Rick Marksberry, 54, of North Vernon, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2022, at his residence. Marksberry was the former North Vernon Street Department Commissioner and served his community for 33 years.

Guests at the Jennings County Community Foundation’s (JCCF) annual gala likely thought they had stepped into Camelot last Saturday, May 14 as The Barn venue at Willow Lake Event Center was fit to impress the likes of King Arthur. And the reason for the gala was as honorable as the Knights of…

Wayside Inn, the local homeless shelter located at 304 Hoosier Street in North Vernon, held an open house last Friday, May 13 to express their gratitude to the community and businesses for their support.

Next week is National Police Week in which we honor law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifices, a tradition started in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy.

(Associated Press) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped 15 cents over the past two weeks to $4.38 per gallon. As of Wednesday, May 11, the average price of gas in North Vernon came just under the national average at $4.29, with the average price of diesel fuel topping of…

The motion to adjourn Monday’s North Vernon City Council meeting was the last to be made by City Councilman and board president Brian Hatfield who has officially resigned from the board.

Blastomycosis or “Blasto” is a fungal infection that can be contracted by both dogs and humans. Jennings County Mercy Rescue has reported four recent cases, one of which was fatal.

Muscatatuck Urban Training Center will host the federal emergency response exercise “Guardian Response,” from April 26 to May 11. The exercise will simulate a national emergency incident in order to test the preparedness of federal emergency response teams.

On February 5, 2022, Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced his initiative to place Naloxboxes containing Naloxone overdose reversal kits in all 92 Indiana counties. Gov. Holcomb initially announced the implementation of the boxes back in December, with only 19 placed statewide.

The passing of former Jennings County Commissioner David Lane was commemorated on Thursday, April 21 — what would have been his 70th birthday — with a plaque reveal ceremony and the renaming of Bridge #52, located in Campbell Township, south of Butlerville on County Road 615 East. Lane was i…

Shawn Gerkin, currently serving his third term as the Clerk-Treasurer for the City of North Vernon, is announcing his intention to run for North Vernon mayor in 2023. Gerkin brings more than 10 years of trusted public service, a proven track record of fiscal responsibility, and the support o…

The North Vernon Plain Dealer & Sun is offering a weekly Q&A session with the four Primary Election candidates that are running contested races. The Q&A will appear on Page A2 of every Thursday edition of the Plain Dealer & Sun up until and including the April 28 edition, whi…

The 2022 Friends of the Muscatatuck River Society (FMRS) Kevin’s Klean-Up unfolded as 35 people got together and smiled on Mother Nature in and around the Muscatatuck River in Jennings County. This was the 23rd time volunteers have gathered for a spring river sweep. 2030 pounds of cast-offs …

The North Vernon Plain Dealer & Sun is offering a weekly Q&A session with the four Primary Election candidates that are running contested races. The Q&A will appear on Page A2 of every Thursday edition of the Plain Dealer & Sun up until and including the April 28 edition, whi…

Decatur Mold is adding a 10,000 square foot addition to their existing facility to make room for three robotic cells dedicated to new mold manufacturing. The building project itself, which is projected to cost approximately $3 million, will be led by Force Construction and is expected to bre…

INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced Monday $189 million for 154 broadband infrastructure expansion projects across the state in the third round of the Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program. Jennings County is one of 80 counties to receive funding.

On Thursday, April 14,, shortly before 7 a.m., a two-vehicle crash on State Road 48 near State Road 129 in rural Ripley County led to the death of a motorcyclist from Jennings County.

The judging for the annual Indiana Junior Duck Stamp Contest was held at the North Vernon library on April 1, 2022. There were 219 student entries in the contest this year. Faith Rowe, a 16-year-old student from Carmel, IN, won the State Best of Show award with an entry of a cinnamon teal du…

Jennings Northwest Regional Utilities (JNRU), a local water and sewer business servicing approximately 1200 residents in Country Squire Lakes (CSL), is now under new management after financial and operation concerns started surfacing.

The North Vernon Plain Dealer & Sun is offering a weekly Q&A session with the four Primary Election candidates that are running contested races. The Q&A will appear on Page A2 of every Thursday edition of the Plain Dealer & Sun up until and including the April 28 edition, whi…

Phase 1A of the Walnut Street reconstruction is complete and Madison Avenue has reopened as a one-way street with the ability to turn left onto 5th Street and straight onto Buckeye Street.

The American Pickers TV Show is coming to Indiana this May looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us y…

The Jennings County Prevent Child Abuse Council rechartered in 2021 after COVID-19 forced the group to disband, and are prepped for April in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The phone system at the Jennings County Courthouse in Vernon has apparently lost service as many as four times since October 2021 with the most recent being Thursday, March 24.