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The Versailles Republican

November 13 • Headlines

A dog in need, Dobby, has stepped up to help the Ripley County Humane Shelter. Dobby, with the help of owner Jessica Reed of Napoleon, left a large amount of doggy toys and food collected from various means to help her furry friends at the humane society.
  Versailles American Legion paid tribute to veterans at the Ripley County Memorial monument at the courthouse Tuesday morning.
Tri Kappa Winter Wonderland Bazaar attracted a record number of over 90 various arts and crafts vendors. The annual event drew a huge crowd who enjoyed handmade cookies, candy booths and cheeseballs all made by members of Versailles-Osgood Delta Rho Chapter of Tri Kappa.
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Boy alerts mom to house on fire

Mary Mattingly

A little boy is credited for saving his own life and his mom’s. Fire crews responded to a residential fire in Napoleon early Tuesday morning. The smell of smoke woke up Aiden Greiwe who then alerted his mother, Michelle. “They are lucky to be alive,” Ron Reynolds, assistant fire chief with the Napoleon Volunteer Fire Department said.

Flames were visible from the two-story house on West Main Street when the Napoleon Fire Department arrived on the scene around 1 a.m. The two residents were not injured but the house had extensive damage. It was an older home and used to be a telephone exchange building. Reynolds said there were no batteries in the alarms, but the boy had just been through fire prevention lessons at school. He is a first grader at St. Louis School in Batesville. His mother posted on Facebook, “He woke up because he tasted smoke. He told me when he opened his eyes everything looked blurry so he came and woke me up right away. He saved us both and is my little hero.”

Reynolds said the cause of fire was electrical and they believe it was an overloaded circuit in the attic. Napoleon, Osgood, Batesville and Versailles crews were reportedly on the scene along with Rescue 69 and the local chapter of the Red Cross. Reynolds said it took about four hours to clear the scene.  The school is collecting donations for the two as they lost everything in the fire, mainly from smoke damage.

Lilly issues challenge to Ripley County

Informational meeting set for November 19

The Ripley County Community Foundation (RCCF) has the opportunity to receive $500,000.00 from Lilly Endowment Inc. to assist the Foundation in connecting people who care with causes that matter. This money has been made available to the Ripley County Community Foundation (RCCF) through the Endowment’s sixth phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative. This GIFT initiative is to help increase RCCF’s endowment which will allow the RCCF to grant more money to the people and organizations of Ripley County.

The GIFT funds are divided up into two programs: 1) Unrestricted Endowment Building Program and 2) The Community Foundation Discretionary Program. The RCCF’s unrestricted endowment is known as RCCF’s community granting endowment. Community granting funds are those in which the RCCF Board of Directors have the responsibility to determine how the grants from these funds will best benefit the county. A sampling of local causes, which have benefited from community granting funds are fire and EMS departments, food banks, museums, parks, youth sports, civic organizations and education. Any donation to an existing community granting fund or to a newly created community granting fund shall be matched dollar for dollar.

Through the Community Foundation Discretionary Program, the RCCF is matching all donations to the RCCF operating fund, to donor advised funds, to designated funds and to scholarship funds at the rate of fifty percent (50%). Currently, the RCCF has 40 scholarships, 59 donor advised and designated endowments which have poured millions of dollars into Ripley County. Additionally, $50,000 of the GIFT VI funds are being combined with $50,000 of RCCF funds to support the newly named Sally Morris Community Impact Grant. The Sally Morris Community Impact Grant makes five $20,000 grants available to local charities to fund projects which will have a significant, positive impact on the county. An informational meeting explaining the details of the Sally Morris Community Impact Grant shall be held on Nov. 19, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Osgood Town Hall.

All matching opportunities are available for all eligible donations on a first-come-first-serve basis and will receive a match at the appropriate rate until all of the $500,000 has been committed or until March 31, 2016. The Lilly Endowment match allows individuals to substantially increase the funds available to the charity or cause of their choice and makes this the best time to start a new fund to support a specific cause or to forever memorialize a loved one. GIFT can provide donors with a 100% return on their investment.

The Ripley County Community Foundation has grown exponentially over the last 17 years due to the generous support it has received from those individuals with an interest in the people of Ripley County. Lilly Endowment Inc. understands the value a strong, viable community foundation has on local Indiana communities and has offered GIFT to build on what was started in Ripley County in 1997 with the birth of the Ripley County Community Foundation.

For more information regard ing this matching opportunity contact the Ripley County Community Foundation, 4 South Park Avenue, Suite 210, Batesville; phone 812- 933-1098 or 877-234-5220 or visit

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• Recount vote for judge's race (front page)
• On The Record from the Ripley County Courthouse (page B2)
• Versailles Town Court (page B2)

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