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June 24, 2018

Hometown Heroes at work
Hometown Heroes at work
Brian Wilhelm of North Vernon work with a table saw at the Wayside Inn Homeless Shelter. He is part of the Lowe's Heroes crew working to remodel the facility on Hoosier Street. The volunteers began the extensive project earlier this month.-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer



Teachers retire taking 350 years of total experience with them
When the 2017-18 school year came to an end, a total of 12 teachers retired from teaching the students in Jennings County and with them went over 350 years of teaching experience.
Four parapro also retired with a combined total of 94 years of experience. Three custodians also retired as did a number of cooks.
Listed below are the retirees from Jennings County Schools. We have included the buildings where they worked along with the number of years they were employees of the local school corporation.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

IU offering free online training on opioid harm reduction
The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloom­ington is providing free online training to health professionals and practitioners in Indiana to address the state's opioid crisis, particularly harm reduction around intravenous drug use.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Pollinator Week
Over the coming year, well beyond National Pollinator Week, the Plain Dealer & Sun will feature stories that help readers learn about native pollinators.

Learn what butterflies to look for in the garden. Find out about what to plant to attract bees, butterflies and birds to a yard or farm. Learn about native wildflowers that grow in the woods. Find out what local residents can do to help native pollinators.

The Plain Dealer & Sun is partnering with local experts, including biologist and educator Kirsten Carlson and Jennings County Soil and Water Conservation District Executive Director Andy Ertel, and the local conservation group Oak Heritage Conservancy, to help inform our readers and to help our native pollinators.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Government meetings
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Frye to chair study committee on public safety, military affairs
Indiana State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) was recently selected to chair the Interim Study Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs.
Frye said in the upcoming months, the committee will examine several assigned topics, including military transition practices, the construction of an injured public safety officer monument and development of an electronic system to streamline veteran services.
"Interim study committees give legislators the opportunity to take a deeper look at some of the most pressing issues Hoosiers face," Frye said. "These meetings are an important part of the lawmaking process, and give us the opportunity to hear from the public and experts in the areas we are studying."

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Pets of the week at shelter
This week's Pets of the Week at the Jennings County Animal Control Shelter are two very sweet felines that would make loving pets for any family.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

NV's 1st lady recovering from broken right hip
Connie Ochs, North Vernon's first lady, is recovering from a broken right hip she suffered when she fell earlier this month.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Finding homes for pets
Jennings County Animal Control is going on the road to Indianapolis this weekend to try and get as many as 15 pets adopted and out of the local animal shelter.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Photos of agriculture sought for State Fair
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is accepting submissions for the 11th annual Indiana Agriculture photo contest, which showcases the hard work and contributions made by Hoosier farmers. The contest is open to the general public, and the winners will be honored during a special ceremony at the Indiana State Fair.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Apply by June 30 for SE IN REMC's grants
The Southeastern Indiana REMC Operation Roundup Board of Trustees announces that the deadline is June 30 to submit applications for the next community grant cycle for Operation Roundup funds.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

'Vision' breathes new life into decaying Dupont home
Perhaps it was the fact Mark Hopkins was raised in a family that "did old homes,"or perhaps his Southern Indiana upbringing finally caught up with this New York City/Miami high class salesman. Once he saw this home on Historic Landmarks web site, he "fell in love with the house," and knew his life had taken a western turn to move back to Indiana and begin a whole new life in Dupont.
Hopkins sold his Miami condo, furniture and all, and relocated to Madison to oversee the two-year labor of love renovating the all but covered up and forgotten Levi Butler home, featured on a Historic Landmarks tour last month.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

New endowment at JCCF honors a family dedicated to education
A scholarship to honor the family of Morris J. and Lona Wildey has been established by the Wildey family at the Jennings County Community Foundation.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Day care meetings set
Two public informational meetings and discussions regarding changes in Indiana regulations of licensed child care centers will be held in the area on Wednesday, June 20.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Homeless shelter seeks volunteers to help with month-long repairs and clean-up
The Wayside Inn Homeless shelter will close for cleaning and volunteer training starting July 1 and will reopen August 1.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

New STEM coordinator named to promote math and sciences
Jennings County Schools elementary students are going to benefit the most from the new STEM coordinator hired for this school district.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


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