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
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
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
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
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
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
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? (1 comments) Wednesday, January 16, 2019
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
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