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OPINION
March 23, 2019


Vernon's example
For far too long, City of North Vernon officials have dragged their feet on curbside recycling. Residents in Jen­nings County's only city are still waiting.

Proposals to start curbside recycling in North Vernon have been talked about for years, but it's been all talk and no action. The arguments against the move involve the usual suspects: money and expense. Critics contend a curbside recycling program would simply cost too much. Residents would bear the expense, of course, just as they do now for curbside trash collection, either through fees added to their water-sewer bills or via taxes. That expense, some say, would just be too much of a burden for the people of North Vernon to bear.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

More than a glimmer
The proverbial light at the end of the tunnel can now be seen, and it is perhaps more than a mere glimmer.

Jennings County officials are making substantial moves that could very well negate the need for constructing an expensive new county jail facility. After months of talk, we are now hearing concrete proposals on how to alleviate the severe overcrowding and other problems plaguing the current Jennings County Jail.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

To serve and protect
People in Vernon, North Vernon, Country Squire Lakes and other communities in Jennings County were on pins and needles for a good part of last weekend.
A Jennings County Jail inmate, a convicted felon, had made a brazen escape in Vernon early Friday afternoon after being transported to the Jennings County Courthouse. Somehow, Kimlynn Patton was able to get out of his handcuffs and ankle shackles, and then jumped a corrections officer before running on foot.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Oh, the shame
Last week the Indiana Senate voted to amend a hate crimes bill, completely scrapping from the measure all protected characteristics, including gender identity, race and sexual orientation.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Common sense jail bill
The progress of House Bill 1065 in the Indiana General Assembly is encouraging, to say the least. And that is good news for Jennings County.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

As local as politics gets
All politics is local. And politics don't get any more local for voters who live in North Vernon than the upcoming city election.
There will only be one race in the primary on May 7 - and then only on the Democratic Party side.

And, as it stands now, there will only be three races out of the seven elected city offices in the general election on Nov. 5. Yet that can change if the Republican and Democratic parties find candidates to fill empty slots on the ballot.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A win-win-win proposal
Now here is a local government proposal that seems to have more than just a little merit.

Jennings County's brand new sheriff, Kenny Freeman, wants to implement a program where deputies issue tickets for traffic violations and other minor infractions such as littering. Those citations would result in fines which, according to the sheriff, would be reasonable and far less costly for the person cited by law enforcement than with the current setup.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Go away, polar vortex
After mostly mild weather through the first part of the winter season, Jennings County and the region are now dealing with snow and bone-chilling cold.

Blizzard-like conditions hit the area last Saturday night with cold, gusty winds and blowing snow. When the dust - err, snow - settled, North Vernon was covered with four inches of fluffy white stuff and other parts of the county had six or more inches.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Clean safe living
Progress continues to be made at Country Squire Lakes, maybe not as fast as some people who live there want but improvements are happening nonetheless.

This month, property owners received a reduction in the annual dues and assessments. That fee, assessed by lot, dropped from $365 to $325. The reduction may not seem like much, but who wouldn't take an 11 percent cut in a bill?
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A matter of public safety
An old, uninsulated, leaky block building makes for a poor firehouse. Yet for over 56 years, the underfunded Campbell Township Volunteer Fire Department somehow had to make do with that.

Finally after a mighty and prolonged struggle, the department has a new home. It is so bare bones that it doesn't even have a sign outside noting it is a fire station, but nonetheless it is an efficient, warm and dry firehouse, much more suitable to the fire department's vitally important mission than the old firehouse.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019


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