Jennings County Deputy Auditor Rita Elmore assists Frank Clark, center, and John Chessebrew at the courthouse as they check on the locations of lots they purchased during a delinquent tax sale in October1998. Elmore is now the city of North Vernon’s assistant clerk-treasurer.—PD&S file photo
St. Mary's to Build Parish Center In its most ambitious building project ever, St. Mary's Catholic Church announced (in October 1988) that it will be constructing a 16,000-square-foot parish activity center. John Hall, project chairman, noted that such a center has been needed in the parish for a long time. The hub of the center will be a 7,100-square-foot area suitable for basketball and volleyball, as well as large socials, dances, assemblies and gatherings. St. Mary's School kindergarten classes will also be housed in the center and a preschool may be established there in the future. Hall reported that the center's design and construction materials will be compatible with existing St. Mary architecture. Total cost of the large project is estimated at $700,000. Of that amount, $300,000 will be raised within the next six weeks through St. Mary's "Building on Our Heritage" campaign. Funds from bequest of Cal and Anna Klingner will be used for the remaining balance. Construction is scheduled to be completed in time for the 1989-90 school year. Ducks Unlimited Banquet Over $13,000 was raised by the Jennings County Chapter at the third annual Ducks Unlimited banquet at the Rolling Hills Shrine Club. Bob Miller, from the city police, was the winner of the shotgun given away. Greg Carter of Jennings County, who works at the JayC Food Stores' main warehouse in Seymour, was master of ceremonies. Eddie Shepherd of North Vernon, area chairman, presented a plaque to Connie Johnson in tribute to her husband, the late Bill Johnson. Bill Johnson played a significant role in the formation of the Ducks Unlimited chapter in Jennings County. Others involved in putting on the banquet were Tim Moore, Ed Guljas, John Bright, Tom Gosman and Charlie Hiatt, with Tom Lawson serving as volunteer auctioneer. Muscatatuck Moderns The Muscatatuck Moderns Homemakers Club met at Kay Bowman's home on Oct. 13 (1988). Marilyn Goodpaster and Nancy Madden were co-hostesses. Nan Hurley, president, called the meeting to order. The club made $187.79 at its Labor Day Bake Sale. Some of the money will go to fund a building for all the county clubs at the Jennings County Fairgrounds. Others in attendance were Dorothy Hall, Mary Kirk, Candy McKing, Wanda Hall, Erma Stewart, Grace Evans, Pearl Ellis, Treva Stark, Edna Hyder, Mary Kirk, Jo Brown, Debbie Smith, Judy Watts, Martha Coquerille and Jane Kirk.