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NEWS February 26, 2015

Gala entertainment
Gala entertainment
The Jennings County High School Touch of Class show choir sings and dances to entertain the audience at the annual Hospice of Jennings County Gala earlier this month. From left are Katelyn Dudzik, Keenan Castetter, Morgan Webster, Alivia Lovegrove, Skyla Fields, Kaleb Downs, Harrison Funke, Kassidy Ferguson, Trevor Maschino, Emily Palmer, Alec Prange, Xavier Philpot, Meegan Voss, Zane Money, Corey Galliher and Abby Wilcher.-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer



Panther Fest 2015
Once again, Jennings County High School threw open its doors and welcomed the community to come in and take a look around when the annual Panther Fest was held on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

APC aids builders with compliance
Contractors can take a significant financial hit if they break the rules, according to Cheryl Trisler, executive director of the Jennings County Area Plan Commission (APC). She and her staff are taking proactive steps to help them avoid that.
"The cost of compliance with the 2012 Indiana Energy Code can drastically cut into contractors' profits if they do not calculate that into their quotes," Trisler said.
That is why she and her staff, with assistance from the Jackson-Jennings Build­ers Organization, will be hosting a free lunchtime session for area builders and do-it-yourselfers. The meeting will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the Jennings County Public Library. Travis Dunn of TSI Energy Solutions in Indianapolis will lead the informative session on the code.
The latest version of the energy code, which deals with insulation of walls, ductwork and pipes in residential buildings, was updated three years ago. However, many contractors working in Jennings County are still following earlier standards, according to the APC.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

UW within $6K of goal
So close. So very, very close.
While there is no "winning cigar" yet for the Jennings County United Way, volunteers are hopeful the mark can be met and are urging people to come forward with help - even those who have already pledged or given donations.
United Way volunteers announced this week that the annual campaign has pulled within $5,600 of reaching its fundraising goal for the year. Now the last concerted effort is on to climb to the $220,000 mark.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Rollover results in minor injuries
A Madison woman escaped serious injuries Tuesday afternoon when her sport utility vehicle plowed into a ditch off Highway 7 and rolled over near Walnut Ridge.
Deanna Shelley, 70, of Madison, suffered only a minor injury to her shin in the single-vehicle mis­hap - so minor that she didn't need hospitalization.
"Somehow she got off to the side of the road a bit and the snow there grabbed her wheels and pulled her into the ditch," said Sheriff Gary Driver. "We are all glad she wasn't badly injured."

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Colbert wants to return to North Vernon City Council
Allane Colbert wants to return to the North Vernon City Council. She recently announced her candidacy for the City Council's at-large seat.
A Democrat, Colbert served on the City Council for 15 years, representing District 3 from 1995 to 2010. She was defeated in the 2011 Democratic Party primary for the at-large seat by then-incumbent Pat York by a mere 15 votes. "It was a close one," Colbert said

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Current at-large councilor Ochs seeks mayor's post
After over three years being on the North Vernon City Council, Michael "Mike" Ochs announces his candidacy for mayor of North Vernon. He is running on the Republican Party ticket.
"I am well aware of the issues that the city is facing," said Ochs, currently in his first term as an at-large member of the City Council. "I am excited to be a part of the solutions and I look forward to serving as your mayor."
Ochs has served over 25 years with the Jennings County Sheriff's Department, where he currently works as security officer at the Jennings County Courthouse, and, before that with the North Vernon Police Department.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Winter tightens icy grip on area
More snow fell and more cold - a record -20 on Friday - blasted Jennings County over the last few days.
Despite another 4 inches of snow Saturday that accumulated on top of snows from earlier in the week, most roads in the area were in good enough shape that schools reopened in Jennings County on Monday after being closed all last week, though with a two-hour delay. (See related story.)
"We had crews out most of the day Saturday and into Sunday," said Jim

Monday, February 23, 2015

With 6 snow days to make up, school year is now extended
With a full week missed from school because of the weather, Jennings County students are now looking at the school year ending on Friday, May 29.
Monday, February 23, 2015

2 hospitalized after wreck near Hayden
Two people suffered injuries when the vehicles they were driving collided head on near Hayden early Saturday.
Rescue 20 crews transported both Dawn Lewis, 46, and Braden Ownbey, 20, to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital.
Lewis suffered a broken leg in the wreck while Ownbey had a laceration to his leg requiring stitches as well other lacerations and bruised ribs. Both motorists are North Vernon residents.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Clerk-treasurer candidates announce
Raymond "Shawn" Ger­kin is seeking his second term as the City of North Vernon clerk-treasurer, filing his candidacy for re-election on the democratic ticket. He is currently serving his first term after taking office in January of 2012.
Monday, February 23, 2015

1 dies, 2 hurt in horrific wreck
Speed may have been a factor in a horrific two-vehicle crash late Tuesday afternoon on North Vernon's west side that resulted in the death of a Seymour man and serious injuries to a North Vernon man and woman.
Michael Healy, 25, died shortly after the accident that occurred around 5:30 p.m. on U.S. 50 near CR 240W. There was no snow on the highway at the time and police do not believe road conditions caused the wreck.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sand Creek girl prevails
The 2015 Jennings County Schools county-wide spelling bee was not without controversy when it was conducted Friday, Feb. 13, at Brush Creek Elementary School.
During the competition, which is always recorded, a contestant disagreed that she had incorrectly spelled the word "misspell." Pronouncer Kathy Hearne replayed the tape two times so Taylor Boggs could hear that she had incorrectly spelled the word, which resulted in her disqualiication from the bee.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

