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NEWS July 27, 2016

'Super Cyclones'at SCES
'Super Cyclones'at SCES
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

Bicentennial Blast to include relay, food, more
Plans are now being finalized for the Bicentennial Blast that will be held Friday, Sept. 16, at Stellar Plaza.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Burnt Pines gains $400K grant
Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced Friday over $7 million in federal grant funding for three programs was awarded rural Hoosier communities, including $400,000 for the Burnt Pines Water Association in Jennings County.

The Burnt Pines Water Association will use the funding for the expansion of service to homes on CR 50S-CR 60S/Old Irish Road, and system improvements, including rehabilitating and replacing valves and hydrants to provide a healthier and more economical water source to current customers and new area customers, according to Ron "Rat" Euler, the utility's superintendent.

"Thank goodness we got this grant," Euler said. "We've been working on this since 1998, trying to get water down Old Irish Road where we will have 14 to 20 customers."

In applying for the grant, Burnt Pines had to gain easements from property owners along the road and put up around $100,000 in matching funds.

"We really went out on a limb to get this grant," Euler said. "We had to put up a big chunk of money and do a mountain of work. All those people who live along Old Irish Road are on board with us and helped. We expect no rate increases for any of our customers and hope to be able to decrease our rates in the long run because of this."

Monday, July 25, 2016

Corn, tomatoes bring crowds to Farmers' Market
It may be hotter than blazes outside in Jennings County of late - even too hot for many outdoor activities. The sultry weather of late July, however, is good for tomatoes, sweet corn, green beans and other fresh and delectable vegetables and fruit from the garden.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Pollinator Field Day
Pollinator gardens are sprouting up all over the county, and now you, too, can learn the basics and even delve deeper into these gardening favorites.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

County in real estate quandry
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

An unbelievable career
For 39 years, Don Biehle had what he calls an unbelievable career.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bison-tennial spirit shines
The family roots go way back in time in Jennings County for Troy and Roxanne Kipper of North Vernon.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Seymour man dies Tuesday in NV crash
A Seymour man died Tuesday afternoon in a single-vehicle traffic accident on Buckeye Street/U.S. 50 at West Flintwood Drive on North Vernon's east side.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Candidates added in election
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

West Nile virus found in Jennings County area
The West Nile virus has been found in eastern Jennings County.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Campbell VFD raising funds with portrait photos
The Campbell Town­ship Volunteer Fire Department is conducting a fundraiser this month involving color family portraits.

Monday, July 18, 2016

2 deputies hospitalized
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

Another event to celebrate Bicentennial
Jonathan Jennings will be in North Vernon next month. So will many others from various times in the area's past during a span dating two centuries ago to the present in Jennings County.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Big crowds, big fun
Even though rain was forecast for the first two days of the Jennings County Fair, Mother Nature held off and didn't dampen the spirit at the 136th annual event.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Fundraiser for Campbell VFD
The Campbell Town­ship Volunteer Fire Department is doing a color family portrait fundraiser this month.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

City to question WindStream CEO
Not surprisingly, the subject of WindStream Technologies came up at the North Vernon City Council Monday.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Fair finds replacement midway

What if you had a fair and no midway came?

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

2 torchbearers added in county
Two more torchbearers have been announced who will represent Jennings County during the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay when it goes through the county in September.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Couple charged with grow operation
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.

Monday, July 11, 2016

2 are arrested for stealing mail
Two Jennings County residents were arrested in Jackson County Wednes­day, July 6, after allegedly stealing people's mail.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Campbell VFD raising funds with portrait photos
The Campbell Town­ship Volunteer Fire Department is conducting a fundraiser this month involving color family portraits.

Monday, July 11, 2016

'Caring, honest, dedicated'

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.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Fair set to start Sunday
The 136th annual Jennings County Fair kicks off next week with lots of activities planned throughout seven full days.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bicentennial torchbearers
Steve Graham is elated and proud to be named one of the Indiana Bicentennial torchbearers who will represent Jennings County.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Sheriff to start K9 unit
After relying on other law enforcement agencies for K9 services for years, the Jennings County Sheriff's Department is going to get its own specially-trained dog.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

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