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UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING APRIL 28, 2016 11:45 A.M.

Read the stories below and more in The Versailles Republican dated April 28.
Check out the candidate list on page 3 and additional candidate profiles on page 2 and 3.

May 3 Primary
Who can vote in Primary?
Vote May 3Any registered voter may vote in the May 3 Primary. At their precinct, the citizen may ask for a party ballot, be it Democrat or Republican, and vote accordingly. They do not have to vote for all of the offices on the ballot. A voter must request one of the two major political party ballots. In the fall general election, a voter can select the candidate for each office, and go for either party. This Primary there are two commissioner seats open, and while the candidates who filed to run must live in the district, all can vote for them. The same goes for the three county council seats. Those who do vote must present a photo ID. Early voting can be done up until noon Monday, May 2 at the county clerk office. Polling sites are on the website, ripleycounty.com. or call 812-689-4783 or 812- 689 6115. Note that Delaware Township voting location has moved to the new Delaware Fire Station SR 129. The office has extended hours for early voting on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. If early voting is indicative of the turnout, it should be higher than the 2012 presidential primary. According to the clerk’s election office, by April 25, 2012, there had been 43 people who voted in person.  By April 25 of 2016, 207 have voted in person. For absentee ballots, 76 had been returned “by mail”  But for the same dates this year, the returned by mail absentee ballots number was at 178 April 25.

At annual Lincoln Day Dinner: Republicans come out in full force for event
Vote May 3The Lincoln Day Dinner reflected the large number of Republicans in Ripley County as the room was full at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Batesville Saturday night. Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson was the keynote speaker. State Representative Randy Frye was emcee for the evening introducing the special speakers, office holders, candidates, and the local Republican Women’s Club and Central Committee officers. Read the entire story by Wanda Burnett on the front page of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.


Moorhead awarded by Indiana High School Basketball Coaches Association
Buy The Versailles RepublicanThere was good news to report at the South Ripley Community School Corporation meeting April 18. Becky Turner, board member, congratulated South Ripley Superintendent Rob Moorhead for being named Administrator of the Year by the Indiana High School Basketball Coaches Association. Moorhead is in his fourth year as superintendent. His roots run deep at South Ripley with his father William “Gus” Moorhead serving for 40 years in various positions including 23 as principal. His mother, Mary Margaret, was a teacher for 38 years and was loved by students and staff. Rob Moorhead is a 1983 South Ripley graduate. Read the entire article on the front page of The Versailles Republican.

Doctor: ‘Don’t be shy, ask why’

Buy The Versailles Republican“Don’t be shy ask why,” advised Dr. David Welsh, the county health officer. He says patients need to ask their doctors about medical procedures, testing, bills and medicines. Welsh was speaking at the quarterly health board meeting April 12. With health care reform in place, he also reminds local residents to take charge of their health. “Make out a list of questions to address when you see the doctor, and bring an extra set of eyes or ears because there is a lot you might miss,” the Batesville doctor said. Read the front page of The Versailles Republican for the entire story by Mary Mattingly.

US Congressman stops in Versailles
Buy The Versailles RepublicanIndiana’s 6th district U.S. congressional representative brought his campaign to Versailles Friday. Luke Messer, who is running for re-election as the Republican nominee, spent about an hour fielding questions and presenting his thoughts on various policies. He is running against Chuck Johnson of Madison and Jeff Smith of Liberty. Read the entire story about Messer's visit by Mary Mattingly on page 2 of The Versailles Republican.

Jefferson County: Man’s body found near school
Buy The Versailles RepublicanA body was discovered at a wooded area behind Southwestern Elementary School. Local and state officials determined during the investigation that the cause of death of the 45-year-old man from Hanover was self-inflicted, and no foul play was involved, a release from Sheriff John Wallace said. Read the details in Regional Wrap-up on page 8 of The Versailles Republican.

