December 2007 Archive

The Versailles Republican - December 27, 2007

Ripley County Election Deputy given state honor

Wanda English Burnett, Editor
Marilyn Hunt was really surprised when she was recently named “Outstanding Election Deputy of the Year” at an awards ceremony held at the Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. The award is quite an honor as nominations were accepted from all 92 counties. Hunt received the award from Brad King, who is the director of the Indiana Election Division. Secretary of State, Todd Rokita, was also at the awards ceremony.

Jac-Cen-Del High School principal retires

Cathy May, Contributing Writer

Johnny Budd is the new principal for the Jac-Cen-Del Junior Senior High School. Budd, who was the assistant principal, replaces Ray Ratledge who stepped down December 21 because of health reasons. It was an emotional evening for both men at the December JCD School Board meeting.


Bikers deliver Christmas cheer

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Osgood Journal - December 25, 2007

Bert and Polly Britt share memories
Versailles couple celebrates 63 Christmases

Beth Ramsey, Staff Writer

“What do you get a couple for Christmas who has been married 63 years?” asked Harry Nuxoll, nephew of Bert and Polly Britt of Versailles, who have enjoyed 63 years of marriage. He wanted to give them a gift to remember. “I thought it would be great to get their story out to the public, and to let the younger generation know about some of the Christmases they went through during their life together,” said Nuxoll.

Versailles Town Board says current ordinances will suffice

Cathy May, Contributing Writer

The pit bull issue in Versailles has been laid to rest. When Karen Bastin asked the Versailles Town Board at its last regular meeting of the year on December 13 what the town was going to do about pit bulls, they decided the current ordinances were sufficient to handle the situation. They didn't feel it was necessary to single out pit bulls, because the ordiances on the books already dealt with how to handle vicious dog complaints.

RSRF awards $403,378 in new grants

The Rising Sun Regional Foundation announced that it has awarded a total of $403,378 in 22 new grants for its 2007 fourth quarter grants cycle. These grants include:
• $1,000 to Family Connections toward marketing materials for its community outreach and donor development program.


The Versailles Republican - December 20, 2007

Attorney gives input on contract
Sheriff agrees to salary proposal

Cathy May, Contributing Writer

It’s settled. The sheriff will receive $73,000 salary next year.

The Ripley County Commissioners, Ripley County Council and the sheriff all agreed to the amount at the Ripley County Council meeting December 17. The Ripley County Commissioners, who had met earlier in the day, continued their meeting during the council meeting in order to vote on the sheriff’s salary and other issues.

Lights on! Impaired drivers off the roads!

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

“You don’t know what it’s like until you lose a friend,” ISP Trooper Robert Garcia told students gathered at South Ripley High School Wednesday afternoon at a press conference held by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) to kick off “Lights on For Life.”


County payroll issue heard

Beth Ramsey, Staff Writer

Ginger Bradford, Ripley County Clerk, came before the commissioners at the December 17 meeting to request the problems in the payroll department get fixed. Assessor Shawna Bushhorn and County Treasurer Earline Copeland also attended to represent employees affected by this problem.


Osgood Journal - December 18, 2007

One chapter closes for Holton, another is to begin
Holton board members honored at last meeting

Cathy May, Contributing Writer

It felt like the end of an era at the December 11 Holton Town Board meeting. It was the final meeting for current town board members Robert Furst, Wilma Myers and Ron Palmer and for Peggy Furst, who has been filling in as clerk-treasurer.

Domestic violence is everyone's burden
HCC asks for your help

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

Just as domestic violence affects everyone in a community, the tide can be turned by the generosity of those who support shelters such as Safe Passage.

Dr. Craig George and staff at Health Centered Chiropractic (HCC), Versailles, have launched a campaign to support Safe Passage and they invite others to join them. The shelter is always in need of toiletries, cleaning items, toys for kids, and pantry items. For a more specific list of items that are being collected you can call HCC at 689-3257. They will be collecting these items until January 12 at 1154 S. Ripley Estate Drive, Versailles.

