James Lee Schildknecht, 73, of North Vernon, passed away on Sunday, November 14, 2021, at his residence.

Don’t jump the gun when it comes to planting spring flowering bulbs this fall! Spring bulbs are best planted once soil temperatures cool to about 55 degrees, so wait until we have had at least two weeks of sweater weather. If it is too cool outside without a jacket then it’s just right for p…

It’s fall, according to the calendar. Day length is the most obvious indication of the change in the season. Days have been getting shorter, nights have been getting longer. But there are many other indications of the change in season. Leaves on the trees have changed from green to allow and…

Kisses from Tom Taylor to those who have been recently writing letters to the editor. It is great to read different points of view and to see the paper continue a long tradition.

Introducing ASK THE ASSESSOR, an information column that will inform the public as to the inner and outer workings of the assessor’s office, written by Jennings County Assessor Randy Shepherd.

This past spring, I made two business trips to Serbia. March was my first time ever to visit this Balkan country, which was part of the former Yugoslavia. Upon arrival, jet-lagged though we were, my distributor took a colleague and me to see a piece of history with which we were previously u…

I write about the outdoors, birds and bees, flowers and trees, anything outdoors that takes my interest. I write about birds often, of course, probably more than any other subject and for my interest in birds they call me a birdman. I’ve written about many furry animals, mammals, squirrels, …

Kisses to Tim Walker for being the BEST DAD!! HAPPY 69TH BIRTHDAY! We love you, from Jonathan and Chandra.

I’m a life-long bird watcher I often tell people. And I am, life-long being as long as I can remember. My parents weren’t, nor did I have any friends who were interested in birds. My parents knew and told me the names of the common birds, common around where we lived. When I saw a bird Mothe…

Fall color has really started to bleed into the tapestry of our landscape the past few weeks. It looks like it is going to be a good year for it. Slow and steady because of plenty of rain and nice cool temperatures. October is typically one of Kentuckiana’s driest months so our fall display …

The apple orchard has been picked clean, some are stowed in the refrigerator, some are applesauce, some frozen and the rest are dried and sitting patiently on the shelf until the dead of winter (we are not allowed to eat them until all fresh are eaten!). The bumper crop of Kieffer pears is e…

An opossum, is a fat, furry animal about the size of a pet cat. The fur on a possum’s body is gray, on its face its white. Its nose is long and pointed and its head is white. Its legs are short, its tail is long and hairless. It has five toes on each foot. More often than not an opossum is c…

All in all, we have had a decent summer with reasonable temperatures and adequate rainfall. I think the marker for the summer of 2021 can go to the weeds! So, as you address some fall weeding chores you may also want to do a little preening to give some of your annuals and perennials a facel…

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My daughter had seen a snake a couple days ago. She had been driving on a country road and there t was in the road ahead of her. She told me about it when she got home. She said she had stopped to keep from running it over, then watched as it crossed the road in front of her.

It looks like we are in a cool weather pattern which got me thinking about some of my orchids and holiday cacti. When attempting to grow tropical plants we are met with the challenge of mimicking their native habitat which is difficult inside our homes; we can allow Mother Nature to take car…

We were cruisin’, my older daughter and I, my daughter driving, on back roads, country roads, watching the fields we passed, noting how the scenery has changed in just the few weeks. Many of the leaves on the trees have changed from green to yellow and red and brown. Many leaves have fallen.…

It seems that once again we, meaning the collective gardening public, have disregarded the imperative known as diversity…it applies to more than the plant world too!

I stood in the yard early one morning recently, watching our dogs, waiting for them to relieve themselves. The sky was dark and I thought the air felt like rain would start soon. I was watching the dogs and I was considering different subjects for my next newspaper article.

Kisses to the 13 U.S. service members who lost their lives in Afghanistan on Thursday, August 26. Our sincerest gratitude to Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas; Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, Calif.; Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover…

There were no reader-submitted responses to the Plain Dealer & Sun “Question of the Week” from our May 13 edition. That week’s question was: In what ways can the City and the community work together to keep local parks clean, safe and fun to use?

KISSES to Kylan Higgs and the Plain Dealer & Sun from Rob and Sue Ann Hooker of North Vernon. Thank you for being the new editor of the Plain Dealer! You are a breath of fresh spring air!!! The look of the paper & the articles are soooo much better.

KISSES to retired Chief of Police James Webster. The following are comments in response to James’s retirement party announcement on Page A11 of last week’s Plain Dealer & Sun:

The following are reader-submitted responses to the Plain Dealer & Sun “Question of the Week” from our May 6 edition. That week’s question was: This week’s front page of the Plain Dealer & Sun revealed that Jennings County is to be awarded $1 million for roads and bridges. What other…

The following are reader-submitted responses to the Plain Dealer & Sun “Question of the Week” from our April 29 edition. That week’s question was: The location of the North Vernon Fireworks Display for the Fourth of July was discussed at Monday’s City Council meeting. Besides the City Pa…

KISS from Tom Taylor, North Vernon, to the Plain Dealer & Sun for including the information on the U.S. Yard Sale.

The following are reader-submitted responses to the Plain Dealer & Sun “Question of the Week” from our April 22 edition. That week’s question was: Would readers rather keep Sodoku and Word Cross on the TV pages or have larger comics?

KISSES: Kisses to North Vernon City Police Officer, Adam Driver, for his graduation from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Kisses to Former North Vernon City Police Chief James Webster upon his retirement. Kisses to our new North Vernon City Police Chief Keith Messer. Good luck to you in …

There were no reader-submitted responses to the Plain Dealer & Sun “Question of the Week” from our April 1 edition. That week’s question was: What is your favorite activity to do in Jennings County during springtime?

The following are reader-submitted responses to the Plain Dealer & Sun “Question of the Week” from our March 25 edition. That week’s question was: What community events (ex: Railroad Days) from years past would you like to see resurrected and why?

The following are reader-submitted responses to the Plain Dealer & Sun “Question of the Week” from our March 11 edition. That week’s question was: What kind of businesses need to be added in Jennings County to fulfill all your hometown shopping needs?

Readers, you’ve told us you want an opinion page. Some of you feel your voice has been taken out of the newspaper and that the most important part of the community newspaper — the community — is gone. We do value our community’s voices and want to include you.

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

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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.