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September 21, 2020

Golf cart wreck critically injures 2
Golf cart wreck critically injures 2
This was the scene of the golf cart wreck Sunday afternoon that reportedly critically injured a juvenile and an adult male.-Submitted Photo from JCSO



A Future Star
Performing live in Music City U.S.A, also known as Nashville, TN, would be a dream for any musician. But for Jacob Cruser of North Vernon, that dream has become a reality.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Bereavement groups can help with support
Bereavement groups are now meeting virtually to offer support for anyone desiring to join.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Brush Creek closure bringing out the best in students and staff
Just shy of four full weeks after the first day of school, the months and months of health and safety planning and prep work elicited by the Jennings County School Corporation leading up to the start of the 2020-21 school year has been put to the test.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Donate blood at local church on Monday
The American Red Cross needs people of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a blood supply as diverse as the patients who depend on it.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Saturday meal to help family of 3-year-old
The summer of 2020 is a summer most of us would choose to forget, but is especially true for the family of Poppy Petry who learned July 30 the little almost-three-year-old is suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

There is such a thing as free lunch
With a new, re-imagined and uncertain school year still ahead of local students, food will be one less item for our young scholars to worry about thanks to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Local contractor reaches settlement with state, DOJ
Dave O'Mara Contractor Inc. (DOCI), a North Vernon-based asphalt contractor, has agreed to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by misrepresenting to the government the materials it used to pave federally-funded roads in the state of Indiana. The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that the company has agreed to pay over $4.25 million over a period of four years.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Incumbent hopes to continue serving JC
Bob Willhite is the Republican candidate for Commissioner of Jennings County District 1. Having lived in Jennings County all his life, Bob says that he has the best interest of the residents in mind.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Work release soon an option
By next spring, residents who have been convicted of non-violent, low-level F6 felony crimes may find themselves serving their sentences outside of jail by working full-time, receiving counseling and even getting themselves educated.

That is the goal of the Jackson-Jennings Community Corrections Work Release Center, which broke ground Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 310 Dupont Drive on the east side of Seymour. The center, 20 years in becoming a reality, will offer an alternative to the standard jail experience which should give participants a new lease on a new life by the time they have completed their sentences.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

COVID-19 positive case at JCHS
The following was posted to the Jennings County High School Facebook page Sept. 11, 2020.


Friday, September 11, 2020

Empowering the women of Uganda
Her name is Annie Warner and she is a 24-year-old "unapologetic and outspoken advocate for social, economic and climate justice."

Annie has a story unlike many young American women her age. At 17, Annie boarded her very first flight to Uganda, a developing nation in sub-saharan Africa with a long history of oppressive regimes, corrupt dictators, and a shortage of political rights. At 19, just after graduating from Skyview High School in Montana, Annie moved to Uganda, having found an opportunity to work at an orphanage in the Busoga district. Not long after, Annie realized that the orphanage she worked at was not addressing the barriers that had allowed those children to be placed there to begin with, believing that "poverty is created by barriers."

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Agenda includes historic home, B'ville school demo
The Area Plan Commission will have a regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Government Center in Vernon.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Golf cart wreck critically injures 2
A youth and adult man were critically injuried in a wreck on Sunday, Sept. 6.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Recycling can help tamp down COVID trash pileup
The disposable masks, gloves and antibacterial wipes are piling up. Schools are using styrofoam to-go boxes and plastic utensils for thousands of students a day across the United States.

All of this in the name of preventing the spread of COVID-19, but the environmental impact of this pandemic is almost as frightening as the number of positive cases.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

COVID-19 closes Brush Creek School
Brush Creek Elementary School is now closed for 2 weeks because 2 students have tested positive for COVID. Remote learning will be utilized.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Retired educator says experience will come in handy as commissioner
Floyd Bowman, 62, is the Democrat Party's candidate for Commissioner, District 1. He capped a 42-year career with the Jennings County School Corporation as principal of Brush Creek Elementary School, retiring this spring.

