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The Versailles Republican

October 30, 2014 • Headlines

Fear Factory
Fear Factory in Batesville, the former furniture and coffin factory, has been converted to a haunted factory. It’s open on Friday and Saturday nights at the RomWeber Marketplace, south entrance.
Friendship Village Association Valleyween
The annual Friendship Village Association Valleyween was held Sunday, Oct. 26 for local children. In the costume contest, the winners were (left to right) were “Prettiest” Josie Havlin, “Scariest” Jamie Thomas, “Cutest” Danalee Zumwalde, and “Funniest” Hayden McNeelan.
FIrefighters training
Pictured above are firefighters who recently participated in the 32 hour extrication training.
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Absentee votes may mean a good turnout

Mary Mattingly

“Get out and vote!” That’s the message from Mary Ann McCoy, the Ripley County Clerk-Treasurer. Her office is in charge of the county election process and she wants people to exercise their citizen’s right to vote. “As I tell the students in school, to me it’s a privilege and not something to take for granted.”

Nov. 4 is the General Election. Registered voters in Ripley County will get to choose a sheriff, a judge, two council members and school board members. A few of the township trustee races are contested. There are several offices with no opposition, such as for commissioner, prosecutor, auditor, assessor, surveyor, and circuit court judge. “Interest” is what pulls Ripley County registered voters to the polls, according to McCoy. “And we do have several good races,” she commented, mentioning the sheriff’s and judge seats.

There are also several state administrative offices up for election, including secretary, auditor and treasurer. State representative for district 67 is unopposed. Randy Frye, the incumbent, is going after another term, and for District 55, it’s between incumbent Cindy Ziemke and Glenn Bailey. For state senator District 43 Chip Perfect and Rudy Howard are going after the seat formerly occupied by Johnny Nugent. For US Representative in District 6, Luke Messer is seeking re-election but Democrat Susan Heitzman is trying to win the seat and so is Liberterian Eric Miller.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 463 people had voted early in Ripley County, either by absentee or confined voting. According to Election Deputy Diane Macek, the absentee vote numbers are twice as many as compared to the week before the May Primary, which is a good sign for voter turnout. The Primary turnout was at 20.6 percent for Ripley County, just 13 percent for the state. Two years ago, with a presidential election, the county turnout was 53.18 percent, which was down from 2008 at 58 percent.

McCoy is hoping for a sunny day Tuesday, as that too brings out the voters. The clerk’s office will be open on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Last Saturday, 23 walked in the courthouse to vote early. Noon Monday is the last time you can vote by absentee or request the traveling board. McCoy said they always have several requests for confined voting, and the traveling board typically goes to all the nursing homes in the county. “That’s fine because we want people to vote as long as they can!” she said. There are no changes with the polling sites this year. There are 25 precincts in 15 polling places. (See page 10 of today's The Versailles Republican for a complete list of polling locations.)

While Tuesday is the big day for the clerk and workers, the office actually starts preparing in January when candidates may start filing. McCoy mentioned every machine is inspected, 125 poll workers gathered and trained, ballots printed and building rent paid to name some of their functions to pull off an election.

Accuvote (paper) and touch screen machines (electronic) are set up at each polling facility. “Every county uses paper in some way,” she said, noting that’s how they do absentee and confined voting. “ A lot went to centralized voting. I don’t think it would be a cost savings for us because we’re not that big,” McCoy said. “Most like the paper, “ she stated, but they encourage the touchscreen because it’s quicker and as accurate. She thinks eventually that will be the only way to vote. Touchscreens are what is available in the clerk’s office for those who come to the courthouse to vote early.

McCoy just encourages people to vote. A photo ID is required . Results will be tallied and presented at the courthouse annex Tuesday. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. We’ll have results in next Thursday’s Versailles Republican

October focuses on awareness
Men take on domestic violence issue

NFL running back Ray Rice isn’t alone. According to the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 1 in 5 men admit to pushing, slapping, hitting, choking or committing some other form of physical violence against an intimate partner. Domestic violence has long been thought of as a “women’s issue.” As a result, a large portion of domestic violence resources, research, and public awareness efforts have been focused on the victims of domestic violence and how to intervene after violence has occurred. In the wake of recent events surrounding the off-field behavior of certain NFL players, the focus of domestic violence is turning to men and how they can prevent domestic violence from ever happening.

100 Men Campaign for Safe Passage


Many men from the area joined in the 100 Men Campaign for Safe Passage.

It’s safe to say that most men are opposed to violence against women; however, most men do not possess the information or tools necessary to demonstrate or express their disapproval of violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  As a result, Safe Passage, Inc. is highlighting a few programs the domestic violence prevention and intervention agency is working hard to implement throughout Safe Passage’s five county service area in Southeastern Indiana.  These programs are aimed at equipping men and boys with the tools necessary to not only hold themselves accountable, but also the actions of other men and boys. The first program is an initiative called the 100 Men Campaign.  The 100 Men Campaign was founded on the belief that men have a crucial role to play in ending destructive behaviors that too often lead to violence against women and girls.  

The Mission of the 100 Men Campaign is raise awareness of domestic violence among men and women of all ages, and to proactively advocate for violence prevention.  Men who have joined the Campaign are committed to achieving the objective of promoting healthy, respectful relationships and ultimately ending violence against women and girls across the five Southeastern Indiana counties supported by Safe Passage.

Dan Mattingly, former board president of Safe Passage and co-founder of the 100 Men Campaign, commented that they have a strong base of local men, the majority being from Ripley County, who are committed to the group and cause. “We have coaches, teachers, ministers, law enforcement, business leaders and more. We rarely get turned down when we approach men with this idea to help our daughters, sisters and mothers by encouraging and nurturing respectful behavior from men,” he said. All men are invited to join the 100 Men Campaign to take a stand against violence. Men who join the campaign receive a T-shirt, a quarterly newsletter which highlights ways to be accountable as a man, volunteer opportunities and invitations to various events throughout the community.  Men interested in joining the 100 Men Campaign can contact Allen Beneker at

The second program Safe Passage is implementing is aimed at equipping boys in our communities with a strong foundation of building healthy relationships.  The program is called Coaching Boys Into Men and was developed by Futures Without Violence, a national anti-violence organization. Many youth coaches become lifelong mentors of young athletes and will have tremendous influence on the character of these athletes. Coaching Boys Into Men provides athletic coaches with a comprehensive curriculum along with the resources they need to promote respectful behavior among their players and help prevent relationship abuse, harassment, and sexual assault.  The main component is a card series that instructs coaches on how to incorporate teamwork, integrity, fair play, and respect into daily practice and routine.

Safe Passage, along with Futures Without Violence are providing all the materials and resources to area coaches free of charge.  Safe Passage will be conducting “Coaching Boys Into Men” coaches clinics and offering support for coaches throughout the athletic seasons. For more information contact Beneker or Safe Passage.

Pick up this week's edition of The Versailles Republican for the stories below and more local news. Subscribe by clicking the subscribe link or call 812-689-6364.

• More vendors at arts and crafts bazaar Nov. 8
• Firefighers complete vehicle/machinery extrication training (page 3)
• RCCF announces fall grants (page 8)
• Fall property taxes due Nov. 10 (page 11)
• On The Record from the Ripley County Courthouse (page 3, section B)

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