The City of North Vernon is pleased to host a retirement ceremony to celebrate James Webster’s 27-year career as a police officer. James began his service on January 1, 1994 and was sworn-in as an officer by Mayor John Hall. Throughout his career he has served as a patrol officer, Sergeant, …

The Jennings County Farmers’ Market opened for its 25th season in North Vernon last week. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at the city park’s shelter house No. 2 until October.

Graduates of Vernon High School, which was discontinued in 1964, will gather once again for their annual meeting on May 1. This year’s president is Roger Taylor with Dale Boyd acting as vice-president.

Perceptions in Vernon will host artist Rob Apsley’s “They’re All Florals” art show during the month of April. The galleries will be open April 9th from 5 to 7 pm for the opening and then again April 30th from 5 to 7 pm for the closing. Other viewing times can be scheduled by appointment. Aps…

The Jennings County Community Foundation (JCCF) happily sponsored the Sixth Grade Essay Contest for the third year in a row. It started in 2019 as a part of the yearlong 25th anniversary celebration of the JCCF, but the essay contest was such a success, the Foundation decided to do it each y…

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The Jennings County Youth Foundation (JCYF) has outgrown its workspace and are ready to upgrade their office along with their list of fun and participatory activities.

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The Friends of the Muscatatuck River Society is hosting the 20th Annual Spring River Cleanup (a.k.a. “12th Annual Kevin’s Kleanup”) in memorial of Kevin Jayne, former president of the Friends of the Muscatatuck, on Saturday, April 24.

The Historical Society has been busy updating museum exhibits over the winter months. Max Hill, Vice President of Max Hill Powder Coating, recently restored a vintage wash tub to its original color.

The Jennings County Historical Society announces the arrival of spring with the 59th Annual Sassafras Tea Festival and Civil War Living History. The two-day event is slated for April 24 and 25 in Historic Vernon. Civil War re-enactors camp on the courthouse lawn and around the square as soci…

The annual Vernon Ghost Walk, known as Hector’s Hauntings, is scheduled to rise from the COVID grave for Oct. 8 and 9 of this year. The Jennings County community can get an early taste of this Halloween tradition during a presentation by special effects makeup artist Danielle Colbert, who wi…

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Write about the rare bird alert, my younger daughter suggested at a family get together when I said I needed a subject for an article. “But the rare bird alert is no longer active,” I said. “Then write about what it used to be,” my daughter said.

Strolling through the livestock barns, a homemade New Bethel ice-cream cup in hand, while the grandstand announcers are heard in the distance may not just be a forgotten dream this year. The 2021 Jennings County Fair is scheduled for June 14 to June 19 and there are a number of exciting changes.

“A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions — all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all…

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Some serious questions are coming in about sustained damage to trees due to the winter weather. I am not a certified arborist but I can pass on the guidelines that certified arborists are taught when it comes to tree assessment and risk management. These criteria may help you decide what to …

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It’s that time of year again! Just as people are really starting to discipline themselves to meet their “eating healthy” New Year’s Resolutions, the Girl Scouts swoop in with their colorful boxes of deliciously tempting cookies. A true guilty pleasure (this reporter is known for eating an en…

HISSES from Marie Perry to the woman who took my car on Thanksgiving.

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The Jennings County Historical Society is looking forward to a better year than the one prior, filled with all the fun an excitement of its annual events and fundraisers.

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Items gleaned from newspapers on file on microfilm at the Jennings County Public Library.

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Norris Avenue is now closed between Highway 50 and Durbin Street in the $2 million project that will provide quite a facelift to this area.

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Once the snow clears and you get a chance to stroll downtown North Vernon or are stopping at By Design Boutique, Bohemian Cafe, Crimson Oak Restaurant, Driver’s Bighead Pizza, Park Theatre Civic Centre, or A Perfect Day Cafe, you will see colorful reminders from Jennings County’s littlest po…

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Items gleaned from newspapers on file on microfilm at the Jennings County Public Library

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If you take a stroll around downtown, you may notice some beautiful works of art decorating the windows and walls of six local businesses. These creative coloring pages were designed by Jennings County students in grades K-6 for the Mask Up Jennings Colorpalooza.

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Now through Feb. 27, the Perceptions Yoga, Mindfulness & Art gallery space in Vernon will be filled with work from local artist, Becky Sargent. The public is invited to attend the show which opened at Perceptions in Vernon on Feb. 5. A second opportunity to view the show will take place …

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Sam Coquerille from North Vernon, was one of those people. From the time he crawled up into the rafters of the theatre as the roof was near collapse, to the pyrotechnics of confetti for an event, to consulting with a vendor for new curtains Sam loved helping the Park Theatre.

Items gleaned from newspapers on file on microfilm at the Jennings County Public Library

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Join Plain Dealer & Sun reporter Kylan Higgs in a walk down memory lane with this Valentine’s Day article she wrote during her senior year at Jennings County High School. Kylan was working as an intern for the local newspaper from September 2013 to June 2014.

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The personal finance website WalletHub recently named Indiana the second best state in the nation for drivers. WalletHub considered 31 key data points when developing their ranking system including cost of vehicle ownership, gas prices, road quality, commute times, and access to vehicle main…

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Kisses from the Jennings County Health Department to Pat York for donating pizzas for volunteers and health department staff at the COVID vaccination clinic on Monday.

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Items gleaned from newspapers on file on microfilm at the Jennings County Public Library

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In front of a courtroom packed with spectators, James Charles was sentenced to 20 years in jail the morning of Monday, Feb. 5. 1996. In addition, the man was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

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Collectors interested in owning a genuine Guinness World Record item, ranging from the world’s smallest bicycle to the world’s largest pinball machine (Atari Hercules) to a coin-operated animated electric chair exhibit, will get their chance in an online-only auction of items previously disp…