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August 20, 2018

$10,852 winner at Senior Center bingo
$10,852 winner at Senior Center bingo
Virginia Clarkson-Mason, center, of North Vernon won the $10,852 bingo money chest jackpot at the Jennings County Senior Center/Civic Life Center on June 27. She is flanked by Sandy Vance and Wade Eaglin of the Senior Center. The chest had built up over several weeks from the bingo games that are held every Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. at the Senior Center, 515 Buckeye St., North Vernon .-Submitted Photo

Improvements at historic house
The restoration work continues at the historic Cone-Schuck house on Jennings Street.

"All we've done is shore up the porch so far, but that has made a tremendous improvement in the house's appearance," said Mike Whitehead, a North Vernon contractor.

Whitehead estimates he and his crew have put in around 80 man-hours of work so far on the house since the Jennings Circuit Court granted a temporary injunction two months ago to stop the demolition of the 1894 structure.

Another hearing on the case is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Circuit Court on whether or not to extend the injunction and allow Indiana Landmarks to proceed with restoration.

The house has been the subject of controversy for years after falling into a state of severe dilapidation. Several neighbors say it is an eyesore and safety hazard, and should be razed.

Earlier this year, Indiana Landmarks, a nonprofit private group, reached an agreement with the home's then-owner, Mary Ann Schuck, and the Federal National Mortgage Association, to take possession of the property. Indiana Landmarks wants to stabilize the structure's exterior, and has pledged over $100,000 for that work, and then plans to sell the house with the provision the buyer complete restoring the interior.
Whitehead, who is donating much of his work, says the effort is well worth it despite the home's sad appearance before the restoration efforts began.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Renovations to park's WPA bridge draw raves
The difference is fairly dramatic at Muscatatuck Park.

Monday, August 20, 2018

NV police involved in series of felony drug arrests
North Vernon police arrested a man and a woman on heroin- and other drug-related felony charges last week.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Young: Fix housing affordability crisis
Over the last two weeks, U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) has visited 20 counties across the state of Indiana meeting with Hoosiers and says he is making the pitch for Congress to act to fix the housing affordability crisis in the United States.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Free supper Wednesday at 1st Marion Baptist
The monthly Fourth Supper will be held at the First Marion Baptist Church from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Monday, August 20, 2018

JCSC makes changes in budget funds
Changes in how Indiana requires public school corporations to put together their budgets means the Jennings County School Corp. (JCSC) has to follow those guidelines as well.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Jail projected cost: $28 million

The Jennings County Coun­cil made preliminary moves toward funding a new county jail Tuesday, approving the publication of legal advertisements for proposed new income taxes designed to fund the project.

The Council scheduled a public hearing on the matter for Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Community Building.

On Tuesday, Aug. 14, the Council agreed, by a 6-2 vote, to allow financial consultants and attorneys to formulate a tax structure for the project based on construction costs not to exceed $28 million.

"This does not mean you're OK'ing the project and the funding," explained Jeffrey Peters, a financial adviser hired by the county earlier this year. "We will get with the attorneys and calculate the financing. You will have to vote (on the proposed new taxes) before any of these taxes take effect."

The proposal involves enacting a jail tax - a special income tax - at a rate not to exceed .65 percent, along with a .2 percent addition to the Local Income Tax (LIT) that will produce revenue strictly for the jail. Those potential new taxes were created last March by the Indiana General Assembly in a new law that authorizes the Council to enact them.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Overdose numbers paint grim picture in county
Opioids have been traversing the United States for the last two decades, and it seems that every community they touch becomes engulfed in addiction. Jennings County is unfortunately one of those communities.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Iconic miniature cars stolen
On Saturday, Aug. 11, members of the Roll­ing Hills Shrine Club in North Vernon discovered that four of the organization's iconic miniature cars were stolen.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Victim in Monday wreck identified
The victim in a fatal traffic accident near North Vernon Monday morning has been identified as Richard L. Sutton, 69, of the New Marion-Holton area.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Fatality in Monday wreck
Tragedy struck on the east side of North Vernon Monday morning when a Holton man died in a one-vehicle traffic accident.

The victim was Richard L. Sutton, 69. He was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck westbound in the 2000 east block of U.S. 50 near the McCowan Fruit Market when for unknown reasons the truck crossed the center line, went off the south side of the roadway, ran into a ditch and struck a culvert and fence post at around 8 a.m.

"This was possibly medically related, but we don't know for sure yet," said Sgt. Jeff Jones of the sheriff department.
The victim was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

Jennings County Coroner Gene Rudicel declared the man dead at the scene.

Monday, August 13, 2018

School board votes no on athletic director's contract
At their meeting on Thursday night, the Jennings County School Board approved extended contracts for 16 administrators while one administrator's contract - for Jennings County High School Athletic Director Mike Broughton - was not extended.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Blaze damages NV home
Fire gutted a North Vernon home Thursday afternoon, ignited by a faulty window air conditioning unit.

