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A little innovation and research on behalf of Sheriff Kenny Freeman and the rest of the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office, regarding the need to increase inmate capacity at the local jail, seems to have paid off in the long run, saving the county millions of dollars.

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After nearly one full year of limiting police functions to keep the public and police officers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Vernon Police Department will return to full activity on Monday, March 1.

Home court advantage wasn’t enough for Jennings County boys varsity basketball in a 77-63 loss to visiting Southwestern (Hanover) Friday and the road was no kinder Saturday in a 51-40 setback at Bloomington South but the Panthers bounced back with back-to-back wins over Franklin and Scottsbu…

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It’s been a busy couple of weeks for wrestling teams in Jennings County. The regular high school season is now over and the middle school season still has a couple weeks left, which included wrestling Madison on Tuesday.

The number of Hoosiers receiving COVID-19 vaccinations continues to rise even as the number of COVID-19 positive cases goes down throughout Indiana. With eligibility to receive the vaccine restricted to the 60 and older age range — recently expanded from 65 and older on Tuesday — as well as …

The Jennings County Classroom Teachers Association (JCCTA) took part in a statewide day of action for public education Wednesday, Feb. 24. Supporters of public education wore black on Wednesday to signify the darkness facing public schools at that time, hoping to spread awareness to the comm…

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

As the “Crossroads of America,” the Hoosier State’s rail industry is one of the busiest in the nation, holding true to our nickname with thousands of miles of Class I railroad tracks and over 328 million tons of freight moved annually. Our rail system is a source of pride for the Sixth Distr…

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Jennings County High School teacher and coach Bill Ludwig is a face not easily forgotten, as he has been a member of the Jennings County school system for 46 years, and he is finally closing that chapter in his life after the 2020-21 school year — and what a year to end it on.

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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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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that FSA offers farm ownership and farm operating loans to underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers. Underserved or beginning farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain commercial credit…

Courthouse Report moved to next week

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North Vernon Mayor Michael Ochs was elected Vice President of the Board of Directors of Administrative Resources association (ARa), at its quarterly meeting held in Columbus, Indiana Wednesday, Feb. 10. The association, which is owned by southern Indiana cities, provides assistance in the pl…

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Mass of Christian Burial for Raymond Gerkin, 73, of North Vernon was held Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Rev. Jerry Byrd officiated. Sawyer-Pickett Funeral and Cremation Service was entrusted with arrangements. Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Mr. Gerkin died Thur…

Manhattan Strategy Group announced today the second round of innovative practices in adult education, as selected by the Advancing Innovation in Adult Education project. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). Five …

“I want to give a shout out to all of Jennings County’s dispatchers. This group experienced a hectic year in 2020. Upgrading to Spillman was a challenge on its own, factor in COVID and it became extremely taxing on our dispatchers. They pulled together, made some big sacrifices, and have met…

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The eight inches of snow blown in on Monday evening, on top of the 4-5 inches from the week prior, is the most amount of icy precipitation Jennings County has seen in awhile. The Travel Advisory was Red, cautioning residents to stay off the roads if at all possible.

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Jennings County School Board President Pat Sullivan recently made a passionate plea in opposition to a proposed expansion of school voucher programs — in particular Education Savings Accounts — currently before the Indiana legislature.

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced it is awarding 13 planning grants totaling more than $818,000 to communities to develop a specific plan to implement community and economic development projects.

Couple files claim against Campbell Township Sewer District

Chevy is a two-year-old spayed female domestic short hair. She loves other cats and is a great mouser. She’s not an “in-your-face” cat but occasionally likes affection.

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The following are reasons listed by the ISBA and IAPSS, provided to the press by the school board, as to why lawmakers should oppose HB 1005, SB 412 (Information based on public records):

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The eighth disbursement of “Operation Roundup” funds totaling $62,739 has been awarded to 36 recipients from seven counties comprising the Southeastern Indiana REMC’s service territory, which encompasses the counties of Dearborn, Franklin, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland.

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Crissy Beesley and Barbara Miller, two members of the food service department for Jennings County Schools, have been hard at work acting as stand-ins for the Food Service Director while the Jennings County School Corporation was searching for a replacement after Tonya Feider, who took over f…

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FPBH Inc. is pleased to welcome J. Shane Spicer, to its ownership team. FPBH is a full service environmental, engineering, surveying, planning and inspecting firm with offices located in North Vernon, Seymour, and New Castle who continue to see considerable growth in areas of civil, environm…

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On Saturday, Feb. 6, deputies were called to a residence in Geneva Township to investigate a sex crime that was serious in nature.

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In the midst of a snow storm, the City Council persevered and held its meeting Monday, Feb. 8. It did help that they provided a Zoom link to people who wished to watch safely from home. However, some people braved the elements in order to attend the meeting in person at the Jennings County E…

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A North Vernon man has pleaded guilty to child molesting, a Level 4 felony, and been sentenced to the maximum 12 years in the Indiana Department of Correction.

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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.

Motorcyclist files complaint against O’Mara for negligent conduct

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Just over a month after officially organizing, the new Jennings County Libertarian Party’s promise to “attack the next elections hard” is already underway with candidate, Kayla Coleman, declaring for Vernon mayor on Feb. 4.