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November 24, 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



JC schools on virtual mode
Keeping kids in school for face to face instruction continues to of Jennings County Schools. However, with the pandemic ramping up, and it being expected to continue on this pathway for the next few months, local schools are responding.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Local task force recalled
The Jennings County Coronavirus Task Force has been called back into action.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Appointment needed for test
If you want to get tested for the virus, an appointment is needed at the free testing site at the ETC, 1200 West O&M Avenue.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

PPE is still available free to businesses
With the number of COVID-19 cases going up in the area, businesses may need to restock their 3-ply masks and liquid sanitizers.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Schneck to begin prioritizing surgeries and procedures
Due to the increase in COVID-related hospitalizations, Schneck Medical Center must begin carefully prioritizing surgeries and procedures.

Prioritization will be based on a variety of factors including the individual patient's medical condition and risk for disease progression, as well as availability of the organization's capacity level and vital resources such as critical equipment and supplies, available staff, and beds.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

JCYF to fundraise, offer affordable gifts, hand out a free meal
The Golden Ticket 50/50 Raffle will help raise money for JCYF's programs that support the children in Jennings County. Not only is this a fundraiser, but one lucky person is going to win a lot of money just in time for Christmas!

Tickets for the raffle will be $10 each and you can pick them up during office hours at the JCYF office on 100 S Webster St in North Vernon. You can also text 812-718-2055 to make other arrangements to pick up tickets. You can also contact one of their board members to buy tickets: Casey Ernstes, Vicky Lacey, Angi Grider, Barb Galliher, or Ramona Leach. The tickets will be on sale until Dec. 10 at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Bell ringers needed to spread cheer
A Jennings County Christmas tradition is the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.

Each year, community members volunteer to collect donations in the Red Kettles to provide needed help for families throughout the following year. Red Kettle Coordinator Eric Jarboe announces some changes for this year's campaign.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Youth Foundation ready for season
The only C-word that is getting passed around this holiday season is Christmas spirit. The Jennings County Youth Foundation is not letting a pandemic get in the way of bringing joy, food and a sense of community to the local residents.

The good cheer began in early summer when JCYF made adjustments to their summer food programs in order to comply with CDC guidelines while still providing food to those in need. By adding drive-thru and to-go options, among other COVID-safe additions such as face masks and social distancing, the CSL Clubhouse, First Baptist Church, Imagination Daycare, the JCYF office and their numerous volunteers, 10,416 free meals were given to children in the Jennings County community.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Harmony Hill School #4
Items gleaned from newspapers on file on microfilm at the Jennings County Public Library
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Another blow to the downtown
Downtown has lost another "anchor" with the announcement this week the PNC branch at the corner of Walnut and Main Street would be closing at 3 pm. on Feb 19, 2021.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

B'ville schools now a memory
Soon the hazardous Butlerville school buildings will be nothing but a memory.

"It is a shame," summed up APC Director Marie Shepherd who has been dealing with the dilapidated site since she was hired to lead the APC back in May 2016.

However, problems with the property go back much farther than that.
After 15 years of the APC fielding complaints, filing grievances and finally suing for demolition, the decree to raze the two brick structures was ordered only to be further delayed by the issue of asbestos and the failure to obtain a bid for its safe removal.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Teachers, school board reach contract agreement
In a year where teachers are working harder than ever to provide students with a quality education, a little compensation for the 260 staff members of Jennings County School Corporation is welcome.

However, COVID-19 has done more than change the educational structure and learning environment of schools: it has also depleted schools' registration numbers and, therefore, its bottom line.

According to Felicia Hill, a Jennings County High School science teacher and a member of the Jennings County Classroom Teachers Association (JCCTA) bargaining team, the enrollment is down 179 students from last fall, which creates a loss of $1.1 million for JCSC and greatly limits the items the corporation is able to offer teachers in the collective bargaining agreement this year.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Local group wants you healthy
This Thursday, Nov. 19, is the day a group of people working to improve you and your family's health is in the spotlight.

National Rural Health Day has been observed as the third Thursday of November for the past nine years. It is the day to celebrate the "Power of Rural" and to bring much needed attention to the ongoing efforts to improve the health of the estimated 57 million rural Americans.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

County bond to fund 4 projects
A new campground, new 911 radios, upgrades at the county fairgrounds and new patrol cars for the sheriff are all included in the new $1.2 million general obligation bond the county is in the process of issuing.

