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January 16, 2019

It was a bittersweet night at the Jennings County School Board meeting last Thursday. After ser
It was a bittersweet night at the Jennings County School Board meeting last Thursday. After ser
A majestic American bald eagle perches on a limb near the Muscatatuck River in the Vernon area Sunday afternoon. "I just wanted to share this with you," noted an anonymous reader. Newsworthy photos are always welcome and can be emailed to bmayer@northvernon.com.-Submitted Photo

25 Years Ago & Longer
NRA Supporters at Hamilton Meeting
National Rifle Association supporters turned out en masse for a public meeting with U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton in North Vernon on Tuesday, Jan. 11 (1994). About 25 people sported navy blue NRA caps distributed before the meeting by Carolyn Hatfield of Hayden. She and her husband, Mike, own a gun store in Columbus.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

IUPUC hosting free MLK event
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Sorority holds a most successful fundraiser
Psi Iota Xi Alpha Omega Chapter held its first business meeting of 2019 on Monday, Jan. 7.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Weekend choir camp set for 3rd-8th graders
The Columbus Indiana Children's Choir (CICC), a branch of the Indianapolis Children's Choir (ICC), is hosting its annual Choral Fest summer music camp on May 17-19 for students in third through eighth grade. The weekend program is structured as high quality choral music experiences woven into musical activities.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Help for majors in criminal justice area
Jennings County Sheriff Kenny Freeman has announced that the Indiana Sheriff's Association will be awarding college scholarships to qualified high school seniors or college students who are pursuing a degree in criminal justice studies. There will be approximately 40 ft the $750 scholarships awarded to qualifying students throughout the state.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

SEI Communications to award 5 stipends
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Get a team or opt to volunteer to help Big Brothers Big Sisters
The 16th annual Jennings County Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraiser to benefit the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program will be held on Sunday, February 24 at the Columbus Bowling Center. This is the largest fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Indiana and is essential for maintaining programming in Jennings County.
This year's event will highlight Big Brothers Big Sisters' new branding, "Defenders of Potential."

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Community to mark MLK Day
Ignorance is at the root of racism and bigotry. By shedding the light on at least one small part of little-known American history, knowledge and understanding can increase.

That is the reason why the Park Theatre Civic Centre and three North Vernon churches are sponsoring a free movie presentation on Monday as a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

The Rev. James Wood and the Rev. Johnnie Edwards will lead a short prayer before the award-winning movie, "Hidden Figures."

Both Wood and Edwards believe Monday's event is a perfect way to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on the 90th anniversary of his birth and the importance of equal rights for all Americans.

"This is an amazing movie that shows part of our history that many people are not aware of," said Wood, pastor of Golden Harvest Community Church, where his wife, Lisa, is an evangelist leader. "It will get people to thinking and open more good understanding and perhaps even dialogue."

Edwards, pastor of the Second United Methodist Church, agreed.

"We need to understand all walks of lives involving all races and ethnic groups in our great country," Edwards said. "This movie opens the door to that and to more communication in the North Vernon community."

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

'Home Sweet Homecoming'
This week at Jennings County High School, students and staff are in high spirits before Friday's Winter Homecoming boys basketball game against Floyd Central.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Phoenix, the ultimate rescue dog
Phoenix is a special dog. He also has special needs. He is a rescue dog, maybe the ultimate rescue dog.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Ochs declares candidacy for second term
North Vernon Mayor Mike Ochs announced Wednesday, Jan. 9, that he will run for re-election this year. He filed on the first day that a municipal candidate may file a Declaration of Candidacy in Indiana.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

No trash pick up in NV on MLK Day
Because of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, there will be no garbage pick up in the City of North Vernon on Monday, Jan. 21.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Candidate profiles welcome
All candidates in the 2019 North Vernon city election are invited to submit their profiles to the Plain Dealer & Sun for publication.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

County weathers wintry blast
The first major snow of the season hit Jennings County Saturday, causing postponements of several events, including Jennings County High School athletic competitions, movies at the Park Theatre and the grand opening celebration of the Autumn Trace Communities assisted living facility in North Vernon.

