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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?

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

Grading the schools
The letter grades given annually to Indiana's schools by the state may be silly and not exactly revealing - and far from a true report card.
Still, it was encouraging to see those grades go up for nearly all of the schools in Jennings County.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Welcome leadership
Give U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) credit. A staunch conservative who supports many of President Trump's policies, Young has not been afraid to buck the president and his administration for coddling Saudi Arabia despite the kingdom's complicity in the horrific humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

The freshman senator, who will become Indiana's senior senator in a couple of weeks, has been front and center in a bipartisan effort to force Saudi Arabia to end its U.S.-backed bombing campaign in Yemen's civil war.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A president's legacy
The legacy of President George H.W. Bush keeps growing since he was commander-in-chief. The tributes are flowing following the 41st president's death last Friday at the age of 94, and rightly so.

The Republican served only one term in the White House but his record during that short time is noteworthy. His leadership during the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of the Soviet Union was measured and steady, the perfect response. He also responded appropriately to Saddam Hussein-led Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, unleashing Desert Storm to great effect without overdoing it and destabilizing that volatile region.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Give the kids the best
Ever since Jennings County High School opened 50 years ago, its wrestling team has been operating in less than ideal circumstances.

Despite that, the Panthers' wrestling program has been exemplary - first under Coach Jim Harr and then his successor, Coach Howard Jones. The program has produced successful teams and individuals who have not only excelled on the mat but also in life, in no small part due to their background in the sport.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

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