PD&S career has been rewarding for Sharon Hamilton
In 2018: Sharon Hamilton, center, is given a birthday cake this week by the PD&S staff. From left are Bri Barger, Sue Ross, Dillon Bennett, Mary Porter, Nick Ezzo, Sharon, Marge Hueseman, Donna Skelton and Barbara King.
Rachael Shaw called it "great news" that the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) announced Friday that it will not investigate a complaint against her.
Amy Thompson, in turn, said the OSC's decision does not absolve Shaw.
Shaw is the Democratic Party candidate for Jennings County Clerk whose candidacy has been challenged by Thompson, the Republican Party candidate. Thompson contends that Shaw is in violation of the Hatch Act because of her employment with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).
"I feel even more vindicated now," Shaw said. "I never have stopped campaigning and now I am just renewing my efforts and will keep trying to convince voters to elect me."
Thompson has a different take on the situation.
"While I am glad personally to put this matter behind us I am saddened by Ms. Shaw's blatant disregard for the law and that it had to go this far for her to be in compliance," Thompson said. "I look forward to running on my own merits and having a legitimate opponent."
Shaw resigned from the USPS two weeks ago and had been on leave since June, before she became the formal candidate. Then last Tuesday, the Jennings County Election Board ruled it could not consider Thompson's complaint because it was filed past the Aug. 24 deadline.
That put the issue in the hands of the OSC, which then notified both Shaw and Thompson on Friday that it would not consider the complaint.
"That voids it," Shaw said in reference to the challenge to her candidacy.
Thompson said she believes that would not have been the case had Shaw not resigned from the USPS. Monday, October 22, 2018
The campaign by two candidates for Jennings County Clerk of the Courts continues unabated, at least for now.
The Jennings County Election Board's chair, Charles "Chuck" Waggoner, said the three-person board can take no action on a complaint made by the Republican Party candidate because the complaint was filed too late.
"I feel good about this," said Racheal Shaw, the Democratic Party candidate, after the meeting. "I feel vindicated."
Meanwhile, Amy Thompson, the GOP candidate, says she will continue challenging Shaw's candidacy through the U.S. Office of the Special Counsel.
"I definitely plan to pursue this," Thompson told the Plain Dealer.
In the complaint filed through the county clerk's office on Oct. 9, Thompson alleges that Shaw violated the Hatch Act because she was an employee of the U.S. Postal Service, a federal government agency. Shaw says she resigned last week.
At its first meeting since receiving the complaint, the Election Board took up the matter Tuesday. Waggoner, a Republican member of the Election Board and also an attorney, said the board has no jurisdiction on the issue because the complaint filing was not "timely." Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Free health screenings, discount prices on flu shots and lab work, free gifts from vendors and door prizes will all be part of the 27th annual Health and Fitness Expo at St. Vincent Jennings Hospital on Saturday, Oct. 20.
The Jennings County Election Board will be looking into a complaint filed last week by Clerk candidate Amy Thompson who is alleging that her opponent in the 2018 election is in violation of the Hatch Act.
With a new jail tax to begin on Jan. 1, Jennings County officials are weighing their next move and hoping to reduce the price of the jail project, currently estimated at $28 million.
The jail committee will meet Wednesday, Oct. 24, to discuss options, including whether or not to recommend proceeding with the purchase of land from the City of North Vernon for the new jail.
That decision will be up to the Jennings County Board of Commissioners.
"Maybe we should put everything on hold until we hear more from Randy Frye," said Matt Sporleder (R-District 3), president of the Board of Commissioners, during Thursday's semimonthly meeting of the board.
Sporleder related information he received from State Rep. Randy Frye about possible legislation to create regional facilities to house low level convicted felons.
The Jennings County School Corp. (JCSC) is engaging students at schools throughout the district with expanded STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) programs, according to Justin Earl. Wednesday, October 10, 2018
An open house for the Potter's House will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. Located at 502 Fourth Street, the facility is operated by the Pavilion Churches of Jennings County. The Potter's is a "recovery house" or halfway house that can hold up to 12 men. Its mission is to assist men who want to turn around their lives by helping them to recover from substance abuse and addiction issues and to find jobs.
Over 28 miles of county roads, including two streets in Country Squire Lakes, are tentatively slated to get a new asphalt surface in Jennings County in 2019 according to a paving plan approved by the Board of Commissioners.
The paving projects, which will have a total cost of $1.3 million, are dependent on state funding the county hopes to receive through Indiana's Community Crossings grant program.
"We have high hopes that we will get enough money for these projects but won't know until the state announces what it is going to give us," said Matt Sporleder (R-District 3), president of the Board of Commissioners. "If we don't get what we applied for, we may have to take some of these roads off the list."
The Indiana Department of Transportation will notify communities that applied of their grant amounts beginning in November. Wednesday, October 10, 2018
The two candidates for election to the District 69 Indiana House of Representative seat are scheduled to talk about expected issues for the 2019 state legislative session during a Wednesday, Oct. 17, forum at 7 p.m. at the Seymour High School auditorium.
Candidates cited their experience, their philosophy and their hopes during the 2018 Jennings County Political Forum Thursday at the Park Theatre Civic Centre.
Among the eight candidates running for Jennings County Council this year, two may be on the proverbial hot seat. Tony Eder, a Democrat running for re-election in District 4, and Larry Maschino, a Democrat seeking a second term in District 2, both voted with two Republicans earlier in the week to enact a new jail tax. Mike Kelley (R-District 1) is not running for the council and Dave Woodall (R-at large) is not up for re-election until 2020.
Eder defended his vote for the jail tax during the forum. Maschino did not attend the event.
"Putting money into the current jail is a waste of time and money," Eder said. "I believe the best option is to build a new jail. We absolutely need a tax for that, which is something people don't want to hear. But I believe in doing the right thing."
Eder's Republican challenger, Charlie Weber, did not directly address the jail issue, instead citing his experience as an accountant and CFO.
"I am a conservative by any measure and proud of it," he said. "I pledge to do all I can to hold your tax rate and to try to lower it." Monday, October 8, 2018
Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch along with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the director of broadband opportunities has announced five rural Indiana communities will receive funding as part of the Broadband Readiness Planning Grant.