Jonesville recovers from scandal with pride intact

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In character and deeds, the fabric of Jonesville appears as alluring and durable as ever.

Michelle Rodriquez believes that cloth of community caring has been thoughtfully and lovingly woven by generations of families.

“Some as many as six generations,” the lifelong Jonesville resident said. “That’s where our spirit comes from. Our forefathers. This is our town.”

However, the fabric that binds the 177 residents of this village on the southern tip of Bartholomew County has been displaying more than a few frayed edges. In this prime example of Norman Rockwell-style Americana, trust seems to have become a rare commodity.

Much of the ongoing suspicion stems from economic hardship resulting in large part from a scandal in which a popular town official stole tens of thousands of dollars from taxpayers, leaving financial despair in her wake.

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