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Read the stories below and more in The Versailles Republican dated July 21, 2016.

Opioid and heroin recovery: Medical device to help with drug withdrawal created here

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A Versailles company is on the path to changing the face of recovery for opioid and heroin addicts not just in Ripley County or Indiana, but globally. Innovative Health Solutions has unveiled a non-narcotic device called the Bridge to treat chronic and acute pain associated with opiate withdrawal. Dr. Chris Brown, who has had a dental practice in Versailles since 1982, is the director and head of scientific research and development. Click here to read the entire story by Mary Mattingly online after 2 p.m. Can't wait? Pick up a copy of The Versailles Republican at your local newsstand.

Lots of family fun events at Ripley County 4-H Fair
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The Ripley County 4-H Fair is still quite the bargain for a family. That’s how Dave Osborne, the extension educator puts it. “We keep our prices low intentionally. For a family of four with two small kids you could come to the rodeo for $20. That’s a pretty good deal for entertainment.” And if you want to eat out or ride unlimited rides at the Midway, the $18 wristband nights are a good bet. “We work hard with the ag and parks board to keep it low. We could increase prices but we want to keep it a family event,” Osborne said. Read the details on the front page of The Versailles Republican. See the Ripley County 4-H Fair special section that details schedules, contests, auctions, and members.

Area residents honored for Big Brothers Big Sisters role
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Suzzi Romines of Lawrenceburg and Nancy Ray of Aurora were honored on Sunday, July 17, for their volunteerism during the annual awards day for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati. The agency pairs adult mentors with children who can benefit from having a role model. Romines was honored with a 30-year award for her commitment to seven Little Sisters over those decades. During her acceptance speech she said, “When I was young, I could have benefited from time with a Big Sister; someone to help with homework, and someone extra to encourage me when I needed it most.” Read the article on page 12.

Milan Miracle gets nod for best sports story
Buy The Versailles RepublicanThe Milan Miracle has been put atop the list of the “The Greatest Sports Stories in the History of Indiana.” The top 25 sports stories in any league or sport in Indiana was announced Thursday night on a Network Indiana broadcast. Votes from members of the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association placed Milan High School’s legendary run to the 1954 boys basketball state championship, which inspired the 1986 film Hoosiers, at number one. Read the entire article on page 3 of The Versailles Republican. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.

DNR confirms report: Black bear in southern Indiana
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The Indiana Department of Natural Resources confirmed the presence of a black bear in and around in southern Indiana. The bear was first reported around 9 p.m. Sunday. Indiana Conservation Officers received a call from a homeowner of a bear going through the caller’s garbage. Conservation officers, sheriff’s deputies and local animal control officers responded but did not locate a bear. Read the details of this report on page 2 of The Versailles Republican.

At Republican convention: Indiana delegates ‘like celebrities’
Buy The Versailles RepublicanRandy Frye had no idea when he submitted his name to the 6th congressional district over a year ago to be considered as a delegate to the Republican National Convention that Indiana’s governor would be a vice presidential candidate or that a former reality star and billionaire would be on the ticket for president. Read the entire article by Mary Mattingly on the front page of The Versailles Republican.

Versailles works to improve local parks

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Versailles is trying to fund new playground equipment at the Tyson Memorial Sports Complex. At the July 12 meeting, Roxanne Meyer, council member, reported they have two quotes but that the playground equipment is very costly. They are hoping to get a grant to cover much of the cost. The equipment they are looking at includes four swings, slides, climbing pieces and a spinner. The council discussed where to place it at the park. They don’t want to put it near the pond, for safety reasons, and possibly in between the fields. “It would be nice if it was used not just during games,” Meyer said. Read more on the front page of The Versailles Republican.


Ceremonies to take place at Aurora
Five named to Southeastern Indiana Music Hall of Fame

The Southeastern Indiana Musicians Association has announced the 2016 Hall of Fame Class. Six people from Ripley, Dearborn, Ohio, and Switzerland Counties will join the prestigious group. They include two brothers, who sang gospel and bluegrass, and a Bluegrass Entertainer of the Year! Since 2000, the Southeastern Indiana Musicians Association gathers to vote on the nominations.
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The inaugural class was in 2001 with Lonnie Mack and Ralph Trotto. Nominees must have lived in Southeastern Indiana (Ripley, Dearborn, Ohio, and Switzerland Counties) for at least 15 years and performed music for at least 15 years. Nomination forms are available at the public libraries in Dearborn, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland counties. The 2016 inductees include:

Jamie Johnson, Milan. Guitar and Vocals.  Performed with bluegrass groups The Wildwood Valley Boys, The Boys From Indiana, The Sidemen, and The Grascals. With The Grascals, he performed on The Grand Ole Opry over 150 times. He is a three time Grammy Award Nominee, two time Dove Award Nominee, two time Bluegrass Music’s Entertainer of the Year, 11 time SPGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Awards) Award Winner, and with two appearances at The White House with Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He also appeared several times on The Late Night with Jay Leno, The Talk, The Late Show, CMA Fanfest, CMT, and GAC. Recorded on several of his music are legendary music heroes including Dolly Parton, George Jones, Charlie Daniels, Gail Davies, Hank Williams, Jr., Dierks Bentley, Joe Nichols, and Brad Paisley. 

