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October 31, 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



Mural salutes local man's regiment
The Stars and Stripes are forever memorialized for 90-year-old Gene Spicer of Commiskey, who commissioned Madison artist Kevin Carlson to paint an American flag waving in the wind on the side of his barn, along with two military insignias representing the division and infantry in which Spicer himself served during his time in the United States Army.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Demos' 'virtual' J-J dinner fuels election energy
The Jennings County Democratic Party enjoyed what chairperson Jane Coquerille summed up as "a perfect fall evening" at their annual pre-election JJ Dinner Saturday night at their headquarters.

The event was unusual for an unusual year. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the dinner and program was held "virtual," a first for Jennings poiticoes. Those attending made a reservation, then picked up their hot meal at headquarters, drove home, and then listened to guest speaker and gubernatorial candidate Dr. Woody Myers speak about his plans for the state.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Pumpkin dream fulfilled -all 732 pounds!
Three years ago Lynn Hulse's dream of raising a giant pumpkin became the victim of an unexpected hail storm that tore through her plantings and reduced the crop to shreds.

Undeterred, she bided her time, completed a lot more research and prepared her garden for one special seed she chose online from a host of offerings ranging from $35 to $1000s. The $45 seed she finally chose with the promise of a giant gourd became her obsession as she worked every day to keep the vine watered, fed, and primed to grow
that would become, well... freakishly huge!

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

JC Jail renovations helping to fuel a new perspective
The pandemic hasn't been a positive experience for many, but the Jennings County Sheriff's Office has certainly fared well under the circumstances, with multiple interior areas receiving a much-needed renovation.

The bathrooms, kitchen, book-in area and cells have all seen some sort of renovation, such as a new coat of paint, new epoxy coating on the floors, and more.

Beyond cosmetics, though, the renovations are a visual representation that parallels the evolved atmosphere and perception of the inmates within the jail's concrete walls.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Motion passes to deal with future
At the urging of several people present, the commissioners passed a motion to, hopefully, resolve the issue of attorney fees for any future arguments.

A motion was made, and passed unanimously, that from this point on, the county would not pay any elected officials' attorney fees without prior approval.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

No tricks! Halloween activities set around the city
Calling all goblins, ghouls, vampires, werewolves and monsters alike! Trick-or-Treat is still on for Halloween, Saturday, October 31 in Jennings County.

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. trick-or-treaters will be about North Vernon collecting their candy. Much of the activity will be centered at the famous Sweet Street, located on Madison Ave aka Stellar Plaza in downtown North Vernon. Of course, protocols have had to be altered in order to make this year's Sweet Street 2020 safe.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Fee issue resolved for better or worse
Jennings County Commissioner Matt Sporleder "fell on his sword," as they say, and took one for the county Thursday night in order to resolve the long-simmering dispute about attorney fees in the clerk vs. auditor suit filed last spring.

As reported, JC Clerk Amy Thompson had sued JC Auditor Tessia Salsman, both Republicans, over Salsman's demand that she change the procedure by which money was transferred from the clerk's office to the auditor's accounts. Salsman insisted the clerk use her new computer system; Thompson insisted she was following state guidelines in how the funds should be reported and transferred and refused to use the program called Pit Stop.

A Decatur County judge settled the dispute at a hearing in August, ruling in favor of Thompson.

Since then, Thompson and her attorney Mark Dove discovered the commissioners had signed an "engagement letter" with Salsman's attorney Ed Hannon on April 2 which committed the county to pay his legal fees which now total some $16,000. Thompson has always said she plans to pay her own legal fees in this matter, and has to date paid about $13,000 out of her own pocket.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Election drama at high point
'Red tsunami' is what GOP chair predicts

Jeanie Hahn is very pleased with all of their candidates running for County Council and Commissioner.

"They bring experience in the small business world as well as knowledge of construction of bridges and roads."

The three are well known in the county and are active participants in their churches and in community activities.

Demo hopefuls have the skills for the jobs

Jane Coquerille says she is pleased their 2020 ticket provides diversity by supporting a woman candidate for the position of County Council At Large. She feels candidate Stephanie Schoettmer-Goen will bring fresh ideas to the County Council and has excellent knowledge of budget issues.

And as for Floyd Bowman, she says he will bring to the District 1 Commissioner job the skills to hit the ground running.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Fraud is serious
Attorney General Curtis Hill said today that the sentencing of a Fort Wayne woman demonstrates the seriousness with which authorities view the crime of health care fraud in connection with the Medicaid program.

After pleading guilty to health care fraud and aggravated identity theft, Susanne Gawel was sentenced Wednesday to 48 months in prison, one year of supervised release and ordered to pay $646,690.32 in restitution.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Survey: DUI charges are not believed
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Madison man faces several drug charges
On October 10, 2020 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Jennings County Dispatch received a call in reference to a vehicle traveling South bound on SR 3 from the Vernon area. Dispatch advised Jennings County Deputies that the vehicle, a Maroon in color GMC Yukon, had been reported stolen earlier that morning in Jefferson County.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Frye gets nod from IFB; Lucas does not
Indiana Farm Bureau's political action committees, ELECT and AgELECT -the organization's federal and state-level, nonpartisan political action committees - has endorsed 93 candidates for the 2020 General Election.

"Indiana Farm Bureau endorsements are an important piece of the organization's grassroots effort," said Andy Tauer, INFB's director of public policy.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Register by 30th for new diabetes program
Do you have type 2 diabetes? Would you like to learn more about your disease and how to live well reducing your health risks? If so, Purdue Extension has a great program for you!

