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June 17, 2018

Storm causes extensive damage
Storm causes extensive damage
Several trees and limbs fell on this home on North Gum Street owned by Robin Vandervort.-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer

Over $17K raised at annual event
The 22nd annual Relay for Life of Jennings County has raised over $17,100 - and counting.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Unique, creative artwork reflects JC diversity
The unveiling of two pieces of artwork created for the local community had everyone agreeing with JCHS art teacher Karen Chilman who said it was "a a great tribute to our students and town."

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Reprieve for historic home
The historic Cone-Schuck home has been spared from the wrecking ball, at least for now.

In a ruling this week, Jennings County Circuit Court Judge Jon Webster ruled the Area Plan Commission is "preliminarily enjoined from demolishing the home at 305 South Jennings Street" in North Vernon. The injunction will expire no later than Dec. 13, 2018, unless extended by Circuit Court.

In the meantime, Indiana Landmarks, which has championed saving the home, was ordered to post a $500 cash surety with the county clerk.

The nonprofit will now have its day in court on Aug. 22 with the court hearing its argument why it should be allowed six months to provide Indiana Landmarks the opportunity to cure the unsafe conditions at the property.

The condition of the 1894 Victorian home has been the subject of numerous Area Plan Commission attempts to have it repaired.

On June 25, 2012, the APC filed its first motion in court seeking demolition or an order to repair the property. By Aug. 6, 2015 the court authorized the APC to complete repairs itself, including removing the deteriorated porch; however, the APC never completed the work.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

No tornado, but rains lead to flash flooding
Tornado warning sirens sounded Tuesday night in Jennings County after a funnel cloud was spotted in the Butlerville area around 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Rain can't keep fair down
"Rain, rain go away" is the song being heard at the Jennings County Fair this week.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Big boost for JCCDV
The transformation was stunning, according to director Sally Wood, volunteer Gail McCoy and others on the Jen­nings County Council on Domestic Violence (JCCDV) staff.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Meetings on child care laws
Two public informational meetings and discussions regarding changes in Indiana regulations of licensed child care centers will be held in the area on Wednesday, June 20.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Rain or not, the fair goes on
While rain may have put a damper on some of the activities at the Jennings County Fair Monday, it didn't dampen the spirit of fair goers.

There is a slight chance of rain each day throughout the week, but forecasters are calling for the chances to be scattered around the county. Hopes are high it will rain somewhere other than at the fairgrounds.

Inside the Jack Heath Livestock Arena on the fair's opening day, 4-H'ers and audience members stayed dry during several 4-H animal shows starting with the rabbit show on a rainy morning.

There are lots of activities scheduled throughout the week at the fairgrounds not only at the grandstand, but at the Activity Center pavilion and at the free concert stage. Tuesday's activities include UMRA Midget racing in the grandstand with gates opening at 4 p.m., the Country Kickers performing at the pavilion at 7 and Hank Haggard and the Orange Possum Special Band on the live stage at 7. There is also a pie eating contest at the pavilion starting at 9:30 p.m.

The midway officially opens on Tuesday evening as well. Luehrs' Ideal Rides returns as the carnival provider. Rides and games will open at 6 p.m. on the midway.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Road work to start this week on SR 7, U.S. 50
Road work on two major highways in Jennings County slated to start this week will likely cause some minor traffic issues at times starting this week, but Indiana Department of Transportation officials say they hope to keep delays to a minimum.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Donation funds playground
Construction is nearing completion on a brand new playground at St. Mary's School.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Road work to start this week on SR 7, U.S. 50
Road work on two major highways in Jennings County slated to start this week will likely cause some minor traffic issues at times starting this week, but Indiana Department of Transportation officials say they hope to keep delays to a minimum.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Jennings firms eligible for disaster loans
Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in Jennings County are now eligible to apply for Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans as part of the disaster declaration resulting from severe storms and flooding earlier this year.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Ready for community affair
The livestock animals are being prepped for judging, the Open Class projects are being given their final touches and the 4-H members have it all ready to roll as the 138th annual Jennings County Fair gets underway next week.

Under the direction of a basically all new fair board, this year's fair is designed to be more of a community affair than in the past, according to fair board president Randy Shepherd.

"We want to make this fair more community oriented," Shepherd explained. "We have out-of-town vendors coming in, but we are looking for ways to keep the money within our community."

In today's issue you will find a special section with lots of information about the fair. Also included are introductions to the 10-year 4-H members, a preview of the grandstand events and a sneak peak at what's on tap on the midway.

This year the North Vernon Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs will be in charge of parking. They will use the donations they receive to fund a variety of projects that they provide as a service for local residents. Although there is no set fee for parking at the fair, those attending are asked to donate to the two organizations upon arrival at the fairgrounds.

