Selected as Sand Creek Elementary School Super Cyclones for April were, row one, left to right, Sierra Scoggins, Jaden Jiminez, Braiden Courtney, Daisy Kincaid, John Gilbert, Max McGuire and James Fields. Row two, Karen Lukie, Addi Alexander, Lizette Ramires-Telez, Alyssa Elmore, Aaden Crater, Rylee McCammon and Madelin Hatter. Row three, Preston Stevens, Alexis Dixon, Alyssa Willams, Brinley McCammon, Alexis Zuniga, Dukati Day and Aubrey Schafer. Row four, Cami Isbell, Jasmyn Horn, Jamie Baez, Grace Patterson, Brooklyn West, Kayeleigh Winninger and Alicen Onks. Not pictured are Samantha Arney, Ana Blount, Maddie Bonds, Christopher DeArcia, Fernando Fernandez, Lyndsay Hartwell, Justin Jones, Madison Jones, Cameron Patterson, Kyle Womack.-Photo Contributed
The Jennings County commissioners' plan to purchase a building to house the county's Purdue Cooperative Extension Service offices has run into a snag - a $15,000 snag.
"I'm at wit's end trying to think what we can do," said Commissioner Matt Sporleder (R-District 3). "This is a tough situation."
The problem is that the building the county wants to purchase appraised lower than the price the current owner will sell it. The property is located at 203 N. State St. at the northwest corner of Poplar Street, in North Vernon. It includes the Commerce Square Building, which formerly housed the Cardinal Insurance and Alpha Insurance agencies, and parking lots in front and back.
Three months ago, the owner, Larry Sporleder, agreed to county's offer of $250,000 for the property. The owner is the third cousin of Matt Sporleder.
By state law, the county can pay no more than the average of two appraisals made by independent out-of-county firms. Those appraisals came in last month at $225,000 and $195,000, an average of $210,000. Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Indiana has made political headlines the last few days with Gov. Mike Pence being selected by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as his running mate and with popular Democrat Evan Bayh making a bid to return to the U.S. Senate.
Recent political developments have sprung up in Jennings County, too.
The Democratic Party has added Helen Taylor as a candidate for one of the three at-large positions on the Jennings County Council in the 2016 election.
Taylor joins Democratic candidates Jarrod Daeger and Sandy Vance, who filed earlier this year for the Council and ran unopposed in the party's May 3 primary, on the Jennings County ballot for the Nov. 8 General Election. Monday, July 18, 2016
A Jennings County Sheriff's Department reserve deputy remains hospitalized Wednesday following a traffic accident involving two marked police cars on SR 750 early Tuesday morning.
Reserve Deputy Jason Littrell, 34, was airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis after the patrol car he was driving collided with another car, driven by Deputy Thomas Mellencamp, 24, at around 4:30 a.m. Mellencamp was also hospitalized briefly.
"It was a very unfortunate accident," said Lt. Mike Mowery, speaking in place of Sheriff Gary Driver, who was out of state. "We're all glad that the two officers weren't injured worse than they were and that no other vehicles were involved.
"We are a brotherhood, a sisterhood here at the sheriff's department. We're all work closely together and we're taking it hard, but we know everyone is going to be fine," he added.
Littrell, who has been a volunteer reserve for about 1.5 years, and Mellencamp, who has been a full-time deputy since December, were investigating a report of a reckless semi-truck driver when the accident occurred. Wednesday, July 13, 2016
That was the question that hit the members of the Jennings County Fair Board on Thursday afternoon, July 7 - just four days before the 136th annual Jennings County Fair's midway was to start operating.
Fair board member Bob Itell received a phone call Thursday from the company the board had contracted with for 2016 to provide the midway, Carnival Tyme, informing him that the firm had gone out of business.
That left the volunteer fair board members scrambling frantically to find a replacement midway almost literally at the last minute.
"Gary Hughes, owner of Carnival Tyme, contacted Bob and said they would not be providing the midway to the Jennings County Fair," explained Beth Steiner, fair board member. "Even though there were three or four rides sitting out at the fairgrounds (waiting to be assembled) that led us to believe everything was normal, we learned Thursday that would not be the case."
After much questioning, Itell said it became apparent that having that company provide the midway was not going to happen. Itell then contacted Charles Bean, owner of the petting zoo that was coming to the fair.
"Charles and Bob scrambled to try to find someone to step in and provide us with a midway," Steiner continued. "Mr. Bean has a familiarity with carnival people and he was able to find a company in Alabama who did not have anything booked for that week." Monday, July 11, 2016
Jennings County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested a Country Squire Lakes couple on felony and misdemeanor charges Thursday, July 7, after investigating a tip of a possible marijuana growing operation.
At the 2015 Jennings County Fair Queen pageant Annie Wall was named as second runner-up.
At this year's pageant on Saturday night, Wall walked away with the title.
Wall was crowned the 2016 Miss Jennings County Fair Queen at the end of the pageant at the Jennings County Middle School. She beat out nine other girls for the title.
Wall is the daughter of Doug and Joanie Van Horn and Brian and Alex Wall. For winning the crown, Wall will receive a $1000 scholarship, $100 clothing allowance and other prizes.
In the fair princess division, Reina Puckett won the crown. She is the daughter of Becky Puckett and Ryan Puckett. Puckett will receive a $500 scholarship, $100 clothing allowance and several other prizes.
In the queen category, Olivia Vanosdol, daughter of Jason and Michelle Vanosdol, was named as first runner-up and will receive a $350 scholarship plus prizes.
Second runner-up honors went to Krishana House, daughter of Vernon House and Cindy Mobley. She will receive a $250 scholarship and prizes.
Summer Ritz, daughter of Kenneth and Tricia Ritz, was crowned third runner-up in the pageant. Ritz will receive a $150 scholarship plus prizes.
A Head Start roundup will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at the Ohio Valley Opportunities' Family Service Center in North Vernon. The event is for families to enroll their preschool children in the OVO Head Start program