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The vehicle was floating and sinking...

Police pull Osgood woman from pond

Mary Mattingly

Versailles police pulled a woman from her vehicle when it landed in a pond Tuesday night. Versailles Town Marshal Joe Mann said he got the call about 8:30 p.m., that a vehicle landed in a pond near the Napa Auto Parts building on US 50 in Versailles.

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This was the scene police came upon Tuesday night on US 50 in Versailles when a vehicle landed in a pond. The woman was rescued and her son got out safely on his own.

According to his report, Andrea Adams, 30, Osgood, was westbound on US 50 and possibly due to a medical condition, went left of center, crossing the eastbound traffic, and just missing a semi. The Ford Expedition went through the culvert and landed in the pond. Mann said he initally saw the partially submerged car, but also a woman in the pond, but learned that she was a neighbor who had come to help with the accident.

The vehicle was floating and sinking at the same time, he said, and he immediately jumped in. Her 8-year-old son apparently had already got out of the car, but the driver was still in the car. She was conscious but not clear-headed, as he kept telling her to unlock the doors. She finally did, and he then pulled her out of her seatbelt and took her to the water’s bank. She and her son were both taken to King’s Daughters’ Hospital. Mann said it was a good thing she had on a seatbelt or her injuries from the impact could have been worse. The truck driver told police he was almost hit by the vehicle. Mann, who was in chest deep water, said the vehicle was sliding deeper into the pond so time was of the essence. He thanked the bystanders, including the Bresserts, who live nearby, for their quick response and help. Versailles Fire, Rescue 69 and paramedics and Ripley County Sheriff’s Office assisted. The case remains under investigation.

New ‘home’ for Milan Scouts

Sandy Day Howard

“On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” - Boy Scout oath

Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, with history dating back to 1910. Scouting has long been associated with service to others through educational activities that promote high moral values, character building, duty, and responsibility.

Milan Boy Scouts

Pictured at the remodeled building: left, in the boat, Jason Wickersham, Allen Seymour, Kevin Brown, Ben Starkey, Kyler Daulton, Brody Lack; (kneeling), Bryan Rohrig, Nolan Hancock (assistant patrol leader), Justin Lillis; (Standing), Talon Gobel, John Rohrig (junior asst. scout master), Jared Rigdon, Dawson Schroeder, Dale Schroeder, assistant scout masters, Albert King, the scout master, Mike Daulton, Jason Lillis and Todd Gobel, all assistant scout masters, and Jacob Rohrig (patrol leader) Not pictured: Alex Volz, Devon and Isaac Rosenbarger, James Earls and Caleb Mezger (senior patrol leader)

Milan Troop #631, led by Scoutmaster Albert King with assistance from Todd Gobel, Jason Lillis, Dale Schroeder and Mike Daulton, takes their vow of honor and hard work earnestly. Due to the generous donation of property owned by Fred Rohrig, Sr., the pack recently completed a building renovation project that enlisted the contributions and support of countless members of the Milan/Moores Hill community. When Rohrig bought a plot of ground in 2014 where an old building sat, he was aware that the local troop was in need of a place to call their own. Although the boys and their leaders greatly appreciated the hospitality of The Milan United Methodist Church’s community building where they regularly met, they longed to have someplace they could identify as ‘home’ for the Alphas and Bravos, the two platoons that make up Troop #631. Having three grandsons involved in Milan scouting since they were just ‘cubs’, Rohrig recognized that the group was growing in both quantity and character. His oldest grandson, John Rohrig III, had nearly obtained the coveted Eagle Scout rank and the dedication to scouting shown by each of the members of Troop #631 had begun to outgrow their transient accommodations. The troop needed a home and Rohrig could give it to them. So he did.

The remodeling project was set in motion almost immediately after the property was purchased. What the boys and their leaders couldn’t do themselves, they enlisted the help of friends, family, and local businessmen to complete. Being ever mindful of the Boy Scout pledge of responsibility, Troop #631 eagerly jumped into the project that began with tearing out and discarding the old floor. The building’s base had large roots from the surrounding trees that had grown through it, making the task difficult and time consuming. The ground then needed to be prepared so a new concrete floor could be poured. Insulation and windows were replaced, interior walls were secured and painted, and a ceiling was installed. The kids and volunteers positioned and attached metal to the building’s exterior and repaired the loft to make it safe and usable. As a final step of the structure’s restoration, “Troop #631” was painted on the front door. The project was completed at no cost to the scouts thanks to contributions from area businesses and individuals. Rodney Crabtree with R.C. electric wired the building for lights and electrical outlets. Paul Fugate donated building materials, and Joe Burdette with Burdette Builders donated the exterior metal and trim. Also involved in the planning and implementation of the project were troop committee members Kim Schroeder, Sarah Volz, Pam Reese, and Fred and Mandy Rohrig.

Milan Boy Scout Troop #631’s new home is located on highway 350 near Milan’s city limits. The building’s walls display awards, flags, pictures, and memorabilia dating back to the 1950’s-items that had been stored away for years that most of the boys were unaware even existed. They can now see a time line of Troop #631 displayed each time they meet. John Rohrig III is the troop’s Jr. Assistant Scout Master. He is a life scout currently working on his Eagle Scout Project. “When I started with troop 631 in 2012 there were only six active boys in the troop. We have since grown to a group of nearly 30 boys,” said the younger Rohrig. ”The scout house gives us the opportunity to hold events on our own schedule.”

Prior to the new clubhouse, gatherings in addition to the regular Thursday meetings took place at Scoutmaster King’s house. “Mr. King has given so much of himself to the scouts including his vacation time and many, many hours of meeting with scouts at his own house.” Rohrig said any scout or parent could call the leader at any time to talk about rank advancements, merit badges, and other scouting issues and he would open his door to accommodate them when the church was unavailable. “Now we have the scout house to have those meetings, which not only makes Mr. King happy, but Mr. King’s wife Lisa VERY HAPPY!” laughed Rohrig.

Based on the contributions of property, time, talent, labor, and materials of so many involved in the transformation of Milan Boy Scout Troop #631’s new residence, it seems people in the Milan community live by the boy scout law. Maybe there should be a badge for that. Troop #631 meets on Thursday nights from 6:30-8:pm.

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