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October 15, 2015 • Headline News
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Seatbelt makes a difference

A Sunman woman was air cared after a single vehicle accident on Friday, Oct. 9. The accident happened at 3:49 p.m. at 2248 SR 101 near CR 200 N in Milan. The driver, Rachel Freeman, 34, was air cared to University of Cincinnati Hospital for injuries sustained in the accident. The vehicle crossed traffic and went airborne. It flipped a few times until it struck a telephone pole.

Milan crash
After flipping, the telephone pole stopped the Chevrolet. The driver was air cared to a Cincinnati hospital. Her condition is not known.

Sgt. Corky Houseworth with the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department reported the driver was alert and conscious when first responders arrived on the scene. He noted that he thought wearing a seatbelt made a difference with her injuries. Milan school staff called in the accident after a school bus driver contacted the school. Corporal Steve Sullivan also was on the scene and the investigation continues. Other agencies who assisted included Rescue 30, Milan police and Milan fire department.

South Ripley’s Food Pantry
Club hands out ‘sunshine’ in a can

Sandy Day Howard

South Ripley Sunshine Society has taken on an enormous effort to give back to its community. Members, under the leadership of sponsors Mary Gehring and Sheila VanTassel, have started a food pantry that is being made available to the family of any student enrolled in South Ripley Schools. The pantry is made available through donations from a variety of sources and is often staffed not only by society members, but by SRHS teachers, custodians and students. Gehring says the help comes from everywhere. “Students in the 5th period study hall are often recruited to help stock the shelves, custodians help unload and put away the perishable items, and teachers and staff volunteer to help at the food distribution.”

South Ripley Food Pantry
Sponsor Mary Gehring and member Samantha Spencer.

Many students, parents, and staff make donations of food and money throughout the year to help fund the mission and Gleaners Food Bank delivers regularly to the pantry. Gehring has often enlisted the help of her 6th period English class to help unload trucks when needed. Gehring says so far this year, they have served 181 individuals and 38 families’ with an average attendance of 24 families at each distribution. “So, many kids here just offer to help with no compensation,” Gehring noted. “And our custodial staff has been wonderful. It’s an extra job for them but they do it willingly to help the community.”

Sunshine members will be trick-or-treating for Unicef this month, with 50% of the money collected going toward the food pantry. The pantry is open the first Thursday of each month at South Ripley High School (Door #8) from 3:30 until 5 p.m. Donations can be made to the food pantry by contacting Mary Gehring at South Ripley High School at 812-689-5303.

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