March 2009 Archive

Osgood Journal - March 31, 2009

Jac-Cen-Del Eagles are Class 1A State Champions

Gary Franklin
Sports Writer

Surpassing many expectations, except that of a strong-willed team, their coaches and the Jac-Cen-Del Eagle faithful, the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles created a new team to talk about in the county, with their dominating triumphant victory march to the IHSAA Boys Class 1A State Basketball Championship Title.
Not since the Milan Indians in 1954 has a boys basketball team in Ripley County been able to cross the hurdle to the plateau of State Champion, and a very scant few over the years have earned the opportunity to even try.


State Champion Jac-Cen-Del Eagle senior Gerald Hardesty is named the 2009 Class 1A Basketball Trester Award winner

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The Versailles Republican - March 26, 2009

Commissioners give okay to close road

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

Attorney Larry Eaton, representing Hansen Aggregates, presented a petition to close the entire section of County Road 50W at the regular meeting of the commissioners on Monday, March 23. According to Eaton, the road is narrow, not heavily traveled, and closing the road will not cut off access to any neighboring properties.

Eaton told the commissioners that the adjacent property owners have been notified of the closing via certified mail. As of the time of the meeting, there were no objections to the petition. The motion to permanently close CR 50 was unanimously approved.

Grease causing problems at Sunman

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

Grease build up in sewage filters is a concern for town employees at Sunman.

Dan Eckstein, who is over water operations, has been in touch with a company on how to rectify the problem. “We don’t have enough information to go ahead and repair or to make a decision,” he told the council members at their regular meeting held March 19.


Osgood Journal
- March 24, 2009

JCD Eagles soar on to the State

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Football tradition continues at Milan

Beth Rumsey, Staff Writer

“We’re proud of our football heritage,” Milan High School Football Coach Ryan Langferman told the Milan School Board at their regular meeting on Monday, March 16. Langferman gave an overview of the football program for grades K-12.

According to Langferman, the Peewee Football league currently has six teams made up of students in the elementary school. The program allows students from South Ripley and Jac-Cen-Del to participate. “It makes for a great community program,” Langferman commented.

The Versailles Republican - March 19, 2009

Abatement issue halts council meeting

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

A request to approve tax abatements for Wagner Truss and Ertel Cellars Winery brought much discussion at the Ripley County Council meeting Monday night, March 16.

Paperwork submitted was not complete, with council member Ed Armbrecht saying, “It’s our obligation to make sure they’re in compliance.” The motion to approve the requests almost passed, but was quickly squelched when Attorney Neil Comer cited some discrepancies in the submitted forms.
Finally, after much discussion and Auditor Mary Ann McCoy leaving the meeting to get files on the matter from her office at the courthouse, the council decided to recess the meeting to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 18.

Father and son share special bond

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

Father and son, Don, 54, and Jason Edwards, 31, have shared a lot over the years. They’ve shared food, jokes, clothes, but more recently, the gift Jason gave his dad is a unique one - a kidney.

When Don’s health worsened due to years of hypertension or high blood pressure, doctors told the Versailles man he would have to go on dialysis or have a kidney transplant. They told him dialysis would only prolong his life about six months. He needed a kidney transplant


Osgood Journal - March 17, 2009

Head on crash claims life of Milan woman

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

A head on collision on State Road 129 claimed the life of Brittany Nicole Combs, 19, of Milan, last Friday, March 13.

According to information from Sgt. Noel Houze of the Indiana State Police, Versailles Post, Combs was northbound on SR 129, when for unknown reasons, the Honda Civic she was operating drifted left of center. She was then struck head on by a southbound 2007 GMC pickup truck which was being operated by Christina Hueseman, 42, of Osgood. The accident occurred near Lookout.

JCD Eagles are semi-state bund

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The Versailles Republican - March 12, 2009

ISP Troopers return from service in Iraq

Beth Rumsey, Staff Writer

“I am proud to have done my tour,” said Corporal Robert Garcia, Indiana State Police trooper from the Versailles Post. Garcia was activated in February 2008 and served a tour of duty in Iraq as a sergeant in the 38th Military Police Company as part of the Indiana National Guard. Stationed in Baghdad, Garcia was part of a police transition team training the Iraqi National Police in western policing methods as well as patrolling the city.

“We had to start from scratch,” said Garcia of the training of the Iraqi National Police. Through an interpreter, a few had to be taught how to read and write. Also basic law enforcement techniques were taught such as how to write a report, interrogating suspects, and most importantly how to build trust and respect within the community.

Friends rally together to help county employee

Beth Rumsey, Staff Writer

What started as a cough resulted in the discovery of lung cancer for John Vanosdol, Ripley County Highway Garage employee for 27 years. After learning that Vanosdol faces a total lung removal due to the cancer, friends and fellow employees organized a benefit to be held on Saturday, March 21 at the Friendship Fire Hall in Friendship.



Osgood Journal - March 10, 2009

Find out how to spring clean your finances

Beth Rumsey, Staff Writer

Springtime is a good chance to clean out the clutter that has collected in the closet during the past year. With the current uncertain economy and job situation, not to mention the cost of living increasing, now is also the time to “spring clean” the finances and clear out any expenses that are taking up space, as well as dollars, in the family budget.

Eagles headed for Martinsville Regional

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The Versailles Republican - March 5, 2009

Prescription drug abuse is growing problem

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

Abusing prescription drugs has become an epidemic that bridges age, social and economic barriers.

Law enforcement officers are seeing the problem in students as young as middle school age as was evidenced in a recent situation in Jennings County. WRBI Radio reported that the students had various prescription drugs at school that they shared. Teachers noticed their unusual behavior and reported it to the proper authorities.

SR teacher receives recognition at mtg.

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

Melissa Alexander, science teacher at South Ripley Jr. Sr. High School, was commended at the regular session of the South Ripley School Board meeting held February 16.

First, Superintendent Ted Ahaus recognized Alexander for being named a Bayer-NSTA Fellow by the National Science Teacher Association. She will travel to New Orleans for an “all-expenses paid” trip to the national conference in March. She was given a certificate of recognition, a pin, and Raider sticker. Then, Principal Bob Meyer thanked the teacher for the excellent job she does in the classroom and presented her with a Raider umbrella.



Osgood Journal - March 3, 2009

Inmate medical billing options heard

Beth Rumsey, Staff Writer

“We want to help counties to save money on inmate medical expenses,” D.J. Kreal, Correctional Risk Services, told the commissioners at their regular meeting on Monday, February 23. According to Kreal, the Nashville, Tennessee, based company provides the county with administrative support such as verifying the services charged by the medical provider and keeping backup copies of the bills in case of an audit.

Osgood Public Library director enjoys job

Beth Rumsey, Staff Writer

“I love learning and sharing with other people,” said Emily Kruse, director of the Osgood Public Library. Kruse has been the director of both the Osgood and Milan branches since December 2008. It’s a natural fit.

“Literacy has been an important part of my life since I was a kid,” she said. While in high school, Kruse worked at the Batesville Memorial Public Library. She continued her education in Indiana University and the University of Georgia, receiving her Masters degree in Sociology.