May 2007 Archive

The Versailles Republican - May 31, 2007

Graduation ceremonies take place throughout the county

Wanda English Burnett - Editor

Saturday, May 26 was a day of ceremony, pomp and circumstance for many throughout the county. The day began with graduation exercises at the Milan High School with a welcome by Michael L. Parks, principal. Both Parks and Superintendent Andrew Jackson presented diplomas to students. It’s time for Moving On by Don Besig was performed by the Milan High School Concert Choir accompanied by Senior Christine Lawburgh. The change of tassel ceremony was led by Zachary Baker, class president. The class motto was “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count it’s the life in your years,” by Abraham Lincoln.

Milan honors five retiring employees

Wanda English Burnett - Editor

Five retirees: Connie Cottingham, Ray Baurley, Linda Baurley, David Steckel and Michael Parks, were recognized at the regular meeting of the Milan Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees May 21. They were each presented an engraved clock from Superintendent Andrew Jackson, denoting their many years of dedication to the corporation.


Incident in Moores Hill leads to three arrests

The Indiana State Police at the Versailles District were busy over the Memorial Day weekend. It started Friday afternoon when troopers responded to a report of an accident near Moores Hill.
During the investigation troopers discovered some old coins and U.S. currency within one of the vehicles and on the person of one of the drivers. After further investigation it was discovered the money was taken in a burglary that had occurred earlier that day on Farmer's Retreat Road in Ripley County.



Osgood Journal - May 29, 2007

County clerk frustrated with council

Cathy May - Contributing Writer

"The next guy who comes in here asking for money and gets it, I am going to file a discrimination suit because that's how I feel." These were the words of frustration spoken by Ripley County Clerk Ginger Bradford to members of the Ripley County Council.


Meyer named as South Ripley Jr./Sr. High School principal

Linda Chandler - Publisher

Bob Meyer will become the new principal of South Ripley Jr.- Sr. High School effective July 1. Meyer, who has been assistant principal, will replace Bill Snyder who has taken the position of principal at Lawrenceburg High School.

Commissioners approve LifeTime Resources funding

Cindy DiFazio - Staff Writer

The Ripley County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 21. Commissioners Robert Reiners, Chuck Folz and Lawrence Nickell, plus County Attorney Neil Comer and County Auditor, Mary Ann McCoy were present.

The Versailles Republican - May 24, 2007

South Ripley School Corporation approves first step in building new facilities

Cindy DiFazio - Staff Writer

The South Ripley School Corporation Board of Directors held a public hearing concerning a bond issue for construction of facilities on Monday, May 21, 2007. All members of the board were present.

Board president, Jim Miller, began, “Never has quality education been more important than today.” He continued, “Our mission in our schools and in our community should be to help students reach their potential.” Miller noted that South Ripley schools barely meet state requirements for graduation and that the school corporation must institute corrective action.

Ripley County Chamber of Commerce honors businesses at annual luncheon

Cathy May - Contributing Writer

Ohio Rod Products was honored as the Ripley County Chamber of Commerce 2007 Business of the Year at their annual luncheon held at the Napoleon Senior Center on May 17.

Chairperson of the event, Shirley Franklin, said in her introduction, "Ohio Rod Products is a manufacturer of long-length, small diameter fasteners such as machine screw, reel bolts, construction bolts and conveyor rods. The company has been located in Versailles since 1966, moving from Cleveland, Ohio. It's been owned by Elgin National Industries since the late 1980's."


Schuerman pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges after ten year legal battle

Wanda English Burnett - Editor

Batesville attorney, John Schuerman, pled guilty May 17 to three misdemeanor deception charges in Jefferson County Court, serve no jail time, and hopefully get his reputation restored, according to his attorney, Robert Hammerle of Indianapolis. In a press release sent by Hammerle to The Versailles Republican, Schuerman is quoted as saying, “As many of you know, my lawyer, Bob Hammerle, also grew up in Ripley County. Both of us learned long ago to appreciate the innate common sense of the good people of this area. As a result, we both hope that the people of this community will see this resolution for what it is, mainly a belated admission by those who initiated this prosecution that a monstrous mistake was made."