Monday, August 13, 2018

New midway is coming to next year's fair
The Jennings County Fair is getting a new carnival company for its midway next year.

Monday, August 13, 2018

FLASH: nutrition ... and fun
They came for food and they came for fun.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

School starts smoothly, mostly
With the exception of one minor hiccup, the start of the 2018-19 school year for Jennings County Schools went smoothly on Tuesday.

According to JCSC superintendent Teresa Brown, the first day of school went really well.

"The reports I have gotten back from the administrators were very positive," Brown noted. "They said they felt good about the new guidelines they put in place. The staff did an amazing job getting the school year off to a good start."

One issue that arose the first morning was at the Jennings County Middle School. A school bus collided with a pole in the parking lot as the school day got underway.

"We had a student with a bloody nose and a couple of kids that had their eyeglasses cut their noses. They were all superficial injuries," Brown explained. "We took care of them and the school nurses checked them out. None of them needed a trip to the hospital."

Brown said all the parents were called and upon arrival they transported their children to North Vernon Elemen­tary School. All the children attend that school and were waiting to be transported from JCMS to NVES.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Vision 4 Baylie nears reality
In the last three years, little Baylie Will­hite has come a long way according to Tina Beau­champ, her guardian who is actually more like her mother.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Boost for small businesses
Giving push starts to small businesses and then helping them grow is a passion for Don Harvey of Columbus and Randy Sanders of Brown County.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Changing of the guard: Sports editor retiring
The North Vernon Plain Dealer & Sun will be hiring a new sports reporter this month as Sharon Hamilton will be retiring.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Bridge repair coming soon?
The bad news is that the Low Water Bridge in Country Squire Lakes will remain closed for several more weeks.
The good news is that the bridge will not be closed for nearly as long as originally feared by Jennings County officials.
"We think it's going to take less than three months to do the work and get that bridge back open," said Jennings County Commissioner Matt Sporleder (R-District 3), whose district includes CSL. "The hold up now is we have to wait on the DNR (Indiana Department of Natural Resources) to issue the permits we need."
The bridge - which is actually a concrete slab over a large culvert - has been closed since June 29 after county highway department workers discovered serious erosion and deterioration in the rock and concrete around the pipe under the roadway.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Warrant leads to 2 arrests
North Vernon police arrested two Seymour residents on felony charges last week after searching for and finding a suspect wanted by Jackson County authorities and then reportedly discovering evidence of drugs in the aparment occupied by him and a woman.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, NVPD Officer Lucas Newsom and Detective Ivory Sandefur followed up on information received that Brian Willman, 34, Seymour, was in an apartment in the 500 block of Brownstown Road. Officer Mike Holliday and Sgt. Andrew Richmond assisted with the warrant service.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Suspicious fire levels house in Broomsage area
Officials are investigating a fire that destroyed a house in the Broomsage Ranch area of southern Vernon Township Saturday morning.
The blaze destroyed the house owned by Charles and Kathryn Perry at 4225 S. Private Road 375 East.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Madison Railroad eyes $5 million bridge project
The upgrades to the trackage on the Madison Railroad route in North Vernon and all points south are readily apparent.
In recent weeks, 23,000 tons of ballast or rock have been laid along the rails that stretch 25 miles from North Vernon to North Madison and the Jefferson Proving Ground Industrial Park.
Now the shortline railroad is looking at the most expensive upgrade in the entire 180-year history of the line - constructing a brand new bridge over Graham Creek.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Pets of the week
This week's Pets of the Week at the Jennings County Animal Control Shelter are a dog and a cat looking for a loving forever home.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

MUTC not just for military
Like a proud mother, Amber Kent couldn't help but voice her feelings as she led a group on a tour of the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC) on Tuesday.

"I love this place," said Kent, senior public information officer with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) after leading one group around the sprawling campus. "It's a great facility for us. The fact that the National Guard has put so much into making this such a vibrant and immersible environment makes Muscatatuck second to none."

The Butlerville site, under the Indiana National Guard's jurisdiction since 2005, is perhaps best known as a facility for training military personnel.

It also is quite valuable for training that involves civilian emergency workers such as emergency medical technicians, first responders, firefighters, police officers and even highway workers, according to Kent and others.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the IDHS conducted what it is calling its "Road to Recovery" training exercise at MUTC. Over 125 people have been involved, including personnel from several state agencies, county fire and Emergency Management Agency departments, including Jerry Shepherd of Jennings County, and role players.

The IDHS has conducted four exercises at Muscatatuck in the past 10 years, but this was its first recovery exercise anywhere.

"Each exercise we've had here has been different and excellent," Kent said. "This is the first one that is based more on recovery instead of response."

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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