25 Years Ago

This is Firemen’s Appreciation Month here in the City of North Vernon with Mayor John Hall gearing up to raise the money needed for the 95-foot aerial ladder truck. Glen Brooks, left, and Jerry Earl, center, presented the mayor with a $1000 donation from their business, Brooks and Earl Construction. Department driver Larry Malcomb attempted to get Sarge, the firehouse mascot, to smile.

Neil J. Schmitter, 19 of North Vernon, is spending 14 days in the county jail as a part of his sentence for theft and attempted theft. Schmitter pled guilty through a plea bargain. He was accused of breaking into a Nelson Park garage and also was in the accompaniment of Misty Weston when the two attempted to steal a car from the Lester Lee residence last fall.

Schmitter received a one-year sentence and was ordered to spend 30 days in jail, with credit for 16 days previously served. He will be on house arrest for the remainder of the year, monitored by the Jennings County Probation Department.

Several members of the Jennings County Chamber of Commerce and other well-wishers joined Jack’s Family Restaurant owners Lora and Jack McClintock and Betty Huews, manager, during a recent ribbon cutting at the newest Butlerville business.

A special basket containing everything he’ll need to survive life now that he is 50 was presented to Jennings County Sheriff Jim Lamb from his department. The sheriff was honored at the Senior Center on March 15 for his 50th birthday.

Pool renovation is well on its way, with concrete being piled up all over the place. So far, the work is on line to be completed by Memorial Day. Kids will find the city pool a lot more fun thanks to a $25,500 expenditure of the North Vernon City Council.

30 Years Ago

The Jennings County Landfill is facing immediate closure unless a written plan of permanent solutions to problems is submitted to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Tourism director Andrea McNair and assistant Janice Ackerman join Spring Tonic Sports Festival founder Orlo Blomquist in showing off some of the memorabilia for the 1991 festival.

Jennings County residents will celebrate America’s victory in Operation Desert Storm with a parade on Sunday.

Patrolman Jeffrey Day of the North Vernon Police Department graduated from Basic Training at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield.

Jennifer Collins has become the first Scipio Girl Scout in 20 years to earn the group’s Silver Award.

35 Years Ago

Cowboy Bob and his dog Scuba will be on hand for the annual Jennings County Easter Egg Hunt.

Jennings County remains in shock over the death of high school athlete Dennis Troy Poling, 18. Poling had just signed a letter of intent to attend Cal State-Fullerton and play football. No cause of death has been determined at this time.

Time has run out for completion of Phase III of the North Vernon Senior Housing project and as of this date, no one knows just how or when construction work will eventually be completed.

Eric Genda, King Doxsee, Lee Bridges, Jim Kane, Tim Kane, Tom Biehle, Eddie Ertel, Tim Combs and Tory Lane are busy practicing for this Friday’s Way of the Cross.

40 Years Ago

Ada Clarkson has been named the BPW women of the year for the North Vernon club.

The Jennings County School Board will be deciding where to build a new elementary school and it is expected to be standing room only at the meeting as citizens prepare to voice their opinions on the proposed school.

Florence Beeman received the “Better Our Best” award on behalf of the Jennings County unit of the American Cancer Society.

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Demaree of Butlerville will quietly observe their 66th wedding anniversary on April 4.

Dr. Robert E. Rigney has been awarded membership in the Indiana Academy of Veterinary Medicine.

50 Years Ago

North Vernon used to be known as “The City of Railroads” but that is certainly a title of the past. Passenger train service will be ending in North Vernon beginning May 1.

John Klingner is the man who readers of this paper feel has more influence in the community than any other. William Johnson was the second influential person chosen in a recent poll. The first woman in the community appears to be Ethel Burk.

Sales of the $600,000 bond issue will get underway April 1 here in Jennings to pay for the cost of the construction of the new hospital.

Crosley Game Area is going to open up an experimental quality controlled fishing lake on July 1.

Coach Don Pelkey and assistant coach Marty Eckelbarger have been putting the track team through their paces in preparation for the upcoming season. Steve Watson is the lone senior letterman on the squad. His specialty is the high hurdles, 440, high jump and mile relay.

60 Years Ago

Three proposed dam sites in Jennings County will be inspected personally next month by a group of dignitaries, headed by Governor Matthew Welsh, who will be in this area for a mass flood control meeting.

The death of Powell Crosley Jr., president of the Cincinnati Reds, this week came as a great shock to a number of local citizens. Crosley began purchasing land in this county several years ago and three years ago, in 1958, he sold his 3,099 acre estate here to the state for the nominal fee of $150,000. It is now known as the Crosley Game Preserve.

Edna Hamilton, a retired public health nurse, has been elected to Honorary Life Membership of the American Cancer Society’s Indiana Division of Directors.

Pfc. Albert “Boots” Redicker is presently serving in Korea.