And while much of the county only got around four inches of snow that fell during the morning hours Saturday, the northwestern part of the county received an extra eight inches or more of snow later that day and into Sunday.

"The Zenas and Nebraska areas got a lot more snow on Sunday while other parts of the county got a dusting or, like Commiskey, none at all," said Jim Reeves, Jennings County Highway Department superintendent. "It was weird."

County highway department and North Vernon Street Department crews were out Saturday and Sunday plowing county roads and city streets while putting down road salt, ice melt and cinders.

"Our guys worked a fair amount of time this weekend, especially in the areas that got more snow," Reeves said. "The farther east and north you went, the more snow we had to deal with. The good thing is what was left on roads after we plowed melted. Temperatures were warm enough to help that happen."

Monday, January 14, 2019

NV incumbents eyeing re-election waste little time
Elected officials for the City of North Vernon will be elected in 2019 for four-year terms. Filings for the election began in full force Wednesday, Jan. 9, and continued throughout the week.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Stolen car pursuit ends in 2 arrests
North Vernon police arrested two Butlerville men early Saturday after a pursuit involving a stolen vehicle.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Westport man jailed for attempted murder
Police arrested a Westport man after an alleged incident in which another man was stabbed with a knife four times in the chest and abdomen Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 8.

Monday, January 14, 2019

NV woman airlifted after wreck
A North Vernon woman suffered serious but nonlife-threatening injuries in a one-vehicle accident late Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Alleged burglar caught in the act
Jennings County sheriff's deputies caught a North Vernon man in the act of an alleged burglary in Country Squire Lakes during the very early hours of Wednesday.

Monday, January 14, 2019

News Quiz: Test your memory of 2018
The new year is over a week old already, but let us not forget 2018.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

CSL reduces dues
Dues have been reduced by 11 percent at Country Squire Lakes, the sprawling 1,400-acre private community in Geneva Township that has been under receivership for three-and-a-half years, the first time that has happened in a long time.

"The good news is the loan is paid off," said Mike Miller, who was appointed receiver of the CSL Community Associa­tion in May 2015. "Therefore, we have reduced the dues from $365 annually to $325."

Miller made that announcement in a letter he sent out to all CSL property owners.

The loan he refers to amounted to $950,000, of which $560,000 was hanging over the homeowners association when Miller became receiver. That that led in part to the receivership order made by Jennings County Superior Court Judge Gary Smith. The payback on the loan, with then-MainSource Bank, was completed in May.

"We're getting good feedback from most everyone here," Miller said. "The first six months all I caught was grief. Now, nine of out 10 people I talk to are happy."

The homeowners association has approximately $430,000 in the bank, more than Miller anticipated at this point but those funds were long ago designated for road repairs.

"One reason we have a large cash balance at year end is because we got caught by the cold weather in late fall and early winter and were unable to complete the targeted road resurfacing as planned," Miller said. "There was $300,000 budgeted for roadwork in 2018 and will now be increased to $425,000 this year. I have a firm commitment from our paving contractor that we will be finished by May 31 this year. Until that time we will do our best to keep the roads patched, weather permitting."

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Commissioners, council fill most appointments
No changes were made by the Jennings County Board of Commissioners when it voted on its annual appointments for job positions in county government.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Campbell VFD adds truck
Along with its new firehouse in Butlerville, the Campbell Township Volunteer Fire Department unveiled a new brush truck last Saturday.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Red Kettle campaign sets record
Congratulations have been extended to over 200 volunteers who helped the Jennings County Red Kettle campaign raise a record-breaking $10,895.84, according to Eric Jarboe and JoAnn Giles.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Vet to Vet to host weekly breakfasts starting Saturday
The North Vernon Vet to Vet office will host a breakfast on the second Saturday of each month starting Saturday, Jan. 12.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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