Osgood Journal - May 22, 2007

Lengthy public meeting not long enough to answer all of Grandview patrons' concerns

Cindy DiFazio - Staff Writer

A capacity crowd gathered on Sunday, May 20 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds to hear from lawyers involved in the Grandview Memorial Gardens debacle. Attorneys Richard Shevitz and Vess Miller of Cohen and Malad in Indianapolis were present to explain the legal side of a class action lawsuit filed regarding missing money and trust funds at Grandview.


Race car driver crashes into Osgood home
Police say alcohol is a factor

Cathy May - Contributing Writer

What began as a night of racing at the Ripley County Fairgrounds Park in Osgood on Friday, May 18, ended in a crash that sent the driver to jail.
According to Osgood Town Marshal Rodney Stepleton, he along with officers from the Ripley County Sheriff’s Dept., were dispatched to a car crash Friday night, but it wasn’t in the Fairground Park. What they found was a race car – #73 – smashed into a home at 325 Cherry Street.

Jury finds Mayberrys guilty of felonies

Anthoney E. Mayberry, 41, and John J. Mayberry, 37, were both found guilty of Attempted Theft, Class D Felony, by a Ripley Superior Court Jury on May 18. After a three day trial, the jury found that the brothers tried to steal a Volkswagen dune buggy from Nathaniel Moore's property located outside of Osgood on 425 North. Anthoney Mayberry was represented by Mark Dove, Attorney at Law, North Vernon, and John Mayberry was represented by Bruce MacTavish, Attorney at Law, Brownstown. The state's case was presented by Chief Deputy Prosecutor Ryan J. King.

The Versailles Republican - May 17, 2007

State grants $10M for water development

Cindy DiFazio - Staff Writer

State Representatives Cleo Duncan and Dave Cheatham held a press conference on Monday, May 14 at the Decatur County Courthouse in Greensburg to announce a $10 million appropriation by the State of Indiana to fund water systems for Ripley, Jennings and Decatur counties. Duncan said that the state budget was passed on April 29 and included a line item granting the three counties the monies through the Build Indiana Fund. These grants will allow the counties to hire professionals to investigate and propose solutions to local water problems, then take actions to improve the availability and distribution of water.

MHS valedictorians and salutatorian share spotlight

Cindy DiFazio - Staff Writer

Milan High School is splitting the honor of being the school’s valedictorian three ways in 2007. Three deserving young women share the title this year.


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Osgood Journal - May 15, 2007

National Guard team helps when a crisis strikes
Training scenarios take place at Muscatatuck

Spc. Robert G. Cooper III
Indiana National Guard

Screaming victims, multiple casualties and the fallout from a nuclear detonation inundate the once peaceful atmosphere of a local shopping mall. Victims flee from a department store, deafened by the explosion and unable to hear police instructions. A few miles away, the Indiana National Guard’s 53rd Civil Support Team snaps into action.


Transition of Napoleon Gas Co. to Osgood Gas complete

Cathy May - Contributing Writer

The transfer of the Napoleon Gas Company to the Osgood Gas Company on May 1 has gone smoothly according to Clerk Treasurer Karen Rohlfing. There were a few housekeeping details completed regarding the transition at the May 9 Napoleon Town Council meeting such as forms to be completed, funds to be transferred, etc. .

Belterra Casino drops $45M expansions

Due to a decision made by the Indiana legislature to allow slot machines at Indiana horse tracks, Belterra Casino has decided not to go ahead with a planned $45 million expansion of its hotel. The expansion would have added 250 rooms. According to The Madison Courier, casino owner, Pinnacle Entertainment, cited the legislation in its decision to postpone the expansion..