2nd snow in 3 days hits Jennings area
After being shellacked with 6 inches of snow on Monday, the Jennings County area was greeted with another 5 inches on Wednesday.
Schools in the county and throughout the region were closed for a third straight day.
"It's pretty nasty out there," said Jim Reeves, Jennings County Highway Department superintendent, early Wednesday morning. "We were just getting a good handle on the roads with a warmup yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon help. Then we got more snow overnight. Otherwise, I think they could have held school today (Wednesday)."
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lovett girl stable after shooting
A 15-year-old Lovett girl was in stable condition Wednesday morning at the University of Louisville Hospital after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the abdomen Tuesday afternoon.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lifesaving heroin antidote
Four times a month, sometimes more, a member of the Jennings County Emergency Medical Ser­vices staff administers naloxone to stop a heroin or opiate overdose.
"It's a miracle drug," said Dave Gerth, director of EMS, also known as Rescue 20. "The stuff is amazing and saves a lot of lives. We use it often, sometimes as often as twice a week."

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Shooting leads to 3 arrests
Three people are in the Jennings County Jail following a shooting and manhunt in northwestern Gen­eva Township Thursday.
"It was a wild afternoon and evening," said Sheriff Gary Driver. "We are very glad nobody was hurt."
Police arrested Omar G. Burton, 36, of North Vernon when he surrendered to authorities at 6:45 p.m., over five hours after the incident began.
At 1:39 p.m., Jennings County 911 Emergency Dispatch received a call from Dennis L. Moore who said he had just witnessed two people, a male and a female, break into his son's home in the north 8200 block of CR 1000W.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Malicious dumping
For around two years, littering has been going on in Sand Creek Township.
This is not the everyday sort of littering that is all too common everywhere, where people throw empty plastic bottles, styrofoam cups, candy wrappers and other trash from the window of their vehicles.
This ongoing case involves considerably more than mere random littering, according to Col. Jeff Day of the Jennings County Sheriff's Department. Any kind of littering is illegal, but Day says this version is particularly malicious and is seeking the public's help to solve the crime. The property owner is offering a $500 reward, too.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

NV police recover stolen property, discover meth lab
An investigation into a string of recent business burglaries in the North Vernon area led to the arrest of a Country Squire Lakes man Wednesday.
Anthony E. Herr, 32, not only faces charges related to the burglaries but also for drugs after police found a clandestine methamphetamine lab along with stolen property at his residence.
Police arrested Herr on preliminary charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony; and four counts of possession of stolen property, all Class A misdemeanor charges.

Monday, February 16, 2015

JC Animal Control Board to consider several changes
The Jennings County Animal Control Board meeting that was originally scheduled for Feb. 19 will instead by held Thursday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ani­mal Control Shelter, 580 W. CR 350N, North Ver­non.
Monday, February 16, 2015

INDOT: 'Slow-go' on plowing highways
The Indiana Depart­ment of Transportation (INDOT) is maintaining mobility Monday morning - but it's a "slow-go" according to Harry Magi­nity.
Monday, February 16, 2015

Ivy Tech public sessions on design continue Thursday
The School of Fine Arts & Design at Ivy Tech Community College Colum­bus has scheduled a series of education, leadership and professional development session, titled "ReTh!nk: Design That Matters."
Monday, February 16, 2015

Area legislators feel the heat
Two Indiana lawmakers received an earful from constituents during a rowdy Jennings County Chamber of Commerce Third House session in North Vernon Sat­urday morning.
In fact, on three occasions moderator Brad Ponsler had to intervene to restore order.
"Let's keep it civil," Ponsler admonished the audience at one point.
The public forum typically covers issues before the Indiana General Assembly. This day, the topic kept coming back to education.
The two Indiana House members whose districts include Jennings County, state Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) and state Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg), were at the Jennings County Public Library to talk about pending bills and answer questions. They spent most of the time talking about education and often came under fire from some in the audience of over 50, including several teachers.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

NV chief: Electric heater may have caused house fire
A middle-of-the-night fire destroyed a house in the 1200 north block of CR 275E on Wednesday.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Rolling billboard spreads word
Rescue 20 keeps spreading the word.
The Jennings County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), also known as Rescue 20, put a new ambulance on the road last week that sports an important message, according to EMS director Dave Gerth and others.
That message: Learn CPR.
CPR is the abbreviation for cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
"Anybody can learn CPR these days," said Gerth, "and that can save lives."
The new ambulance, a customized Ford F350 vehicle, features wording and graphics promoting the importance of learning CPR and even how people can call the EMS agency to arrange for CPR training.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

On stage at Grand Ole Opry
What a great way for a young musician to celebrate his 13th birthday - performing at the world famous Grand Ole Opry in Music City, also known as Nashville, Ten­nessee.
Kyle Scott Ramey of North Vernon got to play at the iconic "home of Ameri­can music" and "country's most famous stage" on Friday, Feb. 6, one day after his birthday.
Reportedly, he pleased the crowd and turned some heads.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


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