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UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING MAY 24, 2016 9:30 A.M.


USDA to tour Versailles farm Wednesday, May 25

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs Brad Pfaff will attend a CRP 30th anniversary celebration and tour various CRP practices and also visit a farm in southern Indiana featuring FSA’s Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program on Wednesday, May 25.

The tour will take place on Bob and Ellen Mulford’s farm located at 128 E. County Road 200 S., Versailles, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The tour will entail a celebration of the Conservation Reserve Program 30th anniversary and walking tour of various CRP practices. Speakers will include Julia A. Wickard, State Executive Director, Indiana USDA Farm Service Agency; Jane Hardisty, State Conservationist, Indiana USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; and Brad Pfaff, USDA FSA Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs. The farm visit will be at Marilyn Hance’s farm at 2:30 p.m., located approximately 8.5 miles south of Versailles, at the intersection of US Highway 421 and County Road 925 S. The Deputy Administrator will view and hear directly from a farmer about FSA’s FSFL Program and how it assisted their operation.

The FSA Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs provides leadership and oversight at FSA where he delivers commodity, conservation, disaster, and emergency assistance programs that help improve the stability and strength of the agricultural economy. For more information, contact the Ripley County FSA Office at 812-689-6410, ext. 2.

Read the stories below and more in the Osgood Journal dated May 24, 2016.


Osgood woman receives adult ed teacher award

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At the annual meeting of the Indiana Association for Adult and Continuing Education, River Valley Resources Adult Education Teacher Sandra Bowlus, a resident of Osgood, was awarded the Outstanding Teacher award for 2016. After retiring from East Central High School with over 38 years of teaching in 2010, Bowlus began working with the Education Center of Rising Sun. The former Sandra Comer, she is a 1967 Holton High School graduate and married to Nelson. Read the entire story on the front page of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand. Click here to read more about Sandra Bowlus online after 1 p.m.


Council discusses what to do with extra funding
Buy the Osgood JournalRipley County Council took action at the May 16 meeting on something they wish would come up more often: where to place additional money. The state released money that had been held for several years to the counties, and for Ripley County, this meant $956,410.14. Seventy-five percent of the distribution must go toward highway funds, but the remaining $239,101 is unrestricted, and the county can do what they want with it. Read the entire story by Mary Mattingly on the front page of the Osgood Journal.


Looking Back: 50 years
Buy the Osgood JournalMabel “Mom” Secrest announced that she would close her restaurant on Tyson Street in Versailles after 30 years. Read more past history from 25, 50 and 100 years ago on page 3 of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.


Quarterly report: Health dept. conducts food business inspections
Buy the Osgood JournalEditor’s Note: Ripley Publishing will print the Ripley County food establishment inspections on a quarterly basis.The Ripley County Health Department conducts routine inspections of food establishments. They will also inspect as a follow-up to a previous inspection or if a complaint is issued, or for a temporary business. Depending on the type of establishment (a gas station food mart, full fledged restaurant or school cafeteria) the inspector will determine the number of inspections annually. For example, restaurants will get an inspection every three months. There are a total of 110 food establishments in Ripley County, plus 12 school kitchens. Around 82 inspections were conducted between January 1 and early March 2016. Read the entire article by Mary Mattingly on page 3 of the Osgood Journal.


Ask SHIP: State Health Insurance Assistance Program
Buy the Osgood JournalQuestion: My neighbor told me she just had her Annual Wellness Visit. Is this something that is covered by Medicare? Find the answer to this question and more detailed information on page 4 of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.



UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING MAY 19, 2016 10:00 A.M.


Read the stories below and more in The Versailles Republican dated May 19, 2016.


Congratulations Class of 2016!

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See photos of local high school graduates from Jac-Cen-Del, Milan and South Ripley High Schools, as well as the commencement details in section B. Check out Little Blessings Christian Preschool graduates on page 3, section B. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand or stop by Ripley Publishing Company (next to the post office) in Versailles.


Versailles has new police deputy

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There’s a new police officer in Versailles. Alex Hafft was sworn in by Versailles Clerk Treasurer Kiersten Libby at the May 10 council meeting. A 2006 South Ripley graduate, Hafft was hired after an extensive interviewing process conducted by the current Marshal Joe Mann and the three-member board. Candidates also had to complete a physical assessment. Prior to this position, Hafft worked for Muscatatuck as a full-time firefighter and remains a part-time firefighter for Lawrenceburg. He’s also on the Versailles volunteer fire department. Read the entire story by Mary Mattingly on the front page of The Versailles Republican.


Sirens released by error
Buy The Versailles RepublicanA mistaken report of a funnel cloud Tuesday, May 10, resulted in the activation of two tornado sirens. Residents in Cross Plains and Versailles heard sirens around 8:40 p.m. According to Judy Schebler, 911 communications coordinator, the communications center was notified by a caller of a funnel cloud with rotation who had spotted it near CR 800 in Cross Plains. Schebler said the caller was “very confident” in her report and seemed knowledgeable on weather spotting. Dispatchers, who are all trained in weather spotting, talked to her at length, Schebler added. Read the article in its entirety on the front page of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.


Perking up Pangburn park

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Friends and neighbors of Pangburn Park gathered together last Saturday at the Tanglewood Road location where thousands of Versailles residents have played for decades. The group was joined by volunteers to make improvements to the local ball field, playground, and adjoining area. Roxanne Meyer and Susan Westmeyer spearheaded the cleanup day where the group planted bushes and flowers, spread mulch, hauled dirt and sowed grass. Read the story by Sandy Day Howard on the front page of The Versailles Republican.


Batesville woman allegedly burglarized homes
Buy The Versailles RepublicanA Batesville woman is accused of burglarizing homes across southeast Indiana. Shannon Fledderman, 37, was charged with Burglary (Level 4 felony) and Theft (Class A misdemeanor) in Dearborn County on May 2. Read at the entire piece, as well as more local news, in Regional Wrap-up on page 6 of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.


Wake me when it’s over
Buy The Versailles RepublicanSatire is a wonderful thing. At its best it makes us laugh, while it also causes us to examine the seeming absurdity of current issues and contemporary political matters. Identifying satire used to be fairly simple once the “aha moment” occurred. A case in point is an early piece by Jonathan Swift. Little did he know, when he penned “A Modest Proposal” in 1729, the likely influence his work would have on the likes of National Lampoon and Hoosier writers such as Kurt Vonnegut. When Swift suggested that the poor Irish sell their children to the rich (for food!), he was only joking so he could make the larger point about the hardships the Irish were facing as a result of British tariffs on their goods. Read the entire article by Jerilyn Lowery on page 4 of The Versailles Republican.


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