St. Patrick’s Day proved unlucky for four people charged during the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office’s Operation Clover Leaf, conducted by its criminal interdiction team.

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Madison Police executed a traffic stop on a driver who was allegedly operating without a license on Saturday in downtown Madison and recovered almost 300 grams of methamphetamine from the vehicle while making three felony arrests.

The first annual Spark of Kindness chili cook-off and silent auction was held on Feb. 20 and 21 at the Education and Training Center and was an absolute success, per information received from Dena Monday, Director of the group. The group raised over $1200 between the chili cook-off and the s…

Alcohol could have been a factor in a head-on collision Feb. 26 that seriously injured three people, including a North Vernon resident and a 9-year-old girl, according to a news release issued by the Indiana State Police.

A North Vernon man charged with killing Robert Dale Boyd, 57, nearly two years ago pleaded guilty to murder Feb. 23 in Jennings County Circuit Court, according to a news release from Jennings County Prosecutor Brian Belding’s office.

The Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday ousted its second-largest congregation — Saddleback Church, the renowned California megachurch founded by pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren — for having a woman pastor.

Valentine’s Day was anything but sweet for a North Vernon couple who now face multiple drug-related charges.

Progress is continuing in installing the sanitary sewer throughout phase 4. Installations have reached the Gum Street intersection resulting in an expansion of the worksite, according to a news release.

A North Vernon man is facing between 90 and 130 years in prison after being found guilty of murder and related criminal gang enhancements in a 2021 biker gang shootout that resulted in the death of a fellow gang member, Jefferson County Prosecutor David R. Sutter said Wednesday.

Three people are confirmed dead in a house fire that broke out early Tuesday morning in Columbia Township, the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed.

A celebration was held Jan. 20 at the Education and Training Center to honor retiring North Vernon Police Department officer Andrew Richmond for 20 years of service.

The Southeast Indiana Independent Living Center (SIILC) is a nonprofit organization, which exists to promote the independent living philosophy and to provide individuals of all ages with disabilities the resources necessary to maximize their ability to live independently.

The annual meeting of the Jennings County Historical Society — Our Heritage Inc. will be twice as “suspenseful” this year — because it’ll be centered on the James Covered Bridge and the Scipio Covered Bridge.

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Debi Stanton has joined the staff at the Plain Dealer & Sun as news editor, the paper’s owners, Paxton Media, announced.

A Jefferson County traffic stop involving a driver suspected of being impaired led to a vehicle pursuit and multiple felony charges against a Madison woman early Friday morning.

Jennings County lost beloved community leaders in 2022: Barbara King, former owner and publisher of the Plain Dealer & Sun; Ron Clark, a business owner, firefighter, bus driver and all around good man; and Rick Marksberry, former Street Commissioner for North Vernon for 33 years. Dave La…

One year ago, thanks to the hard work of community members who believe in the future and vitality of our downtown, North Vernon Main Street was incorporated and ready to launch. Now that it’s time to say goodbye to 2022, the North Vernon Main Street staff and board of directors want to share…

Morgan Webster joined the Plain Dealer & Sun (PD&S) as the sports reporter back in March 2021, but he was also a high school senior intern here during the 2014-15 school year. During his time here, Morgan reported on all local sports, the school board, and, more recently, the 2022 Ge…

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana is relocating to a new office space in Jennings County. As of December 15, the Our Hospice North Vernon office is relocating to 753 North State Street in the in the building alongside the Eye Care Group.

Local students have a unique opportunity to explore the halls of the Statehouse, meet their legislator and learn how bills become law as a House page at the Statehouse. Each year I look forward to meeting young Hoosiers from our district, and that’s why I encourage students to apply to page …

SCIPIO ELEMENTARYMrs. Davis’s Kindergarten Class (with help from Ms. Wilson’s class)

We had an excellent Friday, December 9 ringing at Walmart. $690.85 was donated in 10 hours of bell ringing. Thank you to the Jeremiah Brooks Family, Carol Leveridge, Steve Hoppeck, and the LiveWires and Ploughboys 4-H Club of Zenas. Ringers are also being faithful at Walgreens. Our total is …

The members of the North Vernon City Council gathered for the last meeting of this year on Monday to wrap up a few loose ends.

The Red Kettle tradition continues in Jennings County! $3,736.29 has been donated within 40 hours of bell ringing at Walmart and Walgreens. Jennings County residents are donating at a record pace this year. These donations are made possible by our volunteers. So far the representatives of Ma…

On Thursday, December 15, a mobile vaccination clinic will be set up in the Government Annex building in Vernon in the first floor conference room from noon to 4 p.m. The clinic is in collaboration with the Jennings County Health Department and the Indiana Department of Health.

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced on Thursday that 10 properties will be awarded $728,671 through the Historic Renovation Grant Program. One of those properties is Brick Street Restaurant on East O&M Avenue in North Vernon. The…

The North Vernon Redevelopment Commission (NVRC) will soon offer home builders between $5000 and $15,000 to create housing here in the City of North Vernon in an effort to clean up blighted lots and create more living space to draw new residents to the area.

After Kickoff Weekend for Ringing the Bells for the Salvation Army, the total for the Jennings County Red Kettle is $1,155.30. Masonic Lodge #59 accounted for $670 of that amount. North Vernon Kiwanis ringers accounted for $410. Coordinator Eric Jarboe thanks all ringers who have signed up t…

With five nearly-sold-out performances of “Elf: The Musical,” a few kind folks willing to donate an hour or two of their time are needed to help the Park Theatre usher folks to their seats.