Ron Huddleston, left, and Ryan Curry attach a tug to an aircraft to move it to a hangar at the North Vernon Muncipal Airport on Airport Awareness Day. Huddleston is a member of the OVO Aviators, a pilots' club, and Curry is the airport manager.-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
By this time next year, firefighters in Campbell Township should be operating out of a brand new state-of-the-art facility.
"We were lucky and got the good news last Thursday," said Campbell Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Don Biehle.
After a 15-year quest to fund a new facility, the goal was clinched last week with word that the volunteer department was awarded a $500,000 state grant.
Making the announcement was Lt. Gov. Suzanna Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Fifteen million dollars in federal grant funding was awarded to 31 rural Hoosier communities across five programs through Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). These grants are awarded to rural communities to ensure health and safety, and to improve the quality of life of citizens.
"These Community Development Block Grants will spur economic revitalization and community development, promote health and well-being, and help cities, towns and counties improve their quality of place and residents' quality of life," said the Lieutenant Governor in a statement.
The Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission completed the application for the fire department. The grant will fund about two-thirds of the original plan.
The department already has $170,000 in the bank, thanks to a donation of $50,000 from the county which will serve as the mandatory 10 percent match and $20,000 from the Campbell Township trustee. The remainder was earned from fundraisers and/or donations. Wednesday, October 18, 2017
A world-renowned jazz guitarist, a self-taught Chinese writing expert and a female judge who clerked for a Supreme Court Judge are the inductees for this year's Jennings County High School Alumni Hall of Fame.
On Sunday, Oct. 22 there will be a "Stop the Bleed" training class at the Scipio Fire Department at 1 p.m. This class is designed to teach people basic skills they can use to save a life in the event of a trauma injury.
The Jennings County Council passed a budget for 2018 that totals $16,349,077 Tuesday. The vote, which was 6-0 with Councilor Josh Yeager (R-District 3) absent, includes salary hikes for county government employees.
Employees will receive a 2 percent increase next year except for some employees with Emergency Medical Services, also known as Rescue 20. Paramedics will receive pay hikes that range substantially higher - from 20 to 27 percent.
"We are losing too many paramedics to higher-paying jobs," explained Howard Malcomb (R-at large), council president. "We train them, then they leave. We have to do something to keep them here after we've made the investment in their training"
The budget must be approved by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance, which is not expected for at least three months. For the current budget year, the state didn't issue the budget order until February, cutting the general fund by $267,000 to $7.7 million.
The general fund total in the 2018 budget is $7,884,396. Monday, October 16, 2017
A year after the Jennings County United Way fund-raising drive met its goal with only local donations and pledges, a feat that has not been accomplished in recent years, Kendall Wildey is not resting on his laurels.
Wildey, who again is chairing the effort this year, kicked off the United Way campaign Saturday with an inspiring speech to supporters and Day of Caring volunteers.
"Last year, we set the bar at $180,000 and reached our goal with only local money," he said. "That was something to celebrate.
"Now it is time to set the bar higher. This year's goal is $185,000. We have our work cut out for us. But if we all work together as well as we did last year, if our volunteers and supporters come through and put forth that extra effort, we will make it."
Wildey donned a shirt with a Jennings County High School logo for the kickoff event that included a cookout at the United Way Center. He is a former Jennings County School Corp. administrator and JCHS teacher, assistant principal and coach. Now he is superintendent at Columbus Christian School and the boys basketball coach at South Decatur High School. He and his wife, Sandy, a JCHS teacher, reside in northern Jennings County. Wednesday, October 11, 2017
By any measure, Greg Pence is a very important person - not just in Indiana politics but nationally. After all, he is the brother of the vice president of the United States and is a potential candidate for Congress.
With virtually no notice, a jail transport crew whisked Dennis L. Mothersbaugh from the Jennings County Jail Friday and extradited him to Charlottesville, Va.
Mothersbaugh, 37, of Vernon, is charged with one count of assault and battery for allegedly punching a woman in the face during the protests last August in Virginia. Mothersbaugh was with a group of people protesting the planned removal of a Confederate statue there when he allegedly hit a female counter-protester with his fist while wearing a weighted glove.
"We're glad justice can now be done," said Jennings County Sheriff Gary Driver. "We're glad the suspect is out of our jail."
Jennings County sheriff deputies arrested Mothersbaugh on Thursday, Sept. 28, at his residence in downtown Vernon after Charlottesville officials issued an extradition order. That came 10 days after officials issued an arrest warrant, but Driver said his department could not jail Mothersbaugh without the extradition request.
After Mothersbaugh's arrest, the sheriff had no indication when a transport crew would come to pick up the suspect - only that by law it had to be done within 15 days. Monday, October 9, 2017
The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) has approved awards totaling $2.7 million to 14 Indiana municipalities, including two in Jennings County, for the development and implementation of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) Owner Occupied Rehabilitation (OOR) projects.
The North Vernon City Council and mayor are apparently misinformed, says WindStream's founder Dan Bates and a company spokesman for Tosmo America, Inc., which is contracted to manufacture WindStream's wind turbines. Tosmo has been doing business since last year at the factory space where WindStream was located at the former Regal Rugs factory at at 819 East Buckeye Street, North Vernon.
Hayden Elementary School teacher Corey Baughman was awakened at 2:30 a.m. on Monday by a text from his brother saying "I"m OK."
Baughman was puzzled as to why his brother Rick was texting that message. That was until he turned on the television and saw news coverage of Las Vegas.
Rick Baughman was in that town for a long weekend of fun with his girlfriend and a fraternity brother when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock began firing an automatic weapon into the crowd attending a country music concert. At the end, Paddock killed at least 59 people and wounded over 250 others before taking his own life.
"I knew Rick was out there, but I didn't know he went to the concert," Corey explained. "He met up with a former fraternity brother of ours and I had just put on Facebook that "Vegas will never be the same with the two of you there', then this happened."
Although he knew his brother was in Las Vegas, Corey did not know he was attending the concert that night. As a matter of fact, Rick had attended a concert the previous night that was part of the country music festival going on throughout the weekend. Wednesday, October 4, 2017