

3 arrested, 4th suspect sought in drug investigation
Jennings County Sher­iff's Department officers arrested three people and are seeking a fourth as a result of an investigation and subsequent raid of a methamphetamine operation Monday afternoon in northern Center Township.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

No chance at getting away
Police threw the book at a North Vernon man after he attempted to get away from a Jennings County Sheriff's deputy very early Tuesday. The pursuit was no contest with the suspect operating a mo-ped, a small motorized bike, while the deputy was driving a police cruiser.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Woman jailed in $7.5K forgery case
North Vernon police arrested a Commiskey woman Friday on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges involving forged checks totaling over $7,500.
Monday, August 25, 2014

JC United Way gains $49K grant to assist lower-income groups
The Indiana Associa­tion of United Ways (IAUW) last week awarded a $49,140 Work2Gether (W2G) grant to the Jen­nings County United Way. The funding will go to assist the area's lower income population, according to United Way officials.
Monday, August 25, 2014

Fire departments may get boost
Insurance expenses for Jennings County's six volunteer fire departments could soon be absorbed by the county.
Monday, August 25, 2014

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Arts grants to be given as well as information
Thursday, August 28, at 5 p.m., the Columbus Area Arts Council, along with Indiana State Represen-tatives Cindy Ziemke and Randy Frye, will be hosting the Region 9 Grants Awards Ceremony at The Greensburg Decatur County Public Library.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Community rallies to WW II veterans in heart warming film Tuesday hosted by local business
Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services will present the special movie "Honor Flights" on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. at the Park Theatre Civic Centre.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Vernon Fire Dept. gains funding
State grant funding totaling $15,628 was recently awarded to the Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department, which will be used for equipment.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Extension to highlight programs Tuesday
The Jennings County Extension Board will hold its annual meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, in the Extension office at the Jennings County Govern­ment Center, 200 E. Brown St., Vernon. The public is invited.
In addition to reports given by local Extension officials, attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities, according to Atina Rozhon, Extension educator.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Motorist faces charges after 4 injured in wreck
Three people suffered injuries in a four-vehicle traffic accident on U.S. 50 near Hayden Friday night.
Monday, August 18, 2014

JCSC teachers gain salary hikes with new contract
The Jennings County School Board unanimously approved adopting a contract on Monday, Aug. 11, with the Jennings County Classroom Teach­er's Asso­ciation that includes pay raises of varying degrees.
Monday, August 18, 2014

South State traffic to soon shift to street's other side
Motorists weary of driving on the temporary and narrow lanes on South State Street will soon get a change.
Sometime early next month, the traffic will be routed on lanes on the other side of the street. Pedestrians who have had no sidewalks along the southern five blocks of the street will also have a new walkway soon.
Cement for sidewalks and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant curb ramps are being poured on the west side of South State Street as Indiana Department of Transportation's (INDOT) $3 million auxiliary lane project along SR 3&7 moves forward.

Monday, August 18, 2014

No rush for school board candidates
With just four days to go, candidates are apparently in no rush to file their candidacies for the four seats on the Jen­nings County School board that are up for election this year.
Monday, August 18, 2014

Army pleased with exercise
A U.S. Army North homeland emergency response exercise called Vibrant Response 14 transformed the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center into a true city in distress from Monday, July 21, through Thursday, Aug. 7.
Exercise participants arrived at the Butlerville center to see clothes hanging from trees, a flooded neighborhood with victims that needed to be rescued and a real train that appeared to be dangling precariously from a destroyed railroad trestle in order to simulate the aftermath of a nuclear attack.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Prime time at Farmers' Market
It is prime time - depending on one's tastes, of course - at the Jennings County Farmers' Market.
Two of the market's very most popular items, sweet corn and tomatoes, are now at their peak harvest. Other highly-sought late-summer vegetables and fruits are coming on in abundance, too, such as green beans, cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant, onions and peppers.
And shoppers are flocking to the three-day-a-week market at the North Vernon City Park to scarf up the bounty.
Among a couple recently were Tom and Gay Gorbett Schofer of Milford, Mich. They are Jennings County natives who still own property here.
"We always come here when we're in North Vernon," Gay Schofer said between stops at the growers' stands in shelter house No. 2 as she and her husband carried bags of items.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

City residents now own a golf course
The City of North Vernon is now the owner of a golf course.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

No electric bill at library
A new sight has arisen by the sign at the entry road leading to the Jen-nings County Public Library - a large tracker solar panel.
Since March, the library has undergone a campaign to cut down electrical utility expenses in order to help cut costs in its budget.
Part of the campaign includes switching all of the library's halogen light bulbs to the more energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lights, putting in insulation and upgrading the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HV/AC) system. That work has already been completed.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bypass junction to get flasher?
State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) has heard plenty of complaints about the junction of U.S. 50, SR 750 and Base Road located between North Vernon and Hayden. Many of his constituents believe a traffic signal needs to be installed there to replace the current two-way stop where eastbound traffic on U.S. 50 and westbound traffic on SR 750 does not stop.
The first-term legislator received so much feedback in the days after a fatal traffic accident there on June 26 that he contacted the Indiana Department of Transportation to look into ways to improve safety.
"Next week, I am scheduled to meet with an INDOT official to go look at the intersection," Lucas said Tuesday. "I have been in contact with INDOT quite a bit on this."

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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