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September 23, 2017

Everyone loves a parade ... and candy
Everyone loves a parade ... and candy
Jeriah Moore, 9, left, and his sister, Isabella Moore, 6, of Butlerville collect sack fulls of candy during the Jennings County High School homecoming parade on Wednesday, Sept. 13. More photos from the homecoming festivities are on page 1B today.-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer

County plans road work
While Jennings County has hopes of gaining a state grant like the $513,000 grant received last year for funding road improvements, the Board of Commissioner is not waiting - at least on three projects.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Super Hero at Hayden
At this newspaper we are always on the search and always defend truth, justice and the American way and this week we have uncovered a huge secret ... there is a Super Hero attending Hayden Elementary School.

By day he is known as Doklan Creech, a mild-mannered fifth grader in Jonathan Stoner's class. But when trouble erupts, he turns into Doklan the Defender. Doklan stars as the lead character in a comic book that is being released by the Smilebooks Project.

Smilebooks is a company dedicated to bringing smiles to children with life-threatening illnesses by creating personalized books that tell their stories.

Doklan, the son of Dan and Stevie Creech, suffers from cystic fibrosis and throughout his young lifetime he has had countless visits and many stays to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis.

According to Robert Kelly cofounder and illustrator of the Smilebooks Project, Doklan is one of many stories his group has told about critical illnesses involving children.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Vaccination program upgrade
The Jennings County Health Department is upgrading its vaccination program by contracting with a private firm to provide vaccines and related supplies.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Couple charged with neglect
A North Vernon couple faces charges of neglect of a dependent after a Jennings County Sheriff's deputy discovered six children living in what he described as squalid conditions at the family's home Sunday.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Aerial thrills and more coming up at NV Airport
There will be airplanes, bouncy houses, food and more at the annual Airport Awareness Day that will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, at the North Vernon Municipal Airport.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Regional College Fair at Hanover
Hanover College will host the Southeastern Indiana Regional College Fair on Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Horner Health and Recreation Center.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Tax sale boosts county coffers
After taking office only eight-and-a-half months ago, Jennings County Treasurer Kitty Shepherd said she didn't know what to expect at her first tax sale.

She was happy when the final gavel sounded.

"I am pleased with the results of the tax sale today," Shepherd said. "Our ultimate goal was to collect as much tax money as possible and to get the properties back on the tax rolls. This was a good team effort."

That "team" included Shepherd and her staff, County Auditor Kay Sue Vance and her staff and SRI Services, the firm that managed the sale.

Friday's sale produced $371,007.22 for the county's coffers. Counting delinquent tax bills paid before the auction by property owners whose land was on the original tax sale, the county brought in an extra $207,688.55. In all, the county grossed $578,765.67. The total cost of the sale, counting the work of SRI Services and advertising, was $10,585.

Monday, September 18, 2017

'Base ball' - 1869 style
Jake "Loaner" Inman will lead a team of Jennings County's finest in defense of our community honor when the Vernon Blue and Gold Stockings play their initial game of base ball against the Belle River Base Ball Club of Rising Sun. The friendly exhibition will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Vernon School Yard.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fires destroy 2 homes
A fire early Monday destroyed a mobile home where a woman resided and storage shed where a man was reportedly living in Country Squire Lakes. No injuries were reported.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sign-ups for swim club
Swimmers have two opportunities to sign up for the Jennings County Swim C.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Battle of the Railroad
Rain may have put a damper on some of the activities scheduled for the Jennings County High School homecomingweek, but come Friday night, the Battle of the Railroad will be on.

A tradition that began several years ago has Madison High School football team battling the JCHS squad for not only bragging rights, but a traveling trophy that features a railroad spike. Madison won the trophy during last year's game. This year, the Panthers have every intention of winning the trophy back.

The parade on Wednesday went on as planned, but the much anticipated powderpuff girls flag football games originally scheduled for later that evening were postponed due to rainy weather. No announcement has been made as to when these games will be played.

Friday night, the Panthers will face the Cubs with kickoff at 7 p.m. Both squads currently sport 1-3 records and both are 0-2 in the Hoosier Hills Conference.