Christmas story comes to life

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The Versailles Republican - December 13, 2007

Local offices such as: assessor, treasurer, surveyor, recorder, sheriff and coroner would not be voted on
Committee suggests radical changes in local government

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

In a report released Tuesday, the Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform has come to the conclusion that local government in Indiana does not deliver the most effective service at the lowest cost.

The report titled, “Streamlining Local Government, we’ve got to stop governing like this,” finds the present system is more complicated than it needs to be.

Christmas shopping for free?

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

It was a child’s Christmas shopping paradise. Imagine getting to shop for quality gifts for everyone in your family and having them beautifully gift wrapped - all for free.

All this was made possible not only for children, but for families as well through the generosity of people at the Cornerstone Baptist Church at Milan and others, this Christmas season.


Humane society begins building project

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

A lot of excitement has been generated lately at the Ripley County Humane Society with the beginning of a building project. The 48' x 80' building will expand the present facility to more effectively allow those working with the agency to carry out their goal of making sure animals are properly cared for.


Osgood Journal - December 11, 2007

Madison woman charged with taking $1M from school, regatta & business to pay her credit cards

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

Ann Geyman, 54, of Madison, has been charged with embezzling more than $1 million from three separate places she worked. In all three charges, she allegedly used the money taken to pay for her own personal credit card debt.

Trial date set four years after alleged molestation

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

Justin McGuire, 23, Madison, has been charged in Ripley Circuit Court with Child Molesting, a Class B Felony.

Detective Thomas Baxter of the Indiana State Police, Versailles Post, received information on July 2, 2007, from the Port Orange Florida Police Department about a report of child molesting that allegedly took place in Ripley County in January of 2004.

Jac-Cen-Del Homecoming Royalty crowned

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The Versailles Republican - December 6, 2007

County prescription card an option
Medical expenses for inmates discussed

Beth Rumsey, Staff Writer

“I’ve never seen claims like this,” said Ripley County Commissioner President Robert Reiners at the commissioners' meeting December 4. He was referring to the claim of over $4000 for medical/dental expenses for inmates presented to the commissioners by the sheriff’s department.

Funeral services set for fallen soldier

Funeral services for fallen Sgt. Kenneth Raymond “KR” Booker are set for Sunday, December 9 at 1:00 p.m. at the Switzerland County High School Gymnasium in Vevay. Visitation will be held Saturday, December 8 from 4-8 p.m. at the high school and again on Sunday from noon until time of the service. Interment will be in the Slawson Cemetery, Bennington, with military rites conducted by the honor guard of the Fort Knox Ceremonial Unit.


County gets taste of winter weather

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Osgood Journal - December 4, 2007

More apply for Christmas assistance
Donations needed to help area children

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

“My wish is that no kid would go without a toy on Christmas Day,” stated Bill Warren, as he looked over the many applications on his desk with requests for help at Christmas. He has been involved with the Toys for Tots program for children since its inception..

Milan police cars to have radio upgrades

Cathy May, Contributing Writer

Town Marshal Gary Skaggs requested an upgrade for the police car radios to the Milan Town Board at their November 19 meeting. The quote was for $12,069 with the cost of installation being $1,135 for a total of $13,204. Council approved the request. Money is to be paid from the Regional Revenue Sharing fund.

Milan boy uses dogs in therapy program

Beth Rumsey, Staff Writer

Christian Merida, 11, a fifth grader at Milan Elementary, loves his dogs, enjoys helping his stepmom in the kitchen and participating in 4-H even though he is diagnosed with autism.

Autism is a neurological disorder that affects social and communication skills. Two children with the same diagnosis may behave differently because the symptoms of autism vary widely. According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately six of every 1,000 children have some form of autism. There are over 5,000 children in Indiana with autism.