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Abandoned baby found at church in North Vernon

North Vernon police are investigating the case of an abandoned newborn baby, wrapped up and left outside a church. The 8-pound baby boy was less than 12 hours old when Angeline Denney discovered him cleaned up and wrapped in several coats near the trash outside of Christ’s Way Christian Church around 5 p.m. Thursday.

“The pastor’s wife (Denney) came out of the building, and there were some noises that she heard from the back where the trash cans are. That’s where the baby was discovered, wrapped up,” Sgt. Andrew Richmond told the North Vernon Plain Dealer. The baby boy was lying just steps away from the church’s entrance.

The baby was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital; however, the baby was treated for an infection, and is doing well. “Our concern now is the fact that since Baby Boy Doe has this infection his mother most likely has the same infection. It is imperative that the mother immediately go to the nearest hospital for treatment. This infection could be life threatening if not treated soon,” Richmond stated in a news release. It’s that concern that’s led them to make a plea to the public. “Human life is our number one priority, whether if it is Baby Boy Doe or his mother,” Richmond said.

The mother could face charges. Under Indiana’s Safe Haven Law had the baby been dropped off safely at a hospital, fire or police station, the mother would be protected from charges. Richmond said he’s never known of a case like this in his 15 years of law enforcement at Jennings County.
Anyone with information can contact the North Vernon Police Dept at 812-346-1466 or central dispatch at 812-34- 2345. Tips can be left anonymously.

Bricktoberfest celebrates Osgood

Osgood wants to celebrate the town, the residents, and all that it has to offer. The town will be putting on the first Bricktoberfest event on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Ripley Street, the town’s brick street.

“We wanted to create an opportunity for a hometown event to celebrate family, friends, and a neat little town that keeps improving every day,” said Steve Wilhoit, a member of the planning committee. He mentioned they recently finished the lighting project in town, along with several other projects, and want to show it off. “As long as the weather holds out, it should be a really nice festival.”

“From serving the food, pouring the beer and wine, to helping man entrances and trash management, it would not be possible without all the helping hands involved,” said Wilhoit. Planning committee members include: Gary Norman, Steve Gloyd, Holley Rose, Brad and David Bultman and Hannah Kappes.

The event will include BBQ food items, live entertainment, a Jeep and motorcycle cruise-in and park, a beer and wine garden, and family friendly activities, including face painting, kids’ jump houses and more. The food will be available beginning at 11 a.m. Wilhoit said it’s not just your regular domestic beer, but a variety of craft beer and also Indiana made wine from nearby Ertel’s Winery. It’s also a great chance to relax and hear some good music. Beginning at 2:30 p.m., live music from Osgood’s Jake Gaither and his band, Just Another Cover Band, plus Dustin Huff and the well-known 650 North will entertain. Live music lasts until 9:30 p.m. The beer and wine garden is open from 4 to 9 p.m. Due to this being the first event, the proceeds will go toward the 2016 event. The committee hopes for it to become a local tradition.

Battle of the Bluegrass
This first ever Bricktoberfest also coincides with the Battle of the Bluegrass Pulling series finale and regional championship which is staged at the fairgrounds in Osgood over the weekend. NBC sports network will be in Osgood filming the event. It’s a return adventure for the network, but the truck and tractor pulls they filmed here last year generated their best ratings. Classes to run Friday and Saturday at 7p.m range from work stock diesel trucks to pro street semis. Starting at 2 p.m. each day, Antique Tractor Pulling, a part of the BOB Series Heritage Series, will also be taking place. Big prize money is being offered.

Additionally, on Saturday night, fans will be treated to the Baddest Antique in the World. This is an invitational event for the top 10 Antique Tractors in the World. The event will feature only tractors built before 1959. Tractors from as far west as Oklahoma, and as far east as New York will be competing on NBC Sports to declare who truly is the Baddest Antique in the World. Southeast Indiana F.A.R.M. Club is helping host the event. Pulling organizers believe visitors will want to do both, attend the series and enjoy the town’s new festival.

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