Amazingly, the four projects were chosen from a pile of projects totaling over $2.5 million after commissioners asked their county department chiefs for their "wish lists" the bond could fund. The list was compiled into a document pages long and contained a hodge podge of requests for articles ranging from computers to new elevators at the courthouse and government annex.

Only an update from Jerry Shepherd, Director of JC Emergency Management, saved the commissioners and county councilors from hours of deliberations on how to divvy up the $1.2 million among the various departments.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Veterans are honored
Local veterans were welcomed at the traditional Veterans Day ceremony honoring their service held at the entrance to North Vernon Hillcrest Cemetery just slightly past the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Letter from Superintendent details school changes, effective November 16
The following was posted to Facebook by JC Superintendent Teresa Brown:

November 12, 2020
Dear JCSC Families,

As you know in Jennings County, we have been experiencing an increased number of COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks. Keeping kids in school for face to face instruction continues to be our goal. We know it is best for kids. However, with the pandemic ramping up, and it being expected to continue on this pathway for the next few months, we are making some changes to allow us to function safely.

We have had to close Hayden and North Vernon Elementary until November 30th due to widespread close contacts of positive COVID cases and a shortage of staff. With the exception of one school, we have every building experiencing large numbers of student and staff absences. We now have 28 staff members out due to COVID or close contact reasons (not counting JCHS or Hayden). With JCHS and Hayden included, we have 48 staff members out for COVID related reasons. When speaking with our health department today, I was told the community spread is significant, and it is "escalating at a high rate".

Therefore, beginning Monday, November 16th, we will be moving the entire district to virtual learning until November 30th. This is actually for seven school days due to Thanksgiving Vacation. We will allow sports/ECAs to resume on November 16th for JCHS, so teams can begin getting in practices etc... (with strict protocols being enforced). JCMS and elementary schools will wait until November 30th to resume sports/ECAs.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Pie sale is this weekend!
The Jennings County Historical Society is baking hundreds of fresh homemade pies that will be for sale at the museum in Vernon, Indiana on November 13 and 14 starting at 8 a.m. Flavors include Sugar Cream, Apple, Peach, Bumbleberry (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries) and Spring Fruit (rhubarb and strawberries).
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Hunter falls out of tree stand
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a fall from a tree stand that occurred Saturday evening on Oct. 31.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., responders were dispatched to the 9000 block of North County Road 125 East in Jennings County for a hunter who fell approximately 14 feet from an elevated tree stand.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Win prizes for hiking at Monroe Lake
Skip the shopping and holiday stress on Thanksgiving weekend and spend your time outside exploring the beauty of the outdoors with Monroe Lake's Holiday Hiking Challenge, which will take place from Thursday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 29.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Medicare fraud is big business; read on to learn common scams
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, there are over 59 million Americans currently enrolled to receive Medicare benefits. It is because of this ever-growing number that scammers and deceptive sales people are targeting Medicare beneficiaries. It is important to be aware of current scams and laws that can safeguard your identity and benefits.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Hearing on new zoning ordinance set Nov. 16
The Area Plan Commission held a meeting Monday, Nov. 2, at the Government Center.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Nov. 21 is deadline for non-tax filers to register for Economic Impact Payments
The Internal Revenue Service wants to make sure that every eligible American has registered before the Nov. 21 deadline to receive their Economic Impact Payment this year.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

NV fire house a 'safe haven' for babies
Early in October of this year, a newborn baby was left in a Safe Haven Baby Box in Decatur Township in Marion County. Safe Haven officials revealed this is the ninth newborn to be surrendered in one of their boxes since November of 2017 and the fifth for this year alone.

Thankfully, the Safe Haven Baby Box located at the rear of the North Vernon Fire Department on North Madison Avenue has yet to be utilized since its installation in 2018.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Jennings County on verge of crackdown
Jennings County went 'Red' last week with the GOP winning big time.
Now, the county is positioning to go red again, but this time it has nothing to do with politics.

It has everything to do with health and it's not good news for anybody.
"The amount of Covid cases are going up drastically," reports JC Health Department manager Peggy Roe.

"That's why we are anticipating the worse."

That "worst" would be for the Indiana Department of Health to elevate Jennings' COVID-19 status to Red, from the Orange level it was raised to last week.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Pharmacist 'put here to help' is retiring, closing Medicap's door
The community is bidding farewell to a long-time business owner and pharmacist who, in the words of one of her long-time customers, "is so much more."

Tuesday, Nov. 10, the doors to the Medicap Pharmacy closed permanently as Gail Minnick locked up to begin another chapter in her life. She plans to spend the majority of her time with husband Albert, who retired several years ago due to health issues.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020


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