April 2007 Archive

The Versailles Republican - April 26, 2007

BZA approves special exception

Cathy May - Contributing Writer

‘ There was a full house at the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting Tuesday, April 24. They were there because of the application by Larry and Joyce Volz to permit the 92 additional campsites at the Delaware Campground. But, if they expected to speak, they went away disappointed.

Batesville resident given Distinguished Hoosier Award
Republicans rally at Lincoln Day event

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

‘ The reading of the Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln aka Charles Dickman, was a fitting introduction for the Lincoln Day Dinner held Friday, April 20 at the Knights of Columbus Hall at Batesville.


Escaped felon taken into custody

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

Following up on a tip from a confidential informant, Lt. Bill Davison was able to secure the whereabouts of a convicted felon who had escaped from the Department of Corrections in Indianapolis.



Osgood Journal - April 24, 2007

Construction changes the face of Versailles corner

Gary Franklin Photo

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Jazz festival set for weekend

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

Sounds of jazz, blues, swing and yes, rock music will fill the Jac-Cen-Del High School Gym this Saturday, April 28 from 1-6 p.m. at the first Annual Jazz & Beyond concert. It’s like Indiana weather, it you don’t like one style of music, hang around, it will change quickly!

Osgood signs to provide gas to Napoleon

Cathy May - Contributing Writer

At the regular meeting of the Osgood Town Council, they adopted Resolution 2007-6 stating, “The Town of Napoleon has determined that the Town of Osgood is able to provide natural gas service to the residents of the Town of Napoleon in a more efficient and economical manner and it is in the best interests of the Town of Napoleon and its residents to have the Town of Osgood provide said gas service to the Town of Napoleon.”

The Versailles Republican - April 19, 2007

Hill-Rom, Muscatatuck announcements to help local economy
Governor brings good economic news

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

‘Economic growth’ were resounding words Governor Mitch Daniels echoed as he began the day in his office and traveled throughout southeastern Indiana on Tuesday. After stopping at the Newpoint Diner, he traveled to Batesville, where the first big announcement came - Batesville will be the site for a new Innovation Center.

Hill-Rom’s CEO Peter Soderberg announced the company looked across the country and worldwide and decided Batesville was the best place for the center, which will serve as a hub for Hill-Rom’s international research and development teams that create innovative medical equipment and technology solutions for the medical industry. “In the final analysis, we recognized the strength of building right here where our base is strong. We see Batesville and the State of Indiana as good partners for our future and that made our choice easy,” Soderberg stated.

Osgood Public Library request heard
Council signs to join water district

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

A Resolution to enter a three county water district was signed by County Council members at their regular meeting Monday, April 16.

County Attorney Neil Comer presented the information to the council with the assistance of Commissioner Chuck Folz. The two have been involved with a steering committee that has been looking into a solution to water problems for the county. While the problems are not immediate, they certainly loom on the horizon, according to Comer.


South Ripley principal resigns

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

South Ripley High School Principal Bill Snyder’s resignation was accepted at the regular meeting of the South Ripley School Board of Trustees Monday evening. The resignation will be effective June 30, 2007. Randy McIntosh, board member, thanked Snyder for his service to South Ripley.

Snyder said he had thoroughly enjoyed his time at South Ripley. He served as assistant principal for four years and the past seven as principal. He has accepted a position at Lawrenceburg High School as the principal.



Osgood Journal - April 17, 2007

Plan includes additions, renovations, upgrades
$19M project for SR schools heard

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

“Never has quality education been more important than it is today.” The opening statement by South Ripley Board President Jim Miller met with positive response from the larger than anticipated crowd at the meeting to find out about the South Ripley building/renovation proposal last Thursday.


Milan teacher comes under fire

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

A Milan elementary teacher came under media fire last week when she allegedly made two male students wear hair bows and then cut one of the student’s hair.

Tax bills to be late
Trending process could raise or lower taxes

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

While Ripley County Assessor Shawna Bushhorn hopes the delay in tax bills won’t be a repeat of 2001, she knows the reality of the situation at hand. Bushhorn and 91 other assessors across the state have been working to comply with state mandates for property assessments to mirror the real estate market. The assessors have had to pull local sales records and create formulas to update property values.

The Versailles Republican - April 12, 2007

Versailles marshal leads undercover operation
Two women face felony drug charges

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

Felony charges were filed last week against two women following a month long investigation by Versailles Marshal Joe Mann.

The marshal led an undercover drug buy with a confidential informant in Ripley County that resulted in the seizure of one pound of marijuana. Information from the Ripley County Prosecutor’s Office noted that the confidential informant had been used to buy drugs on previous occasions leading up to the buy/bust operation. The buy, that had originally been scheduled to take place in Dearborn County, was moved to Ripley County at the property of Deborah Mann, (2601 West CR 450 South) who was arrested along with Deborah L. Biggers of Aurora..

Recovered body is that of Hanover woman

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

Pathologists have positively identified a body that was recovered from the Ohio River on Monday, April 9 as that of Ashley Robinson, 23 of Hanover.


Fourteen inducted into Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame

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Osgood Journal - April 10, 2007

Abe Schneider enjoys friends and relatives
Osgood resident to celebrate 99 years

Cindy DiFazio, Staff Writer

In Osgood, as in most of rural America, people are proud of the many generations of their families who still call Osgood home. Our roots run deep.

Abe Schneider, who will celebrate his 99th birthday on April 15, first put his roots into Ripley County soil in 1921 at age 13. Schneider’s father, a Russian Jew, had emigrated to Osgood, via Cincinnati and North Vernon in the first decade of the 1900’s and set up a harness business.


Madison man dies from stab wound

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

Police are investigating the death of 47-year-old Bruce M. Robak after his body was found in the parking lot near the apartment complex he lived in.

RSRF awards $369,765

The Rising Sun Regional Foundation (RSRF) awarded a total of $369,765 in 18 new grants at its March meeting. These grants included:

• $30,000 to the City of Rising Sun toward the purchase and installation of three emergency sirens to be located throughout the community.

The Versailles Republican - April 5, 2007

Lohrum shares Easter message
Good News Club hears good news

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

“Are you really Jesus?” and “Do you really hang by your hands?” were two questions children asked of Johnnie Lohrum as he explained his mission of carrying the cross each Easter to a group gathered for Good News Club at the Jac-Cen-Del School Tuesday afternoon.

Public invited to hear building proposal for SR

The South Ripley Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees will host a public meeting on Thursday, April 12 in the South Ripley Elementary School cafeteria beginning at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Following the presentation, the board will seek input from those in attendance, and answer questions regarding the proposal.


Ripley County Tourism promotes five new events

Cindy DiFazio, Staff Writer

At a recent meeting of the Ripley County Tourism Bureau, Director Katherine Taul, told the board that five new events have been added to Ripley County’s schedule this year.



Osgood Journal - April 3, 2007

Owner feels someone was trying to destroy files
Arson is cause of fire at Grandview

Cindy DiFazio, Staff Writer

At approximately 12:10 a.m. on Sunday, April 1 the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was notified that the business office building at the Grandview Memorial Gardens Cemetery was on fire. The original 911 call was received by the Madison Police Department.


Rain does not stop the Easter Bunny

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Home drug test kits private, free
Do you suspect your child is using drugs?

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

What lengths would you go to if your child needed medical help? Stories of parents donating their own organs and blood, raising money for the best medical care, and sacrificing everything financially to save their child, are the typical answers.