The annual National Honor Society (NHS) induction at Jennings County High School was on Thursday, March 8. The organization is the premier organization recognizing high school students that excel in four areas: academics, leadership, service and character. The local chapter was organized in 1968 and has been inducting mebers annually. Chelsey Thompson serves as the faculty sponsor of the local chapter. Officers of the NHS are: Evelyn McGuire, president; Hailey Cornet, vice-president; Laura Campbell, secretary; and Emily Guffrey, treasurer. Wednesday, March 21, 2018
An unusual late-season snow blanketed Jennings County Wednesday, closing schools, covering highways, streets and roads and making travel hazardous, especially on side roads.
"You never know about March," said Jim Reeves, Jennings County Highway Department superintendent, Wednesday morning as he and crews worked to plow the snow from county roads. "Snow this time of year is unusual but not unheard of."
Around four inches of snow - a wet and heavy snow, at that - had fallen in North Vernon as of 8 a.m. Wednesday with the white stuff still coming down. The Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center's weather station in Butlerville measured 5.75 inches, according to Joel Wahlman, SEPAC director. Other areas in the county recorded as much as six inches.
The snow started falling in North Vernon at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday - ironically, the first day of spring - and continued all night, reaching an intensity of half an inch an hour at times. Wednesday, March 21, 2018
While many high school students across the nation participated in the walkout to support stricter gun laws on Wednesday, March 14, Jennings County High School students walked in remembrance and for school safety.
Student leaders who organized the morning program said gun control was not the issue for them. Instead, they wanted to remember the 17 students who were killed in a Florida high school shooting on Feb. 14 and to figure out a way to work together to make their school a safe place.
"I'm a huge supporter of the Second Amendment, but as a student I wanted to look at what we could do to make this school a safer place," explained Shelby Millspaugh, one of the organizers. "We didn't want this to be a political issue. We had a lot of people come together for safety."
Millspaugh added that whether one is a Democrat or a Republican, the walk helped to clear the air.
"It was cool that both sides of the spectrum came together," Millspaugh noted. "A group of high school students came together to speak up."
Millspaugh explained that she had heard other students speak about the walk-out and decided that she would speak with JCHS principal Tom Black about what she had heard. She wanted to see if he and Teresa Brown, Jennings County School Corp. superintendent, had any plans on how they were going to handle the National School Walkout Day demonstrations here. Monday, March 19, 2018
Jennings County High School students walked the hallways in remembrance of the students who have died while attending school and participated in 17 minutes of remembrance for the 17 students who died at Marjory StonemanDouglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on Feb. 14.
"These tragic events especially the most recent one have encouraged more focus on safety in schools throughout the country," read Allie Clark, one of the student organizers. " We, the students of JCHS, have chosen to take our safety into our own hands to help ensure that our students never have to experience such a tragedy."
Students exited their classroom and somberly walked the hallways in remembrance of the students and in the hopes of creating an environment where safety is the top priority. Thursday, March 15, 2018
Police in Mooresville have identified a North Vernon man as the "car wash bandit" and are continuing to try to track him down.
Police believe Dana E. Bailey, 55, has been using a laminated $20 bill tethered to fishing line to steal thousands of dollars from auto-pay machines in Indiana and at least six other states.
"We're pretty confident we will get him eventually," said Detective Chad Richhart of the Mooresville Town Police Department. "He'll get pulled over for a traffic violation or someone will phone in a tip. It's just a matter of time."
The car wash bandit has received notoriety in the past few months thanks to stories in newspapers, including the Indianapolis Star, the state's largest, and on television.
Deputies with the Jennings County Sheriff's Department made the initial identification of Bailey after viewing surveillance video from two Mooresville car washes.
During a search of the North Vernon home Bailey shares with his mother, Wilma, last week, sheriff's deputies, North Vernon City Police Department officers and Richhart found maps and a laminate substance, consistent with suspicions of detectives. Police also found evidence of a fishing line purchase but no other fishing equipment in the house. Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Wednesday, March 14, and Friday, April 20, are days that a national protest group, made up mostly of high school students, have set aside as days where they are asking other high school students across the nation to "walk out" of school in a 17-minute demonstration of solidarity and support.
So, what do the Jennings County High School students have planned? Student leaders from both JCHS and Jennings County Middle School have met and decided they want to show their support for the 17 victims and the survivors from last month's school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
However, the JCHS and JCMS students also don't want their demonstration to become a political issue.
According to Teresa Brown, Jennings County School Corp. superintendent, the student leaders have met with her, high school administrators and local law enforcement about what they want to do on Wednesday, March 14. JCSC officials have approved the demonstration.
A stretch of U.S. 50 near Hayden is almost literally sanitized today. That followed a four-vehicle accident Tuesday morning in front of Biehle Electric.
Among the vehicles involved were a cement mixer and semi-truck loaded with cleaning products, both of which spilled part of their loads onto the pavement.
"You could say the highway was awfully clean when we were finally done getting the Lysol off the road," quipped Deputy Kevin Hall of the Jennings County Sheriff's Departments.
All kidding aside, Hall said the accident could have been much more serious.
The driver of the Lee's Ready Mix concrete mixer, Derick Pendleton, 33, of Seymour, suffered minor injuries and was taken by Rescue 20 to the Schneck Medical Center in Seymour where he was treated and released. Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Exactly why is the Jennings County Jail so extremely overcrowded - typically at 200 percent or higher of its rated capacity of 104 inmates? What can be done to speed up the court process so inmates can exit the jail as soon as possible?
Motorists who travel on U.S. 50 and SR 750 east of North Vernon have been driving through one roundabout since early November.
By late summer, motorists in the area will have to deal with a second roundabout.
Construction is scheduled to begin in about a month on the roundabout at the west end of the U.S. 50-SR 750 bypass, the Indiana Department of Transportation announced on Thursday, March 1. Completion is estimated for July 31.
INDOT first revealed plans for the west end roundabout in 2016 after a prolonged public outcry over safety concerns at the intersection. Since the intersection opened in late 2013 with the completion of the western leg of the bypass, there have been three fatalities at the spot - including two in the last 10 months - as well as numerous other accidents and countless close calls.
INDOT had planned for construction on the west end roundabout to begin last September, but that was delayed because of the full schedule of the contractor - Milestone Construction of Columbus. Monday, March 5, 2018