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September 27, 2020

Golf cart wreck critically injures 2
Golf cart wreck critically injures 2
This was the scene of the golf cart wreck Sunday afternoon that reportedly critically injured a juvenile and an adult male.-Submitted Photo from JCSO



Fall is the time to be careful meeting farm equipment on roads
Crops across the state are looking bountiful and harvest is almost here. Farmers will soon be traveling in large slow-moving farm equipment on Indiana roads. To increase roadway safety, we are encouraging motorists to exercise caution and patience when approaching large farm equipment over the next few months.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

City gives blesssing for free COVID testing site to be at its ETC building
The North Vernon City Council embraced '-at arm's length - the new COVID-19 testing site to be at their Educational Training Center or ETC at their meeting last week, Monday, Sept. 14.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

AmVets hosting a benefit on Friday for late member
A very good member of Amvets Post #7, Brad Anderson, passed away last month and Amvets is hosting a memorial/ benefit in his honor this Friday, September 25. Brad was a veteran, husband, father and a great friend., says Terry Baker, office administrator.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Downtown welcomes ice cream shop
Downtown North Vernon streets are lined with beautiful, historical buildings just waiting to be refilled with businesses. To see downtown bustling with activity and life is the goal of Joshua Carlton, a 32-year-old of Dover, KY, who recently purchased the old pool hall on N Madison Ave a few months ago, to which its most recent incarnation is as an ice cream parlor.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Rescue 20 will keep 'new normal' in place
Whether it's a mild health concern, a fall, or an emergency, Jennings County's Rescue 20 is here to help. Like all front line workers, they are battling in the trenches in the war against COVID-19 and all other physical ailments. Health, safety and sanitization have always been the name of the game at this county service, but like most establishments, they have had to up the ante to combat the pandemic and still provide aid to those otherwise in need of their assistance.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Trial commences for 'NASCAR' murder trial venued in from Scott
A jury trial venued here from Scott County is expected to last up to 10 days in Circuit Court.

On trial is Johnetta Ruth Hall, 47, who is charged with murder; conspiracy to commit murder, a Level 1 Felony; and obstruction of Justice, a Level 6 Felony. Prosecuting the case is Scott County Prosecutor Scott Owens assisted by Matthew Lemme while public defender Patrick Magrath will defend the woman assisted by Ashley Eklund.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

2020 election voting begins!
Election squabbles cannot stop the 2020 election from going forward.

Ballots have arrived and are all securely locked up. The absentee board has been meeting the past week to go over absentee ballot requests. And as of Tuesday at the close of business, the Jennings County Election Office reports a total of 940 absentee ballots have been mailed out to local residents, including 6 e-mailed to military service people.

County Clerk Amy Thompson, accompanied by Republican representative Lou Randall and Democrat rep Warren Byford, traveled to Indianapolis Sept. 14 to pick up the 13,850 ballots requested. "This was my choice, to take them," explained Thompson, to avoid "any appearance of impropriety" concerning the ballots.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

A Future Star
Performing live in Music City U.S.A, also known as Nashville, TN, would be a dream for any musician. But for Jacob Cruser of North Vernon, that dream has become a reality.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Bereavement groups can help with support
Bereavement groups are now meeting virtually to offer support for anyone desiring to join.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Brush Creek closure bringing out the best in students and staff
Just shy of four full weeks after the first day of school, the months and months of health and safety planning and prep work elicited by the Jennings County School Corporation leading up to the start of the 2020-21 school year has been put to the test.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Donate blood at local church on Monday
The American Red Cross needs people of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a blood supply as diverse as the patients who depend on it.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Saturday meal to help family of 3-year-old
The summer of 2020 is a summer most of us would choose to forget, but is especially true for the family of Poppy Petry who learned July 30 the little almost-three-year-old is suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

