August 2009 Archive

The Versailles Republican - August 27, 2009

JCD student plays serious ball

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

While many kids enjoy sports, few have a World Series win under their belt at the age of 12 as does Sydney Keene of Osgood.

This summer the Keene family, Sydney, parents Todd and Julie, and grandparents, Bob and Linda Gray of Versailles, traveled to Orlando, Florida, where her team EMR 12U Fastpitch Softball, took home the Gold.

Truck traffic concerns Milan citizens

Beth Rumsey, Staff Writer

The proposed use of County Road 200 N in Milan as a truck route for Pike Lumber continues to be an issue as Mike Baker and Brad Street, who live on CR 200 N, presented their concerns as well as a petition with signatures of those who are in opposition to the truck route to the commissioners at the regular meeting on Monday, August 24.


Residents warned of scam

ISP at Versailles are warning area residents of yet another scam. Last week a man described as a white male in his 20's, approx. 5'8", slender build, clean cut, with a "pretty white smile" and wearing a ball cap approached a residence in Rip. Co. owned by an elderly widow. He explained to the victim he was doing some tree trimming for a neighbor and wanted the victim to show him the property line so he would not cut any of her trees by mistake. While the victim and suspect were in the backyard an accomplice entered the residence and stole jewelry and money from the victim

Osgood Journal
- August 25, 2009

Osgood UMC celebrates big!

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JCD administrators address flu issue

Beth Rumsey, Staff Writer

In an effort to clear up any misinformation regarding two Jac-Cen-Del junior high students that have been confirmed with the Type A flu virus, school nurse Marla Thompson gave an update at the regular board meeting on Wednesday, August 19. Thompson has been in contact with the Ripley County Health Nurse Vickie Powell as well as the Ripley County Health Officer Dr. David Welsh, regarding the issue.

Prevention of the spread of the virus was addressed at the orientation meeting for the staff at the start of the school year, according to Thompson. Steps have been taken to ensure that as many surfaces as possible are disinfected daily at the end of the day.

Ladies enjoy book signing

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The Versailles Republican - August 20, 2009

Versailles fire station takes shape

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Tax rates concerning Osgood Public Library discussed at county council mtg.

Wanda English Burnett

Questions were raised about the high amount some people are paying on their property taxes at the Ripley County Council meeting held Monday, August 17. The rates in question concerned the Osgood Public Library.

While members of the library board were in attendance, they too thought the amount seemed high with Richard Parks, library treasurer, saying, “The debt is overstated.”


Versailles Town Council declares Katie Stam Day

Wanda English Burnett

At the regular meeting of the Versailles Town Council held August 13, members declared Saturday, September 26 as Katie Stam Day.

This action was unanimous and was brought into place after Versailles Lions Club member Jerry Gilpin informed the council that 2009 Miss America, Katie Stam from Seymour, will be at the Versailles Pumpkin Show this year.

Osgood Journal - August 18, 2009

Investigator arrested on 9 felony counts

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

According to information from Sgt. Noel Houze Jr., public information officer for the Indiana State Police Versailles District, an investigator for the Indiana Gaming Commission has been arrested and is facing several felony counts.

An investigation into suspicious activity by Troy Knorr, 46, of Columbus, began in September of 2008 after Knorr was at the Wolf Theaters in Greensburg and was trying to pass “what appeared to be a 20 dollar bill.”

Holton attorney advises town to settle with former employee on claim

Beth Rumsey, Staff Writer

The Holton Town Council heard updates on pending claims against the town at the regular session on Thursday, August 13. Regarding the case by former town employee Peggy Furst for unpaid insurance claims, town attorney John Ertel learned that the proper paperwork was not filled out by former clerk/treasurer Krista Bartoz.

Milan property receives favorable recommendation for rezone request

Beth Rumsey, Staff Writer

Larry Eaton, attorney for the Town of Milan, and Ripley County Economic Development Executive Director Gary Norman, presented an application for rezone to property owned by Chris Volz, Jr. located at 785 E. Carr Street at the regular session of the planning commission held on Tuesday, August 11.

The property was originally zoned for both R-1 Residential and A-2 Agricultural. The application requested a rezone to I-1 Enclosed Industrial district so that Pike Lumber can locate its sawmill operations on the property.