Purdue Extension - Jennings County will be offering VIRTUAL Dining with Diabetes sessions Nov. 2, 9, 16, and 30 at 1 p.m. or 7 p.m.. Dining with Diabetes is a series of five sessions, including a three-month reunion session. The program is open to those with diabetes, and family members and caretakers. The series of five sessions is $20/person or $25/couple. Pre-registration and payment is required by visiting: https://www. cvent.com/d/y7q4gb

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Internet available at JCHS for College Goal Sunday Oct. 25
College Goal Sunday will be held virtually this year due to COVID-19 considerations.

It will be the first completely virtual event but is necessary to keep families safe, said Bill Wozniak, co-chair of College Goal Sunday.

"We hope all Hoosiers who have not filed already take advantage of College Goal Sunday, file the FAFSA, and get one step closer to fulfilling their educational goals," said Wozniak.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Fine arts are no understudy for COVID-19
COVID-19 is threatening the very important, and oldest, form of expression of human culture and society: the arts. Though the global detriment caused by the pandemic is fantastic fodder for traditional art, such as painting and sculpting, the physical arts- dance, theater and choir- which all culminate in the billion dollar industry that is Broadway and stage production, are in peril due to the difficulty of maintaining COVID-safe protocols during rehearsals and performances.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Curtain falls, but inspiration lives on
Bill Reichenbach, who with his wife, the late Hulda Reichen-bach, pieced the Park Theatre Civic Centre back together again literally brick by brick, and in the process inspired hundreds of local residents to donate money, roll up their sleeves and join them in their mission, passed away Saturday, Oct. 17 at Majestic Care Nursing Home.

He leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire countless generations of local residents as they learn anew the history of how the downtown centerpiece was restored through sheer determination and will power.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Jennings GOP in celebratory mood even before Election Day
It was like Christmas in October at the 2020 Lincoln/Reagan Day Dinner Thursday night: the social camaraderie mixed with the cozy yet grand ambiance provided by Willow Lake Event Center's The Barn-and the Republican red table cloths-certainly put one in a celebratory mood.

And the Jennings County Republican Party definitely had something to celebrate, with a Republican candidate vying for a position in every county office for the 2020 General Election, some of whom are uncontested, in addition to state officials Congressman Greg Pence, Senator Chip Perfect, and State Representatives Jim Lucas and Randy Frye, who were all in attendance at the event.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

United Way campaign virtual
In times like this' we all need our annual United Way campaign to be successful.

Yes, even though we are faced with social distancing thanks to COVID, the 2021 United Way campaign is adapting its strategies, hoping to make its goal of $150,000.

President Caleb Reynolds invites your participation and explains how he became involved after he moved here to minister at the Nazarene Church four years ago.

"When I started to learn about the organizations in town offering assistance, I saw the common thread was their connection to the United Way. The most essential helping services all received funding from this organization. It made an important connection for me and the church."
North Vernon Police Chief James Webster knows exactly what this pastor means. His department recently concluded their annual campaign, which is made up of "Evergreen" participants, which is someone who has allowed their participation to stand year after year without signing a pledge card every 12 months.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Elderly couple aids seniors with collaboration with Sheriff's office
Seniors, community and first responders working together is a sentiment that Cliff and Judy Chalis apply to the everyday lives of the senior citizens of Jennings County, and is also the motto of Jennings County TRIAD.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Toys for Tots goes virtual this year
This year, Toys for Tots is not distributing toy drop boxes, or accepting in-person toy donations throughout the community, due to social distancing. The campaign is also ending earlier this year!

The biggest way to help this year is a direct monetary donation. If you are able to contribute financially, please contact Toys for Tots at outreach@toysfortots.org.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

4-H'ers receive awards in unique drive-by event
The weather was perfect for the socially distanced, drive-by award ceremony for the Jennings County 4-H Club on Monday, October 5.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Stream Cliff 'sister' restaurant opening in NV
"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet," which means the new sister restaurant to the beloved Stream Cliff Farm is sure to provide quality service and fantastic food. The best part? It will be open 12 months a year.

The new restaurant is called Crimson Oak Restaurant & Pub and will be located at 51 N Madison Ave in North Vernon, formerly the location of the White Front Cafe. It is owned by Troy and Elizabeth Riley who purchased the building from Steve Gasper. Elizabeth's parents own Stream Cliff, which has been in business for 47 years, and where she has helped run the restaurant and winery for many of those years.
So why open another restaurant when you already manage such a successful business?

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

It's a new partnership for the city
Agreeing with Councilor Brian Hatfield's sentiment of "hating to see our downtown go away," the North Vernon City Council voted 3-1 to partner with Historic Landmarks in completing vital repairs of 504 East O&M Avenue before winter sets in.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Public counselor called upon in attorney fee issue
The "discussion" over the payment of attorney fees in the lawsuit filed by JC Clerk Amy Thompson against JC Auditor Tessia Salsman has taken a dramatic new turn.

Thompson brought the suit against her fellow Republican officeholder after Salsman demanded she change the procedures by which the clerk transferred and reported monthly payments into the county's ledgers and accounts. Salsman insisted the clerk use her new computer system and forego what Thompson argued was the procedure outlined by state statute.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Voting setting new records
Jennings County is no different.

Just like news reports across the nation signaling historic voter interest, Jennings County election officials are seeing the same kind of response as local voters set new standards for expressing their opinions where it counts - the ballot box.

"I might be wrong...but I estimate we'll have up and above 55 to 60 percent turnout," says JC Clerk Amy Thompson. That compares to a comparable 40 percent turnout in past presidential races.

As of Tuesday noon, 430 registered voters have traveled to the Vernon courthouse to cast their ballots in person since walk-in voting started Oct. 6. Compare that figure with the 77 who walked in the same number of days since walk-ins started back in 2016.

Absentee ballot requests are also surpassing the 2016 total to date.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020


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