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April 4, 2020

ISDH updates COVID-19 numbers
Even as the coronavirus crisis continues to unfold, Mother Nature is still at work. This 50-plus-year-old magnolia tree is in full bloom behind the Hoosier Street home of Tom “Donk” McCauley, who passed away this weekend. – Staff photo by Phyllis McLaughlin.
Even as the coronavirus crisis continues to unfold, Mother Nature is still at work. This 50-plus-year-old magnolia tree is in full bloom behind the Hoosier Street home of Tom “Donk” McCauley, who passed away this weekend. – Staff photo by Phyllis McLaughlin.
The April 3 update from the Indiana State Department of Health puts the number of COVID-19 cases in Jennings County at 31, up from 17 reported Wednesday.

Statewide, 3,437 cases have been confirmed from the 16,900 tested at this time, with 102 deaths attributed to the disease. Nationwide, cases rose to over 213,000, with 4,513 deaths reported yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which also reports that the disease has spread to all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Globally, the pandemic has reached more than 1 million confirmed cases, with more than 51,000 related deaths reported.

Of the surrounding couties, Decatur has reported 70 cases and four deaths; Ripley reported 47 cases and one death, an 81-year-old man who died Friday, March 27. Scott County has six confirmed cases and has reported one death.
No deaths have been reported in Jackson, which reports 25 cases; Bartholomew, which has 23 cases; or Jefferson, which has reported five cases.

Because of increased testing expected statewide, State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said ISDH will begin posting updates twice a day.

On Tuesday, Box, along with Fred Payne, director of the Indiana Department of Work Force Development, and Dr. Jennifer Sullivan, secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, attended Tuesday's press briefing with Gov. Eric J. Holcomb.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020


Travel Advisory - Level Orange
The Jennings County Commissioners and officials from North Vernon and Vernon announced today that the travel status will be upgraded from yellow to orange, effective at 8 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, April 4.
Additionally, Gov. Eric J. Holcomb said today that he will extend his statewide Stay at Home order through Sunday, May 3. The official order will be signed Monday.

Friday, April 3, 2020

New in town
Once we had the kids in school, found the grocery store and the park, it was time for me to meet some new friends. At least I hoped they'd be my friend. I was off to meet maybe the one person who knows almost everything that happens in a small, southern Indiana town - the editor of the local newspaper.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Virus can't keep volunteers from distributing 34,000 meals to Jennings County children
The coronavirus threat may have caused Jennings County Schools to be closed until May 1, but it did not stop a slew of volunteers from preparing and then distributing 34,000 meals for the county's children last week.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Purdue Extension is available
Purdue Extension - Jennings County is open with limited availability at this time.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

VIRUS Impact Update
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

"May-er" retirement be rewarding
March 26 will be no ordinary paper day at the North Vernon Plain Dealer & Sun. This momentous day will mark the end of an era, for after that newspaper is put to bed, members of our community will no longer see the tall form of our esteemed editor-in-chief Bryce Mayer puttering around local events, camera in hand. The very next day, Friday, March 27 will be Bryce's last day of leading the news gathering team at the local paper.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Assessor's staff to help you with forms
The JC Health De-partment has made the decision to close county government buildings to the general public.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Schools donate fresh vegetables to the Jennings County Coordinating Council
Jennings County Coordinating Council Director Bee Murphy was kept busy Tuesday picking up a totally unexpected bonanza for clients of the non-profit.

Enlisting her husband, Mike, the duo picked up crates of fresh vegetables, including tomatoes, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, onions, spinach, cauliflower and various leaf lettuces from Jennings County Schools' cafeterias.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Wrestling tradition grows at JCHS
Last Thursday's groundbreaking ceremony for a wrestling facility at Jennings County High School was a most joyous occasion.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

You're in luck: Free legal advice on 17th
Legal Aid is hosting a free legal clinic Tuesday, March 17, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Jennings County Public Library, 2375 SR 3N.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Vote would allow shooting of geese at Tripton Park
Geese may soon be dead ducks at Tripton Park after the North Vernon City Council voted 4-1 to allow shooting of the birds starting Wednesday, March 11.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

'A Road to Freedom'
It was nearly standing room only at Vernon's North American House recently for the Jennings County Historical Society's speaker series' February event.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Duty...Honor...Country...sums up life of Frank Biehle
A man whose "blood will forever be in Korean soil" was honored here in North Vernon on the 62nd anniversary from when that very blood was spilled.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

'You made us believe we could be winners'
I was saddened to read in the Feb. 18 issue of The Sun about the passing of Mr. Larry Mayes on Feb. 8. I was also upset that I didn't learn of his death until after his burial was over. I would have wanted to attend his services.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Harmon Construction to build new wrestling complex; ground breaking celebration set for next Thrusday
A local company has been chosen to construct the 24,000 square foot wrestling addition to Jennings County High Schoool.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020


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