During halftime, a senior will be crowned as JCHS homecoming queen and another as the king. The senior candidates will be joined by a boy and a girl representing each of the grades, nine through 11, who comprise the court.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

County preps for tax sale
It's all about boosting the local government's bottom line, according to Jennings County officials.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Promoting wellness at NVIC
"This is a life saver," said Shirley Baker as she stood by a large medical van parked Thursday at the North Vernon Indus­try Corp. (NVIC) complex.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Donkeys, pigs and rednecks
Donkeys will be braying, pigs will be squealing, sheep will be bleating and rednecks will be, well, acting like rednecks in southern Jennings County this weekend.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Site changes for food distribution Wednesday
Gleaners Mobile Pantry will be here in North Vernon on Wednesday, Sept.13 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Monday, September 11, 2017

Logging truck leaves big mess
What a mess.

A semi-truck wrecked and overturned, spilling much of its load of logs and closing County Road 150S/Grayford Road for four hours Saturday.
Fortunately, the truck driver, David Bailey, 31, of Bedford, Ind., was not injured.

"He was wearing a seat belt, which helped him from getting injured," said Jennings County Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Hall.

But the cab Bailey was drving and the trailer he was pulling were heavily damaged and probably total losses. In addition, large section of fencing at the property of Todd Elston was damaged.

According to Hall, Bailey was driving westbound on CR 150S at around 9 a.m. when the semi went off the edge of the roadway. Bailey lost control of the truck which then collided with a fence and continued westbound several feet before turning over and spilling logs onto the road and Elston's yard.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Attorney General staff to provide constituent services in NV Wednesday
The Indiana Attorney General's office will bring its Mobile Office Com­mand Unit to North Vernon and conduct constituent services on Wednesday Sept. 13.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Homecoming week at JCHS
Not only is this the week of the Jennings County High School Homecoming, it is also the week the Jennings County community can also step up to help a worthy cause.

Monday, September 11, 2017

NV man dies in wreck near Columbus
A North Vernon man died in a single-vehicle accident at 7 a.m. Friday near Columbus.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Hope Week focus on suicide awareness, prevention
The Hope Squad, a suicide intervention and prevention program coordinated by Ivy Tech Com­munity College and IUPUC, is hosting Hope Week through Sept. 14 to provide local college students and the community with suicide awareness and prevention education.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Bridge work closes road
Unforeseen complications involving the construction of the new Bruce Hill Bridge in Campbell Township have David Lane and others fuming mad.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Synthetic turf coming to JCHS
The initial steps are being taken to start replacing natural grass with synthetic turf on the football and baseball fields at Jennings County High School.

As was reported previously, the Jennings County School Board sought a bond that would include upgrading heating and air conditioning in several schools, including the high school. Also in that bond issue was $1.5 million being set aside to improve the football and baseball fields as well as resurfacing the track that encircles the football field.

After approval of the bond issue, the board has started looking at ways the two JCHS athletic fields can be improved.

At the board's meeting on Aug. 28, representatives from the engineering firm the board had selected was on hand to discuss the project.

Engineer Tom Ford of Civil & Environmental Consultants (CEC), an engineering company from Indianapolis, explained to the board that much prep work must be done before any actual replacement can begin.

"We need to take soil samples in case there is a problem," Ford explained. "We need to know what's in the ground before we begin digging."

Once the soil samples have been taken and analyzed, the actual work can begin.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fire chief: CSL blaze suspicious
Fire damaged a mobile home in Country Squire Lakes Sunday morning. And it is suspicious.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Advocate for homeless
A homeless man was in Jennings County last week, which is not necessarily noteworthy. What is unusual is that he was raising money for nonprofit groups that help house and feed the homeless.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

JSCS budget: $47.8M

The Jennings County School Corp. (JCSC) has started the work of approving a budget for 2018. At the school board meeting Monday night, the board gave approval to school officials to advertise the proposed budget.

Because the assessed valuation of property in the county, which is used to determine property tax rates, is not available yet, Indiana requires school corporations to estimate what they will be requesting taxpayers to raise through property taxes.

Once the school budget has been approved, the Indiana Department of Local Government Fi­nance (DLGF) takes the actual assessed valuation numbers and refigures the tax rates which are then set for the year.

"Because we don't have the actual assessed valuation figures, schools have to advertise high to make sure they raise enough money to operate their funds," explained Amber Fields, JCSC business manager. "If we don't advertise the budget high enough, when the assessed valuation numbers come in there is the possibility we won't raise enough to pay for all the things in the budget."

The school corporation is advertising seven different funds. Of that seven, five are supported by property tax revenue.

This year, the JCSC is advertising a $47.8 million budget. Of the total budget, $12 million is supported by local property taxes. Last year, the school system's advertised total budget was $45 million with $9,779,198 coming from property taxes

Friday, September 1, 2017

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