May 2009 Archive

The Versailles Republican - May 28, 2009

South Ripley commencement set for Sat.
Milan, JCD graduates 134

Wanda English Burnett

Two area schools held commencement exercises on Saturday, May 23.

First at 10:00 a.m., Milan High School was the setting for 79 graduates to take center stage and receive diplomas culminating their elementary and high school years of learning.

Milan High School top students honored

Beth Rumsey
Staff Writer

Family members were the source of inspiration for the 2009 Milan High School Co-Valedictorians Rachel Hand and Heather Mire and Salutatorian Brittney Knowlton. “Although my parents support me, my Grandma and Grandpa White always told me to do my best and no star was out of reach,” said Hand, daughter of Eric and Becky Hand of Milan.


Osgood Journal - May 26, 2009

Local farmers, growers work together
Safe, fresh, nutritious food available

Beth Rumsey
Staff Writer

“I have a passion for good food, healthy soils, and fairness to farmers,” said Sister Claire Whalen, president of the Laughery Valley Growers FarmFresh CSA. Whalen began the CSA in 2006 after retiring from Michaela Farm. “I wanted to continue to work and I had ideas that I wanted to develop regarding sustainable farming,” she continued.

The Laughery Valley Growers is a collaboration of local farmers/growers in Ripley and Franklin counties. The FarmFresh CSA, or community supported agriculture, creates a direct relationship between those who want to eat safe, fresh nutritious food and those who grow it. Growers from around Ripley County and surrounding areas agree to provide a weekly share of their harvest to subscribers, who pay in advance of the harvest season.

Walking trail planned at Osgood lake area

Beth Rumsey
Staff Writer

Phyllis Boyd, the architect representing the Two Lakes Trail Project, reported on the proposed walking/biking trail at the regular session of the Osgood Town Board on Tuesday, May 19. According to Boyd, the 8 to 10 foot asphalt trails will be paid by applying for a recreational grant through the DNR in the amount of $150,000 with the town to match funds of 20%.

The application is yet to be completed, according to Boyd, as letters of support are still needed. The town will be responsible for the upkeep when the project is completed. A signature sheet in support of the project was passed around at the meeting.

The Versailles Republican - May 21, 2009

SISWD director introduced at commissioners' meeting
Colts players, cheerleaders to visit

Beth Rumsey
Staff Writer

“Ripley County will have the exciting opportunity to meet two Indianapolis Colts players and two cheerleaders,” announced Katherine Taul, Ripley County Tourism Bureau director, at the regular commissioners meeting held on Monday, May 18. Taul noted the tour will include the Colts In Motion museum, interactive inflatables, as well as the opportunity to sign up for pre-season tickets.

The Colts Make It Personal Tour will be held on Thursday, June 18 from 4-6 p.m. at the courthouse square. North and Washington streets will close at 1 p.m. “I’m excited,” said Taul. “This is the first time something like this ever happened in this area.”

Lutheran ladies bring warmth one stitch at
a time

Wanda English Burnett

The nimble fingers of volunteers from the Olean Lutheran Church have brought warmth to people around the world for over 30 years - this year was no different with 511 blankets shipped Wednesday morning to Lutheran World Relief efforts.

The program designed by the Lutheran Church, was brought to the attention of Esther Geisler in 1976 when she read a magazine article in "Lutheran Women". The need for people to have warm blankets when faced with disaster spoke to her heart and the blanket ministry was born at Olean.


Osgood Journal - May 19, 2009

Shots fired in standoff, gunman in custody

Wanda English Burnett

An incident that ended just before 1:00 a.m. Monday, May 18, saw some police cars coming east on US 50 through Ripley County just after 10 p.m. Sunday evening with sirens blaring and lights flashing.