Jeff ‘Bones’ Jones, Bright, West Harrison, and Dillsboro. Acoustic Guitar, Singer and Songwriter. Performed with Ollie Roehm in the duo Beef ‘N’ Bones as well as with the groups Grown Men and The Bangers. Grown Men released a CD called “Dirty Town” with the song “Small Tales” receiving airplay on radio stations in the tri-state area. 

Harley ‘Glenn’ Day, Jr., Lawrenceburg. Guitar and Harmonica. Performed various music styles including gospel, bluegrass, country, and rock throughout southeastern Indiana and the tri-state area. His family was very active in music and played many instruments. His son Harley Glenn Day III, is a member of the Hall of Fame.

John E. Ravenscraft, Aurora and Lawrenceburg. Drums, Guitar and Harmonica. He got started by helping Lonnie Mack as a teenager on the drums at a show with Jerry Lee Lewis and George Jones.  Career serviceman with the US Air Force where he was in a band called Yukon Express and performed with many artists including Carlos Santana and Freddy Fender during their USO Shows. Assistant stage and security stage manager for The Bob Hope USO shows. Upon returning to southeastern Indiana, he became very active in entertaining folks with his group, The Relics. 

Larry Burdett (deceased), Dillsboro, Rising Sun and Patriot. Vocals, Music Manager and Director. Leader and manager of Southern Gospel groups including The Freewill Boys, from Negangard’s Corner, and The Travelaires.  Supporter of The Southeastern Indiana and The Hamilton County Singing Conventions. Well respected by many gospel musicians and singers, Larry and The Travelaires traveled throughout the midwest and the south during their 45 years together with their music ministry.  He joins brother Gene (Bull) in this year’s Hall of Fame Class. (Brother Denny and father O. L. are members of our Hall of Fame.)

Gene (Bull) Burdett (deceased), Dillsboro, Rising Sun and Patriot. Vocals, Music Manager and Director. Performed with Southern Gospel groups including The Freewill Boys, from Negangard’s Corner, The Travelaires, The Happenings, and The Burdett(e) Quartet. Well respected by many gospel musicians and singers, Larry and The Travelaires traveled throughout the midwest and the south during their 45 years together with their music ministry.  (He joins brother Larry in this year’s Hall of Fame Class, above.)

The Hall of Fame ceremonies will take place at the Aurora Farmer’s Fair on Wednesday, September 28, starting at 8 p.m. Check their facebook page, Southeastern Indiana Musician’s Association, for more information.

Read the stories below and more in the Osgood Journal dated July 19, 2016.

Carah Beck wins Miss Ripley County 2016
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Blonde haired, blue-eyed Carah Beck looked every inch the queen when she was crowned Sunday night as the 2016 Ripley County Queen. Dressed in a bright yellow two piece sequined gown, the 2016 South Ripley graduate was chosen among nine candidates for the 2016 Ripley County Queen. Click here to read the entire story by Mary Mattingly online after 2 p.m. Can't wait? Pick up a copy of the Osgood Journal at your local newsstand.

Prosecutor asks for grand jury
Buy the Osgood JournalThe Ripley County Prosecutor’s Office has submitted an order to convene a Grand Jury. Prosecutor Ric Hertel said, “As part of the motion, I asked that the grand jury be impaneled for a period of six months.  After that jury is picked cases may be presented to them by the State for possible indictments.“ Read the entire story by Mary Mattingly on the front page of the Osgood Journal.

4-H going strong in Ripley County

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The Ripley County 4-H Fair that opens this Sunday is not only an opportunity for local residents to gather at the Osgood fairgrounds, but it also is a good time to see the hard work from the 500 4-H members. Despite the busy lives many of our young people lead (and their parents), the county still has a good number of third graders t0 12th graders who belong to one of the 15 clubs that represent various communities throughout the county. Read more on the front page of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.

Margaret Mary Health buys regional health facility

Buy the Osgood JournalMargaret Mary Health announced that they are the owners of Fayette Regional HealthPlex in Brookville. According to hospital officials, the agreement calls for MMH to assume ownership and management of the health facility, effective October 1, 2016. The hospital plans to continue providing primary care, urgent care and ancillary services at the facility. Read the entire story on page 2 of the Osgood Journal.

Local troopers earn top shooter awards

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A Versailles state police post trooper was the top shooter at an annual competition between Indiana State troopers. The annual Indiana State Police Pistol Match was held at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, Indiana recently. Trooper Brent Lykins from the Indiana State Police Versailles Post finished in first place, taking the “Top Gun” Award. Lykins works in zone one, the Bartholomew and Jackson County area. Fellow Versailles Trooper Jason Hankins, who patrols I-74 in Ripley, Dearborn and Decatur County, finished in 20th place. Read more on page 2 of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.

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Buy the Osgood JournalCancer, overcome any lingering doubt by examining your thought process on past successes. Trust your gut instincts, and you probably will not go wrong this week. Read your horoscope on page 10 of the Osgood Journal.

These three conservative policies have allowed Indiana’s economy to flourish

Buy the Osgood JournalLast month, America’s economy added just 38,000 jobs, the weakest growth in five years. We should expect more than the lackluster 2 percent growth we’ve grown accustomed to under President Barack Obama. Luckily, there is already a successful working model in my home state of Indiana to accomplish this. The recession hit Indiana harder than most states. While then Gov. Mitch Daniels’ prudent fiscal policies helped the state absorb much of the impact, the recession and its aftermath took its toll. Read the entire article by Tami Silverman, The Indiana Youth Institute, on page 4 of the Osgood Journal. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand.

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