The Versailles Republican - May 10, 2007

Two South Ripley teachers selected as Community Teacher of the Year

South Ripley teachers, Jenna Smith and Karen Hafft were each honored as Community Teacher of the Year by the Aurora and Madison Wal-Mart stores. The surprise presentation took place at a school assembly on May 8 on Honor Your Teacher Day. Managers from both the Madison and Aurora Wal-Marts commented on the unlikelihood of teachers from one school being selected to receive awards from two stores.

Commissioners get year-to-date summary from EMS Director

Cindy DiFazio - Staff Writer
The Ripley County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 8. Present were Commissioners Robert Reiners, Chuck Folz and Lawrence Nickell. County Attorney Neil Comer and County Auditor, Mary Ann McCoy were also in attendance.


Tyson Temple Methodist Church in Versailles to be rededicated

On Sunday, May 20, at 10:30 a.m. the Tyson Temple United Methodist Church in Versailles will celebrate its 70th Anniversary with a rededication ceremony. Reverend James Byerly of the Tyson United Methodist Church wishes to extend an invitation to the public to attend this very special celebration, and to honor, once again, James H. Tyson, co-founder of the Walgreen’s Drug Store, for his endowment to the community.



Osgood Journal - May 8, 2007

Dying mother's wish is granted
Education high on priority list for former Ripley County resident

Wanda English Burnett - Editor

From the time Sharon (Cox) Klusman was diagnosed with cancer, she had one hope - to see both of her small sons, Nicholas and Christopher, graduate from high school. That was in 1993. Recently, Seymour High School Principal Greg Prange upped the graduation date just a few weeks for her youngest son, Christopher, and in a private ceremony from her hospice bed, she was granted that wish.


Students get the message - drunk driving kills

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

After approached by Jac-Cen-Del school officials, Task Unit 1 President Jason Smith began to coordinate a “mock car crash” that would take place last Friday, May 4 at the high school.

Who will be the next queen?

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

‘ “I gained new relationships with girls throughout the county that I still talk to today. I gained new people skills, and it became much easier for me to initiate conversations with strangers. I gained self confidence. I saw myself in a new light, and it is now much easier for me to believe in myself.” Those words came from Miss Ripley County 2006, Amanda Harmeyer.

The Versailles Republican - May 3, 2007

Get your tickets for the circus now

Wanda English Burnett - Editor

This week the antics of circus clowns were seen around town as the big day approaches for the Kelly Miller Circus to come to Osgood. Sunday, May 6 the excitement of the Big Top Circus will begin with the raising of the tent by elephant power. This will begin at approximately 9:00 a.m. and is free. Then two spectacular performances will be given at 2:00 and 4:30 p.m. at the Ripley County Fairgrounds.

History comes to life at Napoleon

Cindy DiFazio - Staff Writer

On the weekend of May 12-13 the Historic Town of Napoleon will host the First Annual Napoleon Living History and Civil War Encampment Weekend. The public is invited to experience a living history weekend at the historic crossroads town of Napoleon. Two days of authentic Civil War reenactments and historic period activities will be presented.


Cross Plains resident wins $100,000

News from the Indiana Hoosier Lottery is that a Cross Plains resident has become the latest big winner on the Big Money game this week.



Osgood Journal - May 1 , 2007

Property tax confusion continues

Wanda English Burnett - Editor

Don’t be confused by the Notice of Assessment you received in the mail last week, the hype coming from some lawmakers, or the panic induced by local radio station WSCH concerning your property taxes. That’s the message from Ripley County Assessor Shawna Bushhorn.


Faithful Friends gear up for Relay for Life event
Run. Walk. Give. Pray for a cure

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

“I-16,O-72,B-3, N56,” the numbers were called by Vonda Miller as the only sound from the crowd was an intake of breath, until, “BINGO” was called loud and clear and a Longaberger basket found new arms to hold it.

Milan man found guilty on weapon charge

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

‘ It didn’t take the jury long to come back with a guilty decision after a three day trial for David C. Pratt of Milan. He had been charged with Intimidation with a Deadly Weapon, a Class C Felony.