Bowman is a member of the First Baptist Church in North Vernon and has served the community on various fronts. He is a former member of the JC Area Plan Commission; former Spencer Township Trustee; a 20-year Spencer Township Volunteer Fireman; and a former member of the Hayden Municipal Sewer District.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Falling Free
Skydiving is one of those wild, adventurous and stereotypical experiences that can be found on many peoples' bucket lists.

And for many of us, there are multiple reasons why some items on those bucket lists - especially something as terrifying as skydiving -never get checked off.

Perhaps your interests change, you move somewhere else or life just plain gets in the way.

Then, there's always the fact that we are getting older every day. According to a survey by Provision Living, five percent of their survey participants said they didn't accomplish a bucket list item because of their age.

Gene Spicer of North Vernon, however, is not among that five percent.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

COVID testing coming to NV
Thanks to a $100,000 grant from Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and a partnership with Schneck Medical Center, Jennings County residents will no longer have to drive beyond the county limits to receive free COVID-19 testing.

The grant is funded from the state's allotment of the federal CARES Act. Amy Pettit, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer for Schneck and a native of North Vernon, learned about the grant from Jackson County Health Department and immediately contacted Pam Petry, the Public Health Nurse with the Jennings County Health Department to initiate a partnership between the JC health department and Schneck to bring free COVID-19 testing to Jennings.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

War With My Praise
Some of the most beautiful accomplishments emerge from terrible experiences. The story of Kassidy Ortega, a 23-year-old formerly of North Vernon, fits this narrative.

Kassidy's beautiful achievement is the release of a song she wrote herself, which she officially revealed by uploading it to her YouTube channel, Kassidy Elaine-Topic, and other social media platforms, on January 9 of this year. The song is titled "War With My Praise" and currently has 868 views.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Trial shows court system readiness to adapt
According to Circuit Court Judge Jon Webster, Deputy Prosecutor Drew Dickerson and defense attorney Jeremy Seal, the first jury trial since the indiana Supreme Court eased COVID restrictios on such events went off without a hitch, although there were some adjustments and at least one glitch.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020

First post-COVID trial successfully concludes
Kristin E. Smiley, 45, was found guilty of child solicitation, a Level 4 Felony, in one of the first, if not the first, jury trials held in Indiana since the Supreme Court ordered a stay in these procedures due to COVID-19 this past spring.

Smiley was arrested Oct. 11, 2019 in a sting operation conducted by former NV Police Sgt. Kyle Hall, who has since left the department and joined the FBI.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

County, NV and Vernon can apply for reimbursements of COVID expenses, too
While the small business community has received assistance to survive during COVID, county and city government have and will be receiving federal money channeled through the states to assist them, too, in these difficult times.

Indiana received $2.4 billion of CARES money from the federal government to help cover its response to COVID-19. Of that amount, the state created a program to give $300 million to counties, cities and towns to reimburse funds these units have spent dealing with the pandemic.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

NVPD taking precautions to keep public, staff safe
Police officers must uphold the law in order to keep our community safe, rain or shine, day and night, pandemic and sans-pandemic. Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, officers would still frequently find themselves in situations where there could be transmission of a virus or bacteria and, therefore, have long been training to use gloves, hand sanitizer, and keep their hands clean while dealing with others.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Judge agrees with Clerk
JC Clerk Amy Thompson has prevailed in her lawsuit against fellow Republican elected official Auditor Tessia Salsman.

At least for now.

In a ruling issued Monday, Special Judge Matthew Bailey of Decatur Superior Court ruled that the auditor "may not refuse to accept the Clerk's Report of Collections in a paper format" and that "The Auditor may not require the Clerk to submit the Report of Collections through Data Pit Stop", which is the computer software the auditor purchased last year which precipitated the disagreement and ensuing lawsuit.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

$250,000 grant awarded
Even those cloth masks couldn't hide those big smiles underneath as EDC Director Kathy Ertel led the discussion of the latest program that will assist small businesses in Jennings County survive and perhaps begin to thrive once again despite COVID-19.

The Jennings County COVID-19 DRAG program is far from what the acronym suggests. DRAG, or the Disaster Relief and Assistance Grant, was announced by the Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs last week, bringing a quarter of a million dollars into the county to help businesses with less than 50 employees and less than 1 million dollars in annual revenue.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020


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