The six hour standoff actually began about 6:45 p.m. Sunday evening in Rising Sun. According to information from Sgt. Noel Houze of the Indiana State Police, Versailles District, an Ohio County Sheriff’s Deputy, Adam Ziegler, had responded to a domestic dispute at Lot 17 at the Fairgrounds Trailer Court in Rising Sun. While the deputy was speaking with a family member, James Farrell, 60, of Rising Sun, allegedly pointed a handgun at the deputy. The deputy immediately retreated, calling for backup

Updates given on lawsuits
Holton hires deputy clerk

Beth Rumsey
Staff Writer

“The position of the deputy clerk has been filled,” announced Holton Clerk Treasurer Sarah Hildebrand at the regular town council meeting on Thursday, May 14. Hildebrand’s recommendation to hire Beth Cooper was unanimously approved by the board.

The Versailles Republican - May 14, 2009

Volunteer says work benefits
county and self

Beth Rumsey
Staff Writer

“It gives me a good feeling when I wake up in the morning,” said Paul Wells, a volunteer at the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office since January 2007. “I get to do something different every day.”

Before coming to Ripley County, Wells worked as the director of facility operations in the health care industry in Cincinnati for 35 years. He tried retirement once in 2002, but he said, “I didn’t like it.” He left retirement to go back to work.

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Osgood Journal - May 12, 2009

Ripley County Chamber of Commerce recognizes businesses
JCD Eagles, NMLRA honored

Wanda English Burnett

Barry Lauber, president of the Ripley County Chamber of Commerce welcomed the largest crowd ever to attend the chamber’s 12th Annual Business Recognition Luncheon held May 6. The event was held at the Southeastern Indiana REMC Training Center in Osgood.

Members of the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles 2009 State Championship Team were honored at the luncheon with Lauber saying, “What you achieved that day brought honor and memories to the entire Southeastern Indiana area.” He then introduced Coach David Bradshaw, also presenting him with a check from the chamber for expenses for the team.

SR graduation set for May 30

Karen Reynolds
Contributing Writer

At the regular meeting of the South Ripley School Board of Trustees it was announced that graduation would be held May 30. Superintendent Ted Ahaus informed the board that the weather wavier request submitted to the state was approved, making the last student day at South Ripley Schools May 29.

According to Assistant Superintendent Dr. John Mehrle, the elementary school has met adequate yearly progress (AYP), but the high school did not. He noted that efforts to meet corporation goals will continue.

The Versailles Republican - May 7, 2009

Mother gets best birthday present ever

Wanda English Burnett

Giving birth to twin boys was one of the greatest achievements in the life of Leann Franklin of Holton. That was six years ago. The journey of getting them to kindergarten was another monumental achievement.

The twins, Trenton and Tanner, were diagnosed with diabetes just eleven days before their first birthday. This event changed the lives of their parents, Leann and Tony, forever.
The young parents monitored their twins’ every move consuming every moment they had until last June 11, when the boys got their Animas Insulin Pumps. It was Leann’s birthday and she said, “the pumps were the best birthday present ever.”

Gas pipeline under aquifer concerns water customer

Wanda English Burnett

A Sunman resident has great concerns about the water she uses from Hoosier Hills Regional Water District (HHRWD).

Eva Kerner contacted The Versailles Republican saying she had received a notice from her water company, HHRWD, saying because of construction of a gas pipeline the local water supply could be compromised.


Osgood Journal
- May 5, 2009

Former state auditor is keynote speaker
Local Republicans honored

Beth Rumsey
Staff Writer

Members of the Ripley County Republican Party gathered to honor Abraham Lincoln, the father of the Republican Party, learn about Lincoln’s formative years in Indiana as well as hear the Gettysburg Address read by Charles Dickman portraying Lincoln at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner. Local Republicans were also honored at the event that took place Saturday, May 2 at the Jac-Cen-Del Elementary School in Osgood.

Sheriff's office upgrades
in car camera system

Beth Rumsey
Staff Writer

The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office is using the latest technology to ensure the safety of the public as well as its officers. According to Sheriff Tom Grills, the upgrade to digital cameras in the police cars was the number one priority ever since he came into office. “The previous camera system was good, but repairs were difficult because it was old,” he said.

Sheriff Grills spent the past 18-months researching camera systems that would work best for the department. He said the digital cameras have the ability to record images on an SD card which can then be loaded into any computer at the end of the shift. This is especially useful when the server is down due to a power outage or severe weather.

The Versailles Republican - 2009