Milan staff receive active shooter training
Buy The Versailles RepublicanAt the close of the school day on Wednesday, April 13, teachers and staff from Milan Community Schools underwent Active Shooter training. Indiana State Police, assisted by Ripley County Sheriff’s Department and Milan Police Department conducted the training. State police used blanks to simulate as closely as possible the sound of real gunfire and how loud it can be, as well as how confusing it can be to pinpoint the location of gunfire inside a large structure with numerous hallways like a school building, when the gunfire is not close by.

Create a budget: friendly home landscape
Buy The Versailles RepublicanHomeowners understandably envy the award-worthy photo spreads in lawn and garden magazines, wanting to emulate those same looks on their own properties. Scores of designers and landscape architects are involved in the process of creating those amazing lush lawns and perfectly placed plantings. Although not every homeowner has the budget to create lavish landscape designs, it’s still possible for homeowners to create lawns they can be proud of. Read the entire article on page 4, section B of the Spring Home Improvement pages (pgs. 1-7, section B).


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UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING APRIL 26, 2016 10 A.M.

Read the stories below and more in the Osgood Journal dated April 26.
Check out the candidate list on page 3 and candidate profiles on page 6.

Vote May 3 Full slate of local candidates helps
Strong turnout expected for May 3 Primary

Who would have thought last fall that Indiana would be such a key player in the U.S. Presidential race? The May 3 primary is one of the last state primaries in the country, and usually by then the nomination is locked up by both parties. That’s not the case this year. While Donald Trump has won more delegates than the other two contenders, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the billionaire businessman needs Indiana and California to have the majority 1,237 delegate votes to cinch the nomination at the national convention in July. Click here to read the entire story by Mary Mattingly online after 1 p.m. Can't wait? Pick up a copy of the newspaper at your local newsstand.

Jefferson-Jackson dinner: Democrats gather for annual event
Vote May 3
Although the numbers were small at the Ripley County Democrat event held last week, the message was big: Vote on May 3! County Vice Chair Cynthia Melton emceed the Jefferson-Jackson dinner and stated while there was only one local Democrat on the ballot for the Primary Election, Bill Dramann for county council at large, there will be more in the fall. “We are looking at getting the ticket filled for the fall,” Melton told those gathered at the annual event. She also encouraged anyone who wanted to work the polls on May 3 or serve as delegates to the state convention in June to contact herself, or county chair David “Hap” Chandler. Read the entire story by Wanda Burnett on the front page of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.

Town to celebrate state champions
Buy the Osgood Journal At the regular meeting of the Osgood Town Council it was announced that the town of Osgood, along with Napoleon and Delaware, will be celebrating the Jac-Cen-Del girls team for their Class 1A State Basketball Championship. This event will take place Saturday, May 7 at the Jac-Cen-Del school parking lot. It will be complete with bands, food, and fireworks. More information will be forthcoming, but those planning the event promise it will be one to remember and give honor to the athletes, coaches and all involved in making the team state champions. Read the entire story by Wanda Burnett on the front page of the Osgood Journal.

Beyond transparency, we need accountability

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Over more than three decades in Congress, I had the chance to question a lot of federal officials. Most of the time I wasn’t after anything dramatic — I just wanted to understand who was responsible for certain decisions. Want to know how often I got a straight answer? Almost never. Read the entire article by Lee Hamilton on page 4 of the Osgood Journal.



Heroes for all kids: Child abuse impacts community
Buy the Osgood Journal Pinwheels are whimsical and childlike. It’s hard to hold one and resist not blowing it, no matter your age. They serve as an embodiment or reminder of the great childhood all children deserve. That’s the message behind the National Child Abuse Prevention Council, and why pinwheels were planted as a symbolic gesture in metal container boxes at the courthouse annex building on Thursday, April 14. Read the entire story by Mary Mattingly on the front page of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.

Drug Take Back Day is April 30

Buy the Osgood Journal On Saturday, April 30, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is sponsoring the 11th nationwide “Prescription Drug Take Back” initiative. The “Take Back” initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs. For complete details pick up a copy of the Osgood Journal at your local newsstand.

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