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August 13, 2020

Stream Cliff recognition
Stream Cliff recognition
Betty and Gerald Manning with daughter Elizabeth and son Greg pose in front of their 1863 farm.The entire family is involved in Stream Cliff.-Submitted Photo



Wild West Chicks
Did you know that North Vernon has its very own Old Western town?
Well, it's a miniature one that's been built for chickens, but it's still pretty cool, nonetheless.

James Driver and Vicki Short have been raising chickens for three years now, after the home they bought together came with a chicken coop and they collectively thought, "Fresh eggs? Yes please."

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Sign ups being taken for 12th Annual Luke Elsner 5K Run/Walk
The 12th Annual Luke Elsner 5K Run/Walk will be on Saturday, September 5 at the Hayden Elementary School at 8 a.m. sharp!

As always, Indiana Timing will be handling the timing of the event and there will also be snacks, music, door prizes and medals for the top finishers in each age and gender groups.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Comcast discount available for internet
Comcast has a special program for internet subscriptions for residents in their coverage area and have not subscribed to Comcast Internet for the last 90 days and are not a current Xfinity customer.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

County officials wrestle with budget
County Council members grilled department chiefs over submitted budgets last Thursday, Aug. 6 in an attempt to keep their new 2021 budget as close to the 2020 one as possible.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

JCSC teachers: It's all a 'Go' for opening day Thursday, Aug. 13
The first official day of the 2020-21 school year for Jennings County School Corporation has arrived, and thanks to the extra time allotted from the back-to-school postponement, teachers and staff are feeling much more prepared to start the term.

"The extra time has made us feel ready for any situation," Callie Garrett said. Callie is the Title One and Instructional Coach at Jennings County Middle School. "We're going to do the very best we can for all students."

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

COVID or not, if you're dangerous, you're staying put
When the phrase "essential workers" is given, what profession immediately comes to mind? The most common answers are likely medicine and law enforcement, as they are the personification of health and safety, and, in the midst of a pandemic, health and safety is what society is striving to achieve and maintain.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Stream Cliff's 47-year 'labor of love' recognized by state preservation group
For their role in preserving Stream Cliff Farm, located outside of Commiskey, Betty and Gerald Manning have been named the winners of the 2020 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation, presented by Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

St. Mary's School experience bodes well for JCSC
If last week's opening of St. Mary's Catholic School is any example, the public opening of schools will go just fine.


North Vernon's private preschool through eighth grade institution reports everything to date is going just fine. Students are wearing masks, social distancing, complying with other safety measures set up to stem any COVID-19 spread and generally just being "Fantastic! They far exceeded my expectations. The kids were incredible. They did everything expected of them," reports principal Lisa Vogel.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Don't plant Chinese 'seeds' instead send to ag experts
People across the country are receiving unsolicited packages of unidentified seeds in the mail that seem to be coming from China. The Office of Indiana State Chemist, located at Purdue University, is urging Hoosiers not to plant or dispose of the seeds since they could be spreading noxious weeds, plant diseases or invasive species.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

JCYF prepares to distribute supplies
The Jennings County Youth Foundation will be handing out backpacks filled with school supplies Saturday, August 8 from noon to 5 p.m. at their office located on 100 S. Webster Street in North Vernon. Families should pull around back and stay in their cars while volunteers bring the backpacks for their students. This event is only for families that filled out the Google form for school supplies assistance.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Applications open for Lilly scholarship
The Jennings County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. The scholarship is open to Indiana residents who graduate from an accredited Indiana high school by 2021, and receive their diploma no later than June 30, 2021. Details related to conditions of the award, eligibility and selection criteria are available on the Community Foundation's website at www.jenningsfoundation.net. The deadline to apply is September 9, 2020 by 3 p.m.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Crash on Hwy. 50 damages 5 apartments near JCHS
A car crashed into the Village Apartment building located on 555 Brownstown Road in North Vernon across from Jennings County High School as a result of an initial car-to-car collision on Wednesday, July 29, knocking a corner of the building's foundation loose and tearing out five units of electric.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Equal internet access a concern
The spectre of COVID-19 forcing the closing of local schools again has staff members working overtime to ensure high quality internet connectivity is available to all students in the county, no matter where they live.

In this technically advanced age of virtual reality and social media, you may be surprised to find that approximately 30-38 percent of Jennings County families do not have access to quality internet. This lack of connectivity has been a major obstacle to overcome since schools closed in light of the global pandemic, forcing students to complete the 2019-20 school year via online learning.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Indiana Landmarks asked to take ownership of 504
The future of downtown North Vernon just got a lot brighter this week.
According to Greg Sekula, Jerry Greene, owner of 504 East O&M Avenue, is in the process of giving Indiana Landmarks ownership of the now-condemned structure at the corner of Fifth Street and East O&M. That building, as well as the block-long 462 E. O&M Ave. are known as the former Greathouse Hardware buildings and were purchased by
Greene, an Indianapolis designer, in summer 2017.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Suspect sought in 6 home burglaries
The Jennings County Sheriff's Office is requesting your help in identifying a burglar who reportedly robbed victims while they were at home sleeping.

On Saturday, August 1 at approximately 6:00 a.m., deputies responded to Brooks Lane in the Green Acres Subdivision just north of Scipio.

Several burglaries had reportedly occurred overnight. It was determined that firearms and other items of value were stolen from vehicles and homes where victims were sleeping. Luckily, deputies were able to secure surveillance footage of a possible suspect.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

City rep's goal is to 'save our heritage'
City Council President Brian Hatfield said he is looking forward to the
relationship with Indiana Landmarks.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

'Virtual auction' replaces annual livestock auction to help 4'Hers
This year is different, all right.

Now, in another adaptation to COVID-19, Jennings County 4-H'ers who normally would have sold animals at the 4-H Auction at the fair, will resort to the internet to raise money for the expense of raising rabbits, pigs, steers, chickens. Oh my!

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Murphy fills orders with a heap of faith
With the outbreak of COVID-19 and the unemployment rate in Indiana, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, reaching 11.2 in June and being as high as 17.5 in April, many families have had to seek out different alternatives in order to acquire their basic necessities.

In North Vernon, the Jennings County Coordinating Council offers JC families the opportunity to receive food provisions.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Teachers get more time to hone skills for new year
The Jennings County School Board approved the request to postpone the back-to-school date from August 6 to August 13 during the virtual special meeting held on Thursday, July 23 and, contrary to what some may assume, it is NOT because of increased concerns regarding COVID-19.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

But there's hope for chickens
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

September sure isn't what it used to be
COVID-19 continues to impact traditional events here in Jennings, including four that normally highlight the month of September.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Taggart is first to file
Incumbent school board member Earl Taggart was the first to file for this fall's election of three district members to this important board.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Demos field county council hopeful
Stephanie Schoettmer is the newest Democratic candidate who will be running for a position on the Jennings County Council at Large in the upcoming General Election in November.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Virus can't stop FLASH from serving 2000+ children
A global pandemic did not stop Jennings County's Free Lunch All Summer, Hooray! better known as FLASH, a free lunch summer program which has been serving food to those in need for 10 years.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

JC EDC is determined to help
Jennings County Economic Development is determined to help small businesses survive the economic downturn caused by COVID-19.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020


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