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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

Heroin recovered from traffic stop
Attempted traffic stop on Monday, Nov. 23 leads to high speed pursuit and the recovery of over a pound of methamphetamine and approximately an ounce of heroin.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Local women shipping care packages to 400
Fitting a whole Navy destroyer ship's worth of Christmas care packages into the small Lord of Life Lutheran Church in North Vernon is nothing short of a miracle, but the ladies of The Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) did just that.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Coordinating Council needs help to provide food
For the Jennings County Coordinating Council, the Season of Giving is all about food.

In previous years, board member Bee Murphy worked hard to provide every Jennings County child-in-need a toy for Christmas. In 2019, Bee received enough donations from the community to give three toys each and stocking stuffers to 300 children.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Inspiring leaders honored
The Jennings County High School has announced the inductees into this year's Hall of Fame.

"The JCHS Hall of Fame is a great honor not only for those who are inducted each year, but it is a humbling experience being able to read the impact those nominated have had in their lives," noted Hall of Fame chairperson and JCHS Principal Dustin Roller.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Officials unite to fight virus
Stating affirmatively "We don't want any more deaths!" the JC Health Department has joined with local leaders, elected officials, and concerned citizens to convince residents to Mask Up.

The department reactivated its COVID-19 Task Force last week to address the issue of raising COVID infections here as well as an additional death from the virus. (See their statement at right.)

"We need to educate the public and get our message across that masks save lives," said Pam Petry, public health nurse.

"Our biggest concern is getting people to wear masks."

"We are all unified in working through this awful situation," remarked County Commissioner President Matt Sporleder.

As a first step, the Task Force has asked governmental bodies here to endorse a resolution supporting the wearing of these protective devices. Study after study have shown that wearing a mask does
protect people from contracting the novel coronavirus.

The North Vernon City Council endorsed the wearing of masks unanimously at their Zoom meeting Monday night.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Blame the virus for hike in cost of Thanksgiving meal
Thanksgiving, like most of 2020, is going to be different for families this year. Food prices mirror the uncertainty and volatility that the global pandemic introduced to general life.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Lucky turkey winners listed
The following is the list of those readers who won a Thanksgiving turkey in the Plain Dealer & Sun's annual contest.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

'Wonderland' Christmas tree contest to help non-profits
Perceptions Yoga, Mindfulness & Art is asking for help to raise money for local charities this holiday season.

The nonprofit, located in Vernon, is hosting a Christmas tree decorating contest, "Christmas Trees for a Cause." The contest is open to all businesses, nonprofits, civic groups, or individuals. The cost to enter a tree is just $10 per tree with all funds raised going to the winners' nonprofits of choice. The more entries, the more money will
be distributed to the charities.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Ag economy at an all time high thanks to improving economy
The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer rose 27 points to a reading of 183 in October and set an all-time high for the index. Farmers were more optimistic about both the future and current financial situation on their farms as the Current Conditions Index rose 36 points to a reading of 178 and the Future Expectations Index rose 23 points to a reading of 186. The Ag Economy Barometer is based on survey responses from 400 U.S. agricultural producers and was conducted Oct. 19-23.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Tips to keep safe while driving over the holiday weekend
Thanksgiving is usually one of the busiest travel times of the year.
While the pandemic may have impacted plans with family this year, the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg want to remind motorists to buckle up and drive sober this holiday season.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

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

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