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NEWS June 29, 2015


Bike rodeo makes 300 kids safer
Well over 300 local children were fitted for new, free bike helmets Saturday, June 6 at the John W. Snyder Memorial Bicycle Rodeo. Some 25 more kids won shiny new bicycles, which were donated by individuals and businesses around town.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Jennings joins rest of state in preparing to 'put best foot forward' during Bicentennial
Jennings County now has a Bicentennial Coordinator as the state looks ahead to celebrate is 200th year of statehood in 2016.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Storage units coming to city limits; Quarry queries to be addressed again
It will soon be a lot more convenient for city residents to stash their belongings in a safe and monitored location.
John Barlow and his brother, attorney Rob Barlow of Madison, were at the North Vernon City Council meeting Monday night to ask John's 2.25 acres on West Walnut Street near Oak Meadows Apartments be rezoned from Residential Single Family to Commercial Single Site.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Doubters a no-show at meeting; Lee proposes quarry alternative
The North Vernon Utility Service Board was expecting to devote much of their meeting Monday night to answering questions about the city's proposed quarry project. The project, first looked at in 2004, calls for obtaining the Hanson 80-acre quarry and converting it to a reservoir for the city's water utility.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Brown and the Blue honoring those who serve
Name: Wesley Thayer


Date of Hire: 3/30/2015


Rank: Officer


Prior law enforcement experience (if applicable): Worked for the IDOC and the Jennings County Sheriff Dept.


Accomplishments/Awards: Graduate of Harrison Business College Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice, ILEA Graduate Class 2014


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Policemen recognized for saving a life
Three different levels of awards were presented to four heroic officers at the City Council meeting Monday night.
North Vernon Chief of Police James Webster made the awards involving the Sept. 17, 2014 fire that engulfed a Crestwood Drive home and almost killed occupant Andrew W. Hatchett, 39.
NVPD Officer Andrew Richmond arrived on the scene and acted to pull the semiconscious man out of the engulfed home.
"I knew I couldn't just wait for this man to die. I would never forgive myself if I did and later found out that he had passed away while we waited," Richmond said in a 2014 North Vernon Sun article.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

US Attorney: A time to thank officers
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mayor: Officers play an 'essential role' in city
Mayor Harold Campbell issued a National Police Week Proclamation at the City Council meeting this week.
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Police Week celebration includes Back Lot BBQ

The officers and staff of the North Vernon Police Department will host a "Back Lot BBQ" from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 15, in honor of National Police Week.
Thursday, May 14, 2015


Coleen wants building to 'pop'
When Colleen Kirchner first heard about Stellar's downtown storefront project, she couldn't wait for her building's green exterior to finally be painted over with a color she liked-red.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Clean-up of downtown eyesore should be done by Sept. 30
It won't be that long before the Fifth Street fire zone is all cleaned up and a grassy green field becomes the skyline for that section of the downtown.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Back Lot BBQ on Friday to mark Nat'l Police Week
The officers and staff of the North Vernon Police Department will host a "Back Lot BBQ" from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 15, in honor of National Police Week.
Monday, May 11, 2015

Quarry project vetted for several years with all indications a 'Go!'
The resolution to fund several projects-including a new source of water for North Vernon-with a $6 million bond was passed at the last City Council meeting.
But not with a unanimous vote.
Councilor Mike Ochs moved to table the motion for the bond because he wants "more investigation" before the city goes ahead with plans to store water from the Muscatatuck River in the 60-acre quarry currently owned by Hanson Quarry.
Ochs gave as reason for his tredipation that he had heard the old Arvin's "might have dumped toxins" at the quarry.
Mayor Harold Campbell and several councilors explained that the quarry alternative has been discussed and looked into for some time now. Officials want a more consistent, cleaner and safer water supply for its residents and customers than what is currently offered from the Muscatatuck River.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Back Lot BBQ all set for May 15 in downtown NV
The officers and staff of the North Vernon Police Department will host a "Back Lot BBQ" on May 15 in honor of National Police Week.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Meet Officer Seth Beville
Name:  Seth Beville
Date of Hire: August 9, 2010.
Rank: Patrolman.
Prior Law enforcement experience? 1.5 years at the Jennings County Jail as a Jailer, 2 years as a Reserve Officer at North Vernon Police Department.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


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