The fair officially gets underway on Monday morning. However, on Sunday evening the First Church of the Nazarene Church will host the annual vespers service in the pavilion at the fairgrounds starting at 5 p.m. This is a community event and everyone is invited to attend the special program.

Monday morning there will be the 4-H rabbit show at 9 a.m. with the 4-H dairy and pygmy goat show at 2 p.m. in the Jack Heath livestock arena.

New to this year's fair is live music every night. The New Hoosier Broadcasters will be performing on the live stage from 7 to 10 p.m. The stage will be located in the grassy area behind the Community Building.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Concert for historic home
If anyone can empathize with the efforts to save the historic Cone-Schuck house, it is the people at the Park Theatre Civic Centre.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Free kids' lunch program adds educational twist
Free Lunch All Sum­mer is back in 2018, Hooray!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Lowe's gives $5K to Wayside Inn
The large amount of labor and material donated by Lowe's Heroes to remodel the Wayside Inn Homeless Shelter last year was only the beginning.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Storm causes extensive damage
A severe thunderstorm Thursday afternoon with strong winds caused numerous trees and limbs to fall, resulting in roads being blocked and numerous electrical outages throughout Jennings County.

One man, Aaron Green, suffered serious injuries when a tree fell on him when he was mowing grass in the Scipio area.

Green, a Jennings County Sheriff's deputy who was off duty at the time, was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital then flown to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where he remains as of Monday morning with a broken shoulder, fractured wrist, punctured lung and other injuries.

"Aaron got banged up pretty good," said Shawn Minton, another deputy. "It could have been so much worse."

In North Vernon, Amy Howard escaped injury when a large tree and utility pole fell in front of her as she was driving west on Poplar Street. She was unable to stop before her car literally drove up into the fallen tree that was entangled with electrical lines.

Another motorist on the street, David Craig, pulled Howard safely from the vehicle.

"We're glad the woman was OK," said Officer Mike Holliday of the North Vernon Police Department. "There were power lines down all around her car."

Monday, June 4, 2018

Free movies return to NV
There is nothing quite as appealing for children, and even adults, as the free summer movies at the Park Theatre Civic Centre.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Deputy man jailed after ramming patrol car, injuring officer
A Deputy man remains in the Jefferson County Jail in Madison after ramming a sheriff's vehicle and injuring a police officer Tuesday evening, May 29.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Queen with a plan
The third time was the charm for Adrianna Gasper, who plans to make the most of her reign.

The 20-year-old was crowned Jennings County Fair queen at Saturday night's pageant, unleashing a wave of happiness.

"I'm so excited," she said. "So many emotions are going through my head right now."

Gasper, who was one of the 11 contestants in the pageant at Jennings County High School's Don Pelkey Auditorium, was making her third bid for queen. She was first runner-up last year to the 2017 queen, Brooke Short. In 2014, Gasper was crowned the Fair Princess, so she knows the ropes of fair royalty.

She also knows about many other aspects of the fair, which will be held June 11-16, as her impressive credentials prove. Gasper was a 12-year 4-H'er and is in her second year as a 4-H adult leader in Jennings County. She also serves on the fair board.

"I'm very much looking forward to going back to the fair and working hard as queen to be a positive influence," she said. "The changes coming to the fair this year with all the new and fun events is going to make it an awesome week. I can't wait."

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

'Pomp and circumstance'
Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m., for the 50th time in history, a graduating class will file into the Charles W. Hurley Gym­nasium to receive their diplomas.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Barn tour to showcase ag heritage
Jennings County sports an abundance of old barns with a rich variety of architectural styles.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

SR 3 to be closed south of Vernon for culvert replacement
The Indiana Depart­ment of Transportation plans to close State Road 3 at a culvert replacement site, located 2.6 miles south of the SR 7 junction at Vernon for up to 20 days, beginning Monday, June 4.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Youth Foundation makes impact
After a most impactful year in 2017, the Jennings County Youth Foundation is already making its mark in 2018.

JCYF distributed nearly $5,000 to youth-serving organizations earlier this year via grants. The eight-year-old nonproft is not done yet as it gears up for its annual Summer Kids Camp in July and other events later in the year - including the Affordable Christmas Store in December.

"The Youth Foundation had an amazing 2017," said Kelly Hatton, one of the founding board members of JCYF, which was formed in 2010. "Thanks to over 100 volunteers, JCYF served over 500 youth and raised over $76,000 last year. To show its continued support of youth in the community, the Youth Foundation gave away $4,695 to youth-serving organizations in the past 12 months."

Last June, JCYF gave $1,694.50 to the Jennings County Parks and Recreation Department for the toddler playground fund at the Muscatatuck Park.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Berry season
Better late than never, especially when the wait is worth it as it is for locally-grown fruits and vegetables.

Friday, May 25, 2018

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