June 2007 Archive

The Versailles Republican - June 28, 2007

Grandstand turns 100
Fairgrounds continue to be upgraded and enhanced

Wanda English Burnett - Editor

It’s party time and you’re invited!

The grandstand at the Ripley County Fairground Park in Osgood has withstood the test of time and with upkeep and some repair, will be 100 years old this year. Originally built in 1907 the massive structure has seated thousands of spectators over the years.

Anonymous tip leads to marijuana arrest

Tpr. Chris Howell of the Indiana State Police recently received an anonymous tip of marijuana growing at 8811 E CR 700N near Milan. On Tuesday morning troopers from the ISP Versailles Post did an “open field search” and located several marijuana plants on the property. The troopers then made contact with the renters of the property, Gregory Scott Ruble, 34 and Christina L. Bowling also 34. The investigation revealed approximately 427 marijuana plants growing on the property and a subsequent search of the house revealed other evidence of a marijuana growing operation.


Resignations accepted; vacancies filled at SR mtg

Cathy May, Contributing Writer

South Ripley School Board of Trustees member Jim Samples has resigned his position. A notice has been published in the newspaper. Anyone interested in the position should contact the administration office. A replacement will be named at the July board meeting.



Osgood Journal - June 26, 2007

Osgood to proceed with waterworks project

Cathy May, Contributing Writer

The Osgood Town Council signed the contract and the notice to proceed with Johannigman’s for the Waterworks Improvement Project. A preconstruction meeting with Johannigman Excavating was planned for Tuesday, June 26 at 8:30 a.m. at the Osgood Town Hall.

The following Commonwealth Claims were approved: $4,352.00 Invoice #1 for Bid/Construction Phase on Water Project, $115.00 Invoice #4 for Easement/Permit Phase on Water Project, $313.59 Gas Utility Mapping, $289.40 Wastewater Land Application Permit (final), and $439.70 Shook Street Sewer Extension.

Benefit to be held for Olivia Douglas

Cathy May, Contributing Writer

Olivia Douglas, the daughter of Jeff and Michelle Douglas of Holton, is a 3-year-old with Deleted 18P Syndrome. This means the short arm of her 18th chromosome is deleted causing her serious health concerns, including Type 1 Childhood Diabetes.

In the fall of 2003 the Douglas’ found out they were expecting their third child. From the beginning there were abnormalities in Michelle’s pregnancy. The Douglas’ were told if their little girl survived the birth, there would be no way they would ever be able to take her home.

Angel Food now accepting food stamps

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

Many families in Ripley County have taken advantage of a program that offers quality groceries at an affordable price. The Angel Food Ministries program was first introduced by the Goodpasters – Frank and Paula, who simply wanted to help others.

The Versailles Republican - June 21, 2007

Mow your grass or pay $500

Cathy May, Contributing Writer

If your grass is more than 6-inches high in Versailles it will now cost you $500 per day until it is cut. This is a part of the Nuisance Ordinance recently passed by the Versailles Town Board at their June 14 meeting.

Moorhead honored at Relay for Life event

Wanda English Burnett - Editor
Those participating in the 12th Annual American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Ripley County were blessed with perfect weather, a good crowd and enough enthusiasm to truly wipe cancer from the face of the earth.


Sheriff approaches council concerning improvement fund

Cathy May, Contributing Writer

Sheriff Tom Grills appeared before the Ripley County Council at their June meeting. He said the Sheriff’s Improvement Fund, which has about $167,000 in it, was not set up according to State Statute. The fund needs to be dissolved and the money moved into other funds.



Osgood Journal - June 19, 2007

Hero soldier has local ties

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

The quick thinking actions of 24-year-old Spc. Brandon Rork spared hundreds of lives and left him hailed as a hero by numerous media outlets in the Cincinnati area.

On duty in Iraq serving in the Army’s 10th Mountain Division out of Ft. Drum, NY, the former Osgood resident used his sharp eye and cat like reflexes to shoot and wound a would-be suicide bomber.

Napoleon agrees to support Task Unit 1

Jason Smith, president of Task Unit 1, requested the town of Napoleon put the Task Unit in their 2008 budget at their meeting last week. Smith gave a breakdown of their proposed budget for next year:
• Insurance and Insurance Services: $11,100 (includes insurance for vehicles, buildings, and property, personal and professional)

Sun Bonnet Sue, Straw Hat Sam winners announced at Holton Jamboree

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The Versailles Republican - June 14, 2007

Ladies enjoy Queen's Tea

Cathy May, Contributing Writer

The 2007 Ripley County Queen contestants attended the 4-H Queen Tea where they received tips on make up and hairstyles.

Holton Town Marshal found guilty

Wanda English Burnett - Editor

Billy J. Moore, 39, of Versailles, was found guilty of Prohibited Sales or Transfers of Ownership or Possession, a Class C Felony, last Wednesday, June 6 in Ripley Circuit Court.


Back to a simpler way of life

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Osgood Journal - June 12, 2007

Five motorcyclists killed, five more injured

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

The weekend proved to be a deadly one for motorcyclists in the area with five being killed and more injured in three separate accidents in or near Ripley County. Within a time span of 24 hours, law enforcement and emergency rescue workers would respond to three accidents that had fatal results.

Funeral services held for former auditor

Virginia (Pat) Busching, 76, of Versailles, formerly of Milan, passed away Friday, June 8, 2007 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville.

Sunman receives $498,750 grant

Cathy May, Contributing Writer

The Town of Sunman finally received approval for a Community Development Block Grant from the Indiana Office of Rural Affairs in the amount of $498,750 after three tries.


The Versailles Republican - June 7, 2007

Commissioners discuss three county water district

Cathy May, Contributing Writer

There was a light agenda for the Ripley County Commissioners meeting held on June 4, which gave Commissioners time for a lengthy discussion on the new Regional Water District being formed by Decatur, Jennings and Ripley County.

Franklin family raises awareness &
money for juvenile diabetes research

Wanda English Burnett - Editor

When Tony and Leann Franklin found out they were expecting their first child, they would soon receive the news they were having not one, but two boys! Their pleasure was doubled as their new family was formed. On February 27, 2003 Tanner and Trenton made the Franklin’s family number come to four! Learning to parent the twins was a new adventure for the young couple, keeping them both busy.


Driver injured in two vehicle crash

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Osgood Journal - June 5 , 2007

BZA hears about speeding issue

Cathy May - Contributing Writer

For more than an hour at the May board meeting of the Board of Zoning Appeals, two sides discussed the pros and cons of a request from Ferrelgas to upgrade their facilities in Osgood. Neighbors Janice and Bob Rutherford and Natasha Kirschner were represented by Attorney Henry Pictor.

Lady Eagles head to semi-state

Photo by Gary Franklin

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Famous movie guns on display at NMLRA

The National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association will present a comprehensive exhibit on the Lewis and Clark Expedition with guest curator Bob Anderson from June 9-16. The museum will also display a collection belonging to actor, National Rifle Association Board member, and avid gun collector Tom Selleck on June 9 and 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association’s Spring National Shoot.


The Versailles Republican - 2007