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June 1, 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

Poll locations for June 2 Primary
The Jennings County Election Board voted to combine poll locations and use the school buildings, instead of the county's traditional locations.

The following is a list of the precincts and where voters will have to go to vote.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Students take paints, crayons to nature
The judging for the annual Indiana Junior Duck Stamp Contest was held virtually with five judges on April 4. There were 203 student entries in the contest this year. Camryn Temple, an 18-year-old student from North Liberty won the State Best of Show award with her entry of a beautiful mallard duck. Camryn's entry has been forwarded to the national Junior Duck Stamp contest to compete against other state winners in the judging this month.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Legal Aid offers free phone clinic June 9
Legal Aid is holding a free legal Aid Phone Clinic for Jennings County residents Tuesday, June 9, 2020 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and registration time for the clinic is from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

APC to discuss rezoning 4 parcels at June 1 meeting
The Area Plan Commission will have a meeting Monday, June 1 at Government Center in Vernon.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Memorial Day: VFW rite honors those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice defending nation
Those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to defend the freedoms we Americans enjoy today were remembered at the annual Memorial Day service at the Vernon Cemetery. Once again, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2020, as they have year after year, presented the ritual honoring the patriotism, courage and dedication of those who serve in the Armed Forces.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

County offices will reopen Tuesday a.m.
Things are getting back to the "new normal" at county government.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Family counting blessings and giving thanks for living here in North Vernon
A 10-year-old boy's accident has given a local family a fresh appreciation of what it's like living in a small town.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Apply for absentee ballots by May 21
If you've never voted absentee, this primary election day is a good time to start.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

United Way gets new grant for non-profits
The Jennings County United Way has been approved to receive a $175,000 grant made possible through a partnership between Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Indiana United Ways, our state association of United Ways. These funds will boost the efforts nonprofits on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

On the road to UTOPIA
Once upon a time, a plague called the West Nile Virus appeared and soon spread across Indiana. Soon, it was apparent that some of the state's most magnificent birds were becoming sick and needing help. It was then that two women appeared to help these majestic birds and nurse them back to health. In so doing, they created a Utopia for injured and sick birds and for wild creatures both small and large. They nursed these helpless creatures back to health and then set them free to live and thrive in their natural habitat.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Meals-To-You will deliver food to students' homes
McLane Global, a leading food and logistics company has announced that students and families in Jennings County Schools may now be eligible to sign up for home delivery of free meals through the Emergency Meals-To-You Partner-ship. Each student enrolled in the program will receive a two-week suply of shelf-stable, nutritious, individually packaged foods.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

United Way seeks applicants for new federal emergency food and shelter grant
Jennings County has been notified that it will be awarded a total of $21,392 in federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) funds through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as appropriated by Congress through FY2019 and CARES Act funding. This total includes $8,819 for Phase 37 and $12,573 for Phase CARES.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

JCHS Art Show a virtual Success
The current pandemic was not enough to stop these Jennings County High School students from sharing their creativity! Fortunately, two teachers stepped up and put together an art show like we have never experienced, giving us "A New Vision."

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Visitors in for a surprise when gate opens
Just like its homegrown herbs and flowers, Stream Cliff Farm is preparing for its Spring season with a special surprise to its patrons visiting the popular Twigs & Sprigs Tea room.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Our Hospice brings messages of cheer home
Our Hospice of Jennings County spent some time last month brightening the day for residents of Majestic Care Nursing Home.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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