Once a Democratic Party stronghold, the City of North Vernon continued to make a big shift in last week's municipal election. Republicans took every one of the four contested races, all by hefty margins. Wednesday, November 13, 2019
That is old news since the Jennings County Council showed clear signs indicating that it was going to rescind the controversial tax since last January - and even before that. The four rookies on the council - Mandy Creech, Bob Ellis, Mike Gerth and Charlie Weber - campaigned last year on the issue of abolishing the tax and all on Election Night 2018 said they would follow through on that promise. Wednesday, November 6, 2019
The question of whether to intervene in other countries is among the toughest decisions in American foreign policy, if not the toughest. U.S. presidents wrestle with this question repeatedly: not only whether to intervene, but when and how to do so.
North Vernon voters will have many important decisions to make next Tuesday. They will choose whether to keep the current mayor or elect a new one. Voters will also have choices on three of the five city council positions involving whether to reinstate incumbents or go with the challengers. Two of the council incumbents as well as the clerk-treasurer face no opposition, but that doesn't mean the Nov. 5 city election is not important.
There can be little doubt that the case load in Jennings County's two courts is way too high. Or, as Circuit Court Judge Jon Webster calls it, the crush on the dockets of both his and the Superior Court is "off the charts." Wednesday, October 23, 2019
One hot-button issue came into sharp focus during the North Vernon Political Forum last Wednesday at the Park Theatre Civic Centre. It's an issue that is only mildly controversial, so there weren't many "sparks" during this political "show." Nonetheless, the evening was an enlightening one for the North Vernon's voters.
Jennings County's schools are not immune from the threat of violence. We found that out in the last two weeks when police arrested three students, two at Jennings County High School and one at North Vernon Elementary School, for allegedly making threats that referenced school shootings.