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December 3, 2020

Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday
Among those making charitable contributions on Giving Tuesday (Dec. 1) was Louise Malcomb, who stopped by the JC Community Foundation with several checks from herself and others. JCCF Director Joanie Van Horne records the various transactions. Watch for more information next week.-Staff Photo by Barbara King

Legal Aid holding phone clinic Dec. 8
Legal Aid is holding a Free Legal Aid Phone Clinic for residents of their eight county district on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. The district includes Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, Rush, and Shelby Counties. The phone clinic will be conducted from 3pm - 5:30pm though registration is required between 12pm to 1:30pm.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

APC lists Zoom information
The Area Plan Commission will discuss the amendments at their meeting Monday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. via Zoom.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020

JC schools return with 'hybrid' schedule
Jennings County students have returned to school following two weeks of mandated remote learning in order to help combat the spread of COVID-19 after the high school, North Vernon and Hayden Elementaries were closed due to a number of positive cases within the

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Apply now for USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers that the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) is Dec. 11, 2020. This program provides direct relief to producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

Richard Fordyce, Farm Service Agency administrator noted, "Applying is simple and our staff is available to assist every step of the way."

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Applications for federal food, shelter help due
Jennings County has been awarded a total of $12,370 for Phase 38, in federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) funds through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as appropriated by Congress through FY2019 and CARES Act funding.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Action steps address survey concerns
Following the satisfaction survey sent out to Jennings County School staff, students and parents, six Action Steps have been produced as a result of the data and the additional 3,000-plus comments submitted by participants:

1. Student and staff surveys at the elementary level requested Special education classrooms return to their traditional spaces.

Update: In October, the elementary special education teachers met to review how to implement special ed classes in their original locations while following CDC and Indiana Department of Health guidance. Their planned proposal was approved by the JC local health department to be implemented Nov. 2.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Survey: Majority happy with education a la COVID
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic changes daily, the results of which are visible through the near-constant adjustments within the local schools. Just recently on Nov. 16, the entire Jennings County school system transitioned to remote learning due to a rise in COVID cases, with elementary schools returning to traditional classes Nov. 30 and JCHS and JCMS opting for a "hybrid" mix.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Former JC deputy arrested for fraud
A former JC deputy sheriff was arrested Tuesday, Dec. 1, on numerous fraud related charges totalling $253,000 in allegedly false insurance claims.

The six-month investigation by detectives with the Indiana State Police-Special Investigations Section began early 2020 when allegations of Insurance Fraud, Official Misconduct and Forgery were made against James C. Gholson, 35, of Elizabethtown.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

City finalizes plan to save historic building
It won't be long before 504 East O&M Avenue in Historic Uptown North Vernon is well on its way to a bright new future.

At least that is the hope, as the City of North Vernon joins with Indiana Historic Landmarks in a collaborative approach to stabilizing the former Greathouse Hardware structure.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Proposals would free up the APC
The Area Plan Commission is on the verge of becoming much more responsive to community needs if proposed amendments to its governing ordinance go through.

The public will have a chance to discuss and hear more about these proposals Monday night, Dec. 7, at the APC's Zoom meeting. The proposed changes were last discussed in November 2019 with the APC voting 6-2 to proceed with modifications that are designed to clarify language in the zoning ordinance; to speed up and make more efficient the processes whereby the APC addresses violations; to adjust fee schedules; to make some modifications to easements and subdivision ordinances; and to adjust zoning of some properties which are in conflict or do not comply with adjacent properties.

Tyler Stock, local realtor and member of the APC, headed up the ordinance review committee of Brian Hatfield, representing North Vernon; John Post, representing Vernon; Charlie Weber, County Council; Bob Steiner, JC Commission-ers; Nita Hicks and Susie Hall, local businesses; and APC Director Marie Shepherd.

"Most of the changes are cleaning up language and gray areas in the ordinance," explained Stock. "That's the main reason as well as violations and how they are handled, which should help speed up some of the determinations.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Local first responders give six-year-old boy the best birthday ever!
Law enforcement and first responders perform heroic deeds everyday. Whether they are putting out a fire, assisting an elderly person in their home or getting a dangerous criminal off the streets, the list of community services is long and diverse. A more recent heroic deed did not involve saving someone's life, but it did make a six-year-old boy very happy.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Thanks to JCHS athletes, shoeboxes are on their way
Panther wrestlers and football players volunteered to help load "shoeboxes" for Operation Christmas Child Sunday afternoon on Nov. 22, giving a little extra of themselves to help others.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Centra accepting donations to support local children through Good Samaritan Food Pantry
Donations will be accepted online through PayPal now through December 12. Centra will also be matching donations given on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at twenty-five cents on the dollar, up to $2,500.
Monday, November 30, 2020

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

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