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July 3, 2014 • Headlines

Over $1,980 was raised for National Guard Family Readiness Group at the annual “Fueling for Freedom” event held at CountryMark gas station and sponsored by Laughery Valley Ag in Osgood. A percentage of all gas and lubricants sold during the event go to benefit local National Guard.
People enjoyed looking at the classic cars that were on display on the courthouse square during the Saturday festivities.
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Over 70 runners participated in the 5K race Saturday. Read the sports pages in today’s The Versailles Republican for details.
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New water source for Versailles and Holton

As of this week, Versailles and Holton have a new water source. Tests or drills were conducted last week to ensure the system was up and running.

New water hydrant at US 50 and 421


A new hydrant was installed near US 421 and US 50 as part of the new water system. Pictured are left, Versailles Utility manager Kevin Hensley, Versailles board member John Holzer and Scott Stirn, manager of Hoosier Hills Regional Water District.

Hoosier Hills Regional Water District released a statement, welcoming the Town of Versailles and Holton Water Corporation as new partners in the Hoosier Hills water system.

“Hoosier Hills is providing water to the Town of Versailles and the Holton Water Corporation which began June 27,” according to Scott Stirn, General Manager of Hoosier Hills Regional Water District.

“There will be a period of transition from the Town of Versailles and Holton Water to exclusively Hoosier Hills’ water in those systems. We are working closely with the Town of Versailles personnel and the Holton Water Corporation Board to insure a smooth transition so that Hoosier Hills Water, with its high quality, will be available to all customers of the Town of Versailles and Holton Water Corporation as soon as possible.” Stirn added, “We thank the public for their patience as this water changeover occurs.”

Care boxes continue for soldiers

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EDITOR'S NOTE: In lieu of the celebration of our country’s independence on July 4th, Ripley Publishing thought it appropriate to remind people of the efforts many are taking to keep our country free, and how we may help in some small way as they do so. After the horrific attack Sept. 11, 2001 to the United States, many communities wanted to do something for local residents serving in the military. One woman, Nancy Spears of Aurora, along with her daughter Stacey Spears of Moores Hill, who was in between deployments from the Air Force National Guard, started sending boxes of goods to troops. They started with the troops that her daughter knew were stationed in Diego Garcia, which she says was “the staging ground for the bombers going to Afghanistan.” They sent their first box on October 10, 2001.

Nancy Spears is one of the founders of the We Care Packages organization that has grown from Moores Hill to a packing center in the Aurora City Building. The members and volunteers of this organization send a variety of items to the troops, anything from toothpaste to tuna packs. Around Christmas, they like to add something a little special and homemade so they send two to three boxes to the troops with We Care fudge, made by the members, along with decorations and other treats that many might enjoy eating on their long flights. Some of the troops’ favorite items to receive are Slim Jims, jerky, proteinbars, toothbrushes and paste, dental floss, and tuna in foil packs.

The We Care organization, as of last year, sent 1,292 boxes to the troops and is currently sending about 100 boxes per month. Nancy stated that they started sending the packages mainly to the local troops in Afghanistan, but as the war on global terrorism spread so did they. They are now sending packages to troops in the Middle Eastern countries, Africa, Columbia, and Korea. She says that they will send the packages to anywhere that has an APO or FPO address.

The We Care Packages organization is passionate about helping all the troops they can from the local areas. They encourage anyone who knows of a soldier to send them their information by email: or call the following members: Deb Schuman 812-934-4504, Kathy Hogue 812-744-3694, Kathi Prarat 812-926-2409, or Nancy Spears 812-584-7087. The We Care Packages is a non-profit organization and accepts donations to handle the postage cost. Donations are tax deductible and can be sent to P.O. Box 3447, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025.

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