There is such a thing as free lunch
With a new, re-imagined and uncertain school year still ahead of local students, food will be one less item for our young scholars to worry about thanks to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Local contractor reaches settlement with state, DOJ
Dave O'Mara Contractor Inc. (DOCI), a North Vernon-based asphalt contractor, has agreed to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by misrepresenting to the government the materials it used to pave federally-funded roads in the state of Indiana. The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that the company has agreed to pay over $4.25 million over a period of four years.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Incumbent hopes to continue serving JC
Bob Willhite is the Republican candidate for Commissioner of Jennings County District 1. Having lived in Jennings County all his life, Bob says that he has the best interest of the residents in mind.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Work release soon an option
By next spring, residents who have been convicted of non-violent, low-level F6 felony crimes may find themselves serving their sentences outside of jail by working full-time, receiving counseling and even getting themselves educated.

That is the goal of the Jackson-Jennings Community Corrections Work Release Center, which broke ground Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 310 Dupont Drive on the east side of Seymour. The center, 20 years in becoming a reality, will offer an alternative to the standard jail experience which should give participants a new lease on a new life by the time they have completed their sentences.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

COVID-19 positive case at JCHS
The following was posted to the Jennings County High School Facebook page Sept. 11, 2020.


Friday, September 11, 2020

Empowering the women of Uganda
Her name is Annie Warner and she is a 24-year-old "unapologetic and outspoken advocate for social, economic and climate justice."

Annie has a story unlike many young American women her age. At 17, Annie boarded her very first flight to Uganda, a developing nation in sub-saharan Africa with a long history of oppressive regimes, corrupt dictators, and a shortage of political rights. At 19, just after graduating from Skyview High School in Montana, Annie moved to Uganda, having found an opportunity to work at an orphanage in the Busoga district. Not long after, Annie realized that the orphanage she worked at was not addressing the barriers that had allowed those children to be placed there to begin with, believing that "poverty is created by barriers."

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Agenda includes historic home, B'ville school demo
The Area Plan Commission will have a regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Government Center in Vernon.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Golf cart wreck critically injures 2
A youth and adult man were critically injuried in a wreck on Sunday, Sept. 6.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Recycling can help tamp down COVID trash pileup
The disposable masks, gloves and antibacterial wipes are piling up. Schools are using styrofoam to-go boxes and plastic utensils for thousands of students a day across the United States.

All of this in the name of preventing the spread of COVID-19, but the environmental impact of this pandemic is almost as frightening as the number of positive cases.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

COVID-19 closes Brush Creek School
Brush Creek Elementary School is now closed for 2 weeks because 2 students have tested positive for COVID. Remote learning will be utilized.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Retired educator says experience will come in handy as commissioner
Floyd Bowman, 62, is the Democrat Party's candidate for Commissioner, District 1. He capped a 42-year career with the Jennings County School Corporation as principal of Brush Creek Elementary School, retiring this spring.

Bowman is a member of the First Baptist Church in North Vernon and has served the community on various fronts. He is a former member of the JC Area Plan Commission; former Spencer Township Trustee; a 20-year Spencer Township Volunteer Fireman; and a former member of the Hayden Municipal Sewer District.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Falling Free
Skydiving is one of those wild, adventurous and stereotypical experiences that can be found on many peoples' bucket lists.

And for many of us, there are multiple reasons why some items on those bucket lists - especially something as terrifying as skydiving -never get checked off.

Perhaps your interests change, you move somewhere else or life just plain gets in the way.

Then, there's always the fact that we are getting older every day. According to a survey by Provision Living, five percent of their survey participants said they didn't accomplish a bucket list item because of their age.

Gene Spicer of North Vernon, however, is not among that five percent.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

COVID testing coming to NV
Thanks to a $100,000 grant from Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and a partnership with Schneck Medical Center, Jennings County residents will no longer have to drive beyond the county limits to receive free COVID-19 testing.

The grant is funded from the state's allotment of the federal CARES Act. Amy Pettit, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer for Schneck and a native of North Vernon, learned about the grant from Jackson County Health Department and immediately contacted Pam Petry, the Public Health Nurse with the Jennings County Health Department to initiate a partnership between the JC health department and Schneck to bring free COVID-19 testing to Jennings.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020


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