25 Years Ago

The Jennings County High School Choir, under the direction of Stephen Jones, will be hosting the 58th annual Ohio Valley Choral Festival. Several choirs will be in attendance including those from Charleston, Clarksville, Lawrenceburg, Jeffersonville, Madison, New Albany, South Dearborn, Southwestern and Switzerland County High Schools, along with the JCHS choir. Each choir will perform an individual selection then the schools will join together in singing seven special selections.

25 Years Ago

The now-razed North Vernon High School provides the backdrop as members of the Class of 1964 presented the first donation to the just-established North Vernon High School Alumni Scholarship fund. Class President Pat Kelley; fund co-chair Mayor John Hall; Jo Anna Hendricks Vance; and fund co-chair Barbara King.

JCHS Panther fan Jenny Curry delights in the sectional celebration at the Seymour gym Saturday, March 2, by asking Panther starter Robbie Kent to autograph her T-shirt. Hordes of fans celebrated the second consecutive sectional win on the Owls’ court. Now, all eyes turn to the regional this coming Saturday.

JCHS boys swim team members honored with end of season awards included junior Ryan Cummings, mental attitude award; junior Shane Hatton, most improved; freshman A.J. McKeand, most valuable; and freshman Brian Biehld, most improved.

Jennings County’s own Tony Farrell and sister, Sindee Rawls, have made a change from a mud machine to a monster truck. Farrell was high-flying at a Dallas, Texas event this winter. The Farrell and Rawls Racing Team will be home after March 9 to get ready for racing and display action in this area.

Trevor and Trent Vance were at the House of Representatives with state rep Mark Lytle. Trevor, a pre-law student at the University of Indianapolis, is serving as an intern for Lytle. Trent, an eight grader at the middle school, was a page. They are the sons of Barry and Sandra Vance.

Roland and Charlene Comstock recently presented a donation to the Jennings County High School band in memory of their daughter, Charlene Z. Comstock. The money will be used towards the purchase of new band uniforms.Accepting the donation are JCHS Principal Steve Riordan and band director Martha Landry.

30 Years Ago

Jack Emly of Westport is the winner of the championship round of the Fast Break Fever basketball contest.

Kylinda Patton of North Vernon is a contestant in the Indiana Perfect Teen pageant. She is a sophomore at JCHS and the daughter of Staff Sgt. Charles Patton and Kylin Canary.

Three incumbents were unseated when Vernon conducted it’s unique town election. Robert Shaw was elected as mayor, Tommy Johnston as marshall, Jean Rockey as clerk and council members Ollie Hazelwood, Robert Rockey and Debra Marsh.

Dr. Michael J. Fenelon opened a family medical practice in the former Medical Center building on Norris Avenue. The physician served as a radiologist at Jennings Community Hospital prior to opening his “one stop” family practice.

35 Years Ago

Kirk Hearne heads the list of the top ranking seniors at Jennings County High School .Others in ranking order areCarla Jean Ogle, James McIntire, Lee Jerald Bridges, Kristina Terrell, Rebecca Parrigin, Mary K. Broome, George Strickland, Dena Callahan and William E. Blackburn Jr.

Karen Poling of Butlerville closed out her career with the Vincennes University women’s basketball team as the season’s fifth-leading scorer.

Bob Green and Harold Lee of the school corporation’s maintenance department, replace the name of Geneva Township School to its new one, Scipio Elementary School.

When the Jennings County School Boad meets this Thursday, March 6, they will consider a request to advertise to receive bids for the planned addition to North Vernon Elementary School.

40 Years Ago

Some of the best possible economic news for Jennings County Monday was the House Ways and Means Committee voted to reinstate 51 positions at the Muscatauck State Hospital in Jennings.

Cable television for some in North Vernon may be just a week away according to word from Tri-County Cable TV, the the firm that has North Vernon and Vernon pretty well wired up right now.

Asbury Sandlin of North Vernon celebrated his 98th birthday last week with a surprise party in his honor.

Vicki Lyne Ingram was nominated for the United States Senate Youth Program as the outstanding senior of JCHS. She is the daughter of Vernon and Patricia Ingram of Butlerville.

50 Years Ago

It’s over. Seymour beat Jennings County in the IHSAA sectional and Taryn Wernke fell crying into the arms of Susie Eder following the game.

A strike is still in progress against the North Vernon Division of Thompson Industries.

Mayor Gerald cuts the ribbon at the new Fidelity Federal building in North Vernon.

Keith Bishop, acting superintendent at Muscatatuck State Hospital, is reported improving considerably at the Madison hospital after suffering a light heart attack a week ago.

You would have to huff and puff a little to lift the new hammer recently installed at the North Vernon Forge. It weighs 60,000.

60 Years Ago

Linda Edmonds was installed as the Rainbow worthy advisor in North Vernon.

Kenny Woods, chairman of the Red Cross Fund Drive, received a contribution from James More of the Lions Club.

Jennings County sports fans were as disappointed as Franklin partisans of the unexpected defeat of Franklin in the sectionals. The reason for the local interest is that Ted Server, former basketball coach here, is the Franklin coach.

Many a local farmer found himself in the position of snow removal last week as tractors and other heavy equipment were the only vehicles getting through snowdrifts on the county roads.