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The Versailles Republican - August 13, 2009

Summer vacation over for area kids

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Versailles burglary solved; felony charges pending
Bystanders help nab hit and run driver

Wanda English Burnett

The Versailles Police Department had a busy weekend as they wrapped up a burglary case and worked a crash that sent one man to the hospital and another to jail.

According to information from Versailles Town Marshal Joe Mann, a burglary at the Dennis Courtaney residence, 610 W. First North Street in Versailles, occurred July 17 in the early morning hours.


Truck route discussed at mtg.

Beth Rumsey
Staff Writer

An alternative truck route will be proposed to Pike Lumber by the Milan Town Council announced board member Robert Branigan at the regular meeting held on Monday, August 10. “We (the town council) didn’t want to make people angry,” he said. “We are not giving up on Pike Lumber. The board is committed to bring this project to fruition.”

Osgood Journal - August 11, 2009

St. Pius Church to celebrate 150 years
You're invited to a chicken dinner Sunday, August 16

Beth Rumsey, Staff Writer

Do you have a hankering for crispy fried chicken with all the fixings in a peaceful rural surrounding? Then a visit to the St. Pius Church picnic in Sunman on Sunday, August 16 is in order.

In addition, St. Pius Church is celebrating its 150 years of service to the surrounding rural community. According to Johann Graham, who is compiling the history of St. Pius Church, three acres were donated by Alexander Volz for the purpose of erecting and maintaining a Catholic school and meeting house. Currently, the cemetery and the fellowship hall are located on this original site. It was in 1859 that the church officially became a parish.

Last blast of summer!

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What if it's not a game?

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

The popular game of Hide and Seek has caused parents a skipped heart beat as they search for their children, who have found the perfect hiding place.

But, what if it’s not a game? What if your child really is missing?

The Versailles Republican - August 6, 2009

Rain causes flooding throughout the county

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Pumpkin Show set for September 23-26
Miss America 2009 coming to Versailles Pumpkin Show

Wanda English Burnett

Here she is - Miss America 2009 Katie Stam - right at the Versailles Pumpkin Show, sponsored by the Versailles Lions Club.

The big news for the 2009 preparations for the upcoming Pumpkin Show scheduled for September 23 through 26, is that Miss America will be in attendance on Saturday, September 26.


Interviewer hired for Child Advocacy Ctr.

Wanda English Burnett

The announcement that Stephanie Black has taken the position of forensic interviewer for the Region 15 Child Advocacy Center (CAC) was met with excitement at the Youth Worker’s Café held Tuesday, August 4 at the Department of Children’s Services in Versailles.

Black comes with high credentials, holding bachelor and master degrees from Indiana University as well as completing the Finding Words program, a technique that minimizes the trauma to a child when they are interviewed in a child abuse case.

Osgood Journal - August 4, 2009

BZA approves request for cemetery

Beth Rumsey, Staff Writer

The application for a special exception to permit a cemetery at 2572 W. County Road 800 S. in Versailles was considered by the Board of Zoning Appeals at the regular meeting held on Tuesday, July 28. The application for the special exception was submitted by Christ Stolzfoos, who will be the caretaker of the cemetery.

One wish - many thanks
Make-a-Wish Foundation brings smiles to local family

Wanda English Burnett, Editor

It was a day to remember for the Vogel family of Olean and in particular 10-year-old Luke, who was granted a wish through the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.

On Thursday, July 30 a sleek black limousine driven by Bob Michaels Sr., pulled into the driveway of the Vogel residence. Luke and his family, parents Brian and Ann, and siblings, Matt, 18, Jacob, 15, and Jessica, 8, were whisked into the luxury limo for the ride of a lifetime.

SR officials say school will be ready for students on August 12

Karen Reynolds, Contributing Writer

When the South Ripley School Board met July 20 part of that meeting was a tour of the newly renovated high school and junior high school.

Board members were amazed to see the progress and are confident the school will be ready on August 12 when the first day of school opens. Registration times will be different than usual. They are: August 6 from 1-7 p.m.; August 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; August 10 from 1-7 p.m. at the elementary school; and August 11 from noon to 3 p.m. at the jr. sr. high school.